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Doherty - 1916 Rising was for all the people of Ireland

9 April, 2006


Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty, speaking at the party's selection convention in Kerry North this weekend, said 'The 1916 Rising was for all the people of Ireland. The best memorial to the men and women of 1916 is an Ireland in which the principles of the Proclamation are put into effect - an Irish Republic worthy of its name."

Mr. Doherty said:

"Next weekend republicans across Ireland will gather throughout the country to commemorate the 1916 Rising. This will include, for the first time in many years, an official State event in Dublin.

"But simply commemorating the events of Easter 1916 is not enough. Learning the lessons of 1916 means putting the issue of Irish unity at the top of the political agenda. It means the Irish government driving forward a process which will deliver national reunification.

"The 1916 Rising was for all the people of Ireland. It belongs to no one group and nor should it. The actions of the men and women of Easter Week 90 years ago were a beacon of hope for oppressed people across the world. Their proclamation was a visionary and revolutionary document, which is as relevant today as it was then, especially given that many of its aspirations remain unfulfilled.

We don't have a United Ireland - yet. We don't have a society where all the children of the nation are cherished equally - yet. But we in Sinn Féin believe that we can achieve those aims and create a better society for everyone on this small island - Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter, people of all religions and none, Irish citizens and new communities in our country alike, and we believe that we have a strategy to get there.

"The best memorial to the men and women of 1916 is an Ireland in which the principles of the Proclamation are put into effect - an Irish Republic worthy of its name."

Commenting on the auctioning of priceless documents associated with the 1916 Rising Mr. Doherty said:

"It is a disgrace that in the week of the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising that priceless historical documents are being auctioned off in our capital city. The Government should immediately intervene with emergency legislation to prevent this sell-out of our heritage." ENDS



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