The damage caused by the IRA campaign is still deep

Ireland women’s football manager Vera Pauw’s reaction to the controversy sparked by her side’s celebrations after qualifying for the World Cup was heartfelt and appropriate. Pauw rooted the team’s apology for the real pain inflicted on many people to the prevailing ethos of respect, which she infused into the team’s preparations and successful mindset.

While what happened was deeply unfortunate, Pauw showed impressive leadership by taking full responsibility for it. Liz Truss, for example, could learn a lot from her.

Amid the Irish team’s merry dressing room celebrations, her singing of a Wolfe Tones song with its ‘Up the ‘Ra’ chorus has sparked wider discussion about the IRA’s campaign of terror, the effects of which remain unresolved in the national psyche.

In that paper today, columnist Colin Murphy says last week’s controversy shows that “cultural republicanism” is now unbiased and rampant among the younger generations that make up the team. He points out that most women in the football squad have no memory of the Good Friday Agreement.

Meanwhile, senators in the Seanad continue to hold public consultations on the future of the island of Ireland at a time when there is increasing talk of a border poll and constitutional changes.

A statement was read on his behalf from a Methodist minister who was scheduled to attend Friday but was unable to do so. pastor dr. David Clements, whose father was shot dead by the IRA in the 1980s, said that seeing the team celebrate “by singing Up the ‘Ra” makes my stomach turn. This was evidence of the injury Vera Pauw was referring to.

In relation to building a new future for the island, Rev. Dr. Clements also: “How do we drain the putrid pus of this revisionist indoctrination that is enabling a new generation to celebrate IRA violence?” It was a sensible question from a man who said his father loved the sport and would have cheered the loudest for Ireland in a contest for a place in the finals between Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

The Basque terrorist group Eta recently apologized to the bereaved and maimed of its violent campaigns. “We want to express our sorrow and pain for the suffering they have endured. We feel their pain and that sincere feeling leads us to assert that it should never have happened, no one could be happy with what happened and it shouldn’t have taken so long,” it said.

This newspaper has previously urged Sinn Féin and the Provisional IRA to follow Eta’s lead. Instead, the Irish republican movement continues to celebrate its election campaign.

The Irish football team can be forgiven for unwittingly stepping on the deep wounds inflicted by the Provisional IRA. The response from the FAI, the players and Vera Pauw was both commendable and necessary – and with that the team rested.

The whole unfortunate episode, however, was a jarring reminder that while “cultural republicanism” may be a growing and still not fully understood phenomenon, it has the potential to sow more of the kind of divisions this country is trying to emerge from . The damage caused by the IRA campaign is still deep

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