Dáil Éireann - Volume 260 - 13 April, 1972

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - National Day of Commemoration.

100. Mr. M. O'Leary asked the Minister for Defence whether he is satisfied that the designation of Easter Sunday as the National Day of Commemoration is satisfactory; whether any advance has been made towards making this day and the ceremonies associated with it a sign of reconciliation.

Minister for Defence (Mr. Cronin): Easter Sunday is set apart as a special day on which the State celebrates the securing of independence and honours all who took part in the struggle to achieve it. I am satisfied that this arrangement is a sound one as it avoids the difficulties which would arise in selecting individual anniversaries for commemoration by the State.

I am not clear as to what the Deputy has in mind in the last part of his question.