No public holiday for the Rising centenary
Published 07/10/2015 | 02:30
IT sounded too good to be true - and it was. Proposals for an extra public holiday to allow us commemorate 1916 have been shot down by the Cabinet.
A Government-appointed advisory group had recommended that we all be given an extra day off next year to mark the centenary of the Rising, but the Cabinet has decided against it.
The proposal for a Republic Day from the All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations was first revealed by the Irish Independent last year and finally made its way on to the Cabinet's agenda yesterday.
The group identified Monday, April 25, 2016 - which will be 100 years and one day since the outbreak of the Rising - as a potential date. The issue was brought to Cabinet yesterday, where Arts Minister Heather Humphreys recommended that the Government not opt for the extra holiday.
Ministers agreed that, as the Easter weekend is traditionally associated with the Rising, there was no need to mark it with another day off.