Elaine Byrne: The challenge of commemoration should not be underestimated

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are going into government exactly a century on from the Civil War, an event whose dark echoes still swirl through our body politic

26th April, 2020
Elaine Byrne: The challenge of commemoration should not be underestimated
21st February 1922: Members of the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis from left to right: Harry Boland, Michael Collins (1890 - 1922), Eamon de Valera (1882 - 1975) .Collins is also the Minister for Finance in Dail Eireann and chairperson of the provisional government in Southern Ireland which was established under the Anglo-Irish Treaty to take control from the evacuating British administration. Picture: Walshe/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

The historic framework document between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is 23 pages long and amounts to almost 4,000 words. The only reference to the Irish Civil War is on page 19, bullet point seven. The parties of Éamon de Valera and Michael Collins have committed to “mark the Decade of Centenaries, in an inclusive, appropriate, and sensitive manner”.

There you go then. Sin a bhfuil. The 1922 split between the pro-Treaty and...

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