Dublin's Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh absent from Glasnevin ceremony due to family emergency
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Criona Ni Dhalaigh, was absent from today’s ceremony for the 'Remembrance Wall' unveiling at Glasnevin Cemetery due to a family emergency.
Ms Ni Dhalaigh, Dublin’s first Sinn Fein mayor, was forced to pull out of the event on Friday.
Hundreds gathered at the cemetery in Dublin to witness the unveiling of the wall by local schoolchildren.
The wall is a tribute to those who died in the Easter Rising 100 years ago.
Independent councillor Ruairi McGinley stood in for the mayor and confirmed to Independent.ie that her absences was not down to any “political agenda”.
“She has attended a large number of events over the past few weeks with no problem and she has done more than her fair share,” he said.
Some of Ms Ni Dhalaigh’s party colleagues have been critical of the Necrology Wall leading to questions about her absence.
TD Aengus Ó Snodaighdescribed it as "totally inappropriate".