Thank you and happy Easter

A Letter From Ireland

a Chairde,

Welcome to all the new subscribers and thank you to my older friends for your continued support. Greg has told me that we have had a recent bump in subscriptions.  

When I started writing these weekly updates I thought of them as a letter to a friend (although one who never writes back!!) I never thought of a wider impact. Increasingly when I travel to the US and Canada I meet supporters who read the letters and the feedback has been very positive, so far…Thank you.  

For new subscribers, I am the Sinn Féin Representative to the US and Canada. Sinn Féin is the largest political party across all of Ireland. We are an Irish Republican party striving to undo partition and build a new and united Ireland. A republic of equal citizens and a home for all.

Originally from Belfast, I now live outside Dublin. My role is to act as a bridge between the party in Ireland and political institutions, leaders, and supporters in the US and Canada.  

North America has been critical to Irish history. Just as the Irish helped build and shape the US and Canada, so have your nations shaped Ireland. Every generation of revolutionary leaders has visited North America to enlist support for Ireland.  

This weekend in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Long Island, Rhode Island, Toronto, and later in Philadelphia and other places, supporters will gather to mark the 1916 Easter Rising and to commemorate Ireland’s patriot dead. Easter for Irish Republicans is a time for remembering and renewal.  

On Easter Monday 1916 Padraig Pearse read the proclamation declaring the Irish Republic and recognizing that it was, “supported by her exiled children in America”. The British would later execute Pearse and the other leaders, but the proclamation lived on and remains the foundation document of Irish Republicanism.  

There would have been no Easter Rising or Good Friday Agreement without the US and Canada. But the journey is not over. We have further to travel to realize the vision of the leaders of 1916.  

The Good Friday Agreement places the constitutional future of Ireland in the hands of the people. It provides for unity referendums north and south, if both are passed then Ireland will be united. We now have a peaceful pathway to unity. A pathway denied to those who formed up in 1916.  

The role of are “exiled children” in shaping a new and united Ireland cannot be underplayed or overstated. The US and Canada will be central to securing unity referendums and holding the British Government to its obligations. The Irish nation abroad must also have a voice in shaping a new Ireland. Sinn Féin is determined that voice will be heard and later in the year will extend it’s Commission on the Future of Ireland to the US and Canada. Watch this space.  

For generations the hope of a united, independent, and sovereign Ireland has been shared across the US and Canada. We can now have the opportunity to build a a new and united Ireland in our time.

Thank you for your support and happy Easter.  

Ciarán

Ciarán Quinn is the Sinn Féin Representative to North America. Each week he writes a letter from Ireland with news and analysis. It is featured in the weekly Friends of Sinn Féin USA Newsletter. Be sure you are subscribed to stay up to date.

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