Sunday 4 December 2016

Kevin Doyle: Politically we have just learned how to deal with the history of the Rising, so we can afford Britain some time to catch up

Published 28/03/2016 | 02:30

Cadet Kelly Smyth at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, where the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed. Photo: Mark Condren
Cadet Kelly Smyth at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, where the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed. Photo: Mark Condren
Former Presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson at the parade. Photo: Maxwells

What happened on the streets of Dublin this Easter was 10 years in the making.

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Between 1971 and 2006, there was little or nothing said about the Rising and it seemed the period around 1916 was a time forgotten.

It was at a Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis that then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern controversially announced the reintroduction of a military parade past the GPO.

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