Wednesday 13 December 2017

We are a nation in denial about the Famine

David Freeley Wexford, Co Wexford

* Without wanting to cast a shadow on the very worthy JFK visit commemoration, it's worth remembering that barrel maker Patrick Kennedy's voyage to the United States took place a mere 10 years after the holocaust of the Great Famine, very much in the aftermath of that horrific event.

Yet there is not, in 2013, a national Famine memorial or interpretive centre, or a memorial day (May 1?), a shameful omission, and one which cries out for explanation.

Clearly, we are a nation in denial. Indeed, any nation that builds 90,000 houses a year when only 15,000 are needed has a serious sickness at its heart. Our obsession with land and property is a cancer, without doubt.

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