The National Irish
Freedom Committee sends fraternal Easter greetings to Irish
Republicans throughout the world on this the 94th Anniversary of
the 1916 Easter Rising. There will be commemorations of this
most historic event around the globe. The Diaspora was cast
worldwide and with it came the ideals of Fenianism: the
establishment of an independent 32 County Irish Republic.
In America, the
Fenian Brotherhood, and later Clan na Gael, were instrumental in
keeping the Irish Separatist tradition alive. This American
support played a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for the
1916 Easter Rising. Irish women and men in America would
remain loyal in the ensuing years to the Republic of Pearse and
After England sent
their terrorists -- the Black and Tans -- to crush the spirit of
freedom of the Irish people, and later when England bought off
the Free Staters and sent them out with their English guns to do
the same, Republicanism was driven underground. It was wounded,
yes, but remained alive. The Republican Movement today remains
dedicated to the establishment of an independent 32 county Irish
This week, throughout the 32 Counties there will be
commemorations organized by those who -- despite everything
thrown at them by the apparatus of both states -- remain firm
and resolute in the cause of Irish freedom. To those who
continue to support the Republic of Easter Week: we send them
our solidarity and our pledge that we will continue to stand
In the aftermath of
the so called Irish Civil War some former colleagues broke from
the Republican Movement. It would sadly not be the only time
that such departures occurred. On each occasion former
Republicans would allow themselves to be led by the nose up the
blind alley of 'constitutional nationalism.' Somehow, the same
old story was sold as a "New Departure' again and again.
At the 1986 Sinn Fein
Ard Fheis, the Adams/McGuinness leadership cast aside
Republicanism, breaking with fundamental principles. By their
recognition of Leinster House they accepted the British-imposed
26 County Parliament as a legitimate governing body and,
therefore, acceptance of the British partition of Ireland.
Led by Ruaırí Ó
Brádaıgh, those delegates who remained dedicated to the Republic
walked out and along with Dáıthí Ó Conaıll, Des Long, Geraldine
Taylor, Joe O'Neill and other stalwarts, helped reorganize as
Republican Sınn Féın. Because of such dedication, the Republic
proclaimed on Easter Week 1916 survived yet another setback.
Our own organization
(CnSN) was founded shortly thereafter to ensure that there was
an organization in North America that would provide a political
home for Irish American activists who believed -- not in half
measures or so called 'New Departures' -- but the undiluted
Republicanism of 1916.
Cumann na Saoirse
congratulates Ó Brádaigh on his outstanding service and we
extend to Uachtarán Des Dalton, the Ard Chomhairle and entire
membership our best wishes for the future.
Stepping down as Uachtarán, Ruaırí was appointed Patron by the
last Árd Fheıs. In this position he succeeds Dan Keating,
General Tom Maguire and, Michael Flannery and George Harrison,
who were two founding members of Cumann na Saoırse Náısıúnta. We
have no doubt that Ruaırí will continue to provide both
leadership and guidance for a long time to come.
The NIFC will continue to support those in Ireland whose
Republicanism is consistent with that of the leaders of Easter
week. We will continue to promote the Irish-authored Eire Nua
program for an all-Ireland, four province federal system of
government in the context of a British withdrawal from the six
occupied counties. Eire Nua is the Republican alternative to the
partitionist parliaments of Leinster House and Stormont, both of
which were created and imposed on the Irish people by England.
Indeed, the very framework of Eire Nua embodies the aspirations
of the Easter Proclamation in a solid and workable political
We will continue to support the imprisoned members of the
Republican Movement. We pledge to support their campaign for
political status. We will continue to support CABHAIR in its
charitable work helping the dependents of political prisoners.
Before leaving here today let us all together rededicate
ourselves to the Republic of Easter Week, and let us always
remember those down the years such as Joe Stynes who never
wavered. We should be forever grateful that our history has
provided us such people who lives can guide and inspire us.