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We must realise the vision of 1916 - McGuinness

25 April, 2016 - by Martin McGuinness


Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness has realising the promise of the 1916 Proclamation is the most urgent task facing this generation of republicans. Speaking at the GPO in Dublin on the centenary of the Easter Rising; "It is a great honour to be asked to deliver this oration here today in the very place where Padraig Pearse declared the birth of the Irish Republic on this day 100 years ago."The Republic declared that day is still to be fully realised. "The completion of the struggle which began on this spot 100 years ago remains the most urgent work facing this generation of Irish Republican activists."For Sinn Féin the work of building a new, inclusive and progressive Ireland is a work in progress and we reiterate our commitment to securing 'the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies'."The greatest fracture in securing that right remains the partition of Ireland."For 100 years the established parties in the south not only failed to address this fracture in the Irish nation but, disgracefully they abandoned northern nationalists to a sordid sectarian state."But the days of second class citizenship are over and gone forever, not because of anything the political establishment in Dublin has done, but because of the sacrifice, courage and determination of this generation of Irish republicans."Sinn Fein is the only party on this island working to end that fracture in our nation and to achieving the republic set out in the Proclamation.

"The challenge for all of us in the months and weeks ahead is to complete the work set in motion when Pearse and Connolly, Clarke and Ceannt, Mac Diarmada, MacDonagh and Joseph Mary Plunkett signed their names to that seminal document 100 years ago."

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