The Irish War of Independence, a guerrilla war fought between 1919 and 1921, ended British rule in most of Ireland. But in the vacuum that followed, the elite who managed to commander most of the power and the wealth of the country found their circumstances improved as the nation floundered.
Post boxes were painted green. Harps appeared on the national heading paper. Politicians came to power and awarded themselves spectacularly competitive wages (until recently, the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny was paid more than President Barack Obama).
What’s the true cost of Ireland’s independence?