More than 200 children and young people attended a special ceremonial event at Áras an Uachtaráin this afternoon, commemorating the 40 children who died in the 1916 Rising.

The event included a lantern procession, the burial of a time capsule, and a tree-planting ceremony.

As part of the event, children presented a report to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, outlining their vision for the country.

A series of consultations were held with 215 children, aged eight to 18, on the island of Ireland.

They were asked to discuss the things they like about the country, and the things they would like to see changed.

The children said they experienced inclusivity and a sense of community living in Ireland.

But they expressed concern about racism, bullying and smoking, and called on the Government to address homelessness and poverty.

The consultations also revealed the pressures many young people feel about exams and the Leaving Cert points system.