Rejection of Lá na Poblachta ‘a lack of respect for men and women of 1916’ – Ó Snodaigh
Dublin South Central Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has described as “disrespectful” the government's rejection of a Bill he tabled last week in the Dáil that sought to designate the 24th of April a national holiday in honour of the men and women who fought to establish an independent Irish Republic.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Today's rejection by the government of the Lá na Poblachta Bill shows a lack of respect for the men and women who fought to establish Irish independence.
“The purpose of the legislation was to enshrine in law a national holiday around which a programme of events would be organised across the 32 counties in recognition of the central role played by the 1916 Proclamation in encapsulating the ideals of Irish republicanism. It would also have helped create a discourse around the events leading up to the declaration of the Irish Republic. It would also have encouraged the study of the Proclamation and the ideals contained within it and of citizenship.
“The Government's refusal to support this Bill is a rejection of the sacrifices made by the men and women whose struggle paved the way for partial Irish independence.
“The State has only nine designated public holidays, 2 fewer than the European average of 11. This is a fact acknowledged recently by Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes who highlighted this disparity when he said that in the light of public pay restoration talks, additional public holidays should be granted to acknowledge the ‘sacrifices made during the economic crash’.
“I am disappointed but not surprised that the government refused to implement my Bill which would have been a fitting way to acknowledge the 1916 Rising which encapsulates the bravery, foresight and selflessness of the men and women who fought for Irish independence.”
Note: A copy of the Bill can be accessed at: https://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=33210&&CatID=59