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  1. If I didn’t forgive the people who took me into the barracks and beat me unconscious over a period of days during the period when the British state was indicted for inhuman and degrading treatment in 1971–72, or even the guys who shot me, if you don’t forgive them, you end up with unnecessary baggage.
  2. For over 30 years, the IRA showed that the British government could not rule Ireland on its own terms.
  3. It will always be a battle a day between those who want maximum change and those who want to maintain the status quo.
  4. When others stood idly by, you and your families gave your all, in defence of a risen people and in pursuit of Irish freedom and unity.
  5. Hugging trees has a calming effect on me. I’m talking about enormous trees that will be there when we are all dead and gone. I’ve hugged trees in every part of this little island.
  6. The catalyst for much of this change is the growing support for republicanism.
  7. But I also hold the very strong view that republicans need to lead by example.
  8. The Good Friday Agreement and the basic rights and entitlements of citizens that are enshrined within it must be defended and actively promoted by London and Dublin.
  9. The last months, weeks and days have seen accelerating discussions, involving the DUP for the first time, about a comprehensive agreement which would see all outstanding matters dealt with and the Good Friday Agreement implemented in full.
  10. War… some people glamorise war and glorify war. It’s not nice, from whatever point of view you come from.
  11. One man’s transparency is another’s humiliation.
  12. At that time, the army leadership said the implementation of this agreement would allow everyone, including the IRA, to take its political objectives forward by peaceful and democratic means.
  13. If you militarise a situation, you beg for an armed response.
  14. Your ability as republican volunteers, to rise to this challenge will mean that the two governments and others cannot easily hide from their obligations and their responsibility to resolve these problems.
  15. I like to think I’m very grounded. I’m very grounded in my family. I’m very grounded in my community.
  16. But if republicans are to prevail, if the peace process is to be successfully concluded and Irish sovereignty and re-unification secured, then we have to set the agenda — no-one else is going to do that.
  17. The way forward is by building political support for republican and democratic objectives across Ireland and by winning support for these goals internationally.
  18. The Irish Republican Army has kept every commitment made by its leadership.
  19. You can only judge anything that happened in the times, in the times that that happened.
  20. Your determination, selflessness and courage have brought the freedom struggle towards its fulfilment.

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