Michael Blanch is seeking support, for recognition of the National Famine Memorial Day, from MEP’s in the European Parliament. The exchange of e mails below makes interesting reading in this regard.
Email from the CCIFV to P. De Rossa – 13th February 2011
Sent: 13 February 2011 11:26
To:DE ROSSA Proinsias
Subject: National Famine Memorial Day
We are the Group who successfully campaigned for the National Famine Memorial Day to recognise the Victims and honour the generations of Emigrants who have contributed to and built Countries and Communities around the World.
The CCIFV on behalf of the Irish people living on the Island of Ireland and the 70 million people around the World who are of Irish ancestry are asking you to put a Motion forward to the MEP’s in the European Parliament to internationally acknowledge the National Famine Memorial Day and recognise the impact and legacy the Irish Famine (An Gorta Mor) had on the World.
Ireland is the only Country in the Europe whose population has not increased since the 19th Century as a result of the Irish Famine.
United in the light of peace.
Is mise le meas.
Email from P. De Rossa to the CCIFV – 8th March 2011
DE ROSSA Proinsias to me
show details 8 Mar
Thank you for your email.
I most respectfully decline your request to raise the matter of the Irish famine in the European Parliament.
I am strongly of the view that we need to move beyond ‘commemoration’ of past catastrophies and certainly need to learn the lesson of the devestation caused by the political and economic model which gave rise to the famines in Ireland and many other areas of the world before and since the mid-19th century.
Proinsias De Rossa MEP
E-mail from the CCIFV to P. De Rossa – 13th March 2011
I respect your point of view to decline the CCIFV request.
To enlighten you regarding the National Famine Victims and Emigrants and Memorial Day – this day is a Commemoration and Celebration of Life we the Irish Global Family the 6 million Irish people living on the Island of Ireland and the 70 million who are proud to claim Irish ancestry we are the survivors of An Gorta Mor. Minister Pat Rabbitte and Minister Eamonn Gilmore were the leaders of the campaign in the Dail with the support of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny since 2005 after 7 Dail Debates the former Taoiseach Brian Cowen initiated the National Famine Victims and Emigrants and Memorial Day in May 2008. Your Labour Party colleague Councillor Dermot Lacey put a Motion for the National Famine Victims and Emigrants Memorial Day before Dublin City Council in 2006 which was passed unanimously. Deputy Eamonn Maloney TD put the same Motion before South Dublin County Council in 2006 and this was also passed unanimously. The National Executive SIPTU also passed a Motion to support the National Famine Victims and Emigrants and Memorial Day. National schools and school children observe a minutes silence on the Friday before the National Famine Victims and Emigrants and Memorial Day as do the GAA, FAI, and IRFU, Tennis Ireland. Christ Church and many more Churches rang their bells to remember and commemorate the Victims and Emigrants last May. Celtic FC in Scotland wear a unique set of Jerseys with a crest, Celtic cross encircled with the words National Famine Memorial Day they have been proud and honoured to be part of the Commemoration in May for the last two years.
Commemorations take place all over Ireland and the World as part of the National Famine Memorial Day. The Fourth National Famine Memorial Day is planned for Ulster which completes the circle of Ireland. Newry Council, Belfast and Monaghan have lobbied the Irish Government for the hosting of the Commemoration in 2011 as have two Ministers from the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Would your view to move beyond Commemoration be received with enthusiasm by the Irish people for the Easter Rising, by the Europeans on Armistice Day, the Jewish people for the Holocaust? It is a crime to deny the Holocaust in some European Countries.
Irish men and Irish women: In the name of God and the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood Ireland summons her children to the National Famine Victims and Emigrants and Memorial Day.
The scourge of emigration and the scattering of a nation is back with us once again through mismanagement and misgovernment. There is not a family in Ireland that is not or will not be affected by Emigration, unemployment and evictions.
The Emigrants past, present, the 1,000 people leaving these shores weekly will be remembered on National Famine Memorial Day in May.
Is mise le meas.