Tuesday 23 October 2018

Halligan and radical left really are anything but 'well meaning'

John Halligan's treatment of a civil servant and cosying up to a dictator reflect a deeper truth about Ireland's radical left

John Halligan. Photo: PA
John Halligan. Photo: PA
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

Mussolini came to power in 1922 and gave Italy its first extended period of stability since unification 50 years earlier. Hitler came to power in 1933 and dragged Germany out of the Great Depression.

Extreme-right apologists make these points. Right-thinking people do not. Anyone who looks at the historical record knows that Nazism and fascism did infinitely more harm than good. Mass murder and genocide, the invasion of other countries and the crushing of all kinds of liberties make their "achievements" insignificant and irrelevant.

Thankfully, apologias for Hitler and Mussolini are not heard much in Ireland. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the other major anti-democratic political tradition of the past century.

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