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Comment #4915796 by Sean C

Sean C Mar 25th 2016, 5:11 PM #

Redmond back then is the epitome of a blueshirts wet dream. Pro big business, anti worker, anti-women. Redmond, lest we forget, had agreed to partition in a meeting BEFORE world war 1 kicked off. This information is easily accessible from a junior or leaving cert history book. He sent thousands of Irish people to their deaths fighting in a war that defied all logic and only happened because of the system of alliances that existed in Europe.
This celebration of the rising is farcical. Taking place a month before the date and going full on revisionism.
Today marks the birth of Michael Davitt, a man who did more for the rights of women and the impoverished in this country than anyone but being pro women’s rights in the 19th century brought down the ire of the Catholic Church upon you. Hence, he is less celebrated than Redmond but far more important.
But ya, let’s stick a poster of the man who worked with the unionists to stamp out women’s rights and sent thousands to their deaths up on college green.

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Activists draw over John Redmond's face on controversial College Green banner

Activists draw over John Redmond's face on controversial College Green banner

Irish language group Misneach said it defaced the banner in a protest against “revisionist propaganda”.

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    Favourite Martin Fahy
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    Mar 25th 2016, 10:09 PM

    Did it ever occur to you Sean that people in 1914 were not thick ? And that most people did not care one whit what John Redmond urged them to do. Or that most people regarded John Redmond with the same disdain as they regard our political leaders today ?
    Did it ever occur to you that as tragic as it was, many Irish went of their own violation, be it the promise of a good wage, a wish to stop Germany winning the war, the false glamour of a life in the military, and many other reasons.
    Did it ever occur to you that by alleging they blindly followed Redmond like meek sheep that what you are doing is belittling all those brave men who went to war for their own personal reasons, not due to a politician making speeches !

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    Favourite Anne Warren
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    Mar 25th 2016, 10:53 PM

    totally agree – michael davitt is our forgotten hero – remember the land war anyone?
    the land of ireland for the people of ireland?
    Hold on to your homesteads?

    “We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland” His guiding principle even made it into the proclamation

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    Favourite Al Ca
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    Mar 25th 2016, 11:01 PM

    Yes Martin….with some of the worst poverty in Europe…many Irishmen just wanted to feed their families. Life for the poor in the Empire was anything but sweet. But then there were those who could see the Empire for what it was…..and they bravely chose to stand against it and it it those we should celebrate in 2016.

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