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Friday 9 December 2016

We need to take 1916 plans out of the hands of the establishment

Trevor Hogan

Published 18/04/2015 | 02:30

Members of the public gather at GPO on Dublin's O'Connell Street for the 99th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Members of the public gather at GPO on Dublin's O'Connell Street for the 99th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

March 27, 2016. It is Easter Sunday morning, and crowds are gathering in Dublin.

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Yet, today is different to every other Rising commemoration. Instead of people standing back and observing the Army, navy and gardaí parade in full regalia, this year the military and the political elites have stood to the side. They are behind the barriers, applauding the crowds as they pass, the soldiers forming a protective ring for the people. A dramatic role-reversal and the symbolic elimination of hierarchy, at least for one day.

The river of people winds its way down the quays to O'Connell Street, towards the GPO - a visual representation of the Proclamation's call for the allegiance of "every Irishman and Irishwoman..."

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