Martin McGuinness hoping to be Irish president for 2016

Toward a New Republic – I dTreo Poblacht Nua

Martin McGuinness to run for Irish presidency. Sinn Féin to announce deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and former IRA chief of staff Martin McGuinness’ bid to become head of state in Irish Republic (The Guardian 16 September 2011)

22 September: Martin McGuinness wins Cork 96FM radio poll with 61% of vote
21 September: Eamon Dunphy says he’ll be voting Martin McGuinness (audio at link)
20 September: Martin McGuinness wins the Joe Duffy liveline 10 minute text poll (28% of the vote. Over 22,000 took part)


Mainstream coverage: Irish Times | The Guardian (England) Other Coverage: VilaWeb (Catalan) Videos: A Man of the People – Martin kicks off his 32 county election tour in the bogside of Derry | Martin McGuinness at SF Ard Fheis 2011 | Gerry Adams; Martin McGuinness proposed as Presidential candidate | Martin: Late Late show January 2011 (1 + 2) | Gerry Adams & Martin McGuinnessMartin McGuinness warns Republicans who collaborate with the British | Key Texts: Towards a New Republic: Martin McGuinness Ard Fheis 2011 | Poblacht na hEireann: Irish proclamation of 1916 | McGuinness: My war is over (BBC 2002) | Historical background: Seachtar na Cásca (Easter Week – TG4 7 part series, in Gaeilge, English subs) | Derry: The Battle of the Bogside Documentary | Provos, Loyalists and Brits (BBC 90′s documentary series) | Bloody Sunday (bbc doc) | Bloody Sunday (2002 Paul Greengrass doc) | Films about Ireland: Michael Collins | The Wind That Shakes the Barley (spanish subs) Mary McAleese (Irelands president today, the first Northener): Uachtaráin – Mary McAleese (TG4 vid) | Late Late Show ’07 (1 + 2) | wiki entry


Martin McGuinness will run for the upcoming Irish presidencial elections. This is a bold step from Sinn Féin, which is Irelands oldest political party and the only one that covers the entire island. If elected, the former IRA chief of staff Martin McGuinness will be the head of state in the Irish Republic. From IRA head of staff to one of the chief architects which has led to the Northern Ireland Peace Process, Martin has had phenomenal success in doing what was thought impossible; bringing peace and normality to the north of Ireland. Should he be elected, perhaps he can do for the island what he has done for the north. Presently Ireland is in tatters economically, in dire straights again, but in 2016 it will be the 100 year anniversary of the Easter rising of 1916. That is the sacred date which served as the springboard which eventually established the Republic of Ireland, after bloody guerilla war (18-21), the peace treaty and formation of the free state (21) and the formation of the republic (48). There is already much talk of what a “Republic” means today and should Martin get elected he no doubt would play a critical role in bringing that debate toward the dream him and his team have been working toward; An all Island Republic that respects the rights of all its citizens equally, without foreign interference or manipulation. (See end of this article for vid and text of Martins recent address to the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis)

1916 and freedom for Ireland 1916 Irish republicans, nationalists and citizens army launched the Easter Rising, a failed revolt against the british crown in Dublin. After a week of intense fighting, the rebels surrendered, many were executed, many many more were held in English prisons but this action proved the spark which led to Irelands freedom from British Imperialism after more than 800 years of occupation. The treaty that led to peace and freedom was a double edged sword, which led to a bloody civil war, this was because the island of Ireland was to be divided in the Southern part, the Irish Free State, and Northern Ireland.

The Troubles

Omagh bomb afermath

From the division of Ireland till 1969 a thoroughly unjust apartheid statelet existed. Preference was shown to the mostly Protestant community, those who wished to retain the connection with Britain, over the Catholic community, who were the nationalists, many of whom wished to break the connection with Britain and be part of a united Ireland. In 1969, after the growth of a civil rights movement in America, people from both communities united and pushed for a fairer statelet but were met by repeated violence from both the state and communities opposed to these demands. The result of this was that those seeking change felt there was no peaceful way to achieve their goals and that violence was the only answer, with that in 1969 the first major stand off started in Derry, the “Battle of the Bogside“. Pretty soon things had deteriorated terribly, especially after the infamous “Bloody Sunday” and a thoroughly bloody 30 years were to follow with thousands of deaths on all sides of the community as well as many British soldiers stationed there at the behest of the British powers. Martin was one of the many who fought and later was a major player in the IRA, after many failed attempts at ceasefires and peace deals finally something gave way.

