Gerry Adams TD calls for widest possible re-engagement with 1916 Proclamation
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called for the widest possible re-engagement with the ideals and principles of the Proclamation of the Republic.
Mr Adams spoke as republicans prepare to attend commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising at venues across the island.
Gerry Adams said:
"The democratic and egalitarian principles contained in the Proclamation are are as urgently required in the Ireland of 2015, as they were 99 years ago.
"Austerity, inequality, enforced emigration and Partition are anathema to the ideals of the Proclamation.
"The great challenge of the Proclamation is to unite all the people of this island, regardless of background, in equality and mutual respect.
"Next year marks the hugely important 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.
"The year ahead is a time for renewal and planning, a year for promoting the republican ideals of democracy and equality.
"It is a time for focussing on delivering a genuine republic for the people of this island.
"The 1916 Proclamation remains the mission statement of modern Irish republicanism. It is a freedom charter for this whole island and all the people who live here.
"It is a declaration of social and economic intent for a rights-based society in which the people are sovereign.
"Sinn Féin’s central political aim is to deliver the type of Ireland envisaged at Easter week.
"I would encourage people throughout Ireland to attend their local Easter commemoration to honour the bravery and sacrifice of those who took part in the 1916 Rising and to the spirit of the Proclamation."