Decision to rewrite the Proclamation described as a bad joke
Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has welcomed the government’s new programme of events to commemorate the Centenary of the 1916 Rising describing it as a marked improvement on what the Government had previously announced albeit late in the day.
He said the proposal to rewrite the Proclamation is a bad joke and a serious mistake by the government.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh is attending the launch of the Government’s programme of events in Collins Barracks this evening.
Speaking before the event he said;
“The Government has been under serious pressure, and rightly so, since the debacle of the launch of its commemorative video last November.
“The document launched this evening is a welcome start. It is a marked improvement on what went before it, albeit late in the day.
“I also welcome the decision by the cabinet today to buy the Moore Street Monument. I hope this will be the first step in a process that will see the whole terrace preserved and developed into a 1916 Revolutionary Quarter.
“The proposal to rewrite the Proclamation sounds like a bad joke. This is a serious mistake by the government and it has already received a sizable backlash on social media.
“The Proclamation belongs to the people of Ireland and this government, nor any other, has any right to rewrite it.
“Rather than looking for a new proclamation the government should be working on the implementation of the original.
“A strong commitment, with plans and targets, for the full implementation of the Proclamation would be the most appropriate way to commemorate the Centenary of the Rising.”