Dublin roads closed for 1916 parade

Saturday 15 April 2006 22.07
Military parade - Preparations for 1916 commemoration
Military parade - Preparations for 1916 commemoration

Large crowds are expected in Dublin tomorrow morning for the military parade commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising. A special ceremony will begin at the GPO on O'Connell Street at noon, just before the parade commences.

Gardaí are reminding motorists that some of Dublin's main thoroughfares have closed ahead of tomorrow's events.

O'Connell Street, Parnell Street, Cavendish Row, Saint Mary's Place and Great Western Way closed at 7pm this evening with many other streets in the city due to close from 6am tomorrow morning.

Diversions will be in place and delays are expected until the roads open again at 2.30pm tomorrow.

Coverage of the 1916 ceremonies will be broadcast live on RTÉ One from 11.30am tomorrow morning. 

Meanwhile, this afternoon the Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, called for a national coalition for Irish unity.

Speaking at his party's Easter Commemoration in Dublin he said he welcomed the Taoiseach's call for a return to the core values of Irish republicanism.

Mr Adams said that the heart and soul of Irish republicanism are to be found in the Proclamation of 1916.

He said that while there has been progress, the Proclamation is unfinished business which the majority of Irish people want to see brought to completion.