Published 19/09/2011 | 05:00
•Kevin Myers' assertion that our corrupt political culture owes itself to the 1916 Rising and the revolutionary struggle that followed is both false and reprehensible (Irish Independent, September 13).
The rebels fought a foreign power with the democratic mandate of the Irish people and are rightly remembered for their sacrifice. Their selflessness and courage contrasts with the avaricious political and economic establishment of the modern Irish Republic. I salute them -- we will never see their like again.
Mr Myers's hero was John Redmond. What did he do? He convinced tens of thousands of Irishmen to join up with the British armed forces in World War One. Why? The British promised the Irish a unitary self-governing state (but decided well before 1916 to renege on this). What was the result?