A statue of Robert Emmet nationalist and rebel leader is unveiled at Saint Stephen's Green in Dublin.
The unveiling of the sculpture of Robert Emmet (1778-1803) took place in a ceremony opposite the house where he was born on St Stephen's Green, Dublin.
In attendance were Chief Justice Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, Irish Army Chief of Staff Lt Gen Sean McKeown, Minister for External Affairs Frank Aiken, the Lord Mayor Mr Thomas Stafford, and Mr James Robert Emmet who is the great, great grand nephew of Robert Emmet.
Frank Aiken addresses the crowd gathered for the ceremony saying that Robert Emmet held a special place in the hearts of the Irish people.
All who look upon this fine statue will be grateful to the artist who so successfully captured and recorded the spirit of this noble hero. Irish men will above all be grateful to the man himself who inspired and sustained the generations since his death by his courage and selfless devotion to the liberty of this ancient nation.
The statue was designed by sculptor Jerome Connor and is located directly opposite the house where Emmet was born at 124-125 St Stephen's Green.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 January 1968.