Speaking at the annual Edentubber Martyrs commemoration, Sinn Féin’s Mickey Brady MP told the large crowd in attendance that “the case for a United Ireland has never been more obvious and more necessary.”
The 62nd Commemoration was chaired by Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú and was attended by well over 500 people.
Mickey Brady told the crowd that “the tide of history is with those who seek to build a united Ireland based on social justice and equality.”
In a message to Boris Johnston and the DUP, Brady sent a clear message regarding Brexit.
“During Operation Harvest in the 1950s and right up until the most recent phase of the conflict, the checkpoints, watch towers and military bases that polluted these mountain tops give evidence enough of the strategic importance of this area and of the strength of Republican resistance.
“Those checkpoints are gone. The watchtowers and spy posts are gone. The hard border that they enforced is gone.
“And let me make this very clear, to Boris Johnston and Arlene Foster and whoever else needs to hear it.
Brexit or no Brexit, there will be no return to a hard border in Ireland.”
Brady referred to the upcoming Westminster being held next month.
“On December 12th the vote the Republican Movement gets in this election will not only be watched closely by Little Englanders in London, green Tories in Dublin and hard Brexiteers in the DUP. Be in no doubt that the eyes of the world will be on the results of these elections.
“From Brussels to Washington we must send a clear message to all the nations of the world that the Irish people have rejected Brexit, rejected Boris’ border and rejected Westminster’s influence in Irish affairs”.
Speaking about the need for real debate on a United Ireland, Mickey said,
“The case for a United Ireland has never been more obvious and more necessary. The clamour for a real debate and for real preparations for unity to begin will only get louder. Sinn Féin is calling for a representative, all-Ireland citizens’ forum to be established to begin discussions and plan for unity.
“A united Ireland makes sense; it makes sense culturally, politically, environmentally and economically.”