The election of Boris Johnson, and the impending resume of his ‘Brexit Britain’ policy agenda, has implications for Ireland of a national concern and focus. The context this ushers in demands that serious consideration be given the only credible alternative to failed Partition rule — namely Irish Unity under a 32-county republic.
In that context, Irish Republicans must here reassert our core political demand and object: that the Irish Republic be reconstituted and that its national parliament, Dáil Éireann, convene as a 32-county constituent assembly — freely elected on a pro rata basis — to agree its form and structure.
There, at that forum, the elected representatives of the Irish people, gathered in national congress, can draft by agreement among their number a new all-Ireland constitution. As part of that process, too, an adjoining charter of fundamental rights, to be embedded within the constitutional framework of state, can and should be determined towards.
In turn, the constitutional proposals thus drafted should be put to the people of Ireland by referendum, demanding as such that they meet with their approval and ensuring, for them, the final say on what is to be ultimately their future.
The essential premise of such a process, with the political framework in turn given onto, would be to safeguard for all citizens, forward into the future, the political rights, entitlements and protections that must be their preserve, in all of their differing identities and traditions and regardless the divisions of the past. It would stand for the entrench of same within the fundamental law of the Republic.
A reconstitution of the Irish Republic represents best road forward for Ireland and her people as these tumultuous times unfold. These times of seismic political import demand seismic political movement. The Irish Republic, restored in new form, in line with the needs and wants of its citizens, is best-placed to deliver on the requirements thus hastened.
Sean Bresnahan is an independent Republican from Co. Tyrone who
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