Peace on the island and toward the Republic of Ireland 2016

In 1994 an IRA ceasefire was called, political deals were done and most importantly the level of utter violence slowed down. Many thought it would be impossible to bring a seemingly state of normality to what had been a war zone for nearly 30 years. In 1998 dissident republicans let off a terrible bomb in Omagh which killed 33 innocent people, after that there was an island wide referundum to see were people on all the island in favour of peace. This was “The Good Friday Agreement”  and after things seemed to move along quickly. Things are not perfect but from where things were to where they are now is an incredible feat by all parties and players involved, including Martin McGuinness.

In the last Southern elections Gerry Adams moved from the North to the South and is now part of the Dáil, and now another move, that of Martins attempt to become the President of Ireland, things are changing profoundly on this island. Many who have spent most of their lives struggling for their beliefs now feel they are closer than ever to realizing their dream and that they will get there through peaceful means alone; to help bring about the dream of a united island based on strong republican values.

Perhaps in only 5 more years Ireland might indeed be a lot more of a different place. To see what Martins dreams are, view the video below and read the end of this article to view that transcript of his recent address to the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis; Towards a New Republic


Martin McGuinness Vids:

A Man of the People – Martin kicks off his 32 county election tour in the bogside of Derry

Martin McGuinness at SF Ard Fheis 2011

Gerry Adams; Martin McGuinness proposed as Presidential candidate

Martin: Late Late show January 2011 part 1

Martin: Late Late show January 2011 part 2

Martin McGuinness warns Republicans who collaborate with the British: Death

Historical background:

Seachtar na Cásca (Easter Week – TG4 7 part series, in Gaeilge, English subs)

Derry: The Battle of the Bogside Documentary

Bloody Sunday (2002 Paul Greengrass doc)

Provos, Loyalists and Brits


Martin McGuinness Ard Fheis 2011 – Towards a New Republic (September 9, 2011)

In five short years the people of Ireland will commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising.

It is our job as Republicans to map out where we want to be in 2016 – and while five years may seem only a short period in which to bring about the sort of fundamental political, social, economic and constitutional change we want – but reflect for a moment on the changes made in the past five years.

This time five years ago the peace process was deadlocked –the DUP leadership had yet to sit down with Sinn Féin – the political institutions remained in what seemed permanent suspension and the two governments seemed bereft of ideas to free up the process.

The onus lay on us – the party driving the peace process forward to take the initiative, salvage the process and ensure that the potential of the Good Friday Agreement was not lost.

So this time five years ago our negotiating team was preparing to head to St. Andrews – within 6 months what people said was impossible had happened – the DUP and Ian Paisley were in power sharing institutions with Sinn Féin and the other parties on the basis of equality.

Republicans had taken another strategic initiative on policing and fully functioning all-Ireland political architecture was up and running.

Also in the course of the five years from then we have seen the Hillsborough Agreement and the transfer of powers on policing and justice away from London and onto the island of Ireland – another significant milestone on our journey.

And also look at where we are as a party – the advances we have made over that five year period. In 2006 when we gathered would anybody have predicted an Executive jointly led by myself and Peter Robinson seeing out a full term? Sinn Féin Ministers making decision around the Executive table which impacted for the better on thousands of ordinary people’s lives.

Would anybody here hand on heart seriously have suggested five years ago that Gerry Adams would be leading a Sinn Fein Oireachtas team of 14 TDS and 3 Senators – that Fianna Fail would be in the position they now find themselves in.

And I rehearse all of this not for the purposes of history – but for the purposes of showing what is possible. Change does not have to take decades – political circumstances can be moulded and shaped and change can quickly happen.

That is the lesson of the past five years and more importantly it is the inspiration for the next five.

So how do we build the New Republic – how do we continue to make change and at the same time deliver for ordinary people day and daily.
We continue to do what we are doing – Sinn Féin is the party of the New Republic – we are the party with vision, with hope and with commitment.

