Quite pointedly the RTE’s complete coverage of Mr Keating’s death and burial was this:
The funeral has taken place of Dan Keating, the last surviving IRA veteran of the War of Independence. He was 105 years old..Mr Keating was born in Castlemaine, Co Kerry and joined the IRA while still in his teens. He was involved in ambushes during the War of Independence, including one on the night before the truce was declared. He took the Republican side during the Civil War and opposed partition for the rest of his life.
Basically RTE was saying “an old man died - now on to the tap dancing poodle”. In one sense it is a shame that the passing of the last (and not one of the last) veteran of the Irish war of independence received scant coverage but it was his choice not to recognise the Republic of Ireland/ The situation would almost certainly had been different had he not been a fanatic, clinging on to an ideology that the vast majority of Irish nationalists reject wholeheartedly.
It is in hard line Republican websites and places such as Indymedia that you see eulogies to Mr Keating:
“Dan has spoken against the GFA and the playing of Garrison games in Croke Park. He was a great inspiration to all Irish Republicans and will be sorely missed” Garrison games? - That’s Football/Soccer and Rugby Union to the world outside of the ultra-fanatical Irish Republican
“I was particularly impressed to read how refused to accept his pension from the Free State government..... It is a damn pity that they were not more like Dan.” - Correct me if I’m wrong but the term Irish Free State has not been in use since 1937. I doubt the Irish Free State would have considered awarding a pension to a man in his 30s!
Now on to other subjects....