RUAIRI O BRADAIGH LASCIA LA GUIDA DEL REPUBLICAN SINN FEIN
Ruari O Bradaigh annuncia l’addio al Republican Sinn Fein per ragioni di età e di salute
Il leader del Republican Sinn Fein ,Ruari O Bradaigh, ringraziando coloro che hanno collaborato con lui per 60 anni, rinuncia a presentarsi in qualità di presidente del Republican Sinn Fein al prossimo ard fheis, motivi di età e di salute.
O Bradaigh, 76 anni, ha guidato il partito republicano dal 1986 anno di scissione dal Sinn Fein a causa di un percorso costituzionale intrapreso che secondo lui non avrebbe mai portato ad un’Irlanda Unita e offrendo a suo dire “una casa ai dissidenti SF”.
Republican leader to stand down (BBC News Northern Ireland)
The leader of Republican Sinn Fein, Ruairi O Bradaigh, has said he is standing down for reasons of age and health.
Mr O Bradaigh, who is 76, has led the party since it was formed by a split from Sinn Fein in 1986.
Republican Sinn Fein is a small fringe party which has just one councillor in the Republic of Ireland.
It is believed to be closely linked to the Continuity IRA although the party says that is not the case.
In his statement, Mr O Bradaigh said: “I will not be standing for the position of president of Republican Sinn Fein at the forthcoming ard fheis for reasons of age and health.
“I will, however, be going forward for membership of an ard chomhairle and for the office of patron of the organisation.”
He added: “I wish to record my appreciation and thanks to all who worked with me over the past 60 years.”
Ruairi O Bradaigh is originally from County Longford where he qualified as a teacher.
He became a TD in the 1950s, elected for Sinn Fein on an abstentionist ticket.
He is believed to have been chief of staff of the IRA for two periods before it split in 1969. In 1973, he was sentenced to six months in prison for PIRA membership.
In 1983, Gerry Adams succeeded him as president of Sinn Fein. In 1986, Mr O Bradaigh led the split from Sinn Fein famously walking out of a party conference.
He left because he feared that Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness would lead the Provisional IRA towards a constitutional path which, he believed, would never deliver a united Ireland.
The roots of the fall out were over a decision to enter the Irish parliament, the Dail, if elected, thus ending the party’s policy of abstention.
He went on to set up Republican Sinn Fein which he claimed “offered a home” to SF dissidents.