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Comment #4915730 by Desmodromic

Desmodromic Mar 25th 2016, 4:46 PM #

Step back and look at what was happening north and south at that time. Redmonds Home Rule supporters were arming as a counter to Carson’s Unionists arming themselves to defend the union against Redmond’s Home Rule campaign (both cynically armed by Germans in the main) had Redmond and Carson not agreed to fight the Germans and jointly spilled the blood of tens of thousands of Irishmen in WWI it is highly likely there would have been a cataclysmic civil war on this island. A small group of volunteers decided to strike a blow for freedom in 1916, against the popular wishes of the Irish population at the time. Hence Redmond was reflecting the popular view when he condemned the rebellion at that moment. The execution of the volunteers was the catalyst that changed that public opinion, whilst most opposed the rebellion, executing the rebels galvanised Ireland and in that way it was that blood sacrifice that sowed the seeds of nationhood. I’ve wondered if the British hadn’t dished out such capital sentences what would have happened? The catalyst would not have existed to get mass support for revolution at that moment. Ah yes the what if’s.

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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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