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Sinn Féin welcomes State decision to commemorate Easter Rising

8 February, 2006

Sinn Féin Dáil leader, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD has welcomed the invitation of the Taoiseach to all parties in the Oireachtas to join a group being set up to consider how best the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising should be commemorated.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "Sinn Féin is glad to see that the 90th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising will be commemorated by the State. We believe it was wrong for those annual commemorations to be halted in the first place. We also look forward to making our input to the deliberations of the group being set up by the Taoiseach to consider how best we should celebrate and commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising in 2016.

"The 1916 Rising was for all the people of Ireland. It belongs to no one group and nor should it. The actions of the men and women of Easter Week 90 years ago were a beacon of hope for oppressed people across the world. Their proclamation was a visionary and revolutionary document, which is as relevant today as it was then, especially given that many of its aspirations remain unfulfilled.

"Therefore we would argue that commemorative events shouldn't be just sombre military affairs but rather community and civic led celebrations that should look forward to fulfilling the objectives of those who took on the might of the British Empire 90 years ago." ENDS

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