Friday 19 January 2018

Time to reinvent the republic

• Adam O hAodh's idea of a republic is not mine (Irish Independent, May 19). What came out of 1916 was narrow nationalism; a malignant mutation of race and religion. A closed society that isolated us from the outside economic world by protectionism and from foreign ideas by erecting a paper wall.

A republic is the sovereignty of the people, where the will of the people is obeyed by all. Dev said he knew what the Irish people wanted by looking into his own heart. A republic is an open society where you are free to be different.

The litmus test of a republic is the degree of unity attained and the degree of diversity retained. It is a 'salad bowl' society, a non-racial pluralism that allows all forms of thinking, but no form of thuggery.

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