"Ireland unfree shall never be at peace" (Patrick Pearse) - Dissident republican/IRA writing on the wall in Creggan area of Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland

The North of Ireland

November 1, 2015

The first commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising was held in Dublin as early as in 1917. Many Irish Republicans were still in jail a year after fighting along their now executed leaders and the city was full of British troops. Almost 100 years later in Northern Ireland, that part of the island which remained to be part of the United Kingdom, irish republicans remember the martyrs of the "unfinished revolution". In the early 1990s mainstream republicans in Sinn Fein and their armed wing the Provisional IRA gave up the armed resistance turning fully towards politics. While the peace process remains intact, small nationalist communities such as Ardoyne in North Belfast, feel neglected with trouble still flaring up every few months resulting in heavy police presence all through he year. It's here where breakaway groups, labeled dissident republicans by the media, are most active. They are holding their own commemorations every easter, believing that the mistake their former comrades made was to engage in a flawed negotiation process. In their view, there can be no negotiations until the British agree to leave Ireland. Until such time, they insist that the people of Ireland have every right to engage in armed struggle.

Belfast Boys - Nationalist children posing in the New Lodge/Belfast. Irish Republicans commemorating victims of the Troubles in the Short Strand/Belfast. Nationalist mural of resistance against British Army in the Bogside/Derry. Children posing in front of peace wall in the nationalist Short Strand/Belfast. PSNI riot squad chasing protesters on the 12th of July in Ardoyne/Belfast. Nationalist rioter stoning a PSNI water canon on the 12th of July in Ardoyne/Belfast. Nationalist rioter stoning the police on the 12th of July in Ardoyne/Belfast. Nationalist protesters hiding from PSNI water canon during riots on the 12th of July in Ardoyne/Belfast. Irish national flag being hoisted over Ardoyne/Belfast for easter rising commemorations. "IRA - We haven't gone away you know"-sign at 32CSM/Real IRA easter commemoration in Derry. "Free Marian Price now!" on top of building in the nationalist New Lodge/Belfast. Color party at 32CSM/Real IRA easter commemoration in Derry. "Brits out - not sell out"-sign by Republican Sinn Fein at easter rally in Belfast. "Maggie Thatcher rot in hell"-graffiti in the irish republican neighborhood New Lodge in Belfast. Irish Republican Welfare Association protest in support of IRA prisoners in Belfast. Former POW and hunger striker Gerrad Hodgins at IRPWA protest in support of IRA prisoners in Belfast. Two girls during the dissident republican IRA affiliated 32 CSM Easter Commemoration in 2015 - Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland