It looks like Ireland could be getting its own Independence Day

It looks like Ireland could be getting its own Independence Day.

The Independence Day Bill was brought forward in the Seanad yesterday by Senator Keith Swanick, to formally recognise the meeting of the first Dáil on 21st January 1919.

Yesterday local Minister Heather Humphreys said that the Government would not oppose the Bill, and said that an event to mark the momentous occasion would be appropriate.

There’s no plan to designate the day as a public holiday, but it would allow schools, public bodies and community groups to commemorate the day appropriately.

Minister Humphreys says recognising January 21st as Ireland’s Independence Day could be a significant step in connecting younger generations with Ireland’s legacy.