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Internationalism has always been a core part of Irish republicanism - Crowe

13 April, 2013

Internationalism has always been a core part of Irish republicanism.

Historically Irish Republicanism has always stood firmly against racism, sectarianism, colonialism, and imperialism in Ireland and across the world. Sinn Féin proudly continues to promote that tradition today.

International solidarity and our on-going international work are a key component of our work and our struggle.

Someone once said: “No part of the human community can live entirely on its own planet, with its own laws of motion, and cut off from the rest of humanity.”

That quote belongs to Hugo Chávez and when he passed away last month the world lost a true internationalist, who dedicated his life to fighting poverty and inequality, and supporting oppressed people around the globe  

On your behalf, I would like to send my solidarity greetings to all those Venezuelans who are continuing to implement the social, economic, and progressive policies that Chávez dedicated his life and Presidency to.

A chairde, since our last Ard Fheis Sinn Féin’s Foreign Affairs Department have been very active on a wide range of global justice issues and we have worked with a variety of international organisations and individuals.

We have supported and promoted the vital work of NGOs and human rights defenders, particularly in areas of conflict or upheaval, including in Bahrain, Western Sahara, Colombia, the DRC, Syria, and the Philippines to mention just a few.

We have supported on-going peace processes and negotiations around the world and my colleague Gerry Kelly again visited the Philippines to assist in peace negotiations between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

We have also increased our support to our Catalan and Basque comrades at critical junctures in both their struggles for self-determination.

We have continued to work, both nationally and internationally, to raise the plight of the Palestinian people who have continued to see Israel ignore international law and deny them their basic human rights. 

We stand shoulder to shoulder with those opposing the spreading of illegal Israeli settlement colonies in the West Bank and the savage bombardment of Gaza in October.

Politically we have supported the work of Irish Aid and overseas aid programmes. Recently there was a controversy after €4 million of Irish Aid’s money was misappropriated in a high-level, elaborate scam in Uganda.

This is a vitally important issue, considering Ireland’s own economic crisis and the sacrifices and hardship that many families are having to endure just to make ends meet. Delegates we must not lose sight of how important Irish Aid and assistance is to impoverished people around the world. It has had a hugely positive impact on people’s health, education, housing, and access to food in some of the poorest countries in the world

Sinn Féin stands in solidarity with those who are struggling against imperialism, we must also stand with those brave women and men who are fighting poverty and hunger in Ireland and right across the world.

As Irish republicans we have a duty and a responsibility to ensure that we continue to support people struggling under the unfair global economic system, that puts power before rights, and profit before people.

A chairde, just as we cannot sit idle until we see achieve a true Irish republic, a real Ireland of equals, we must also not stand still and ignore global injustice, poverty, and oppression. We cannot remain silent in a world where one half lives in plenty while the others starve or scrapes for an existence for their families.

Sinn Féin will continue to highlight these injustices, will ensure that in all our dealings with the international community, we will aim to keep Ireland at the centre of global justice. 

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