Today, we celebratethe first meeting of Dáil Éireann on 21 January 1919. Dáil Éireann was established on the principles of the 1916 Proclamation. In essence, we are all guardians of the values of the 1916 Proclamation. Its aims and objectives are timeless and universal. It should be remembered that what we will be celebrating this year is that which others sought to achieve in 1916. It is not about those against whom we struggled to achieve our full potential as a nation. Pádraig Pearse and his fellow signatories to the Proclamation sought to set out ideals and principles to guide us when faced with problems that they could not even imagine. As we celebrate all those involved, we should remember the words of John F. Kennedy when he said: “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but the men it honors, the men it remembers.” I hope that our celebrations this year of 1916 will honour the men and women of our greatest generation. We must never stop trying to achieve the standards they set us regardless of how difficult the challenges.