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Celebrate 1916 and work for Irish unity - Ó Caoláin

11 April, 2006

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD has urged people to attend and support the events throughout the country in the coming week commemorating the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. He said people were “celebrating the spirit of 1916” and the best way to do this was for all who are committed to Irish reunification to work together for that goal. He called on the Irish Government to publish a strategy for Irish unity in the form of a Green Paper and to provide for Six-County representation in the Dáil.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said: "The coming weeks will see hundreds of events, large and small, throughout the country to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Events under the auspices of Sinn Féin’s National Commemoration Committee will take place in all 32 Counties – from all our major cities to small towns and villages and many rural locations. It is a very positive development that the Irish Government has also decided to mark the anniversary with a commemorative event in our capital city. People are celebrating the spirit of 1916 and paying tribute to all of those brave men and women who gave their lives in the cause of Irish freedom.

"I would urge everyone to attend and support these events. By attending your local commemoration you are not only honouring the patriots of the past but also showing the relevance of the Proclamation to the Ireland of today. This should be an occasion to renew our commitment to Irish unity and national sovereignty and to reconciliation between all the people who share this island.

"The best way to celebrate the spirit of Easter 1916 is for all of those who are committed to Irish reunification, regardless of party political affiliation, to work together for that worthy and achievable goal. This places a special responsibility on the Irish Government to set out its strategy for Irish reunification and to seek maximum support for a process of national unity and reconciliation. This should include a Green Paper on Irish Unity and representation in the Dáil for elected representatives from the Six Counties." ENDS

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