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Limavady Borough Council endorses Sinn Féin motion to commemorate Easter Rising

13 April, 2006


Sinn Féin MLA for East Derry Francie Brolly has today welcomed the decision by Limavady Borough Council to officially endorse a series of events to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916. Mr Brolly said he hoped the decision 'would enable other councils to endorse similar motions to honour the sacrifice of the men and women of 1916.'

The Council took the decision after it adopted the Sinn Féin motion at the Monthly meeting on 28th March.

Speaking today Francie Brolly said:

"The decision by Limavady Borough Council to formally endorse a series of events commemorating the Easter Rising of 1916 is very welcome indeed. The ideals of Easter week 1916 should threaten no-one. Indeed the proclamation is regarded as one of the most progressive and forward thinking texts of its time and in the years since, espousing the ideals of freedom, justice and equality.

"I commend the council for taking this decision and I hope that it would prove the catalyst to enable other councils to endorse similar motions in honour of the sacrifice of the men and women of 1916.

"As a result of the Sinn Féin motion, the Council has agreed to place a framed copy of the 1916 Proclamation and a bowl of Easter Lilies on display in the Council foyer from 17th April - 28th April, a civic reception to commemorate the Rising on the 21st April and official participation in the Easter commemoration.

"In addition, all council facilities are to be open free of charge to children under the age of 16 on Monday 24th April, as a symbolic recognition of the sentiments of theProclamation of 1916 which called for all of the children of the nation to be cherished equally. It is these ideals which Sinn Féin is aboutpromoting wherever possible.

"I would hope that this years events are a success and that it can be established as an annual event with full council backing." ENDS

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