Labour TD calls for new proclamation of independence

Labour TD calls for new proclamation of independence

Labour TD Aodhan Ó Riordáin has called for a new proclamation of independence, saying Ireland needs to refocus and re-declare its goals as a country.

He was speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, which is focusing on the theme of the 1916 rising.

Deputy Ó Riordáin says this is a time for big ideas, and to combat "poverty of ambition."

"We need a new proclamation, not conceived in blood, but borne out of the ashes of the greatest crisis our people are ever likely to see - a crisis of our own making."

"A proclamation not blaming the excesses of a foreign government, but a re-stating of the best of what we are.

Our enemy is not Britain, but poverty, and poverty of ambition."

Meanwhile, the Junior Minister for the Office of Public Works, Brian Hayes, has criticised a speech by Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly in which she said politics were far from the 1916 ideals.

He said that reform following the recent economic upheaval wasn't just about changing how the regulatory system works, but "also a change in [the way] in which the Dáil has to work."

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