Women must be to the fore in building our Republic – Liadh Ní Riada MEP
Speaking at the annual Cork City Easter commemoration in St. Finbarr’s Cemetery, Liadh Ní Riada Sinn Féin MEP said that women will be instrumental in making the vision of Easter 1916 a reality and that Sinn Féin will mark next year’s centenary by continuing the fight for economic sovereignty and national unity.
In her keynote address Ní Riada said:
“Three days ago, on the second of April, we marked the 101st anniversary of the establishment of Cumann na mBan. On the same day Sinn Féin representatives stood with primarily women workers on the picket lines outside Dunnes outlets as they took strike action to vindicate their rights to fairness, respect and quality work what provides a decent living.
“Women bear the brunt of austerity and women will be instrumental in the fightback against it, as they have been in every campaign and battle in the history of our struggle.
“Sinn Féin stands against austerity North and South and across the EU. It is is anti-republican, anti-people and anti-equality. It makes a mockery of the ideals of Easter 1916.
“Why are Fine Gael and Labour so scared of celebrating the Rising and the proclamation of our republic? For Labour, who claim Connolly as their own, the proclamation is a reminder of what they should be and are not, and a source of embarrassment for them. For Fine Gael the hope unleashed in 1916 is a threat. Fine Gael represent the wealthy and powerful.
“Sinn Féin will continue to fight for economic sovereignty and national unity, allowing the people of Ireland to control their economy, in the interests and service of all. We will not ignore, undermine or attempt to re-write the legacy of 1916. We are not scared of the Proclamation. For us in Sinn Féin it is a living documents. It is a guide to the type of republic we want to build. As we approach the centenary of Easter 1916 let us recommit ourselves to the vision of Pearse and Connolly. With Councillor Chris O’Leary as Mayor of the city and Councillor Mick O’Brien as Deputy Mayor, Sinn Féin will ensure the centenary of the Easter Rising is marked appropriately and well in Cork City.
“The people of Cork will soon have an opportunity to return to strong, republican activists to the Dáil in the forthcoming general election. With Cork North Central TD Jonathan O’Brien, and with Councillor Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire in Cork South Central there is an opportunity for real representation across the city. Sinn Féin’s candidates are not only outstanding public representatives, but fine republicans in the best traditions of our country.”