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Comment #4915446 by Christopher Dunne

Christopher Dunne Mar 25th 2016, 3:22 PM #

All four men have a part to play in the Irish Nationalist narrative that led to the Rising but displaying them next to a giant 1916|2016 banner in one of Dublin’s busiest areas is irresponsible. They shouldn’t be left out by any means but I think they should be remembered in a more historically accurate context. Some actual detail would be of great benefit to anyone wanted to learn more about what contributed to the conditions that led to the Rising.

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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 Caomhán Ó Luain
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    Mar 25th 2016, 5:10 PM

    Redmond should have been remembered in 2014, the centenary of the introduction of the 3rd home rule bill. But it wasn’t because no one would’ve turned because finally what did it achieve Don’t forget Redmond was a conservative who opposed universal sufferrage, the old age pension and a fierce anti trade unionist All round gombeen

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    Favourite Seán O'Ceallaghan
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    Mar 25th 2016, 7:01 PM

    De Valera any better of a gombean? Much of the reason why Ireland pursued protectionism and cuddled up to the church.

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    Favourite Diarmuid
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    Mar 25th 2016, 7:06 PM

    The Third Home Rule Bill was a monumental achievement for a colony in the British Empire.

    Unfortunately, it was probably the full extent of Irish public ambition at the time.

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    Favourite Al Ca
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    Mar 25th 2016, 10:51 PM

    Jeez Diarmuid….The Third Home Rule Bill was never implemented, some would call it reneging….while others cover over that little fact and call it an achievement.

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    Favourite An_Beal_Bocht
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    Mar 26th 2016, 1:23 AM

    There was a “third way” but Redmond fought tooth and nail against it and displayed his sleevenism in doing so. Wm O’Brien was an excellent MP who successfully fought for the hugely progressive land acts to the benefit of ordinary labourers and tenants, however Redmond voted to reduce the funds available to tenants to appease Birrell which was critical to its success. OBrien set up the All for Ireland league as a secular organisation to promote conciliation with the unionists and to gain a United Ireland, Carson even commended O’Brien on his efforts to unify, however Redmond ostracized O’Brien from the Irish party and used bishops and priests to condemn oBrian. Redmond is one of the many reasons this country is split today

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