Wednesday 21 February 2018

Rising revising

• Desmond Fitzgerald and Kevin Myers seem to believe that Ireland was some sort of Shangri-la before the revolutionary period of 1916-1922; that a benign British government looked over the Irish masses with a paternal eye and strove for our well-being.

However, in Dublin, where the rising largely took place, the infant mortality rate was higher than in Calcutta.

Slum housing and conditions were the worst in western Europe. Homerule politicians were heading into another decade of achieving nothing worthwhile, while Conservatives and Unionists were arming themselves in case they did. Can we really believe that we would have been better off under this type of rule?

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