To mark this years anniversary of the murder of IRA Volunteer Patsy Duffy, the Derry cumann 32CSM held a virtual commemoration due to the current climate.

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The 32 County Sovereignty Movement would like to express our deep disgust at the disturbing decision of the Free State government in relation to so called ‘Mother and Baby’ homes. More specifically legislation to seal files pertaining to the crimes and atrocities committed against women and children at the hands of the Catholic church within these homes.

This decision adds further insult to the victims who continue to suffer to this very day. The true scale of victims is largely unregistered, as the majority have and continue to suffer in silence. Yet we can all no doubt recollect on friends or relatives who at some point have suffered at the hands of the Catholic Church. This is the same Catholic church that oversaw the unmarked mass graves known as ‘cillini’ that are littered across Ireland. Graves which contain the bones of unbaptized children, illegitimate children or children of an unknown religion who died and were shamefully buried in the dead of night.

This is the same Catholic Church which for many generations dictated to the Irish people as to their every day activities in life right down to what they could watch and read. All the while Catholic run institutions engaged in systemic physical and sexual abuse, torture, child trafficking and even murder.

This is the same Catholic Church which refused to give the last rights to Republicans during the Irish Civil War and to this day condemn the actions of Irish Republicans while ignoring the occupation of our country and the injustices aimed at the Irish people by the British regime.

After the defeat of Irish Republicans in the Irish Civil war, the Irish “Free State” and its allies in the Catholic Church had sought to create an Ireland which reflected a mix of nationalist and Catholic values. The power of the Catholic Church came to its highpoint after the election of traitor Eamon De Valera who ensured the Catholic Church would exercise complete influence and control over the Irish people, while at the same time his government imprisoned Irish Republicans en masse, had Irish Republicans hanged, murdered and left to die on hunger strike. The horrific consequences of this are now plain for all to see. Instead of shedding light on the extent of these injustices and enabling victims to pursue some closure, the political forces responsible for enabling such crimes now seek to hide the full extent of the truth.

While the power and control of the Catholic Church over the Irish people no longer exists to such an extent, we are faced with the same decrepit political order which is represented by those who perpetuate the crimes committed and although we recognise that not all members of the Catholic Church were participants in these crimes, we do believe it is imperative that the Church takes full responsibility for their widespread actions.

The underlying message from this shameful debacle is clear for all to see. The only solution for a lasting change in Ireland is to remove British rule from our country and establish a Republic whereby the Irish people wield Irish Sovereignty. If we fail to do so, we will forever be ruled by the same political forces that have delivered nothing to the Irish people but poverty, exploitation, evictions, homelessness, imprisonment, cronyism and inequality. Any other solution is nothing more than a convenient distraction which will result in the prolonging of injustices such as those hidden within this mother and baby homes decision.

Beir Bua!

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The 32 County Sovereignty Movement held a wreath laying ceremony in Cork on Sunday 18th October 2020 to commemorate the life of four Irish Republicans.

Oration on the day:

As we approach the one hundredth year since the imposition of partition in our country, we gather to honour Irish republicans who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of Irish sovereignty.

Three of those men, Terence McSwiney, Michael Fitzgerald and Joseph Murphy gave their lives on hunger-strike in Cork and Brixton gaols. The other, Volunteer Joe O’Connor of Belfast, lost his life at the hands of counter revolutionaries: contemporary descendants of those same counter revolutionaries who strapped republicans to landmines and employed the English hangman to execute Irish republicans.

The legacy of partition continues to repress the sovereign development of the Irish people. The central tenet of Irish republicanism has always been a progressive vision of how our sovereignty should function for the perennial betterment of all our people.

As we commemorate these Irish republicans from different periods of our struggle, we are minded of the common bonds that unite them. But these bonds are not superficial, nor slogan based. Death unites us all, but it is original ideas that distinguishes us. The mantle of Irish republicanism can only be inherited by those who have ideas to advance it.

Irish republicanism is not a tradition that one follows through homage of the past. When we commemorate our patriot dead, we must acquit ourselves in the historical narrative that we too can contribute to that narrative in a way that genuinely advances our struggle.

Those who took the life of Volunteer Joe O’Connor are in the political ascendancy on this island. Republicans cannot dismiss this political reality. The long war which was fought for Irish freedom in the current phase of this struggle ended on terms that another lesser war cannot change.

History can afford us a degree of political influence so long as we avoid emotive and vitriolic posturing. As republicans we need to grasp the nettle of pragmatism and explore ways of how we can bring political influence to bear in these politically volatile times.

A century of partition is enough. A century of republican failure to end it is equally enough. Republican politics must now realign around a strategic rethink as to where it proceeds from here. Our door is open.

Beir Bua!

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