Here is one consequence of their terrorist activities:
The historian Peter Hart wrote ‘the single greatest measurable social change of the revolutionary era was the dramatic reduction of the non-Catholic population in the south, Methodist, Presbyterians and Church of Ireland.’
Here is another quotation:
The 1916 rebels sought ‘freedom’ but the Free State brought about ‘ a diminuation of individual rights…divorce, contraception, censorship of books and films and no jury service for women(shades of Saudi Arabia and the Taliban) distinguished the legislation’ according to Liam Kennedy in Unhappy the Land.
Then there were some 200,000 Irishmen, the majority Catholics, who went to fight ‘the armies of the Kaiser, makes it easier to understand why the great political question of the day was not a call for the end of the union but for devolution of power to a subordinate assembly in Dublin’, according to Liam Kennedy. He also wrote that the unionist Irish constituted a quarter of the population and ‘remained unsupportive. cowed into submission, as in much of the South.’
2016 will see the elevation of Anglophobia, the foundation stone of the 1916 rebellion (the Rising associates these men with the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the celebrations will take place on Easter day next year, not on April 24th, the day of the rebellion, shame on the FG/Labour coalition.)
Roy Foster wrote in Modern Ireland 1600 – 1972:
The Irish nationalism that had developed by this date (1914) was Anglo-phobic and anti-Protestant, subscribing to the theory of the Celtic Race that denied the ‘true’ Irishness of Irish Protestants and Ulster Unionists, but was prepared to incorporate them into a vision of ‘independent Ireland’ whether they wanted it or not’. And we know they did not want it.