The SIPTU Meath District Council has thanked its activists and supporters for ensuring the series of events it held to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising were a success. SIPTU Meath District Council secretary, John Regan, said: “Our year of commemoration began with an event to commemorate the battle of Ashbourne which was held on 30th April. The day’s proceedings included an address by SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor, and the laying of a wreath at the 1916 Monument in Ashbourne. “There was also the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to the men, women and young people from County Meath who joined the struggle for Irish independence during the revolutionary period in the Dan Shaw Centre in Navan.” SIPTU Meath District Council President, Anton McCabe, said: “In November 2016, the Meath District Council also commemorated 1916 by looking forward with the launch of the Meath Workers Rights Centre in the Dan Shaw Centre. This centre is open to all workers to drop into during office hours to discuss problems they are having in the workplace. “At this event a collection of the commemorative documents and photographs produced by the Meath District Council during the year was placed into a time capsule to be opened in 25 years’ time on May Day 2041. Meath District Council members also took the opportunity to make some predictions covering many topics and these were also placed in the capsule.” He added: “Following what was a successful and rewarding 2016, the Meath District Council would like to wish all its members and their families a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”