MINISTER HUMPHREYS HOPES FOR LASTING LEGACY OF CONFIDENCE AND PRIDE FROM 1916 COMMEMORATIONS

1 April 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“I want to see an Ireland proud of its identity and comfortable with its history, going forward with confidence and pride,”

Acting Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys stated this week when asked by The Northern Standard what she hoped the lasting legacy of last weekend’s major State commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising would be. “I want to see us go forward into the future with a much deeper understanding of our history and a greater respect for our different cultural traditions.”In an exclusive interview with this newspaper, the Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael TD reflected on the aspirations she had set for the official programme of commemorative events and how she felt these had been reflected in the events that had taken place not just at national but very particularly at community level.

Minister Humphreys was fulsome in her praise of Monaghan Co Council and other local authorities for the manner in which they had taken up the themes set for the commemorations and actualised them in their own programmes of events and activities. She also commented on the ongoing issue of the preservations of buildings in Moore Street in Dublin which are linked to the events of 1916, expressing a degree of disappointment that protesters had heckled and booed as she led a wreath at the structures on Monday…

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Acting Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys observes a minute’s silence on Moore Street at 1.15pm Easter Monday as part of the commemoration of the first shots fired in the 1916 Rising. Photo: Reg Gordon

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