- 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!