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A new Irish Republic, united and free, is inevitable

23 April, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said a new Irish Republic, united and free, is inevitable.

Speaking at the parties Ard Fheis in Dublin this weekend, the six county MEP said,

“Over 18 years ago, the courageous peace initiatives led by republicans delivered the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement.

“We secured the release of prisoners, the disbanding of the RUC and the creation of accountable, viable all-Ireland institutions of government – with human rights at its core - and Ministerial government departments led by SF Ministers that delivers for people based on need not creed.

“As a result we now have the tools to deliver the Republic proclaimed in this City 100 years ago.

“We're in the business of building that new Republic - not a partitioned, unequal Ireland led by a gombeen establishment that pays lip service to the Easter Rising through gritted teeth.

“As we mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, republicans today are faced with historic opportunities to advance our cause.

"We Serve Neither King nor Kaiser, But Ireland" was the banner that was raised at the outbreak of the First World War.

"That was the banner raised at Liberty Hall, just a few yards away.

"That was the banner that brought men and women of the Irish Citizen Army out to take on an Empire and to assert in arms the sovereignty of the Irish people.

“I say to you today; we serve neither David Cameron nor Jean-Claude Juncker, But Ireland
We fight for the same ideals that the heroes of 1916 fought for.

“The Republican movement fought the most incredible war against the British occupation of the 6 counties, and in doing so became a beacon light of warm inspiration to liberation struggles around the world.

“Republicans therefore are planning and preparing for reunification, we are organising our constituencies across Ireland to plan, strategies and shape the New Ireland that must emerge.

“In our task to build “Community for Reunification” we are developing integrative approaches between the six and 26 counties because we see integration as an indispensable functional reality of governance  - and integration is also a national right.

“Even if we took government tomorrow across Ireland we could not impose an Ireland of equals.

“So we must build upon and deepen our political strength, we must end division, end duplication and  end partition - which was not what the leaders of 1916 fought & died for.” ENDS

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