Tuesday 6 December 2016

It is the people, not the faltering politicians, who guard the Proclamation

Published 29/03/2016 | 02:30

John Redmond, who earned the posthumous mantle of a pacifist from some, while the rebels are derided as savages Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
John Redmond, who earned the posthumous mantle of a pacifist from some, while the rebels are derided as savages Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The best way to commemorate the 1916 Rising is not through military parades or flag waving but by remembering that we, the Irish people, are the custodians of the Proclamation and the egalitarian ideals that inspired it.

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In the latest in a long line of embarrassing statements, Atheist Ireland said yesterday it had declined an invitation to the Easter Rising commemorations because the rebellion was nothing more than "an undemocratic group killing innocent people".

In reality, the rebels were proponents of a radical democracy - in which every man and woman was deserving of a vote, not just a small cohort of landowning men - who had been spurred into action after plans for limited Home Rule were indefinitely suspended.

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