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FAMOUS QUOTATIONS

Well, we know that eighteen years after that solemn declaration it was disregarded, and the Irish Parliament, which lasted for five hundred years, was destroyed by the Act of Union. Gentlemen, the Act of Union was carried by force and fraud, by treachery and falsehood.

John Edward Redmond


The majority of the members of the Irish parliament are professional politicians, in the sense that otherwise they would not be given jobs minding mice at crossroads.

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”
Oscar Wilde, “The Canterville Ghost”


 

The 1916-2016 Easter Rising Centennial Banner Project

The National Irish Freedom Committee (NIFC) will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising on Sunday April 24, 2016 in Yonkers, New York. The commemoration, which will include international input, will be  dedicated to the names of the patriot men and women of 1916 and the related historic events depicted on the recently completed 1916–Easter Rising Centennial – 2016 Banner.

The Centennial Banner Project will advance the 1916 Easter Rising objective of pursuing the Rising’s unfulfilled promise of a Gaelic, inclusive, gender-equal, and sovereign 32-county Irish Republic.

The Centennial Banner Project- is planned as an international five year project 2016-2021 to correspond with the functioning life of the Irish Republic of 1916-1921 and will be presented in two parts:   continue


 New Year Message from the Leadership of Republican Sinn Féin

The message of 1916 must be carried forward and acted upon': Republican Sinn Féin extends New Year greetings to its members and supporters, Republican POWs and to all engaged in the struggle for political, social and economic democracy. The past year witnessed a rising tide of resistance by the people of the 26 Counties against the imposition of water charges and the wider policy of economic austerity that has been inflicted upon our people by the Leinster House regime. In the Six Counties Republican POWs continue their fight for political status while the sectarian Stormont regime lurches from one crisis to another. The so-called ‘Stormont House Agreement’ cobbled together before Christmas merely prepares the ground for the implementation of the British Tory-led Government’s neo-liberal economic policies of austerity and social cuts in the Six Counties while issues such as contentious Orange marches and the drafting and implementation of an Irish Language Act remain unresolved. The agreement merely underlines the fact that the Six Counties remain firmly under the control of the British Government with the Stormont Executive merely acting as colonial administrators.

 Internationally imperialism continues to exert itself. While we welcome the release of the remaining members of the Cuban 5 by the US Government, we urge caution to those rushing to applaud the normalisation of relations between the US and Cuba. Any such normalisation carries with it a price tag set by the US designed to undo the social progress made under the Cuban revolution and to exert US hegemony over central and South America. In the Middle East the Israeli State is waging a war on the Palestinian people designed to break their will. In Gaza the full weight of the Israeli military machine has been brought to bear on the entire population. We reiterate our support for the Palestinian people in their struggle for a viable and sovereign nation state. The coming year presents opportunities to further the goal of establishing a New Ireland. On both sides of the British imposed border the Irish people have shown an appetite for radical change. There are many false promises of achieving such change within the existing partitionist system, however we see in the case of the Provisionals that they speak out of both sides of their mouths. While promising change in the 26 Counties, in the Six-County state they have signed up to implementing the economic policies of the British Tory-led Government. The most recently proposed 26-County political party is simply a re-booting of the right-wing neo-liberal Progressive Democrats. Real transformation will not emerge from either Stormont or Leinster House. Those who promise reform will ultimately end up implementing the same policies they purport to oppose. What is required is revolutionary political, social and economic change.

Our policies ÉIRE NUA and SAOL NUA provide the framework for a New Ireland that would be equal to the principles and promise of the 1916 Proclamation. On March 14 we will be holding a public forum in Belfast to engage in discussion and debate on the merits of ÉIRE NUA as an alternative to both partitionist states. This will be the first of a series of such meetings we propose to hold throughout Ireland in order to promote ÉIRE NUA as the viable alternative to the failed politics and Leinster House. The coming year, as part of the build-up to the centenary of the 1916 Rising, we will be marking the centenary of the famous oration, delivered by Pádraig Mac Piarais at the graveside of the great Fenian Diarmuid O'Donnabáin Rosa. As the only political organisation still committed to the undiluted gospel of revolutionary Irish Republicanism and the re-establishment of the All-Ireland Republic of Easter Week it is our duty to ensure that the message of 1916 is carried forward and acted upon. The forces of reaction and revisionism are attempting to rob us of our history, of its meaning and relevance in order to make our people compliant and subservient to the present day forces of political and economic imperialism. Instead we must reaffirm ownership of that history. The revolutionary generation of a century ago were men and women of vision. They showed us by their example what can be achieved by ordinary people when they unite together on the basis of principle and idealism. The coming year will see a stepping up of the campaign of economic resistance and we urge people to come out and join that campaign. Ordinary people have it within themselves to decide their own destiny for this and future generations. The only effective means of bringing about revolutionary change is political and social activism. Republican Sinn Féin will be taking its place in the vanguard of that struggle. Críoch/Ends


Occupy Moore St embraces the spirit of 1916

Statement by the President of Republican Sinn Féin, Des Dalton

Republican Sinn Féin salutes the activists who have occupied the historic 14-17 Moore St site since Thursday last (January 7). They are defending our revolutionary history from the clutches of the same political and economic forces that have wreaked social and economic harm on the Irish people over the past eight years and more. Their actions embrace fully the spirit of 1916, Irish men and women, motivated by the highest ideals of patriotism, taking decisive action to protect our heritage from those who would sell it to the highest bidder.

