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We cannot shy away from the true nature of 1916 – Ó Snodaigh

2 April, 2015 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Dublin Sinn Féin TD, and chair of the party’s 1916 centenary committee, Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called upon the government not to try and airbrush the militant nature of the 1916 Rising from history. Deputy Ó Snodaigh reminded the government that we cannot shy away from the armed nature of the Rising for the sake of sanitising history.

 His comments came as evidence emerged that the government chose not to include references to the executed leaders of the Rising and later Volunteers in their original launch video, which was widely derided as lacking historical content.

 Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

 “The Government has been under serious pressure, and rightly so, since the debacle of the launch of its commemorative video last November. It was widely derided and described by some as ‘embarrassing and unhistorical’.”

 “We cannot shy away from the militant nature of the Rising; these were small groups of men and women across the country fighting back against the might of an empire. We cannot sanitise this fact for the sake of sensitivities. The original minds behind the infamous ‘Ireland 2016’ thought the actual Rising was of little importance to commemorations. Since November, there has been a marked improvement in the government’s approach and attitude. I believe that Irish people should be rightly proud of the courage of the men and women who in 1916 took on the British Empire to assert Ireland’s nationhood and independence.”

 “I would also like to reiterate Sinn Féin’s welcome of the decision by the government 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.” 

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