Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

7th January 2020

 

Breathnach says it is ‘wrong’ for State to commemorate RIC

 

– The Government is planning to hold a commemoration for the RIC and DMP on January 17th –
Louth TD Declan Breathnach has said it is wrong for the State to be holding a commemoration for the RIC and has called on the Government to reconsider the idea.

 

“If Fine Gael or indeed any party, group or individual wish to commemorate the RIC they of course have the right to do so. However, I have an issue with there being a State led commemoration of the RIC. The State is commemorating a force that was the strong arm of the British State in Ireland and worked to suppress Ireland’s fight for independence.”

 

“Many men from The Louth Brigade took part in the 1916 Rising and fought in the War of Independence, added to the fact that Louth voters rejected British rule in the 1918 General Election. The RIC was on the wrong side of history by supporting British rule and working hand in hand with the Black and Tans and Auxiliaries in senseless and barbaric murders of people in Louth and across Ireland. Every year I attend the commemoration in Ardee of Sean O’Carroll and Patrick Tierney, two IRA volunteers who were killed by the Black and Tans one hundred years ago. It would be hypocritical of me and indeed an insult to these men and the many others who gave their life for Irish freedom if I supported the State’s RIC Commemoration this month.

 

Breathnach concluded “We must be aware of our complex past, but it is inappropriate for the state to commemorate a force who brutally opposed the movement for Irish Freedom. I hope the Government reconsider this proposed State commemoration.”
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Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)
(T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie