President Mary McAleese and the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, have attended a ceremony in Dublin to mark the 95th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The tricolour at the GPO on O'Connell St was lowered at noon and the Proclamation was read by Lieutenant Paul O'Brien of the Naval Service.

The head chaplain to the Defence Forces, Monsignor Eoin Thynne, prayed that people would speak out as one voice against those who persist with cowardly acts of terrorism.

Monsignor Thynne also said that as an island of a thousand welcomes, people should show our love for our neighbour and extend a céad míle fáilte to all visitors.

President McAleese laid a wreath watched by Mr Kenny, Defence Minister Alan Shatter and the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald.

Former Taoisigh Liam Cosgrave and Bertie Ahern were also present as were the chief of staff of the Defence Forces, Lt Gen Sean McCann and the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

The ceremony ended with a fly past by the Air Corps.

Around 3,000 members of the public watched the event on O'Connell Street.