A proclamation of modernity or something ancient at work?
It was a progressive result, involving ancient forces of Catholic guilt and aren't-we-great-ism, writes Declan Lynch
Published 24/05/2015 | 02:30
We may be seeing this Yes vote as a proclamation of our modernity, and yet at the root of it, we may find some of our more ancient impulses.
Catholic guilt, for example, must have come into it. Perhaps the most powerful force on the Yes side was the guilt and the shame that we so rightly felt for the disgusting way in which so many gay people have been treated in this country, all down the line.
Sebastian Barry's suggestion that a Yes vote would be a form of apology, had a powerful resonance. And now the winning side must be magnanimous in paying tribute to the body which taught so many of us to be apologetic and embarrassed and ashamed in the first place, and it wasn't Sebastian Barry.