100th Anniversary of the First Dáil Éireann to be marked in Derry
Sinn Féin will host a major event in Derry to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First Dáil Éireann.
The event will take place in the Guildhall this coming Monday 21 January 2019. There will be an exhibition from 6.45pm followed by the main event at 7pm which will include an address by Sinn Féin Vice-President Michelle O’Neill.
Speaking ahead of the event Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said it is important that we recognise the inaugural meeting of An Chéad Dáil Éireann which took place in the Mansion House on 21 January 1919.
The Foyle MP said:
“The meeting of the An Chéad Dáil Éireann was an unequivocal act of national self-determination.
“This followed the landslide election victory for Sinn Féin in 1918, which was an overwhelming endorsement of the desire for an independent Ireland.
“The Irish Republic established here 100 years ago was based on the proposition that the people are sovereign and that the public right and welfare comes before the interests of private profit and property. Never was that principle of the Democratic Programme needed more than it is now.
“This event is open to the public and entry will be permitted on a first come first served basis. We anticipate a large crowd on Monday night, therefore I would people encourage to arrive early.
“There will be an exhibition in the Guildhall from 6.45pm followed by the main event at 7pm which will be addressed by Sinn Féin Vice-President Michelle O’Neill.”