30/11/11 Minister Deenihan launches online ‘Treaty’ Exhibition at National Archives
Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today (Wednesday 30th November, 2011) in the company of An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD launched the new ‘Treaty’ online Exhibition at the National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8.
Speaking at the launch Minister Deenihan welcomed An Taoiseach to the National Archives and thanked him for his attendance saying that it was the first official visit by a Taoiseach in some 20 years. Minister Deenihan went on to say “your presence here today is a clear indication of our Government’s commitment to our heritage and the protection of our valuable archives”.
The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 is probably THE seminal document of the Irish Free State, which in turn evolved into the Republic we now call home. This exhibition being launched is an historic one, covering, as it does the events of 1921 which had such a profound impact on the early years of our Statehood.
Minister Deenihan also said “Many will see, for the first time, the actual document they almost certainly heard their parents or grandparents speak about, either glowingly or negatively. Indeed, what the National Archives have succeeded in doing, is producing an exhibition which has no bias and no agenda. On the contrary, it is simply producing, for the public to see, not only the Treaty document itself, but the Government papers leading up to the signing of the Treaty. What also marks this exhibition out from others is the manner in which documents will be published by the National Archives every day from now up to December 6th, on the exact 90th anniversary of the creation of those documents.”
The timing of this significant online exhibition also plays an important role in encapsulating the tone of the forthcoming Decade of Commemorations, which will focus on the momentous events between 1912 and 1922.