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Wolfe Tone honoured at Bodenstown

ON Sunday, June 14 several hundred Republicans marched from Sallins Village, Co Kildare to the grave of Wolfe Tone at Bodenstown.

The parade, which was held under the auspices of Republican Sinn Féin, was led by a colour party, contingents of Cumann na mBan and Na Fianna Éireann and the Thomas Davis Pipe Band from Mallow, Co Cork. The Chief Marshall was Seosamh Ó Maoileoin, Westmeath.

At the grave of Wolfe Tone proceedings were chaired by Dan Hoban, Mayo who introduced Veteran Republican Paddy King, Dublin, who laid the wreath on behalf of the Republican Movement. Peig Galligan from the National Graves Association made a contribution and the oration was delivered by John Joe McCusker, Fermanagh.

Oration by Jon Joe McCusker

In the course of his oration John Joe gave a comprehensive rundown on Wolfe Tone and the United Irishmen. He went on to say:

“The 50 years of misrule by the unionist regime in Stormont points up the tragedy that the partition of our country really was. When the struggle to throw off the shackles of England’s continued rule was sidelined in 1986 and treacherously abandoned in 1994 and when the cause of Irish unity was betrayed for the semblance of power at Stormont it truly was unbelievable.

“On Monday, June 8, 2009, in the aftermath of the European and local elections in the 26 Counties, Mary Lou MacDonald, of the Provisionals’ political wing, called on the RTÉ programme Questions and Answers for a left of centre alignment in the 26 Counties to drive the socialist agenda.

“Why, we may ask, in the wake of the Stormont Agreement, indeed why not in the prelude to the negotiation of this agreement, were the Provo negotiators not insisting on an alignment of Irish nationalism to drive this so-called constitutional vehicle on the road to the All-Ireland Republic?

“If this is the proper vehicle to a peaceful democratically-obtained united Ireland, then tell us who is driving the vehicle. Can the Labour Party, Fine Gael, the Alliance Party or Republican Sinn Féin subscribe to and lend weight to your ongoing efforts to achieve what was promised by the nationalist signatories to this agreement.

“Has there been convened an All-Ireland nationalist and Republican convention these past ten years to monitor progress on the road to the All-Ireland Republic. Has there been one meeting of these constitutional Irish nationalist parties to take stock and spell out to the people of Ireland where exactly we are on the road-map to the All-Ireland Republic. Or has only time and Britain’s continued occupation progressed since the agreement.

“What Irish constitutional leadership is presently involved in countering the very active measures of HM Government in promoting our six counties as a separate country?

“What Irish constitutional leadership is countering the efforts of RTÉ, acting in train with Free State administrators in promoting an agenda which is beyond partition? It is beyond partition to help develop a concept in Ireland and across the world that we are now two countries. For some time in RTÉ it is nothing more than pandering to those in authority and those with their hands on the purse strings. For others it is trailed across the boards as affected intellectual snobbery. Yet there are those in RTÉ with interests in the wider political sphere promoting a type of Free State separatism. This is where they hope to humiliate the nation, expel and exclude the people of the Six Counties and make us feel an inferior class of Irish. This is a new phenomenon in Irish nationalist politics and those who wilfully promote is should be viewed with contempt.

“Today, Adams and McGuinness, stark naked, slowly lower themselves into these cold waters that harbour this carefully-fostered parlance, when they speak of two countries and invite the children of Ireland to join them as they hail the ‘island of Ireland’. This term is used to facilitate a transition in Irish mindsets and assist the British government as they pursue a new order in Ireland.

“Who is watching as the Stormont Education minister Caitriona Ruane presides over a school curriculum which requires nationalist school teachers to drill it into nationalist school children to embrace the term ‘Northern Ireland’ and promotes the Six Counties as a country separate to the other country which is Ireland?

“It was opposing such a pass that the nationalists of the 1920s endured the pogroms, Endured for 50 years discrimination, no vote, no housing, living out their lives as second-class inhabitants in English-occupied Ireland but importantly they lived their lives as first-class Irish citizens.

“Having pondered how the Stormont Agreement, now the St Andrew’s Agreement, could have been accepted, following the considered and honest deliberations of any Irish nationalist or Republican organisation, the conclusions are that the core values embedded in the ilk of Bertie Ahern, Gerry Adams, Mark Durkan, Martin McGuinness and the Provo backroom team headed up by Denis Donaldson, were essentially selfish, corrupt, treacherous and devoid of any genuine nationalist or Republican intent. They strolled around Stormont Castle for a week and on the preordained day ‘Good Friday’ they walked in and signed the agreement, then the so-called nationalist leaders went home their disparate ways. To forget the issue of Irish unity for the rest of their lives. You probably find that unbelievable. Well, consider this, two weeks before the negotiations began Denis Donaldson was supervising the removal of computers from the Provo offices in Belfast to the offices up at Stormont. So much for the tough negotiations portrayed across the world’s media.

“The agreement was an English necessity and an Anglo/European constitutional objective and therefore the unionist block in the Six Counties were only going to be used to obstruct and entrench as the English required. The Free State were following whatever lead was given by Europe and are still engaged in this. From a European viewpoint the agreement was a helpful expedient to lay the backcloth for the United Europe and to demonstrate that all was well in this new United Europe.

