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Can we not just cancel the 1916 commemorations?

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Before all the various factions lay claim to the legacy of the rebels, would it be possible to cancel the centenary celebrations which have been planned to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising?
After all, if the men and women who fought for Irish freedom 99 years ago saw what was to become of their country, would they really have bothered?
The insurrection barely lasted a week and already it looks as though there is going to be an unedifying scramble to claim the legacy of the rebellion next year.
The uncomfortable truth is that many Dublin people spat at and abused the rebels when they took over some key locations in the capital in April 1916.
With World War One in full swing, they accused the rebels of treason. Independence, or freedom, was far from their minds.
Barely 1,200 people took part in the uprising and yet we are going to have the sight of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and Labour all lining up to lay claim to the rebels’ legacy next ye…