Sunday 11 December 2016

It's time to close the circle of Irish history

Published 02/11/2015 | 02:30

Éamon de Valera after being elected Taoiseach
Éamon de Valera after being elected Taoiseach

I was a young man in 1966 when we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising - and I can't, for the life of me, figure out where the intervening 50 years have gone.

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One thing I do know is that, in that epoch, we have come a long way - socially, religiously and politically.

Socially, we are more compassionate and open, and no longer hide our frailties and imperfections under the proverbial bushel.

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