Friday 23 March 2018

An opportunity to move on

OF all the dreary objections to the invitation to Brian Lenihan to deliver the oration on the anniversary of the death of Michael Collins at Beal na mBlath, the decision of Young Fine Gael to boycott the occasion is probably the most depressing.

If the young cannot find the heart to move on, what hope do we have of ever severing the bitter bonds of the past? A correspondent, writing today, who knew men who fought both alongside Collins and against him believes that they -- and Collins himself -- would be appalled that young Irish men and women this far removed could behave in such a manner.

In a way, it is idle to speculate on what Michael Collins might say about the Ireland of today. His likely opinions on today's bank bailouts and budget deficits do not bear thinking about, but it seems likely that, with the benefit of bloody hindsight, he would recommend unity of purpose, rather than the perpetuation of division.

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