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Any Progress on Awards for Members of Cumann na mBan?

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Wexflyer
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At the time of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising there was considerable media attention given to the fact that members of Cumann na mBan were systematically discriminated against when it came time to award medals and pensions. Was anything actually done?

 

I must declare a personal interest. My grandmother was a member of Cumann na mBan. She was mobilised for Easter Week, and was present for the reading of the 1916 proclamation.

However, she was denied any official recognition, despite the uncontested evidence of her commanding officer, as well as the garrison commander and others that she served.

She continued to fight for an award until shortly before her death, but without success.   She always maintained that she had done as much as others who did receive both medals and pension.

Edited by Wexflyer

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