Friday 21 November 2014

An Post hits back in John Bruton row over new stamp

Published 13/08/2014 | 02:30

The stamp of features John Redmond and Edward Carson
The stamp of features John Redmond and Edward Carson

AN Post has rejected claims by John Bruton that the company has failed to properly recognise the achievements of former republican leader John Redmond, who devised the Irish Home Rule Bill.

The former Taoiseach hit out at a stamp released by An Post last month, which depicts Redmond as a cartoon character on a British recruitment poster.

Speaking at the Parnell Summer school, Mr Bruton described the stamp as "unflattering" and said Redmond should be properly recognised for achieving the passage of the bill.

"An Post have apparently produced a stamp of John Redmond this year, which is John Redmond on a British recruitment poster. I would have thought that if we want to look at the passage of 100 years of Home Rule next month, I think something more constructive could have been found," Mr Bruton said following the event.

Mr Bruton told an audience that the bill was something " no other leader could achieve".

The centenary of the bill is due to be celebrated next month.

However, Mr Bruton's criticism of An Post was rejected by company sources, who said the stamp in question was released last month to commemorate the First World War. The firm has since produced a 60c stamp, designed by Ger Garland, which features both the Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party and Unionist politician Edward Carson.

"An Post absolutely recognises the importance of Home rule and this is reflected in the latest stamp," a source said.

Irish Independent

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