Updated: Sep 6

The following is the main oration read out at this years commemoration for Volunteer Alan Ryan, Dublin brigade Irish Republican Army.

Alan was murdered on September 3rd 2012 by cowardly criminal elements in Dublin who were working in tandum with counter-revolutionaries and the state (whose agents in special branch tried unsuccessfully to dissuade participants from the days commemoration via harassment at the gates of the cemetery ).

Alan's memory and deeds will live on and his name will be remembered along with all those martyrs who have given their lives in pursuit of freedom throughout the centuries.

Main Oration:

When we stand at the graves of our patriot dead our commitment to the republican cause should be measured by how far our efforts have advanced it.

When we stand at this particular patriot’s grave, our commitment needs to be measured by how far justice for this dual criminal act has been secured.

We have spoken long and in depth on the issue of republican unity. We have articulated well informed and pragmatic proposals that allows for such unity to evolve and progress.

But we cannot achieve this by failing to address injustice, and the perpetrators of that injustice, who presume to have a role in that process.

The murder of Volunteer Alan Ryan by rogue and criminal elements was a watershed event. Not addressing it in the terms that it needed to be addressed was equally such an event. That stigma weighs like an anchor. It is an anchor which needs to be lifted.

Irish republicanism is confronted by modern dilemmas which require a contemporary response. We are right, but irrelevant. We are as one, but do not recognise it.

History and ideology have a role in resolving those dilemmas but unless we grasp the nettle of pragmatic engagement with each other the opportunities available to us now will be lost.

Our role as revolutionaries is not to critique the status quo, but to exploit it. That can only happen through activism.

Prolonged analysis of current events only leads to apathy and stagnation. Trying to gain relevance by attacking those who are inconsequential is self-defeating.

Those who have influence over the national narrative and the national direction are those whom we need to strategise against.

Language is not neutral in our struggle. The terminologies that republicans used prior to the Good Friday Agreement are the terminologies that out opponents are using today.

Irish unity is too vague a concept to have any revolutionary merit. As it stands the term is now used by the Dublin Government to abdicate themselves from actually pursuing it.

Irish unity is being widely talked about, but Irish sovereignty is not. This is the critical difference. To give our position a distinction we cannot get lost in a battle of semantics.

We are struggling for the establishment of a sovereign republic within which the carefully fostered differences between our people can be finally resolved.

The violation of our sovereignty is the root cause of the Anglo-Irish conflict. Partition is the current manifestation of that occupation. Its centenary was marked by rioting from those it was implemented to appease.

It has failed all the people of Ireland. There is no democratic redemption for it. We cannot speak of democratic solutions where the democratic goalposts are in constant flux, to favour one constitutional position over another.

Partition, at its strategic core, is counter-democratic because it seeks to maintain a British gerrymander in Ireland. The Good Friday Agreement is the driving force behind that counter democratic process.

A sovereign Irish republic is the only constitutional arrangement which can deliver and develop a genuine Irish democracy. This is the core position around which Irish republicans must articulate distinct and persuasive arguments.

Our language must change before our arguments can hope to obtain change. We want a sovereign Ireland. We want a sovereign Republic. We want a sovereign democracy for the Irish people.

Beir Bua!

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The 32 County Sovereignty Movement strongly condemn, yet again, the unsurprising actions of the GAA PR team, who have seen fit to allow a recruitment add for British crown force gunmen and women to feature on today’s all Ireland final match programme.

The PSNI is an armed grouping in the pay of the British government and ultimately takes its orders from British intelligence agency MI5. Despite attempts to sanitise the grim reality of this armed grouping, they continually engage in house raids, harassment, child abuse, collusion and the covering up of sectarian murders. They are an armed political militia with the primary aim of upholding the foreign occupation of Ireland while projecting the image of being a ‘police force’.

The PR stunt today is even more cynical considering the reoccurring and targeted abuse directed at members of the nationalist community by the ‘PSNI’ in the occupied six counties for playing hurling!

One example saw a Belfast GAA coach stopped in his car by the PSNI and told that the Hurley in his car boot was an offensive weapon, others are routinely stopped in the street with the same slur of an ‘offensive weapon’ being put to them as in the instance a young rising hurling player was stopped in Belfast and had his Hurley and Sloiter confiscated/stolen by these crown force members. As recently as 2020 the PSNI’s attempt to maintain its own GAA team folded with too few members being interested in the national sports of Ireland.

It is very clear that these actions are nothing but a desperate PR stunt to try distance from the old RIC and RUC image, but these hood-winking actions are no more credible than the installing of Drew Harris as head of an garda síochána.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement rejects any attempts by the illegal and criminal British presence in Ireland to normalise its presence. The ‘PSNI’, has been firmly rejected by the nationalist/Republican people who continue to witness their real agenda.

