Wednesday 17 January 2018

Letters: Fig leaves and flimflam can't hide shame

The site where apparently 800 babies are buried on the grounds of a (now demolished for a housing estate and playground) Mother and Baby home in Tuam Co Galway
The site where apparently 800 babies are buried on the grounds of a (now demolished for a housing estate and playground) Mother and Baby home in Tuam Co Galway

Madam – While finding the item about weather reports from Blacksod Bay interesting in the run-up to D-Day 1944, I do hope we aren't going to be served up a diet of questionable tit-bits masquerading as bona-fides of Ireland's gallant role in Europe's 20th-Century troubles in the next few years – fig leaves to cover our sense of awkwardness.

Ireland's failure to step up to the mark in the 20th Century is a permanent embarrassment, and no amount of flimflam tangentials can change that fact.

On D-Day itself, Friday June 6, as the leaders of the free world, on the beaches of Normandy, marked the beginning of the end of Nazism, Ireland was engaged in introspectively dealing with a 'local difficulty' of its own, a crime against humanity in Tuam.

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