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Councillor Greg Kelly calls for the removal of controversial 1916 Banner

16 March, 2016 - by Greg Kelly

Sinn Féin councillor Greg Kelly questioned the assistant city Manager Brendan Kenny, at  a DCC Arts policy committee meeting as to why a 1916 Banner erected by the council doesn’t have pictures of the 1916 leaders

Speaking at the meeting Cllr Kelly said:

"Unfortunately the banner choice is in line with the state video that was released to promote the 1916 celebrations that did not include any reference to the figures who fought in the rising.

People are confused and historians have commented that they would find it hard to explain to tourists what part the figures chosen for the banner had to play at Easter 1916.

Figures like Wolf Tone and Emmet, who influenced the leaders, or even Molly O'Reilly or Sean Connolly who participated in the events 100 years ago would have been more appropriate.

 I have asked for the banner to be removed and replaced with a more suitable banner.

The assistant manager informed the meeting that the request for the Banner came from the office of An Taoiseach and that the view of the committee will be passed to the office for comment.”

Cllr Kelly concluded:

“I will wait for a reply from the Taoiseach’s office but I am not surprised that the idea came from there. This is a part of the revisionist history the state is trying to portray.

Hopefully the Banner can be replaced before the celebrations begin and a fitting banner put in place."

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