Eoin O Broin: 1916, the birth of modern Ireland

What would Pearse and Connolly make of a country where children are left to sleep in emergency accommodation?

27th March, 2016
President Michael D Higgins speaking at the Commemoration for women in the 1916 Rising earlier this month Pic: RollingNews.ie

History is not a straight line. Events do not simply evolve one after another. Periods of apparent stability are riven with antagonism. Tensions accumulate. Crises erupt. New moments are born.

These new moments are the turning points in history. They are moments of great instability and opportunity. They are moments when people can truly shape their own future.

Easter 1916 was one such turning point. It was the apex of a period of enormous social,...

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