Cill Dara Shinn Féin Poblachtach

Republican prisoners are unbroken and unbreakable

Statement by the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton

Speaking at a march and rally held in Belfast on Saturday May 29 in support of the struggle for political status by the Republcan prisoners in Maghaberry prison the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton said:

“'I have no prouder boast than to say I am Irish and have been privileged to fight for the Irish people and for Ireland. If I have a duty I will perform it to the full in the unshakable belief that we are a noble race and that chains and bonds have no part in us.’ These are the words of Hunger Strike Francis Hughes written in a letter addressed to the people of South Derry and surrounding areas five days before he embarked on his hunger strike.

“He was in doubt as to the nature of their protest when he said that: “Its very roots lie in the 1100 years of struggle” against England’s occupation of our country. The men in Maghaberry today are imprisoned by the same enemy and for the same cause. We are proud of each and every one of them.

“The fight of the prisoners in Maghaberry is a struggle for the right inherent to all who take up arms against the forces of British occupation – the right to political status. These men are political prisoners, denied their freedom because they refuse to acquiesce in the face of British rule. They are in the vanguard of a generation who have neither been purchased or intimidated. Standing with them is a man who served 19 years of a 25-year sentence in Long Kesh Martin Corey of Lurgan. He is a political hostage; interned because he too can neither be purchased or intimidated, unbroken and unbreakable.

“The Republican prisoners in Maghaberry are engaged in a fight against the British state’s attempt to criminalise Ireland’s historic fight for freedom. By their action the prisoners are sending a message which echoes throughout Ireland and the world that British rule will never be accepted in Ireland and will always be met with resistance.

“In its monthly publication the Six-County British Colonial Police Federation admitted that the RUC/PSNI must recognise the “enduring nature” of Republican resistance. The chain of Republican continuity stretches back over two hundred years, we will endure and resist until the last vestige of British rule has been removed from our country.

“Francis Hughes knew well the importance of mobilising the people and the strength which the Republican prisoners can draw from the solidarity and activism of the people. “As you march and rally, refuse to be intimated by the harassment of the much hated RUC and those who cower beside them.’ Shout all the louder Political Status Now!"

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Republicans never abandoned message of 1916

Statement by the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton

Speaking in UCD on May 20 the head of the 26-County administration Brian Cowen accused Irish Republicans of seeking to “hijack” the centenary of the 1916 Rising. It is an accusation that does not stand up: Republicans cannot hijack something they have never abandoned. Irish Republicans will commemorate the centenary of 1916 as well as the anniversaries of the other landmark events in Irish Revolutionary history, just as we have in the past.

Each year Irish Republicans both in Ireland and abroad have commemorated 1916 without fail. The 26-County state on the other hand has alternated between ignoring the anniversary and banning commemoration of it. 1916 commemorations throughout the 26 Counties were banned by the Dublin administration in 1937. In 1976 Republicans were prosecuted – including Fiona Plunkett sister of Joseph Mary Plunkett - and some jailed for their participation in a banned commemoration at the GPO. Each year Republicans face the prospect of prosecution for selling Easter Lilys.

For forty years the 26-County administration ignored the anniversary of 1916 but since 2006 it has opportunistically seized on it in order to sell the big lie that history has come to an end and British rule in Ireland is now accepted.

1916 remains unfinished business while Britain holds any part of Ireland. The message of 1916 could not be clearer: “Ireland unfree shall never be at peace”.

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Wolfe Tone Commemoration

Bodenstown, 2.30pm

Sunday, June 13

Sallins, Co Kildare

Buses: Aston Quay, Dublin 12.45pm
Táille: 10,-

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Commandant Neil ‘Plunkett’ O’Boyle commemoration

Republican Sinn Féin will be holding its annual Commandant Neil ‘Plunkett’ O’Boyle commemoration on Sunday May 9 at 3.00pm in Knocknadruce Co Wicklow. Those taking part will assemble in Hollywood village at 2.30pm.

The oration will be given by Republican Sinn Féin Leinster Youth Officer Shane O’Toole, Celbridge.

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Athy celebrates May Day

The Athy Branch of SIPTU celebrated May Day with a seminar in the new Athy Community Arts Centre on the history of workers struggle in the South Kildare area from the 1820s up to the agricultural labourers lock-out in 1947. Guests of honour were the Supple family, relatives of union leader Christy Supple - who was imprisoned by the Free State in 1923 because of his leadership of the farm labourers strike in 1922/23 - some of whom travelled from Canada and England to be at the event. The President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton – whose grandfather was a member of the Strike Committee during the 1922/23 dispute – also attended.

The day culminated in a concert by renowned singer and biographer of Woody Guthrie Will Kaufmann who performed 'The Woody Guthrie Story, ‘Tales from the Dust Bowl'.

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"We of Republican Sinn Féin are the nucleus, which represents what Emmet represented,
the soul of Ireland,the prophetic shock minority, those who are neither purchased nor intimidated."

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