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January 06, 2005

01/06/05 - Full Text of IRA New Year's Message

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01/06/05 12:10 EST

The following is the full text of the IRA statement
published in this week's edition of An Phoblacht.

"The leadership of Oglaigh na hEireann sends New Year
greetings to our Volunteers and to our friends and
supporters at home and abroad.

"We extend solidarity to our imprisoned comrades and their

"Time and again over the past ten years the IRA has
demonstrated its commitment to the Peace Process. On
occasion, our initiatives have stretched the discipline and
patience of our Volunteers and the wider republican base. To
their credit, they have remained steadfast.

"We set out the contribution we are prepared to make to a
comprehensive agreement to resolve all outstanding issues.
This included moving into a new mode which reflects our
determination to see the transition to a totally peaceful
society and also concluding the process to completely and
verifiably put all our arms beyond use.

"All of this is being prevented by an unachievable demand
for humiliation.

"The rejection of our substantial contributions has created
a deep anger within the republican and nationalist
communities and indeed, it has generated significant

"We want to see peace on the island of Ireland and among all
the Irish people. But a just and lasting peace is only
possible on the basis of equality. The days of inequality
and of discrimination are over. There must be an end to
bigotry, sectarianism and racism.

"Pandering by the two governments, once again, to a
rejectionist approach by a unionist leader will not work.
The IRA will not accept it.

"We reject recent attempts to criminalise our Volunteers.
Through two decades, central to Britain's policy in Ireland
was the strategy of demonising and criminalising
republicans. In prisons and on the streets, similar attempts
and tactics were smashed, most notably by our comrades on
hunger strike in 1981. Current attempts by those hostile to
republicanism will also fail.

"We commend our Volunteers and our support base. Their
patience and discipline have been among our greatest
strengths. We share a vision for the future.

"This vision includes the unity and independence of Ireland.

"While a Peace Process can produce an accommodation, and the
IRA is prepared to assist this process, Irish unity and
independence provides the best context for the people of
this island to live together in harmony and prosperity. We
remain committed to our republican objectives."

P O'Neill, Irish Republican Publicity Bureau Dublin.


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