We Haven’t Gone Away, You Know

The IRA has issued their New Year’s statement.The following is the text of a New Year’s message supplied to An Phoblacht this week by the leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann:

“The leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann sends New Year greetings to our friends and supporters at home and abroad. We send best wishes, especially to republican prisoners and their families. We commend all those working for the early release of those prisoners and urge them to continue in their efforts.
“We remain committed to our republican objectives and we support all those, especially our comrades in Sinn Féin, working for those goals.
“Over the past twelve months republicans have celebrated and commemorated with dignity and pride, the lives and sacrifices of those who died on Hunger Strikes.
“On this the 50th anniversary of the deaths, on active service, of our comrades Seán Sabhat and Fergal O’Hanlon we remember their sacrifice and that of all those comrades who fought or died during the Border Campaign.
“We remain firmly committed to our objective of a free, united and independent Irish republic. We believe that our political objectives can now be achieved by political means and we will continue to pursue this course with energy in the year ahead.
“We salute the commitment and discipline of IRA Volunteers and that of the republican activist base. The determination and unity that have sustained us all thus far are required now more than ever.
“There are big challenges to be faced in the time ahead, republicans will not shy away from these challenges. We are very conscious that progress requires everyone to take risks.
“A heavy responsibility rests on political leaders to make politics work so that conflict remains firmly in the past. We have demonstrated our commitment to this approach. We urge all others to do the same.”

“Gabhann ceannasaíocht Óglaigh na hÉireann beannachtaí na hathbhliana lenár gcairde agus lenár lucht tacaíochta in Éireann agus i gcéin.
“Gabhaimid deá-mhianta, ach go áiríthe le priosúnaigh poblachta agus a dteaghlaigh. Molaimid iad siúd go léir atá ag obair ar son scaoileadh saor luath na gcimí sin agus iarraimid orthú leansteán ar aghaidh lená n-iarrachtaí.
Tá muid comhthiománta agus a bhíomar aríamh dár gcuspóirí poblachtacha agus tacaímid leo siúd uilig, go háirithe ár gcomradaithe i Sinn Féin, atá ag obair chun na cuspóirí sin a bhaint amach.
“Le bliain anuas tá poblachtanaigh ag cuimhniú agus ag ceiliúradh le maorgacht agus le bród, beatha agus íobairt na daoine a fuair bás ar stailc ocrais.
“Ar ócáid seo an caogadú cuimhneachán ar bhás ár gcomradaithe Seán Sabhat agus Feargal O’hAnnluain ar fianas, cuimhnímís ar a n-íobairt agus ar íobairt na gcomradaithe uilig a sheas leo nó a fuair bás le linn Feachtas an Teorainn.
“Tá muid faoi cheangal buan de chuspóir poblacht Éireannach saor aontaithe agus neamhspleach creidimid gur féidir ár gcuspóirí polaitúla a bhaint amach anois le modhanna polaitúla agus leanfaimid orainn sa chúrsa seo le fuinneamh sa bhlian atá romhainn.
“Molaimid seasmhacht agus rialbhas gníomhaithe Óglaigh na hÉireann agus an bhonn leathán poblachtach gníomhach. Tá an aontacht agus an seasmhacht a sheas linn go léir chuige seo noís tabhachtaigh ná mar a bhi siad ríamh anall.
“Tá dushlann móra romhainn, níor umhalaigh poblachtanaigh roimhe na dushlann céanna. Tá se an soiléir dúinn nach féidir dul chun chinn a dhéanamh ach nuair atá an uile dhuinne toilteanach dul i bpriacal.
“Tá freagreacht trom ar ceannairí polaitúla cinntiú go n-oibríonn an pholaitíocht chun go bhfanann an coimhlint go buan san am atá caite.
“Tháispeanamar go bhfuil muid dlúite leis an chur chuige seo. Iarraimid ar dhoine eile amhlaidh a dhéanamh.”

P. O’Neill,
Irish Republican Publicity Bureau,
Dublin.

  • jerryp

    Isn’t that Oil of Ulay doing wonders for P. O’Neill’s skin ? He must be at least 100 years old but, of course, would not have claimed the President’s cheque as he doesn’t recognise the Free State !

  • Kathy_C

    posted by Kathy C

    Hi all,

    I noticed a very interesting point

    The IRA stated,

    “…we support all those, especially our commrades in sinn fein, working for these goals.”

    or another way to say….the IRA supports their friends in sf who are working for republican goals IMPLYING there are people in SF who are not their friends ergo-not working for republican goals.

    IF the IRA supported everyone in sinn fein—they would have said that…but what they said was they support their friends in sf who are working for their shared goals….ergo not everyone in sinn fein are the friends of the IRA. interesting choice of words and how to say it….

