Commemorating the RIC and allowing an Irish Language Act are opposite sides of the same coin

 RTE The Irish government’s decision to commemorate the RIC in a major state ceremony is the right one precisely because it is as controversial as it is fundamental. There is no point in filling an entire decade with an orgy of self congratulation. The modern Irish state was born in insurgency and revolution is always controversial. But it is s also a reminder of that the state born out of revolution was part of a much longer continuum that is …

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Justice Minister declines Dublin rebellion commemoration invite, citing lack of reflection

After Friday’s Newsletter frontpage I was prompted to purchase a copy of Peter Lynas’ recently published “100 Days 100 Years” – a magazine format read that contains prayerful reflections on 1916 from a diverse range of personalities with a public presence in the main in Northern Ireland. The striking thing for me so far is the almost understanding each participant has to the concept of the ‘other’ – those parallel chronologies whose intersections and tangents together form the totality of our …

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“Ministers agreed that it was appropriate and necessary for the Executive to set the tone and provide leadership”

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The Executive has decided to take the lead role in organising events for the forthcoming Decade of Commemorations. (Thursday, 15 March 2012) The political, social and cultural consequences of what happened during the decade of 1912 -1922 reverberate throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to this day. So starts a statement from the NI Executive. A mere fortnight before the centenary of the Titanic’s sinking, you’d think that the decade of commemorations had snuck up on the NI …

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