The Chairman of the dissident republican group, the 32 County Soverignty Movement, has accused Sinn Féin of collaborating with the British Government. The group held its AGM in Dundalk today, and claimed that support for the movement is growing and that it is here to stay. It says it is a political movement fighting for a united Ireland, and is opposed to the Good Friday Agreement.
The key speaker was former Noraid fundraiser, Martin Galvin. He told the delegates that their political impact should not be understated, and that each time they heard Sinn Féin was unable to deliver on concessions because of concerns amongst republican grassroots and fear about generating support for dissidents that "it is a mark of your potential strength". He said the message from the AGM was there are still republicans who will never accept British rule in Ireland, and that the dissident republicans are here to stay.
Around 25 delegates attended the AGM in a hotel just north of Dundalk. The groups Vice Chairperson is Bernadette Sands McKevitt, sister of hunger striker, Bobby Sands. Asked if they had a military wing, group Chairman Frances Mackey said that the movement had given a peaceful alternative to the Good Friday Agreement by challenging British rule in Ireland to the United Nations. He said the group does not have links with any military organisations.