Nua Eite reflects on these words of Poblacht Na hEireann:
‘… the Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally…’.
So, Nua Eite asks, ‘is this the Ireland of 2020?’ The answer is a self-evident ‘no’.
Can it be? Resoundingly ‘yes’, Nua Eite declares.
Ireland inherently can meet and exceed the aims of its founders. It is within the will of the people – just as were the words of a century ago.
‘We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible.
Note that it says ‘people’, not ‘politicians’ or ‘government’.
Nua Eite believes the people of Ireland can do this by eliminating the ‘distract and divide’ policies of successive governments that have split the interests of the people by place of residence, urban versus rural, occupation, professional versus producer, economic sector, service versus professional, and by so many other categories.
Nua Eite believes the people of Ireland can do this by looking straight up at those circumstances we deem problems – not as ‘things in themselves’ but as the result of actions taken by those with the power to shape them. Let’s pull back the curtain of rhetoric and look directly at the actors responsible for Ireland’s current circumstance.
Is there a housing crisis? Yes. Why? Instead of building economically and environmentally sustainable housing, developers, and their political cronies, plan and build housing well beyond the needs and pocketbooks of the typical person in Ireland.
Is there a health care crisis? Yes. Why? Instead of delivering readily accessible health care to all regions of Ireland, Health Care Executive administrators allow basic hospital and clinic services to deteriorate while they focus on building new medical hubs well beyond the needs or finances of the Irish populace.
Is there a growing crime problem? Yes. Why? People without hope of bettering themselves turn against each other and society, abuse drugs, engage in anti-social behavior and curse those in authority who both caused their situation and refuse to address it.
Nua Eite cherishes the Republic of Ireland and its people, no matter where they be. Nua Eite believes a future brighter than the one on the current horizon is possible through the renewed efforts of all the people of Ireland and in the solidarity of their efforts.