Public Holiday would allow commemorations 1916 on an annual basis – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has introduced a Bill in the Dáil that would see the 24th of April designated a public holiday in memory of the events of 1916. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said that such a holiday would allow for annual commemoration of the Rising and would encourage study of citizenship and republicanism.
The Dublin South Central TD said:
“Given the huge and seemingly insatiable public appetite for the 1916 commemorations, both nationally and internationally, by local organisations and state bodies, by individual parties and by government, I believe it would be appropriate that we would designate as the public holiday ‘Lá na Poblachta’ the 24th of April on an annual basis.
“This would be to honour the ideals of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic and the men and women who gave their lives in 1916. Events could be organised on this holiday to encourage the public to commemorate 1916 every year and not simply in this the centenary year.
“Lá na Poblachta would be a symbol to encourage the study of the history of the period and the study of the concepts and ideals of citizenship and republicanism; the same citizenship and republicanism expressed on that day, the 24th of April 1916 with the first reading of the Proclamation outside the GPO.”