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Will Taoiseach also wear an Easter lily?

Each November, Irish society is forced to endure sterile and divisive controversy concerning Armistice Day, poppy-wearing and the commemoration of the thousands of Irish who died serving with British forces during the Great War.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, clearly in breach of the Oireachtas Code of Parliamentary Standards, which bans the wearing of emblems of a political nature within parliamentary precincts, has taken to wearing a shamrock poppy in the Dail.

Mr Varadkar cannot be unaware of the symbolism of the poppy here in Ireland, which has a political subtext, functioning not just as a symbol of remembrance, but as a veiled propagandist attack on separatist Irish nationhood.

I wonder will Mr Varadkar, who is wearing the poppy to honour those Irish who gave their lives fighting for the freedoms of small nations in the Great War, wear an Easter lily to honour those Irish who gave their lives fighting for the freedom of this small nation at the same time?

TOM COOPER

Irish National Congress, Dublin

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