Easter Rising motion to go before council

Ruairi McHugh.
Ruairi McHugh.

Sinn Fein will present a motion aimed at commemorated the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising before Derry City and Strabane District Council on Thursday.

The motion will be put before council by Sinn Fein councillor, Ruairi McHugh.

The motion will ask for the council to mark the decade of 100th anniversaries from 1913-1923 in a fitting and dignified manner, by giving recognition to the diverse narratives of the period, including the 1916 Easter Rising, the Battle of the Somme and other significant events.

Sinn Fein believe it can be achieved by putting in place a working group that will compile a commemorative programme and explore the establishment of physical memorials, reporting to the Business and Culture Committee by October 2015.

The Easter Rising took place over Easter week in Dublin in 1916.

Regarded as the most significant rising to happen in Ireland since 1798, the Easter Rising resulted in the surrender of the Irish rebels to British army. Many of the leaders of the Easter Rising were later executed by the British army at the nearby Kilmainham Gaol.

The Easter Rising is celebrated every year by republicans all over the world, many of whom chose to wear a symbolic Easter lily.