Strike puts dampener on commemorations
These commemorations won't come around again. So the advertisements for the Ireland 2016 centenary programme this Easter Weekend tell us. The events are specifically designed to be inclusive and family-friendly, with a view to attracting people of all ages to mark this historic occasion.
The highlight of the weekend will see 2,500 members of the Defence Forces - Army, Navy, Air Force and a UN peacekeeping section - as well as representatives of An Garda Síochána and other State emergency services.
These men and women, and their predecessors, have represented the country with distinction.