Featured below is an interview by Channel 4 News in Britain with a spokesperson for the so-called New Irish Republican Army; though like the Provisional IRA before it the organisation does not use the qualifier, instead claiming continuity of title and authority with the military force that emerged from the coalition of revolutionary groupings during the Easter Rising of 1916. The masked volunteer, also dubbed with a voice-over to help preserve his anonymity, makes the following points about the violently imposed border on the island of Ireland, the question of Brexit and the relevance of the Good Friday Agreement in light of recent events:
“There is no such thing as an Irish border. It’s a British border.
Since its formation, since its inception the purpose of the IRA has been to take action against all such infrastructure of British occupation.
It’s important to understand that this is a country under occupation by Britain, and as in any colonial situation the people have the right there to respond by all means necessary to that occupation.
Regardless of the form of occupation, whatever kind of border there is – be it soft or so called hard border – that’s irrelevant.
We are talking about an illegal occupation here that means the IRA reserved the right to attack those who are upholding that illegal occupation along the border and elsewhere and the illegal partition that goes with it. And those who are upholding that.
The EU and the British and the 26 county administration constantly speak about the border as if it’s been there two minutes and it’s only an issue with Brexit. There’s been a border since 1921. It’s been resisted. It is being resisted. It will be resisted regardless of any deal formed around it.
Firstly, the Good Friday Agreement is dead. It was superseded by various other agreements such as the Leeds Castle, St Andrews, Hillsborough deals and others. So the Good Friday Agreement is defunct.
Secondly the Good Friday Agreement was not ratified by the Irish people as a unit, as a whole, but by two separate questions depending on which statelet they lived in.”
Quizzed about the obvious lack of domestic support in the country for the use of armed struggle to remove the UK legacy colony in the Six Counties the New IRA spokesperson countered the question by noting London’s lack of democratic mandate to govern any part of the island.
“…we are not the wrong side of history. No colony has ever secured its freedom without armed resistance.
We have more support than the Conservative Party, but they lord it over us. We also have more support in Ireland than the Labour Party does.”
The broadcast ends with the observation that MI5, the well-known synonym for Britain’s Security Service, an espionage organisation that played a terrible role in prolonging and deepening the Troubles, has warned Boris Johnson not to test the resolve of militant Irish republicans to challenge the return of a hard border around the Six Counties.