• I support Philip O'Neill (Letters, May 18) that our identity should be based on positives like love, human rights and people reaching their potential to maximise human welfare and dignity.
1916 meant we bought into Pearce's doctrine of hate: "Irish hate of the English" was a holy passion. After 1916 Bishop O'Dwyer of Limerick said: "Ireland will never be content as a province. God made her a nation and while grass grows and water runs there will be men in Ireland to dare and die for her."
This is an absurdity; we are of the human family and the only fatherland is the earth in which we are interdependent.