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Adams gives Cautious welcome to Cabinet Sub Committee on 1916

13 January, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has given a “qualified and cautious welcome” to the Taoiseach’s announcement of a new Cabinet sub-committee to plan for the 1916 commemorations.

However Mr. Adams warned that it “is a very belated development which reflects the absolute failure thus far of the government to plan for the centenary of 1916.”

The Sinn Féin leader called on the Cabinet Sub Committee to “urgently engage in the widest possible consultation with all of the stakeholders, including the 1916 families, and all of the political parties, including the North, to ensure that the centenary celebrations are inclusive.”

Mr Adams said:

“I have consistently raised with the Taoiseach the failure of the government to properly plan for and invest in the centenary celebrations for 1916, as well as its refusal to properly  develop Moore Street, the last meeting place of  the 1916 leaders and the ‘laneways of history’ where much of the fighting at that time took place.

“The government approach is lacking in ambition. It has not adequately represented the historic nature of the centenary.

“The decision to create a Cabinet Sub Committee is an obvious attempt to rectify the damage done by the government’s failings.

“I would call on the Taoiseach to quickly publish the terms of reference for the Cabinet sub-committee and commit to the widest and earliest consultation with all of the stakeholders, including the 1916 families, and all of the political parties, including in the north, to ensure that the centenary celebrations are inclusive and appropriate to a Rising which changed the shape of Ireland.”

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