éirígí have become the latest republican organisation to reject closed talks with Sinn Féin.* Declan Kearney, national chairman for provisional Sinn Féin issued the invite to republican groupings as part of an Easter oration this year. Republican Sinn Féin rejected the offer some weeks ago.
Breandán MacCionnaith of éirígí gave as one of the reasons for his party rejecting such an invite being the attempts of provisional Sinn Féin to label all opponents of their political strategy as dissident republicans. However, in rejecting the offer of bi-lateral closed talks, MacCionnaith instead invited provisional Sinn Féin to engage in public debates with éirígí and other so-called ‘dissidents’ organisations.
- irg issue call to Sinn Fin - "Let's have an open, public debate" | irg: For A Socialist Republic
- Éirígí refuses SF 'common ground' talks - UTV Live News
- Sinn Féin offer of peace talks spurned by republican dissidents | UK news | guardian.co.uk
Attendance at ‘dissident’ Easter commemorations seems to have been increasing in recent years north and south.
*provisional Sinn Féin, to be specific.