Tuesday 17 October 2017

The Big Fella would have had no time at all for today's small-minded politics

The Civil War divide must be cast aside so FF and FG can form a national government, says Marc Coleman

Each year in August, usually on the third Sunday of the month, diehard Blueshirts gather in Beal na mBlath to honour the memory of the remarkable Michael Collins.

His life inspired admiration and his death by assasination 88 years ago to the month inspired imitation.

Back in the Thirties future Israeli President Yitzhak Shamir studied his tactics when driving the British out of Palestine and even adopted the codename "Michael" in his honour. But, Fine Gael nostalgia aside, his relevance in Ireland has been confined to history departments of universities. Until now that is. To compare Brian Lenihan's self- sacrifice with that of Michael Collins could be dismissed as histrionic. If so, his decision to become the first Fianna Fail politician to give the Beal na mBlath oration is historic.

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