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Sinn Féin MEPs to host Easter Rising seminar in Dublin

18 April, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP, Liadh Ní Riada MEP, Matt Carthy MEP, Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEPs Martina Anderson, Lynn Boylan, Matt Carthy and Liadh Ní Riada will this week host a delegation of European representatives to Dublin to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Speaking ahead of the event this Fridaty, Liadh Ní Riada, Ireland South MEP, said

"We have invited MEPs and European representatives to join us in Dublin for the opening of our weekend of celebrations to commemorate the historic anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

"The one day event, which will be held in the Maldron Hotel on Pearse Street, Dublin will take the format of two discussions, addressing "The Road to the Rising and the Freedom of Small Nations" and "Carnival of Reaction: Ireland since the Rising and the Broader European Implications.'

"Cllr Fintan Warfield will be participating in one of our discussions, providing a background to the Rising whilst Ailbhe Rogers will be highlighting the significant, yet somewhat overlooked role of Women during the Rising.

Matt Carthy, Midlands North West MEP added,

"Gabi Zimmer Die Linkie MEP and President of the GUE/NGL group, as well as Mark Demesmaeker, New Flemish Alliance MEP and Dr Helmuth Markov; German Regional Minister will provide an analysis on the implications of the Easter Rising and its broader European context.

"Sinn Féin views the Proclamation as being as relevant today as it was 100 years ago, and our Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD will be a participant on our panel, discussing delivering upon the ideals of the proclamation.

"This is a significant weekend in Irish history and for Sinn Féin, as we host our annual Ard Fheis in our nation's capital. The pinnacle of the events of this weekend will be held on Sunday 24th, as thousands of people, including our European comrades, will gather together to take part in the 'Reclaim the Vision of 1916' march. ENDS

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