Wicklow Sinn Féin has announced details of their commemorations to mark the 96th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Sinn Fein TD Aengus O Snodaigh will give the main oration in Arklow on Easter Saturday and Cllr. John Brady will deliver the main oration in Bray on Easter Monday.
Speaking ahead of the commemorations Cllr Brady said "As we approach the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising it is important more so than ever to honour the sacrifices Irish Men and Women made for the limited freedoms we enjoy today. However it is not just enough to remember them but its important that we re dedicate ourselves to the Republic which was declared on the steps of the GPO on Easter Monday morning1916. The Government parties of Fine Gael and Labour should over the Easter period take time out to read the proclamation of Independence, particularly the section that reads 'We declare the right the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies to be sovereign and indefeasible'. The Government should reflect on that paragraph when they deal with the IMF and the ceding of our economic sovereignty to foreign interests, they should also bear it in mind as they force the Austerity Treaty on the Irish people on 31st May"
"This Easter we are inviting people from right across Wicklow to tie into the Easter commemorations and not just pay tribute to those who fought an empire, but to start the fight back against what is being done in our names by the government. I would also encourage people to wear an Easter lilly to remember or patriotic dead over the Easter time, Sinn Féin members will be out all over the County with them in the coming week"
Arklow, Easter Saturday 7th April, 2.45pm Pettitts supermarket Wexford Rd Arklow, to the park on Main St. Main speaker, Aengus O Snodaigh TD
Bray, Easter Monday 9th April, 12pm, Bray Town Hall to the 1798 monument in Little Bray.
Main speaker Cllr . John Brady