Time for a new Proclamation?
As the Centenary of the 1916 Rising draws near, we invite six people - a journalist, an artist, activists and economists - to write a new Proclamation for today's Ireland
The Proclamation of 1916 is among Ireland’s best known historical documents. Almost 100 years after its publication, it continues to exercise a profound effect on the Irish imagination. In some ways it has not dated but, 99 years on, does it work for 21st-century Ireland?
The Irish Times has asked six people – journalist Fintan O’Toole; disability activist Joanne O’Riordan; theatre maker Grace Dyas, environmentalist Oisin Coghlan; economist Constantin Gurdgiev; and author Gerard O’Neill – to compose new proclamations for today’s Ireland.
We’ve borrowed the idea from the official State Centenary Programme for 2016, launched this week. Its “Proclamation for a New Generation” project begins in schools in the next academic year, and will invite primary and secondary students to write a new proclamation that reflects the “values and aspirations of the generation of 2016”.
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