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Malachi O'Doherty

We're not the country we were in 1921... that is worth celebrating

Malachi O'Doherty


Both parts of this island have outgrown their shameful pasts

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'Incidentally, the last border poll was Ted Heath's idea and he promoted it as a means of reassuring the unionists and undermining Taoiseach Jack Lynch's claim that all Catholics in "the Six Counties" wanted a united Ireland.'

'Incidentally, the last border poll was Ted Heath's idea and he promoted it as a means of reassuring the unionists and undermining Taoiseach Jack Lynch's claim that all Catholics in "the Six Counties" wanted a united Ireland.'

'Incidentally, the last border poll was Ted Heath's idea and he promoted it as a means of reassuring the unionists and undermining Taoiseach Jack Lynch's claim that all Catholics in "the Six Counties" wanted a united Ireland.'

Arlene Foster tweets that we must "remember and celebrate the last 100 years".

I have some difficulty with that, since I was only around for 69 of them. Even the years I lived through in Northern Ireland have often turned out to be meaningful in ways I didn't notice at the time. I am, therefore, a committed revisionist. I love the historical details that surprise, because they don't quite fit the broad narrative.

Like Brian Faulkner having been educated in Dublin. Like Jack Lynch wanting to introduce internment, but taking advice that it would breach European law. Like former prime minister Sir Alec Douglas Home (pronounced Hume) urging the government to make a united Ireland the goal of policy. He was actually prime minister at the time the IRA ended its Fifties' campaign for lack of interest.


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