Friday 9 December 2016

Ireland should have fought alongside Britain in the Second World War

Published 21/08/2015 | 02:30

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina visit V Beach cemetery with Prince Charles, close to the area where most of the Irish casualties occurred, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign during the Great War
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina visit V Beach cemetery with Prince Charles, close to the area where most of the Irish casualties occurred, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign during the Great War

Every year, VE Day and VJ Day come and go and they pass us right by. Why? Because we were not a combatant in World War Two. We should have been.

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The war in Europe ended 70 years ago in May, the war in Asia 70 years ago this month.

Over the years, our connection with the First World War has become stronger. Strictly speaking, we were a combatant in that war because we were still governed by Britain.

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