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Political establishment have trampled on the 1916 proclamation – McDonald

24 April, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking at Sinn Féin’s main Easter Commemoration in Dublin this afternoon the Party’s Vice President Mary Lou McDonald TD accused the political establishment in this State of trampling on the 1916 Proclamation.

Ms McDonald said:

“That Proclamation asserted the right of the Irish people to the ownership of Ireland.

“Never was it more necessary to assert that right than it is today because the political Establishment in this State have trampled on the 1916 Proclamation.

“They have wrecked the Irish economy and sold what remains of our economic sovereignty to the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.

“They have bowed the knee to international bankers and capitalists, to the IMF, the ECB and the EU Commission.

“The Golden Circle of politicians, bankers and developers have virtually destroyed the Irish economy – and they were bank-rolled by the same international bankers and capitalists and approved by the IMF, the ECB and the EU Commission.

“They committed these crimes against our economy but they want us, the Irish people, to pay the price.

“Well, our answer to them is ‘No!’  ‘No’ to the surrender of our sovereignty. ‘No’ to the IMF/EU deal. ‘No’ to the attacks on the pay of low to middle income workers. ‘No’ to savage cuts to health and education and social welfare.

“The political Establishment wants to tear apart the very fabric of our society and our economy in order to pay back the international speculators and money-lenders who gambled on the property bubble in this State.

“Sinn Féin stands with communities across this city and this country who are experiencing these attacks. We are campaigning for a reversal of the disastrous economic strategy begun by Fianna Fáil and the Greens and now continued by Fine Gael and the Labour Party.” ENDS

Full text of Deputy McDonald's speech follows:

Comóradh na Cásca 2011 Baile Átha Cliath

Mary Lou McDonald TD

·      Tagaimíd go dtí an áit stairiúil seo, Ard Oifig an Phoist, chun cuimhniú ar Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916 agus chun omós a thabhairt dóibh siúd a fuair bás ar son na Poblachta.  

·      Táimíd bródúil as na daoine sin uile, ach go háirithe iad siúd as Baile Átha Cliath.

·      Irish Republicans gather here today, Easter 2011, at the historic GPO to remember with great pride all those who died in the cause of the Irish Republic.

·      We take special pride in the memory of the Republicans of Dublin who gave their lives in the struggle for freedom.

·      We make no distinction between the Republicans who died in 1916 and those who died in the struggle of our own time.

·      This year marks the 95th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic and the 1916 Easter Rising.

·      We honour the brave men and women, boys and girls who challenged the British Empire and asserted the right of the people of Ireland to national self-determination.

·      Dublin is a great city and it’s great to be a Dub – in football, in hurling and in Irish Republicanism!

·       This is the city that fought an Empire. This is the city where the Volunteers of Óglaigh na hÉireann and the Irish Citizen Army lit a beacon in 1916, a beacon that inspired freedom-loving people across the globe.

·      Without question, our forebears, the soldiers of the Irish Republic, hastened the end of Empire.

·      The Proclamation read by Pádraig Mac Piarais on this very spot 95 years ago set the agenda for the Irish people.

·      That Proclamation asserted the right of the Irish people to the ownership of Ireland.

·      Never was it more necessary to assert that right than it is today because the political Establishment in this State have trampled on the 1916 Proclamation.

·      They have wrecked the Irish economy and sold what remains of our economic sovereignty to the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.

·      They have bowed the knee to international bankers and capitalists, to the IMF, the ECB and the EU Commission.

·      The Golden Circle of politicians, bankers and developers have virtually destroyed the Irish economy – and they were bank-rolled by the same international bankers and capitalists and approved by the IMF, the ECB and the EU Commission.

·      They committed these crimes against our economy but they want us, the Irish people, to pay the price.

·      Well, our answer to them is ‘No!’  ‘No’ to the surrender of our sovereignty. ‘No’ to the IMF/EU deal. ‘No’ to the attacks on the pay of low to middle income workers. ‘No’ to savage cuts to health and education and social welfare.

·      The political Establishment wants to tear apart the very fabric of our society and our economy in order to pay back the international speculators and money-lenders who gambled on the property bubble in this State.

·      Sinn Féin stands with communities across this city and this country who are experiencing these attacks. We are campaigning for a reversal of the disastrous economic strategy begun by Fianna Fáil and the Greens and now continued by Fine Gael and the Labour Party.

·      We are campaigning for a real way forward out of this economic crisis, a republican way forward, based on the rights of our people.

·      It is entirely fitting that the political Establishment that has bowed the knee to the IMF/ECB is the same Establishment that is now preparing to bow the knee to the English queen when she comes here next month. Sinn Féin is opposed to that visit and we will demonstrate our opposition with organized events here in our capital city.

·      Our events will be peaceful and democratic. They will make clear our opposition to a visit that is inappropriate, ill-timed and premature. There can never be normal relations between the Irish people and the British head of state while our country remains partitioned.

·      I also want to support the call of Justice for the Forgotten for the British government to release for international, independent scrutiny all the relevant files in their possession on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 17 May 1974. If that is not done before the arrival of the English queen on that very anniversary then insult will be added to injury.

·      I said at the start that it’s great to be a Dub. Let me add that it’s great to be one of four Sinn Féin TDs for Dublin and one of 14 in this State.

·      I want to thank the great people of this city for electing Seán Crowe TD, Dessie Ellis TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD and myself on 25th February.

·      It was a magnificent result for Sinn Féin in Dublin. It’s still hard to believe the score for this city: Sinn Féin 4 – Fianna Fáil 1.

·      I commend all those who have worked so hard for Sinn Féin in this city not only in the past year, but over many years, to achieve renewed and increased political strength.

·      We are determined now to use our political strength to provide radical and principled leadership for the people of Dublin and for the Irish people as a whole and to advance, with them, towards a New Republic on this island.

·      We have made tremendous progress. The North of Ireland has been transformed almost beyond recognition. What has brought this about?

·      The Republican peace strategy, the Peace Process, the agreements negotiated by Sinn Féin, the partnership administration in which we share power with Unionists, the all-Ireland structures on which we insisted – all these have transformed the Six Counties for the better.

·      The days of one-party rule, British direct rule and second-class citizenship for nationalists are over. Policing has had a new beginning. There has been demilitarization. The status of the Irish language has been enhanced.

·      But much, much more remains to be done; above all we have to re-unite our country and our people, to end partition and to start building a New Republic for the 21st century.

·      That’s the spirit in which Sinn Féin is fighting the Assembly and local elections in the Six Counties. The election campaign needs to be an all-Ireland effort and I would encourage people to play their part in those elections.

·      Polling day in the Six Counties is a day of historic resonance for Irish Republicans – 5 May. On that day Bobby Sands died on hunger strike in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh.

·      We remember Bobby, Frank, Ray, Patsy, Joe, Martin, Kieran, Kevin, Tom and Mickey. Ba laochra iad uile agus ní dheánfaimíd dearmad orthu go deo.

·      The best way to honour their memory is to continue our work to achieve the New Ireland, the All-Ireland Republic for which they and so many others gave their lives.

·      I urge people to become involved. Join Sinn Féin. Become active in your community, in your trade union, in your workplace, in your college. Join us on this historic journey and bring others with you. In the words of James Connolly in 1916: “Never had man or woman a grander cause; never was a cause more grandly served.”

·      And in the words of the song: “This land is our land”. Let’s take it back!


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