On that Easter Monday April 24th 1916 Padraig Pearse marched with his comrades to the General Post Office in Dublin and read from its steps the Proclamation of a new Republic.
This Republic was to be uniquely democratic and positively inclusive.
The core values of it were mapped out in the 1916 Proclamation, which remains for me one of the great documents of history and the mission statement of modern Irish republicanism.
It is a freedom charter for this whole island and all the people who live here.
It guarantees religious and civil liberty and is avowedly anti-sectarian.
It promotes equal rights and equal opportunities for all citizens.
It addresses Irishmen and Irishwomen.
At a time when women did not have the vote this was a revolutionary commitment to universal suffrage.
The Proclamation is a declaration of social and economic intent for a rights based society in which the people are sovereign.
Thousands of Proclamations are being delivered by Sinn Féin activists in the city this week and I would encourage everyone to take time out to read this very important historical document.