Men of 1916 unmandated
Madam – "A minority of revisionists, of which I am one" Eoghan Harris (Sunday Independent, September 15, 2013). Revisionist, that is, one who accepts the facts of history, and in the Irish sense, nevertheless believes that achieving political independence by physical force was a high price to pay and constitutional methods would have been the better course. The revisionist maintains that the unity of Ireland, if ever, is to be achieved by persuasion and by "peaceful means". Cumann na Gaedheal were the first revisionist party, taking the oath, followed in 1932 by Fianna Fail, then Clann na Poblachta in 1948, and latterly by the Sinn Fein Party now a "peaceful means" party, with members comfortably ensconced in parliament, North and South. I expect the Labour Party could also be included in the above category, seeing that it is infused by ex-Sinn Feiners.
Although the "republican" parties are now revisionist, they are obliged to pay lip service to the Rising and the Men of 1916, although unelected and unmandated.
The cult of sham-republicanism and the massive "green double-think" (Eoghan Harris) will only be challenged and exposed when the full pantheon of Irish patriots are displayed on party headquarters – O'Connell, Pearse, Parnell, Connolly, Davitt, Clarke, Redmond, Collins – and only then exorcised.