Sunday 18 March 2018

O'Reilly's attack misses the mark on a complex issue

Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

EMILY O'Reilly may be off to her new job in Europe in a matter of weeks, but the outgoing Ombudsman certainly isn't leaving quietly.

Her speech to the MacGill Summer School in Donegal was a stinging critique of our republic. That in itself is hardly novel. It's become de rigueur since the economic and banking collapse to question the legitimacy of Ireland's republican credentials.

Even our President has spoken about creating a real and inclusive republic, which by implication seems to suggest we're not now a real republic.

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