The worst trait in any political leader is to aim low – it is much better to aim high and come up short than not try at all.

It seems to me that some political leaders in Ireland have waved the white flag – they accepted the loss of sovereignty – they accepted the IMF and the ECB – not necessarily because they wanted to but because they hadn’t the vision to look for another way – there is always another way – there is always something better to aim for.

And that is the way we came at the Tory imposed cuts in the Executive budget here, we could have rolled over. We could have agreed with the approach of others. We decided on different approach. And despite a lack of economic levers we have managed to offset some of the worst of the Tory excesses. But it is by no means an ideal situation and many significant economic challenges lie ahead for the Executive.

But I am confident that working together in proper partnership all of the parties around the Executive table can play a role on one hand in protecting the most vulnerable and on the other in sustaining and indeed creating new jobs for our people.

Indeed next week myself and Peter Robinson will travel to the United States for a number of important meetings aimed directly at securing further foreign direct investment and I am hopeful of further progress in this regard.

And yesterday the Executive acted to ensure no increase in Student Fees will take place during this Assembly term.

But we are not simply involved in institutions to mind the shop.

As republicans we have cause and we have purpose. And given the progress of recent years we rightly carry great expectations of what we can achieve in the future. And those expectations go way beyond simply Sinn Féin supporters or even those who want to see a united Ireland. The expectation of us to continue to succeed is shared by many who don’t ultimately share our primary political goal of unity and independence. But it is our duty to continue to reach out to unionists and it is our duty to persuade them of the merits of a new Republic and of their treasured place in it.

In the five years between now and 2016 I want to see us lead a national conversation on the future of this island. We are haemorrhaging our young people to far flung parts of the world in search of work. A combination of greed and arrogance has left much of the Irish people demoralised. That is not the vision of 1916 and it is not my vision for Ireland approaching its centenary.

And our national conversation needs to be truly national and indeed global. Our Diaspora have a stake in our future. Let us begin the work today of structuring a proper engagement on the type of new Republic we want to build – let us engage without preconditions and engage with those who have previously not had their voices heard.

Let us have meetings in every Irish county in the next year – let us meet every group who has a stake in building a new republic. Remember the men and woman of 1916 came from different backgrounds and different places. They had a vision and they had a purpose.

Let the new republic offer hope to those currently under pressure. Let it be based on equality and fairness and let it be a proper Republic with citizens at its core.
And as part of this let us deal with the legacy of the conflict. For too long this issue has been dodged by the two governments. Proper reconciliation is key to the future.

We have already stated that it is our preferred view that a proper international truth commission be put in place. Others have reservations, others are hiding on the issue. But let us be realistic the current status quo is not working for victims and is not working for the wider process. No amount of HET inquiries or even prosecutions will deal with this issue and indeed as some have argued it is making the task of genuine reconciliation all the harder.

The British government shunted the issue onto Eames/Bradley and then quietly placed their report on the shelf. It seems to me that the biggest obstacle to properly dealing with the past is a continuing refusal at the very top of the British system to acknowledge their combatant role in the conflict. This needs to change. And republicans need to realise that dealing with the past will not be an easy process for us – Republicans inflicted much hurt during the conflict – but if we are to build a new Republic and a new future it is necessary and it is a road none of us should be afraid to go down.

And in my experience of recent years many within the unionist community are up for a journey of reconciliation and dialogue. Tonight one of those the Rev. David Latimer from First Derry Presbyterian church has demonstrated that by his courageous decision to accept our invitation to address this Ard Fheis.

No doubt David will say things tonight which will challenge many of us in this hall. And likewise David will hear things tonight that will challenge his view of the future. And that is key – that is what the national conversation I have spoken is all about – we don’t have all the answers and have never claimed to have.

A new Republic can be built. But it will only be built if we take the lead in building it. I trust in the Irish people. I trust in our ability to fulfil the legacy of 1916, I trust in our ability and I trust in our vision for the future.

Five years isn’t a long time in the history of any nation – but in five years as we have already shown political conditions can be transformed. My message from here is that Ireland can be transformed in the next five – join with us in making that happen.

