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Marking the Home Rule Act of 1914

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Former Taoiseach John Bruton has called for more recognition for those who brought in Home Rule

Former Taoiseach John Bruton has called for more recognition for those who brought in Home Rule

Former Taoiseach John Bruton has called for more recognition for those who brought in Home Rule

There is a certain irony concerning Ireland's failure to officially celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Home Rule Act (1914) and the people of Scotland voting Yes or No for independence on the same day.

Whatever way the Scots decide - and it was a passionate and enlightening campaign - their path towards self-government will not follow the violent events that led to Irish independence, the legacy of which sadly lives on with us today in the sectarian nature of politics in the North.

There are those - former Taoiseach John Bruton among them - who argue that if the 1916 leaders had more patience a lot of the violence and destruction that followed the Rising could have been avoided and the Home Rule Act would have achieved the independence we enjoy today.

We cannot turn back the clock, but there is little doubt that the Irish Party leader John Redmond played a pivotal role in convincing British public opinion that Ireland should have home rule and his leadership and the Home Rule Act of 1914 should, however late, receive the official recognition they deserve.

Irish Independent