Garrett the good has just penned what I think is his most important article I've yet read in the Times. I would urge anyone interested in The Republic, it's history, it's politics and it's future to read it.
He draws a clear distinction between the generation of modern politicians who followed those former revolutionaries who helped define the state by their engagement in democratic politics.
Significantly he recounts the moment when Sean MacEntee while dying, confessed his fears for the State because of what had happened to Fianna Fáil. His concern is the lack of civic responsibility displayed by the post revolutionary generation, a generation who regaled in scoundrels such as Haughey, Burke, Lawlor, Flynn, Lowry, Ahern etc.
The cleavage between those who helped build and found this country and those who sacked it, is an important historical deduction which he thinks sets the context for a regeneration of civic morality. I hope he's right.
On watching Seachtar na Cásca over the past few weeks I marvelled at the raw idealism, sacrifice and ambition of the signatories and in comparison despaired at what is offered by our modern politicians. I hope by 2016 that we may regain a path that will restore some integrity and honour in public life. Anything else will be a travesty.
Read Fitzgerald's article here