Sinn Fein’s reaction to the Glasnevin Wall of Remembrance at odds with ‘non hierarchy of victims’?

After 100 years, the Republic has found its greater size and shape by doing what eventually Northern Ireland must do and produced a fitting and non-triumphalist memorial to all the victims of its conflict. An expression of the non-hierarchy of victims more evident within political theory than in the practice in Northern Ireland. Interestingly the Lord Mayor of Dublin Sinn Féin Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh was absent from Sunday’s opening ceremony where the ‘name upon name’ of the Remembrance wall included …

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“I have met them at close of day coming with vivid faces from counter or desk…”

Not a comment on today so much as in point of deference to one Ireland’s (and Sligo’s) greatest ever poets, WB Yeats: I have met them at close of day Coming with vivid faces From counter or desk among grey Eighteenth-century houses. I have passed with a nod of the head Or polite meaningless words, Or have lingered awhile and said Polite meaningless words, And thought before I had done Of a mocking tale or a gibe To please a …

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