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Gene Kerrigan: 'If Robert Emmet could see us now...'

A country at last open to other colours and creeds can take its place among the nations of the Earth, writes Gene Kerrigan

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Imagine Robert Emmet, standing in the dock in 1803, about to be sentenced to death, after he'd made the famous speech in which he justified his failed rising.

And imagine that he, in some magic way, travelled forward in time by 150 years and arrived in the Ireland of 1953.


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