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Brendan Keenan: Are we bargain of the century?

The Taoiseach could avoid history's harsh judgment if he calls an election

Published 21/11/2010 | 05:00

TONY Blair once said that he felt the hand of history upon him, which most people thought was a bit over the top. But there is no mistaking the hand of history walloping you across the chops.

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These are historical, as well as historic, times in Ireland. In a little over five years, we will have the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Since anniversaries work backwards, this year we are marking the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the State.

I say "marking," because there is nothing like the ceremonies which will be held at Easter 2016. It was a foreign journalist who first pointed out the oddity of this to me. There is no Irish Independence Day, almost no official recognition of independence at all. Amid all the current talk of losing our sovereignty, it was the ghost of Patrick Pearse, not WT Cosgrave, which was regularly summoned.

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