The following statement was released by the O Bradaigh/O Raghallaigh cumann, Republican Sinn Fein Co. Wicklow:
On February the 8th last a pipe bomb was detonated at the grounds of Cloney Gaels GAA club, the day before Antrim were to face Wicklow at the same venue in round 2 of the National Football League Division 4. A pipe, two batteries and timers were found at the scene by a club member. Damage was caused to a window and a wall of the community centre within the grounds was scorched. Paramilitary elements within the loyalist community have been blamed on the attack.
This incident is a stark reminder of the reality at hand, and increasing tensions in the 6 north eastern counties on this island. The “agreement” reached in 1998, (termed the good Friday agreement) was sold to people as being a settlement and would bring about an end to a conflict which has blighted the land for in excess of 800 years. However this has simply not been the case, and the analogy at the time by Republican Sinn Fein has came to fruition. This was that the “agreement” would be a failure and a settlement would never be reached within the determined parameters.
The Eire Nua proposal runs in total contrast to this artificial segregation of both communities we currently see under the Stormont regime. Eire Nua also offers a nine county Ulster and a working majority to the unionist community. Coupled with this our policy document, Towards A Peaceful Ireland,which advocates an all-Ireland constituent assembly and you have proposals which would offer the people of Ulster real and tangible self-governance.
The lessons of history teach us that incidents like what happened in Cloney Gaels GAA club will continue, as long as the current conditions stay in place. A real alternative is offered, we implore people to pause for a moment and educate themselves to this reality.