Sunday 20 August 2017

Eoghan Harris: Time to call a halt to TG4's executions obsession

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

LAST week, I kept thinking about the Latin phrase 'in loco parentis' ('in place of the parents'). Any parent knows how adolescents crave the moral authority of adults. But our young people are entitled to the same authority from those who act in loco parentis: the State, the mass media, civil leaders at every level of society.

The 1916 Proclamation implies that the State is in loco parentis. It speaks movingly about "cherishing all the children of the nation equally". But the leaders of the 1916 Rising were also in loco parentis. Their decision to lead their children down a physical- force path should be debated rather than celebrated coming up to 2016.

Leaving that aside, for now, we can presume the "flag" covers all the principles of the Proclamation. This means those who pay lip service to the 1916 Proclamation, especially the IRA and Sinn Fein, are duty bound to act in accordance with all the principles of the Proclamation – including the ones about not dishonouring the Republic by committing murder and rapine, as well as the explicit enjoinder to "cherish the children of the national equally".

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