Rose could find bet­ter use for her time than seek­ing re­peal of Eighth Amend­ment

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - OPINION -

A Chara, We read again of the Syd­ney Rose, this time of the temp­ta­tion she feels to come back to Ire­land to help pro­mote the re­moval of our Eighth Amend­ment.

I think the or­gan­is­ers of the Rose Fes­ti­val should re­mind this young lady of some al­ter­na­tive cam­paigns. She could start one in de­fence of our men, against the liq­ui­da­tion of farm hold­ings un­der our very lib­eral di­vorce laws. She could cam­paign against the ac­tions of the banks in the tracker mort­gage scan­dal.

Or I could, with the help of the Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers, in­tro­duce her to two young ladies, about her own age, who com­plained to me that in their uni­ver­si­ties, here in Ire­land, they are in­tim­i­dated into si­lence by the group-think that favours abor­tion.

Here is some­thing else. Aus­tralia has a bit­ter ex­pe­ri­ence of forced as­sim­i­la­tion, the forced as­sim­i­la­tion of its na­tive peo­ple into the so­ci­ety of the new set­tler. I don’t know if Aus­tralia had the lan­guage erad­i­ca­tion poli­cies that we had here in Ire­land, where the use of Ir­ish was pun­ished – pun­ished by par­ents and school masters usu­ally.

I can see a di­rect par­al­lel with what is now be­ing at­tempted. Erad­i­cate, not this time the na­tive lan­guage, but the spir­i­tual her­itage of the peo­ple – and get the peo­ple them­selves to go along with this.

The Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers should in­form the Syd­ney Rose of some pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments in our democ­racy re­cently, which au­gur well for the re­moval of celebri­ties and funded lobby groups from our leg­isla­tive process. Our Taoiseach bravely de­fied the group thinkers re­cently with his state­ment that the pre-born child is hu­man and mer­its pro­tec­tion, and that a dis­abled child bears no blame for be­ing dis­abled. He de­fended the Par­lia­ment as the place to make laws, laws that are right for our own coun­try.

Equally, it was en­cour­ag­ing to learn that the main op­po­si­tion, Fianna Fáil, voted by a ma­jor­ity, at its an­nual con­ven­tion, to pro­tect the un­born.

The Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers might also ex­plain the fol­low­ing to the Syd­ney Rose. The town of Tralee is his­tor­i­cally the seat of the Kerry elite: it’s the place where or­di­nary peo­ple were hanged. It was the place from whose sea port our poor were trans­ported to pe­nal set­tle­ments over­seas.

In many ways Tralee re­mains a ‘ baile gallda’, with no sig­nif­i­cant Ir­ish ini­tia­tive to match what Mon­signor Ó Fian­nachta lega­cied to Dingle.

Le meas,

Ger­ald O’Car­roll, Dooradoyle, Lim­er­ick.

Syd­ney Rose Bri­anna Parkins on stage dur­ing the 2016 Rose se­lec­tion.

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