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Easter Statement from the Irish National Liberation Army Prisoners of War

INLA POWs • Easter 2005

The INLA POWs give our continued support to the leadership of both the INLA and IRSP. We send Easter greetings to all our comrades within the Republican Socialist Movement, to friends and supporters at home, and throughout the world. We extend our support and solidarity to our fellow political prisoners. To the Basque and Catalan prisoners, to the Turkish and Kurdish death fasters, to the Palestinian prisoners, and to all political prisoners in Chile, Puerto Rico, and the USA and throughout the world. We stand resolutely with, and pay tribute to, all those fighting imperialism worldwide. We support the freedom fighters of Iraq.

Comrades, on this, the 89th anniversary of the Easter Rising, we gather once more to pay homage and to remember all those who gave their lives for a democratic Socialist Republic. We pay respect to, and honour the republican dead, no matter what organisation they belonged to. While today we in the Republican Socialist Movement remember in particular our own martyred dead and our fallen comrades, we do not forget or ignore those other republicans who sacrificed their lives so that this country could be free. We remember them all with pride.

At noon on that Easter Monday in 1916, members of the Irish Citizen Army and the Irish Volunteers occupied the GPO and strategic buildings around the centre of Dublin. From the steps of the GPO, Padraig Pearse read aloud the proclamation of the Irish Republic, announcing that they were setting up a Provisional Government replacing Britain's. These were extraordinary events involving ordinary men and women who lived in extraordinary times.

Today let us pause for a moment and reflect on what all those who died for the Republic think they were doing. Irish men and women bravely fought and died for the rights of all of us, for all the people of this island to live in political, economic, and social freedom in a Republic that cherishes all the children of the nation equally.

Ask yourself, "who today stands by that concept of the Republic?" The fat cats of Irish business life, the politicians who feed on corruption, greed and bribery, these very same politicians who have labelled republicans and republican socialists as criminals? The full force of the establishment have united to try and denigrate the sacrifices of all those we honour here today by there continuance in making unsubstantiated allegations of criminality against our movement.

The facts speak for themselves, imprisoned INLA members were all convicted of political offences, there are no members of the INLA awaiting trial for criminal offences, no member of the INLA or indeed the IRSP is involved in any type of criminality. However there are those out side of the Republican Socialist Movement who use the name of the INLA for there own ends, some with the approval and encouragement of the security agencies both north and south. These parasites who have descended into this type of activity besmirch the name of republicanism and not only is there no place for them in our movement, there is no place for them in society, for like the capitalist system they are piranha who feed off the working class. There will never be a place in our movement for anyone who believes they can use it for personal advancement or financial gain.

Unlike Fianna Fail, which has seen high ranking members of their party involved in criminal activities such as money laundering with the Guinness, Mahon, Cayman Trust, C. J. Haughey was rather partial to the odd bribe or two, and ex-Fianna Fail minister Ray Burke is in jail on bribery and corruption convictions. The hypocrisy of the establishent is breathtaking. None of these stand for the Republic, for they have allowed the poor of this country to slip into further debt and misery, with the gap between the rich and poor growing wider.

Nor do the racists who preach hatred and enflame sectarianism, or the trade union leaders who have sold out the workers, nor those who wish to maintain oppression and inequality. None of these stand for the Republic we want to see.

We as republican socialists cannot and will not live under British colonial or unionist rule, for that rule is unjust, cruel, discriminatory, and imperialistic. Seven years on since the signing of the GFA, what has changed? Westminister maintains direct rule. The British Army still patrol our streets, their intelligence service still operates clandestine operations, they continue to maintain and update their military installations. Sectarian clashes have increased and there is still no real justice or equality for the republican/nationalist community. Dessie O'Hare continues to be held as a political hostage by the Free State government who has reneged on its commitments under the GFA and republican prisoners in Maghaberry are denied recognition of their political status which was won because of the sacrifice of the hunger strikers in '81.

Comrades, it is time for us in the Republican Socialist Movement to take stock of where we are and where we are going, and how best to prepare politically and organisationally for the next phase, which will be our struggle, i.e. the class struggle. There is a danger at the moment of republican socialists ending up simply reacting to events. We encourage and fully support the Ard-Chomhairle of the IRSP, who are actively involved in preparing a long-term overview of a strategic and political understanding of what has to be done to achieve our aims and objectives.

Now that there is an acceptance of the primacy of politics, as outlined in the Ta Power Document, the development of the party is critical if we are to prepare the Irish working class for the struggles ahead. Political leadership comes from a political party that fully understands the situation and who possess the necessary tactics, strategies, and policies that enables the working class struggle to move forward.

Our role should be to act as a catalyst to the struggle of the people, north and south, Protestant and Catholic, so as to give them a cohesive programme of direction whilst raising their level of political consciousness. Our movement has this potential if we are prepared to take the political responsibility that goes with it, and one of those responsibilities is to give voice to the people. There is a duty on each and every comrade to identify with, and participate in, the everyday struggles of the people. Educate, agitate, and organise, comrades. It was the way of James Connolly, it was the way of Costello. Onward to victory!








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