Thursday 25 May 2017

Easter Rising was not a 'just war' - and it gave a false legitimacy to IRA

Shauna Sheridan of St Mary’s Holy Faith Convent Secondary School plays Padraig Pearse as the Glasnevin school’s students enact a reading of the Proclamation of Independence. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Shauna Sheridan of St Mary’s Holy Faith Convent Secondary School plays Padraig Pearse as the Glasnevin school’s students enact a reading of the Proclamation of Independence. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
David Quinn

David Quinn

Schools around the country held ceremonies this week to mark the 1916 Proclamation of Independence. In many cases this involved drafting proclamations of their own. To judge from some of these proclamations, the men and women of 1916 died for better public services.

Hmm, could the British not have provided that without any blood being shed? They have the NHS, after all, and as shambolic as it is, it seems to be better than our HSE.

The original proclamation is being touted as though it was a left-wing text of some kind. In fact, most of the proclamation is given over to justifying the rebellion in the name of Irish freedom and placing the rebels as the legitimate heirs of a long tradition of rebellion against British rule.

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