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Monday 12 November 2018

Government embarrassed by 1916 Centenary says Kenny

Councillor Martin Kenny addressing the commemoration
Councillor Martin Kenny addressing the commemoration

A crowd of around 300 assembled at Sligo City Cemetery on Easter Sunday afternoon for the main county commemoration.

The parade, led by a flag bearers from Sinn Féin Republican Youth, paused and paid their respects at the graveside of Joe MacManus before parading to the main ceremony at the Republican Plot.

Following the reading of the Proclamation and the Sligo Roll of Honour, and the laying of wreaths the main oration was delivered by Sinn Fein's General Election candidate Cllr Martin Kenny.

He claimed the Government was worried and embarrassed by the Easter Centenary.

"Worried that the people will demand the Ireland envisaged in Easter week and embarrassed by their failure over 90 years to deliver the republic.

"The cause of Ireland has been set back by Labour, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

"The 1916 Proclamation and its principles continue to guide this generation of republicans. A generation that can and will make good the promise made in 1916.

"The Noble Six fought to free Ireland from the old system of landlords and bosses who smothered the people; today the smothering is being done by banks and agencies of the State like Irish Water and NAMA."

The ceremonies were concluded by the playing of Amhran Na bFhiann. Earlier in the day wreath-laying ceremony took place in Ballisodare at the graveside of Sligo 1916 veteran Martin Savage, killed at Ashtown Road in 1919.

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