BEFORE the current rhetoric in relation to the Easter Rising or Revolution, as it's being presently referred to, turns to euphoria, I would just like to mention the following points of interest.
Between April 24, 1916 and May 2, 1916, 12 officers of the Royal Irish Constabulary were murdered by the IRA. A further three officers of the Dublin Metropolitan Police were also murdered by the IRA.
In the lead-up to partition, during the Irish Civil War, a further 513 officers of the Royal Irish Constabulary were murdered between 1919 and 1921 by the IRA.
As we are all now aware, thousands of brave Irishmen in the 10th (Irish) and 16th (Irish) Divisions were heavily engaged on the Western Front with their comrades in the 36th (Ulster) Division between 1914 to 1918 with heavy losses.
Only in recent years have the men from the 10th and 16th Divisions received the recognition they deserve.
Perhaps, in time, this type of recognition will be afforded to those police officers of the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan, otherwise their memory will pass into oblivion and they will sadly fall into the category of being "expendable" in the search for peace.
Now there's an irony.