Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath, Imelda Munster, has said that the government’s plan to hold a State commemoration for the Royal Irish Constabulary on the January 17th is an affront to those who resisted British rule in Ireland during the Tan War, and that citizens who suffered at the hands of those that enforced British rule in Ireland are who we should be commemorating, not the RIC or the Black and Tans.
Deputy Munster said:
“The Royal Irish Constabulary and Dublin Metropolitan Police were not merely police forces – as the Government seems to think – they had a specific role in upholding what was oftentimes martial law and suppressing the will of the Irish people for self-determination and national independence.
“This State commemoration should be cancelled outright.
“In no other State would those who facilitated the suppression of national freedom be commemorated by the State and I am calling on the government to cancel this proposed State commemoration.
“I am calling on the Government’s representatives Fergus O’Dowd TD and Declan Breathnach TD to come forward and clarify their position on this. The State’s revisionism will leave them on the wrong side of history.
“It is those who resisted British rule in Ireland during the Tan War and citizens that suffered at the hands of the those that maintained British rule who the State should be commemorating, not the RIC or the Black and Tans.
“If this commemoration goes ahead it will undoubtedly be met with dignified protest and Sinn Féin is organising for that eventuality.”