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Monday 26 September 2016

Fireworks thrown at gardai as 1916 monument is unveiled in Glasnevin

Enda Kenny lays a wreath at the wall Photo: Colm Mahady / Fennells
Enda Kenny lays a wreath at the wall Photo: Colm Mahady / Fennells

Gardai arrested a teenager after a clash between officers and protesters disturbed the unveiling of a 1916 monument at Glasnevin Cemetery.

There was a strong garda presence at the unveiling of a Remembrance Wall for all those who died in the Rising 100 years ago.

The necrology wall lists the names of 485 people who died in the Rising - including 262 civilians, 107 British soldiers, 58 rebels and 13 policemen.

A small group of people opposed to the monument - because it includes the names of English soldiers - rallied outside the cemetery holding republican flags.

Fireworks were also thrown at gardai, while individuals also attempted to burn the Union flag in a brief clash with authorities. However, because of the damp conditions the flag failed to light.

The garda riot squad appeared after the fireworks were thrown at uniformed gardai.

A garda spokesman confirmed to the Herald that a 15-year-old was arrested and later released. He will be dealt with under the juvenile justice system.

Meanwhile, chiefs at Glasnevin Cemetery were left red-faced after a spelling mistake was spotted on the monument.

The monument bears the words "Eírí Amach Na Cásca 1916", but eagle-eyed Irish speakers highlighted an error.

A spokesperson confirmed there was a misplaced fada - "Eírí" should have been spelled "Éirí". Eírí Amach Na Cásca is the Irish for the Easter Rising.

"The mistake will be corrected immediately," he added.

Fianna Fail TD Eamon O Cuiv described the mistake as "crazy". "These things should be proofed and checked," he said.

Local children from nearby schools unveiled the wall, while Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny laid a wreath during the event, which was part of the official State commemorations.

Emergency

However, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Criona Ni Dhalaigh, was absent from the ceremony due to a family emergency.

Ms Ni Dhalaigh, Dublin's first Sinn Fein mayor, was forced to pull out of the event on Friday.

Independent councillor Ruairi McGinley stood in for the mayor and said her absence was not down to any "political agenda".

Some of Ms Ni Dhalaigh's party colleagues have been critical of the Necrology Wall. TD Aengus O Snodaigh described it as "totally inappropriate".

Other notable figures at the ceremony included former taoisigh Bertie Ahern and John Bruton, RTE star Joe Duffy and Transport Minister Pascal Donohoe.

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