Saturday 10 December 2016

No need for militarism in a peaceful present

Published 19/08/2015 | 02:30

Mannix Flynn likened the pageant to 'a bad day in Belfast'
Mannix Flynn likened the pageant to 'a bad day in Belfast'

They say that those who don't move don't notice their chains, and so they may continue to be shackled to the past even though events and time have moved on. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that Dublin City Council came under fire after allowing Sinn Féin to stage a military-style rally at City Hall earlier this month.

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It was the centenary of the 1915 funeral of Fenian hero O'Donovan Rossa, whose graveside oration by Padraig Pearse was the prelude to the 1916 Easter Rising.

According to one spokesperson on behalf of the council, the Sinn Féin recreation had "elements of controversy".

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