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Equating Spectacle at Stormont with United Irishmen is Perverse


Tommy Gorman • Irish News, 12 March 2007

Scarcely a week goes past without someone in the Irish News, columnist or contributor to the letters page, misusing, misquoting or misrepresenting the words of Theobald Wolfe Tone.

It would seem that as we approach yet another sectarian head count, we can expect more of the same as former republicans attempt to reconcile the irreconcilable.

Just last week in the letters page a Lower Falls contributor lauded the efforts of the Provos who, bringing together Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter to administer British rule in Ireland had “brought some honour back into Republicanism”, an honour that had been absent since the era of the United Irishmen.

To equate the radical and noble intentions of United Irishmen with the unseemly spectacle at Stormont, where right-wing Protestant Unionism will, after this election, be hitched to right-wing Catholic nationalism in a Shotgun Wedding is perverse in the extreme.

Wolfe Tone was very clear about his intentions; “To subvert the tyranny of our execrable government, to break the connection with England, the never-failing source of all our political evils and to assert the independence of my country- these were my objectives. To unite the whole people of Ireland, to abolish the memory of all past dissensions, and to substitute the common name of Irishman in place of the denominations of Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter – these were my means”.

It is worth pointing out also that for his efforts Tone was sentenced to death by the English and died a sad death in a prison cell before his execution.

There is little or no chance that anyone involved in the Stormont charade will offend their political masters sufficiently to warrant a similar end.

Their dotage instead will more likely be spent in that retirement home for good servants of the crown, the House of Lords.









































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