As Gaeilge, cuirtear ‘taoiseach’ ar an ‘chief’. Sí fíor go raibh Martin McGuinness mar sár taoiseach muintir an phoblacht, muintir an fíor Irish Republic. Seo an turas deiridh abhaile Taoiseach Martin.
Martin McGuinness homecoming in the Bogside this afternoon
Cllr Martin Browne of Sinn Féin Tipperary hasexpressed sadness on behalf of all Sinn Féin members in the county upon learning of the passing of Martin McGuinness, aged 66.
Cllr Browne said: “I wish to offer our greatest respect and sympathy to Martin’s family on his passing. Martin was a true Republican, and a man of his time who never shirked from his duties. While all of us know of him, and of his tireless work and his boundless energy, they know best of his private side.”
“Martin was a true hero, or laoch. He showed immense courage over his long career. He saw a problem and took a stand to solve it. Unlike so many he stood for something, and used his courage to stand and work for the Irish Republic.”
“He was unwavering in his determination, and took enormous personal risks to help establish peace. He was willing to talk and work with anyone in favour of that peace objective, and is a role model for us all of tolerance and respect.”
“His determination to establish and maintain a just peace on the island will be his greatest legacy. It only remains for us to complete the task.”
“On behalf of all members of Sinn Féin in Tipperary I offer our greatest comhbhrón. Our thoughts are with them, as surely as our respect is with Martin.”
Martin McGuinness is calling on all of us to do everything we can in this last week of the campaign to get the strongest possible Sinn Féin vote on 2nd March.
One simple thing we can all do today to support Martin in that call is to share this video!
Martin McGuinness is calling on all of us to do everything we can in this last week of the campaign to get the strongest possible Sinn Féin vote on 2nd March.One simple thing we can all do today to support Martin in that call is to share this video!
Of late, considerable coverage has been devoted to Martin McGuinness’ nomination for the Tipperary Peace Prize, most notably in the Tipperary Star, which was headlined with “ANGER MOUNTS” on its front page, as well as to referring to the supposed ‘outrage’ of McGuinness being nominated for such an award.
To contend that McGuinness is ‘unfit’ to be recognised for his extraordinary peace-building endeavours in the North of Ireland on account of his involvement in the IRA is quite simply ridiculous and utterly obtuse. Such critics would do well to note that last year’s recipient, was former US Secretary of State John Kerry. In addition to his tenure in that office which is difficult to describe as being either ‘pro-peace’ or ‘non-confrontational’, Mr Kerry was a combatant in the criminally destructive Vietnam War.
Though in the later stages of the Vietnam War John Kerry would receive acclaim – and deservingly so – as an anti-war whisteblower, it does not negate the fact that he was the captain of a boat unit that was engaged in an operation renowned for its aggression and cruelty towards Vietnamese villagers and fishermen. Nonetheless, Kerry’s Tipperary Peace Prize Award was presented with not so much as an iota of disquiet or opposition; that silence in comparison with hypocritical the response to Martin McGuinness’ recent nomination.
Martin McGuinness’ nomination for this award makes sense and is completely deserved. As a leader of the Republican movement, Martin has achieved breath-taking results in working towards peace and justice in an fraught political environment; this is a state of peace which, for whatever its flaws, is substantial, too often taken for granted, and once thought impossible.
Martin and Sinn Féin have worked tirelessly and always in good faith towards making this process permanent in spite of the disrespect too often afforded to them by other actors, whether that be the current contempt and chauvinism demonstrated by the Tory Brexiteers, the arrogance of bull-headed unionists or the habitual negligence of the Dublin government and its institutions.
What’s more, it is not like Martin’s co-nominees are without controversy themselves. Amal Clooney, Amnesty International and the ‘White Helmets’ civil defence organisation occupy a very partisan position on the Syrian conflict. They explicitly lobby for a forceful international military intervention against the Syrian government. The White Helmets in particular have attracted especial notoriety for its dubious overlap with anti-government militias; that undermines its ostensible position as a politically neutral and civil humanitarian organisation.
It must also be stated that it is disappointing that the ongoing peace process in Colombia has received virtually no recognition from the Tipperary Peace Convention in contrast to the preponderance of attention focused on Syria. In one of the world’s longest ongoing conflicts – stretching five decades – Colombia is on the brink of attaining a concrete and lasting peace. In a country that is seen as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a trade unionist or human rights activist, this is an not an opportunity that can be let slip.
Sinn Féin have worked closely with the FARC rebel group to offer their extensive and long-standing experience in conflict resolution, and President Michael D. Higgins has also shown commendable and progressive statesmanship recently, when he visited Colombia. In so doing, he became the first European head of state to visit a FARC guerrilla detachment at a demobilisation camp.
