The annual commemoration for Michael Collins at Béal na Bláth has heard that had he not been killed, the role of women in the economic and social life of the first 50 years of the State would have been different

Giving the oration on the 93rd anniversary of Collins' death, Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald suggested women were kept from key roles in the State after his death. 

Ms Fitzgerald said Collins had built up a network of trusted, courageous, smart and savvy intelligence officers who happened to be women. 

She added Collins would never have allowed them retreat from history.

Speaking on the economy, Ms Fitzgerald said Collins played a major role in winning freedom for a sovereign nation, noting we owe it to him to continue with that path, to continue to put our country on a sound economic basis so there can be fairness and equity.