From Belfast 32CSM:

A few months back Belfast 32CSM began highlighting a monthly event held in the MAC theatre. This event called ‘Belfast Property Meet’ organised by an ex merchant navy officer and his wife, is designed to show landlords and property investors how to expand their portfolio’s and maximise their profits off the backs of working class renters. We contacted the MAC theatre on April 20th asking them to stop facilitating this event. On May 4th we received a disappointing but not surprising reply from the MAC chief executive Anne McReynolds. In her reply she stated “The MAC is a cultural venue and a community resource which has been created with significant public funds generated by taxes paid by the citizens”. She further went on to explain that the MAC is a warm and welcoming place for all.

Anne finished her email saying that the MAC would continue to hire it’s facilities to Belfast Property Meet and whoever else they deem fit. What this means essentially is that the MAC will allow it’s supposed community hub to be used for events detrimental to working class society so long as it’s profitable to do so. This is highly unfortunate as the building has so much potential to play a pivotal role in combating corporate greed. After we publicly advertised to protest at one of these events back in January, Belfast Property Meet cancelled the MAC venue just hours before the start time. Again when we contacted the MAC directly about another Property Meet event planned for last Thursday 7th May, the venue was again cancelled. We will continue monitoring and highlighting this issue further and if another one of these capit

alist anti community events is organised at the MAC we will be calling for a protest. We would encourage all Republican, socialist, housing and community groups to join that protest and give a maximum show of solidarity to our working class communities.

Below is the email response we received.

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Belfast's WolfeTone/McCracken cumann 32CSM held a wreath laying ceremony yesterday 4th May to honour all those who have gave their lives in the pursuit of Irish freedom. From the days of the United Irishmen, to the rising of Easter 1916 and so many other campaigns to the present day, the core message of Irish Republicanism has remained the same and the cause has always been the pursuit of our national sovereignty and self determination. The following unified message was read out across the country in the past few weeks at various commemorations and again in Belfast this week.

The greatest monument we can erect to our patriot dead is the sovereign republic for which they made the ultimate sacrifice. And in the struggle to establish that republic their sacrifice must be the driving force behind today’s generation.

The mantle of Irish republicanism can only be inherited by those who have ideas to advance it. This is the critical task that faces contemporary republicanism and today, republicans are engaging with each other in the development of the following ideas as a way forward.

We reaffirm the lawful assertion in the 1916 Proclamation that the sovereignty of the people of Ireland is inalienable and indefeasible. We also reaffirm our position that the continuing violation of that sovereignty by the Westminster Parliament remains the root cause of the Anglo-Irish conflict.

Let us remind ourselves and others of what was laid down so trenchantly on that Easter Monday morning and let us ask ourselves to what extent, if any, have these objectives been realized.

• The Irish Republic was proclaimed a Sovereign Independent State

• The Irish Republic was proclaimed sovereign and indefeasible

• The Irish Republic guaranteed the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland

• The Irish Republic promised to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally.

It is a cause of deep regret to all true and genuine Irish republicans that we have been prevented from implementing these important and laudable actions. Prevented by foreign imperialism on one hand and by mendacious, greedy local interests on the other. This was the counter-revolutionary alliance which combined to overthrow the Irish Republic one hundred years ago. It is a right-wing alliance that remains in place to this day.

The violent imposition of partition in our country continues to be a crime against the democratic, cultural and economic development of the Irish people. All treaties and Parliamentary Acts, be it from London, Dublin or Stormont, that seek to sanitise the counter democratic function of partition, are culpable in that crime.

The narrative of partition has developed the insidious concept that there exists two Irelands on the island. In a grotesque contortion of democratic norms the constitutional future of our country is subject to a gerrymandered veto, under complete British legislative control. This is precisely what a Border Poll constitutes.

The fundamental counter narrative of Irish republicans is that there is one Ireland, and its constitutional status is defined in the first instance by our sovereignty, and that our governance is determined by one sovereign vote of the Irish people.

Just as at the beginning of the 20th century, when the rationale behind the granting of Home-Rule was not to give Ireland independence, but to keep Ireland within the Empire’s orbit of control so too today, faced with the inevitability of change, the forces of contemporary imperialism, Britain, the EU and the United States continue to ensure that Ireland remains a colony of the powerful.

In this project they have, yet again, found allies among the Irish. A coalition government in Dublin siding with NATO, beholden to foreign capital and rejecting any move towards ending partition. And a parliamentary opposition that is ambivalent about its relationship with the British Royal Crown.

More than ever the struggle for political and economic autonomy must become one. The Democratic Programme of Dáil Eireann was the social programme of the Irish revolution. Its core ethos reflected the political understanding of Pearse and Connolly, that the welfare of the people can only be secured in a sovereign Republic, where the people exercise democratic control over all facets of our society and economy.

The carefully fostered divisions that the British strategically engineered to maintain its occupation can only be addressed by our own revolutionary programme which sets out in clear terms the inclusive structure of the republican position.

We must recognise that these divisions are nurtured by partition, and in the event that the violation of our sovereignty ends, the legacy of these divisions will continue.

Irish national sovereignty is predicated on the two principal constituencies of Irish society, citizens and communities, functioning for their mutual benefit. The development of the infrastructure necessary to resource society must be in harmony with the structure and functioning of society itself.

It is imperative we recognise that in a post partition Ireland other divisions will remain in the geo-political sphere.

Political structures can address certain aspects of the rebuilding process but the social policy platform in an Irish republic must be structured along similar lines. It is essential therefore that republicans demonstrate how our social programme can function in such a republic.

