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.