Watch: Parade to mark 99th anniversary of 1916 Rising takes place in Dublin

President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath to remember those who died in the Rising

A military parade to mark the 99th anniversary of the Easter Rising took place in Dublin this afternoon.

It was the centrepiece of a series of national events to mark the 99th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The Dublin parade, involving members of the defence forces, went from Dublin Castle to the GPO, where the tricolour was lowered and President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath to remember those who died in the Rising.

Hundreds of people gathered on O'Connell Street for the event:

The first event of the day took place at Glasnevin Cemetery at 9.30 this morning, where Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, and British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott placed wreaths at the Sigerson monument.

CEO of Glasnevin Cemetery is George McCullagh:

Meanwhile the Tánaiste says no decision has yet been made on whether next year's general election will be held well in advance of the 1916 centenary celebrations.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is mandated to go to the people in April next year, which is likely to clash with the 100 year anniversary of the Rising.

However, there has been much comment about whether the election should be held earlier in the year, to avoid any cross over between politics and the celebrations.

Joan Burton says there has been no decision on a date for the election, and the Government's focus for the 1916 centenary lies elsewhere:

Originally posted at 12.25