The everyday concerns of the Irish people must concern Irish republicans every day. The core issues of partition, housing, health, education and the environment must have republicans at the forefront of every campaign fighting for republican socialist solutions in these fields.

All republican activism must have a national dimension because as James Connolly stated, “the re-conquest [of Ireland] involves taking possession of the entire country, all its powers of wealth production and all its natural resources, and organising these on a cooperative basis for the good of all.” There can be no partitionist solutions.

The language of republicanism must be the language of sovereignty. Terminology such as ‘Irish unity’ and ‘united Ireland’ are too vague in meaning and provide refuge for those who can use such terms for political effect but without any obligation to pursue them.

As we stand now Irish republicans must elevate our activism beyond simple protest and into the realm of radical and novel strategies which can effect real change. The inherent and insidious contradictions of partition must be exploited to the full so as to fatally undermine it at every opportunity.

Campaigns such as the preservation of the Moore Street Battle Site, currently under threat from corporate greed, must be radicalised to go beyond the historical dimension and be firmly focussed on securing the aims and objectives of those who battled there. Revolution does not belong to history, revolution makes history.

Thousands of our people, in each of our four provinces, are equally at the mercy of that same corporate greed of Vulture Funds and Banks wherein the fundamental need and right to a home is all but eradicated. The struggle for housing rights, the struggle against partition and the struggle to protect our history must all be complimentary to each other.

The fight against evictions and repossessions must also be radicalised: physically preventing them in the fenian tradition on as many fronts as possible but also utilising that struggle to generate a national momentum behind a policy that private property rights must be subordinated to the welfare of the public. Such a policy will not come out of Leinster House.

The ongoing social and economic marginalisation of our Gaeltachtaí in the 26 counties is mirrored in the Six Counties. As Irish Republicans the promotion and advancement of the cultural, social and economic life of our Gaeltachtaí must be a central plank in any programme for a Sovereign Ireland. This must be accompanied by the progressive and effective promotion and development of our language within wider Irish society in terms of education as well as within the wider cultural and social life of our people.

Irish republicanism is currently in a state of reassessment. It needs to be. A new political dynamic must be identified so that republican resources can be focussed on advancing our core objectives. This cannot happen in isolation either from each other or other political and campaign activists.

We continue to draw inspiration from generations of unbending patriots. From those who defeated the Black and Tans to the H-Block martyrs there is an unbroken line of resistance to the forces of imperialist repression and their capitalist masters.

From this bedrock of republicanism there has emerged a clear analysis of where we stand today and where we must aim to go in the future. We are able to identify the machinations of those forces hostile to the establishment of a republic in keeping with the vision of Tom Clarke and James Connolly.

We can honour our patriot dead in many ways, but the most effective way is to be effective ourselves in advancing the struggle for which they gave their lives.

Beir Bua.

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The following is the main oration read out at today's annual Volunteer Ronán MacLochlainn Commemoration on the 24th year of his death.

Read by Francie Mackey, chairman of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement.      We echo the sentiments expressed over the Easter period in Arbour Hill Dublin, St Finbarr’s Cemetery Cork, Garden of Remembrance Carrickmore, City Cemetery Republican Plot Derry and Corraveigha Cemetery Fermanagh, that the language of Irish republicanism must be the language of sovereignty.      We echo the common message from those same locations that the voice of Irish republicanism can only resonate if that voice is unified. We owe it to Volunteer Ronan MacLochhlainn, and all our patriot dead, that all common ground within the republican family must be utilised to its maximum, so that we can advance the aims for which they gave their lives.      From mature discussion Irish republicans are developing options to generate a new political dynamic behind which the core objectives of Irish republicanism can move forward. And central to that project is the language of sovereignty and clarity of purpose.      As it stands the political theatre in this country is re-playing the politics of the twenties and thirty’s with Provisional Sinn Féin taking on the role of Fianna Fáil with the abandonment of the pursuit of Irish sovereignty and the adoption of capitalist policies to appease their banker overseers.      Therefore it is imperative that Irish republicanism does not repeat the errors of the past by retreating into dogma and constitutional technicalities as some sort of defiant holding position. Contemporary Irish republicanism must be relevant to the every day needs of our people.      Utilising common ground amongst ourselves must be mirrored by utilising common issues between ourselves and our communities. The common ground between the fight to save the Moore Street Battle site and the struggle for housing is their common enemy of Banks and Vulture Funds. Does it not make political and strategic sense that these struggles merge to fight that common enemy?           More than ever the struggle for political and economic autonomy must become one. The everyday concerns of the Irish people must concern Irish republicans every day. The core issues of partition, housing, health, education and the environment must have republicans at the forefront of every campaign fighting for republican socialist solutions in these fields.      Our sovereignty must be seen as a functioning entity and not some abstract concept. We must demonstrate to our communities that their sovereignty matters to them as the only sure way to determine their development and growth.      Volunteer Ronan MacLochlainn rests amongst some of the giants of the republican struggle. But all are equal in the sacrifice they have paid. And when we recognise the enormity of that sacrifice, we realise how little we are asked when we are asked to work with each other.      Its what we do between annual commemorations that truly matters. This year has witnessed the beginnings of a common approach in relation to the republican analysis.      Our strategic use of language has already begun to achieve its objective of making a clear distinction between the authentic republican demand and the vague and empty rhetoric from Castle Catholics and establishment nationalists.      All involved in this approach are fully committed to its development in other fields in the coming year. The driving force behind this initiative is the absolute necessity for it to happen.      And as we leave the graveside of Volunteer Ronan McLochlainn today let us pledge, that on our return a year from now, we can confidently report that our endeavour’s have advanced the cause for which he gave his life. Níos Láidre le Chéile!



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