Germany and its people have been at the heart of Ireland politics since the start of the 20th Century. During the build up to the Easter Rising they willingly sold weapons and ammunition to both The Irish Volunteers and the Ulster Volunteers creating the scenario of a possible civil war on this island, yet their reasoning was self serving by causing problems for the British Government who they were fighting on the fields of France and Flanders. German naval officers became prisoners of war during the 1916 Easter Rising and U Boats landed men like Casement off the West Coast of Ireland.
During the Second Wold War, Germany parachuted spies and agitators into the country attempting to usurp the legitimate Government of the nation and yet again attempting to create instability on the island of Ireland.
Today our sovereign Government is answerable to the Government in Germany as our banking and financial crisis has caused a meltdown. Our budgetary plans are leaked to the German Parliament before our own Dail. The Germans are providing the impetuous for the Euro bailout of Ireland and their demands of its citizens of this nation that they once tried so desperately to create in the 1916 are crippling and sovereignty busting.
Germany has lost two world wars and was decimated both financially and structurally by both yet it is Germany who are now dominating policy in all of Europe, our once proud neutrality shattered. Their place at the epicentre of Europe that was once espoused forcibly by the Kaiser and the Fuhrer is now democratically the sole preserve of Chancellor Merkel.
Perhaps its is sad that the 35 million Irish in America have forgotten about their roots and since 1916 have done little financially or with commitment to assist their 'motherland'. We as a nation should have been able to turn to our own to help the nation. I know that everyone is suffering globally but The Irish American community have often talked the talk but never walked the walk except when perhaps financially supporting organisations who wanted to see a revolutionary and militaristic change in the Irish nation.