Sunday 21 January 2018

Letters: A republic for the people

John A Costello
John A Costello

With reference to Diarmaid Ferriter's recent article (Irish Independent, April 17), a republic is 'res publica' – the thing of the people. The people are sacred and the state only a thing.

A republic is an open society where you are free to be different and its measure is the degree of diversity retained. The 1916 leaders were nationalist quasi-republicans. Irish nationalism was a mutation of race and religion leading to compulsory conformity.

John A Costello declared the Pope king of Ireland in 1948. Without a vote of his cabinet or the people, he declared a republic in Canada in 1949.

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