29 March 2006

Ahern urged to give 1916 leader's son place of honour


29/03/2006 - 12:59:40

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was today urged to ensure the last surviving child of an executed 1916 leader is given a place of honour at the commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

Labour TD Tommy Broughan said Fr Joseph Mallin, the son of Commandant Michael Mallin, had not yet received an invitation to the Easter Monday ceremonies.

The Dublin North East TD said Fr Mallin’s relatives have called for urgent action as it is less than three weeks until the event and all Oireachtas members received their invitations nearly a month ago.

“I contacted the Taoiseach’s office and have now been informed that an invitation is at last being sent to Fr Mallin,” he said.

“Fr Mallin SJ has worked in Hong Kong since 1948. He is now 92 years old and corresponds with his Dublin relatives every fortnight.

“He is in good health and on his visits home stays with the Dublin Jesuit community.

“He was an honoured guest of the Taoiseach and Government at the 50th anniversary of the Rising in 1966.

“His relatives believe that Fr Joseph is the last surviving child of the executed 1916 patriots.

“They are grateful for the Taoiseach’s interest but hope that he will now ensure that Fr Joseph is enabled to return home in good time for the commemoration.”

Commandant Michael Mallin was Chief of Staff of the Irish Citizen Army and commander of the St Stephen’s Green garrison during the Rising.

He left behind a wife and five young children, including two-year-old Joseph, when he was executed on May 8, 1916.

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