A Fianna Fáil senator has called for a review of all of the Government programme of commemorations for the period 1916-1923. 

Mark Daly said a Memorial Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery, which includes the names of all those who died as a result of the conflict, should be included in a review along with all other aspects of the planned programme of commemoration.

The Government has decided to defer an event to commemorate the place of the Royal Irish Constabulary and Dublin Metropolitan Police in Irish history.

The event, which had been scheduled to take place in Dublin Castle later this month, had drawn widespread criticism from TDs, elected representatives and members of the public.

The RIC and DMP fought rebels during the 1919-1921 War of Independence.

They were supplemented by the Black and Tans and 'Auxiliaries', who became known for their brutality, in 1920.


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Today, Senator Daly said while there is no hierarchy of victims there is a hierarchy of causes, and the cause of those who fought to oppose Irish independence cannot be same as those who fought for it.

He pointed to the words of former US President John F Kennedy who said: "A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honours, the men it remembers."

Mr Daly said Glasnevin is the national cemetery where many of the people who did most for Irish independence are honoured and the Government cannot distance itself from what happens at the graveyard. 

He said he would also like the Historical and Reconciliation Police Society, which has proposed events to remember the Royal Irish Constabulary, to come before the committee.

He said there will be, what he described as, an emergency meeting of the All-Party Consultation Committee on Commemorations on 22 January.