RIC row serves as a warning of the pitfalls of commemoration

The brouhaha over the proposed event to remember the controversial police force shows the importance of careful, considered planning – and keeping politics out of it

12th January, 2020
RIC row serves as a warning of the pitfalls of commemoration
The RIC commemoration row may have serve as a warning about the potential commemoration controversies ahead. Picture: Getty Images

History, as historian Mary McAuliffe said during the week, is messy and complicated. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan would have done well to consider that obvious fact before sending out invitations to a ceremony commemorating the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) – a ceremony he had no choice but to “defer” last Tuesday in the face of mounting criticism, some of it from members of Fine Gael.

The Taoiseach’s claim that the row would...

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