IRELAND: AN ISLAND with 1 rugby team, 2 football (soccer) teams, 32 county Gaelic teams, 1 national anthem, 1 rugby anthem (for away games), 2 rugby “national” anthems ( for home games: national anthem – a soldiers song, sung in gaelic + “Irelands call” sung in English), 4 million people in the “republic”, 1.5 people in the “north” (half of them see themselves as “Irish”, other half “Irish but British”, many of the “Irish” in the southern side dont see this first group as same “Irish” as them) and many many millions elsewhere around the planet who call themselves “Irish” (some born there, some great great grandsons of people born there – all unable to vote in “irish elections”…

Is there any other “country” or “nation” (the rugby team play in the “six nations”) with such a odd and divided sense of self???

EITHERWAY, come on Ireland, beat Wales in the world cup and its ENGLAND (the old enemy) vs IRELAND… and if we win that, we might just go and win the whole blasted thing.



60 Responses to Martin McGuinness hoping to be Irish president for 2016

  1. fuspey says:

    RTE: Martin McGuinness set to be SF Áras candidate

    BBC: Irish presidency – Sinn Fein to put Martin McGuinness forward

    ARAS 11 on TWITTER:!/search?q=%23aras11

  2. fuspey says:

    Front page of todays Irish times, main headline: McGuinness enters fray as presidential race heats up

    Irish Examiner: Martin McGuinness to run for President

  3. fuspey says:

    todays liveline show on RTE focused on martin ferris (today is mon 19 sep )

  4. fuspey says:

    mondays pat kenny show on RTE

    The Presidential Election.September 19, 2011 2:00 PM
    Stephen Collins, Irish Times.

    found at

    Frontline – Monday, 19 September 2011
    Pat Kenny looks at reaction to the announcement that Martin McGuinness has entered into the presidential race.

  5. fuspey says:

    The official Twitter feed for Martin McGuinness’s Presidential campaign is @martin4prez2011 #aras11

  6. fuspey says:

    just in from Sinn Féin Ireland: Martin McGuinness wins the Joe Duffy liveline 10 minute text poll. He secures 28% of the vote. Over 22,000 took part in the poll. Well done to all who voted for him.

  7. fuspey says:

    Martin McGuinness as Irish president? You never know

    In a country hurt by severe economic decline, disillusioned voters could well elect the former IRA man

  8. fuspey says:

    ‘McGuinness for President!’ – Dunphy

    On today’s Lunchtime show Damien was joined by broadcaster and journalist Eamon Dunphy.

    Eamon hit out at critics of the Sinn Fein presidential candidate Martin McGuinness.

    Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Times had earlier said that Mr. McGuinness should not be President because he could be arrested for war crimes.

    However, Newstalk presenter Eamon Dunphy said he would be voting for the Sinn Fein candidate and compared McGuinness to former South Africa president Nelson Mandela.

    Listen to the full interview at link.

  9. fuspey says:

    McGuinness: I won’t say sorry for past

    MARTIN McGUINNESS has said he would not apologise for his IRA past as he criticised “west Brit elements” for trying to derail his campaign to be President.

  10. fuspey says:

    More on RTE, Pat Kenny show

    – Who Are the West Brits Undermining Martin McGuinness’s Campaign:September 21, 2011
    Pearse Doherty, Sinn Fein Finance Spokesperson, Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times
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    – Martin McGuinness and The Presidency.September 20, 2011
    Ed Moloney, Author and Historian and Danny Morrison, Author and Commentator
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    – Martin McGuinness and The Presidency.September 20, 2011
    Danny Morrison, Author and Commentator.
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    The Presidential Election.September 19, 2011 2:00 PMStephen Collins, Irish Times.
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  11. fuspey says:

    positive articles in the times

    McGuinness’s track record augurs well for Áras run

    Only Norris can stop McGuinness becoming president

    earlier from the indo

    Martina Devlin: Electing Martin McGuinness as President would be a fitting acknowledgement of his crucial role in the peace process

  12. fuspey says:

    Martin McGuinness speaks to Claire O’Sullivan of the Irish Examiner

    related article from examiner: Martin fishes in footsteps of the Queen

  13. fuspey says:

    some of what martin and sinn fein are up against in the north, with some support from the south, by those who are republican dissidents.

