The relatives of some of the British soldiers who fought and died during the Easter Rising in 1916 have called for a permanent memorial to their dead to be erected in Dublin.

A former commanding officer with the Sherwood Foresters Regiment, which suffered heavy losses during the Rising, has also urged Taoiseach Enda Kenny to visit the graves of British soldiers who died during the Rising.

In April 1916 young men from the Sherwood Foresters Regiment were at the centre of one of the bloodiest battles of the Easter Rising, when they were ambushed by volunteers near Dublin's Mount Street Bridge.

The first of 31 soldiers to die was Captain Frederick Dietrichsen, and his granddaughters have called for a permanent memorial to the British dead to be erected in Dublin.

A representative of the Sherwood Foresters Museum has also written to the Government seeking support for a joint monument to the soldiers and the volunteers.

Former British army commanding officer Patrick Mercer has called on the Taoiseach to come to England to visit the graves of the dead soldiers as a mark of respect.

A spokesperson for Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys said along with other proposals, consideration would be given to a erecting a memorial to the soldiers.

A spokesperson for Mr Kenny said that while there are no plans for him to visit any graves in the UK, the loss of British army lives during the Rising will be appropriately commemorated next year.

On Twitter, Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibin wrote: "British Soldiers imposing oppression through violence should not be commemorated equally with volunteers seeking Irish freedom."

Read a special report by RTÉ's Justin McCarthy 'Britain's 1916 Soldiers'.