Withdraw John Redmond war stamp, says Labour TD

Eamonn Moloney says An Post wrong to commemorate Irish leader

Thu, Aug 14, 2014, 16:18

The controversy over stamps featuring John Redmond took another twist today with a Labour TD Eamonn Moloney saying An Post was wrong to commemorate the Irish Party leader in the first place.

Former Fine Gael Taoiseach John Bruton has already criticised An Post for producing a stamp featuring a satirical cartoon of Redmond on a mock First World War recruitment poster.

Mr Maloney said today that An Post was wrong to produce a stamp commemorating Redmond and should immediately withdraw it.

“It is indeed appropriate to remember and commemorate the thousands of Irish boys and men who were slaughtered during World War One, but it is wrong for An Post to commemorate a politician who promoted, recruited and shamed Irishmen into killing for Great Britain.

“The 1914-1918 Word War is constantly referred to as the Great War. But, there was nothing great for the 200,000 Irish recruits who fought in it. There was nothing great for the almost 50,000 young Irishmen who were slaughtered,” said Mr Maloney.

He said An Post rightly deserved credit for producing a stamp commemorating those who died, but, the stamp commemorating Redmond who recruited these men into that war should be withdrawn.

An Post have produced two stamps featuring Redmond in recent months to coincide with the centenary of the enactment of the Home Bill and the outbreak of the Frist World War.

A 60c stamp released in May featured Redmond and the Ulster Unionist leader, Edward Carson.

The 68c cartoon stamp released a month later features the Irish leader as a cartoon character in a British recruitment poster.

Speaking at the Parnell summer school Mr Bruton described the stamp as unflattering and said that Redmond should get proper recognition for his achievement in getting the Home Rule Bill passed.

“I would have thought that if we want to look at the passage of 100 years of Home Rule next month something more constructive could have been found,” said Mr Bruton.

A spokesman for An Post said the stamps would not be withdrawn pointing out that recruitment posters “were the mass media of their day”. He said the Redmond stamps were part of a series of stamps commemorating the war and more would be issued in the coming years.

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.