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Continuity IRA pledges to ‘strike at will’

A masked man reads out a statement from the Continuity IRA in Carrickmore on Saturday.

A masked man reads out a statement from the Continuity IRA in Carrickmore on Saturday.

The Continuity IRA (CIRA) said it will “continue to strike at will against British forces of occupation” in a statement read out in Carrickmore on Saturday.

At a Republican Sinn Féin commemoration by the graveside of Frank Ward, who was killed in 1922, a man dressed in military attire with beret and dark sunglasses addressed the gathering.

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He read out a statement of behalf of the CIRA which said its armed struggle is “the most fitting tribute” the group can make to the men and women of 1916.

“We pledge our resolve to continue the struggle against British rule,” the statement said. “The volunteers of the Continuity Irish Republican Army will continue to strike at will at the British forces of occupation.

“That is the most fitting tribute we can make to the men and women of 1916.

RSF Carrickmore 2016

A masked colour party marches through the car park at St Colmcille’s Church in Carrickmore on Saturday.

“One hundred years after the heroic 1916 Rising the continuity of Irish Republicanism remains unbroken.

“We pledge our allegiance to the All-Ireland Republic proclaimed in Easter Week 1916 and vow never to desist in our efforts until it has been restored to its rightful place and the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland has been vindicated before the world.”

 

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