Ireland's New Rising

Ireland's New Rising: An Exclusive Report from The Laura Flanders Show

One century after the Easter Rising of 1916, Ireland is marking a defining moment in its history: an armed rebellion against imperial rule, and a week in which a few thousand visionaries took over Central Dublin and declared an independent Republic of equals. In the south of Ireland, the centenary coincides with the repercussions of an economic boom, which was followed by one of the worst crashes of the financial crisis. Eighteen years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, a generation born in peace cast their first votes in regional elections this May.

Does the nationalist cause, as represented by Sinn Fein, resonate with this new generation, or are they more drawn to new, explicitly socialist and communist, and anti-austerity parties who don't share Sinn Fein's history, specifically its support of armed resistance? Three decades after first reporting from Belfast during the so-called Troubles, Laura Flanders returned to Ireland this April, to take a fresh look at Irish nationalism through the stories of people who have lived through the last half century, like the Groves family of West Belfast whose daughter, born at the height of the Troubles, is now a Sinn Fein councilwoman; Fra McCann a former IRA prisoner, now running for office, and anti-austerity, anti-gentrification activists in the South, who are fighting to save a historic site of the 1916 revolt from being turned into a shopping mall.

This episode includes footage Laura shot dating back to 1984, in addition to new interviews.

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