President of the Riigikogu (parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor attends the special centenary sitting of Dáil Éireann in Dublin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the lower house of the Irish Parliament Dáil Éireann.
Nestor thinks that celebrating the 100th anniversary of a parliament shows that parliamentary democracy has justified itself in providing the functioning of the state. “The parliament elected by the people sometimes works slower than we wish, but it takes into consideration several positions and opinions, and searches for compromises,” Nestor said.
Nestor pointed out that the Riigikogu was of the same age as the Dáil. This April, the Riigikogu also celebrates the 100th anniversary of its political discussions and legislative drafting. “One hundred years is a long time in a human’s life, but as countries, we are still young, and we both still have to learn and develop,” Nestor said.
Nestor also emphasised that the relations between Estonia and Ireland continued to be excellent. “Estonia has supported and will also support in the future Ireland’s positions at Brexit negotiations together with other member states of the European Union,” Nestor added.
One hundred years ago, most of the members of parliament elected to the British Parliament from Ireland at the general election of 1918 refused to take up their seats in the House of Commons and founded the Irish Parliament Dáil Éireann. It met for the first time on 21 January 1919 and unilaterally adopted the Declaration of Independence and proclaimed the Irish Republic. The special sitting dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Éireann will be held in the Round Room of the Mansion House, where the First Dáil proclaimed the Irish Declaration of Independence.