Commemorating the 1916 Rising

 The Republic of Ireland is the only ‘liberal democracy’ to have as its foundation the brute force of an insurrection carried out by an elitist private army against the will of the people.

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> Commemorating 1916 Rising (15 Dec 2014)
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Irish ambassador to lay London Cenotaph wreath

MulhallAmbasadorLondonRTE News – Tuesday 14 October 2014

Ireland’s Ambassador to Great Britain Dan Mulhall will lay a wreath at London’s Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in November, it has been announced.

It will be the first time that an invitation has been issued and accepted and coincides with the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

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> Remembrance Sunday: Irish government invited to Cenotaph

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UK & Ireland Reciprocal Joint Visa Initiative

CommonTravelAreaIrish Naturalisation and Immigration Service: Justice minister announces that visitors will travel freely within the Common Travel Area on a single visa.

The British-Irish Visa Scheme will operate through a reciprocal visa arrangement, whereby Ireland and the UK recognise short-stay visas issued by each other for travel to each jurisdiction. This will allow the holder of a visa issued by the country of first arrival to travel freely between Ireland and the UK.

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John Bruton, Home Rule – Letters to the Editor

2517376937Letters to the Editor – The Irish Times – 23 Sep 2014

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> Read the continuing debate in the Irish Times: 25 Sep | 27 Sep | 29 Sep
30 Sep | 1 Oct | 9 Oct

> Reform Group Seminar – 18 Sep 2014 – John Bruton and Home Rule


Scotland shows 1916 Rising a mistake, says John Bruton

Home Rule Speech JBruton 18-Sep-14Ireland could have taken same ‘peaceful path’ to independence with Home Rule

Stephen Collins – Irish Times, 18 Sep 2014

Ireland could have followed the same peaceful path towards independence that Scotland is considering today, according to former taoiseach John Bruton.
In a speech today on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Home Rule Bill into law (September 18th, 1914), Mr Bruton pointed to the way the referendum on independence for Scotland had come about.

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> Reform Group Seminar 18 September 2014

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Marking the Home Rule Act of 1914

Home Rule Speech JBruton 18-Sep-14Irish Independent News Editorial – 18 Sep 2014

Former Taoiseach John Bruton has called for more recognition for those who brought in Home Rule

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> Reform Group Seminar 18 September 2014

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David Norris rebuked for calling 1916 leaders ‘traitors’

DavidNorrisNed O’Sullivan accuses Senator of driving ‘coach and four’ through Rising history

Michael O’Regan – Irish Times, 18 Sep 2014

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Ireland and UK Remembrance Shared

PresHigginsIrish Independent – 31 Jul 2014

President Michael D Higgins has described a national sorrow that soldiers who fought in the First World War and their families were shunned for decades in their home country.

Unveiling the first Cross of Sacrifice ever erected in the Republic of Ireland to servicemen and women killed in both world wars, Mr Higgins said the disrespect could not be undone although they are honoured now.

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Also: 31 July 2014: Dedication of Cross of Sacrifice, Glasnevin Cemetery

On Thursday 31 July President Michael D. Higgins led a ceremony to dedicate the newly installed Cross of Sacrifice in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin 11. The erection of the cross is a cooperative venture between Glasnevin Trust and the Commonwealth Graves Commission (CWGC). The service was attended by a wide range of public, diplomatic, and military representatives, along with members of the public. The event was was addressed by President Higgins.

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> Dedication of Cross of Sacrifice, Glasnevin Cemetary, Broadcast Thu 31 Jul 2014

> My Great War, RTE Television | YouTube Clip

> Gay Byrne – My Father’s War

Image: President Michael D Higgins has unveiled the first Cross of Sacrifice erected in the Republic of Ireland. Photo: Irish Independent.


Gay Byrne – My Father’s War

On the eve of his 80th birthday and the centenary of WW1, Ireland’s pre-eminent broadcaster, GAY BYRNE, embarks on a personal journey to discover the war secrets his father, Edward Byrne, never told him.

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> Ireland and UK Remembrance Shared

A wealth in common with the UK

It is encouraging to see Tom Cooper (Letters, April 28) entering the debate on Ireland joining the Commonwealth. The Reform Group has promoted this debate on its website (

It is regrettable that Mr Cooper suggests membership would lead to the ‘re-Britishing’ of this country. This is not the experience of the 52 members of the Commonwealth, 32 of which are sovereign republics.

The Commonwealth ceased to be Anglo-centric in 1949, when its name was changed from the British Commonwealth. We played a role in this process. The Commonwealth was formed by leaders of national liberation movements, such as Nehru (India), Nyerere (Tanzania), Kuanda (Zambia), and Mandela (South Africa), who brought his country back to the Commonwealth after independence.

The key figure in the Commonwealth is the Secretary-General, not Queen Elizabeth, who is the symbolic head. Queen Elizabeth has no authority to interfere in the affairs of Commonwealth countries.

The Secretary-General carries out the policies of heads of government in promoting democracy, human rights, equality, aid and the rule of law, all in line with the policies of our government.

Benefits include the “impact on trade, environment, and social and economic stability”, to cite the recent words of the Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma.

Reform would argue it is surprising we are not already a member, as the ties between the UK and Ireland have been profoundly strong over the span of history. Many thousands of Irish people move to the UK every year.

About 25% of the British population has some Irish heritage. We share identities, cultures, faiths, language, profession, political and legal structures and, of course, trade on a large scale. Some Commonwealth countries give, and have given, hope and new lives to our youth, providing a safety valve for our unemployed.

Let’s not forget Irish people played a major role in building the Commonwealth at all levels. Mr Cooper’s views about the Commonwealth sadly suggest an insecurity about our relationship with the UK, rather than confidently embracing our independence, while expressing our shared identity within the Commonwealth.

Robin Bury
The Reform Group
Military Road
Co Dublin

Irish Examiner – Wednesday, April 30, 2014