The Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Jim Sreenan has said the restoration of the military parade in Dublin on Easter Sunday is a very significant event for the Defences Forces.

General Sreenan said his troops are in the direct line of the 1916 volunteers. He said the Defence Forces welcomed the opportunity to show their appreciation to these people who made it possible for the Irish army to march down O'Connell Street.

The General, who was speaking on RTÉ Radio's This Week programme, also said the ceremony was an opportunity for the Defence Forces to express gratitude to the people of Dublin and the whole country for the support they have given the troops since Independence.

There was a full dress rehearsal at The Curragh this afternoon for the Dublin Easter parade in which more than 2,000 troops will participate.

The Chief of Staff recalled that, as a young officer, he had carried the Tricolour in 1966 at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Rising.  He also said that he was one of the Irish cadets who provided a Guard of Honour at the funeral in Washington in 1963 of President Kennedy - at the request of his widow Jacqueline.