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Caribbean Sinn Fein Easter Message


Jimmy Sands • 28 March 2005

I did not want to let Easter pass by without updating you. Easter is of course a time of great significance for all of us symbolising as it does the triumph of life over death and good over evil all those years ago in Dublin. It’s certainly been hectic few weeks.

First off, I finally had the privilege of seeing one of my plays, “The Press Conference”, given its world premiere, at the Silent Arms, one of Cricklewood’s most prestigious pub venues. It is a matter of some regret that the Abbey, our so-called National Theatre, found the material too hot to handle. They may protest as loudly as they can about how the play was “not what we are looking for right now” and say as often as they like “we wish you success placing the work elsewhere”, but we republicans know censorship when we see it. Scant respect, you may think for a work which I have been assured by at least one major political party will one day be a cornerstone of the Leaving Certificate syllabus.

Of course these are difficult times for republicans. As you may know the crisis in the peace process made it necessary for Martin McGuinness to stay at home for St. Patrick's Day. Rather then disappoint our friends over the water, and as it was apparently too late to cancel the suite, I found myself stepping into the breach. I am happy to say the glitz of recent years has given way to a more intimate approach. We made a conscious decision to stay away from the corridors of power and reconnect with the grass roots. We decided that as a anti-imperialist party, we could not agree to meet President Bush in protest against Iraq and that sort of thing generally. It is a matter of regret that the McCartney family, whom we fully support of course, took the opportunity to visit Washington in our place in order to smear the Republican Movement. Despite receiving sound advice from Martin not to bother their heads with politics, they have allowed themselves to be manipulated by enemies of the peace process such as the SDLP and, it pains me to say, certain people not a million miles away from this publication. Once again I urge them, as a staunch supporter of their quest for justice, to watch their mouths. As a demonstration of our desire to help, I can announce that Sinn Fein is willing to help those who may be uncomfortable going to the police. Anyone who witnessed the events of that night is urged to contact Sinn Fein, giving their name and address and whether or not they are prepared to testify against members of the IRA. I promise, someone will be in touch.

This left Senator Kennedy as the only politician on our schedule. Sadly we had to cancel this also. It turns out that our good friend Danny Morrison had been doing some research into the senator and found out that he had been involved in the suspicious death of a young woman. As we have repeatedly stated in recent weeks, we will have no truck with disreputable behaviour of any kind, and had we known about this incident we would never have agreed to the meeting. I can however deny the scurrilous suggestion that the IRA has approached the Kopechne family with an offer to “take care” of the senator.

The upside of all this that we managed to avoid the tedious political meetings, the big money donations and the sumptuous banquets, and concentrate on the little people. The point was made most eloquently by Gerry Adams, as he gave the keynote speech to a rapt audience well into the dozens at O’Grady’s bar in Akron. When he contrasted the salt of the earth types he was addressing now with his Oval Office and Trump Tower affairs of past years, I swear there was a tear in his eye.


Jimmy Sands
Caribbean Sinn Fein Fifth Anniversary Co-ordinator



























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Index: Current Articles

28 March 2005

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The Writing's Off the Wall!
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Ireland: Republican Movement faces disintegration
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The IRA is Morphing into the 'Rafia'
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Truth and Justice!
Sheila Holden

Greet the Lion to Kill the Cat
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Concerned Republican
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Six Against the Rock
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Our Patriot Dead Are Turning in their Graves
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Easter Oration 2005
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Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement
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Easter Statement from the Irish National Liberation Army Prisoners of War

Caribbean Sinn Fein Easter Message
Jimmy Sands

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A Must Read
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Green Paper on Irish Unity
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The Advisocrats
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Fig Leaf
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Democractic Killers
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No Dodging the Moral Dilemma
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After St Patrick's Day, Where Goes the Peace Process?
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The Left Way Could be the Right Way for Sinn Fein
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Robert McCartney
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Anthony McIntyre

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