For a party which bangs on about “Irish unity”, there are few parties more committed to division than Sinn Féin. This was demonstrated again by its hysterical reaction to the basic notion that everyone killed during the Easter Rising should be treated equally.
Photo courtesy BBC.
The howls of indignation are made worse by the sheer hypocrisy of it all.
This is the same Sinn Féin which talks of an “Ireland of Equals”, but then wants “Irish rebels” treated favourably to “Irish civilians” and “Irish soldiers”.
This is the same Sinn Féin which protests against the notion there should be a “hierarchy of victims”, and yet then specifically tries to create one to suit its own historical myths.
This is the same Sinn Féin which tells British people on the island of Ireland that they have “nothing to fear” from a United Ireland while retweeting sentiments that the “British” are nothing but murderers, rapists and slave traders (and of course that the “[native] Irish” have never been any of these things).
Actually the British people in Ireland’s northeast probably have little to fear from a Fine Gael Government committed to genuine equality, as demonstrated at Glasnevin, and whose previous Taoiseach openly regrets the Easter Rising as a divisive and illegitimate act of unnecessary violence.
Fine Gael and many others recognise that “Irish unity” is more than a geographical concept. People have to be brought together too. Overt protestations that some are of better historical stock than others (as represented by the argument that some dead should be treated better than others) is no way to achieve that unity.
Indeed, is the notion that some people should have preferred status based on their bloodline not precisely what so-called Republicans are supposed to oppose?!