Saturday 16 December 2017

Upcoming 1916 commemorations 'belong to everyone'

Minister for arts heritage and the gaeltacht Heather Humphries
Minister for arts heritage and the gaeltacht Heather Humphries

NEWLY-appointed Arts Minister Heather Humphreys has said the upcoming 1916 commemorations "belong to everyone" and not just one tradition.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ms Humphreys said getting the decade of centenary commemorations right is a "very important part of my agenda".

"1916 belongs to everybody, and particularly the people. I want these events to be respectful and that they take accounts of all traditions," she said.

She said that she intends consulting as widely as possible to ensure that the events to remember Easter Week 1916 are "respectful and inclusive of all traditions".

Ms Humphreys yesterday attended an event in Howth, Co Dublin, to remember the voyage of the Asgard taken by Erskine Childers and others in which hundreds of guns were landed for use in 1916.

"The President was here and relatives of those involved in the Asgard landing of arms were here too. So it was a highly important day," she added.

Having Minister Humphreys, a member of the Presbyterian community from a border county, in charge of the events around the 1916 centenary, is seen as a significant move by the Government.

Irish Independent

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