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1916 announcement by Taoiseach welcomed by Sinn Féin

24 October, 2005


Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh today welcomed the Taoiseach’s announcement that their will be a state organised commemoration to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising and the setting up of a 1916 Centenary Committee to prepare for the centenary. Ó Snodaigh called for the proposed parade to be an inclusive parade and said “It should have associated cultural events which would bring home the ideals and history of 1916 to the whole population of this island, whether young or old.”

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “Any state organised commemoration to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1916 rising should be inclusive and should involve more than just a military parade. It should have associated cultural events in all 32 Counties of Ireland which would bring home the ideals and history of 1916 to the whole population of this island, whether young or old.

“It must be remembered that the rising was the result of a coming together of many groups in Irish society, including the nationalist, the socialist, the women’s movement, the trade unions and the Irish language activists, to proclaim the Irish nation for the Irish people and all these groups must be represented in any future commemorations.

“Irish people are proud of the men and women of 1916 who proclaimed a 32-County Irish Republic based on the republican principles of Equalité, Liberté and Fraternité. They had a vision of a nation where the children were cherished equally and where the wealth of the country was for the people of Ireland.

“Obviously their vision has never been brought fully to fruition. Irish unity is still to be achieved and most of what was contained in the 1916 Proclamation has never been fully delivered and in many ways cannot without the reunification of our country. Sinn Féin is committed to bringing about exactly the kind of Ireland envisaged in the Proclamation. That is our primary focus and that is the difference between us and other parties.

“Sinn Féin has ensured that the men and women of 1916 have been commemorated annually and that their ideals have been kept alive and I welcome the fact that Fianna Fáil has now decided to take part in this process. Our party, nor any other group have a monopoly on republicanism but if everybody pulls together we can make Irish Unity a reality in our lifetime.” ENDS

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