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Ireland is wrong to honour its old oppressors

Plans by Glasnevin Cemetery to erect a Necrology Wall to include names of British soldiers killed during the Easter Rising, the commemoration for members of the Royal Irish Constabulary killed in 1916 and War of Independence, the proposed siting of a memorial on Dublin's Mount Street Bridge to commemorate British soldiers killed in 1916, and the banner at the Bank of Ireland featuring Grattan, O'Connell, Parnell and Redmond, appear to be an act of atonement to opponents of Irish Independence for our audacity in commemorating our independence.

British forces killed enforcing colonial rule around the world are not commemorated by the former colonised.

As the apology by the British to Kenya for the brutality inflicted on the Mau Mau during their war of independence shows, it is common for the British to make apologies and reparation for their past colonial atrocities. In Ireland we have calls to honour our former colonisers.

TOM COOPER

Irish National Congress

Dublin

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