Hunger Striker Condemns Provo Treachery
I joined the Republican Movement I have done everything
that I can for the Movement. Others have since
deviated from the Republican path. What the Provisionals
are doing now has been tried by others. In every
case they have failed to realise the objectives
of the Movement, and have instead followed the
constitutional path and engaged in reformist action.
Collins negotiated the Treaty of Surrender as
de Valera wouldnt go himself. However this
does not excuse Collins actions. The Treaty
was carried by just seven votes (64 pro-Treaty
to 57 opposed). Collins subsequently turned the
gun on his fellow countrymen in the Four Courts.
During the so-called civil war he
was executed for his treachery.
Valera left Sinn Féin in 1926 to form Fianna
Fáil. On entering Leinster House, he himself
acknowledged that the right [of that Administration]
to be regarded as the legitimate Government of
this country is faulty, that this House itself
is faulty. Fianna Fáil took power
in the 26-Counties in the 1930s and like
Collins he turned the gun on his own men in the
Stickies also embarked on the constitutional road
in 1969/70. Adams did exactly the same in 1986.
Like de Valera he was prepared to take seats in
an illegitimate government operating out of Leinster
House. Now the Provos hope once again to sit in
Stormont administering British colonial rule in
Ireland. And for the first time in Irish history
the weapons belonging to the Irish people to secure
the full freedom of Ireland were destroyed at
the behest of the enemy. There can be no doubt
that they will fulfil their role as the new Broy
Harriers. Indeed they accepted into their ranks
a former RUC man in Coleraine. They should drop
all use of the proud and historic title Sinn Féin,
as they have only dishonoured it.
is no comparison between what I fought for and
what the Provos are doing now. It is evident that
they are only interested in money and big jobs.
They might as well take their seats in England
theyve already done everything else.
I fought for a free and united Ireland, and I
support those who are prepared to continue with
fools, the fools, the fools! they have
left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds
these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at
peace. (Pádraig Pearse)
am standing in Mid-Ulster in opposition to the
RUC and Stormont. Only a full British withdrawal
is acceptable to me. I am standing as an abstentionist
candidate in line with Republican principles.
I call on the people of Mid-Ulster to reject the
policies of McGuinness and the Provisional leadership.
Brits Out. ÉIRE NUA in.
Brendan McLaughlin #1 in Mid-Ulster.
McLaughlin is a former Republican POW and 1981
Hunger Striker. He is Republican Sinn Féin's
candidate in Mid-Ulster.
McGonigle in East Derry
am standing in East Derry purely in defence of
Republican principles. And I hasten to add that
I like all true Republicans will
never accept the RUC, regardless of any cosmetic
changes they may employ. I stand for the Republican
Sinn Féin ÉIRE NUA policy to create
a completely New Ireland, free from all foreign
interference, and outside of the present partitionist
setup. I believe a Federation of the four Provinces,
with maximum decentralisation of power, provides
the best opportunity for all the people of Ireland
to work together for the benefit of all of the
Irish people. We of Republican Sinn Féin
seek a Federal Democratic Socialist Republic of
note that Francie Brolly was quoted in the Sunday
Times of London as having said that Republican
candidates are short of resources
and won't have the kind of money that [the
Provos] would have. Indeed he is quite correct
in his analysis however, it should be pointed
out that the Provos are funded by the British
Government, whose agenda they continue to serve.
Mr. Brolly, when elected I will not take my seat
in the partitionist assembly at Stormont. In line
with the true principles of Republicanism
and indeed of Sinn Féin I will abstain
from Stormont and sit only in a genuine National
Parliament, elected by the people of All-Ireland,
once it has been re-established.
1986 I stood by the principles and the Constitution
of Sinn Féin, and am standing as the only
true Sinn Féin abstentionist candidate
in East Derry. The honourable name of Sinn Féin
has never belonged in Stormont, Leinster House
calibre of Provo candidates in East Derry tells
its own story. Francie Brolly along with
his wife, Ann voted in the past for the
retention of the RUC Band. Furthermore, Francie
Brollyhas been notably silent on the issue of
political status for the Republican POWs currently
on protest in Maghaberry Gaol. At a protest in
Dungiven on Saturday, 17th February, members of
his party filmed the protesters before the RUC
arrived to take over this duty. Despite calls
for them to explain the actions of their comrades
they have failed to do so.
other Provo candidate Billy Leonard
was, of course, himself a member of the RUC. Indeed
his family have a history of involvement in the
RUC, including Special Branch. He himself served
on the RUC's District Policing Partnership in
Coleraine whilst a member of the SDLP before defecting
to the Provisionals.
would remind the people of East Derry that a vote
for me is a vote against the RUC, Stormont, partition
and all aspects of English rule in Ireland. I
endeavour to do all in my power to help all of
the people of East Derry without ever entering
Stormont. I believe that my past record of service
on Limavady Borough Council demonstrates my ability
in this regard.
of East Derry, vote for the only Republican candidate
in the Constituency.
