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Easter 2007 Oration

The following is the oration delivered on behalf of the 32CSM by National Chairman Francis Mackey at Arbour Hill.



Francis Mackey, 32 County Sovereignty Movement • 8 April 2007

The true political intent of those within constitutional nationalism who argue in favour of the Good Friday Agreement is to sell the fallacy that partition can be reconciled with the 1916 Proclamation. And just as the men and women of 1916 rejected a reconciliation between sovereign freedom and Home Rule republicans of today reject any premise that British occupation can in anyway be legitimised. Democracy cannot be invoked to usurp the sovereign democratic rights of the Irish people to determine our own future without foreign impediment.

When constitutional nationalism berates Irish republicanism for not heeding a partitioned electoral endorsement of partition itself we refer them to the Proclamation's clear assertion that;

'.the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible.'

As republicans we do not stand over these words as a mere slogan but as the fundamental basis for sovereign democracy on this island. We hold that it is the duty of all Irish political and military representatives to make this assertion the cornerstone of their ideological stance and to reaffirm that the violation of Irish national sovereignty is the root cause of the conflict in Ireland.

And although the root cause of conflict may be singular it is fought on many fronts not least of which is the recent declaration by London and Dublin that the Constitutional Question is resolved. For what has prolonged the Anglo - Irish conflict is the continued failure of constitutional nationalism to address the issue of Irish sovereignty and to engage with the British government on the sole premise that its violation of it is unacceptable in any terms and must end immediately. Instead constitutional nationalism has repeatedly sought accommodations with Westminster, the price of which was a British demand that their presence in Ireland be recognized as legitimately permanent. This they have done again and have turned to the Irish electorate to sanitize it in the absence of their ability to justify it.

The out workings of these Quisling type arrangements are most graphically seen in the issue of British Policing in Ireland. The ultimate triumph of any occupying power is to secure indigenous policing of that occupation which allows the occupier to assume the safe position of absentee landlord, controlling the security and purse strings, to keep the political natives in line. And let's not be in awe of claims that a piece of paper signed at a British Golf club in anyway inhibits the activities of the British Security services in Ireland. Can those who are making these claims with hand on heart actually ask people to believe that the British Security Services are not alone active in policing in the six counties but in this jurisdiction also?

Paisley has secured a double victory. He has assumed for himself the title of leader of Northern Ireland and at the same time has brought Northern nationalism to heel. He has marched Northern Nationalism beyond civil rights and onto the road of Stormont and Westminster wherein the laws that such bodies enact he will demand that Northern Nationalism enforce. Paisley has no interest in their aspirations only in their compliance to the state which he now presides over at the behest of the British Parliament. Where now are the claims of Irish unity by 2016?

We salute all those candidates who stood on an Anti British Policing platform and with equal commitment we will endeavor to learn the lessons from it. We salute the cooperation amongst various republican organizations which yielded obvious dividends and we remain steadfast in our determination to build upon this practical unity. Republicans need to move beyond the concept of the noble few and build a practical movement guided by principle and armed with a concept of winning. We need to engage with the Irish people on our blueprint for unity and demonstrate to them the massive benefits and opportunities which constitutional change can bring. This process has already begun and we salute the efforts of those who at this very time are working diligently to bring this practical unity to pass.

The lineage of Irish republicanism from Wolfe Tone to the present day is not traced through acts of armed insurrection alone but by the ideas that each generation applied to make their republicanism relevant to the people of their time. And this is the great challenge that faces republicans today. What new ideas are we bringing to make our republicanism relevant to our people today? It's not enough to simply espouse the ideas that went before us and its wrong to argue that the solution to partition is to be found solely in the past. The Proclamation did not envisage an old resurrected Ireland but a vibrant unified Ireland confident in its sovereignty and in its future. We submit that republican unity alone offers the greatest chance of formulating these new ideas and in the name of 1916, who witnessed such unity, we call for such unity now.

Comrades we face into a predicament worse than that which was faced when the 1922 Treaty was rejected. It's worse because the precedent set by that treaty has been ignored by those supporting an updated version of it. By ignoring that precedent they are demonstrating that their political intentions are similar to DeValeras - that of gaining political power at the expense of our sovereign integrity. Our sovereignty needs to be defended. It needs to be promoted. It needs to be the cornerstone of our republicanism and above all its complete restoration can be the only circumstance in which our hopes and our history finally rhyme.

Beir Bua.
















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