A statement from republican activist Cáit Trainor announcing her resignation from Republican Sinn Féin. She had served as the party's Vice President.
As of today 19th November 2014 - I have regretfully resigned my position as
Vice President of Republican Sinn Féin and withdrew my membership from the
Republican Sinn Féin have recently moved away from a position that I firmly
believe in, which is non co-operation in any manner with the Parades Commission
and RUC to commemorate our Patriot dead, and as such their policies are now at
odds with my principles. If I were to remain a member it would be dishonest to
both Republican Sinn Féin and myself and would serve no good.
The contemptuous behaviour by some members of the leadership towards me since
the Ard Fheis of 2014, when I showed my opposition to this move has been truly
startling and nothing short of an attempt to censor me. Attempts were made at
the Ard Fheis to remove the motion put forward by my own Cumann confirming that
we would not use the Parades commission from the Clar, this was the first
anything untoward was made apparent.
Within days of my opposition to rejecting the motion I was castigated,
suspended and attempts made to cover this up as a personal rather than a
political matter. As a person of integrity and honour I have never been afraid
to stand up to those who are unjust and this is no exception.
I wish to make clear however that I feel no animosity towards Republican Sinn
Féin. It has been my privilege to have been a member and I have the utmost
respect for countless people I have worked with. For my part I will continue to
be a political activist and work towards the independence of our Country of
which we all hold so dear.