Tuesday 24 October 2017

Let's not pretend modern Ireland lives up to ideals of 1916

Easter parade: Modern Ireland has benefited from Rising sacrifice. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Easter parade: Modern Ireland has benefited from Rising sacrifice. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

They didn't fight for freedom. They fought for a certain type of freedom. They died for an ideology and a vision of a sovereign state that has never even threatened to be implemented by those who benefitted from the freedom and the power to do so that came about because of the sacrifice made in 1916. Compare the ideology of the Proclamation with Ireland's policies and with successive governments' ideologies and even with Ireland today. You can clearly see there is no correlation between the two.

And that's life. People benefit all the time from the sacrifice of others who have gone before them. We can't expect those who follow in the footsteps to have the same principles and romantic idealism of their predecessors. It would be fantastic if it was the case, but it's not.

And so since it's not, all I ask is that they don't go out there and pretend to have some sort of affiliation with them. Don't insult their memory and sacrifice by having as guests of honour the implementers of a system of governance that is horribly unfair and contrary to what was intended by those who fought for "religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and resolved to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation, and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally and oblivious of differences."

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