The Irish examiner has a look at the RTÉ documentary on the life of Kevin OHiggins.
Ryle Dwyer writes:
The old heart of the earth needed to be warmed with the red wine of the battlefields, Patrick Pearse wrote in December 1915. Such august homage was never before offered to God as this, the homage of millions of lives gladly given for love of country.
Now I wont suggest that the man who wrote that blasphemous twaddle about the First World War was a blithering idiot, but James Connolly did. And I wouldnt disagree.
and among disturbing revelations about various murders and massacres, including Higgins agony at the execution of a former comrade, who had been best man at his wedding only a year before being shot,
He was authorised by the Dáil to execute those captured in possession of illegal weapons. Otherwise, he warned, members of the Free State army would take it upon themselves to execute people in an unauthorised way.