Sunday 22 January 2017

Ireland has no reason to celebrate the Battle of Waterloo

Published 13/07/2015 | 02:30

The Duke of Wellington
The Duke of Wellington

Gerald Morgan (Letters, July 7) says that we in Ireland should celebrate Waterloo in 1815. It is hard to see why. Waterloo was a victory for inherited hierarchy and oppression.

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Napoleon might have been an autocrat - he had to be after the chaos of the French Revolution - but he promoted equality under the law and a meritocratic society.

As for the Irish who made up a third of Wellington's British troops that day, 30 years later they and their children starved in the Great Famine - so much for their reward.

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