Tuesday 17 October 2017

Despite the promises of independence, we've let ourselves become slaves

So much for the terms of the Lisbon Treaty on democratic checks and balances

The Irish people have always had a disposition towards the condition of slavery as part of the government of its people. Despite the reverence for freedom expressed in the opening sentence of the 1916 Proclamation, and the ideal of that freedom that followed the collapse of the Rising and eventually manifested itself through independence and the signing of the 1921 Treaty, the enjoyment of it was shortlived.

The so-called freedom from a "long usurpation by a foreign people and government", when eventually achieved, was freedom from a range of democratic rights that had eventually placed Ireland at the centre of British politics and had created circumstances in which a majority of Irish people wanted what they had and kept much of it for decades in the structures and traditions of public and civil service on which the State depended. Both structures and traditions have been corrupted now and we are floundering because of this.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Independent.ie Comments Facility

INM has taken the decision to remove the commenting facility on its online platform Independent.ie to minimise the legal risk to our business that arises from Ireland's draconian libel awards system.

We continue to look forward to receiving comments through direct email contact or via social media, some of which may still be featured on the website Independent.ie

Don't Miss