  • gerry

    Kathy C

    gerry *shakes head*

  • ingram

    Kathy.

    Ingram. Laughs his bollocks off

  • I took this statement as:

    “Where’s my Fecking Tax Exemption certificate”

    or

    “When the music stops, make sure we have chairs to sit on”

    Call the AF,win the backing, Bluff the DUP, Smoke them out!

  • Bemused

    Jesus – is it just me or is anyone else appalled that these bog-trotting wanke rs are still issuing statements. I had understood the previous political developments to have meant that the IRA was gone, over, kaputt etc. Why the fuc k are we still listening to these idiots? They have either ‘walked off the stage’ or they haven’t. Unionists have every right to react with disgust to this sort of shite.

  • Justin

    Wow Bemused, can you show your bigotry any more? Bog Trotters The IRA has never said they were disbanding.

  • merrie

    Kathy C

    I would read it another way:

    “We remain committed to our republican objectives and we support all those working for those goals [especially our comrades in Sinn Féin]“

    That is, there are more people than those in Sinn Fein who also have republican objectives.

    I don’t think the IRA statement excludes some people in SF – though I am wondering if there is currently some furious internal debate going on in SF about the means to achieve those republican objectives.

  • Kathy_C

    posted by Kathy C

    Hi all,

    Ingram, when you stop laughing…think.

  • Henry94

    It’s a welcome and constructive statements. Why are unionists always claiming that it’s deeds and not words that count if they are going to get all excited about words the following day.

  • Jeremy

    Bemused – calm down with the invective. whatever your point is you can leave the slurs out surely.

    Anyhow, the IRA has never announced it was disbanding. At this stage nobody but a few “bog-trotters” from the fringes of the DUP are seeking this. Certainly the Doctor isn’t looking for it.
    As messages go surely this is a good signal from the IRA leadership. Dont see anything the DUP could be spooked by really! Effectively the IRA is agreeing the backing of the PSNI is an effective way forward.
    If Unionists react with disgust then there not really bothering to engage beyond a gut level.

  • parcifal

    ART Hostage,
    ok this calling and backing of the Ard Fheis, do you expect, if it goes ahead that the motion would say ” we will join/co-operate with the PSNI.. blah blah blah…. conditional on the DUP sharing power by March 2007, and agreeing to devolution of P & J powers by 2008″
    or are you saying there should be no conditions?

  • gerry

    henry presently, it isn’t the dup that are getting all bent out of shape over words.

  • really?

    Dont see anything the DUP could be spooked by really!

    1. The fact the IRA issued a statement.
    2. The fact the IRA “remain[s] committed to our republican objectives” (although that is more for internal consumption, to reassure the nervous)
    3. The fact that the IRA “remain[s] firmly committed to our objective of a free, united and independent Irish republic. We believe that our political objectives can now be achieved by political means and we will continue to pursue this course with energy in the year ahead,” which in effect is stating the IRA is being used politically by SF, which is reinforced by
    4. “We salute the commitment and discipline of IRA Volunteers” who presumably are now tasked to SF, which in effect means that SF still = IRA.

    All of which would presumably spook (nice choice of words?) the DUP or at least give them something else to gurn about.

  • Kathy_C

    posted by Kathy C

    Hi all,

    Merrie, there are 5 members of sinn fein who were Assembly members and are not on the ballot for this upcoming election. There is unhappiness in sinn fein so much so that people are willing to leave rather than stand with adams and how he is leading the party.
    Now to the IRA statement. If we are to believe that they support EVERYONE in sinn fein…then we are to believe that once a person leaves they no longer have the support of the IRA. But then if we look at who has left the party…I would state that several of them were/are well thought of by the IRA. So now what? Again I say the IRA picked their words carefully and are stating that they support their friends/commrades in sinn fein and not everyone in sinn fein is their friend.

  • or are you saying there should be no conditions?
    Posted by parcifal on Jan 05, 2007 @ 09:29 PM

    I am saying, Sinn Fein word the motion in whatever manner they choose, it is up to them.

    Once this motion passes, then it is over to the DUP.

    Surely Sinn Fein know the DUP will try anything to prevent powersharing, thats for them, Sinn Fein should take the high ground and armed with the backing stand back and see how the DUP respond.

    Calling a AF and then not going through with it is like trying to be half-pregnant, to terminate now will do serious harm to the Republican cause in the eyes of everyone, credibility for Sinn Fein will be restricted to “Saver the spotted Owl fund”

    The stark choice left for Republicans now the AF has been called, is walk away the bad guys, go through with the AF and then get shafted by the DUP and become the good guys.

  • Erich von Daniken

    Does that mean they’re not going to kill people any more? There isn’t really any other important consideration, is there?

