Sinn Féin Assembly candidate for East Derry, Caoimhe Archibald, has called on republicans to use their position of leadership to build support for Irish unity and to demand real social change.
Speaking at the annual commemoration in Kilrea. Caoimhe Archibald said, “A Century on from the Easter Rising we gather today to remember our patriots, those brave men and women who continue to inspire this generation of republicans. The only fitting tribute to those who came before us is to build the Republic proclaimed in 1916.
“The proclamation, a document ahead of its time, remains the mission statement for Irish Republicans today. We must use our position of leadership to build support for a new Ireland, based on true equality. We must continue to work to build an inclusive society which ‘cherishes all of the children of the nation equally’.
“It is up to this generation of republicans to build demand for Irish unity and to deliver a true republic as envisaged by the patriots of 1916.”