The 'Reclaim the Spirit of Easter 1916' committee was set up in October 1990 consisting of a cross-section of politicians, writers, artists and trade unionists.

The group are seeking,

To ensure that there is adequate and proper celebration of 1916 and that the spirit that motivated the men and women of that time is marked by people throughout the country.

A series of events has been organised for every county by the committee culminating on 6 April with an open-air concert, a céilí mór and a series of theatrical pageants evoking scenes from 1916. 

Artist and committee member Robert Ballagh describes the current debate over the 75th anniversary as a battle of words - a celebration, a commemoration or an observation. He also feels that the ideals of the men and women of 1916 are totally relevant to the Ireland of today.

An RTÉ News report by Cathy Halloran broadcast on 26 March 1991.