Commemoration of women’s role in Irish history sought

Hunger striking, female prisoners who fought for Ireland are being airbrushed from history

Hunger striking, female prisoners who fought for Ireland are being airbrushed from history

That’s according to Offaly Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, who has called on the Government to dedicate a commemoration ceremony to women and the important role they played in our history.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said these women, many of whom were arrested and went on hunger strike for Ireland’s cause, were being airbrushed from history.

“As we approach a number of milestones in Irish history, it is essential that women’s involvement in Ireland’s struggle for freedom is acknowledged. To date, there has been scant acknowledgement of those brave and patriotic women who, alongside their men, fought for Irish freedom, some as pacifists and others as militants,” she said.

The Fine Gael Deputy said women who fought in 1912 deserve to have their place in history cemented.

“These women made enormous sacrifices for causes they believed in, at a time when a woman’s place was firmly in the home.

“No fewer than 36 women were imprisoned during the 1912 campaign for female suffrage and Home Rule, with many going on hunger strike for political status,” she said, adding that tribute needed to be paid to them.