Young people need to beware of false patriots

Those seeking the cover of a flag for their actions could do well to learn from Kate Carroll and others. Picture by Colm Lenaghan, Pacemaker
WATCHING a dissident republican’s funeral in Dublin last week I was struck by two things, firstly, that despite the prospect of a life which involves looking over one’s shoulder every day, there are still scores of misguided and naïve young people willing to become cannon fodder for paramilitary godfathers who stay well beyond the reach of the law or a rival's bullets. The second feeling was one of revulsion at the sight of the national flag of Ireland draped over his coffin. No doubt the loss of this young man was deeply felt by his family or friends but he is [...]

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