On the occasion of the 94th anniversary of the historic Easter Rising
of 1916, the Leadership of the Republican Movement sends greetings to
all who are gathered in commemoration at the graves of the Republican
Dead of every generation and at monuments erected to their memory.
In the past year it has been stated that policing will be transferred
from Westminster to Stormont. However, political policing will continue
and will remain guided from London. Under the St Andrews Agreement,
amended by the Hillsborough Agreement, “security
intelligence” in the Six Occupied Counties will be the
responsibility of the MI5 Security Service with the RUC/PSNI in a
The MI5 will not be accountable to the Stormont Policing Board for
security-related matters but it will be available to brief the Board in
secret on what it considers “appropriate”.
This is not the devolution of policing and justice powers. London will
remain in control. For their part, the Republican youth has given the
RUC/PSNI their response on the streets of many towns in the occupied
area. We appreciate their actions.
In the 26 Counties, the flag of occupation – the Union Jack
– is displayed with increasing frequency at festivals and on
other public occasions. Similarly British military uniforms are
flaunted in public, although the wearing of them was banned south of
the Border for decades after 1922.
All of this is a build-up to a state visit by the Queen of England to
the 26 Counties. The crowned head which claims sovereignty in Ireland
has not visited for a full century. It is essential that such a visit
be opposed. If it is not, then that is an acceptance of her
“royal style and title” as “Queen of Northern
Ireland” so-called. As Republicans we cannot, we must not, and we
will not, tolerate such a situation without a meaningful protest.
This Easter we renew our support for the Shell to Sea campaign in their
protest against the exploitation of Irish natural resources by a
multinational company and the consequent endangerment of local
inhabitants in the Ros Dumhach (“Ros Doo-ach”) Gaeltacht
area. We salute the stand taken against the hired private armies of
security men by local fisherman Pat O’Donnell, now serving time
in prison for his opposition to oppression.
Once more we denounce the description of faithful Republicans as
“traitors” by a person who gave a commitment in 1986 that
the war of national liberation would “never, never, never”
end until the freedom of Ireland was achieved. On the same occasion he
pledged on behalf of his associates never to go to Westminster or
Now they administer British rule in Ireland from Stormont. They have
offices in Westminster and draw expenses annually from the English
government of many hundreds of thousands pounds sterling. Others have
recently followed their example and at the behest of the British
government have destroyed weapons and munitions given for the
independence of Ireland.
On the other hand we note the continued resistance by Volunteers of the
Continuity IRA to the British forces of occupation, the unremitting
work of Republican Sinn Féin members for national unity and
independence and the defiant stand of the Republican prisoners North
and South in the face of their jailors. The struggle continues.
Republicans are not dismayed by the threats of further repression from
sources in the 26-County Administration. As in the past they will stand
up and meet them unflinchingly. Week after week the tabloid gutter
press seeks by its falsehoods and fabrication to sow confusion in the
ranks regarding the Republican position. The faithful are loyal to the
All-Ireland Republic under one authority. That position has been
vindicated again and again as the only basis on which to proceed.
We send greetings to our prisoners in Maghaberry, Co Antrim and
Portlaoise jails. Their stand day after day is an example to us all. We
undertake once more to support their dependants during the period of
A cháirde, the countdown to 2016, the centenary of the momentous
Easter Rising, has begun. Just five more Easters have to pass and the
Great Day will be upon us. We need to commence preparations now to
ensure that the occasion is not snatched from us by those who have
ignored the annual Easter 1916 Commemorations since the 50th – in
Advance then, loyal and true, and rally a younger generation to the
imperishable Cause which, in 1916, opened a century of anti-colonial
and anti-imperialist struggle for the greater good of all humankind!
An Phoblacht Abú!