A Rising to remember across the country
Published 05/03/2016 | 02:30
Whatever about the two-speed economic recovery, there's no division between urban and rural when it comes to the commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Ireland 2016's Centenary Programme is a truly nationwide affair. Communities, councils and education institutions right across the country are going to great lengths to mark the events of 100 years ago.
Although the focus will mainly be on the streets of the capital, it can by no means be regarded as a Dublin-only event.
In line with the inclusive nature of the commemorations, a number of events will also take place in Northern Ireland.
However, a shadow will be cast over this centenary if dissidents attempt to use the anniversary as an opportunity to kill police and soldiers in Northern Ireland.
The car bomb attack on a prison officer, who was seriously injured as he drove to work in Belfast, is a disturbing development.
The bombing prompted Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin, of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, to warn: "I believe there are people within dissident republican groupings who want to mark this centenary by killing police officers, prison officers and soldiers."
Cross-border cooperation between the Garda Síochána and the PSNI will be vital over the coming period. The threat from dissidents during the visit of Queen Elizabeth II was neutralised by good policing. The same level of intelligence gathering and surveillance will be needed on this occasion.