Monday 5 December 2016

Why I politely declined my invitation to the 1916 Easter Rising commemorations

Published 26/03/2016 | 02:30

Michael Collins with Joe O’Reilly arriving for the first sitting of Dáil Éireann in 1919. Photo: Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection
Michael Collins with Joe O’Reilly arriving for the first sitting of Dáil Éireann in 1919. Photo: Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI collection

One of the perks for the privilege of being a former TD is that you receive formal embossed invitations to national civic events like tomorrow's 1916 Easter Rising centenary commemoration.

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I rang the protocol section of the Department of the Taoiseach to politely decline. I've no criticism of the State's organisation of ceremonies and wish no disrespect to the hundreds of family descendants who'll forever treasure this historic occasion.

My sentiments are rooted in what I might term a conscientious apathy.

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