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(en) Ireland, WSM* Workers Solidarity #91 - 90 years after the 1916 insurrection in Dublin by James McBarron

Date Tue, 04 Apr 2006 16:14:47 +0300

An Irish anarchist analysis of the legacy of the Easter rising
This April the Irish government will commemorate the 1916
insurrection in Dublin when 1600 rebels seized key buildings in the
city and held them against the British army for a week. 1916 has
become the founding myth of the Irish state yet the state today
hardly reflects even the limited demands of the 1916 proclamation.
1916: 90 Years on - Gombeen Nation
This Easter marks the ninetieth anniversary of the 1916 rising. There is an
unedifying scrabble by every politician in the state to wrap the green flag
around themselves and stake their claim to be the inheritors of the tradition.

From Micky McDowell across to Gerry Adams, Bertie Ahern to
Enda Kenny, every party, paramilitary and sect are raising the flag.

The 1916 proclamation however if taken to mean anything should
surely give them some discomfort.

"The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights
and equal oppurtunity to all its citizens......cherishing all children of
the nation equally..."

Is this what the state is doing when it deports children and their
parents, when the Gardai beat people up at protests and in custody,
where people are locked up in jail for defending their communities
and homes,when workers lose their jobs to be replaced with cheaper
labour, where resources are denied to schools whilst the rich are free
to pay no tax, when we live with a two tier health system with
overcrowding and waiting lists for the poor and exclusive private
clinics for the rich. Does this Republic really provide equal
oppurtunity and equal rights or does it depend on your wealth?

"We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of

Maybe this doesn't include the Corrib gasfield or any other oil or gas
field, which the state under practically every government has given
away to the multinational oil companies, but you would think it
should. Does it include other assets like Coillte which owns 7% or
Irelands land and is being prepared for privatisation?

2006 will provide plenty of oppurtunity for many a politician to pose
as a great patriot and to seek to bask in some reflected glory, but
really none of them represent our interests, the interests of the
working class, none of them offer any real hope of a break with the
system of exploitation and oppression under which we live. To
defeat that system and to build a society that truly cherishes all of its
children equally will take a revolution built from below in every
workplace, community and town in Ireland.

From Workers Solidarity 91, March/April 2006
PDF file online at http://www.struggle.ws/pdfs/ws/
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