You could do worse than sign up for the Irish Times archive service. You can search editions as far back as the 19th century and marvel at how little has changed in Ireland since then. Apart from the installation of our very own gombeen class as the political "elite".
I thought the clippings above, from the very same page of the Irish Times Pictorial, 12th May 1945, spoke volumes about the stupidity and hypocrisy that seems to characterise many natives of our green unpleasant land.
When the rest of Europe was celebrating the defeat of Nazism, this is what happened in Ireland (clip left) - gobshites who more preoccupied with their anti-Britishness and the order in which an Irish tricolour was placed on a flagstaff, than the defeat of Hitler's murderous regime.
Then (clip right) we have our shamless gombeens looking for British help for "the situation in Ireland", with 170,000 people who had worked in Britain - presumably helping the war effort - due to return home to bolster the already significant unemployment figures.
The irony of it.
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