NewYear Statement 2021-2022
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement sends fraternal new year greetings to all republican and socialist comrades throughout Ireland and stand in solidarity with imprisoned republicans in British and Free State gaols. We also send revolutionary greetings to all peoples struggling for liberation and justice throughout the world. As we face into a new year where the Covid pandemic still looms large in our communities we reiterate our stance that community solidarity and common sense offers the best rebuttal to the effects of the pandemic. Irish republicans must use the forthcoming year to fundamentally re-evaluate the political and strategic direction of Irish republicanism. As we stand now that political and strategic direction is moribund. The mantle of Irish republicanism can only be inherited by those who have ideas to advance it. There is a clear deficit from all republican groups for such ideas which means simply advocating a group name is a meaningless political act. Predictable repetition is not a revolutionary activity. Irish republicans have a revolutionary obligation to provide the youth of Ireland with a credible platform for resistance. The enthusiasm of youth is the vigor of any nation; its misuse for ill-conceived exploits represents a serious breach of trust. Serious questions continue to be posed concerning the current use of armed actions and the negative repercussions, not only on the broader republican struggle, but on the struggle of individual families who have members imprisoned. The right to use disciplined armed struggle is not in question; its irresponsible use is and that is a nettle which republicans need to grasp if other forms of effective resistance are to emerge. In essence what we face now is a watershed moment that the Republican Movement faced after the ending of the Border Campaign. In an act of political and military competence a ‘Dump Arms’ order was issued, and stock taken of the political status quo. The Republican analysis is not in the national narrative and we only have ourselves to blame for that. As we straddle the centenaries of our revolutionary period our voice should be the most relevant of all. Instead, Irish sovereignty is at the mercy of a British controlled Border Poll with no political appetite in the Irish body politic for constitutional change. 2022 must be the year that Irish republicans address and resolve the fundamental internal problems that are proving a major stumbling block to the republican struggle. We cannot leave it any longer! Beir bua.