Saturday 16 December 2017

'2016 was a measure of how opposing sides come together'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says this year set a tone for commemorations, writes Fionnán Sheahan

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at a ceremony in his old school St Patrick's National School, Cornanool, Castlebar, Co Mayo where members of Óglaigh na hÉireann presented pupils with a national flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation. Photo: Keith Henegh
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at a ceremony in his old school St Patrick's National School, Cornanool, Castlebar, Co Mayo where members of Óglaigh na hÉireann presented pupils with a national flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation. Photo: Keith Henegh

Fionnán Sheahan

'For the first 50 years after independence the wounds were not fully healed. Our role in their making proving perhaps too sciatic a spot for probing.

"Time and distance give perspective. Also the peace that broke out on our island in the last 20 years or so, made our vista wider, more accommodated and accommodating. We have been able to move from default positions of revisionism and post-revisionism of the past, to consider what we have in common: our desire for a better, richer life for the coming generations."

- Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at '1916 - 2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty' in NUI Galway last month.

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