  14. fuspey says: Who would you vote for in the Presidential Election?

    seeing as expats cant vote, or “northen irish” either

  15. fuspey says:

    Martin McGuinness hailed ‘a great leader’ by Presbyterian minister

    The first Presbyterian minister to address a Sinn Fein party conference last night praised Martin McGuinness as one of the “great leaders of modern times”.

    On his arrival at the Waterfront Hall for the conference, the Rev David Latimer said: “I haven’t come here for soundbites.”

    But he was undoubtedly the star turn of the first night of the first Sinn Fein ard fheis to be held in Northern Ireland.

    Delegates asked to have their pictures taken with Mr Latimer on mobile phones and many shook hands with him. “I am among friends,” he said, stressing that people could work together whatever view they took of the border.

  16. fuspey says:

    Irish Times: SF will use presidency to legitimise IRA campaign

    If one gives McGuinness all the votes Sinn Féin got in that election and also give him a conservative two-thirds of the votes cast for Independents and half of the votes cast for Fianna Fáil in that election, a realistic scenario emerges in which McGuinness is elected president.

    In fact he deserves more intense scrutiny because he is currently the one who looks most likely to win.

  17. fuspey says:

    Fintans latest response / attack on Martin: Five claims that must be answered on McGuinness

    On the other hand, five propositions advanced by McGuinness’s defenders still remain to be dealt with:

    1. Martin McGuinness is acceptable to the DUP in the North, so it is hypocritical to suggest that he should not be president.

    2. The past should be forgotten – what happened during the conflict is now irrelevant.

    3. Eamon de Valera was elected president and Martin McGuinness would be no different.

    4. Martin McGuinness is like Nelson Mandela.

    5. It is preposterous to suggest, as I did last week that, as president, Martin McGuinness “could, in principle, be liable to arrest for war crimes under international law”.

  18. fuspey says:

    yesterday in the guardian, poor article, much debate in the comments section

    Martin McGuinness’s candidacy is an affront to decency

    How can the former IRA man be considered a serious candidate for the Irish presidency?

  19. fuspey says:

    Irish Times: McGuinness ‘fit and proper’ candidate for role

    SINN FÉIN’s Martin McGuinness is “a fit and proper” candidate for the presidency since he is already fit and proper to hold the role of Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, former British secretary of state for Northern Ireland Shaun Woodward has said.

    “If you are a fit and proper person for the North, it seems to me to be a very strange set of rules that have been put on the table to say, ‘You’re fine to be a fit and proper person to be first minister or deputy first minister, but you couldn’t be a fit and proper person in the South.’

  20. fuspey says:

    RTE’s Pat Kenny show, friday 23rd September 2011

    “Up until last weekend the campaign for the presidency was a dull, lack- lustre affair, with no candidates of any great charisma. Then Sinn Fein’s Martin Mc Guinness burst onto the stage and it looks like David Norris is not far behind joining him. Joining Pat to review a pretty remarkable week were Martina Devlin from the Irish Independent , Paddy Duffy , PR Consultant , and John Drennan from the Sunday Independent.”

    Given how 1 sided RTE and most Irish media has been, it was good to hear Martina Devlin make some strong points about Martin McGuinness is an appropriate candidate, here are some quotes:

    PK: Martina have said that this would be a good thing if Martin McGuinness was to succeed

    MD: Its taking democracy to its logical conclusion, as far as Im concerned. For years Sinn Féin were told by commentators and politicians in the Republic that they had to embrace democracy. They have embraced democracy, this is a logical step and it seems to be a little too much democracy for some people

    PK: The question of the proximity of his carreer, shall we say as a paramilitary, to his carreer as a potential president, thats what some people invoke

    MD: Its just a question of time really, I mean if you look at the history of the foundation of of the Irish state, the Republic, it was founded in violence and moved painfully towards democracy. And same situation in the north too, just took a longer timeframe in getting to democracy, your talking about 20 years ago as opposed to 90 or 100 years ago. I mean if you look at the first Dáil, most of the cabinet were slinging their guns into the bushes before going into Leinster house. I think this has to be a positive thing because its bringing together Orange and Green, as far as im concerned. Whats been terrific for Ireland in the past 20 years, its been the peace process, its made a real difference to peoples lives, north and south. When I look at the candidates the one person who stands out is Martin McGuinness, im not taking away from any of the other canditates.


