Monday 25 September 2017

Almost a century on, State has not lived up to 1916 leaders’ vision

Tanaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny launch the long-awaited commemorations for the centenary of the Rising at Collins Barracks in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Tanaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny launch the long-awaited commemorations for the centenary of the Rising at Collins Barracks in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I struggle when I endeavour to write a letter regarding the Easter Rising of 1916 because I am invariably overawed when I consider the profound sacrifice made by those visionaries, who so willingly offered up their lives for Irish freedom.

In the example of Christ at Easter time, the signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic allowed themselves to become the sacrificial lambs so that their nation would finally wake up to the need to free themselves (once and for all) from the bondage that they had become used to and taught to accept as a colonised people.

 I am overwhelmed when I reflect on the fact that not one of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising begged for mercy or clemency from the British government for themselves when it was decided that the Irish leaders should be summarily executed without the benefit of a trial by jury of their peers.

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