Interesting letter in an edition of this weeks IT. That section of letters is quite long so I highlighted the one I'm referring to by a Pierce Martin
(Ref: 1916) In the end the idealists were dumped and the power elites – as Diarmaid Ferriter has argued – took over and handed social and moral policy to an avaricious and oppressive Roman Catholic Church. There is no evidence that it would have been any different if all of the 1916 signatories had lived.
A country founded on such a flawed, and undemocratic ideology as Fenianism is bound to falter and collapse from the weight of its own corruption and essential problem with real democracy, including inherent contradictions regarding which comes first, the country or individual political advancement.
We should not really be that surprised at our national implosion. What we need is a new republic inspired by one of our most missrepresented patriots Theobald Wolf Tone - not Patrick Pearse, nor James Connolly.
For all his well-intentioned, but misguided actions, Connolly destroyed the prospect of progressive politics in Ireland by aligning himself with the far nationalist right. A point made by John Newsinger in his book Rebel City. The problem with Irish history – especially when it comes to 1916 – is that we often get a populist romantic myopic perspective on it, rather than an objective one. This serves no purpose other than to obfuscate our past and render us intellectually impotent. – Yours, etc,