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RSF issues threat to break-away Limerick faction

Joe Lynch: Republican Sinn Fein has been officially registered

Joe Lynch: Republican Sinn Fein has been officially registered

WHILE two groups in Ireland are using the Republican Sinn Fein name, Joe Lynch from Ballinacurra Weston, says the Limerick based group are now officially the only ones that can use the name.

The name of Republican Sinn Féin has been registered and been given legal protection against any other group using it,” said Mr Lynch.

MrLynch from Ballinacurra Weston, the RSF national spokesman said that the decision now means no other grouping can describe themselves as Republican Sinn Féin.

“We have had some difficulty with a small cohort of people pretending to be Republicans and describing themselves as RSF,” he said.

“Because of this confusion there has been a degree of fragmentation in Republicanism but now with our registration there is no uncertainty and only we are entitled to use the name Republican Sinn Féin.

“Of course this decision is being conveyed by our statement today to all those describing themselves as RSF that they are not legally entitled to do so and have not been since the 14th of December 2013 when we received our certificate of registration.

“We view it as a serious infringement of our organisation’s legal rights if any other group continue to use RSF and we shall be closely monitoring the situation with a view to taking action against any infringements.

Mr Lynch said if any group continues to use their name it will be viewed “as a serious infringement of our organisation’s legal rights” and they plan to closely monitor the situation with a view to taking action against any infringements.

His daughter Rose, an IRA volunteer, received a life sentence last year for the murder of David Darcy in Dublin in 2011.John Sheehy, general secretary of RSF, also told the Limerick Leader that protests outside Limerick prison last week, in relation to the imprisonment of activist Margaretta D’Arcy, were by a group purporting to be RSF, but were not by the real RSF.

“A small number of people were expelled from our organisation because we deviated away from our constitution and violated it in a number of ways,” he said.

Mr Sheehy, from Listowel in north Kerry, said he was not objecting to the protest, but to those claiming to be from their party. The party headquarters in Dublin also issued a statement, detailing that the Limerick breakaway group were dismissed from RSF for activities which were contrary to their beliefs and ideologies, and were dismissed in 2010.

The name of Republican Sinn Féin has been registered and been given legal protection against any other group using it, a spokesman for the party said today.

Joe Lynch from Ballinacurra Weston in Limerick, the RSF national spokesman said that the decision now means no other grouping can describe themselves as Republican Sinn Féin.

“We have had some difficulty with a small cohort of people pretending to be Republicans and describing themselves as RSF,” he said.

“Because of this confusion there has been a degree of fragmentation in Republicanism but now with our registration there is no uncertainty and only we are entitled to use the name Republican Sinn Féin.

“Of course this decision is being conveyed by our statement today to all those describing themselves as RSF that they are not legally entitled to do so and have not been since the 14th of December 2013 when we received our certificate of registration.

“We view it as a serious infringement of our organisation’s legal rights if any other group continue to use RSF and we shall be closely monitoring the situation with a view to taking action against any infringements.

 
 
 

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