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That Oireachtas Decade of Centenaries All-Party Consultation Group May 23, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Excellent question in the current issue of the Phoenix (which is well worth a read, not least for some of the internal machinations around the FG leadership race).

Where is the Oireachtas Decade of Centenaries Committee?

Where?

It automatically dissolved with the advent of the new Dáil and government over a year ago but no new committee – set up to commemorate the 1912-21 historic events – has been formed.

That’s a fairly appalling situation – albeit hardly a surprise given the engagement by the last government hitherto on these matters which has been characterised by indifference and/or an effort to control the shape out outcomes.

1916 has been pocketed as a ‘success’ but the next lot of commemorations promise in a way to be even more tricky – for some. Small wonder they want to delay dealing with them…

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1. EWI - May 23, 2017

Significant political centenaries this year have gone relatively unmarked. What appears to have happened is that the Government have outsourced the reporting and generation of materials dealing with the ‘Decade’ to the Irish Times, which is what’s being now circulated to schools.

Long-time readers of the IT, where no avenue attack on the Irish revolutionaries is beyond the pale, no homage to the British army too cringeworthy, will recognise the effects of this policy.

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2. EWI - May 23, 2017

All of this, of course, is aside from sneaky efforts in the undergrowth to recast the WOI and the Civil War along entirely pro-FG lines (starting with the issue of that ridiculous medal to the DF last year).

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3. 1729torus - May 23, 2017

I wouldn’t call that a “success” even on its own terms, instead it betrays too much faith in propaganda and “setting the narrative”. You’ll see controversy that will never go away and will undermine people’s faith in the state and politicians.

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WorldbyStorm - May 23, 2017

I agree completely, there’s a sort of attitude that all is now settled or something like that, and it isn’t. It really isn’t.

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