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Ireland's Political Dilemma

From Eire Nua essays first published in the 1980's

The Government of Ireland Act, enacted by the British Parliament in 1920 and ratified by the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, divided Ireland into two dominion states of the British Empire, the 26-county Irish Free State and the Northern Ireland State. This Act, not only divide Ireland, it also divided its people. As was mentioned in an earlier issue of this newsletter the Anglo-Irish Treaty was the most insidious of all the tragedies perpetrated on the Irish people. In effect it denied the people of the Catholic and Protestant traditions the opportunity to work together to build a nation in which they both could prosper and live in peace. What it did instead was perpetuate British control and create a climate for self-serving politicians in both states to enrich themselves at the people's expense. --- continue


2016 Eire Nua Easter Statement

We would also like to take a moment to thank all of those who have supported us and continue to support us in our efforts to keep the flame of Irish nationhood alight amidst revisionist efforts to re-write history and stifle the ideals of 1916.

There exists an element who would have us accept the status quo, who have hijacked the name of Irish republicanism for personal gain when convenient, and suffocate and suppress the same when not.

We as Irish republicans and those of you associated with us in today’s task and duty- to pay tribute to those gallant men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice- so that Ireland might live-

Must stand together for the achievement of the ideals of those very men and women whom we remember here today.

Let us not forget that 2016 is not the end- as long as there remains a foreign occupying force in any part of Ireland 1916 remains unfinished business!- Connolly may have said it best-

“there is but one ideal - an Ireland ruled, and owned, by Irish men and women, sovereign and independent from the center to the sea, and flying its own flag outward over all the oceans.”

Those who died in 1916 didn’t do so for puppet seats in a kinder gentler Stormont, nor did they give their lives for positions in a stooge Dail Eireann guided by the unseen hand of the British government!

No, they died for nothing less than a 32 county Ireland, United Gaelic, and Free!

And today, we say to the revisionists of history

We will accept nothing less!

To paraphrase a line from James Connolly’s last statement on May the 9th 1916-

“Believing that the British Government has no right in Ireland, never had any right in Ireland, and never can have any right in Ireland, the presence, in any one generation of Irishmen, of even a respectable minority, ready to die to affirm that truth, makes that Government forever a usurpation and a crime against human progress.”

That is why we are so committed to the Eire Nua program,  the concept on which Eire Nua is based is that of a unitary federation of the four historic provinces of Ireland that would include all of Ireland's 32 counties under the coordination of a national parliament. This construct would foster a true democracy and eliminate the causes for conflict, such as Ireland has experienced for the past eight hundred years. The Eire Nua constitution with its Charter of Rights would guarantee all of Ireland's people true freedom, a home for its children, and a new beginning.

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A Century of Lost Opportunities

1900's -- Defiance and Confrontation

In 1900, after eight hundred of subjugation and struggle, Ireland still remained under British control. It was a treated as an integral part of the British Empire, was subject to Queen Victoria and was  ruled from the British Parliament in London.  To all intent and purposes Ireland was a subject nation that could not exercise any degree of political or economic self determination.

 In spite of all of that, as well as the savagery endured at the hands of the oppressor, Irish men and women remained defiant and continued to struggle for freedom and independence.

In 1902, Arthur Griffith, Editor of the United Irishman, presented to the third annual convention of Cumann na nGaedheal the most revolutionary political idea since the fall of Parnell; it was that the elected Irish Members of Parliament should refuse to sit in Westminster, demand reinstitution of the Irish Parliament of 1782, and pledge allegiance only to a king of Ireland, not to the King of England. While the Liberator, Daniel O'Connell, had once considered such unilateral action, he had not forced the issue. Griffith provided a strategy of passive resistance by turning an assembly of Irish MPs into a de facto constitutional convention. Modeled on Frank Deak's policy, which resulted in the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary in 1867, Griffith serialized his abstentionist program in the United Irishman as the Resurrection of Hungary, and then published it as a pamphlet and distributed it widely in 1904. The direct result of this idea was the formation of Sinn Féin on 28th November 1905, as an abstentionist political party, with internal self-reliance as its principal plank, pledging never to recognize or use the services or forces of the enemy. -- continue

The Paper Wall, Censorship and Propaganda in the Anglo-Irish War

By: Tomás Aberneth

 Although its been out a few years, Ian Kenneally’s “The Paper Wall, Newspapers and Propaganda in Ireland 1919-1921” deals with issues of censorship, freedom of speech and propaganda that are as timely as ever.  The book reveals much of the attitudes of the British and self defined moderate Irish nationalists during the Irish War of Independence. 

It also reveals something of the attitudes underlying much of the current mainstream historical analysis of this crucial period of Irish history. 

 The book recounts the attempts, largely counterproductive, by the British to use coercion to prevent press coverage of the misconduct of the British forces during the Tan War.  Basic civil liberties, including freedom of  the press, were suppressed by the British.  Newspapers in Ireland were subject to censorship through the Defense of the Realm Act (DORA), then suppression and prosecution of the owners and editors of newspapers that printed anything unfavorable to the Crown Forces.  Republican or separatist newspapers were simply banned outright. Kenneally’s   book, however, does not focus on these small republican or separatist newspapers (sometimes called the “mosquito press).  Instead he focuses on three “moderate” nationalist or Home Rule papers, the Freeman’s Journal, The Irish Independent, and The Cork Examiner, along with two pro-British papers The Irish Times and the Times of London.  Even the three moderate Home Rule newspapers faced censorship, suppression and occasionally violent intimidation by British forces.  The Cork Examiner, among several other papers, for example, was suppressed for a period simply for printing a copy of the prospectus for the Dáil Éireann loan fund.   In late 1920 the owners and editor of the Freeman’s Journal were actually “court marshaled” by the British for publishing accounts of misconduct by the Crown Forces, accounts which appear to have been substantively correct.  The paper was fined and the owners and editor served jail time.  --- continue

Forty Years of Éire Nua

by:  Seán Ó Brádaıgh

The French Revolution in the late 18th century challenged the divine right of monarchs and introduced the concept of the sovereignty of the people, expressed through a Republican form of government.  This idea of democracy has been accepted and developed in many countries since that time. 

It took decades for France herself to accept that the Rights of Man she proclaimed extended to black people in her colonies and women did not get the vote in France until 1945.  Our own 1916 Proclamation had already guaranteed votes for women on an equal basis with men. 

Whether by revolution or evolution, change comes slowly, as ordinary people, some of them visionary, struggle to achieve liberty and equality through fraternity, most times against powerful and selfish interests.  Democracy involves not just rights but also duties and responsibilities.  Without taxation there can be no public services, for instance. 

Democracy works best at the local level, where people can identify with their own local community.  On the larger scale, people of the same nation have a sense of a common national identity and can accept laws which might seem restrictive but which are necessary for the common good. 

In Ireland we were colonised and have maintained a stout resistance and sought to establish our national rights over many centuries.  This struggle is not yet over.  There is still foreign rule in six of our 32  counties, and England must be persuaded to withdraw and let the people of all Ireland rule themselves. -- continue

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