So the Stormont Tricolour wasn’t Sinn Fein after all…

Or so claims the 1916 Societies blog

On Wednesday 3rd of June, members of the 1916 Societies, taking advantage of lax security at the Stormont Assembly in Belfast, accessed the roof of the building, using the opportunity to raise the Irish National Flag and its sister flag, the flag of the Irish Republic.

TricolourAtStormont2While only a symbolic gesture, nevertheless the actions concerned reflect the enduring reality that six Irish counties remain under foreign dominion, against the democratically-expressed wishes of the Irish people.

Our intent was to further awareness of this matter at a time when the normalisation agenda of the British state, aided by local proxies of various political hue, continues unabated in its drive to legitimise the continuing occupation of Ireland.

The political and media response, the extremities of some aside, points to a successful outcome, that the constitutional status of the Six Counties is far from resolved suitably reinforced.

The Irish Flag at Stormont asserts that British rule is based on conquest, is without legitimacy, and usurps the sovereign will of the people. Britain has no democratic title in Ireland and should withdraw, leaving the Irish people in peace to determine their own future, together and without external impediment.

 

  • barnshee

    Just examine the precedents Land theft murder displacement (Try Derry” for a near current example 17000 prods out of city side property now almost exclusively in Roman catholic hands intimidation, boycott –that`s yer lot unless you form up consolidate and prevent it

  • barnshee

    Because they raise more in tax and make people pay to see the doctor .Then of course they are not the DLA capital of the world and they do not have areas Newry south down,West Belfast Derry Fermanagh s/Tyrone which subsist almost entirely on state handouts

  • barnshee

    “What else do you expect them to do? accept all the cr@p coming down the line or try and stand up to it.”

    LOL what about raising some local taxes to pay for enhanced local welfare services??

  • Jim £53

    There’s no evidence in regards to anyone putting them up. That’s why they have 700 million RUC men looking for the evil doers. Personally, I’m starting to think Villiers did it, to take the emphasis off the ‘fantasy’ budget attempting to disguise predicated welfare cuts in all future budgets. ✌

  • kalista63

    David Icke has just named who did it on Twitter.

    You’ll never beleive who it was.

  • kalista63

    Nah. Michael Stone’s hip is too fek’d to get up a ladder.

  • Alan N/Ards

    Apologies for a belated reply. The problem unionists have regarding the merits of a UI is that no one is selling them to us. I know nationalists on slugger have their own vision of what it might look like, but what is needed is a joined up approach from the major parties in the south. Saying that, I don’t believe that SF will be able to sell anything to unionists, so I’m not sure that how that would work out.

    As someone who is pro union, I am genuinely interested in how nationalism is prepared to move on this. Part of me can see the economics benefits of an all island state, yet I know that it’s not about money for the vast majority of people. A NHS is important but there so are many other areas that would need to be resolved. Policing, and who would be policing us is very important. Would the PSNI (the agreed force in NI) have overall control, or would the Garda ( a force that unionists will probably never trust) be imposed on us? Will the new state be a Federal state or not? Will there be a new flag and anthem? Obviously, the GFA has has guaranteed continued British citizenship for all of us in NI, regardless of what happens if a UI happens but there are many questions not being answered by political nationalism.

    For a UI to work (if it happens) political nationalism ( not SF, please) need to get real and start trying to sell it now. The argument that unionists would have more money in a UI probably probably isn’t the way to go. People find that insulting (myself included). If it’s genuinely about reconciling with your neighbour and living in peace, then I’m all ears.

  • Zeno

    ” A UI only needs 50+1″

    That’s why you will never see it. No one can force over half a million people into a United Ireland.

  • Zeno

    “I always expected that the public sector would be reduced. It is greater here than the South….”

    Is the Health Service not in the Private sector in the South? Ours costs billions to run and employs 10’s of thousands.

    SF have now said we can’t afford a cut in corporation tax…….. they must read slugger.

    The Green Party were calling the deal SF did a nonsense. Why did SF not know that themselves?

  • Skibo

    No Zeno the health service in Ireland is not Private. It is publicly owned and approximately 30% of the people get free health care. They have what they call Medical Cards.
    The rest who do not have medical cards are entitled to some free services and other services at a reduced cost.
    A larger population will allow this service to be provided at a reduced cost per head. This should allow for the group with medical cards to be increased.

  • Zeno

    Are Doctors in ROI employed by government, self employed or employed by private hospitals?

  • Skibo

    By Government for the public side. There is also a private side with private hospitals, just as there is up here too! They do have a type of NHS but it does not cover everyone. When there is a united Ireland I expect the medical card to be open to all citizens but possibly with an extra payment for some services much like our Dental services at the moment

  • Zeno

    All GP’s must be employed by the private sector, i.e self employed and on your figures it looks like 70% of the Staff are in the private sector.
    ps there won’t be a United Ireland in your lifetime so I wouldn’t be too concerned about your medical card or fees.

  • Skibo

    would’t be too sure on that Zeno. Its only a matter of time!

  • Zeno

    Any day now, all the signs are there. Oh wait.

  • Skibo

    Sorry Zeno didn’t mean to scare you. don’t panic it wont happen tomorrow but can’t promise it wont happen within 20 years and I don’t know about you but I think I have at least a good thirty years left.
    But like I say don’t panic, nothing to worry about. You will love it in the Eire Nua. Marching down O’Connell Street behind the bands on the twelfth with a large tricolour beside the union flag

  • Zeno

    You got the wrong Guy. Almost all of my family are from Ireland. My Grandfather fought in the Spanish Civil War with the 15th International Brigade and Frank Ryan was a distant cousin. I’d vote for a United Ireland tomorrow if there was any possibility it could work and we could all live in peace and prosper, but you know what, it will probably never happen and it definitely won’t happen if Sinn Fein have anything to do with it. Eventually the rhetoric will wear off. A lie only lasts so long, SF have peaked in the North, and can’t even get a referendum never mind a UI. The longer they stay in government the more exposed they become, or as someone once said The higher the monkey climbs up the tree the more you can see of his a*rse
    So stop falling for it, do yourself a favour.

  • Skibo

    Zeno that is quite a pedigree you have there. I to would vote for it if given the chance and I do think it will happen. Once Cameron and his hench men have finished with welfare and start turning their machetes on pensions we will see a different attitude to Westminster. Most people I know who would not vote for it, always quote finances. That will change. England is no longer prepared to keep financing us for no benefit. I don’t really care who pushes the most for a United Ireland. At present it is SF so they get my vote. If that changes I will review my situation. I can see Sinn Fein slowly disappear in a UI, perhaps a re-branding with new leadership but that is a while off.