Monday February 17, 2020

Elaine Byrne: Ireland is a republic in name only

We need to enshrine the ideals of the Proclamation in our constitution

27th March, 2016
Preparations were in place on Saturday for the Commemoration parade that is taking place today

Today we commemorate a contradiction. Seven men signed the Proclamation of the Republic which contained seven references to the Republic.

Ireland has never resolved its fundamental contradiction – the logical incompatibility of branding ourselves as a republic and the underlying fear of owning that terminology and the principles it encompasses.

Almost half a million people are expected to line the streets of Dublin for the Easter 1916 parade. Millions more, in Ireland and around the...

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