Excellent piece by lifelong Republican activist Danny Morrison on Sinn Féin’s policy on abstentionism.

I’d encourage anyone who questions the rationale behind our policy to have a read:

Danny Morrison former Sinn Féin director of publicity.

How can I object to Britain interfering in Irish affairs if I go over and interfere in theirs?

SINN FÉIN won seven seats in the Westminster general election running on an abstentionist ticket that has been the party’s policy for at least one hundred years.

The SDLP (which boasted about sitting in Westminster but had nothing to show for it) lost its three seats – seats held by three former leaders and two of which have now been taken by Sinn Féin.

Danny Morrison pictured here with Sinn Féin President Gerry Adam’s (T.D.).

And yet, despite the wishes of the electorate which had been heavily exposed to all the arguments, Sinn Féin’s critics – including the SDLP and Southern political parties and many in the media (few of whom wish Sinn Féin well) – continue to criticise the party for keeping to its manifesto commitment.

I was at the Belfast election count on Thursday night/Friday morning and was asked by a succession of journalists about whether, in the circumstances of a hung parliament, Sinn Féin would not drop its policy and help Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party or at least make it more difficult for Theresa May to form a government with the help of the DUP.

Danny Morrison speaking at a Hunger Striker memorial of rememberence.

I said: “No, it was not going to happen.”
Many arguments have been advanced in defence of abstentionism, including that the oath or affirmation of allegiance to a foreign monarch and her heirs presents a difficulty and is inimical to one’s republicanism.

Or that one’s influence is minuscule and dwarfed by the major parties with few from the North able to demonstrate worthwhile achievements commensurate with their attendance.

Adams & Morrison pictured here to together.

These arguments, whilst valid, are not at the core of abstentionism.

For example, the oath could be completely removed. Or, imagine Britain a republic.
It might well be possible for some of the parties who take their seats to point to pieces of legislation that they have influenced or initiated.

Danny Morrison pictured here outside the former Maze Prison.

In the circumstances of a hung parliament, it is undeniable that a tail might be able to wag the much bigger dog for a time. But even if the oath was removed and I was an MP, I would still not take my seat.
Even if Britain was a republic, I would still not take my seat.

Even if I held the balance of power and could get through bits and pieces of legislation (while flattering myself as to the magnitude of my importance), I would still not take my seat.

For me, it is quite simple: How can I object to Britain interfering in Irish affairs if I go over and interfere in theirs?

Once I took my seat (with or without an oath), I have lost the moral high ground on that question of Irish sovereignty and I have conceded Britain’s right to govern on this shore – a claim that was demonstrably rejected in December 1918 by the majority of people in Ireland in a democratic election.

Mr Morrison

Even though for reasons of pragmatism I support agreements which were passed into law in the House of Commons, this does not mean that I recognise Britain’s claim to rule over me as being legitimate. Leinster House and Stormont, for all their many flaws, are assemblies of the people of this island.

Furthermore, the state I live in is not the state I grew up in. Much has changed, often beyond recognition; much has clearly still to be changed.

I am in the business of building a new society in Ireland out of the two states which currently exist. To do that I need to win over a significant body of support from the unionist community as well as winning over people in the South who have lived for a century under successive partitionist governments who have never acted in truly national terms.

The Establishment in the South distances itself from us by increasingly in its discourse conflating the 26 Counties with ‘Ireland’, although the threat of Brexit to the Southern economy and to the security of the Peace process has suddenly produced fresh (some might say opportunistic) interest in reunification.

On Friday, the day after the general election, I tweeted:
“In interfering in British affairs the DUP will gather many enemies.” I hadn’t appreciated how quickly that would happen nor the scale of the revulsion.

The British, especially the English, deeply resent anyone else telling them what to do. In simplistic terms, it explains their dislike of Europe and the Brexit vote.
As an exercise, imagine that the Labour and Tory wins were reversed and that Sinn Féin’s seven seats would be enough to support a Labour minority government, and that the party, out of the blue, took its Westminster seats.

Make no mistake about it – the British public and the British media would be just as scathing of republicans as they are now of the DUP, although the DUP – because of its homophobic, racist and sectarian proclivities – presents much more fertile ground for ridicule and attack.

And that is because the British, especially the English, do not like outsiders interfering in their affairs. Although the Scottish National Party would also have faced criticism were it to prop up, say, a Corbyn minority government, the criticism and the type of condemnation would not be as visceral as the attacks on the Irish unionists because Scotland and Wales are unquestionably viewed differently from the Six Counties.

Incidentally, those famous Irish politicians who did take their oath and seats in Westminster failed abysmally in their objectives.

Daniel O’Connell failed to achieve the Repeal of the Union. Charles Stewart Parnell and his Irish Parliamentary Party, after decades in Westminster, and his successor, John Redmond, failed to achieve Home Rule but did manage to sacrifice the lives of 50,000 Irish Volunteers in the First World War who were fooled into believing they were fighting for the freedom of a small nation – Ireland.

I’m not including one major success at Westminster by the original Ulster Unionist Party because their exclusion of the Six Counties and the abandonment of the Home Rule Act has proved to be one unmitigated disaster for everyone.

