March 26, 2017

Over €7.5 million  spent by government commemorating 1916


Events commemorating the 1916 rising used over €7.5 million, it has been revealed.

Last year, 3,500 events took place nationwide to celebrate one hundred years a nation, delivered by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The largest spend on centenary events was the Easter Sunday parade on O’Connell St Dublin, costing €2.3m.

RTÉ’s Reflecting the Rising events cost a further €2.2m.

Local authorities were allocated €1m to deliver 1,800 events in counties across the country.

€250,000 was also delivered to the Department of Foreign Affairs to host commemoration events in Embassies and consulates around the world.

In March 3,500 relatives of those involved in the Rising were hosted at the RDS alongside President Higgins, costing €411,000.

€120,000 was spent on wreath laying ceremonies in Dublin. One wreath laid for Sir Roger Casement st Banna Strand in Kerry amounted to €105,000.

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