éirígí responds to Sinn Fein meeting with British monarch

éirígí statement

Mac Cionnaith responds to announcement of SF/British queen meeting

éirígí’s Rúnaí Ginearálta Breandán Mac Cionnaith has responded to the decision by the Sinn Féin leadership to endorse a meeting with the British queen, Elizabeth Windsor, commander-in-chief of Britain’s armed forces.

Mac Cionnaith said, “The decision by Sinn Féin to meet with the British queen is not in the least unsurprising, unanticipated or unexpected. However, that decision needs to be examined in a broader context.

“The Sinn Féin leadership previously took the strategic decision to gradually and consciously move that party away from its former role as a vanguard of the anti-imperialist struggle in Ireland. That leadership has also proven itself, in recent times, to be a willing ally of modern neo-con imperialists by assisting the undermining and subversion of anti-imperialist liberation struggles in other countries.

“One calculated outworking of that strategic decision in domestic terms has been the unprecedented acceptance and copper-fastening of partition by that party, and its consent to continuing British government control over part of Ireland, to such an extent that the party is now a willing and integral participant in operating the mechanics of partition and injustice.

“Paying lip-service to demands by families of British state violence for justice and truth while simultaneously acting as a prop for maintaining British injustice has now become one of the hall-marks of the Sinn Féin party.

“The reality of the unchanged nature of British control and the inefficacy of the Sinn Féin approach was highlighted on Monday (June 18th) when incontrovertible proof in the form of official British government documents revealed how, in July 1972, the state at the highest levels officially sanctioned the use of deadly force by its troops against Irish citizens and ensured that members of the Crown forces would receive indemnity from prosecution.

“Further evidence that the 1972 policy is not a mere “legacy issue” but an ongoing and central part of current British policy was demonstrated by the revelation on Wednesday (June 20th) that the British government had rejected a request by the families of the victims of the Ballymurphy Massacre for a public inquiry into those state murders.

“Sinn Féin has also moved away from its working class base and from any semblance of even a thin veneer of socialist politics to a position where it can freely and frequently advocate and ally itself with the interests of the domestic and international business and financial communities.

“It has consistently proved to be a willing tool in the imposition of private finance initiatives and the implementation of the British government’s austerity measures which penalise the young, the old, the sick, the unemployed and those workers on low wages. At the same time, that party has the audacity to hypocritically criticise other parties in the 26 Counties for implementing exactly the same policies at the behest of the Troika.

“In many respects, Sinn Féin today is mirroring and replicating the gradual and total abandonment of core Irish republican ideals in very much the same manner as was practiced by Fianna Fáil in its early history.

“Given that Sinn Féin has decided to target Fianna Fáil’s electoral constituency in the Twenty-Six Counties, it should be no surprise for anyone to learn that Sinn Féin’s current primary objective is to re-create and re-brand itself as some sort of 21st century version of Fianna Fáil with all that particular and discredited political direction entails.

“Meeting with and recognising Elizabeth Windsor as head of the British state in Ireland is but another step along the disreputable path of reformism and one more premeditated and calculated step further away from the revolutionary goal of establishing a free, sovereign and socialist Republic in Ireland.

“But then nothing else could ever be expected from a party which, when correctly politically analysed, amounted only to a modern form of old Catholic ‘defenderism’ and militant nationalist hibernianism.”

The Man Who Taught Mick McCarthy To Sing ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’


Learn to sing ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ in Irish… it couldn’t be simpler

20 years ago, in the very first edition of TAL FANZINE, we produced a phonetic translation of the Irish National Anthem – Amhrán na bhFiann – encouraging Celtic supporters and republicans in Scotland, England and Wales to learn the anthem. This translation was reproduced in TAL periodically over the years and indeed many Celtic supporters, republican bandsmen and folk musicians learned the anthem by taking those first steps with TAL.

A Coventry born Irishman of Mayo parentage, now resident in South Armagh, Liam O’Sullivan has recently produced YouTube videos and a website – afewbars.com – aimed at teaching non-Irish speakers the anthem. Part 1 where Liam sings the anthem and allows time for you to sing back each line is an excellent way to practice until perfect. In Part 2 Liam sings the entire anthem (by this time you should be singing along with him!) These videos and the accompanying website are an invaluable resource for the Irish community. They are essential viewing for anyone who seriously wants to learn Amhrán na bhFiann. Phonetic subtitles would have been an educational bonus, but those may come at a later date. The phonetics are, however, handily supplied on Liam’s new website.

Liam’s other claim to fame on this subject is as ‘The Man Who Taught Mick McCarthy The Anthem’. During McCarthy’s management of the Ireland team, Liam was incensed to watch the anthem being played before matches and almost no players, outside of those born in Ireland, appeared to know the words. He fired off a letter to Mick McCarthy offering to teach him and the Irish squad at the time the anthem. To his surprise, not only did he receive a reply, he got a phone call from the man himself who took up his offer of singing lessons!

There is a very entertaining article reproduced from the Sunday Independent that tells the story of McCarthy’s determination to master the anthem himself and to have all the players sing it too. Liam O’Sullivan’s efforts are recorded here.

Now you have no excuses for not singing the anthem properly and without the unnecessary sectarian add-ons that tend to go with the English version sung at Celtic Park.