Free Statism and the Good Old IRA

Danny Morrison

Writer and commentator Danny Morrison challenges Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Irish establishment over their attitude to partition and how the closer Ireland gets to a border referendum—which could have a profound effect on the country’s constitutional future—the further they retreat from it.

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Writer and commentator Danny Morrison challenges Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Irish establishment over their attitude to partition and how the closer Ireland gets to a border referendum—which could have a profound effect on the country’s constitutional future—the further they retreat from it.

He accuses them of having a ‘Free State’ mentality which he describes as promoting the idea that the Twenty-Six Counties, the Republic of Ireland, is Ireland, a notion they promulgate through their pronounced usage of the terms Ireland and Northern Ireland in recent years.

Morrison also challenges them on the hollowness of their argument that the IRA had an electoral mandate to wage the War of Independence. He argues that the real criteria for the justification of armed struggle were the actual social, economic and oppressive political conditions of the time; that the IRA was preparing for guerrilla warfare before the December 1918 general election, regardless of how well Sinn Féin in would do. Put crudely, in relation to what happened in the North during our most recent conflict, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’s fallacious attitude is, he says, ‘Our violence was good, yours bad.’ 

Acceptance and recognition of these facts, Morrison says, does not infer support for the actions of the IRA of modern mainstream republicanism, but does show that there are multiple parallels, down to the characteristically unseemly, quotidian side of small wars universally which are largely repugnant.

Partition, he says, was imposed on the majority of people in Ireland and northern nationalists were the main losers and victims. Had the monolithic Ulster Unionist Party tried to make nationalists/Catholics feel welcome they could have, but they didn’t. If they had, the narrative might have been different.

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Format: Paperback / Softback

ISBN / EAN: 9783949573002

Published On: 19 January, 2022

Page Count: 268

Publisher: Greenisland Press

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