Sunday 19 November 2017

Majority against royals at 1916 events

1916 Easter Rising anniversary
1916 Easter Rising anniversary
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

THE majority of Irish people in their 30s are opposed to any of the British royal family attending next year's 1916 Rising centenary celebrations.

Only one in eight believe such an invite should be extended to British royalty, according to a poll carried out for the Irish Independent and Today FM.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, speaking during the state visit of President Michael D Higgins to the UK in April, invited that country's queen and members of her family to attend the commemoration.

However, no decision has been made as to what particular events any of the British royals will attend.

There has also been ongoing controversy as to what should be an agreed national remembrance programme to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

One of the other key findings of the poll showed that just over half of all 20-49-year-olds believe the centenary "is a major cultural event".

And they maintain it should be commemorated as such, given its historical significance. A further 25pc describe it is "a reasonably significant" event.

The overwhelming conclusion among those surveyed was that family and descendants of the 1916 leaders should be invited to attend all the major ceremonies. This view was shared by three out of five of those aged between 20 and 49.

A quarter of those surveyed had no strong opinion on the commemorative ceremonies.

Irish Independent

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