Friday 9 December 2016

Rising was such a 'terrible mistake'

Published 09/04/2010 | 09:33

KEVIN Myers was absolutely right when he said that 1916 had "awful consequences" for this country (Irish Independent, April 6).

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The 1916 Rising, far from being a blow for Irish freedom, was in fact a grubby attempt to force Britain to force Unionists into all-Ireland home rule.

It was also the means of satisfying a deeply disturbed and dangerous fanatic's bloodlust ("blood is a glorious and sanctifying thing"), death wish ("to die will be a great adventure") and desire to turn Irish nationalists to violence.

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