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Romantic raving

•I wish to support Kevin Myers's view that the romantic raving about 1916 has lulled us into using rhetoric rather than critical reasoning (Irish Independent, September 13).

Wealth is about producing products of value, not a property boom.

We got home rule with a handshake in 1914, after the violence of 1916-1921 we got dominion status, which was more or less the same. The date to celebrate our complete independence is December 11, 1931. Violence is not the only means of change.

Oscar Wilde wrote: "When liberty comes with hands dabbled with blood it is hard to shake hands with her." The Irish revolutionaries of the 1916-1921 period had their hands stained with blood.

Stephen Fallon

Irish Independent