The Principles and Values which the Council will seek to enshrine as part of the fund, are as follows:
- Re-affirm the importance of Dáil Éireann, and the ideals and principals of the men and women who played their part in the events of 100 years ago.
- Reflect pride in Cork and its people and the roles they played in the events of 100 years ago, pride in the Fire Brigade and their heroic efforts, and their resilience in rebuilding their city.
- Honour the courage of the so-called ‘ordinary’ people who took part in the struggle, and their perseverance in the face of adversity.
- Honour the reasons why they took part in the struggle and continue to seek to bring about the type of Ireland the Volunteers envisaged – equality, fairness, women’s rights, access to jobs and homes, and so on.
- Respect the past with an eye to the future, and examine events in the context of the time in which they happened.
- Recognize that history is not black and white, that stories most be told from all sides to allow for reconciliation and healing, and that the trauma of the period needs to be addressed, perhaps through the schools as an educational programme on the effects of conflict.
- Take care and time so that everyone feels welcome to be present at, and contribute to these events