Security will be monitored for 1916 events

Security plans will continue to be monitored as hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend on Dublin for the 1916 commemorations and celebrations.

Security will be monitored for 1916 events

Arts, Heritage, and Gaeltacht Minister Heather Humphreys has promised the commemorations will be for everyone, with hundreds of events such as historical talks, a céilí mór, open-air music gigs, and even a baby rave happening this weekend.

Asked whether this week’s attacks in Brussels had impacted on security arrangements around the weekend of events, Ms Humphreys said: “There is no information regarding any specific threat, but obviously everybody is vigilant, but the gardaí are very much in control and they are very capable of organising and securing these types of events.

“I don’t see that there are any concerns at all, it’s a day for the Irish people.

“The gardaí are obviously in charge of security and I have no doubt that they are continuously monitoring the situation.”

The series of State events will begin on Easter Saturday with a ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance, and will culminate on Easter Monday night with Centenary, a TV spectacular produced by RTÉ in collaboration with the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

The Easter Sunday parade will stretch for 4.5km and involve more than 3,700 members of the Defence Forces, emergency services, and army veterans.

On Monday, Dublin will be transformed for the largest public cultural event to ever be staged in the city centre, Reflecting the Rising.

The celebration will be centred in four main areas in the city and include performances from renowned Irish musicians, workshops, historical lectures, a children’s fun day, re-enactments, and events as Gaeilge.

Ms Humphreys said: “The 2016 commemorations belong to everybody and it is not about any political party, it’s not about any political grouping, and it’s not about any particular group. It belongs to the citizens themselves, the people of Ireland.”

She said that she was “disappointed” that the buildings in Moore St would not be open for the centenary. She did not rule out appealing the court decision.

A High Court ruling has ordered restoration works be halted to a number of buildings in Moore St after action was taken by a group of 1916 relatives. The group believes other buildings on the terrace are also of historical significance and should be included in the area designated a national monument.

Ms Humphreys said: “My priority has always been to restore 14-17 Moore St because that’s the exact place where the final council of war took place and that’s a very important historic building.

“I am disappointed because I was hoping that there would be limited access and people would get the feel of what it’s like to go in there because you can see the tunnels that were created from one house into the next and it gives you a real sense of history. But that won’t happen now.”

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