Wednesday 24 May 2017

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

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
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

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

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.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Don't Miss