Sunday 24 September 2017

The 1916 dead have left us our Fenian fools and liars

PASSING THE TEST: Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams. The younger members of Sinn Fein are still required to venerate people with a terrible past, like Nazi collaborator Sean Russell. Photo: Tom Burke
PASSING THE TEST: Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams. The younger members of Sinn Fein are still required to venerate people with a terrible past, like Nazi collaborator Sean Russell. Photo: Tom Burke
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

The front page of the February issue of Sinn Fein's newspaper, An Phoblacht, has the headline "Join the RISING", under which are smiley photos of Martin McGuinness, Pearse Doherty, Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams. Across the bottom of the page is the legend "REVOLUTION 1916", under which a familiar profile of Patrick Pearse dominates the foreground, with behind him small, grey images of the six other signatories of the Irish proclamation.

On the right is the image the Sinn Fein shop is flogging on a commemorative badge, starring Pearse again, this time with Constance Markievicz, whom a district nurse saw on Easter Monday 1916 running triumphantly into St Stephen's Green immediately after the murder of unarmed Constable Michael Lahiffe shouting "I got him".

I suppose this makes her a suitable role model for Sinn Fein feminists.

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