Launched in May 2006, to mark the ninetieth
anniversary of the 1916 Rising, the “Reclaim the Republic/Athshealbhaígí an
Phoblacht” campaign has been universally well received. The first element of
the campaign involves the distribution, on a not for profit basis, of
poster-size, full colour copies of the 1916 Proclamation of The Irish
Republic. By October 2006 over 45,000 homes across Dublin had received a
copy of The 1916 Proclamation with an additional 15,000 homes scheduled to
receive a copy by the years end.
The second major element of the campaign was launched in late Oct 2006. This
consists of a collection of writings on the theme of “What the Proclamation
means to me”. Contributors with a background in the Arts, Journalism, Trade
Unionism, Political and Community Activism have already submitted their
contributions. Click on the link below to view these contributions. éirígí
is inviting individuals to add their own views on what the 1916 Proclamation
means to them by e-mailing a short written contribution (preferably no more
then 500 words) to
Click here to view
“What The Proclamation Means To Me”
Reclaim The Republic/Athshealbhaígí
The 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic shook the British Empire
to its very core. This document did not only echo the centuries
old demand for British withdrawal from Ireland. It also contained
a glimpse of a future that so terrified the British ruling class
and their friends in Ireland that they crushed the Rising without
In 2006, the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising, certain questions
must be asked:
Has the vision contained in the 1916 Proclamation been realised?
Do we the people have ownership of Ireland?
Has Britain withdrawn from our country?
Are all the children of the nation cherished equally, or do those
with money and power get preferential treatment?
What is the unfinished business to be completed before the Republic
envisioned in the Proclamation can be established?
In short, it is very apparent that we are living in an Ireland where
"the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland"
is denied. In an Ireland of inequality, the pursuit of "the happiness
and prosperity of the whole nation" comes second to the happiness
and prosperity of a privileged few.
éirígí believes that the Proclamation needs to be reclaimed by the
PEOPLE, on whose behalf it was conceived by those who fought and
died in Easter Week 1916. It was drafted by the revolutionary forces
of the day as the founding document of a society that would value
people and provide for their needs.
The 1916 Proclamation is a document for TODAY. It is in the interests
of all that the people reclaim the rights it declared on their behalf.
A copy of the Proclamation should hang with pride in every home,
workplace and school in the country, as a visible demand for the
establishment of an all-Ireland Republic of the type envisioned
by those who died in defence of our freedom.
- Reclaim the right of the people of Ireland
to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of
Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible
- Reclaim the right that the Irish Republic
be a Sovereign Independent All-Ireland State
- Reclaim the right to religious and civil
liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities for all people
- Reclaim the right to pursue the happiness
and prosperity of the whole nation and all of its parts
- Reclaim the right that all of the children
of the nation be cherished equally
Reclaim The Republic/Athshealbhaígí
We in éirígí are distributing poster size copies of the 1916 Proclamation
of the Republic on a not for profit basis. Financial donations will
be used to print further copies for distribution.
As part of it's Reclaim the Republic campaign éirígí is
offering Proclamations to individuals
organisations. If you are a member of an organisation, be it a trade union,
women's group, residents association, sports club etc and would like to
distribute copies of the 1916 Proclamations to members of your group contact
us by e-mailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 086 236 7298 or through our
Contact Us Section to arrange
collection of a batch of posters. We should be able to facilitate all
requests, no matter how small or large. Similarly if you would like to
distribute Proclamations within your workplace or local area contact us to
arrange for collection of posters
Download a copy of the 1916 Proclamation in any
of the languages below by clicking on the relevant flag: