Dissenting republicans gave their response yesterday to Sinn Féin’s various Easter messages – Declan Kearney’s “there is no other IRA“, Gerry Adams’ seven step ‘plan’, or Martin McGuinness’ “We are on the road to freedom” [and his responsibility "to defend and promote the integrity of our struggle" - Ed]. And it was delivered to a reported audience of “several hundred people” at Londonderry’s City Cemetery. It’s of a more traditional flavour… From the Derry Journal report
“The IRA will continue to attack Crown force personnel and their installations as well as British interests and infrastructure,” he said.
The masked man also said the Real IRA would work with other dissident republican groups.
“Republican unity remains a key objective and we will work closely with other organisations.
“Continued divisions within republicanism only serve the interests of our enemies,” he said.
The masked man also claimed there is only one IRA.
“The challenge for republicans remains the removal of the British presence and violation of our sovereignty. The Irish Republican Army will continue to challenge this violation.
“There is only [one] Irish Republican Army and it is present in this cemetery today,” he said.
To be fair, Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin was giving out about the “ownership of Ireland” being “denied by the continuing partition of our country”. And denied by “the selling out of our economy to the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission.”
ANYhoo… There was also an unmasked dissenting representative present in Londonderry
Prominent Derry republican Gary Donnelly also spoke at the commemoration on behalf of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement (32CSM) and said that there is no constitutional path to a united Ireland.
“Republicans stand here today continuing to defy those who demand submission,” he said.
Mr Donnelly also said; “The 32CSm challenge those who defend these servants of the crown to explain what argument exists that defends the rights of the PSNI to harass children and suppress the republican message.”
In an apparent reference to Sinn Féin, the leading republican also said; “Republicans cannot and will not engage with the institutions of partition and those who do have no right to claim the label of republican. The unavoidable conclusion reached when looking at former comrades at Stormont is that there is simply no constitution path to a United Ireland,” he said.
Well, nothing is inevitable…
And today the BBC report that
Six men who were arrested following a dissident republican rally in Londonderry on Monday remain in police custody.