Sunday 18 March 2018

Bruton wary of Army's 1916 school visits

John Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke
John Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

Former Taoiseach John Bruton said the Government was wrong to send Army personnel on school visits as part of the 1916 commemoration programme.

Army representatives are delivering the national flag and a copy of the Proclamation to every primary school in the State in a programme which includes a reading of a pre-selected extract from the Proclamation.

"I have to say I was a little uncomfortable with the idea that Army officers should be invited to visit schools to talk about a document prepared by a small group of people which initiated a campaign that involved violence ... which, to put it at its least, was not supported by the majority of the people at the time it was undertaken,'' Mr Bruton (pictured inset) said.

He did not think that it was the Army's role to explain the 1916 Rising.

Irish Independent

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