Today Republicans across the country came out in force to celebrate the 89th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916 and to honour all the Republican dead. While unable to attend a commeration personally, it was heartening to see the great colour and the tricolours waving in Crossmaglen this afternoon. Easter is a time both to remember our patriot dead and also to evaluate how the cause of Irish freedom for which they died can be best forwarded despite recent difficulties.
In their Easter message both Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness dealt with the McCartney issue. At a commeration in Derry Mr. Adams spoke of his anger at the cowardly manner in which Robert's killers will not accept responsibility for their actions and Martin expressed on television his opinion that the IRA offer to shoot these thugs was a mistake. I must admit that I believe both men spoke well and I would like to back their respective messages.