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Rising revising

• Kevin Myers is characteristically thought-provoking in his article relating to the teaching of the 1916 Rising (Irish Independent, January 02).

Mr Myers is scathing in his criticism of the alleged inaccuracies in the way the aforementioned topic is taught in our schools, going as far as to assert that "people have been lied to in their school text books".

However, is it not the case that this fine journalist pushes the boundaries of the truth himself when he states that "Home Rule had been legally established in 1914"? Mr Myers leads the reader to believe that legislative independence had been introduced by 1914 and thus the response by physical force nationalists in subsequent years was unnecessary and illegitimate.

Such an analysis is misleading. The Home Rule Bill was shelved in 1914 and it is impossible to know if it would have ever been introduced after the War.

Yeats ponders this point in his poem 'Easter 1916' when he speculates, "For England may keep faith; For all that is done and said". Maybe England would have kept faith; we'll never know. Moreover, not even the erudite Mr Myers can possibly know such a thing.

Those who struggled for independence weren't afraid to challenge the status quo in contrast to the sleepy conformity that has characterised our leaders in recent years. Mr Myers has more in common with the revolutionaries of 1916 than he might like to acknowledge.

Donal Evoy
Cabinteely, Dublin 18

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