Saturday 10 December 2016

Tim Pat Coogan: Kathleen Clarke - Having lost her husband and brother, she remained staunch and unbroken

Tim Pat Coogan

Published 28/03/2016 | 02:30

The 1916 Centenary parade makes its way past the GPO in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
The 1916 Centenary parade makes its way past the GPO in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Members of the Irish Defence Forces at a wreath laying ceremony at Kilmainham Jail. Photo: Mark Condren

Dublin 2016, the Luas drivers are preventing workers from entering the city to honour James Connolly. In the Dáil, from where guidance should come, no one knows what uncouth beast will eventually slouch off towards Bethlehem. A terrible ugliness is born.

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As we take stock on this, the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, we can see, dismayed though we are, that there is a certain logic to all this.

The public have responded with anger and confusion at being forced to take on billions in private debt, and have in effect said "a plague on all your houses" to the political parties, and strikes - no matter how ill conceived - were bound to erupt as wage freezes ended.

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