Reflect and contrast the visionary, declarative aspirations contained in the 1916 Irish Proclamation “We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible” with, and ponder on the words: “Let there be no mistake about where Ireland stands. We want nothing to do with the backward-looking idea of Irish sovereignty”. Those words that echo off the Dail Chamber walls, an independent Dail Chamber that was to govern a sovereign nation. That Dail was what those 1916 visionaries and patriots gave their lives for, and were the architects of its creation.
Now, we are but tenants here.
We have surrendered our sovereignty and independence. We have moved from enforced subjugation to SOVEREIGNTY to voluntary subjugation. Were the many centuries of painful sacrifices of Irish patriots, agitating for Irish sovereignty and independence, in vain? The visionary aspiration of sovereignty is ditched, with our Government leaders’ favouring imperial domination.
We must reconsider the SALE AGREED sign. No empire is worthy of our precious, luscious island and her intelligent, hardworking people. We cannot allow our governments to sell our spiritual identity, our souls, to the highest bidder. We must continue to agitate for the retention of our sovereignty; this time, not only from outside Empires, but, regrettably, from within too.