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Thread: Should the Order of St. Patrick be revived?

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    Default Should the Order of St. Patrick be revived?

    Since independence, periodic discussions have debated the proper manner in which to honour citizens who have rendered noteworthy service to the Irish State. One option might be to revive the Order of St. Patrick, which has never been formally abolished, but merely in a state of abeyance for the last 90 years. Of course, question marks remain over whether the Irish government has the authority to repatriate the Order, and thus confer the award, but in the event that the honour's monarchical associations prove too controversial, might the debate spark the introduction of a republican award system, modelled on the Legion d'Honneur or the Medal of Honour?
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    Anything would be better than Irish Universities demeaning all of their Alumni by showering Honorary Doctorates on every Tom, Dick and Harry.

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    no need, now they get positions on the boards of Quangos

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    Under no circumstances should awards in this country be offered by the state to anyone.

    Would you really want the likes of Bertie Ahern, Larry Goodman, Michael Fingleton, Sean Fitzpatrick, David Drumm, Eoghan Harris presently in possession of such an honour (as they surely would be given this country)?

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    What sort of person would we have awarded it to in, say, the period between 2002 and 2007?

    Because while I'm all for handing out medals and trinkets to the golf partners of politicians, we might need to think about a way of taking them back off them too.


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    Is there an Order of St Jude?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidoff View Post
    Is there an Order of St Jude?
    Dunno.....but I heard Sean Barrett has a default "Order Order Order" order when yer man with the unironed shirt in the back benches stands up for a question or two..... petunia

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloatingVoterTralee View Post
    Since independence, periodic discussions have debated the proper manner in which to honour citizens who have rendered noteworthy service to the Irish State. One option might be to revive the Order of St. Patrick, which has never been formally abolished, but merely in a state of abeyance for the last 90 years. Of course, question marks remain over whether the Irish government has the authority to repatriate the Order, and thus confer the award, but in the event that the honour's monarchical associations prove too controversial, might the debate spark the introduction of a republican award system, modelled on the Legion d'Honneur or the Medal of Honour?
    Under that name, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloatingVoterTralee View Post
    Since independence, periodic discussions have debated the proper manner in which to honour citizens who have rendered noteworthy service to the Irish State. One option might be to revive the Order of St. Patrick, which has never been formally abolished, but merely in a state of abeyance for the last 90 years. Of course, question marks remain over whether the Irish government has the authority to repatriate the Order, and thus confer the award, but in the event that the honour's monarchical associations prove too controversial, might the debate spark the introduction of a republican award system, modelled on the Legion d'Honneur or the Medal of Honour?
    Patrick seems to have been a thoroughly unpleasant misogynist - so it would be appropriately inappropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertW View Post
    Under no circumstances should awards in this country be offered by the state to anyone.

    Would you really want the likes of Bertie Ahern, Larry Goodman, Michael Fingleton, Sean Fitzpatrick, David Drumm, Eoghan Harris presently in possession of such an honour (as they surely would be given this country)?
    Bertie already holds a Gong from the Vatican.

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