15 January 2006

Sinn Fein: release the prisoners and campaign actively for unity

Limerick Leader

**Via Newshound

By CLODAGH O'LEARY
Saturday, January 14th, 2006


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Click to view - Foggy dew... The colour party and a section of the crowd at the Republican Plot for the Sinn Fein Sean South commemoration

THE Irish Government should release all political prisoners under the terms of the Good Friday agreement and actively campaign for a 32-county Ireland, according to a Sinn Fein Councillor at yesterday's Sean South commemoration in the city.

Despite the cold conditions, over 150 people marched to Mount St Lawrence's cemetery, led by the Ballyseedy Martyrs Band, from Kerry.

Wexford Councillor and general election candidate John Dwyer gave the graveside oration at the Republican Plot.

"I am calling on British and Irish Governments to fully honour the commitments laid down by the Good Friday Agreement."

"It is time for them to put their money where their mouth is, and not allow for any other political prisoners to be taken hostage under the Good Friday Agreement," said Cllr Dwyer, to rapturous applause.

He said now was a time for action on all sides.

"The Irish Government can no longer sit on the fence, it is time they actively started moves toward a 32-county Ireland," he said.

He told the gathered crowd, which included Sinn Fein members from Limerick and Clare, that it was their duty to resist moves to prevent the creation of a united Ireland.

"There have been attempts to criminalise us, but people only do so, because they fear us, they fear our unity. We are calling on more Irish people to join our march, because we are unstoppable. We are moving into a different phase, but we cannot be stopped," he said.

Former IRA prisoners and members of "The Balcombe Street Gang" Harry Duggan and Eddie Butler, who were arrested in 1976 after a series of bombings in London, attended, as did Brixton escapee Nessan Quinlivan.

Maurice Quinlivan, chairman of Sinn Fein Limerick and a candidate in the next general election, told the gathered crowd that plans were already underway for next year's Sean South commemorations-which will mark the 50th anniversary of his death.

"We will have a national political leader here to speak and we have begun to put together a programme of events," he said.

Republican Sinn Fein, which rejects the Good Friday Agreement, held their own march and graveside oration on New Year's Day which attracted Republicans from Limerick, Cork and Tipperary.

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