Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Time for Ireland to cut ties with horror of Easter Rising

History calls: the shelled out remains of the GPO after the Easter Rising which was directed by Patrick Pearse
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Easter Rising 1916: Head office of ITGWU, destroyed following the 1916 Rising.
Published 1916.
(Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)
INDH22A Easter Rising 1916: Head office of ITGWU, destroyed following the 1916 Rising. Published 1916. (Part of the NPA/Independent Collection)
Northern Ireland- 8th April 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. 1916 Easter Rising commemoration parades take place in Belfast. The parades commemorates the failed 1916 uprising by Republicans against the British, who were then in control of the whole of Ireland. The IRSP parade pictured in Milltown Cemetery in west Belfast.

As 2016 approaches (the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising), it is incumbent on all democrats on the island of Ireland to reflect deeply upon the future of this country – north and south.

The time is long overdue to cut our ties with the 1916 insurrection and the cinder path of blood, misery and death it created.

All who believe in the rule of law must keep chipping away at the monstrous edifice of 1916, sanctified by Church, and state, drenched in the blood of the innocent and offered up by moral and intellectual cowards as a noble and sacred event.

If anyone genuinely wants to understand why 1916 occurred, the evidence is there; sufficient in itself to disillusion almost all but the diehard fanatics. The rising was a conspiracy designed to awaken interest in the discredited programme of the Fenian Brotherhood through the sacrifice of innocent civilians, whose only 'crime' was to defend democracy against terrorism.

We will not be required to drink hemlock, like the ill-fated Socrates, if we dare to challenge the rising and dispel the perverted prism through which the duped perceive this unmitigated atrocity.

The time for law-abiding people on this island to leave the GPO as a politicised landmark behind them is now – providing they have honesty and courage to do so.

PIERCE MARTIN

Celbridge, Co Kildare

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