    The show can be found on FRIDAY show, at

    The intro from Martina was part of Saturdays radio review of the week,

    Martina Devlin is a columnist in the Irish Independent and her last positive article about Martin:
    Electing Martin McGuinness as President would be a fitting acknowledgement of his crucial role in the peace process

  21. fuspey says:

    great great video from Martins campaign kick off up in the bogside of derry last thursday night.

    ps, heres a few words i sent on to Martin McGuinness and all those in Derry:

    The many times ive been up there i have always been treated with such decency, warmth and welcome. Last time, after hitching mizen to malin, i was picked by a family whod been out fishing, we went back to their gaf, had a good session and next day walked the streets and remembered, or tried as best a “southerner” can, the horror that went on there on bloody sunday…

    Good luck to martin, good luck to the good people of derry, i really think he can do it. if he doesent, he has already achieved a massive thing already, opened up a space for real dialogue about ireland, what we want for it, what we want for all of us, irish up north, down south, or the majority, like me, who have to live away, as there is no means to live at home at present.

    slán agus beanacht go léir,

    PPS- infos re Bloody Sunday : 30th of January 1972, 14 civil rights activists were shot dead. 38 years later Justice came to Derry

  22. fuspey says:

    Presidential candidate Martin McGuinness talking to Today FMs Ray D’arcy on September 28th, 2011.

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  24. fuspey says:

    An attack as subtle as a ton of bricks

    The attacks yesterday from Phil Hogan and Paul Kehoe were crude. Hogan’s branding of McGuinness as a terrorist is going to have repercussions. At Fine Gael’s launch today, Enda Kenny is going to have to stand with Hogan or deny him in his characterisationof McGuinnness as a terrorist. There’s no twin-track approach here where you get other people to go out to look after the dirty tricks departmennt while erecting some kind of Chinese walls to stay aloof from the controversy.

    If Kenny agrees with Hogan that McGuinness is a terrrorist, that has the potential to poison the well of North-South relations. It’s wholly legitimate questioning McGuinness’s past, all those gaps, and his implausible claim that he left the IRA in 1974. But describing him, in the present tense, as a terrorist in the Aras is different and a very serious charge for a senior Minister of the ruling Government to make.

  25. fuspey says:

    ‘Should someone with an IRA past be entitled to run? It would not be a first . . .’

    He himself identifies and addresses the primary quandary surrounding his candidature: “The question comes down to, should somebody with an IRA past be entitled to run for the presidency of his country? It would not be the first time that somebody with an IRA past did that, not just for the presidency but for leading government positions, including taoiseach.

    “At the end of the day, people have to make up their minds as to whether or not the journey we have all taken has put us into a better place . . . If Martin McGuinness was elected as president of Ireland, could that accelerate the process of national reconciliation?”

  26. fuspey says:

    McGuinness interview… October 1, 2011

    …in the Daily Mail conducted by Jason O’Toole. And it’s an interesting interview too, from the headline ‘I did what Collins and de Valera did…’ to other issues. It engages with the murder of Frank Hegarty, the allegations of being a British spy, his family and political life and so on. Take this:

  27. fuspey says:

    Robert Ballagh, Colm Meaney, Roddy Collins, Peter Canavan, Peter Sheridan… all behind Martin

    Robert Ballagh opened the Dublin launch of Martin McGuinness’s Campaign with a great endorsement which was a condensed version of an article he wrote in favour of him.

    Vid- Artist Robert Ballagh on Martin McGuinness

    “Unfit to be President? If that’s the case, what about Dev and the rest?*” (Robert Ballagh)…t-294

    However, has been the resurrection, in certain quarters, of hysterical atavistic hatreds that I had hoped would have remained buried once the peace process had been successfully bedded down.

