1916 Commemorative medal set “highly insulting” - Ó Snodaigh
Aengus Ó Snodaigh, chairperson of the Sinn Féin 1916 Commemoration Committee, has described as “highly insulting” the latest commercial offering venture trying to cash in on the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
Billed as the “Seven Signatories Commemorative Medal Set” and produced by a company called the Dublin Mint Office, the set of seven coins/medal depicted a signatory on one side but the reverse depicts the 1921 Treaty and has “1922” and “Free State – Saorstát Éireann” engraved on it.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“This is historical ignorance in the extreme and is reminiscent of the worst days of the Historical Revisionism. It is in fact insulting to the legacy of the seven visionaries and what they stood for, and proclaimed an Irish Republic.
“I urge the company to withdraw the medal and apologise for the insult, recast them appropriately with the proclamation on it, 1916 and Poblacht na hÉireann and apologise for the insult. If not people should boycott the commercial pitch and not buy them.”