Remarks by President Obama on Ireland’s 1916 Commemorations

President Barack Obama's remarks on Ireland’s 1916 Commemorations

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Proclamation.  And I’m struck with how ahead of its time the proclamation was.  It was a daring document; one which its authors were very particular to address to “Irishmen and Irishwomen.”  It’s built around “religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities,” and “cherishing all the children of the nation equally.”

Cherishing all the children of the nation equally.  That’s a vision statement 100 years ago, and it would be a visionary statement today.  It’s a universal value, like the ones in America’s own founding documents, that compels us to continually look forward; that gives us the chance to change; that dares us, American and Irish alike, to keep toiling towards our better selves.” – President Obama