On the historic day that Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of the United Staes of America. This Irish Parliament is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its establishemnt.
The Dáil was established in the Mansion House in Dublin by MP’s from the original Sinn Féin Party (Later to become Cumann na nGaedhael as a opposed to the Current Sinn Féin) who had been elected to the UK Parliament at Westminster in democratic elections in 1918. These MP’s abstained from the UK parliament and formed their own parliament in Dublin this week 90 years ago. Sinn Fein, founded in 1905 by Arthur Griffith, had won an overwhelming majority in the election and established the parliament under this mandate.
One of their first acts was to declare an independent Irish Republic and to seek international recognition.
The celebrations today will see both houses of the Irish Parliament, Dáil and Seanad (Senate) hold a joint session in the Mansion House which was the location of the first sitting in January 1919.
The current day Sinn Fein will hold a celebration tomorrow, January 21st, at the same location to mark the 90th anniversary of the actual day of the first sitting.