Elaine Byrne: Béal na Bláth is an opportunity to recognise all heroes of our state

The Michael Collins centenary commemoration this August would be a good time for the leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to celebrate the unacknowledged who helped to build this diverse republic

Taoiseach Mícheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: the Béal na Bláth commemoration this year is not the time to focus on the well-worn theme of the healing of Civil War politics. Picture: Rollingnews

Taoiseach Mícheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will jointly deliver an oration this August at the Michael Collins centenary commemoration in Béal na Bláth. It is the first time that a Fianna Fáil leader will address the annual ceremony, which commemorates the death of the revolutionary leader in an ambush during the Civil War.

The predictable theme for such a historic address would be the healing of Civil War politics, but to focus on that ...