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There is now a renewed awareness that the women of the revolutionary generation ventured everything – their lives, their ‘respectability’, their fortunes – to win many of the rights that we hold dear today. 7 October 2018

The President’s approach to the Decade of Centenaries has been to ensure that this time of intense public remembering would go beyond a simple memorialising of the past, and would be used to ensure that we, as a nation, should engage in 'ethical remembrance'. Through his work, President Higgins invited us to engage with the complex and difficult legacies of our history, and to recognise the diversity of perspectives on our shared history. By leading public commemorations he has shaped public discourse, recognising complexity, expanding on the ethical issues involved in the process of commemoration itself, drawing attention to the silenced role of women and labour; providing the language and ideas which allow the public to engage with events such as the 1916 Rising and the First World War in an enriching way, and in a way that is not divisive. The President’s emphasis on the ideals underpinning the Irish Revolution and their potential for our future is a very optimistic message which has found great resonance with the public at home as well as with our diaspora. The President’s approach was to systematically strive to include those voices which had been excluded, disenfranchised or marginalised, whether by virtue of their class, their ethnicity or their gender. As a result, the historical contribution of Irish women, not only in the battle for national independence, but in the struggle for workers’ rights, for women’s rights, for emancipation and for equality, has come more to the fore.

With actors at the Ceremonial event for the Irish Citizen Army and James Connolly, 2016

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THE PRESIDENCY IN REVIEW 2011 - 2018

Profile for Áras an Uachtaráin

The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018  

'The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018’ provides a comprehensive overview of the work and expenditure of the Office of the President of Irelan...

The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018  

'The Presidency in Review, 2011-2018’ provides a comprehensive overview of the work and expenditure of the Office of the President of Irelan...