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City plans ahead for 1916 event

DUBLIN City Council is to form a committee to plan a series of celebrations in the run-up to the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

Although the anniversary is still more than five years away, city officials believe that now is the time to start planning.

Proposals will also be brought forward to mark other significant events including the 1913 Lockout and the founding of the Irish Volunteers in 1915.

Cllr Criona Ni Dhalaigh who has campaigned for the project told the Herald that work will been "as soon as possible".

She said: "These events have enormous tourism potential."

The Oireachtas has already set up a cross-party group to devise a national plan, but Cllr Ni Dhalaigh (SF) says Dublin needs its own celebration.