In this, the centenary year of the 1916 Rising, the very fact that Irish people are forced to take such action is an indictment of the Leinster House political class and their business cronies. Would the French allow developers to build a supermarket in the Place de la Bastille or the United States of America allow Independence Hall in Philadelphia to be erased?
We urge Irish people at home and abroad to rally in support of the activists in Moore St. Do not let them take our history or rob it of its meaning. It belongs to all of the Irish people. Victory to Occupy Moore St!

Críoch/Ends

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh & Irish America

Speech by Dieter Reinisch delivered at book launches in the USA, October 2015.

This is the speech given by Dieter Reinisch, Editor of the American Edition of “Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Selected Writings & Speeches, Vol I, Cló Saoirse: New York 2015” at the 20th Annual Flannery Dinner on Saturday, October 17, in Yonkers, NY. An adapted version of this speech was also given at book launches in the Terence MacSwiney Club, Jenkintown, PA, on Sunday, October 18, and in Waterbury, CT, on Tuesday, October 20.

It is a great honour to be invited to launch the American Edition of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh’s Selected Writings and Speeches at this year’s Michael Flannery Dinner here in New York. The launch of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh’s writings is indeed an important event in the history of Irish Republicanism and the Irish American community. It is six months to go until the Irish Republican Movement around the world will commemorate the centenary of the glorious Easter Rising of 1916 and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. However, while the All-Ireland Republic was proclaimed in 1916 and Irishmen and Irishwomen fought a courageous war of independence against colonial rule, in 1921 the Irish people were betrayed by activists from within the Republican Movement. Since then, the Irish people have been betrayed so many times by former Irish Republicans, in 1927, in 1948, in 1969, and again in 1986. As a consequence, today in 2015, Ireland remains unfree and partitioned. The Northern 6 Counties are ruled by England, while the Southern 26 Counties are ruled by a corrupt political establishment not loyal to the Irish people but instead loyal to their masters in Brussels, Berlin, Paris, and Frankfurt.

Contrary to the people of Ireland, the American people were successful in their fight for independence and the establishment of this glorious Republic. The differences between the success of the American Revolution and the Irish Revolution was firstly, the strength of the British Empire during these revolutionary periods and secondly, the distances of America on the one hand and Ireland on the hand to their colonial oppressor, England. While America and England was divided by the Atlantic Ocean, there is merely the tiny Irish Sea dividing Ireland and England. As a consequence, the American people succeeded in the establishing if their Republic while the Irish people failed in their attempts. The struggle fought by the Irish Republican Movement today is therefore still the same struggle as the one fought by the women and men of Easter Week 1916 and it is still the same struggle fought by the revolutionaries of America, the French Republicans and the United Irishman in the late 18th century.

It is this situation, the partition of Ireland, the foreign rule, the social inequality, the racism against migrants, the sectarianism in the North, the walls dividing the communities in Belfast, the daily house raids, repressions, harassments, and the mere existence of over one hundred Republican prisoners on the island of Ireland that make the writings of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh we are launching today relevant for Irish Republicans in the 21st century.

Additionally, there is a second crucial aspect that makes the publication of an American Edition of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh’s writings indeed a historical event. When the Six Occupied Counties of Ulster erupted in the late 1960s, the Irish Republican Army fought a war in defence of the Irish nationalist minority and Sinn Féin campaigned for the implementation of the Éire Nua programme, it was once again Irish America who stood by their brothers and sisters in Ireland. Among those activists were noble Irish-American Republicans like Michael Flannery who formed the Irish Action Committee (IAC), later re-named Irish Northern Aid Committee (INAC), and established contact with Ruairí Ó Brádaigh in 1970. continue

 

This month in Irish and

Irish-American history


‘The Black and Tans'
 On Jan. 2, 1920 -  British prisons became the recruitment centers for the state sponsored terror outfit ‘The Black and Tans' who launched a reign of terror that will never be forgotten in Ireland.


Battle of Princeton

On Jan. 3, 1777 – – the Revolutionary War Battle of Princeton took place resulting in an American victory.  The battle, was one of the fiercest of its size where American troops under General George Washington defeated a force of British Regulars. It was during this battle that Irish-born Colonel John Haslet was killed


The Irish Language
 On Jan. 2, 2007 –Gaeilge became the 23rd Official Language in the EU, thanks to the effort of Nollaig O Gadhra, Gaelic scholar and Iar Uachtarán de Chonnradh na Gaeilge. Nollaig died  in October 2008.


Cuba Five Released

On Jan. 5, 1871 the British  release over thirty Fenian prisoners including John Devoy, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, Charles Underwood O’Connell,  Henry Mulleda, and John McClure The arrived in New York aboard the S.S. Cuba bound for New York where the “Cuba Five” were greeted as heroes by their Irish brethern.


Battle of Cowpens

On Jan. 17, 1871 – the Revolutionary War Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina took place resulting in an American victory; the beginning of a chain of events that lead to independence at Yorktown.


IRA Ambush

On Jan. 21, 1919 - two members of the Royal Irish Constabulary were shot dead by Irish Volunteers including Seán Treacy and Dan Breen in an ambush at Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary:  That ambush was  the first military action in the 'War of Independence' (Anglo-Irish War).


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