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saotRse ;SL>* IHI&H iRGEDOn THE VOICE OF THE REPUBLICAN MOVEMENT UIMH 217 BEALTAINE — MAY 2005 http://saoirse.rr.nu €1 (70p stg, USA $30 p.a.) m S £ CD 2J a* » o J3 o 5S 2~ £* 3.--'- v'\:. VOTE Bobby Sands HE HUNGERS FOR JUSTICE IN A statement on May 5 Republican Sinn Fein President Ruairi O Bradaigh called on people within the Six Counties to boycott, or failing that to spoil their ballots, in the local and Westminster elections on May 5. He continued: "We would remind people that Thursday, May 5 marks the 24th anniversary of the death on hunger strike of Bobby Sands, who contested and won the Fermanagh/South Tyrone, by-election in April 1981. Bobby Sands not only vindicated his right and that of his comrades to be treated as political prisoners but he also represented the Irish people's resistance to British Rule in Ireland. "In contrast to the candidates of the two constitutional nationalist parties which are contesting Thursday's elections, Bobby Sands did not seek to reform the Six County state, or the establishment of a new Stormont, within which he could administer and police British Rule. "Like all Republican candidates before and since he sought election to an All- Ireland parliament as a TD, his platform was unequivocally Republican and separatist, he sought a complete British withdrawal from Ireland, the dismantling of the entire partitionist system and the creation of a New Ireland north and south. "The imposition of a political test oath, renouncing the Irish people's right to resist British occupation, and publicly disowning the organisations of the Republican Movement, on candidates contesting the Six-County local elections excludes Republicans from the electoral process and denies people their right to vote for a Republican candidate. "By boycotting or spoiling their ballot on Thursday people can register their protest at the undemocratic nature of the polls and their denial of an opportunity to vote for candidates committed to breaking the connection with England." Republican spokes persons down the years have said that the various defections from the Republican Movement into constitutionalism have served to strengthen the status quo. The expected improvement in the support for the DUP obviously strengthens partition and British rule. Equally, if the ex- Republicans and ex-freedom fighters of the Provisionals become more of a power within the Establishment this strengthens British rule far more than the' original constitutional nationalists. A clear example of this is the use the Provisionals are being put to in repressing true Republicans. As reported in April's SAOIRSE, Provisional members beat up Republican Sinn Fein Easter Lily sellers in Lurgan, Co Armagh. What will they do when they finally don the British Crown Forces uniform in the RUC/PSNI under official British auspices? ! CABHAIR Irish Republican j Prisoners Dependants Fund j ANNUAL TESTIMONIAL DINNER & REPUBLICAN REUNION ?5 )M West County Hotel i Chapelizod, Dublin Sean Murphy j Friday, May 20, 2005 (Munster) Buffet Supper, €25 Niall Fagan (Leinster) 1 Music: Freewheelers Danny Morgan (Ulster) j Honorees: Ken Tierney (USA) AMNESTY International have called on all judges in Britain to decline appointments to sit on any inquiry set up under the recently enacted Westminster Inquiries Act - including a planned inquiry into allegations of British state collusion in the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. The campaigning organisation also called for the repeal of the act. The Amnesty call came days after a similar request to judges from Pat Finucane's widow Geraldine who wrote individually to every senior judge in England, Scotland and Wales earlier this week. Amnesty UK campaigns director Stephen Bowen said: "By holding an inquiry into the Finucane case under the Inquiries Act 2005, the UK Government is trying to eliminate independent scrutiny of its agents." He claimed: "Any judge sitting on such an inquiry would be presiding over a sham." Members ofthe loyalist death squad the UDA/UFF shot Pat Finucane in front of his family in their North Belfast home in 1989. In the years since there have been repeated claims of security force collusion with the killers and retired Canadian judge Peter Cory told the British government in a report published last year there was enough suspicion of collusion to merit a public inquiry. The Finucane murder was one of a series Judge Cory examined, and recommended public inquiries be held because of collusion suspicions. The first inquiry to be set up, that into the murder of Co Armagh nationalist solicitor Rosemary Nelson by loyalist bombers in 1999, held its opening session on April 19. Amnesty complains that the Inquiries Act means the British government would control any inquiry held under its terms and a final report would be published at the British government's discretion. They say also that crucial evidence could be omitted from publication at the British government's instigation - using the excuse it was in the public interest. Stephen Bowen said the Act, rushed through Parliament on the last day before it was dissolved for the election, "undermines the rule of law, the separation of powers and human rights protection".
|Title||Issue 217, Saoirse : Irish Freedom (May, 2005)|
Dublin (Ireland) -- Newspapers
Northern Ireland--Politics and government--Periodicals
|Headline||Election strengthens partition|
|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/)|