This Sunday January 30th marks both the day and the date of the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, which took place in Derry in 1972. Fourteen unarmed Irish people were killed by British soldiers as they were taking part in a demonstration for civil rights and its aftermath. – The fight for justice continues.
In 1916 the Easter Rising represented the resumption of the struggle for Irish freedom. The decision in 1914 of the Irish National Volunteers and the Irish Parliamentary Party to support the British government in the inter-imperialist war effectively subsumed the national movement. By 1916 hopes for an early victory by either side in the war had disappeared. It was time to reclaim hope for Ireland at home, from its slaughter overseas.
Sinn Féin recorded a stunning advance in the latest Irish general election, topping the poll with 24.5%. The two dominant parties since partition, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil could only muster 43.1% between them, their worst combined showing in the history of the state.
Support for Sinn Féin has increased dramatically in the opinion polls ahead of the Irish general election to be held on 8 February.
Report from the November 2019 Sinn Fein Ard Fheis (annual conference) in Derry.
How to estimate the significance of an historic figure of recent passing? Martin McGuinness’s portrait now adorns murals in Ireland, alongside Wolf Tone, Constance Markievicz, James Connolly and similar giants of Ireland’s struggle for freedom. Such positioning is not outlandish. It’s what Martin earnt.