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Why must we Irish honour colonists?

Published 12/11/2015

Last Saturday, in yet another provocative and obsequious episode of commemorating our "shared history", members of the Dublin and Wicklow Loyal Orange Lodge and the Reform Group laid a poppy wreath on Mount Street Bridge in Dublin in remembrance of members of the British Army killed opposing the Easter Rising.

Would the British Government memorialise at the London Cenotaph the countless Irish rebels killed in Britain fighting for Irish independence?

Or would they erect a monument in Pentonville prison to Roger Casement, who was hanged there for alleged treason following the Rising?

In Ireland - bizarrely - we have calls to honour and memorialise our former colonisers.

It appears that the legacy of our colonial experience has left us with a warped sense of nationhood.

TOM COOPER

Dublin

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