    In my opinion, such biased interventions go way beyond fair comment and are of no benefit whatsoever to the public. The main argument put forward by such people in both political and media circles has been to suggest that Martin McGuinness is unfit to contest the presidential election because of his past role in physical force politics.

    Well, as far as I’m concerned, such a proposition displays woeful ignorance of the historical realities of this state. Certainly, if taking up arms were a disqualifying factor in seeking high office, the pages of Irish history would be filled with a totally different list of players…

    I believe that this presidential election provides the Irish people with a unique opportunity to have their say on a series of issues that have been decided upon without their involvement or consent.

    Here I speak of the bank guarantee, NAMA, the socialisation of private debt, the loss of economic sovereignty to the EU and IMF and the austerity programme which has brought untold hardship to the poor, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.

    I am convinced that any candidate who takes a critical stand on these issues and who is willing to become a voice of opposition to the swingeing measures that are being unfairly imposed will gain the support of the majority of Irish people who are both angry and hurting as a consequence of the present unjust situation.

    Along with him giving thier support are many more, perhaps not the most well known or the creme de la creme of irish society, but many that are very well respected by many normal people in their communites; Film, Sport, Art, Writing…

    Colm Meaney, Roddy Collins, Peter Canavan, Peter Sheridan…

    full growing list of endorsments at

    Colm Meaney – I’ll be supporting Martin McGuinness. Hopefully he’ll be there for two terms.
    (Who said this on todays RTE Pat Kenny show, sure they were kicking themselves on that one)

    Roddy Collins – I like his dedication and his concern for his community.

    Peter Canavan – He’s a very grounded man…very selfless in his work and the time he gives to people at a grassroots level.

    Peter Sheridan – If you were sending in somebody to negotiate the future of Ireland you’d certainly be picking Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams as the two guys you’d want in there.

    Related: Martin McGuinness, Presidential Candidate on RTE’s Pat Kenny show – September 29, 2011 2:00 PM
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    Robert Ballagh, Colm Meaney, Roddy Collins, Peter Canavan, Peter Sheridan… all behind Martin

  28. fuspey says:

    Martin on RTE’s Six One News this evening argues that people have a choice in the election between voting for establishment figures like Fianna Fáils Sean Gallagher or Labour’s Michael D – one belongs to a party that destroyed the economy and the other to a party making ordinary people pay for it – or voting for somebody like him who will stand with ordinary people and will give the bulk of his Presidential wage back to the people of Ireland.

  29. fuspey says:

    FROM 6pm onwards a steady stream of people began to arrive at the Pillar Room in Dublin’s Rotunda on Saturday night for the official launch of Martin McGuinness’s Presidential Campaign.

  30. fuspey says:

    presidential results nearly fully in, michael d higgins will be president; initial views :

    M, over last few weeks in run up to the elections yesterday, Sinn Féin have made huge ground, so much so that in fact they are now the second most popular party in the Republic, according to the latest Irish Times /Ipsos MRBI poll. And that is despite the massive media campaign that dwelt on the past IRA situation.
    (link )

    Sinn Féin is now narrowly ahead of the Labour Party and Fianna Fáil, and just behind Fine Gael. Also, as the results are coming in, SFs man Martin McGuinness has outdone FG’s man in every constituency… Times are changing.

    Again, when you look at the past in the Irish state, you will see it has come from very bloody origins, yet that has been forgotten. Also, and more importantly, the peace process which was sold to the unionists up north said one thing “The IRA have put the gun down, so ye have to work with them politically now” but when it comes to down south its “oh no no, hes a terrorist, cant work with them”… pure hyprocritical double standards.

    Anyway, wont go on, just to reiterate my point, McGuinness’s entry was a smart move on SF’s part, they have truly opened up this debate and have started to poke questions into southern comfort zones… the important thing, is that a debate has started. I think this is only the first step, and I believe Ireland needed it and needs to go further. Im happy Michael D Higgins will be the new president, he is a fine man, an honest man and has a deep passion for real change, I think he will assist that discussion about what type of a republic we are living in… Which was exactly his final point on leaving the Dáil for the last time…

    Interesting times…

  31. fuspey says:

    Mr McGuinness said his third place showing was a great result for Sinn Féin and he was heartened to see the republican vote growing and the party moving forward.

