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Much has been reported this week about the wearing of the poppy in Ireland. Many of the media reports would have us believe that the poppy is is a non-divisive symbol?
The website for the British Legion in Ireland states: “The money collected at this time and from other fundraising activities throughout the year, goes to providing help and support to serving and ex-Service men and women and their dependants.”
By buying a red poppy one is not only supporting injured soldiers from previous conflicts but also supporting the British forces in the North of Ireland as well and every British soldier currently serving. This includes those paratroopers who murdered 13 innocents in Derry in 1972. To support the Royal British Legion is to support war and imperialism around the world including the occupation of the six counties of the North of Ireland.
This week we saw the Taoiseach sport a “Shamrock Poppy” to remember those Irish who fought for the British forces while taking the king’s shilling. One wonders if we will ever see him wear the Easter lily in remembrance of those men and women who gave their lives for Irish freedom for no reward?
Rory O Callaghan
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