10/04/12 – Minister Deenihan marks Centenary Anniversary of the introduction of the Third Home Rule Bill for Ireland in Westminster Parliament
Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will tomorrow, Wednesday 11 April 2012 mark the Centenary Anniversary of the introduction of the Third Home Rule Bill for Ireland to Parliament in Westminster on 11 April 1912. To mark the importance of this historic event, Waterford City Council will host a commemorative evening in the Large Room, City Hall at 8.00 pm.
Arranged in the context of the National Commemorative Programme for the Decade of Centenaries prepared under the direction of Minister Deenihan, this event will feature a memorial lecture presentation on John Redmond and the achievements of the Irish Parliamentary Party.
Speaking in advance of the event, Minister Deenihan said “The decade that commenced from the introduction in the parliament at Westminster of the Home Rule Bill in April, 1912 remains the most momentous of our modern history. I am proud to be beginning the Decade of Commemorations in Waterford, and I look forward to the opportunity to mark the milestones in our country’s history with a series of events over the coming months and years.”
Minister Deenihan will open proceedings, and will welcome the Minister of State for Northern Ireland Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP.
Mr Dermot Meleady will speak on ‘John Redmond and the leadership of the Irish Parliamentary party to 1912’ and Mr Frank Callanan SC will address ‘Redmond and the Third Home Rule Bill’.
Mr Hugo Swire MP and Dr Maurice Manning, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Commemorations, will respond to these presentations.
Note for Editors:
The Decade of Commemorations comprises a series of events organised by Jimmy Deenihan TD and the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht to mark significant centenary anniversaries occurring between 1912 and 1922.
John Redmond MP was leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 to 1918. He served as MP for Wexford, New Ross and finally Waterford City (from 1891 until 1918). Redmond led efforts to have the third Home Rule Bill introduced to Parliament.
Mr Frank Callanan SC is the author of a number of books on Parnell and other leading figures from the Home Rule movement, including “The Parnell Split, 1890-91”.
Mr Dermot Meleady is the author of “Redmond, the Parnellite” – an account of the life and early career of John Redmond.
Mr Hugo Swire MP is Minister of State for Northern Ireland. His responsibilities include commemorative initiatives for centenary anniversaries.
Dr Maurice Manning is a former TD and Senator. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Commemorations for the Decade of Centenaries. Dr Manning is also the Chancellor of the National University of Ireland and President of the Irish Human Rights Commission.