  • ingram

    Kath C

    Still Laughing

    Ding Ding

  • CS Parnell

    It’s a remarkable statement. I am not a republican in the sense the IRA would recognise. But I have to admit the statement shows that the era of physical force republicanism is over.

    It’s all about politics now.

  • parcifal

    The stark choice left for Republicans now the AF has been called, is walk away the bad guys, go through with the AF and then get shafted by the DUP and become the good guys.

    Yes Art that does make sense.
    My runes tell me Gerry Adams will do just that next week, having had a weekend off, left the smoke filled rooms, and walked the dogs etc

  • merrie

    Kathy C
    I gather you are not too happy with Adams’s leadership of Sinn Fein.

    Do you have anyone in mind to replace him?

  • dublinsfsupporter

    “Do you have anyone in mind to replace him?”

    I think that Gerry Adams should continue for the next 5-10 years as the peace process in the six counties beds down. After that I think the next leader should represent the future and skip a generation, and should probably be drawn from some of the new talent in the 26 counties. Too soon to say but Mary Lou McDonald and Pearse Doherty are the obvious contenders. They will be key players in the Dail.

  • Ulick

    From a republican point of view the significance of the message is in the first paragraph and I’m surprised such ahem… astute… observers such as Rusty Nail and Ingram have missed it…

    “The leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann sends New Year greetings to our friends and supporters at home and abroad. We send best wishes, especially to republican prisoners and their families. We commend all those working for the early release of those prisoners and urge them to continue in their efforts.”

    Taking the cue from Cathy, tell us what is missing or to whom they are referring…

  • Deadlanguagespotter

    What’s that drivel written in the second half of the main body of text…looks like bullshit to be used by violent farmers in republican hinterlands.

    Oh God spare us from the backward mindedness of republican folly.

  • Pól

    The struggle still goes one. This time led by politicians. The IRA guns are silent. The moaners on this site need to take a reality check. Sinn Féin has changed the political landscape. And they ain’t finished yet. The next bang you will hear is the British Goverment shutting the door as they leave.

  • Pete

    “The next bang you will hear is the British Goverment shutting the door as they leave.”

    …And as if by magic another door opens, as is usually the case, entering it quickly are those such politicians who go about their work immediately and set up a fully devolutionary N.Ireland with a unique UK and Irish political dimension.

    We all wave the Brits goodbye… bye bye o/

    A big welcome goes out to Sinn Fein, newbies on the Policing Board block, welcome to the 21st Century dear boys, have a seat, there’s one besides the Paisley clan, if you can squeeze in!

    The end.

  • ETA

    “The leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann sends New Year greetings to our friends and supporters at home and abroad.”

    Eskerrik asko! Zer Moduz P O’Neill?

  • Secur O’Crat

    Is the IRA sending greetings to Real IRA prisoners?
    Also, what role does the iRA see for itself? Why not disband and join Sinn Fein? Or Fianna Fail? Or the PSNI?
    Oh! And percentage wise lots of Irish. No doubt a Christmas stocking filler.

  • The Devil

    Is this an early April fools being played by Rusty Nail

    There is not one chance in hell of the I.R.A Provisional wing being so stupid as to issue a New Years message to the media after Gerry (oh he who must be obeyed) has informed them in no uncertain terms that they are surplus to requirement and have become a stumbling block on the road to peace in “our wee province” sorry I mean occupied Ireland.
    Obviously Rusty has been given lots of bottles of hooch for Christmas and had saved them up until today, or Rusty has been crashed into by a Bass Ireland truck and took the compensation in cheap wine, either way copious quantities of cheap alcohol must be involved for Rusty to put this post up

    When Gerry the Messiah walked among his people they said on to him “Go leave Pall Mall and Whitehall, go back to Belfast and do some miracles there.”
    And the Messiah performed his first miracle, he walked on water, well to be more exact he walked on the Stickies but sure they were watery bastards anyway.

    So the Messiah came back to Belfast and he made his way to Ballymurphy with his trusted donkey, until they got to the junction of the Whiterock road when his trusted donkey turned left into the City cemetery and started giving guided tours, it was obvious that the donkey was intent on making an ass of himself.

    The Messiah set about preaching the path of peace and reconciliation and how to love thy neighbor except in Ballymurphy where you can petrol bomb them if they are a Natarantonio.
    And the Messiah went among the lepers and he said to them “you are touts and outcasts but he that believeth in me and joins my think tank shall have salvation” and they joined.
    And the Messiah gathered his Apostles around him and he told them great stories how one of his first Apostles saint John Kelly was now to be known as Judas and Saint Scap and Saint Dennis listened with great interest, as Mary-lou Magdalene wiped his feet and kissed his ass, but not the one giving the tombstone tours.
    And the Messiah was told by his apostles that his followers were hungry for success and he needed to do another miracle, so the Messiah sent his think tank into the field that was being grazed by cattle and instructed them to collect all the droppings that they could find, and when they returned the Messiah said if the followers are hungry give them spoons and some of the cattle droppings to eat, the apostles did this and the followers actually swallowed it and they have been spoon fed bull-shit ever since.

