In these tumultuous times now before us — with political change now a real possibility — we must prepare, and be better prepared, for the event of change and must have our ducks in a row. We cannot afford to be found wanting, in this moment, and must grasp and seize the initiative. In this moment of historic import, we must present and position the Republic front and centre. In the words of the great James Connolly, it must be made a word to conjure with.
Should we manage to achieve Irish Unity, or agreement towards such being effected, we must move speedily to the election of a 32-county constituent assembly — to the drafting, there, of a new constitution for an independent 32-county republic. A charter of fundamental rights should likewise here be set towards. The outcome of this deliberation — the political arrangements there set towards — can then be put to the Irish people by national referendum.
In an Irish Unity scenario, we must work to ensure that the future is forged by the Irish people alone — inclusive of our differing identities and traditions but with no role for Britain to be granted, come this process. In the context of movement towards Irish Unity, the only forward role for Britain can be to leave Ireland entirely — as she ought to have done long ago.
Sean Bresnahan is an independent Republican from Co. Tyrone who blogs @ Claidheamh Soluis. Follow Sean Bresnahan on Twitter @bres79