Ireland has no reason to celebrate the Battle of Waterloo
Published 13/07/2015 | 02:30
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.
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.