Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice.
Hugging trees has a calming effect on me. I'm talking about enormous trees that will be there when we are all dead and gone. I've hugged trees in every part of this little island.
I stopped buying Sunday papers about 15 years ago, because you'd buy handfuls of them, and what you got, because the hard news comes from so many other channels, was opinion pieces. You're better off spending the money on a good novel.
When others stood idly by, you and your families gave your all, in defence of a risen people and in pursuit of Irish freedom and unity.
There can be no such things as an Irish nationalist accepting the loyalist veto and partition. You cannot claim to be an Irish nationalist if you consent to an internal six county settlement and if you are willing to negotiate the state of Irish society with a foreign government.
The days of humiliation, of second-class citizens and of inequality are over and gone forever.
It will always be a battle a day between those who want maximum change and those who want to maintain the status quo.
Making peace, I have found, is much harder than making war.
For over 30 years, the IRA showed that the British government could not rule Ireland on its own terms.
In the past I have defended the right of the IRA to engage in armed struggle. I did so because there was no alternative for those who would not bend the knee, or turn a blind eye to oppression, or for those who wanted a national republic.
Last Update: 18 January 2022
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