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1 April, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

People urged to reclaim “the ownership of Ireland” at Easter 2010

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on people to turn out in large numbers at Easter commemorations across the country this weekend, not only to honour the men and women of 1916 but to reassert, in the words of the Proclamation, “the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland”.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Sinn Féin is organising Easter commemorations throughout the country this weekend to honour the men and women of 1916 and all our patriot dead. We urge people to come out and support these events in large numbers, not only to commemorate but also to reassert the ‘right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland’, as the Proclamation states.

“Never was there a greater need to assert this right. Easter 2010 comes just days after the Fianna Fáil/Green Government committed further billions of taxpayers’ money to prop up corrupt banks and to bail out speculators. They have surrendered public money and piled debt on this and future generations of Irish citizens. The Fianna Fáil/Green Government has no moral authority and no political mandate to do this.

“The Proclamation declared the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and ‘standing on that fundamental right’ proclaimed the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State. Today, instead of an Irish Republic we have a NAMA Republic which is being governed not in the interests of the people but in the interests of an elite. That same elite has brought our economy to its knees.

“And instead of pursuing ‘the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally’, we have a Government that has increased inequality and social and economic divisions.

“There are real alternatives and Sinn Féin has put forward many such alternatives. But we need a truly national, all-Ireland debate about how we can move forward to a revived economy, sustainable jobs, equitable and efficient health and education services and a United Ireland. Easter 2010 is a good time to begin that national debate.” ENDS

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