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Sinn Féin will deliver a fair recovery - Imelda Munster delivers the main address at Edentubber commemoration today

8 November, 2015 - by Imelda Munster


Speaking at the annual Edentubber Martyrs commemoration today Sinn Féin General Election Candidate for Louth Imelda Munster Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour will all commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Rising next year those same parties have all failed to make good the promise of 1916 when they had the opportunities to do so.

Councillor Munster said Sinn Féin will deliver a fair recovery and a new republic.

She said;

“The coming year marks the 100thAnniversary of the rising. No doubt, we will see a succession of ministers and Taoisigh, the rich and powerful, the great and the good come out to commemorate the rising. 

“They will sing the songs, take the salute and return home content that they have done their duty.  Yet the same parties, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour have failed to make good the promise of 1916. 

“They have replaced the slum tenements of Dublin with the homeless living in B and B’s and families stuck in firetraps.  They have undercut hard won workers’ rights, and wages. 

"They have forced a generation into emigration.  Sick patients are left on trolleys, Parents worry about health care costs. Child poverty is on the rise.

“Families struggle to work to meet extortionate mortgages and rising rents.  We now pay a property tax on our family homes and water charges for the most basic of amenities.

“Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour call this progress. The call this a recovery.  It is for some. Last year in this state 250 people saw their combined wealth rise by €75 billion.  And yet pensions get a €3 extra per week and low paid workers continue to pay more than the well off.

“They have taken the side of the landlords, the bankers and the developers. 

“We as republicans in the tradition of Wolfe Tone and generations before us, we will take the side of, ‘the people of no property’. The side of the tenants, the struggling families, of low paid workers and those most in need.

“A better way is possible, a fair recovery is possible, a new republic is possible. It will not be gifted to us. It will have to be won.

“We know the scale of challenges and the desperation of those who will seek to cling to power.  We will meet head on their challenge, with commitment, with activism and with energy.  There is no other way, we are republicans and we intend to build a new republic.”

ENDS

Full text of Councillor Munster’s address follows:

It is a tremendous privilege and honour to be on this platform today to remember the Edentubber Martyrs, the owner of the cottage Michael Waters, Paul Smith  from Bessbrook; Oliver Craven, from Newry; Patrick Parle, of Wexford and George Keegan also from Wexford.

These were ordinary men, drawn together by a common bond of republicanism. Ordinary republicans who made an extraordinary sacrifice. 

Their names will live on alongside Tone, Pearse, Connolly, Sands and Farrell in the hearts of republicans across Ireland. 

Their sacrifice continues to inspire this generation of republicans, as we strive to make good the promise of 1916. 

The coming year marks the 100thAnniversary of the rising. 

No doubt, we will see a succession of ministers and Taoisigh, the rich and powerful, the great and the good come out to commemorate the rising. 

They will sing the songs, take the salute and return home content that they have done their duty. 

Yet the same parties, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour have failed to make good the promise of 1916. 

They have replaced the slum tenements of Dublin with the homeless living in B and B’s and families stuck in firetraps.

They have undercut hard won workers’ rights, and wages. 

They have forced a generation into emigration. 

Sick patients are left on trolleys, Parents worry about health care costs. Child poverty is on the rise

Families struggle to work to meet extortionate mortgages and rising rents. 

We now pay a property tax on our family homes and water charges for the most basic of amenities. 

Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour call this progress. Call this a recovery. 

It is for some. Last year in this state 250 people saw their combined wealth rise by €75 billion. 

And yet pensions get a €3 extra per week and low paid workers continue to pay more than the well off.

Their austerity was unfair and one sided and their recovery is unfair and one sided. 

They have taken the side of the landlords, the bankers and the developers. 

We as republicans in the tradition of Wolfe Tone and  generations before us,  we will take the side of, ‘the people of no property’. The side of the tenants, the struggling families, of low paid workers and those most in need.

A better way is possible, a fair recovery is possible, a new republic is possible. It will not be gifted to us. It will have to be won.

Those in power in London and Dublin will use every means to retain their positions. 

They will peddle their black propaganda, their lies and their insinuations. No level will be too low. 

They have recently taken the words of MI5 and elements in the PSNI to attack Sinn Féin. These are the groups that facilitated and continue to cover up the bombing of Dublin and Monaghan, the killing of Pat Finucane and the attack at Kays Tavern and murders across Louth and Armagh.  

These are the people that Micheal Martin, Joan Burton and Enda Kenny rely on. 

Well let these groups  come clean on the dirty war they brought to our communities. 

Like the Martrys at Endentubber, like the prisoners in Armagh and Long Kesh, like the generations that came before us we will not be criminalised, marginalised or excluded. 

We know the scale of challenges and the desperation of those who will seek to cling to power. 

We will meet head on their challenge, with commitment, with activism and with energy. 

There is no other way, we are republicans and we intend to build a new republic. 

The carnival of reaction by our political opponents arises because they are under threat. 

The Irish Government has become a spectator to the process in the north.  They have again abandoned the north and failed the agreements.

They have  allowed the British government and unionists to dictate the pace and direction of developments. 

They have cheered on the austerity policies of the Tories. And why wouldn’t they. They are just supporting  in the North, what they imposed in the south. Austerity  was wrong in Dublin, Cork and Dundalk and it is wrong in, Derry, Belfast and Newry.

In this they are failing all our citizens, they fail the rights of Irish Citizens in the north and all across the island who voted for change and the Good Friday Agreement. 

We now have partitionist and Tory parties in London and Dublin. 

Next year will be a year of opportunity and challenge for Republicans and what better year than the 100thanniversary of the rising.

We must remember that there are more republicans across Ireland now than at any other time in our history. 

Nearly 500,000 people voted for Sinn Féin, for our republican vision and  republican politics. 

We are facing into elections north and south and we need to increase that vote. We need to return more MLA’s and TD’s.

We could be leading the administration in the north and leading a government in Dublin. 

This is the opportunity that we seize. This is the potential that we must realise. 

This generation can end the old politics, can end the inequality, can ensure that workers rights are respected, that public services are supported, that the health and education needs of the people are met. 

This generation can build and grow an economy that exports goods and not our people. This generation can end partition and build a republic. 

We can and we must achieve these objectives because they are the only fitting tribute to the martyrs of Endentubbber.

I look forward to returning here next year as a new TD for Louth. I look forward to returning here with a bigger team of TD’s and MLA’s and I hope to return with Minister North and South. 

That comrades would be a huge step forward and would fundamentally change the dynamics north and south and between a Sinn Féin led Irish Government and the British Government. 

More importantly It would allow us to deliver real and sustainable change for our families, for our communities and for our economy. 

That is the prize that we must keep an eye to, its is what will sustain us in the hard months ahead. 

So let 2016 be like 1916. A year that can fundamentally change Irish society. Let us a republicans remembering our patriot dead recommit ourselves to delivering a republic. And let us return here next year bigger, stronger and leading North and south.

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