Thursday, 17 April 2014

KFC Comes To Arklow

Preas Ráiteas:

KFC Comes To Arklow

The controversial granting of planning permission for yet another fast food chain in Arklow was announced recently. KFC is set to build a new restaurant on the Wexford road, bringing the number of takeaways in the town to 14. The fact that the majority of towns in the country are now littered with Bookmakers and Fast Food outlets is a telling indication of the way our society is headed. Given that figures show almost 25% of Irish children are now obese, it’s worth pointing out that this restaurant is going to be very close to local secondary schools.

The Irish poultry farming industry produces over 70 million chickens each year. The closures in recent years of many poultry factories are a testament to the decimation caused by the importation of cheap chicken. Companies like KFC, who source almost half of their chicken from Europe, Thailand and Brazil, are exacerbating this problem. This in the long term negatively affects the Irish economy, be it from health problems from obesity or the loss of more jobs in our agricultural sector. We encourage people to support indigenous business and work together to prevent the decimation of our native economy.

Ó Brádaigh/ Ó Raghallaigh Cumann, Republican Sinn Féin Wicklow.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Leinster 2014 - 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations

Easter Sunday:
Wreath-laying ceremony at Eamonn Ceannt statue in Eamonn Ceant Park, Sundrive Road, Crumlin at 12noon.

Commemoration at Republican Plot Deansgrange cemetery. Assemble at the gates at 12.45pm.

Easter Monday:
The Seán Healy Slua, Na Fianna Éireann, Dublin, wreath-laying ceremony for Séan Healy who was shot dead by a British soldier delivering dispatches through Dublin city, Easter Week 1916.

Kildare/West Wicklow
Easter Sunday, commemoration at the grave of Mick Humphreys, Blessington, 12 noon.
Easter Monday, wreaths will be laid at monuments and graves throughout Kildare and West Wicklow.

Holy Saturday, wreath-laying ceremony, Rathciaran, Mooncoin, 12.45pm.

Wreaths will be laid on the graves of William O’Connor and James Lacey, Barrowhouse Cemetery; grave of Denis O’Dwyer, Wolfhill Cemetery and the Republican Plot, Portlaoise.

Holy Saturday, wreath-laying ceremony at monument to Thomas Traynor, Dublin Road, Tullow, Co. Carlow, 3pm.

Easter Sunday, wreath-laying ceremonies throughout the county.

Good Friday, 4pm, County Commemoration, Drumraney Old Cemetery at the graves of Patrick Sloan and Dick Bertles.

Holy Saturday, wreath-laying ceremony at Statue on Quay, Waterford city, 2pm.

Wreath-laying ceremonies will take place throughout the county at Republican Graves and Monuments over the Easter period.

Republican Plot, St. Ibar’s Cemetery, Crosstown, Easter Sunday, assemble at old Dunne’s car-park, Cresent Quay, Wexford at 3pm. Mass for all who died for Ireland, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rowe Street, 11am.

Holy Saturday, wreath-laying ceremony at Republican Monument between Shillelagh and Tinahely, 12 noon.

Easter Sunday, wreath-laying, 1798 Monument, Arklow, 12 noon.

Dundalk, Easter Sunday, wreath-laying ceremony at the Republican Plot, St. Patrick’s Cemetery, 2pm.

Easter Sunday, wreath-laying ceremonies at grave of Séamus Fox, Drumree, 12 noon; at grave of Niall Fagan, Summerhill, 1pm; at Ballinlough Cemetery, Kells, 2pm.

Easter Monday, wreath-laying ceremony at grave of Vol George McDermott, Ardbracken, 2pm.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

RSF Wexford picket for the POWs

Republican Sinn Féin members still loyal to the Republic Proclaimed outside the GPO in 1916 unlike the impostors who are calling themselves Sinn Féin (provisional). These impostors are actually implementing British rule in Ireland.

R.S.F. Wexford held a successful picket in Wexford town today, highlighting the fact that British rule is neither normal nor acceptable in Ireland. Continuity not Compromise.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Picket in support of our POWs, 8th of February, the Bullring, Wexford

Cumann Padraig o Pearaill, Wexford, will hold a picket in suport of our POWs on Saturday the 8th 
of February in the Bullring, Wexford between 12.30 and 2.30pm.

Anybody outside of Wexford who would like to travel down to show support is more than welcome to do so. 

Monday, 27 January 2014

Brendan Tobin Commemoration, Wexford

Today, 27th January, Republicans gathered in St marys cemetery in Enniscorthy to pay respect to lifelong republican Brendan Tobin.

