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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