Monday 20 November 2017

Think you'll get a day off for 1916 Commemorations? Think again...

Government rule out extra public holiday

Commemoration marking the 98th Anniversary of the 1916
Commemoration marking the 98th Anniversary of the 1916

Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor

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 expert 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 that we already have enough days off.

The proposal for a Republic Day was first revealed by the Irish Independent last year and finally made its way onto the Cabinet’s agenda today.

It was suggested by the All Party Consultation Group on Commemorations which is charged with coming up with events for 2016.

The group identified Monday, April 25, 2016, which will be 100 years and one day after the outbreak of the Rising, as a potential date for the holiday.

The focal point of the commemorations next year will be around Easter Sunday which falls on March 27.

However, the actual anniversary of the start of the rising, April 24, will be on a Sunday. The all-party group, headed by Dr Maurice Manning, suggested that the one-off holiday be the following day.

The issue was brought to Cabinet today 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 on April 24.

Sinn Féin is bring its own proposal for a public holiday linked to 1916 before the Dáil on Friday – but it too will be opposed by the Government.

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