Letter in Irish Times from Rob Bury on 7 January.
Was 1916 Rising ‘immoral and anti-democratic’?
Sir, – Congratulations to Patsy McGarry for laying bare the ethical and political wasteland of 1916 (“Pádraig Pearse’s overtly Catholic Rising was immoral and anti-democratic”, Rite & Reason, January 7th).
We need to be led away from the poisonous ideologies of Pearse, Connolly, Markievicz and Michael Collins, the last mentioned being a hero of the Taoiseach. The Rising copper-fastened partition, encouraged sectarianism, led to economic impoverishment and a major exodus of southern Protestants from 1920 to 1926.
The Government’s Easter Rising year-long programme emphasises “reconciliation”, not a legitimisation of anti-democratic behaviour. Our leaders are arguably endangering the lives of their people by their support of self-appointed extremists who had no support. We have an admirable democratic system through which our politicians were elected to promote peaceful changes by constitutional, democratic means. Surely they owe it to us to set an example by getting on and doing so? – Yours, etc,
Killiney, Co Dublin.