Fermanagh 1916 Societies officially launched the One Ireland One Vote petition for an All Ireland referendum on Irish unity with Bridget Carroll, a cousin of 1916 leader Sean MacDiarmada, at his homestead in Kiltyclogher Co Leitrim.
Independent Cllr Bernice Swift chaired the event stating: “ This is a very historic and patriotic day for all of us to be standing in the very house that the great Sean MacDiarmada grew up in, and spent the early part of his life in.
While, she noted, MacDiarmada was aware of the risk of signing the proclamation of 1916, he felt he had to make this sacrifice to see his dream of an Independent Ireland realised.
Last week the 1916 Societies in the homestead of Padraig Pearse launched their One Ireland One Vote petition for an All-Ireland Referendum on Irish Unity.
The Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke was the first to sign the petition and officially launch our campaign for Irish Freedom.
Last week week the campaign was brought to the homestead of Sean MacDiarmada where MacDiarmada’s cousins were on hand to sign the peition.
“We in the 1916 Societies contend the popular will of the Irish people is for change in this country, and we want to establish a 32 County Republic as declared in the proclamation of 1916.
“We believe our campaign for an All-Ireland referendum on Irish unity is a means to achieving this,” said Cllr Swift.