Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cllr Johnny Mythen Easter Monday Address 2012 - Enniscorthy

A cairde na laochra agus a cairde go leir failte romhat go dti an comoradh “eiri amach na casca 1916”

On behalf of the republican fraternity of County Wexford we would like to welcome you all to the 96th anniversary of the 1916 Sinn Féin Easter rising. We send greetings and best wishes to those republicans who are sick or in hospital. We also remember with pride and sorrow all those who have passed away recently. We also extend our solidarity to the Palestinian people; we join with them in their legitimate quest for a free and just Palestinian nation.
Every Easter we gather to honour and pay our respect to all those Irish men and women in every generation who dedicated their lives to the cause of Irish freedom and the creation of an Irish Republic. The tyranny of distance and time will not allow us to forget the sacrifices these brave men and women gave willingly for their country.

However today we have a very different republic.
We have a republic of partition.
We have republic of in- equality.
We have a republic that fosters and looks after, to a disgusting degree, the greedy and the wealthiest of this nation, disregarding and alienating the ordinary citizens whom they are walking on and driving into the ground, by their mismanagement of our economy, by the unmanly way they are excepting the troika dictat without even putting up a single solitary argument, and by introducing callous austerity measures that are devastating and causing low income families to crumble.
The recent government figures released from the CSO shows the spending power of low income families decreased by 26% while families on higher income increased by 8%. This is the highest gap between rich and poor since records began. The deprivation rate, in plain words the bread line, stands at 22.5%. That’s nearly one quarter of all households in Ireland without adequate economic or social necessities.

This can be attributed to the leadership of a party that shamefully claims to be republican, and now are substituted by the coalition of the willing, Fine Gael and Labour.
On the 31st of may we will be asked to ratify another austerity treaty. If we are serious about preserving our economic liberty, if we are serious about preserving our state assets, if we are serious about protecting the future of our children, then in all conscience we all must reject this treaty. We must as a people, as republicans, as a nation, re-awaken the spirit of self determination that beats in the heart of every Irish person. The words self determination runs through the history of Ireland from the united Irishmen, to the Good Friday Agreement, a span of over 200years. We must reclaim our country from these toxic bankers, bondholders and government yes-men.

We must not allow, we must never allow, the stock exchange bell to ring over our land, our people, our nation.
Photos by Gavin Doyle Photography

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