And so it begins. Fine Gael’s revision of the 1916 Easter Rising is an attempt to effectively delete any mention of revolutionary republicanism or radical socialism. Instead of commemorating the ideas of James Connolly or Casement, they whitewash history with the face of John Redmond a conservative who praised the British response to the rising and who used Irish people as cannon fodder in an imperial war. A tyrant of a man who was anti female suffrage and was pro-monarchy. None of the four men depicted had anything to do with the rising and none were revolutionaries. This Easter only ‘dignitaries’ (wealthy business owners etc) will be allowed on to O’Connell street, that wasn’t the vision of Connolly.

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