Politics must come first - IRSP

Tiarnan Heaney with a phot of his uncle who Denis Heaney was a victim of the troubles pictured at the Easter Commemoration ceremony at the City Cemetary on Sunday.  (1004JB43)

Tiarnan Heaney with a phot of his uncle who Denis Heaney was a victim of the troubles pictured at the Easter Commemoration ceremony at the City Cemetary on Sunday. (1004JB43)

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Republican objectives cannot be achieved unless political activity is prioritised, republican socialists attending the IRSP Easter commemoration in the City Cemetery on Saturday were told.

Wreaths were laid at the republican socialists’ monument on behalf of the INLA, Derry IRSP, the Republican Socialist Movement, Strabane, and the 32 County Sovereignty Movement.

Some of the crowd during the IRSP Commemoration on Saturday.  (1004JB53)

Some of the crowd during the IRSP Commemoration on Saturday. (1004JB53)

In the main oration, Eohgan Campbell told the crowd that the IRSP are committed to the “primacy of politics.”

“For the past three years the IRSP has undergone great change and development. This is part of the continuing struggle for socialism in Ireland, for without the primacy of politics for which many of our comrades died, the struggle would have little to no chance of ever achieving success.

“The primacy of politics as envisaged by our fallen comrade Ta Power is what drives the entire Republican Socialist Movement,” he said.

He also said republican socialists are as committed as ever to the ideals of 1916: “Comrades let us not forget who the real enemy is. In 1916 it was the British, in 1969 it was the British and in 2012 it remains British imperialism.

“Let us re-dedicate ourselves to continue the political struggle to smash the connection with Britain and its capitalist allies and create a true people’s republic as envisaged by James Connolly and his comrades in 1916 and from who we take our political guidance. We should re-dedicate ourselves to continue wholeheartedly the struggle for national liberation and socialism,” he said.

The commemoration ended with the playing of the National Anthem.