    And the Messiah would talk to all that would listen, and at $500 a pop he would talk to as many as they could squeeze into the conference hall, because the days of street preaching were well and truly over, besides the weather played havoc with the Armani robes that he was forced to dawn in order that the message be heard, and the Messiah had an important message for he told the Provionals that they were going nowhere and that he was the light and they were to follow him because if they wanted to follow the Dark it was too late because he had already left, so the Messiah gave us the Ten Commandments which must be obeyed

    1)I am the Lord thy Gerry thou shall not have any party before SF
    2)Thou shall not steal unless it’s from the Northern and can be denied
    3)Thou shall not kill policemen, Robert McCartney ok but no policemen
    4)Thou shall not buy illegal fuel from anyone but Slab
    5)Thou shall not sell cheap tobacco in competition with the Provos
    6)Thou shall not bear false witness unless it’s against Anthony McIntyre
    7)Thou shall not commit adultery (flexible)
    8)Remember to keep holy St Paddys day
    9)Thou shall honor the one true bible the Andersonstown news
    10)Thou shall not be jealous of the apostle’s apartment blocks in Turkey

    So you see if the Provos did put out a statement that had not got the blessing of the Messiah, well then that would be a MIRACLE WORTH SEEING

  • Secur O’Crat

    The Davil is supposed to be smart. Obviously not! RN gave a link to the Kneecapper’s Weekly. No word of sypathy for the RIRA volunteers rotting away in jail.

  • Secur O’Crat

    The Provos are already touting on the RIRA. How do you think all those operations were interrupted, especially as, prior to Omagh, the RIRA had manged plenty of spectaculars?

  • cynic

    TRANSLATION OF IRA NEW YEAR STATEMENT

    The leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann sends New Year greetings to our friends and supporters at home and abroad. We send best wishes, especially to republican prisoners and their families. We commend all those working for the early release of those prisoners including those who gunned down Irish police officers while committing armed robbery, but whom we can’t mention specifically in case it alienates votes in the south.

    “We remain committed to our republican objectives, as redefined, and we support all those, especially our comrades in Sinn Féin, working for those goals, whatever they may be and in the hope that they will soon tell us what they really are”.

    “Over the past twelve months republicans have celebrated and commemorated with dignity and pride, the lives and sacrifices of those who died on Hunger Strikes, while trying to suppress any comments on books by actual Hunger Strikers telling their truth about why so may died unnecessarily when a deal may have been on the table.

    “On this the 50th anniversary of the deaths, on active service, of our comrades Seán Sabhat and Fergal O’Hanlon we remember their sacrifice and that of all those comrades who fought or died during the Border Campaign. Unfortuntely we aren’t currently allowed to mention the last campaign as, of course, none of our current leadership were involved in that in any way and mention of that little period of unpleasantness might offend them or our future Government partners, the DUP.

    “We remain firmly committed to our objective of a free, united and independent Irish republic. Having wasted 30 years murdering people, we believe that our political objectives can now be achieved by political means and we will continue to pursue this course with energy as we work towards this in the many many, many years that lie ahead.

    “We salute the commitment, discipline and flexibility of IRA Volunteers and that of the republican activist base. The determination and unity that have sustained us all thus far are required now more than ever. Sales of the T shirts and calendars have fallen off and we are a bit short now that we can’t rob banks anymore, so we urge you to redouble your efforts in all these areas.

    “There are big challenges to be faced in the time ahead, republicans will not shy away from these challenges. Anyone who dissents should remember that ‘counselling’ will then be made available to keep them on message

    We are also very conscious that progress requires everyone to take risks but anyone not taking the right risks needs to understand the possible consequences.

    “A heavy responsibility rests on political leaders to make politics work so that conflict remains firmly in the past and we can get on with our careers and make some cash. We have demonstrated our commitment to this approach. We urge all others to do the same…or else.”

  • Cynic

    By the way, was the original statement in AP-RN from the Provisional IRA, the South Armagh IRA or the East Tyrone IRA, the Real IRA, the True IRA?

  • time will tell

    Cynic and the Devil

    How true how true how foolish us

  • gerry

    good one devil

  • Timmy Tiptoes

    To Bemused:

    I’d love to hear your definition of a Bog-Trotter.

  • rd65_75

    Thats funny Mr Satan

  • Pontious Pilot

    the devil that was an outstanding piece of wit, i washed my hands of him a long time ago 🙂