New Sinn Fein’s most recent attempt to appease their English masters — Towards A United Ireland — finds them suggesting our Irish identity should be suppressed and compromised within new constitutional arrangements. Incredibly, in that same document they also intimate the opposite for the British identity of Ireland’s unionists – which is not to be likewise impacted but promoted instead, afforded unique constitutional recognition up to and including their supposed relationship with the British Monarchy.
It is now we see why Martin McGuinness has been playing ‘Her Majesty’s’ poodle the past five years, the plan all along being to make the British Royals acceptable to nationalism in preparation for this shift – for the Agreed Ireland they are at pains now to sell and in which ‘the Britishness of the Irish people’, recently spoken of by party hack Jim Gibney, will successfully take root and find form.
The intent it seems is to remove all symbols of Irish identity, replacing them with new ones, while at the same time promoting and embracing Orange Order and British Monarchy connections, all in a servile effort to impress their unionist bedfellows at Stormont – which incidentally we are told now is to remain intact upon Irish Unity.
Ultimately, concealed within thirty pages of deflection lies the cunning reality that Sinn Fein intend giving up our identity while swallowing that of the unionists, all in a delusional and utterly futile effort to attract their support for this bogus ‘Agreed Ireland’. Worse still, under this plan the British state is to have a continuing role in Ireland even after its reunification – on paper to make allowances for the insecurities of unionism but in reality to preserve British government influence over our country with that as the pretext.
Bizarrely, going by ‘Towards A United Ireland’, it seems that Sinn Fein have appointed themselves to negotiate for unionism on all of this, while abandoning their own constituency that they might do so. Off-the-charts it might seem at first but in truth not unexpected, given their direction of travel over the past thirty years and which becomes the more obvious with every passing summer.
What Sinn Fein’s ‘Agreed Ireland’ aims towards is the stripping of our national identity, that continuing British influence in our country, under the guise of upholding the rights of unionism, might withstand new political arrangements. Perhaps they’ve forgotten that, in the All-Ireland Republic, Ulster’s Protestants will have the same rights and protections as everyone else – under a universal charter of citizenship that guarantees those rights, without the need for special designations that do nothing but entrench division.
Republicanism has always been about a civic rapprochement between our traditions in an Irish Republic for all, one where ‘all of the children’ are treated equally regardless their differences. It is within that republic where the Irish people, in all their diversity, can and will be reconciled, while maintaining respect for their unique identities.
Truly mind-boggling is that this ulterior agenda, which is outside republicanism and no longer of its line, is pressed by those who formerly decried Éire Nua as a ‘sop to unionism’. What we are witnessing here though is not a mere sop to unionism but a calculated effort to permanently secure Ireland within the realm – by the well-heeled servants of British rule, who, wittingly or otherwise, act now as agents of influence for the Crown.
To the rank-and-file of Sinn Fein, who cannot possibly be comfortable with any of this should they think on where they’re being led: there is a duty to act before it’s too late – before your party’s hierarchy has hauled this across the line. We stand at a crossroads in the struggle for freedom and must decide are we to facilitate a permanent end to our dream of an independent republic, allowing the ‘Agreed Ireland’ agenda of Britain and her hirelings to nail down its coffin, or are we to re-set our compass towards that republic and act to see it advanced.
That is the moment we have arrived at and it is time for people to search their hearts – to honestly engage the situation now faced – and ask what it is they want for our country: the Irish Republic that remains our birthright or an Agreed Ireland sell out that condemns it never to be. ‘The Endgame’ is moving into sight. On what path we determine, at this most critical time in our history, is pregnant with significance and will shape the future for decades. The stakes have never been as high.