Monday 20 November 2017

What does it mean to be Irish?

• Pierce Martin in his letter (Irish Independent, May 15) and the reactions to it, raises challenging questions about what constitutes Irish identity. A significant casualty from the collapse of the Celtic Tiger has been the shattering of our overconfident sense of ourselves.

Allied to this is the fact that the popular presumption that to be Irish is to be Catholic or Protestant has become less assured.

What has arisen is a new sense of dependency: this time not on the British crown or the Vatican but on the bureaucrats of Europe. For many this has echoes of a bitter past; a new struggle is afoot.

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