Facts on Dev
Published 29/09/2011 | 05:00
• Senator Ned O'Sullivan (Letters, September 26) has joined Caoimhghin O Caolain and Martan O Conghaile in taking offence at my belief that Ireland would have been better off if Eamon de Valera had been shot alongside other 'leaders' of the 1916 Rising.
Let's look at the facts. In 1914 a Home Rule bill for the entire island had been passed by Westminster -- it was a done deal. However, because of the 1916 Rising, any hope of reaching an agreement with the unionist community in 1918 was destroyed and for what?
Those who worship at the altar of 1916 believe it was carried out to create some mythical republic for the people, which we still don't have nearly 100 years later. Instead, because of 1916, a chain of events was unleashed that meant two-thirds of the people on the island of Ireland ended up living in a Free State under the jackboot of a stultifying Catholic theocracy, while the new Northern Ireland state went on to oppress and deny basic rights to Catholics because of the legacy of mistrust created from 1916.