Éire Nua a New Constitution: An Independent Judiciary, Part 4 of 5

Developed by Tomas Coisdealba
Developed by Tomas Coisdealba

Welcome to Part 4 of a look at the New Constitution, the Independent Judiciary, on the New Ireland Podcast.  This podcast is brought to you by the Éire Nua US Campaign Committee.

Having marked the 100th anniversary of the First Irish Dáil  Éireann, it is historically meaningful to start universal discussions on an All-Ireland, democratically based, united, federal Irish Republic.

Specifically, the time is now to discuss the New Ireland government envisioned by Éire Nua authors in 1971.  The provincial government model was favorably received by unionist, and nationalist leaders, church leaders and other political party leaders at that time. Unfortunately, the constructive, democratic, movement was banned by the British, allowing the war to continue and over 3600 lives killed.

Now, the presentation of the proposed government structures will embody a system of power-sharing administered at the national, provincial, regional and district government levels.  This system will ensure the maximum distribution of governmental powers and will accommodate the unique and distinctive character of each of the historic provinces.  In addition to the above advantages, it grants autonomy to each of the provinces to pursue interests for which they have natural affinity including cultural, traditional, and economic interests.

Our discussion continues with a look at the New Constitution, the Independent Judiciary, Part 4 of 5.  This is presented by Éire Nua Committee Member Maggie Trainer from NY.

(Special Note: The Éire Nua US Committee podcast production would not be possible without the guidance, research, interpretations and numerous papers written or provided by Tomas and Mike Coisdealba, founders of the Éire Nua movement in the United States.)





What is the Éire Nua US Campaign?



The mission of the Éire Nua US Campaign is to secure the support of the United States Congress and House of Representatives to end the partition of Ireland in the context of a British withdrawal from the six occupied Irish counties to be followed by the establishment of a 32-county Federal Irish Republic as outlined in the Éire Nua document.20140318_042126Introduction

Tip O’Neill, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, endorsed Éıre Nua in 1973. In 1978, then Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Representative Peter Rodino, commissioned a fact-finding delegation to investigate the U.S. State Department denial of visas to individuals advocating solutions to the conflict in the British occupied six Irish counties, commonly referred to as Northern Ireland (NI), to enter the United States.  Representatives Joshua Eilberg and Hamilton Fish IV led the delegation that visited Ireland to interview the individuals denied visas to determine if there were legitimate reasons for the State Department’s action. The report published by the delegation found no legal basis for the State Departments actions and concluded that the denials of visas were a political decision made on behest of the London government who feared an airing of their neo-colonial policy in Ireland.

Ruaırí Ó Brádaıgh, the co-author of Éıre Nua, was amongst those individuals denied entry visas.

Contrary to the State Department’s assessment and consequent regressive visa policy pro-British unionists in NI viewed the Éire Nua policy proposals as a genuine attempt at Irish unity and reconciliation. In a paradoxical act of treachery, corrupt elements within the Provisional Sınn Féın (PSF) Northern Command abandoned Éıre Nua stating that it was a “sop to the Unionists.” Despite Provisional Sınn Féın’s despicable rejection of the Éire Nua policy, republican parties and dedicated individuals in Ireland and in the U.S. “kept the flag a flying” for the past four decades. 

What is Éire Nua?

Éire Nua, initially proposed by Republican Sinn Féin in 1972, would, as a basic requirement, reunite the British occupied six counties of Ireland with the rest of Ireland in an all-Ireland federation comprised of the four historic provinces of Ulster, Munster, Leinster, and Connacht. This comprehensive and far-reaching policy is in stark contrast to British imposed arrangements such as the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, Sunningdale, Hillsborough, and the Good Friday Agreement, all calculated to copper-fasten and legitimize British control over the occupied six counties of Ireland.  If enacted it would act as a bulwark against what everyone fears – another war.

Éire Nua is not imposed, it is proposed.  It is non-sectarian and inclusive.