John-Paul McCarthy: O'Higgins knew the role of bayonet in democracy
Noble view of first justice minister makes less of the figure who ratified the death of his best man, says John-Paul McCarthy
I USED to think that the best way to defend our first justice minister Kevin O'Higgins was simply to recite the Fine Gael version of his career, just as the Taoiseach did last week when unveiling a plaque in his honour.
And for all its limitations, this version can still make the pulse quicken.
Where outside the annals of Republican Rome would you find a figure like him?