By abstaining from Westminster, Sinn Féin is making a powerful statement – that the people who vote for it reject British rule and British interference.

And that is something that should give British people pause for thought. If you are livid at the prospects of a party from here going over there to interfere and make your laws, how do you think we feel after all these centuries?

This sordid Tory/DUP arrangement (if it comes off) may not last long. It will ultimately damage both parties but, more immediately, will jeopardise the prospects of a return to devolution.

Why would Sinn Féin go into an Executive in which the DUP has a disproportionate degree of influence over the British Government – an alleged joint-guarantor with the Irish Government of the Belfast Agreement?

One perhaps unforeseen consequence of the DUP’s willingness to go into coalition with a British Government is that the DUP is effectively relinquishing any objection it might make in the future to Sinn Féin doing exactly the same in Dublin.

For the DUP I hope that the demonisation they are facing (and which must appear as unjust and unfair to them) is a chastening experience and one which will make them or their supporters reflect on the antediluvian nature of their policies which encroach on the freedom of others.

I also hope it makes them realise that in actual fact they belong here more than over there.

It is here, not over there, they should be entering into a true pact with their fellow Irish people.

With many thanks to: Republican Sinn Féin, 

Follow these links to find out more about Danny Morrison: http://www.irishnews.com/news/2016/02/03/news/senior-republican-claims-ira-stood-down-stakeknife-in-1990-404194/



Unwanted visit by the Charles Windsor

Today Charles Windsor and his wife were imposed on the people of Finglas and Glasnevin in another choreographed play of normality between the 26-County State and their erstwhile royal family from London. Today’s show follows on from the stage-managed pieces in other parts of Ireland, both occupied and 26-County.
The people of Finglas were effectively annexed off from the city centre this morning, 26-County police were present at every junction and by-road from Finglas that lead past Glasnevin. Residents living in close proximity to the cemetery had to wait within their homes for an escort from the same police.  Irrespective of where they wished to travel they were denied passage past the cemetery. They were escorted in the direction of Finglas and then had to make their own way around a police cordon that encompassed the cemetery. At the Glasnevin side a barrier approximately three meters high was erected across the road stopping the passage of anyone or any vehicle
Two small protests were held at either side of the entrance to Glasnevin, on this occasion the police stopped all pedestrians and road users far enough from the entrance that no noise interruption would be heard for those “dignitaries” present. Members of the public attempting to go about their daily business were stopped and questioned as to their destinations etc.
The graveyard itself was patrolled in its entirety by uniformed and plain-clothes police. Similarly police vehicles of every kind were to be seen parked at every junction with Transit vans full of police “at the ready” should there be any trouble. As Charles approached the graveyard, the protesters on the Glasnevin side were assaulted by police and a megaphone taken by plain-clothes police. As this statement goes to print it is unsure if any arrests were made, but in line with other protests the police have been ordered to make no arrests at the protests and just issue summonses afterwards.

12.Bealtaine /May 2017.

With many thanks to: Republican Sinn Féin

A lesson in Irish history.

We laugh with disdain at the propaganda dished out by state media in places like North Korea, Do we realise we are victims of the exact same thing in Ireland. Wake up Question everything! According to RTE today Prince Charles honoured “FALLEN IRISH SOLDIERS” with the Victoria Cross today, What they actually meant was IRISHMEN In the BRITISH ARMY. Then we had a nice harmless programme on Lizzys Garden followed by LORD mountcharles ,that lovely english fella that brings the best rock stars to his CASTLE every year for a concert. On the Late Late along with Paul Costello being fauned over for dressing the Royal Family. YOU are being assimilated, resistance is NECESSARY. We laugh with disdain at the propaganda dished out by state media in places like North Korea, Do we realise we are victims of the exact same thing in Ireland. Wake up Question everything! According to RTE today Prince Charles honoured “FALLEN IRISH SOLDIERS” with the Victoria Cross today, What they actually meant was IRISHMEN In the BRITISH ARMY. 

With many thanks to: Pol Ó Muireadhaigh – Irish History folklore Traditions Customs discussion group.

Irish History in the making Irish Republicans march through Belfast City Centre, armed and in full military regalia and down Royal Avenue.

Marking Easter Rising day in Belfast City centre.

100 year’s ago you could have never imagined Irish Republicans to march down Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre, but this picture speaks for itself!!

History in the making ..what a proud day. To mark the Easter rising in  Belfast City Centre in period dress. The march was so dignafied passing a loyalist protest on Royal Avenue they were embarrassed and strangley quiet. Changed Times …. a terrible beauty was born W.B. Yeats Easter 1916….sin ea.

IRA in full military regalia including members of Cumann na Bann and fully armed

IRA marching through central Belfast
A handful of loyalist die-hards protesting. While no-one was listening

Never forget the old Irish loyal “Irish Wolf Hound” and here trust me! It’s not Northern Irish lol.

Big Gerry in the background and never in the limelight.

With  many thanks to: Fra Hughes and Martin McManus.

Now we know who pulls SF’s strings and if they didn’t sanction murder, they certainly turned few blind eyes – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk



Sectarian Hightown killer wrote ‘Pope’ nickname on road at crime scene – The Irish News



The decommissioning of the Provisional IRA, 10 years on