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Government plans fail to honour 1916 centenary in a meaningful way – Sandra McLellan TD

14 November, 2014

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Arts and Heritage, Sandra McLellan TD, has today urged the public to tell the Government how they wish to commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Deputy McLellan said:

“What the Government have announced this week at the GPO is a lightweight commemorative programme which fails to reflect the importance of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising in a fitting or meaningful way politically, culturally or socially.

"The Government have paid lip service to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on Commemorations since its inception and basically ignored the relatives of both the 1916 leaders and those many rank and file volunteers who gave their service, and in many cases their lives for a Republic, yet to be realised.

"Any state programme must be inclusive of the entire island and the Irish nation as a whole, including the diaspora. It must aim to educate, motivate and celebrate around the very ideals and vision as espoused in the proclamation rather than become a military and ceremonial event without substance.

“Organisations that were centrally involved in the 1916 Rising such as Conradh na Gaeilge, the GAA and Trade Unions must be included in any official state commemorative programme.

“The government has not committed to a major sculpture or piece of art to commemorate the 100 year anniversary. For an event of such historical significance this must be rectified.

"Citizens and communities must be actively encouraged and facilitated in an open way by the Government to generate and put forward their views and ideas on how we commemorate this critical period in our country's history.

“Sinn Féin fully supports the 1916 relatives association and the ongoing battle to save Moore Street led by the descendents of the signatories of the 1916 proclamation. 

"Again we call on the Government to listen and act upon the wishes of the vast amount of Irish citizens who want to preserve the battlefield site and cherish rather than destroy our cultural and political heritage."

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