New Year statement from the leadership of Sinn Féin Poblachtach

The leadership of Sinn Féin Poblachtach extends New Year greetings to our members and supporters at home and abroad for the year.
We send greetings to Republican POWs incarcerated north and south of Britain’s border in Ireland, especially Sinn Féin Poblachtach member Jonathan Hawthorn, Portlaoise Gaol.

2021 is the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Six-County state in Ireland by the British State. Members of the Free State Parliament will join in the celebrations of a state built to secure a sectarian majority, beat down the decision of Irish democracy and divide the nation.

As Irish Republicans our duty is to oppose the British presence in Ireland. Now more than ever we must push towards restoring the All-Ireland Republic. Raising awareness of Éire Nua and Saol Nua is the best way forward and in the coming year this must be a priority for Sinn Féin Poblachtach.

2020 was a very difficult year for all due to COVID-19. North and south of Britain’s Border many people died and many more were infected. We remember Vol Pat MacManus, a dedicated nurse who succumbed to the disease, he worked with COVID patients as did many others. Thousands across the country lost their jobs and livelihoods are on the line. Never before have we had a mental health crisis like we have now as people are unable to meet with friends, use gyms or avail of mental health facilities in person. We would ask all to stay strong and reach out to friends and family.

Homeless support services have also been drastically reduced. We commend all those who went out to support those in need and Sinn Féin Poblachtach set up the Éire Nua Initiative which has worked tirelessly along with other volunteers throughout the year feeding the homeless.

Despite the difficult year we have had, Sinn Féin Poblachtach remembered our patriot across Ireland, wreath-laying ceremonies were held in place of the usual commemorations due to social distancing. We commend all who organised and attended these events while keeping the safety of our members and the general public at mind.
Unfortunately our Annual Ard-Fheis had to be postponed for the safety our members, this will go ahead when it is safe to do so.

On the international front, Sinn Féin has been steadfast in support of our Palestinian brothers and sisters in the call for the recognition of their homeland. We send our condolences to those from Turkey whose family members died on Hunger Strike and we pledge our support for the continuing struggle for justice and the downfall of the Fascist Erdogan.

In the coming year Sinn Féin Poblachtach will continue to commemorate the deeds of the revolutionary generation of a century ago with pride and without apology. Our struggle is for social, political and economic democracy and justice and the reestablishment of the 32-County Republic proclaimed in 1916 and established by the First Dáil Éireann in January 1919. The most fitting way to honour the patriots of the past is to struggle to right the wrongs they fought against and build an Ireland that is worthy of their sacrifice.

Sinn Féin Poblachtach call for the immediate halt of the pending extradition of life long republican Liam Campbell, and call on all the people of Ireland to support Liam Campbell and his family in this latest attack on his freedom.

Ní neart go chur le chéile. Strength in Unity… A United Ireland will be a stronger Ireland.

An Phoblacht Abú.

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