Irish Freedom Committee’s 2016 Easter Message

Life springs from death; and from the graves of patriot men and women spring living nations.\

These words were spoken by Padraig Pearse at the grave of O’Donovan Rossa on Aug, 1st. 1915.

One year later, the mortal remains of Pearse and 81 of his comrades in arms, as well as that of Roger Casement, reposed in sacred ground in communion with other patriot men and women of past generations, whom as Pearse and his comrades had done, challenge the might of the British Empire in pursuit of Ireland’s freedom, its promise of citizenship, justice and equality and the restoration of its unique culture and language.

The men and women of 1916, whom we commemorate here today, will long be remembered for their bravery and devotion to the cause of Irish freedom.  Their words and deeds will occupy a revered place in the annals of Irish history alongside those of the United Irishmen and women of 1798, and 1803, the “Young Irelander’s” and the bards of the 1840’s, the Fenian men and women 1865 and 67, and the Land League men and women of the 1890’s. 

The Easter Rising was not an historical aberration or an unlawful act without merit or legitimacy as many revisionists would have us believe. Rather, the Rising was born of an innate right and desire of the latent Irish nation to govern itself in a manner consistent with its customs, traditions, values and way of life.  World history is replete with examples of that right been exercised, sometimes by peaceful means; more often, as in Ireland, by force, due to the disdain and pomposity of the English usurper who viewed the Irish as inferior subjects unworthy of basic human rights or, God forbid, the rights of citizenship.

Present-day revisionists and critics alike, who proliferate the airwaves and print media with their version of Irish history resort to such terms as unconstitutional, unlawful, and “no mandates” to lend credence to their arguments.  By the same token, they do not hesitate to extend constitutional legitimacy to the Rule of Empires, without hesitation or examination, as if empires were tabernacles of human rights and democratic norms. They disparage the sacrifices of the men and women of 1916 and question their motives as though freedoms call was a whimsical abstraction. Their arguments are as defunct as is the Rule of Empires, an evil whose sole purpose was, and is, to enforce and legitimize imperial conquests.

As we commemorate the men and women of 1916 let us not be swayed by the passing of time into believing that the Irish Republic they fought and died for is a fait accompli. Ireland is not united, Ireland is not at peace, Ireland is not a Gaelic, inclusive, gender equal, 32-county sovereign Irish Republic as enshrined in the Proclamation of 1916.  The sundering of that Republic declared and instituted by Dail Eireann in 1919 and functioned as a sovereign Republic through 1921 was brought about by the cowardice, acquiescence and greed of third-tier Irish political opportunists who signed on to the infamous British drafted Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 that included, in its articles of surrender, the partition of Ireland.  

From 1922 through 1923 proponents of that infamous treaty collaborated with their British overloads to engage in a vicious war against Republican Volunteers who opposed the treaty and continued to fight for the survival of the Irish Republic. The overwhelming support in arms and manpower provided by the British coupled with summary executions and extrajudicial killings resulted in the defeat of the Volunteers. That was followed by a prolonged period of wholesale retribution against the surviving Republican Volunteers and their supporters by the nascent Free State government. 

Cumann na Saoırse Náısıúnta, abhor the guile of present-day republican pretenders who don the cloak of republicanism and invoke the spirit and sacrifices of the men and women of 1916 in furtherance of their own egocentric agendas. These reprehensible individuals, dance to the same English tune as did Redmond, Dillon, Mulcahy, Cosgrave, Higgins and other miscreants in the early years of the last century. They serve the English realm in exchange for a sliver of power and invitations to soirees hosted by the English queen to acknowledge services rendered by faithful and dependable servants.

No ground must be conceded to those who invoke the ongoing “peace process” as if it were a gift from the gods instead of the unending farce that it really is. It will never achieve Irish unification for it was never meant to do so.  It was, and is, a ploy by the British, wherein they deemed it convenient to take one step backwards and instead of openly favoring the “Unionist/Loyalist faction as they had done in the past, they, instead, laid open the spoils of colonialism to both antagonistic factions and left it to their respective warlords to divvy the spoils.

The British still use the 6-county enclave and its inhabitants as a human laboratory to facilitate the study of human responses and behaviors to stressful situations brought about by either the willful presence of military personnel on the streets, economic hardships, or ongoing factional displays of hostility.  What they observe will be useful in handling future manifestations of discontent on the streets of the mainland.

In keeping faith with the men and women of 1916 and their sacrifices for a 32-county Irish Republic  Cumann na Saoırse Náısıúnta has launched an Easter Rising Centennial Banner project to honor their sacrifices as well as the sacrifices of those brave men and women who, again in 1919, hoisted the fallen flag of the Republic and resumed the fight for Irish freedom. 

In addition to the Centennial Banner project, Cumann na Saoırse Náısıúnta will continue to promote the Eire Nuka program as a fair and balanced way to achieve Irish unification and the promise of 1916 that

would bring closure to the uninvited occupation, subjugation, famine, immigration and the other maladies that have plagued Ireland for centuries.

Eire Nua is based on sound and honorable principles that incorporate fair and realistic plans to achieve national unity within the framework of a 32-county Federal Irish Republic. The Eire Nua approach is innovative and far-reaching in that it recognizes the rights of all Irish people, irrespective of their ethnic or religious affiliations. The principle on which it is based envisions a system of government in which all creeds and traditions would be represented, where all citizens would be equal under the law and where no religious, political or cultural entity would have, or inherit, special status or privileges to the detriment of all others.   

As we continue with this commemoration let us contemplate on the bravery and resolve of the men and women who took up arms and manned the garrisons throughout Dublin during that fateful Easter week in 1916. They did so willingly and in full knowledge of the cause they espoused and the consequences of their actions. The following excerpt taken from the body of the Proclamation exemplifies their courage and commitment to a cause they were willing to die for;

In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms.  Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.