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Ó Snodaigh calls for support of ‘Republic Day’ national holiday

31 July, 2015 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has once again called for support of his Public Holidays (Lá Na Poblachta) Bill 2013 in the lead up to the centenary of the Rising. The Bill seeks to establish a new national holiday to mark the many thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in pursuit of an independent Irish Republic.

Speaking at Leinster House today, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“As we move closer to the centenary of the Rising, the need for a national day to mark the declaration of our Republic is increasing. Ireland, unlike so many other nation states who annually honour the declaration of their nationhood, is lacking a day celebrating the proclamation of our Republic.

“Though we have yet to secure a fully independent republic, it is imperative that those who died in pursuit of that ideal are remembered, and that the proclamation of our nation is celebrated.

“The national holiday which is proposed by the Bill, will take place on April 24, the anniversary of the reading of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic outside the GPO by Padraig Pearse in 1916. The bill proposes a nationwide programme of events to commemorate and raise awareness of the contribution our forefathers made to the liberation of the Irish nation on this day, annually.

“It is also worth noting that Ireland currently has nine annual bank holidays. The European average is eleven. Clearly there is a great opportunity here to establish a national day celebrating our republic, with this bill bringing us closer to the EU average.

“It is critically important that we establish a measure that allows us to celebrate, commemorate and appreciate those brave men and women who played a pivotal role in the foundation of our state. In the lead up to the centenary of 1916, I believe that this Bill would be an ideal way in which to mark the heroic efforts and ideals of those who fought for our Irish Republic.”

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