The GAA board and indeed any individual who joins this armed crown force gang, should keep in mind that they are actively opposing the sovereign right of the Irish people to determine their own future free from illegal and foreign occupation.

Beir Bua

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As the world watched in surprise as the Taliban seamlessly reoccupied Afghanistan, the US president Joe Biden firmly proclaimed that it was now time for the people of Afghanistan to stand up and fight for their own country.

In response, many of those who disagreed with the sudden US withdrawal feigned concern over what would now happen to those who had turned their backs on the Taliban and their strict interpretation of Sharia law. Since the ousting of the Taliban in 2001, many women obtained employment, attended school and had a large degree of personal freedom not seen since the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. Men had shaved their beards, enjoyed music and indulged in the various niches within ‘western’ culture.

Many women and men had found employment in the government which had been established in the wake of the US invasion. The government, army and police had employed hundreds of thousands of Afghans who would now fall under the suspicion of the Taliban. Military interpreters had occupied a vital and direct role, which will draw a greater desire for retribution from the Taliban.

As Joe Biden asserted the sovereign duty of the Afghan people to take up arms against the Taliban, his real intention was to absolve his government from a failed and never-ending mire of war. The sudden overnight departure of US forces was in itself iconic, as they sought to flee the scene of the crime under the cover of darkness.

However, this is not just indicative of the USA’s recent involvement in Afghanistan, but its present interference in Syria, Ukraine, Korea, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba and other countries around the world. In fact Biden alluded to using US ‘resources’ in other area’s which are of interest to the USA.

The very existence of the Taliban and its oppressive fundamentalism owes itself to the steadfast support it obtained from the US during the Taleban’s war against the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. The Democratic Republic of Afghanistan in the 1970’s had seen a popular Marxist movement take power. The government had made huge changes such as the outlawing of child marriage, the unprecedented championing of women’s rights and major land reforms.

Of course these changes sent ripples across the conservative Afghan society and caused uproar amongst religious fundamentalists, ultra conservatives and a myriad of other groupings. Feeling a reluctant obligation to support the revolutionary Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, the USSR came to the governments aid. It was within this conflict that Osama Bin laden had found himself, fighting alongside the Taliban which was one of the factions which constituted the ‘Mujahedeen’.

With major US backing in the form of funding, intelligence, weapons and even moral support, the Taliban and other factions waged a guerrilla war against both the Soviet and Afghan troops. There was one salient difference, the Soviets were there to protect a government which had been solely established by the people and enjoyed a degree of popular support. The Soviets did not ‘invade’, rather they were there to protect a legitimate government against jihadist and foreign sponsored groupings.

Due to a number of factors such as internal instability and effective US support for the Taliban, the USSR withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989 while the Afghan government survived until 1993. In comparison to the US backed government which struggled to last over a number of days, the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan had lasted over three years.

In the wake of the governments collapse in 1993, Afghanistan fell into further civil war between the Taliban and other more moderate Afghanistan factions. Up until the 2001 US invasion, parts of Afghanistan’s north were controlled by the ‘Northern Alliance’. Now, after twenty years of US intervention, the Taliban remains even stronger with the absence of the Northern Alliance.

The American government claimed it had invaded Afghanistan to eliminate Osama Bin laden and his co-conspirators in the wake of tthe9/11 attacks. Yet what the world witnessed was a war which benefited the private military industry complex, private contractors and an array of private companies. Despite recent US claims that their mission was never about ‘nation building’, the US government were facilitating elections as early as 2004 and tried to establish a US backed Afghan government and military capable of securing US interests.

These attempts consistently spiralled into a free for all of corruption and instability. The US military oversaw Afghan forces who sold their uniforms, weapons, ammunition and fuel in local markets where it was easily obtained by the Taliban. Theft, physical and sexual abuse, corruption, drug abuse and desertion were the norm in many areas for the Afghan military and police. The government failed to become anything more than a US installed puppet regime.

The rotten reality behind the US created government and army in Afghanistan can be seen by the almost effortless takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and the very nature of the USA’s sudden retreat. The truth is that the US created the Taliban through their support of the Mujahedeen in the 1970’s & 1980’s and backing of men like Osama Bin laden. Furthermore, instead of ‘nation building’, the US destroyed Afghanistan through two decades of occupation and propped up the rotten corpse of a government before fleeing and claiming Afghans had to defend themselves.

Such hypocrisy is a bad portent for the future when considering the different countries Joe Biden feels the USA’s resources are better used. It seems the lesson is lost on Joe Biden and many in the media as well as sections of the public.

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