- THE following statement was received by Saoirse and other media outlets on December 3 and was carried in December Saoirse. It may be of interest to your readers:
The leadership of the Continuity Irish Republican Army state categorically that its position regarding the seeking of permission from either the British or 26-County States has not changed.
The Republican Movement will never seek permission from either the British or 26 County states to march in any part of Ireland. Neither will it engage in any way with the Six-County Parades Commission. We note that this position is shared by Republican Sinn Féin.
This position was misrepresented in certain quarters in an attempt to undermine confidence in the leadership of the CIRA. We reiterate our unyielding allegiance to the All-Ireland Republic, proclaimed in 1916, endorsed by the people of Ireland in 1918 and acted upon by the First All-Ireland Dáil in 1919.
We deny the legitimacy of both partitionist states and deny their right to administer any part of Ireland. We renew our pledge to actively resist the forces of British occupation and to defend the Irish people’s right to national independence.
(signed) B Ó Ruairc.