    “The brand of republicanism I represent is here and it is going from strength to strength and incrementally it will be built upon. So I think the future is very, very bright,” he said. “I think it’s fantastic that we continue to build for the future. It’s about hard work and hanging in there and not giving up. We’ve been struggling all our lives but the fruits of the struggle we have been involved in are coming to pass.”

    Mr McGuinness said the treatment he received at the hands of his critics had been “an eye opener” for many people all over the Ireland.

    with vid

    text from mickey d’s last speech in the Dail:

    That is what citizens in a republic want; they want more political power and want administrative power. They want to communicate their vulnerability and want to be able to respond to each other’s independency. The very last thing they want is more of that terrible saying that has brought us to this point now. That is why I am proud to be president of the Labour Party. If we have failed from time to time, what was never in doubt is that we were speaking about a real republic that has yet to be built in this State.

  32. fuspey says:

    Why Sinn Fein will rightly raise three cheers for the Dragon-slaying Kingmaker from Derry

    In years to come, 2011 may well be remembered as the most significant year in post-Good Friday Agreement Irish politics.

    The bail-out which decimated the once dominant Fianna Fail party has not only transformed the party political composition of Leinster House, but it has also provided the opening for Sinn Fein to make their inevitable entrance into the mainstream platform of southern Irish politics, a move effectively sealed by the performance of Martin McGuinness in the Presidential election race.


  33. fuspey says:

    McGuinness open to meeting Queen

    Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has said he has not ruled out meeting Queen Elizabeth.

    The Mid-Ulster MP attended an event to promote Northern Ireland at St James’ Palace in London during the week.

    The Stormont Deputy First Minister said the visit by the Queen to the Republic in May had made an impact on him.

  34. fuspey says:

    Gerry Adams On The Late Late Show 2010 Part 1

    Gerry Adams On The Late Late Show 2010 Part 2

  35. fuspey says:

    McGuinness ‘involved’ in murders

    The Northern Ireland deputy first minister Martin McGuinness was “involved” in the 1989 murders of two RUC officers, the Smithwick Tribunal had heard.

    He also described Mr McGuinness as “OC Northern Command”, the IRA’s chief officer in the North.

    Mr McGuinness’ spokesman said the tribunal has already questioned evidence it has heard from British intelligence.

  36. fuspey says: Martin McGuinness

    Martin McGuinness addresses SF ardfheis

  37. fuspey says:

    Full report – The Queen shakes hands with Martin McGuinness – BBC

    Martin McGuinness shakes hands with the Queen HD HQ

    Irish Times report:

    Republicans move from clenched fist to open handshake

    Hear the hands clap within Sinn Féin after coup by party spin machine

    President says handshake ‘removes an obstacle’

  38. fuspey says:

    miriam o callaghan talked with martin mc guinness on rte, and later on today fm with ray darcy

    Programme 1 – Saturday, 30th June 2012
    Coming up on the first show of the season of Saturday Night with Miriam this week, Martin McGuinness will be discussing his historic meeting with the Queen this week,!v=10036372

  39. fuspey says:

    McGuinness Challenges ‘Unionism’

    In a major keynote speech, Sinn Fein’s Joint First Minister of the 6 County Executive Martin McGuinness MLA challenges political unionism over recent violence.

    that violence;

  40. fuspey says:

    SINN FÉIN President Gerry Adams TD, speaking on Saturday at a conference in Dublin, calls for a border poll to be held under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in the next term of the Assembly and Oireachtas. Read on and eatch video:

  41. fuspey says:

    It’s time to end partition, it’s time for Irish reunification!

  42. fuspey says:

    Martin McGuinness: You can read my speech from the Easter Commemoration in Dublin here:

  43. fuspey says:

    Both Government parties down as Sinn Féin surges in latest poll
    Support for Labour has fallen under 10 per cent yet again, while Sinn Féin is now just one point behind Fianna Fáil.

  44. fuspey says:

    McGuinness to attend Queen’s banquet during Higgins’ state visit to UK
    Sinn Féin politician to be special guest at events during historical four-day visit of Irish president to UK this week

  45. fuspey says:

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