A special day of commemoration was held at Lissadell House in Sligo today to mark the 90th anniversary of the death of Constance Markievicz.

Countess Markievicz fought in the 1916 Rising and was appointed the first female government minister in 1919. Sixty years later, Marie Geoghegan-Quinn became the second woman appointed to cabinet and she officially opened the commemoration today.

Mrs Geoghehan-Quinn said that while she gets annoyed at the dearth of women in Irish politics, she feels there is now a glimpse of hope with quotas in political parties.

Today, Fianna Fáil TD Eamon O'Cuiv read the graveside oration which his grandfather Eamon de Valera gave at Countess Markievicz's funeral.

A message was also read on behalf of President Michael D Higgins honouring her legacy.

President Higgins said that Countess Markievicz's language was one of egalitarianism and humanity, language which remains vital in today's increasingly interconnected world.