Published 17/09/2011 | 05:00
•The assertion by Kevin Myers that the 1916 Rising was the "start" of authentic independent Irishness is not true (September 13). On the contrary, 1916 was the consequence of the failure of the imperial parliament in London to implement the Home Rule Act.
The Home Rule Act, giving limited self rule to the whole island of Ireland, was passed by the imperial parliament and signed into law by the monarch.
The Home Rule Act was, therefore, passed by the most powerful parliament in the world at the head of an empire which included within its borders a quarter of the population of the globe.