Saturday 21 October 2017

President fails to deal with Pearse's lack of mandate

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Three state actors, the Defence Forces, RTE and the Presidency, bore the primary responsibility for answering the two questions I posed in my column of February 1, 2015, a full year before.

"How do we honour the men and women of 1916 in 2016? How do we prevent the Recurring IRA from using the centenary as propaganda?"

Last weekend, both the Defence Forces and RTE rose to the challenge. But I cannot say the same about the performance of President Michael D Higgins.

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