Cherish all the Children Equally

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“The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally.”

This excerpt from the Proclamation of the Republic of Ireland, announced in Dublin in 1916, echoes the 1st Article of Constitution of the United Irishmen, launched in Belfast in 1791, which contains the beautiful opening sentence:

“This Society is constituted ...

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