Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the Government will not rest until Ireland has reclaimed and restored its economic sovereignty.

He was speaking at the commemoration at Béal na mBláth in west Cork this afternoon.

Mr Kenny paid tribute to Michael Collins who he described as a pragmatist and a passionate lover of Ireland.

He said the challenges that Michael Collins and his colleagues faced in the 1920s were as great as those that the Government faces today.

Mr Kenny is the first serving Taoiseach to address the annual commemoration.

He lay one of four wreaths at the monument to mark the 90th anniversary of the death of Collins during an ambush at the site in August 1922.

General Collins was travelling by car between Bandon and Macroom when he was shot dead.

The Army also fired an artillery salute in honour of their first general.

Sliabh na mBan - the armoured Rolls Royce which was part of the convoy on the day and the vehicle used to evacuate General Collins’ body to Shanakiel Hospital in Cork - returned to the site for the first time in 90 years.