The following statement is released on behalf of Mr Francis Mackey, National Chairman, 32 County Sovereignty Movement
General Election Statement
The forthcoming Twenty-Six County General Election may very well prove to be the most partitionist poll in the history of that state. At a time when the concept of Irish unity was to the fore in providing a viable solution to the potential problems posed by Brexit the Dublin establishment balked at the very idea of real change and quickly moved to smother the unity narrative.
Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have presented themselves as the sole choice before the electorate; an alternating cycle that corruption and entitlement are a valid substitute for historical revisionism and homage to the Black and Tans. In an unprecedented arrogance they have determined that they represent the ne plus ultra of Ireland’s political and constitutional progress.
Provisional Sinn Féin have presented themselves as an alternative to the stale combination of the so-called Civil War parties. But the political reality of that populist claim is that the price of change is the complete absorption into conformity. Far from being outside the Civil War label Provisional Sinn Féin are firmly in the partitionist camp along with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
The only political catalyst that can effect real change for the people of Ireland is the ending of partition and the restoration of Irish national sovereignty. The raison detre of Stormont and Leinster House, and those who aspire to political power within them, is to ensure that the potential of that catalyst is never realised.
At this juncture Irish republicanism is devoid of national leadership and direction. This reality can only be addressed once it is accepted. Considering this fact, it is imperative that local leadership evolve to consolidate local structures. Political activism must be centred around making Irish republicanism relevant to the contemporary needs of our communities. Unless fresh and original thinking emerges from within, or without, republican ranks Irish republicanism cannot advance!