In 2016, in a book entitled In Praise of Forgetting, the American writer David Rieff took aim at the idea that human societies have an enduring moral and political duty to memorialise the past. We might be better off, he argued, if we think rather less about history and instead pay rather more attention to getting on with our lives. In one passage, Mr Rieff cites with admiration a suggestion made by the Irish literary critic Edna Longley during the course of the 200th anniversary commemorations of Wolfe Tone’s unsuccessful Irish rising of 1798. It is sometimes said that Ireland remembers its history too much and that Britain remembers its history too little. The best next step for Irish politicians, Prof Longley suggested, would be to erect a monument to amnesia – and then forget where they had put it. The year in which Prof Longley made the suggestion was significant. Not only was 1998 the 200th anniversary of the United Irishmen’s revolt. It was also the year in which the Good Friday agreement was signed, 20 years ago this week, between the British and Irish governments and the political parties of Northern Ireland. The agreement combined peace and fairness in… Read full this story
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