Words of Wolfe Tone ring true in modern Ireland

by NJ McGarrigle

Mayo artist Edward Delaney’s Wolfe Tone statue at St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin

In light of the recent Central Remedial Clinic scandal, the muddy waters of the Nama allegations, and the general fecklessness of the Irish Government and their deluded crowing over the bailout exit, I was struck by re-reading the words of the Irish revolutionary – written in 1798 in relation to his own people, the Anglo-Irish of the ascendancy – which could easily apply to ‘establishment Ireland’ today:

‘They have disdained to occupy the station they might have held among the People, and which the People would have been glad to see them fill. They see Ireland only in their rent rolls, their places, their patronage, their pensions. They shall perish like their own dung.’