Anger that 1916 commemorative medal unavailable in north

1916 commemorative medals such as this item are produced by the Dublin Mint Office company
Paul Ainsworth

A FIRM producing Easter Rising commemorative medals which were condemned as "insulting" by Sinn Féin has attracted further criticism for snubbing northern customers.

The Dublin Mint Office creates items aimed at coin collectors and earlier this year produced a series of medals based around the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation.

One side of each coin featured an image of a Rising leader, but the other was engraved with a dedication to the Anglo-Irish Treaty and 1922 founding of the ‘Irish Free State’.

This prompted criticism from Dublin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh who claimed the €50 product represented “historical ignorance in the extreme, reminiscent of the worst days of historical revisionism”.

Now the company has been rapped again after a prospective customer in the north was told he was unable to purchase a 1916 medal.

In correspondence, Dublin Mint Office blamed “limitations of our distribution network” for products being unavailable in Northern Ireland.

It added: "If you have friends or family located in the ROI, you might consider asking one of them to purchase the medal on your behalf and sending the item on to you."

Former Sinn Fein Belfast mayor Niall Ó Donnghaile, who now sits in the Seanad in Dublin, said it was a "ridiculous" situation.

“This indicates an underlying ignorance about the ideals of what the Rising was about,” he said.

“The people who went out in 1916 to fight did not do so for just 26 counties.”

He added: “If you can have a Belfast citizen sitting in Seanad Éireann then surely you can have a medal commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising available in the north.”

A spokeswoman for the Dublin Mint Office confirmed to the Irish News that delivery to Northern Ireland is unavailable due to "logistics limitations".

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