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The 1916 Centenary parade makes its way past the GPO in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The 1916 Centenary parade makes its way past the GPO in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Members of the Irish Defence Forces at a wreath laying ceremony at Kilmainham Jail. Photo: Mark Condren

Members of the Irish Defence Forces at a wreath laying ceremony at Kilmainham Jail. Photo: Mark Condren

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The 1916 Centenary parade makes its way past the GPO in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Dublin 2016, the Luas drivers are preventing workers from entering the city to honour James Connolly. In the Dáil, from where guidance should come, no one knows what uncouth beast will eventually slouch off towards Bethlehem. A terrible ugliness is born.

As we take stock on this, the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, we can see, dismayed though we are, that there is a certain logic to all this.


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