Micheál Martin correctly scorns the Government’s RIC plans. But it’s OK for Fianna Fáil’s, newly elected, Wexford TD, Malcolm Byrne, from Gorey to talk of permanently marking the Glorious 12th. with a Public Holiday, and rejoining the Commonwealth, and quoting the late, Albert Reynolds, as proposing 30% (yes 30%) of Dáil seats, “PERMANENTLY RESERVED FOR UNIONIST.”

Now we all know that for a newly unified Ireland of all 32 counties to work, there is going to have to be a lot of difficult adjustments to be engaged in by all parties involved and concerned. And to accommodate the many different aspects of other peoples, cultural backgrounds, beliefs and political and social desires and objectives. It’s going to be painful for many people.

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.   As the government found out with it’s rightly cancelled plans for a ceremony for the commemoration of the RIC. An  Armed Police Force, universally associated with the task of suppressing the Irish people’s desire and ambition for a free, fully Democratic State.  With most particular revulsion of their participation in this suppression with the demonic acts of the “Black and Tans.                One has to ask, does, Malcolm Byrne, FF’s Wexford TD, honestly believe that the motivations and beliefs behind loyalists and unionists celebrations of the Glorious 12th are those of equality and democracy for all? And that the particular events that are celebrated had nothing to do with the indifference to sufferings of the Irish people during the subsequent great hunger that was the potatoes blight, referred to as “The  Great Famine” but in fact, was an act of indifferent genocide. Apparently, he does,  as he is quoted as having said, Irish people, need to create an understanding of that period, in both Irish and European history! Really, does Malcolm Byrne, TD. know exactly on what basis William, Prince of Orange was selected and invited to take the Crown from his uncle,  James 11 and V11,  on behalf of his, (James) daughter Mary 11, as William 111?                                                                                                                                                              Equally, by what interpretation and definition of a Parliamentary  Democracy do one particular section of society get to permanently have a de jure right to a 30%  of parliamentary representation?  Also, how would our newest members of Irish society feel about such an indifference to their ethnic and cultural backgrounds when a 30% de jure, allocation of public representatives for one group, reduces their opportunities for their representation, is every minority, religious, ethnic and social grouping,  going to be accorded a de jure percentage portion of public representation, how about Local authorities, will the same rule apply?                                                                                                                            Somewhat strange that a person who one day may lead a new Unified Ireland has nothing to say about his party member’s ideas on what is an acceptable range of concessions to the objective of that principle of unity that his party member has voiced.

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