Madam – Maurice O'Connell is overstating the case when he implies that it was the 1916 rising alone that was 'undemocratic' and that 'left us with a toxic legacy' (Sunday Independent, May 11, 2014).
Some blame for the toxic legacy rests in London. There, between 1912 and 1914, the parliament, at the head of the most powerful and populous empire in the world, passed an Act giving the people living on the island of Ireland Home Rule.
But this most powerful parliament failed to implement its own Act when nearly half a million unionists signed a covenant 'to use all means necessary' to stop its implementation. That was at least as undemocratic as what happened in Dublin in 1916.