Tuesday 19 June 2018

'Once upon a time' is no basis for history

Those who tell fairy tales about armed struggle need to be challenged more vigorously on air

Current Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams (left) and former republican publicity chief Danny Morrison
Current Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams (left) and former republican publicity chief Danny Morrison

Eilis O'Hanlon

Freud suggested that distant memories might not actually be recollections of real events, but rather "memories of memories" and that these idealised versions of what once happened were so far removed from the original experience that they're no longer authentic or reliable in any meaningful sense.

It's starting to seem as if the current wave of what can only be described as "Troubles nostalgia" is providing a particularly noxious example of this affliction in action.

Last weekend, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams sent the following tweet to his 64,000 followers on Twitter: "Just listened to Danny M with Aine Lalor [sic] on RTE radio. Brought back many memories."

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