The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Ahern to reclaim Oglaigh na Eireann for Irish defence forces.

Last year, the IRA -- which used the name Oglaigh na Eireann in Irish, considering itself to be Ireland's legitimate army and with Sinn Fein the true heirs of the 1916 Rising -- pledged to lay down its arms for good.
It was against this backdrop that Ahern announced his plans to hold the parade -- and reclaim the title Oglaigh na Eireann for the Irish defence forces.
"The Irish people need to reclaim the spirit of 1916 from the extremists because they had denigrated the sacrifices of Ireland's greatest generation and had abused and debased the title of republicanism," he said.


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