- The 1916 Societies are an Irish Separatist Movement who believe that “the Irish Republic should be a sovereign Independence state.” As set out in the 1916 proclamation.
- The 1916 societies believe in the universal right of the Irish people to national self- determination. We demand that this right is recognised in the form of a 32 country Referendum on Irish unity.
- The 1916 societies believe the proposed Referendums under the 1998 Act do not constitute National self- determination, and would in effect be merely an internal six county border poll. Schedule 1 of the 1998 Act gives the British Secretary of state a supreme veto over the self-determination of the Irish people and guarantees Unionists gerrymandering of the island of Ireland. Under this act, the British Government through the Secretary of state, claims that they and they alone may of may not call a Referendum, and claims the right to decide who will not have the right to vote, decide on the wording of the Referendum and will only call one when they are satisfied as to its outcome.
- The 1916 societies believe it is for the Citizens of Ireland who have the absolute and sovereign right to decide the future of this island. It is for the people of Ireland and they alone, free from the external impediment, to choose their own destiny.
- The 1916 societies believe National self-determination expressed through an ALL IRELAND REFERENDUM will give every Irish Citizen the equal right to vote on the issue of the partition of Ireland.
- The 1916 societies aspire to a Republic based on socialist values as outlined in the 1916 Proclamation, “equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens…to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally”