It is no urban myth - Ireland demands different leadership
Our population has become more urban than rural, and so our politics must change radically to reflect this
Published 06/11/2016 | 02:30
It seems to be academically fashionable to criticise Ireland's achievements since 1916. Critics fall into two camps - those who preach 'could have done better' and those who seek to diminish any achievements as 'same as all the rest'. There may be some truth mixed into these approaches - but some truth is not the whole truth.
For a start, while a century is a long time on a human scale, three generations is a short time for the institutions of culture and government to develop. In 1963 John F Kennedy described the US as "a young country and an old democracy" - so by his reckoning a nation twice as old as ours is young.
Not only is Ireland young - but during the period since its birth Ireland has experienced one of the most fundamental transformations that any country can experience, namely changing from being a rural to an urban society.