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HAI CEO delivers humanist reflection at 1916 state commemoration

HAI CEO, Jillian Brennan, attended today’s annual State Ceremony at Arbour Hill to commemorate all those who died during the 1916 Rising. The ceremony was attended by the Taoiseach Simon Harris and the Tánaiste and Minister for Defence Micheál Martin. President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath during the ceremony, after which Jillian read the following humanist reflection at the graveside.

In commemorating the leaders of 1916, we must acknowledge our responsibility to uphold the values they fought for. Their vision of a fair and inclusive society, where every individual is treated with respect and dignity, remains as relevant today as it was a century ago.

The ideals championed by the leaders of 1916 resonate deeply with humanist principles – the belief in the inherent goodness of humanity, the pursuit of knowledge and reason, and the commitment to building a more just and compassionate society.

Let us take inspiration from the past to guide us in shaping a better future. Let us stand together, united in our diversity, and work tirelessly to build a society where compassion, empathy, and solidarity are not just words, but the guiding principles of our actions.

Front cover of brochure for state commemoration ceremony. Page from brochure for State commemoration ceremony


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