Elaine Byrne: Ireland is a republic in name only

Elaine Byrne: Ireland is a republic in name only
Preparations were in place on Saturday for the Commemoration parade that is taking place today Pic:RollingNews.ie

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

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 world,...

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