Michael McGonigle #1 on March 7th.
Bann candidate launches campaign
Republican Sinn Féin candidate in Upper
Bann has said that a vote for him is a vote against
acceptance of British policing and British rule
in Ireland. Speaking on Tuesday, Barry Toman,
from the Kilwilkie estate said:
say its time to move on, but we say it is
time for the British to move out. Supporting the
RUC is the same thing as supporting British rule
in Ireland. The RUC and Stormont are the twin
pillars propping up British rule here. I am a
Republican and so I am opposed to both of these
would not ask people to support or join the RUC/PSNI
and neither, if elected, will I support or join
Stormont. I am here to offer a voice to the republican-minded
people in this constituency.
TOMAN is a 28-year old scaffolder who has
lived his entire life within the Kilwilkie estate
in Lurgan, Co. Armagh. He comes from a staunch
Republican family. Barrys father
an active Republican all his life was interned
and also served a prison sentence. Eugene Toman
is a family friend.
himself served a six-year sentence in Maghaberry
for possession of explosives with intent. He is
currently active in the campaign for full political
status for Republican POWs in Maghaberry Gaol.
vote for Barry is a vote against Stormont and
a vote against English rule in Ireland. He opposes
the restyled RUC and once elected
will not take his seat in Stormont.
Sinn Féin candidate Michael McManus, accompanied
by canvassers, carried out an intensive door to
door canvass in Roslea, Newtownbutler, Donagh,
Lisnaskea and Enniskillen throughout the past
week. On Saturday a cavalcade was taken through
Enniskillen, Maguiresbridge, Lisnaskea, Donagh
and Newtownbutler during which the candidate did
a walkabout in the various housing estates whislt
casnvassers delivered election leaflets door to
door. The election team then headed for the chapel
gates in South Fermanagh, where leaflets were
again distributed to Mass-goers at all chapels
on Saturday night. Michael McManus was at Brookeboro
to meet and talk with evening Mass-goers. He was
accompanied by Michael Lavelle (Jun).
On Sunday morning all chapels in South Fermanagh
were again leafleted and speakers were present
at each chapel. Chapels in South Tyrone including
Dungannon and Edendork were also leafleted on
Saturday night and on Sunday morning.
Sarah Murphy from South Armagh spoke at both Newtownbutler
and Donagh during which she exhorted the people
to vote for McManus on Wednesday and to reject
JJ McCusker accompanied the candidate to Coonian
and to Lisnaskea where he again appealed for the
people to vote for the Republican candidate this
Frank Quigley addressed Mass-goers in Aghadrumsee
and Roslea on Saturday night and on Sunday morning,
during which he reminded the people that the Provos
had sold them out, and that the only way to assert
the Republican message was to vote for McManus.
Brian OConnor addressed Mass-goers in Arney
and in Mullaghdun in the west of the county on
Sunday morning during which election workers handed
out leaflets to the people.
Agent, Tony McPhillips, went to South Tyrone on
Sunday morning where he met with Mass-goers in
Clogher, Augher and in Aughnacloy. Election workers
distributed leaflets at all three chapels.
The stormy weather on Sunday morning shortened
the duration of some of the chapel-gate meetings,
however the message was delivered to a large number
On Sunday afternoon the candidate accompanied
by his Election Agent and a team of canvassers
from both Tyrone, Fermanagh and two welcome additions
from Monaghan began a calvacade and canvass
in the Lisnahull estate in Dungannon. The cavalcade
then covered a number of other areas in the town
which had been leafleted during the week by RSF
election workers, later moving out to cover the
areas of Moy, Benburb and Eglish, finishing up
in Ballygawley late in the evening. Everyone headed
back home for some well-deserved rest !
Throughout the week poster squads were busy erecting
election posters throughout the constituency and
on Thursday a squad from Dungannon were detained
by the RUC for nearly an hour outside Dungannon.
During their detention they were thoroughly searched
by the militia and were subjected to verbal abuse.
Did someone by the name of Gildernew tell us last
week that the (so-called) PSNI were not the RUC?!!!
All in all a busy week for all Republicans.