Saturday 10 December 2016

Whatever path they chose was bloody

The Rising's centenary is uncomfortable for the ideological inheritors of John Redmond

Published 03/01/2016 | 02:30

Sacrifice: An image of the the GPO in 1916. Pearse's strategic concept of the Rising was neither nutty nor romantic
Sacrifice: An image of the the GPO in 1916. Pearse's strategic concept of the Rising was neither nutty nor romantic

It isn't really about 1916. Much of the argument you'll hear over the next few months will be dressed up in the regalia of 1916, but the argument is really about politics today. And about the direction we take into the future.

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Some of the argument will be posed as a defence of John Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, who died in 1918. But it's really a defence of the politics that underpins today's majority parties - Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

An astonishing amount of what passes for debate about these things derives from 'facts' that simply aren't true.

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