Hardly a newspaper with a glorious past concerning the War of Independence. It even censored its 1916 centenary edition to remove the "Sinn Fein Rebellion" headline. And one of its former owners offered to spy on Irish people for British Intelligence. O'Toole is just a gombeen praising a "Croppy Lie Down" strategy. There's a very funny clip on Youtube of a discussion on the Late Late Show where O'Toole's argument on Irish nationalism gets destroyed by a singer from the Wolfe Tones.Fintan O’Toole’s article to today’s IT is spot on. Soloheadbeg was an act that was incompatible with the principles of any democratic law based state.
On Irish Nationalism, O'Toole has a long history of supporting the British. You certainly seem to regret that Irish independence was achieved.