“In this regard the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by the people of the 26 Counties has been damaging to what is now developing as European colonisation. Effectively the former colonial states of Europe are gobbling up the independence of economically weaker nations. If the weaker nations of Europe do not stand hard and fast and reject the Lisbon Treaty then they will become the outfarms of Europe.

“The Six Occupied Counties have the largest public sector employment ratio of any similar region in the world. Does anyone really believe that with a commitment like this to the purchase of ‘one in three’ of the working population, that the British government is going to work with Irish nationalism to dismember the Union of Britain and our Six Counties. On top of this there is now a raft of organisations initiated by the British with all sorts of weird remits. You name it and they’ll fund it. All coming under the scope of Peace I money, Peace II money and Peace III money.

“So the conclusion here is that the Brits haven’t gone away and have designs on staying.

“Now, the thing is that Irish Republicans live in the Six Counties and we don’t want you as administrators of our country. You have enough to do governing England, Scotland and Wales.

“In the absence of political progress Republican Sinn Féin will continue to resist English rule in Ireland. It appears that the Republican Movement represented here today are the only guarantors of progress towards a United Ireland. The others have all gone home.”
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Wolfe Tone Commemoration 2009: Videos

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Wolfe Tone Commemoration 2009: First Report

Members of Cumann na mBan & Na Fianna Éireann in Bodenstown, 14th June 2009.

BETWEEN eight hundred and one thousand Irish Republicans gathered, as we do each year in Sallins Village on Sunday June 14th last and marched in a well-organised fashion to the grave of Wolfe Tone, in Bodenstown Graveyard. The procession was led by uniformed members of Cumann na mBan, Na Fianna Eireann and a RSF Colour Party, and was very well received along the route by locals. The Thomas Davis Pipe Band from Cork, an extremely well-turned out and professional group, marched to and from the graveyard, never once missing a beat or a note as they done so. The proceedings were professionaly Chaired by Dan Hoban, Mayo, Peig Galligan (a walking encyclopedia of Irish Republicanism!) delivered a very fitting and respectful talk on the history of Wolfe Tone and those who supported the man and his objectives and Fermanagh Republican John Joe McCusker delivered a rousing oration, which was received with loud cheers by the large crowd gathered around the graveyard.

John Joe McCuskar, Fermanagh, delivering the main oration.

There was, as usual, a great 'buzz' and atmosphere about the whole day - even the harassment doled out by the nine members of the State political police couldn't ruin the day, try as they might. Their repeated interruptions were brushed aside and ignored by the large crowd, members of whom openly sneered at them and pushed back when attempts were made by these cretins to detain them. Overall, the whole event went as planned and was an honourable tribute to one of our Founding Fathers - Republican Sinn Féin are to be congratulated for organising this Commemoration, as are those who made the effort to attend. Well done to us all!

A full report and more pics will be published in the July 2009 issue of SAOIRSE', which will be published on Wednesday the 8th of that month.

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Tony Ruane Commemoration

Republican Sinn Féin will be holding its annual Tony Ruane commemoration in Carlow cemetery on Sunday June 21 at Tony Ruane, a native of Co Mayo was a life-long Irish Republican. He took part in the Black and Tan war as well as the subsequent war against the Treaty in 1922-23. He remained an active Republican for the rest of his life and served as national Treasurer of Sinn Féin from 1966 up to the early 1980s. He was also honoury life Vice President of Sinn Féin. He died in 1991.

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RSF candidate thanks supporters and vows to contest again

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“I would like to thank all those who voted for me in the local elections and honoured me with their vote. While not successful on this occasion I am proud of the campaign put in by Republican Sinn Féin and thank all who supported and worked in the campaign.

“The recent campaign highlighted the fact that many ordinary people feel powerless and disconnected from politics not only nationally but in also in own town. The people have voted and made their choice on this occasion, however it is essential that people are given a real alternative to the politics of the status quo.

“Republican Sinn Féin believes in real change and not just the platitudes delivered at election time by all of the establishment parties. We believe in true local democracy which involves not excludes people from the decision-making which affect all our lives. For this reason I will be contesting the local elections in 2014 whilst continuing in the meantime to work for ordinary working people through my political work and the trade union movement. We believe a better and New Ireland is possible but it must be worked for.”
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Victory in Co Galway: 'It can be done' - Ó Brádaigh

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THE leadership of Republican Sinn Féin congratulates all who took part in the 26-County local elections in support of our nine candidates over seven counties.

Much energy and our limited resources were expended in promoting the Republican ideal especially in the past couple of months.

The victory of Councillor Tomás Ó Curraoin in the Conamara area of Co Galway in reclaiming one of the two Co Council seats held by the organisation in the past was indeed a tonic.

That outstanding success proves that Republican Sinn Féin candidates are electable - it can be done! - but that hard work on the ground is necessary over a prolonged period of time.

Meanwhile the work of rebuilding the Republican Movement in the aftermath of the defections of recent years continues.
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Vote for a candidate who can deliver change

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“We need a council which listens to people and is not afraid of new ideas. A council which is capable of delivering policies and planning for Athy and its people. Athy Town Council must have a vision of what we want for our town and how we can achieve it by harnessing the energy and ideas of all our people.” We need a council which has the honesty and integrity coupled with the vision and energy to deliver real change. People should use their vote for real change.” Des Dalton said.
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