Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta

National Irish Freedom Committee

The fight for a New Ireland goes on

Statement by the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton

The result of the 26-County referendum on the Austerity Treaty marks a battle lost but the war remains to be won on the road to a New Ireland. The voting patterns tell us much about the breakdown of Irish society and the increasing divide between rich and poor. Those who have suffered most from the slash and burn economics of the political and financial elites recorded the highest percentage of No votes. Like millions of working people across Europe, working people in the 26 Counties have given out a strong signal of their determination to oppose the neo-liberal economic agenda which is at the heart of the entire EU project.
The coming years will see an increase in grass-roots opposition as we see with the various campaigns against the household charge, the septic tank charge, turf cutting, health and education cuts. The need for unity between urban and rural, employed and unemployed, young and old, the public and private sector has never been greater. People must set about the essential task of building a mass movement that is capable of acting as a vehicle for radical political, social and economic change. That is the only means by which we will create the New Ireland set out in the 1916 Proclamation. We believe that our programme for a federal Ireland Éire Nua along with our social and economic policy Saol Nua provide the basis for such a New Ireland.
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