Tuesday 12 December 2017

Eilis O'Hanlon: We kowtow to masters in Berlin and Paris instead of the Empire

Why did we ring to say sorry to the Germans for putting them to the trouble of robbing us blind

Eilis O'Hanlon

SINCE the abolition of the death penalty, the maximum punishment for treason in Ireland is life imprisonment, with a minimum sentence of 40 years before parole; but it would be well worth bringing back the noose for a while for all those Irish people who reportedly rang the German embassy in Dublin to apologise on behalf of the nation after the recent Anglo Irish tapes showed the goings on inside the doomed bank prior to the bailout.

At least, if execution is out of the question, they should be ostracised as Irish soldiers who deserted these shores in the Second World War to fight against the Nazis were for many years afterwards. Perhaps in a few decades' time, their descendants can campaign for the inherited shame to be lifted from their shoulders for giving succour to the enemy, but don't get your hopes up. Those who fought for the Allies against fascism were belatedly recognised as heroes. Those who sucked up to the Germans during our very own financial Emergency won't be so fortunate.

Of course, we don't know who these people are, or even how many of them there are out there.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss