Wednesday 12 December 2018

President unveils plaque to honour suffragette hero

Galway Feminist Collective members read the names of jailed Irish suffragettes as the Hanna Sheehy Skeffington plaque is unveiled by President Higgins. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Galway Feminist Collective members read the names of jailed Irish suffragettes as the Hanna Sheehy Skeffington plaque is unveiled by President Higgins. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins hailed Irish suffragettes and the contribution of women which has been forgotten by history.

The President unveiled a commemorative plaque in honour of women's rights activist Hanna Sheehy Skeffington at the Ship Street Great entrance to Dublin Castle. It marks the spot where Skeffington smashed windows in 1912 in protest against votes for women being excluded from the Home Rule Bill for Ireland.

The President said: "The struggle to create a truly just, inclusive republic of equal citizens continues and we are reminded that if we can summon the same courage as those women of 100 years ago, it is a struggle that we can win."

Irish Independent

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