My hope is that the whole nation comes together for centenary of 1916
Last week the programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising was published - and not before time.
Overall it promises to be an innovative, original and exciting prospect.
Heather Humphreys seems to have settled into her new portfolio at last.
However, some people are already critical of the line-up of events, claiming they are unimaginative and lacking in the proper pomp and pageantry. It is obvious that when it comes to celebrating such a great occasion as this everyone is not going to be in agreement with the programme.
However, I believe that the majority of our citizens will be happy at what the Government has in store for us to commemorate this momentus event in our history.
As part of the celebrations there will be a parade passing the GPO on O'Connell Street and a Proclamation Day held in schools across the country where our national flag and a copy of the proclamation will be presented.
There will also be a museum exhibition of 1916 memorabilia, photographs and all other things relating to the Rising.
I, like many others, am particularly pleased that as part of the commemorations the command headquarters of the 1916 rising on Moore Street is to be bought by the Government and turned into a commemoration centre.
It is right and fitting that these buildings become a national monument.
My hope is that the whole nation will celebrate this historical event with dignity and with pride and honour the memory of those patriots who sacrificed their lives to gain us the freedom we enjoy today.