Cllr Des Gukcian has said he believes the Easter 1916 Rising deserves to be commemorated, but in a modest way.
“I think that the centenary commemorations should be confined to Easter Week 2016. In no way should €24m be spent. It is money we do not have. Why go overboard when there is so little to celebrate?” he asked.
“Without exception, our present crop of political parties have long forgotten the high ideals and noble principles of those who, in desperation, rose out in 1916.
“Central to The Proclamation message was an appeal that their efforts should never be dishonoured by cowardice, inhumanity or rapine. Let us think deeply about the context in which that Rising happened and begin to honour their memories by trying to achieve and to implement some of their noble aims. That is the greatest “monument” we can “erect” to their memories,” the Carrick-on-Shannon Area Councillor concluded.