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Monday 22 September 2014

Former Taoiseach Bruton's views on Rising under fire

Published 05/08/2014 | 02:30

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John Bruton, Former Taoiseach and President IFSC
John Bruton, Former Taoiseach and President IFSC

Former Taoiseach John Bruton has been criticised for suggesting the 1916 Rising was "unnecessary."

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Mr Bruton is calling for the centenary of the passage of the Irish Home Rule Bill in September 1914 to be commemorated and has warned against the glorification of violence and war by the State.

His comments about the Rising were criticised yesterday by Fianna Fail, which said they have upset some of the 150,000 direct descendants of those who fought during Easter Week.

Senator Mark Daly called on Arts and Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys to clarify whether Mr Bruton's comments are reflective of the Government's position.

A spokesman for Minister Humphreys said the commemorative arrangements for the Centenary of the Easter Rising are still under development and there will be special consideration to include their descendants and relatives.

Irish Independent

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