Cill Dara Shinn Féin Poblachtach

A new generation resists British rule

The events of recent days and weeks throughout the Six Counties bear testament to the enduring lesson of Ireland’s history. As long British political or military occupation remains in any part of Ireland it will be resisted.

A new risen generation have shown their willingness in areas such as Ardoyne to go out and take on the forces of British occupation and we salute them.

The response of the political elites of Stormont, Leinster House and Westminster is as unchanging as the resistance itself. Not for the first time another young idealistic and politically aware generation of Irish people are dismissed as a ‘mob’. To do so is to ignore the reality that British occupation will always be met with active resistance and the cycle of Irish history will continue.

Coupled with the acts of resistance on the streets, the ongoing struggle of the Republican prisoners in Maghaberry prison declares to the world that a section of the Irish people have not been intimidated, purchased or pacified.

The British policy of holding Ireland has taken many forms over the centuries ranging from blatant coercion to more subtle intrigue and pacification.

The utterances of the Provisionals contain an example of both. Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1 on the This Week programme on August 8, Martin McGuinness with forked tongue repeated an earlier call by Gerry Adams for Republicans to speak to the Provisionals.

In the same interview McGuinness said that the British government have a responsibility to “get to grips” with those who are resisting British rule in the Six Counties. His interview provides an example of the age-old policy of pacification coupled with increased coercion.

The leadership of Republican Sinn Féin have quite rightly rejected any notion of ‘talks’ with the Provisionals. The Provisionals are now part of the machinery of British rule and any ‘talks’ proposed by them would only have the purpose of undermining the historic struggle for Irish freedom.

Republican Sinn Féin and its leadership will continue its work of advancing and advocating among the Irish people the clear Republican alternative to British rule and partition. ÉIRE NUA is a practical working out of the aim of Theobald Wolfe Tone to unite Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter.

ÉIRE NUA provides the key for breaking out of the shackles of sectarianism and imperialism which have crippled our nation.

Editorial, SAOIRSE - the Voice of the Republican Movement, August 2010

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