The State of Us, Part 3: Irish nationalism needs a revolution
We have moved beyond the shame and glory of the past, but have yet to invent our future nation
Capt Peter Kelleher reading the Proclamation at the GPO, Dublin, last year. Photograph: Maxwells
Hovering around the very successful 1916 centenary commemorations last year was a silent paradox. The celebration of Irish sovereignty was fuelled in part by a painful awareness of how fragile it is.
At the start of 2016 it was only two years since the troika of the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank had relinquished effective control over the most important part of self-government: the budgetary process. The expressions of national pride were a binding-up of very raw wounds.