- Oct 16, 2012
So the vote in December 1918 wasn't about that issue?
It's nice to hear this truth being stated for a change.
No, it was about freedom for the "Irish Nation" that had been captive for 700 years.
Big mistake, the 1918 manifesto said nothing about a 32 county republic. The nordy orangemen knew it didn't include them. London, paris and DC agreed that it didn't. End of.
Nobody apologised or resigned.
Sinn Féin stands less for a political party than for the Nation; it represents the old tradition of nationhood handed on from dead generations; it stands by the Proclamation of the Provisional Government of Easter, 1916, reasserting the inalienable right of the Irish Nation to sovereign independence, reaffirming the determination of the Irish people to achieve it, and guaranteeing within the independent Nation equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens.
Believing that the time has arrived when Ireland's voice for the principle of untrammelled National self-determination should be heard above every interest of party or class, Sinn Féin will oppose at the Polls every individual candidate who does not accept this principle.
"Oppose at the polls" meant "we're starting a war in a month's time". Not very clear even to Conradh na Gaeilge experts.