New York legislators have introduced a state resolution honoring Ireland’s Declaration of Independence, voted a century ago. The measure sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Cusick and Senator Phillip Boyle, calls for January 21st, 2019 to be proclaimed “Irish Declaration of Independence Day” across New York State, with ceremonies on the Assembly and Senate floors Monday, January 28th.Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies AOH around New York State are now calling their state representatives to back the measure (Resolution 90133-02-9).
Last year Senator Boyle and Assemblyman Cusick spearheaded a resolution honoring Ireland’s 1918 national vote for freedom. That measure is credited with bringing new attention to that historic event and its implications today.
This Resolution notes the deep relationship between New York and Ireland. The legislators liken those who signed the America’s July 4th, Declaration of Independence from Britain with those who declared Ireland’s Independence. They recite the basic principles of Ireland’s right to national freedom and memorializes the historic part played within New York State to this cause.
If passed “Irish Declaration of Independence Day” will be proclaimed for January 21st then observed on January 28th with ceremonies on the Assembly and Senate floors, formal presentations to state AOH President Victor Vogel and LAOH President Jacqueline Clute, and a celebration at the Albany AOH Hall, 375 Ontario Street Albany beginning at 5:00 pm or immediately after the Senate and Assembly sessions.
AOH Freedom-for -all-Ireland Chair Martin Galvin noted:
“We applaud Assemblyman Cusick and Senator Boyle, for introducing this resolution.
“Irish Americans, justly proud of America’s Declaration of Independence should also take pride in Ireland’s Declaration of Independence. The AOH wants to honor the legacy of men and women who within three years of seeing leading Irish patriots executed and despite many of those elected being held in British prisons, pledged to ‘carry through for Freedom.”
“It is also important to remember and honor the proud role played by those within New York State who were instrumental in making the Declaration possible.”
“We, finally as supporters of freedom for all Ireland, must remember that this Declaration of Independence was made on behalf of all 32 counties.”