Saturday 10 December 2016

Why are we still listening to the 1916 Secret Seven?

You treat the 1916 Proclamation as Holy Writ at your peril, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 19/04/2015 | 02:30

CITED THE PROCLAMATION: Gerry Adams referenced it in relation to austerity, but why should we pay any attention to what the signatories thought about anything?
CITED THE PROCLAMATION: Gerry Adams referenced it in relation to austerity, but why should we pay any attention to what the signatories thought about anything?

Gerry Adams has promulgated his latest encyclical, "2016 - A time for Renewal", in which he examines the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. "Austerity - whether imposed by a British Tory government or a Fine Gael/Labour government - are [sic] anathema to the ideals of the Proclamation".

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As Ronan McGreevy pointed out last week in the Irish Times, "citing the Proclamation has become the last refuge of the scoundrel". Citing members of Imelda (Ireland Making England the Legal Destination for Abortion), who chained themselves to the GPO recently to draw attention to their claim the signatories would have been in favour of legalised abortion, he pointed out that pro-lifers could equally argue that the promise to "cherish all the children of the nation equally" extends to unborn children.

Now before the usual idiots repeat that it means the Proclamation was against cuts in child benefit, may I wearily once again say that the promise to "cherish all the children of the nation equally" was a doomed suggestion that the majority should look after Protestant unionists, the island's minority ethnic group.

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