1916 relatives meet ahead of centenary events

Sunday 22 June 2014 22.21
The 1916 Relatives Group represent relatives of rank and file volunteers who took part in the rebellion
The 1916 Relatives Group represent relatives of rank and file volunteers who took part in the rebellion

Relatives of those who took part in the 1916 Rising have met in Dublin to call on the Government to ensure they will be invited to the official centenary events in two years time.

The newly established organisation, called the 1916 Relatives Group, represent relatives of the rank and file volunteers who took part in the rebellion.

They say that it has been suggested that only relatives of the executed leaders will be invited to the ceremonies.

The group says a total of 2,500 medals were awarded to those who took part in the Rising and say their relatives should not be ignored.

A spokesperson for the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said the commemorative arrangements are still under development and said they will acknowledge the service of those who took part in them events of 1916 with special consideration to include their descendants and relatives.

The Department has also called for more relatives to come forward.