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Wednesday 16 April 2014

'The British government have every right to fear us'

Extracts from Martin McGuinness's key speech to the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis at the Mansion House in Dublin in 1986.

"They tell you that it is an inevitable certainty that the war against British rule will be run down. I reject the notion that entering Leinster House would mean an end to Sinn Fein's unapologetic support for the right of the Irish people to oppose in arms the British forces of occupation.

"Our position is clear and it will never, never, never change: the war against British rule must continue until freedom is achieved.

"The British government have every right to fear us because, in or out of Leinster House, we led the most dangerous and committed revolutionary force in Ireland for 65 years."

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