These traits of leadership, dialogue and reconciliation are principles that Martin McGuinness has demonstrated consistently; to obscure them is disingenuous. To deny them outright is dishonest.
After his lifetime of service, Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill poses with Martin McGuinness after being announced as his replacement for the upcoming elections, at a news conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland January 23, 2017. (REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
From: Sinn Féin Republican Youth Tipperary, Chairperson James Lyons.
Cllr Davy Dunne of Sinn Féin as called for an overhaul of the electoral register, after receiving a number of complaints from constituents about young people not being registered, and about the names of numerous deceased persons being repeatedly included. He was speaking during another visit to Carrick-on-Suir by Sinn Féin’s Tipperary General Election candidate Cllr. Séamie Morris.
Cllr Dunne said: “Parents have contacted me and asked why their sons and daughters weren’t on the register. I have also been contacted by people who said their deceased spouses and partners remain on the register, years after their passing.”
“As the electoral register is the bedrock upon which our electoral system is built, we cannot underestimate the importance of it’s accuracy. Year after year, and election after election we hear these complaints. Because of this, people are resigned to nothing being done. I spoke with one presiding officer who said he was aware of deceased persons being on the register for anything up to 15 years. This is a situation ripe for abuse, and is a national problem.”
“It’s long overdue that we take this problem on, and devise a better means of registering and maintaining the register. I suggest that the use of the PPS number of the individual be used as the basis for automatic inclusion in the register, as the date of birth is known from that and would enable automatic registration on age 18.”
“I’ll go further and say that the function of the register should be taken from the Council, and given to an existing trusted national body. The ideal candidate is An Post.”
“Through it’s workers An Post already knows the location of each house, and person in it. They are ideally situated to be able to assist updating the register, as they know about who’s moved in or out of an area. They already have a database of people and properties.”
“In an era when we have on-going State abandonment of the countryside, it’s a good idea to add services to each local post-office and to retain those as hubs of community activity.”
“I suspect that the traditional parties benefit from lower voter registration, and the lower voter turnout which results. They clearly also see a benefit from rural abandonment.”
“This idea is workable because of it’s simplicity and the possibility of quick implementation. Such a change could be achieved in less than two years, as long as consultants aren’t brought in to create another privatised monster.”
“This suggestion has great merit, as it could solve one of the on-going problems with democracy in this so-called ‘republic’. The problem is a national one, and deserves national attention.”
Sinn Féin’s Tipperary General Election candidate Councillor Séamie Morris has called for a New Republic, saying that the existing right-wing parties have bankrupted and broken this one. He was speaking on the occasion of his official election launch in the Park Hotel, Clonmel, on Friday.
Councillor Morris said: “Together we can build a New Republic, because this one is broken.”
“The last two governments have been among the most regressive and damaging that we have seen since the foundation of thisState. We were told Labour would offset the right wing conservative economic policies of Fine Gael. Instead that pretend-left party rolled over and betrayed the very principles on which it was founded in 1912, here in Clonmel. The party of Larkin and Connolly has sunk deeply since then.”
“This is a country where what’s in your pocket dictates your right to healthcare. A country that has one of the worst health systems in Europe. When Labour were sinking, they brought us with them.”
“Fine Gael have always been known as the party of the wealthy, the party of big business that prioritises the rich over those most in need. It has been no surprise to the Irish people to find stealth taxes, property tax and the cruel water charges heaped upon them.In addition, they have given us a housing crisis the likes of which has never been seen before in Ireland.”
“Our health system has not simply fallen apart on its own. Our social housing policy has not simply become disastrous overnight, all by itself. These and other failings are the direct result of the policies of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and Labour governments. Those parties lack care for our people. They have bankrupted and broken this Republic, but not our dream of one.”
Ending on a message of hope, Cllr Morris added: “In this once-in-a-lifetime historical year, 100 years after the Proclamation and the Easter rising, we have a unique opportunity to realise the ideals put forward in our Proclamation. We have a chance to “to cherish all of the children of the nation equally”.”
“This is our time as Republicans to reclaim thatProclamation and see that the ideals and principles set out in it come to fruition. This is our chance to make real change, and to let the people of Tipperary see that we areall “better off with Sinn Féin”.”
“This year the more doors we knock on the more chances we have to share our dream, and to offer hope to those who have lost theirs.”
“Together we can do this. Together we can build a New Republic, because this one is broken. We push forwards to the Republic….. Le chéile!”