John-Paul McCarthy: Dilemma of Pearse and his 'disease'
The leader of the Easter Rising failed to turn his own wishes into passions, writes John-Paul McCarthy
Bback in 1989, RF Foster asked why the Rising did not take place in Belfast – and no one really found an answer for him.
Why direct an insurrection against limp-wristed garden party-types who anchored HH Asquith's Liberal cabinet? Why did Tom Clarke & Co not train their guns on their real enemies – the Carson-Craig-UVF faction?
Imagine if Clarke had led his men into Belfast City Hall that April or they had trekked all the way out to Stormont to make their point!