Unabhängigkeitserklärung

vom 24. April 1916 (Ostermontag)

Die Provisorische Regierung an die Bürger Dublins

The Provisional Government of the Irish Republic salutes the Citizens of Dublin on the momentous occasion of the proclamation of a

Sovereign Independent Irish State

now in course of being established by Irishmen in arms.

 

The Republican forces hold the lines taken up a Twelve noon on Easter Monday, and nowhere, despite dierce and almost continuous attacks of the British troops, have the3 lines been broken through. The country is rising in answer to Dublin's call, and the final achievement of Ireland's freedom is now, with God's help, only a matter of days. The valour, self-sacrifice, and discipine of Irish men and women are about the win for our country a glorious place among the nations.

Ireland's honour has already been redeemed; it remains to vindicate her wisdom and her self-control.

All citizens of Dublin who believe in the right of their Country to be free will give their allegiance and their loyal help to the Irish Republic. There is work for everyone; for the men in the fighting line, and for the women in the provision of food and first aid. Every Irishman and Irishwoman worthy of the name will come forward to help their common country in this her supreme hour.

Able-bodies Citizens can help by building barricades in the streets to oppose the advance of the British triips. The British troops have been firing on our women and on our Red Cross. On the other hand, Irish Regiments in the British Army have refused to act against their fellow-countrymen.

The Provisional Government hopes that its supporters - which means the cvast bulk of the people of Dublin - will preserve order and self-restraint. Such looting as has already occured has been done by hangers-on of the British Army. Ireland must keep her new honour unsmirched.

We have lived to see an Irish Republic proclaimed. May we live to establish it firmly, and may our children andd our children's children enjoy the happiness and prosperity which freedom will bring.

    Signed on behalf of the Provisional Government

P. H. Pearse,
Commanding-in-Chief the Forces of the Irish Republik, and President of the Provisional Government.

 

Vorstehende Proklamation stand zu Beginn des sog. Osteraufstandes des Jahres 1916, mit dem die irische Bewegung Sinn Fein ("Wir selbst) die Solidarisierung der Iren mit den Zielen der Bewegung erreichen wollte. Der Aufstand endete binnen einer Woche am 29. April 1916, hatte aber doch den erhofften antibritischen Effekt, da durch die radikale Niederschlagung des Aufstandes durch britische Truppen (Erschießung von Zivilisten, Hinrichtung prominenter Iren, die den Aufstand getragen hatten, allgemeine Repression in Irland, ...) die zuvor eigentlich ruhige irische Bevölkerung einen regelrechten Hass auf die britische Herrschaft über Irland entwickelte.

 


Quellen: Dorothy Macardle, The Irish Republic, Irish Press LTD. Dublin, 1951
© 13. Februar 2009
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