Saturday 3 December 2016

Church has made the Irish passive

Published 03/08/2010 | 05:00

The Irish are the world's best at suffering in silence. I am convinced that the essential ingredient for any dictatorship is an excess of religiosity.

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Our dictatorship is a very Irish dictatorship, where we act as guards on ourselves, stamping down dissent within before it seeps out to form a recognisable and stated position.

There is a correlation between our extraordinary passivity as a people and the degree to which a perverse form of dutiful, unquestioning religious observation was drilled into us.

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