Sinn Féin calls for expanded 1916 commemorations

Sinn Féin has called for the official celebrations marking the anniversary of 1916 to be given a wider focus.

Sinn Féin has called for the official celebrations marking the anniversary of 1916 to be given a wider focus.

A scaled-down version of last year's military parade on O'Connell Street in Dublin will take place tomorrow with the President and Taoiseach due to attend.

However, Sinn Féin has claimed that the event should in future include cultural and historical participants reminiscent of Saint Patrick's Day.

Deputy Caomhighin O'Caolain said there was plenty of time to plan ahead: "There are opportunities (to include) a whole disparate range of Irish culture, language, history.

"We would hope that in the period running up to the 100th anniversary of 1916 a much wider platform will be initiated, leading to that very special commemoration in 2016."

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