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McDonald calls on young people to join the campaign

15 April, 2006


Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald speaking following the unveiling of a plaque in Phibsboro  to Seán Healy, a member of Na Fianna Éireann who was killed during the 1916 Rising  said ‘It is important to commemorate the 1916 Rising and to remember all those involved.  But we must do much more than that. The best way to celebrate the spirit of Easter 1916 is for all of those who are committed to Irish reunification to work together for that worthy and achievable goal.  Today I want to call on young people across the city to join the campaign to make partition history.”                       

Ms McDonald said: “I want to begin by commending the work done by local republicans and Cllr Nicky Kehoe in particular who took the initiative to mount a plaque to mark the sacrifice of Seán Healy, who lost his life on this spot 90 years ago while serving in Na Fianna Éireann.

“The tragedy and emotional impact of the executions of 16 of the leaders of the Rising can often overshadow some of the other less well known but perhaps more heartbreaking stories of Easter Week.

“The decision of the State to begin commemorating the 1916 Rising is one that we welcome, and for a number of months it has led to a debate about what is being remembered, the meaning and relevance of the Proclamation in modern Ireland and even whether such a commemoration should take place at all.

“Sinn Féin welcomes the debate, as we welcome the new-found interest in republicanism evident in this country, sometimes in the most surprising places.

“But in all the debate and discussion, sometimes the human side of what took place can be forgotten. The loss of any life is a tragedy, but the loss of young people is especially so because the potential of what they could have been went unrealised.

“It is important to commemorate the 1916 Rising and to remember all those involved.  But we must do much more than that. The best way to celebrate the spirit of Easter 1916 is for all of those who are committed to Irish reunification to work together for that worthy and achievable goal.  Today I want to call on young people across the city to join the campaign to make partition history.” ENDS

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