Over the course of tomorrow and running alongside the 26-county election being held that day, the 1916 Societies are organising a series of test polls on the issue of Irish Unity, offering voters in select constituencies the opportunity to vote for the establishing of a New and Independent All-Ireland Republic.
As part of our flagship One Ireland One Vote initiative, whose intent is to realise the right of the Irish people to self-determination – in the form of an All-Ireland Referendum – we are running a sample plebiscite on the reunification of Ireland, taking in a cross-section of the 26-county area as it goes to the polls.
As a process outside of the partitionist establishment, whether North or South, it is confined to the area in question only for logistical purposes, to coincide with and take advantage of the election being held there on the day. It is though fully independent of that election, being instead an extra-democratic ‘citizens-centred initiative’ beyond the partition-system itself.
Outside the GPO last night in Dublin, Paul Scannell, National Organiser with the Societies, spoke of his belief that ‘small and focused projects, such as that planned for Friday, can open up debate on the need for a fresh start in Ireland’. Calling for a national referendum to bring about the same, he appealed for the Irish people to ‘get behind the One Ireland One Vote campaign, empowering together a new beginning, for all the people, in an Irish Republic worthy of that title’.
Our poll tomorrow presents a unique chance for selected areas, from Dublin to Donegal, to voice support for an ‘Independent 32-County Republic’, in what has been billed as ‘Irish Unity – Your Vote’. It represents an exciting development in our broader campaign, as the Societies seek out progressive alternatives to the politics of old, in line with our commitments to the republican position and the 1916 Proclamation.
We are confident that tomorrow’s vote, however limited, will set forth a positive dynamic in our efforts to build a new way forward, helping to foster a new and necessary debate where the need for change, across and throughout this country, is set once more in the context of Irish Unity, where it clearly belongs.