That is the view of former Green Party MEP Patricia McKenna, while welcoming the fact that all the Political parties in the 26 counties want to celebrate 1916 and the brave men who sacrificed everything for their country she couldn't resist asking why?
“Although I welcome the fact that we are now celebrating our independence, it is a unfortunate that 1916 had previously been ignored for so long. For years, we were the only nation in Europe ashamed of our independence. Why is it now acceptable? If the current support for 1916 among the big parties is motivated by a desire to stave off a perceived electoral threat from Sinn Féin, then Sunday’s event is a mere political stunt and an insult to those who died in 1916.”
She also said that she found the "militaristic" element of the parade offensive.
Willie O’Dea last night said: “There will be no glorification of militarism, as Ms Kenna puts it. The government decided to reinstate the military parade as an expression of national pride in all those who took part in the Rising."
He also said the following which left me quite confused
"Óglaigh na hÉireann are the true successors of the men and women of 1916 and Sunday’s parade will reflect that and the Irish Army’s role, which has evolved over the decades, here at home and through its 58,000 tours of duty as part of the UN’s peace keeping forces. Why does Ms McKenna find this offensive?”
I think when Willie refers to "Óglaigh na hÉireann" he means the 26 county armed forces; I don't see how Willie can honestly believe that they are the continuation of the brave men and women of 1916.
The brave men and women of 1916 went out to free this country, they would not tolerate a single field of this country being under the yoke of England, can the same be said for the 26 county armed forces?
When was the last time that they engaged the British or decided to follow on the legacy of 1916 and try to free our country?
When Northern Nationalists were alone and defenceless in 1969 they stood at the British imposed border and did nothing.
Willie would do well not to insult the memory of those brave men and women of 1916 whose entire modus operandi was to free our country; the same can't be said for his "Óglaigh na hÉireann"