Am I missing the big punchline, or has slavish Irish obsequiousness reached such a low that it can no longer even be mocked or humorously derided?
Today is the anniversary of Bloody Sunday [the 1920 one], when members of the Royal Irish Constabulary fired indiscriminately into a crowd of Irish men, women and children who were attending a football match; killing over a dozen of them. The Royal Irish Constabulary was the armed colonial police force in Ireland and was tasked with playing a supporting role to the British army, then in conflict with the Irish Republican Army of the democratically mandated Irish Republic.
Many of those who asserted Irish sovereignty through armed struggle against the British Empire are now buried at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin; names like Kevin Barry, O’Donovan Rossa, Harry Boland, Thomas Ashe, Cathal Brugha.
Now, retired members of our esteemed police force are agitating to erect a monument in that same cemetery to those who participated in the subjugation of their own country; members of a constabulary that was involved in the indiscriminate shooting of civilians attending a football match, members of a colonial police force that destroyed three villages on the west coast of Clare - killing six civilians, that cut the hearts and tongues out of prisoners at Kerry Pike.
Granted, some of the Gardai who are now at retiring age served during the 1970s when it was no uncommon thing for an arrested person to be denied sleep for four and five days straight under the Emergency Powers Act, when confessions were regularly beaten out of people – where 80% of convictions for serious crimes arose from ‘confessions’ – where an unarrested women could be pinned down and stripped in an interrogation room in the presence of male Gardai when arriving at a station to enquire about an arrested husband.*RETIRED gardai are seeking permission from the Government to erect a monument in Glasnevin Cemetery to 500 members of the Royal Irish Constabulary, including the 'Black and Tans', who were killed by the IRA in the War of Independence.
Retired gardai to honour RIC - National News - Independent.ie
*Magill, 30 May 1985 & The Irish Times, 14, 15 & 16 February, 1977