The coming General Election
is fraught with vital possibilities for the future of our
nation. Ireland is faced with the question whether this
generation wills it that she is to march out into the full
sunlight of freedom, or is to remain in the shadow of a base
imperialism that has brought and ever will bring in its
train naught but evil for our race.
Sinn Féin gives
Ireland the opportunity of vindicating her honour and
pursuing with renewed confidence the path of national
salvation by rallying to the flag of the Irish Republic.
Sinn Féin aims at
securing the establishment of that Republic.
Sinn Féin stands less
for a political party than for the Nation; it represents the
old tradition of nationhood handed on from dead generations;
it stands by the Proclamation of the Provisional Government
of Easter, 1916, reasserting the inalienable right of the
Irish Nation to sovereign independence, reaffirming the
determination of the Irish people to achieve it, and
guaranteeing within the independent Nation equal rights and
equal opportunities to all its citizens.
Believing that the time has
arrived when Ireland's voice for the principle of
untrammelled National self-determination should be heard
above every interest of party or class, Sinn Féin
will oppose at the Polls every individual candidate who does
not accept this principle.
The policy of our opponents
stands condemned on any test, whether of principle or
expediency. The right of a nation to sovereign independence
rests upon immutable natural law and cannot be made the
subject of a compromise. Any attempt to barter away the
sacred and inviolate rights of nationhood begins in
dishonour and is bound to end in disaster. The enforced
exodus of millions of our people, the decay of our
industrial life, the ever-increasing financial plunder of
our country, the whittling down of the demand for the
‘Repeal of the Union’, voiced by the first Irish Leader to
plead in the Hall of the Conqueror to that of Home Rule on
the Statute Book, and finally the contemplated mutilation of
our country by partition, are some of the ghastly results of
a policy that leads to national ruin.
Those who have endeavoured
to harness the people of Ireland to England's war-chariot,
ignoring the fact that only a freely-elected Government in a
free Ireland has power to decide for Ireland the question of
peace and war, have forfeited the right to speak for the
Irish people. The Green Flag turned red in the hands of the
Leaders, but that shame is not to be laid at the doors of
the Irish people unless they continue a policy of sending
their representatives to an alien and hostile assembly,
whose powerful influence has been sufficient to destroy the
integrity and sap the independence of their representatives.
Ireland must repudiate the men who, in a supreme crisis for
the nation, attempted to sell her birthright for the vague
promises of English Ministers, and who showed their
incompetence by failing to have even these promises
The present Irish members of
the English Parliament constitute an obstacle to be removed
from the path that leads to the Peace Conference. By
declaring their will to accept the status of a province
instead of boldly taking their stand upon the right of the
nation they supply England with the only subterfuge at her
disposal for obscuring the issue in the eyes of the world.
By their persistent endeavours to induce the young manhood
of Ireland to don the uniform of our seven-century old
oppressor, and place their lives at the disposal of the
military machine that holds our Nation in bondage, they
endeavour to barter away and even to use against itself the
one great asset still left to our Nation after the havoc of
Sinn Féin goes to the
polls handicapped by all the arts and contrivances that a
powerful and unscrupulous enemy can use against us.
Conscious of the power of Sinn Féin to secure the
freedom of Ireland the British Government would destroy it.
Sinn Féin, however, goes to the polls confident that
the people (sic) of this ancient nation will be true to the
old cause and will vote for the men who stand by the
principles of Tone, Emmet, Mitchel, Pearse and Connolly, the
men who disdain to whine to the enemy for favours, the men
who hold that Ireland must be as free as England or Holland,
or Switzerland or France, and whose demand is that the only
status befitting this ancient realm is the status of a free
Issued by the
standing committee of Sinn Féin.