Leinster House restored: A statement of our sovereignty

Leinster House restored: A statement of our sovereignty

One of the ways the victors write history is by destroying the fabric of the world that sustained their enemies. 

Almost a century ago that principle was active in this country when many of the great Anglo Irish houses were razed. 

At this comfortable remove that sweeping away is understandable even if it is more regrettable than it once might have been.

The shells of many of those houses, those that still stand, are evidence of the great rage unleashed in the War of Independence. 

They serve as reminders of a bitter past many of us prefer to forget but they also leave void — even if they were absolute statements of political and economic power secured and sustained without any democratic mandate.

Leinster House is one of those houses but it survived to take a central place in Irish life. Built 270 years ago, it is home to our parliament. 

A €17m renovation project delivered by the OPW has just been completed.

The restored building has been made ready for the coming generations of Irish democrats. 

This is not the first time extensive works have been carried out and before this one began more than 30 wiring systems were identified.

As the rage of the War of Independence has faded from living memory this seems a far better outcome, a far better celebration of our independence than a pile of ivy-covered black stones at the end of an overgrown, potholed driveway. 

Building, or even rebuilding, always seems the better choice.

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