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Republicanism's Holy Grail: ‘One Nation United, Gaelic and Free’

Timothy Shanahan

in The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Morality of Terrorism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635290
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652884 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635290.003.0003
Republicanism's Holy Grail: ‘One Nation United, Gaelic and Free’

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This chapter brings together and examines arguments that attempt to establish a right of the Irish people to a united, independent thirty-two-county Irish state. It distinguishes between three different kinds of argument. First, there are arguments which take for granted that achieving a united independent thirty-two-county Irish state has intrinsic value. These arguments reached their zenith in the view expressed most passionately by Patrick Pearse, who considered the Irish nation to be a mystical entity. Second, there are arguments that treat the establishment of a united independent thirty-two-county Irish state as the necessary precondition for achieving something else of fundamental value. Third, procedural arguments attempt to justify the establishment of a united independent thirty-two-county Irish state democratically by arguing that such a state should exist simply because it represents the democratically expressed will of the people of Ireland.

Keywords: Irish people; independent Ireland; Irish state; democracy; Patrick Pearse

Chapter.  10579 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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