Window-smashing Suffragette and rights activist Hanna Sheehy Skeffington

A PLAQUE is to be erected at Dublin Castle to commemorate Suffragette Hanna Sheehy Skeffington in the coming weeks, to celebrate her role in securing Irish women’s right to vote.

 

The plaque will be erected at the Ship Street entrance to Dublin Castle. This is where Sheehy Skeffington smashed windows at the castle in 1912 in response to women being excluded from the Home Rule Bill vote.

 

Dublin City Council will be erecting the plaque to recognise her contribution to Irish public life.

 

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheal Mac Donnacha said: “Hanna lived in Dublin and was elected to the council, so it’s entirely fitting that Dublin City Council recognise her role in Irish political life by erecting a plaque in her honour.

 

“I look forward to unveiling this later in the year,” he said.

 

Last Tuesday, the granddaughter of Hanna Sheehy Skeffington re-enacted her grandmother smashing the windows to mark the centenary of women getting the vote.

 

Micheline Sheehy Skeffington also gave a speech from a soapbox, similar to the platform used by Suffragettes a century ago.

 

Hosted by the Office of Public Works (OPW), a replica window was created, and Sheehy Skeffington was “arrested” by a policeman as part of the re-enactment.

 

“As a Suffragette, a nationalist and a human rights activist, Hanna was undoubtedly ahead of her time in challenging the boundaries of what was perceived as a woman’s role,” said Maurice Buckley, chairman of the OPW.

 

“This event was about recognising a historic day in Irish public life as well as a celebration of the contribution of Ireland’s most committed feminist, who played a leading role in the struggle for equality.

 

“I want to ensure that the courage of Suffragettes is honoured on the centenary of women getting the vote.”

 

Micheline Sheehy Skeffington said: “What they did and what they achieved is incredibly impressive.

 

“We have the vote today because of them. Power and privilege are never given up easily by any section of society, but things changed through women like Hanna taking a very public and often unpopular stance to demand that change.

 

“So, we owe it to them to ensure they are remembered,” she said.