Markievicz name tainted unfairly
Published 12/04/2010 | 08:44
IN response to Stephen Fallon (Letters, April 10), the Sinn Fein election manifesto of 1918 clearly stated the party's intention to withdraw from the British parliament and to, instead, "oversee the establishment of a constituent assembly" in order to establish an independent Irish republic.
By electing 69 Sinn Fein candidates, including Countess Markievicz, the Irish people gave Sinn Fein the majority.
Markievicz was appointed minister for labour in the new Irish parliament, which had been democratically elected in order to regain the independence that the British government had illegally destroyed.