PROCLAMATION OF THE IRISH REPUBLIC 24/4/1916.
IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN. In the name of God and of dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.
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 past three hundred years they have asserted it in 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, and of its exaltation among the nations.
signed on behalf of the Provisional Government
Thomas James Clarke
Seán MacDiarmada Thomas MacDonagh
Padrig Henry Pearse Éamonn Ceannt
James Connolly Joseph Plunkett