24 January 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Peter Hughes

“We are no longer two communities living in the one county – we are together,” stated Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Co Council Councillor David Maxwell at a commemoration in the Council chamber on Monday morning last of the centenary of the first sitting of Dáil Éireann on January 21 1919. Elected councillors and local authority staff and executive members were joined by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, her fellow Cavan/Monaghan TDs Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Brendan Smith, and Senator Robbie Gallagher to listen to the stirring words of aspiration contained in the documents ratified by the first Dáil sitting, as “one of the most ancient nations in Europe” took a stance against “the vested privileges of ancient tyrannies” that would imbue the Irish independence ideal with irreversible momentum.

Minister Humphreys herself read the text of the Provisional Dáil Constitution, after which she thanked Monaghan Co Council for taking the initiative of organising this important commemorative event, the first of a number which herself and her Oireachtas colleagues would attend that day. The Minister thanked the Council for the very appropriate and respectful way it had organised the event, noting that the country was now commencing a new phase of the celebration of the Decade of Centenaries.

Against a backdrop of the Irish, EU and Co Council flags and a picture of the members of the first Dáil, and with the Proclamation of 1916 adorning the speaking podium, Cathaoirleach Councillor Maxwell of Fine Gael read the text of the Declaration of Irish Independence….

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