"The Nineteenth century saw a great Springtime of Nations as the revolutions of 1848 saw new countries created the length and breadth of Europe. In our world today we are now seeing our own Spring Awakening with people and cultures that have long been dormant and subdued asserting their right to exist, their right to dream." Adam Price MP
Sunday, 10 April 2011
The History of Ireland and the Queen's Visit
Adams responds to details of British Queen’s visit
Speaking this evening as details of the British Queen’s visit to Ireland were announced Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said: "Sinn Féin is aware of the offence this visit will cause to many Irish citizens, particularly victims of British rule and those with legacy issues in this state and in the North. "The scheduling of the visit on the anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings is particularly insensitive. "It is widely believed that the Dublin and Monaghan bombings were carried out with the involvement of and direction of British military intelligence. "The British authorities have repeatedly refused to release the files in their possession on this attack. "Despite an all-party Dáil motion the Irish Government has failed to press the British for the release of these files. "Sinn Fein wants to see the normalisation of relationships between our two nations and republicans have been in the leadership of this process but that can only be based on mutual respect and equality and on the ending of the partition of Ireland."