HERR HITLER’S WAY by Donal Kennedy

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Now that THE IRISH TIMES is firmly entrenched in Dublin’s Tara Street wouldn’t it be a good idea to rename that Street “Herr Hitler’s Way?.”

The paper never echoed the Harp that Once In Tara’s Halls nor even the lone Harper in Thomas Moore’s  song whose faithful harp praised Ireland. Except for the years when Douglas Gageby was its Editor THE IRISH TIMES was not a wholehearted champion of Irish Sovereignty.

It was a ventriloquist’s dummy for Dublin Castle in 1920, and in 1916 the bloodthirsty advocate of the murder of all the insurgents.

In 1933 it warned against voting for Fianna Fail, which had come to power, with the support of the Labour Party, a year earlier. The voters  answered them by returning Fianna Fail to power in five further successive General Elections., and, in the process rejecting the Blueshirt wannabe Hitlers.

In Match 1933 THE IRISH TIMES welcomed Adolf Hitler’s accession to power in the only General Election  in which he triumphed. The IRISH TIMES editorial was headed “HERR HITLER’S WAY.”

We Irish are sometimes accused of historical amnesia. How better to answer that complaint than adopting my modest proposal?.



4 Responses to HERR HITLER’S WAY by Donal Kennedy

  1. PF July 15, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

    In all seriousness, Jude, does anyone peer review the articles which appear on this site?

    • Jude Collins July 16, 2016 at 7:52 am #

      ‘Peer review’? This is not, thank God, an academic journal. If you believe the standard is not up to your desired level, PF, there are two possibilities: (i) Stop reading them; (ii) Write one/some yourself, thus raising the tone…

  2. PF July 16, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    Oh, good God-win, no Jude, I wasn’t asking for academic standards – it was merely a figure of speech, which I suspect you know quite well, and one by which I had hoped to draw attention to the obvious, what shall I say… “historical amnesia”.

  3. donal kennedy July 16, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    I suggest PF that you read 4 pieces written by me over the past 30 years which were republished as blogs here on 30 June 1st of July and 2nd of July. They were written with care
    and not as hurried blogs.
    They should prove that the BBC, the Irish Times and many more institutions have repeatedlyissued untruths.
    June 30 Gallipoli, Two German Officers and the Fog of Military History.
    July 1st Sermons in Stones
    July 1st Carson’s Kiss of Death
    July 2nd Tom Kettle – A Household Name in Ireland.

    I was happy to put my name to them and various editors were happy to print them.