Annual Sinn Féin Seán Sabhat Commemoration
More than 200 people attended the annual commemoration of the death of Seán Sabhat, which was organised by Limerick Sinn Féin in Limerick City on Sunday, at which the main speaker was Carlow Kilkenny TD Kathleen Funchion.
The march assembled in Bedford Row, and was led by a republican colour party and a piper Donie Murphy from Cork, and proceeded to Sabhat’s grave in Mount St. Laurence Cemetery.
The ceremonies at the graveyard were chaired by Limerick Sinn Féin Councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh.
A wreath on behalf of the Republican Movement was laid by Ger O’Keeffe (Garryowen). A minute’s silence was observed in memory of all those who died in the cause of Irish freedom.
Poems about Sean Sabhat were recited by Una Storan from Woodlawn and Ronan Hayes from Ennis.
Local TD Maurice Quinlivan speaking about the growth of Sinn Féin said:
"Have no doubt about it, the establishment despise and fear us. In Sinn Féin the political establishment know that at long last they have met their match and they don’t like it one little bit.
"A Sinn Féin Government would not tolerate the gaping poverty they preside over, the obscene number of people on trollies and the huge numbers of people without a home. Simply put we are for the Republic established in 1916.
"Contrary to what our opponents say we have the vision and the policies required to take them on in the great debate about the future of our country. We can win that debate.”
Sinn Féin TD for Carlow/Kilkenny, Kathleen Funchion, said:
"Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael would have you believe that they are presiding over a recovery. That Ireland is recovering from austerity and a few careful budgets will see us right again. I don’t know what world they are living in but it certainly isn’t the real one.
"The reality of the situation from where I’m standing is that there is no recovery, only for the wealthy and the elite. The only things Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are presiding over is breaking records.
“You would be mistaken for thinking that record breaking would be a positive but you would be mistaken.
"The only records this government are capable of breaking are records we would never have hoped to be documented, let alone broken month upon month.
"The trolley crisis is a prime example. Wednesday saw an increase in the total of patients waiting on trolleys to 677. Shocking in itself but these figures do not count the number of patients on chairs or waiting to be seen.
"FF and FG can also give themselves a pat on the back for having the highest waiting times in emergency departments and the longest waiting lists for consultant appointments and procedures.
"The homelessness crisis is another prime example with figures soaring year upon year. There were 8,857 people homeless in the week of November 20th 2017 across Ireland.
"The number of families becoming homeless has increased by over 30% since November 2016. The number of children in emergency accommodation in November was another record breaker: a total of 3,333. FF and FG do indeed 'cherish the children of our nation'.
"How many more crises will it take? How many more homeless people must die? How many more sick children must wait years for life altering surgeries? When will we see change? As long as FF and FG remain in power we won’t.
"The people of Ireland need real change. The situation has been deteriorating for years and is now completely untenable. We cannot continue as a nation like this any longer.
"Our history, our legacy and our fallen soldiers serve to remind us that we cannot give up, we cannot roll over and we cannot stand idly by.
"Sinn Féin believe in equality, in rights, in respect for all people and we will stand and fight for those rights.
"We have the power to change this country, to change this government and to make a real change for the future of our children. We need to mobililse and we need to work together, now more than ever."