RIC rumpus has ‘done huge damage’ to Fine Gael

The party was shellacked over its planned commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary, to the extent that some of its TDs want Leo Varadkar to delay the upcoming election

12th January, 2020
RIC rumpus has ‘done huge damage’ to Fine Gael
100 years after their arrival, the Black and Tans may delay an Irish general election. Picture: Bettmann Archive

It says a lot about the lingering influence of the Black and Tans that they might delay an Irish general election a full 100 years after they arrived in Ireland. But that is how some Fine Gael members feel about the impact of the party’s botched commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police.

Fine Gael’s opponents were successfully able to portray it as a plan to honour the Black and...

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