éirígí in Derry

éirígí now has a ciorcal (local branch) in Derry.  Its first public event took place last Friday night (October 10), with several dozen people coming along to hear a panel of speakers on internment.

The speakers included Francie McGuigan and Kevin Hannaway who were interned without trial in the early 1970s and also tortured by the British Army.

Sitting Belfast city councillor Angela Nelson spoke about being interned in her youth in the early 1970s, while éirígí’s Stephen Murney spoke about his recent imprisonment.

As well as relating their own experiences, speakers dealt with what has and hasn’t changed in the north of Ireland since the civil rights movement of the late 1960s and the subsequent beginning of armed conflict.

Francie McGuigan suggested that a bunch of names had changed – internment is now ‘detention’ and ‘remand’ and the names of the individuals and parties running Stormont have changed, for instance, but the fundamental system remains.  Kevin Hannaway suggested that the fight was worth it, but was also far from over because real freedom had not been achieved.

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Posted on October 13, 2014, in 21st century republicanism and socialism, Commemorations, Democratic rights - general, Irish politics today, Prisoners - past, Provos - then and now, Public events - Ireland, Repression and resistance in 1970s and 1980s, Repression and resistance in the six counties today, Women in republican history. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on éirígí in Derry.

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