Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD moves Bill to establish Republic Day as a National Holiday
Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has this morning moved the Public Holidays, Lá Na Poblachta Bill 2013 in the Dáil today which seeks to establish a new national holiday on April 24, the anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916.
Speaking in the Dáil this morning Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;
“The purpose of the bill is to have a new national holiday designated in law, as Lá na Poblachta on April 24 annually.
“The secondary and probably the most important function of the bill is to establish a Bórd Lá na Poblachta to organise the events in commemoration, and in appreciation, of the contribution to the Irish nation over the centuries by many who gave their lives and liberty in the pursuit of an Irish Nation free from the occupation of a foreign power.
“As part of its role it would raise awareness, encourage an understanding of, and create a discourse around, the ideals contained in the key revolutionary documents of Irish republicanism, and of the events leading up to the declaration of the Irish Republic contained in the Proclamation of the Irish Republic read by Pádraig Mac Piarais at the front of the GPO on April 24 1916.
“Many nations have a day or event in their history which for the present day citizen captures the spirit of that nation and I believe in the many such episodes of bravery foresight and selflessness in Irish history the 1916 Rising stands out, and therefore is the appropriate day to celebrate and commemorate at Ireland’s national day.
“In this leglislation before us today, I have laid out that the new public holiday, as Lá na Poblachta as that national day. It would fall annually on April 24 the day the Irish Republic was declared. It deals with what would happen if falls on a Saturday or a Sunday and I have also ensured that it has the full meaning for workers of a public holiday as per the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997.
“So Minister don’t be afraid of Lá na Poblachta April 24, embrace it in the full understanding of what I am seeking in this bill. A new Public Holiday dedicated to the memory of selfless men and women who had vision and the courage of their convictions as contained in The Proclamation of 1916.”