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A little of the idealism of 1916 would go a long way to rekindling our sterile politics

Tim Pat Coogan

Published 02/04/2015 | 02:30

WB Yeats said of the 1916 Rising that 'all was changed, changed utterly'
WB Yeats said of the 1916 Rising that 'all was changed, changed utterly'

Today I'm taking part in the sort of debate which is taking place all over Ireland currently as we approach the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

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Some argue that somehow Ireland would have been better off had the 1916 Rising not occurred.

Firstly, of course it did occur, and as the poet WB Yeats said thereafter "all was changed, changed utterly".

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