Tuesday 28 February 2017

Sick and tired of 1916 ...
even before 2016 begins

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Illustration: Jim Cogan
Illustration: Jim Cogan

Trope originally meant a phrase added to the sung Latin Mass. Today, it means a recurring motif that has become a moth-eaten cliche. Current tropes include arguments about 1916, the media's love in with Leo Varadkar - and my paeans of praise to the people West Cork.

Let me start by saying I'm sick of 1916 already. By 2016, I hope you will be sick of it too. So I was glad John Bruton rained on the parades which Adams & Co hope to review from prominent political platforms over the next two years.

Bruton did not make the mistake of making militant green noises to protect his republican rear. My own policy in polemics with the Provos is also to take the hard line. So I say the RIC and RUC were Irish policemen doing their duty, that World War I was a necessary first round in repelling German aggression and that Patrick Pearse was as mad as a March hare.

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