The Labour Party 1916 Cententary Commemoration
The conserved Starry Plough which is now in Collins Barracks
The men and women of the1916 Rising were a diverse group of people. They were poets, musicians, trade unionists, teachers and Gaeilgeoirí. They were challenging the Ireland of their parents – they demanded change. The ideals being pursued by these women and men were radical – they were ideals of citizenship, social justice, equality, liberty, and rights.
It is right that we use the centenary of Easter 1916 to both remember and to reflect on our history; of those moments that shook an empire and paved the way to the birth of a nation. In particular, as Labour Party members, we remember the role of the people from within our movement whose ideas were at the centre of the Proclamation, and whose actions were at the centre of the rebellion.
This commemorative programme fittingly marks the sacrifice of the men and women of the Rising. It looks beyond our island and explores our changing continent and world of 1916. Our programme will pay tribute to the men and women of the Rising. It will question the events of 1916 and it will address the culture of Ireland at that time. It looks to the future and will re-energise our ongoing conversation about how we can achieve the Republic that the signatories of the Proclamation sacrificed their lives for.
I am proud that the Labour Party has produced a programme that will bring the story of the Labour Party and the trade union movement in 1916 across the country. I encourage Labour members to participate and engage in the programme over the coming months and throughout 2016.
Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
Chairperson, Labour Party 1916 Centenary Commemoration
You can view our programme below.