Leo Varadar has said the national commemoration service for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) on 17 January is “about remembering our history, not condoning what happened”.
His comments come in the wake of Dublin City Council’s vote last night to boycott the commemoration service.
An emergency motion put before councillors by several Independent and Sinn Féin councillors described the event planned to be held in Dublin Castle on 17 January as “obscene”.
The motion stated: “Only a subservient government suffering from a post-colonial state of mind and ashamed of our revolutionary history would encourage this disgraceful event”.
The government has confirmed plans to commemorate those who served in the RIC and the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) prior to Irish independence. Both groups were disbanded in 1922 following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.