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In the age of cancel-culture madness, common sense is a radical position to hold

Ian O'Doherty


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Gone but not forgotten: The plinths at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel after its owners opted to remove the iconic statutes. PHOTO: COLLINS PHOTOS

Gone but not forgotten: The plinths at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel after its owners opted to remove the iconic statutes. PHOTO: COLLINS PHOTOS

Gone but not forgotten: The plinths at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel after its owners opted to remove the iconic statutes. PHOTO: COLLINS PHOTOS

There's an old adage that when America sneezes, Ireland gets a cold.

That's usually employed within a financial and corporate context but, as we have seen in the last few months, it is now equally applicable to social and cultural issues.

That could be seen in the large and extremely controversial Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Dublin at the start of June, when thousands of Irish people gathered in the midst of the lockdown to protest the killing of George Floyd thousands of miles away in Minneapolis.