Traitors have played a crucial part in achieving the fragile agreement which has put republicans, nationalists, unionists and protestant fundamentalists in the same Northern Ireland cabinet. Traitors, that is, to the cause of Irish republicanism: an immensely powerful ideology, perhaps the most powerful of such geists in the western world. For much of the past century, its common principle was an assumption of Irish victimhood and British guilt, sewn into a seamless web of historical oppression.
But the traitors have cracked that fa?ade. From within the republic and from within republicanism has come a critique which, while not (usually) taking…
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