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The 1916 Societies are an Irish Separatist Movement and believe that the Irish Republic should be a Sovereign Independent State.

The 1916 Societies are committed to fostering and promoting Irish unity as set out in the 1916 Proclamation.

The 1916 Societies believe in the right of the Irish people to national self-determination. We demand that this right is recognised in the form of a 32 county referendum on Irish Unity.


The 1916 Societies are holding a public meeting this Saturday at 1pm in Portadown's Ashgrove Centre on the Garvaghey Road to discuss the ongoing issues of unaccountable policing and justice, the reemergence of MI5 as a controlling instrument of British state policy in Ireland and the rising abuse of state power resulting from both these processes. Worrying trends over the course of recent years indicate efforts to resolve historical concerns in the sensitive area of human rights, supposedly addressed under the terms of the 1998 British-Irish Agreement and its subsequent outworkings, are being increasingly undermined by the situation on the ground, with failure to achieve anything resembling a satisfactory resolution to this issue representing the hard reality of society as it currently stands.

The ongoing deterioration in human rights standards, coupled with recent exposure of the accountability deficit at the heart of new policing arrangements in the six-counties - most notably in relation to the powerful, defining role British Military Intelligence continues to play at the heart of the most sensitive areas of the policing process - is a cause of grave concern for both ourselves and of course all those with a vested interest in ensuring a better way for the next generation of people in this country. That these issues present themselves not only in the north, where historically the situation has been much worse, but all across Ireland today is a damning indictment of how the current political process has proved unable to tackle and deal with the underlying causes that continue to allow this ugly reality to repeatedly raise its head.

Unless there is an unequivocal, universal commitment to the exacting standards of human rights that we feel the people of this country are entitled to - alongside a process that ensures a true democratic accountability and transparency to ensure that end - then the problems referred to will only worsen and further deteriorate as time goes on. In a country emerging from violent conflict and seeking to resolve the issues that helped sustain it the inherent dangers involved here need addressed at the root level with an outcome that ensures the democratic norms and protections that should be ours by birthright are restored to both the people of the occupied six-counties and indeed the south of the country also, where human rights issues still remain a concern in many instances.

KW Law, Justice Watch Ireland and other human rights and community activists have been asked to address the meeting and to detail the facts and statistics as they stand at present, as well as offering advice as to how the situation might be dealt with at an individual level and moved forward at that of wider society. The room is open to all who wish to attend and anyone wishing to make a contribution from the floor or seek advice from the panel will be facilitated and provided for on the day. We thank in advance those individuals and organisations who've agreed to offer their expertise as well as the Terence McSwiney Society Craigavon for hosting and putting the day's events together.



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Petition for

The 1916 societies are proud to launch our ‘on-line petition’ to assist all Irish citizens, including the Irish Diaspora, to register their support for the establishment of a sovereign independent Republic. The forcible partitioning of our country against the democratic will of the Irish people has not worked, is not working and will never work. It is totally undemocratic and ignores the wishes of the vast majority of the Irish people.

Not since 1918 has the Irish nation been given an opportunity to express its collective will by democratic franchise. On that occasion despite an overwhelming majority, the English, as the colonial occupier, refused to recognize the will of the Irish people and divided our country for their own selfish and strategic aims.

This on-line petition presents the perfect opportunity to address this historical inequality and allow the Irish people to demand real change. The people best placed to decide on the future of Ireland are the Irish people, take this opportunity to register your voice for a democratic Ireland established on the principles of freedom, justice and peace. Register today, vote for one Ireland one vote.


Martin Corey is a Republican from Lurgan, Co. Armagh. He was sentenced to Life Imprisonment in December 1973. At that time he was only 19 years old. He was to spend the next 19 years of his life in jail until he was finally released without signing anything in June 1992. Without warning on April 16th 2010 he was taken back into custody. No Reason was given to Martin at the time or since his return to jail.



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