Many world articles (including the AP version presented by the Herald) would lead one to believe that Ireland is hunky dory 100 years on from their Dublin Rising. Sadly, this is nowhere near the truth. Lip service is made to the “Troubles” of the 1970s without explaining the necessity of arms to defend many neighborhoods from loyalists and British soldiers at the time.
Ireland has had a forced partition since the infamous treaty following the War of Independence. Successive “Irish” governments have attempted to copper fasten it to their own benefit. The established media present a basic peace to the world, without mentioning the constant sectarian attacks and violence (from both sides) in the north of Ireland.
The north as a British entity is a failed state. I would encourage all who wish to create a true peace and way forward in Ireland to look closely at the Eire Nua objective. Something that was supported by both loyalist and nationalist communities in the ’70s before the British and a small group of IRA leaders overrode it.
Ireland cannot truly celebrate until all her children are united under her flag. Then will be a celebration worth reporting.
Darryl Levey, Pasco