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Afraid of the Voice of the People

Statement from the Irish Republican Socialist Party


James Bradley, IRSP • 21 November, 2006

Speaking at the Mickey Devine commemoration March in Derry in August IRSP members Eddie Mc Garrigle said,

"Let us as republicans learn to treat each other with respect, we should debate with each other and engage each other in a genuine spirit of comradeship. Whilst recognising the absolute need to engage with the unionist tradition we should be mindful that all of us need to actively begin a process of healing the relationship between the various republican traditions. We should not let our egos or our pride stand in our way. In my opinion we need to put out the hand of friendship to each other; we need to accept and welcome the diversity of opinion within republicanism. It is time to heal and to move on."

Those sentiments were strongly applauded by the large crowd present including Martin McGuinness MP. In the spirit of those sentiments the Ard-Comhairle of the IRSP nominated a number of comrades to attend a series of meeting with other Republicans. Five such meeting took place over the months from September until now. Present at those meetings were Republicans from differing backgrounds including the 32 Sovereignty Movement, Sinn Fein, former members of Sinn Fein and the IRSP, the IRSP and various non-aligned republicans. There were no republicans there from the Republican Sinn Fein tradition.

Throughout those meetings it was made clear that the meetings were not anti-Sinn Fein meetings but instead were to explore issues that concerned many republicans including the key issue of policing. At those meetings Comrade Willie Gallagher IRSP reiterated the IRSP position that there was no basis for armed struggle and that the only way forward was by political action. No arguments were advanced against that position at the meetings.

So the IRSP are both saddened and shocked by the recent unsubstantiated comments from both Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness, and backed up by newspaper columnist Jim Gibney that there was a plot to kill leading Sinn Fein members. The only source for such a plot comes from within Sinn Fein itself.

Is this an effort by the Sinn Fein leadership to buy more time for their attempt to win over their own members who have doubts about the whole issue of policing? Rumours of plots to kill their leadership seem designed to cement the membership in behind that leadership. At the same time there is a mix to somehow imply that "some members of the INLA" as opposed to other members of the INLA are involved in this spurious plot.

The IRSP has said consistently and clearly for the past years there is no basis for a resumption of armed struggle at this time. That position has been endorsed repeatedly by the INLA. All of the Republican Socialist Movement is united behind that position. However in accordance with our policy as expressed by Eddie McGarrigle in August we have engaged in discussions with all other republicans, including Sinn Fein members and will continue to so engage.

On the vexed question of policing in nationalist areas there is no serious public debate-taking place. Where are the public meetings? Where is the open debate in Sinn Fein? It is all held in-house. Surely the major Nationalist Party in the North has a duty to let the nationalist public know the arguments for and against signing up to Policing?

Headline grabbing news in an attempt to divert from their own difficulties is an obvious New Labour tactic well learned by Sinn Fein. It bears a striking similarity to the dodgy dossiers on weapons of mass destruction dreamt up by new Labour’s spin-doctors. Going down that road does the Sinn Fein leadership no credit.

They should instead of spinning falsehoods and lies about other republicans begin a series of public meetings within nationalist areas to genuinely explore what the wider nationalist working class really think on the whole issue of policing. What are they afraid of? The voice of the people?





























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