Gareth Hyland layed a wreath on the grave on behalf of the newly re-organised Rafter/Mellows Cumann and Sean Barnes layed a wreath on behalf of Wexford Republican Graves Association. Following on from the wreath laying, a minutes silence was observed with the colour party dipping the tricolour. Mick Hunt then read a statement which said: We came here today to pay our respects to our dear friend and comrade Brendan Tobin, who passed away a year ago today. Brendan joined the republican movement in 1964 and was an active member right up to his passing. Through his life he remained true to the Republic proclaimed in 1916. After the sellout by the Provisionals in 1986 he remained true to the cause andconyinued to work tirelessly for Republican Sinn Fein, selling the SAOIRSE and attending meetings in Dublin and Commemorations all over Ireland. And indeed holding his ground with other members of RSF on O Connell St when the free state government, to their shame, invited the sectarian orange order to march past the G.P.O. No way was brendan going to let that happen.

Brendan was a founding member of Cumman Rafter/Mellows of RSF here in Enniscorthy, a town synominus with Easter 1916. He was also an avid GAA fan who loved hurling above all, and was the holder of an All Ireland Minor winners medal, and he loved nothing more than talking about the great games and players of the past over a glass of whiskey.

Although Brendan loved the GAA, he was devestated when the queen of England was brought to Croke Park and swore he would never set foot there again. Brendan has been a big loss to the Republican Movement here in county Wexford. He was a very intelligent man, but above all he was a very loyal man, loyal to his ideals, his principles, and especially to his friends. And his friends loved him, which was evident at his funeral which was attended by friends from every part of the country.

All down the years Enniscorthy has a tradition of Republicanism, from 1798 to 1916, the Civil War to the border campaign ( George Keegan who died in the border campaign is buried just across from us ) right up to the present day.

It is men like Brendan Tobin who have ensured that that continuity will continue until we have the 32 county Republic.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Bloody Sunday Picket, January 25th, 2014

Republican Sinn Féin and members of the Dublin Anti-Internment Committee gathered outside the G.P.O. in Dublin yesterday to remember those innocent Civil Rights Activists murdered in 1972 by the British Army Parachute Regiment in Derry.

List of those killed

Patrick ('Paddy') Doherty (31)

Gerald Donaghey (17)

John ('Jackie') Duddy (17)

Hugh Gilmour (17)

Michael Kelly (17)

Michael McDaid (20)

Kevin McElhinney (17)

Bernard ('Barney') McGuigan (41)

Gerald McKinney (35)

William ('Willie') McKinney (26)

William Nash (19)

James ('Jim') Wray (22)

John Young (17)


John Johnson was shot twice on 30 January 1972 and died on 16 June 1972. His family is convinced that he died prematurely and that his death was due to the injuries received and trauma he underwent on 'Bloody Sunday'.

The Release of Martin Corey

Statement from POW Department, Republican Sinn Féin

THE release of Martin Corey from Maghaberry jail in Co Antrim on January 14, 2014 was “not before time” according to Josephine Hayden, a spokesperson for the POW Department, Republican Sinn Féin who welcomed his release in a statement on January 15.

She said “The treatment meted out to Martin Corey for nearly four years was nothing short of barbaric and it was difficult to get the general public and the media interested in Martin Corey’s internment from the beginning. While, quite rightly, we saw/see criticism of the mistreatment of prisoners in other countries – on social media and in the press — the case of Martin Corey was ignored, with a few honourable exceptions, by people here at home.

“The various British secretaries of state hid behind a wall of silence and claimed that Martin Corey was ‘a threat to the public’. Their case was based on secret evidence/closed material and unspecified allegations. The role of the courts to ensure that ‘not only must justice be done, but must be seen to be done’ took such a back seat that it disappeared.

“Not only was justice not done to Martin Corey, an injustice was done to him. Unspecified allegations are not allowed in courts of law, unless of course the allegations are made by states. We have seen the British Crown Forces and their collaborationists hide behind physical screens and screens of silence in many cases down the years, black-ops in good working order, still operational.

“For almost four years Martin sat in a jail cell not knowing why he was there – this is also the type of action that even the British condemn in other countries.

“Martin was held without any due process, he was never questioned from the time of his arrest about any specific incident(s) and his legal team have never been allowed to challenge any of the secret evidence that was bought before the Parole Commissioners – neither the legal team or the judge saw the secret evidence adjudicated on by a state appointed advocate.

“On his release the statement from the Northern Ireland (sic) Office said ‘The Parole Commissioners have decided to release Martin Corey on a licence that is subject to conditions which are designed to manage the risk they assess him to pose.’ On his release – after four years – we are still asking the question ‘what risk’?

She concluded: “Is it any wonder the Republicans have no confidence in and refuse to engage with what operates as the justice system in the Occupied Six Counties, when it sees a man who ran his own business for 20 years, just picked up and interned on the word of some anonymous MI5 individuals and held without charge or trial for almost four years. And who, according to media reports [BBC and UTV January 14/15, 2014], cannot even reside in his own home town.

“Martin should never have been interned in Maghaberry or any other jail. He should have been, and should be now, at home with his family and friends, working at his business and getting on with his life.