The above article by Stephen Collins raises a very serious issue.He says “Sinn Fein was, and remains, the political mouthpiece of the IRA.”
He says “Sinn Fein was, and remains, the political mouthpiece of the IRA.” The IRA is illegal. It is a criminal offence to belong to it.
It is also unconstitutional. The Irish Constitution was adopted in a Referendum in 1937 and remains the supreme law of our state.
Article 15 (6) of the Irish Constitution plainly says
“The right to raise and maintain a military or armed force is vested exclusively in the Oireachtas.”
and it adds
“No military or armed force , other than a military or armed force raised and maintained by the Oireachtas, shall be raised or maintained for any purpose whatsoever”
The IRA has thus existed, and continues to exist, in direct defiance of the Irish Constitution.
Yet Sinn Fein members of the Oireachtas, serving under the same Irish Constitution, continue to extol the IRA and its actions.
This is hypocritical, but it is also subversive of the institutional basis of the Irish state.
Sinn Fein needs to say if it is willing to be loyal , in word and deed, to Article 15 of the Irish Constitution.