Sunday 22 April 2018

President's speech puts the naysayers back in their place

Home Rule: John Redmond. Photo: Getty
Home Rule: John Redmond. Photo: Getty
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President Higgins' keynote speech reminded us that the executed leaders were "advanced thinkers, selfless men and women who died so that the children of Ireland in future would live in freedom, with access to their fair share of Ireland's prosperity".

It at last made us proud to be Irishmen, and we heard our President utter the truth after listening to the naysayers chuntering on about their hero, John Redmond, who would deliver us a Home Rule far inferior to that which we had before Grattan's parliament was destroyed by bribery and corruption by Lord Castlereagh, on behalf of the country that invented 'imperialist triumphalism' in the 17th and 18th century.

Redmond, their hero and 'pacifist', in his 16-page prologue to 'The Irish at The Front' - a recruitment book by a London Times journalist - states, among other banalities: "No people can be said to have rightly proved their nationhood and their power to maintain it until they have demonstrated their military prowess.

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