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Doolan tables motion to honour the forgotten hero of 1916

10 April, 2006

Sinn Féin Dublin South East Representative Councillor Daithí Doolan, today called on Dublin City Council to honour one of their forgotten women of 1916.

Speaking ahead of today's Council meeting, Cllr. Doolan said:

"I have tabled a motion today calling on Dublin City Council to honour Elizabeth O'Farrell in a fitting & honourable manner here in Dublin's south inner city. To many Elizabeth O'Farrell will be known as Nurse O'Farrell, who while accompanying Padraig Pearse, handed over the official surrender to the British forces at Moore Lane in Easter 1916.

Elizabeth, a member of Cumman na mBan, played a full and active role in the Rising of 1916, but unfortunately Elizabeth O'Farrell was immediately written out of Irish history. Revisionists have attempted to air brush her out of our history. A brush was literally taken to the picture of the historic event and she was vanished from history in a manner Stalin would have been proud of.

"I feel it only fitting that we remember this great woman and recognise the full role she played during those historic events of 1916. In this the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916 I firmly believe that we should honour her with a statue where she lived in the City Quay area of Pearse Street."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, said, "I hope we can use the event to reflect on her role in 1916 and ensure that women take their rightful place in the records of Irish history." ENDS

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