Wednesday 18 January 2017

Shocking new low

Published 26/09/2011 | 05:00

•After spending a great part of my life in politics, I am not easily shocked. However, you published a letter from Desmond Fitzgerald in which he stated it was unfortunate Eamon de Valera was not shot by the British after the 1916 Rising. For sheer crassness, this must be a new low.

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Along with the other leaders, de Valera understood quite clearly the probable consequences of his actions in taking on the British empire. That sanity eventually prevailed after the execution of most of the principals and that the lives of de Valera and many others were spared is a matter of historic relief and gladness to right-thinking people.

Freedom of the press is very important. Standards of decency are equally so.

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