Kevin Myers: To venerate Collins is to exult in a bloody legacy of atrocity
Published 24/08/2010 | 05:00
It is nearly 90 years since Michael Collins was killed -- and yet only now has it been possible for a Fianna Failer to address the annual rally at Beal na mBlath.
It requires a political memory that cherishes the open wound, and reaches for the sandpaper and salt at any sign of healing, to have made such a rift so enduring. That young Fine Gael boycotted the rally because of the minister's presence suggests that they should rename themselves Ogre Fine Gael.
There's almost nothing one can consciously do about a party-political culture, and the memories it cherishes.