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The limits of inclusivity on 1916 January 12, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

We may just be seeing them.

Arlene Foster, who has been formally elected as the North’s First Minister, has modified her position on refusing to attend Easter Rising commemorations in the Republic. Ms Foster caused controversy when, in recent days, she said she would not travel to events marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising, leading Taoiseach Enda Kenny to yesterday express his disappointment at her stance.

She’s still not going to the events, but…

She, however, softened her position by saying she would be happy to travel to the South to attend a conference or symposium to discuss Easter 1916.

And yet, isn’t there at least some sort of honesty about her position, in so far as it acknowledges the very real distinctions of political and national views at odds here rather than the touchy feely ‘we’re all in this together’ kind of stuff being put out? On the other hand nationalists and Republicans are, of necessity now expected to participate, or at least turn up, to not dissimilar events in Northern Ireland, so as always the fundamental power relationships shape – almost demand – different responses. Many would think that to redress that imbalance she should, for that latter reason, make at least some effort.


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