Don't make a politically correct version of the Proclamation
Published 10/04/2015 | 02:30
The 'Road to the Rising' is going to be a long one, I'm afraid. It will be tortuous and full of politically correct pieties. It already is.
As to the Easter Rising itself, I tend to agree with John Bruton. I'm not convinced it was necessary. Home Rule was on offer. In time, that would have evolved into full independence. We might have avoided a civil war. We certainly would have avoided a war of independence. Violent republicanism would not have been re-energised by the Easter Rising with disastrous consequences down the decades.
But we are where we are. America might as well debate whether its war of independence was necessary or whether it should have followed the example of Canada, which won independence peacefully.