POPPIES IN THE DÁIL

The Irish Times 10 November 2012

In becoming the first TD to wear a poppy in the Dáil for 16 years, following in the footsteps of Labour Party TD Emmet Stagg and Fine Gael’s Paddy Harte and Brian Hayes, FG TD, Frank Feighan said “the peace process dividend has delivered a new politics which has allowed us to publicly respect all traditions on this island” (Home News, November 6th).

Mr Feighan, chair of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, also said he wore a poppy inside the Dáil as a symbolic gesture of inclusiveness and to remember the war dead.

Can we take it that, next April, as a further symbolic gesture of inclusiveness and a continuation of publicly respecting all traditions on this island, Deputy Feighan will wear an Easter lily in Dáil Éireann to remember those Irish who died in that other war fighting for this small nation’s independence?

TOM COOPER

(Cathaoirleach – INC)