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Remembrance of the Rising requires serious reflection. One aspect that is troubling to me is the (albeit unintentional) justification of violence.
Is it acceptable for a small representative group of people to act in the name of the majority un-mandated and to do so by taking up arms?
Is this the message we are imparting to our young people because if it is, then any fanatical or extremist group might crawl of the woodwork.
But even if we overlook this and sympathise with the vision and goals of the rebels in proclaiming a Republic how are we to square their dream with our fettered state within the EU? We broke with one union (the UK) only to land in another.
In December 1914, Home Rule had been conceded but deferred due to the outbreak of World War One. Ireland had 105 MPs sitting in Westminster under the terms of the Act of Union 1801.
If our rebels rejected that why would they accept our current status within the far larger EU?
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