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RSF Are The Sole Inheritors of the Sinn Fein Mantle

Des Dalton • 7 January 2005

"As we in Republican Sinn Fein embark on this the centenary year of the foundation of Sinn Fein in 1905 it is necessary to point out that whilst other political organisations such as Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, The Worker's Party and the Provisionals may attempt to claim lay claim to the right of celebrating this centenary, Republican Sinn Fein are the sole inheritors of the Sinn Fein mantle. We have an unbroken continuity over the past 100 years. In that 100 years numerous group have broken with Sinn Fein and subsequently were absorbed into the partitionist system north and south."

"At every juncture since the adoption of a Republican constitution in 1917 Republican Sinn Fein have adhered to and defended that constitution, which states clearly that the fundamental principles of the organisation are:

  • '(A) That the allegiance of Irishmen and Irishwomen is due to the sovereign Irish Republic proclaimed in 1916 and established by the First Dail Eireann on 21 January 1919, and
  • (B) That the sovereignty and unity of the Republic are inalienable and non - judicable'. First and second among its stated objects are:
  • '(A) The complete overthrow of British Rule in Ireland and the establishment of a Federal Democratic Socialist Republic based on the Proclamation of 1916.
  • (B) To bring the proclamation of the Republic, Easter 1916, into effective operation and to maintain and consolidate the Government of the Republic, representative of the people of all Ireland, based on that proclamation.'

"Now as we prepare to commemorate and celebrate our centenary we call on all of those who have long since abandoned the 'separatist' ethos upon which Sinn Fein was founded to refrain from the pretence that they have any link to the historic Sinn Fein organisation. Further we would call on the Provisionals to follow the example of the Worker's Party and end their use of the title Sinn Fein.

They have dishonoured this honourable and historic name long enough. Sinn Fein was founded with the objective of removing Irish participation in the British parliament at Westminster and creating an All - Ireland Parliament, those who draw salaries from or opened offices in Westminster whilst also participating in the partitionist assemblies of Stormont and Leinster House have long since abandoned the very title deeds of Sinn Fein".












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10 January 2005

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