Éire Nua USA Campaign: Flannery Dinner Speech 2014
What is Eire Nua? Éire Nua (New Ireland) is a comprehensive Irish authored political program designed to achieve a just and lasting peace in Ireland in the context of British withdrawal.
Authored by Dáithi Ó Conaill and Ruairíi Ó Brádaigh and initially proposed by Sinn Féin in 1971, Éire Nua sets forth specific proposals to start the process of Irish reunification and reconciliation.
It also includes proposals for a new all-Ireland constitution. The principle on which Éire Nua is based envisions a system of government in which all creeds and traditions would be represented and all citizens could exercise real power, without any one group infringing on the right of others.
The steady growth of Éire Nua in the mid-seventies was led by the Irish Republican Movement, under Sinn Fein President Ruairíi Ó Brádaigh, and endorsed by the IRA. Pro-British Loyalists and Unionist were not deterred from having meaningful discussions on the Éire Nua federal policy with leading Irish Republicans.
However, despite the Irish people recognizing that there was a solution and that the Éire Nua federal policy was their first choice, there were undercurrents in the Republican Movement in addition to personal agendas by others to take control of the Irish Republican Movement.
Although the Éire Nua movement was highly respected, another movement came about to undermine Éire Nua. As a policy, federalism was removed from the Sinn Fein agenda.
Since the early 1990’s Éire Nua campaign has had a slow comeback by Republican Sinn Fein in Ireland. Thus, when President Clinton undertook once again to help bring peace to our beloved friend Ireland, he was repeatedly misled to believe that no other alternative existed other than the Good Friday Agreement.
Sixteen years on, we see the failure of the GFA in ever increasing spirals of sectarian violence and economic collapse. Still the lie is spread that there is no alternative, Éire Nua activists organized by Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta have kept the flame alive.
Éire Nua remains the only plan for peace endorsed at any time by the Unionist community as acceptable in the event of a complete British withdrawal. As such, it holds credentials far surpassing the current process in potential to provide stability and facilitate development of the Irish nation.
The Éire Nua program, would as a basic requirement, reunite the British occupied six counties of Ireland with the rest of Ireland in an all-Ireland federation comprised of the four historic provinces of Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connacht. This comprehensive and far reaching program is in stark contrast to British imposed arrangements such as the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, Sunningdale, Hillsborough, and the Good Friday Agreement, all calculated to copper-fasten and legitimize British control over the occupied six counties of Ireland.