By Jim Gibney (for Irish News)
There has never been a time in the history of Irish republicanism when republicans were not faced with challenges in terms of bringing about an independent and a united Ireland. The most casual examination of the history of the last two centuries of the republican struggle will tell you that. Republicans have paid a very heavy personal price for their beliefs and their activities and of course the consequences of British occupation of this island have been disastrous for all the people who live here, nationalist and unionist.
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