15 thoughts on “Rising In The Polls

  1. Donal

    The kind of people who believe in violence as well as the ballot box?
    You can vote for people like them…

  2. Colin

    I’m proud to be Irish and acknowledge the sacrifice these brave men and women made for our land, but I really dislike them being used as political leverage. The world has moved on a great deal since 1916 and the ideas, notions and methods for constructing a free and prosperous Ireland are quite different. And yet there are political factions that parade these men and women out to a very vulnerable and impressionable youth, who genuinely believe if we don’t have the 32 and some form of uprising, then we’ll never become anything at all. This is all further romanticised by an early 1900’s economic lesson and idea of what a country should be.

    Ireland’s not perfect, but its doing pretty well all told. History should be respected and sacrifice acknowledged, but left firmly in the past.

    1. Drebbin

      I agree with a lot of what you say, but there’s no politically neutral way of accessing the past. I find it interesting that some of James Connolly’s earliest activism in Ireland was centred on the centenary of 1798. These things are important. I suppose the best we can hope for is to have competing voices, and I think there will be plenty of those.

    1. The Real Jane

      To the Mother of All British Dáils? Probably not, for some unfathomable reason. Probably to do with them being all shooty and hitty or perverted or something.

      1. Nilbert

        But they did, didn’t they. The ones who were not shot by the British anyway…They formed Sinn Fein and ran for election. On election, they refused to their places in Westminster, but instead set up the first Irish Dail. But never mind, you can ignorantly dismiss them as being ‘shooty and hitty’… perhaps social media failed in explaining it to you properly.

  3. read twice

    A lot of whinging (see what I did there) in the comments above.

    These are nicely put together posters; they’re not advocating any real candidate or party; I think they’re just making a very appropriate comparison between the politics of 1916 and 2016. Makes me consider the historicity of tomorrow’s vote.

    As for the rebels, at least they had the power of their convictions, which is more than can be said for majority of 2016 candidates….

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