Easter Rising

The Easter Rising that took place in Dublin in 1916 was organised by a small group of conspirators in the Irish Republican Brotherhood; a secret revolutionary movement which was founded in Ireland and America in the mid-nineteenth century. The actual Rising was carried out by a group of the Irish Volunteers, without the knowledge of most of its leaders or members, in alliance with the small citizen army led by the revolutionary socialist James Connolly. Close to 500 people died in the Rising, mostly Irish civilians - fifteen of the leaders were executed in Dublin...
So on this very special Easter weekend, my stand on the 1916 commemorations is this: Let's acknowledge the mistakes of the past, learn from them, and let them go. Let's use our failures as stepping stones to achieve the ideals of the 1916 Proclamation...
A recent visit to the Irish Parliament with a group of fellow British MPs led me to reflect how the events that led to the creation of an Irish State played a part in my own personal history.
An SAS soldier manufactured an account of the shooting of two IRA members to cover up the use of excessive force, it was