Elaine Byrne: Is a century long enough to heal the pain of the War of Brothers?

In 2022, as we remember our savage and tragic Civil War, perhaps it is time to ask if the reverence of our commemorations should be extended to a state apology to those Irish men executed by Irish men

Bloody conflict: members of the Red Cross carry the coffin of a soldier killed in the Civil War. Picture: Getty

The pandemic has the curious ability to distort our sense of time. It seems a lifetime ago since the controversial plan by the then minister for justice Charlie Flanagan to commemorate the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) was shelved.

There was even some suggestion that the brouhaha over the abandoned centenary event, earmarked for Dublin Castle in January 2020, affected the outcome of the general election the following month.

Ireland’s decade of commemorations also attracted controversy ...