Proclamation of Independence

  1. Two parts of the Proclamation

Extract from the Proclamation of Independence

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. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the last three hundred years they have asserted it to arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.

Para 3:  The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all of its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.

 We hope that these politicians and others who will make a big celebration of the Centenary of the Proclamation will have read it and will say – “hand on heart I am carrying out the principles laid down in the Proclamation”.

 Reply from the European Commission:

“This being said the validity of the relative stability principle is not as far as the commission is concerned unquestionable not untenable.  A serious reflection on what can be done to ensure that the CFP work the better in future includes reviewing this principle”.

Under relative stability Ireland is “granted” a mere 4% of the whitefish quotas.  88% of all fish caught in our Exclusive Economic Zone is taken by foreign vessels.  This is calculated at € 1.16 billion per annum.

In the meantime they continue to close post offices, Garda Stations and other facilities    around the coasts.  The quota share out was fixed in 1983 when the average age of the Irish fleet was 35 years old!

Our part-time Minister refuses to apply for a fair share for Irish fishermen.  WHY!

Proclamation of Independence

Proclamation of Independence


Facts of EU membership “costs + benefits”

“Although European Union membership has been of great benefit to us, it has also been of benefit to others, and has costs as well as benefits. We are prone to be somewhat naive about this….. We opened up our markets and had to allow other countries more generous access to our fish stocks than we have ourselves. These are items on both sides of the balance sheet. If we are to be realistic, we should not labour under the idea that we have some special debt or obligation to our partners or that we have been the beneficiary of positive discrimination. We have not.”
(Ahern, Dáil Éireann V. 463 C.1317, 28 March 1996).

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The reason for this website.


The recent admission by Minister Coveney that “it is impossible to control foreign fleets in Irish waters”. We have been trying to convince Irish officialdom of this fact for years. As we know to our cost, it was and still is a policy of shoot the messenger, a question now for the Minister is that he has finally listened to voices from the fishermen, it’s what he intends to do to remedy a situation that has gone on for years. The great barrier to stock management is the CFP NOT discards, which has grabbed the headlines of late and which has pushed aside the more important issues from Ireland’s point of view. The proper distribution of fish stocks and there after, the overall control of fleets especially other country fleets in Irish waters. This and other issues is why we want the CFP properly reformed!!

The European Parliament has to go through 2,549 amendment proposals in the lengthy first reading before it submits it to the Commission. Will any of these adequately address Ireland’s case?

The crew of the West Cork trawler “Carmona” mending their net at Dinish Island, Castletownbere as seagulls scavenge for any fish that may be left.
Picture: Niall Duffy


Ireland continues to gift the EU with over €1 Billion of fish

Fishing for justice

Ireland continues to gift the EU with over €1 Billion of fish annually from Irish National Waters,

Now is the time for us to consider the supposed reform of our Common Fisheries Policy.

“Never forget the importance of history. Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to always be a child” (Cicero)

“In order to know where we are going, we have to know how we got here.”
(John Nolan, Manager, Castletownbere Fishermen’s Co-Op).

It is well recognised that the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is one of the worst Man-Induced ecological disasters of modern times.

How did Ireland get involved in this disaster?

Ireland, England, Denmark & Norway, formally opened negotiation to join the E.E.C., on the 30th June, 1970. On that very same day, the original six E.E.C. members introduced Regulation 2141/70. This included the infamous clause on fisheries – “Equal access to a common resource without discrimination” – (“acquis communautaire”) and the candidates for membership would have to accept this as a condition of entry to the EEC!

This was the basic plank Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and it still is, and any subsequent regulations and rules are merely derogations.

Paddy Hillery, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, was the person charged with our negotiations. He was ably assisted by Brendan O’Kelly, Chairman of B.I.M. Hillery resisted, O’Kelly was sent home, and next day Hillery capitulated and signed ! (reference: “Irish Times” article of 30/12/’95 by Lorna Siggins, for full account – cutting available on request).

Did Hillery sign under duress to gain entry to the EEC? Was this gunpoint diplomacy?
Did the EEC come to this with “Clean Hands”?

COLONIALISM – A policy in which a country rules other nations and develops trade for its own benefit. After a few short years of freedom, Ireland is once again under colonial rule!

Following the United Nations Conference on the “Law of the Sea” May 1975, the right of countries to declare an exclusive 200 Mile Zone around its coast was accepted. This right had also been signed away. So our Exclusive Economic Zone (E.E.Z.) and fisheries is now governed by Brussels. Irelands E.E.Z. is ten times our land mass.
(Reference: Legal Briefing letter from Ronan Daly Jermyn – Solicitors, copy available on request) Click here to view letter

By 2011, the amount Ireland receives and contributes to the EU is expected to be roughly equal. In 2012, Ireland should be a net contributor of some €500 Million per year. (David Doyle, Sec. General, Dept. Of Finance, June 2008). Add to this the value of fish taken by other nations from our waters, which is recognised as billions of Euros. We cannot afford this largesse, while we beg for funds at the same time!

We gave away our fish, worth billions of Euros, our E.E.Z., our oil and gas and now they want us to sell the ESB, Aer Lingus, an Bord Gais etc. At the same time they want to ban turf cutting!

Donegal that fishing county was the only county to twice vote “NO” to Lisbon.

Tom McSweeney, long time Marine Correspondent of R.T.E., and now Freelance Journalist, recently quotes the Marine Institute:-

“Total available catch off Ireland = €1.18 Billion994,155 tonnes.
Ireland is only entitled to – €0.19 Billion

Effectively, Ireland handed over €1 Billion of its natural economic resources to other EU countries, and does so annually, as it did in the past. In the meantime we continue to beg for money from foreign banks!

The Minister keeps reminding us that we have 18% of the quota. The bulk of this is made up of pelagic tonnage. Vessels fishing for the very valuable demersal species have a mere 4% of the quota. The rest is taken by other EU vessels, as pointed out by the Marine Institute and Tom MacSweeney.

Can Ireland afford to give away €1 Billion Euro per annum while our coastal peripheral communities emigrate to Australia or Canada?

John Rodgers of Arranmore Island recently mentioned on radio, appeals for his young people who are emigrating in large numbers. They are not allowed to fish their own waters – Excuse me – European waters – European fish!

What should be done to correct this grave injustice to the economy of Ireland as a whole and not alone Fishermen and Coastal Communities? Some suggest withdrawal from the EU, others withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy. In England a majority vote of the Westminster

Parliament would restore their rights to their Exclusive Economic Zone. What is the position in Ireland? This could be “disruptive of Community solidarity, offensive to our neighbours and would cause grave irritation” – SO WHAT? Real Regionalisation where each Country is responsible for fish stocks in its own waters is another solution. This would be worth Billions of Euro and Thousands of jobs in Ireland.

Is Michael Noonan, our Minister for Finance, aware of this Financial Haemorrhage and will he try to stem the flow?

Can Eamon Gilmore, our Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is responsible for our relations with the EU, help?

Can our Taoiseach – Enda Kenny, who took on the Vatican, help?