Tuesday 24 October 2017

David McWilliams: Like war in the trenches, NAMA plan is pure folly

David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Last year I remember watching the 'Who Do You Think You Are?' programme on RTE featuring the eminently likeable Simon Delaney. The unfolding story of his grandfather in the First World War was extraordinary.

Using records from the Guinness brewery, an odd mention of the British Legion in a newspaper and British military records, Delaney pieced together the drama of a young Dublin man caught up in the madness of the western front.

Delaney's family story is similar to that of thousands of other families whose grandfathers fought in the Great War only to be ostracised when they came home. It was therefore right that President McAleese paid homage to the fallen Irish dead at Gallipoli in Turkey last week.

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