New Era Yet
latest accord between the Provisional movement
and the Democratic Unionist Party consolidates
Stormont and English rule in Ireland. It is
based on the Partition not alone of Ireland
but also of the province of Ulster and is an
artificial method of administering an artificial
entity of Six Irish Counties. As such it cannot
work in the long term.
more English money has been decisive in cobbling
it together. While it may postpone Irish national
independence it cannot prevent that ideal being
ultimately achieved by the Irish people.
Sinn Féin looks forward to Dáil
Uladh, a nine-county Ulster parliament within
a federation of the four provinces of a New
Ireland in which all sections and shades of
opinion will be represented in proportion tom
horizontal power-sharing will replace the artificial
vertical rule now being attempted. The much-vaunted
new era we all desire has not yet
arrived. - Statement by Ruairí Ó
Brádaigh, President, Republican Sinn
TO ABANDON STORMONT EXPERIMENT
nine years on from the signing of the Stormont
Agreement, it is time for Mr. Adams and the Provisional
Movement to return to their former allegiance.
The Stormont experiment will inevitably fail,
whether in the short, medium or long term. The
Provos must now return to their demand for a British
declaration of intent to withdraw over a stated
Mr. Adams - in talks with DUP leader Mr. Paisley
- agreed to resurrect Stormont on March 8th. This
can only lead to further instability and conflict.
He spoke of building a new relationship between
Orange and Green. However the true Republican
position - as espoused by this Movement throughout
its history - has been to unite Protestant, Catholic
and Dissenter in opposition to English rule in
Ireland. Prolonging English rule can only lead
to continued resistance.
alternative is clear. Our ÉIRE NUA policy,
seeking maximum decentralisation of power within
the context of a Federation of Ireland's four
Provinces would provide the Irish people with
the opportunity to govern themselves in accordance
with local majorities, and in the absence of any
foreign interference in their affairs.