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/ 4 i ! IRISH FREEDOM THE VOICE OF THE REPUBLICAN MOVEMENT UIMH 205 BEALTAINE — MAY 2004 http://saoirse.rr.nu €1 (70p stg, USA $30 p.a.) on the internet at the online E5vE ■saoirse.rr.nu 3J m O-qX ojoSH 00 X S 39 in referendum on citizenship AT a media conference in Dublin on April 30 Republican Sinn Fein called for a 'No' vote in the upcoming 26-County referendum on citizenship. The organisation also presented its manifesto for the 26-County local elections on June 11 and launched its updated social and economic programme, SAOL NUA. At the press conference, Republican Sinn Fein leaders said that in holding the referendum on the same day as the local and European elections the Dublin Administration was playing party politics with the basic right of citizenship. Ruairi O Bradaigh, President, said: "In holding such a referendum coinciding with local and European elections, the Dublin administration are playing party politics with the basic right of citizenship. "Having already removed in 1998 'Article 2' of the '1937 Constitution' which enshrined the territorial integrity of the island of Ireland, the 26 County government are now proposing to take from people born in Ireland their right to citizenship. "Once that basic right has been removed, citizenship becomes something arbitrary, a privilege which can be given or taken away, rather than a fundamental right common to all Irish born people. "RSF will be calling on the people of the 26 Counties to reject this cynical tampering with the right of citizenship." In SAOL NUA, Republican Sinn Fein states that the 26-County State is second only to the United States as being the most unequal society' in what is known as the Developed World. The United Nations reported in 2003 that in the 26 Counties: • 93% of those born today are not expected to survive the age of 60; • 22.6% of adults lack functional literary skills; • 12.3% live below the poverty line, as defined by the UN. The policy document outlines how the strategy of low tax to woo foreign investment has resulted in spending on Social Protection Expenditure becoming the lowest in the EU. This means spending on health care, unemployment, disability, old age, family/children and incentives to deal with social exclusion. SAOL NUA outlines a real and sane alternative of small enterprises, worker/producer-owned co-operatives and regional development. It further proposes a programme of immediate action, including: • supporting local autonomy, including local financing; • encouraging recycling of waste and opposing incineration; • campaigning against speculation in land for housing and essential services, supporting demands that the price of building land be based • Councillor Sean Lynch on the price of agricultural land plus 25%, be adopted and implemented. • Working for and among the unemployed, emigrants and immigrants. Republican Sinn Fein's alternative to the existing system, SAOL NUA, represents a vision of Ireland based on Republican, Socialist, self- reliance and ecological principles. For more details the full SAOL NUA document is available for €1 plus postage from our offices in Dublin and Belfast (addresses on page 16). The 26-County local election manifesto (see page 3) was also launched at the press conference on April 30 and the list of candidates (five so far) were announced. They are Cllr Sean Lynch (Longford Counly Council — Drumlish area); Tomas O Curraoin (Galway County Des Dalton Tomas O Curraoin CABHAIR Irish Republican Prisoners Dependants Fund ANNUAL TESTIMONIAL & REPUBLICAN REUNION West County Hotel Chapelizod, Dublin Friday, May 21, 2004 Buffet Supper, €20 Music: Celtic Mist Honorees Brendan Magill, Ulster Eddie Costello, Munster Sean Mac an Io?naire, Connacht Maggie Kavanagh, Leinster Bob Loughman, USA Hugh MacDonald, Scotland • Mike 'The Quill'Ryan Council — Conamara area); Mick 'The Quill' Ryan (Limerick City Council — Ward 1); Sean O'Neill (Limerick City Council — Ward 4) and Des Dalton (Athy Town Council). The manifesto The Political Will to Change calls for support for Republican Sinn Fein candidates from the people of the 26 Counties on June 11. They are candidates with integrity and those elected members are amongst the hardest-working local government representatives in the country, as those who voted for them last time know. Vote No. 1 RSF on June 11. Republican Sinn Fein cannot recommend any candidate in the European elections on June 11. Surprisingly, while the press conference was under way in a Dublin hotel, Gerry Adams blundered into the room and quickly • Sean O'Neill withdrew. He returned immediately to say hello to Ruairi 6 Bradaigh, who muttered something unintelligible in reply! A huge turnout of opposition to the visit of US President George Bush to Ireland on June 25-26 next was also called for. By doing so Irish people can oppose the first resource war of the 21 st century taking place in Iraq at present. Bush is the prime architect of this war, in defiance of the United Nations, and there is an onus on all Irish people to stand up and be counted at the Dublin demonstration, most likely on June 26. Meanwhile. Tony Blair announced on May 2 that the next attempt by London and Dublin to resurrect Stormont "must be the last blfe Tone Commemoration, Bodenstown, Sunday, June 13, Sallins, 2.30pm Bus leaves Virgin Megastore, Aston Quay, Dublin 12.45, Tdille: €10 Resistance is alive and well! Easter Commemorations throughout Ireland;, 2004, pages 7-11 „..: :.:'
|Title||Issue 205, Saoirse : Irish Freedom (May, 2004)|
Dublin (Ireland) -- Newspapers
Northern Ireland--Politics and government--Periodicals
|Headline||Vote NO in referendum on citizenship, Vote No. 1 RSF|
|Place of Publication||Dublin, Ireland|
|Publisher||Sinn Féin Poblachtach|
|Issue of||Saoirse : Irish Freedom|
|Language||English and Gaelic|
|Digital Publisher||IUPUI University Library|
|Format and Resolution||Full View: 400 dpi jpg 2000 ; Archived: 400 dpi tiff|
|Scanner||Konika Minolta PS7000C MKII|
|Digital Collection||Saoirse - Irish Freedom Newspaper (http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu/irishnews/)|