MLAs invited to Easter commemoration
I'm glad to see that the Irish government has confirmed that all 108 MLAs from the north will be invited to Dublin to take part in the commeration of the Easter Rising. This is very important as the Irish government must always be aware that the Irish nation can never refer exclusively to the 26 counties.
I doubt that we will see any Unionist representation though I sincerely hope that I am wrong. It would be nice for Unionists to recognise that they have nothing to fear from such commemorations, they are a part of the history of everybody on this island. The Easter Rising was a turning point in the history of this nation and it is right that it should be remembered.
The 1916 Proclamation does not need to be seen as a divisive document but rather a declaration which, if implemented fully can lead to a better Ireland for Catholic, Protestant and dissenter;
The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all of its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.