The ‘peace’ process has officially failed, but you will not get Washington, Dublin, London and Belfast to admit this because they have such a vested interest in its success. Has anyone seen Gerry Adams’ hidden bank accounts? They are there, well hidden and plentiful. The other Provo Leaders are not starving either.
This has been the plan from the beginning. It has been a shotgun approach from the beginning. Throw enough ideas out there and one might work. The underlying insinuation from 1998 has been the ‘peace’ process is a step closer to a united Ireland.
It was just the BIG LIE to suck the fools into the process and have the three governments gain control of the direction of partition. Fifteen years of nothing have passed and a United Ireland is not really a consideration.
The only political organisation that has a plan for the long-term unity is Republican Sinn Féin , headed by president Des Dalton. He needs our support to point out the failure of the ‘peace’ process and to offer the only true alternative.
We need a NEW IRELAND and we have it set out in Éire Nua. For American consumption it is best to refer to it in the English derivative. We want Americans to know that there is a New Ireland; it only has to be implemented.
Timing is everything and now is the time to raise the NEW IRELAND because the three governments have had to regroup and plan another approach to keep partition going. The United States has appointed Richard Haas to be the Peace Envoy to Northern Ireland to resolve the crisis.
Help me out here. I thought it was all settled and there was peace and the process was a stepping-stone to unity as was sold by Gerry Adams to Irish America. I guess he ran out of stepping stones.
Let’s touch on reality here. Haas is coming because the process is failing and is being difficult to sustain. In the interests of bi-partisanship, Obama had appointed a George Bush operative who served in the Six Counties from 2001 to 2003.
What is he going back over issues that were supposedly settled. There is still violence he must address, flag disputes and this is the one to watch- How to deal with in solved crimes. The amnesty that was allegedly given to bring about and ensure the process is now back on the table.
Robinson and McGuinness are failing in their jobs so they are bringing in outside help. The truth is Obama wants to cut of money to keep the process afloat. Richard Haas is very pro-British and works with the British in his Presidency of the Council of Foreign relations.
He is there to take the pressure of Robinson and McGuinness and begin a dialog to diffuse other issues that concern Unionists and Nationalists. Republican Sinn Féin needs to jump out ahead and suggest very strongly that if Haas is serious, he will consider any plan and the NEW IRELAND federal plan can work.
The governments have ignored it because it can work but they can’t control. They want Haas to come up with another interim solution to buy another 15 years.
Haas has no intention of bringing about Irish unity, only controlled disunity. Haas has to buy off the leaders to keep them in place and Obama has given them a budget. But what happens to the average person who will never benefit from the process an will not benefit from this round wither. This is just partition round three.
Republican Sinn Féin must lead a New Ireland campaign. If there are republican reporters and republican county papers, they need tone sought out and the right questions asked of Haas. What is going to be new this time?
Fifteen years ago the Provo Movement promised progress towards unity and there has been less than none. They lied as they paid lip-service to keep their own rank and file in check. This would include their American supporters who were sold a bill of goods as well.
Haas is going to Ireland to calm things down, not to do anything concrete. No one wants change except republicans, so that means creating ones own change. Republican Sinn Féin has the tools, now it needs the means.
We have discussed the need to start at the bottom with city councils and local newspapers both in Ireland and the United States to bring the issues to the attention of the people. The campaign must be positive.
It must be stated we are beyond the ‘peace’ process which has failed and Richard Haas has been sent to bail it out. He will only try to fix the same failure. A New Ireland moved beyond failure and offers a future. Des Dalton etc all need to take on Haas.
Chairman Peter Ridino of the judiciary Committee endorsed the New Ireland back in 1978. We know he sent a delegation to Ireland which reported favourably to him that his committee could play a constructive role in achieving peace with justice in Ireland.
He wrote the Secretary of State asking for his cooperation in obtaining visitors’ visas for all participants. The talks would come under an ad hoc group he was going to set up and chair on Unity for the Irish People that would come under the Subcommittee on International Law.
He would appoint two staff and the Secretary could appoint two staff which the Chairman would oversee. Though he favoured Irish Unity, he would listen to all concrete plans. He would also appoint two Irish advisors to the committee. They would be Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, President of Sinn Fein and Andy Tyrie, Supreme Commander of the Ulster Defence Association.
What encouraged the Chairman was the feeling that it was time for the British to go. Ó Brádaigh wanted a 32-County Irish state and Tyrie wanted a Six-County independant northern state with association with the 26-County state. Both agreed the British had to go. This was a good starting point.
The negotiations could be in the open or in camera, it was their choice. America should do all to encourage this breakthrough. There would be no participation of the Irish American Community. The participants could speak to them after each session.
I would even have to close the doors to the New Jersey groups who had worked with me for so long on this issue. They had no problem with this. I would like to mention the work of the Irish National Caucus of New Jersey which is not affiliated with the INC of Washington, DC, which had put in this effort.
Those who predicted the ‘peace’process would fail from the outset were correct. Richard Haas proves that . Now it is time for the real people to step up. Those meeting Haas will be those who go back 15 years and failed and will fail again.
The three governments are going back to square one to evaluate how to keep partition going. When there are arguments over flags and parades, it shows how deep is the hostility that the process was supposed to cure. Everyone was supposed to be good little Brits and conform.
The Provos make many or more complaints to their British masters than the Unionists. The leadership like the status quo despite the patronising words about unity now and again.
The process is weak therefore is weak and therefore they have sent in Richard Haas to rescue it. The process and its failure should be attacked relentlessly on both sides of the Atlantic. The process has nothing to do with republicanism because no Republican would participate and accept the Queen of England as the ultimate authority.
Republican Sinn Féin has never submitted to this process because it was so easy to see it would fail. Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton have been over to bolster it and now an official has been appointed to salvage it. It doesn’t need to be salvaged, it needs to be brought down and a New Ireland created.
Republican Sinn Féin could try to negotiate with Haas, but he does not want a solution. He is there to impose the will of the three governments. The only will is that of the Republican Irish people. Send him packing !
None of the concerned parties want to admit failure, but when you have to send in the President of the Council of Foreign Relations, something is going on and fear of failure has taken over.
Stormont goes back to 1922, it took the Provos 76 years later to accept it. They have shamed all those Republicans who sacrificed their jobs, normal lives and many the ultimate sacrifice to carry out the Republican mandate. The Provos are quick to throw out the word traitors to others who still maintain the struggle, but the traitors are those seen in the Provos mirrors.
It would be a great tribute to Ruairí Ó Brádaigh to get the New Ireland Plan (Éire Nua) out there for discussion. Don’t let Haas take over and start telling people what is needed. What is needed is for the British to leave and a New Ireland born.
-Peadar Mac Fhínín, August 2013 edition of SAOIRSE: Irish Freedom