Friday 9 December 2016

Don't make a politically correct version of the Proclamation

Published 10/04/2015 | 02:30

Members of the Cabra Historical Society stage a re-enactment of the historic O'Rahilly Charge on Moore Street in Dublin. The O'Rahilly Charge was one of the last acts of defiance by the 1916 rebels. Michael Joseph O'Rahilly was killed in the charge covering the retreat from the GPO on Easter Friday (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Members of the Cabra Historical Society stage a re-enactment of the historic O'Rahilly Charge on Moore Street in Dublin. The O'Rahilly Charge was one of the last acts of defiance by the 1916 rebels. Michael Joseph O'Rahilly was killed in the charge covering the retreat from the GPO on Easter Friday (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

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.

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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.

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