As deputy leader, I wish every member and supporter of the National Party a warm and merry Christmas and a happy new year.
For many Irish people, this Christmas will not be a happy one as they are kept apart from their families and loved ones by the draconian cruelty of an arbitrary government feigning to care about public health. Those Irish families are very much in our minds and we extend our sympathies and hopes that they will be reunified soon.
Of course, Christmas should not be a materialist celebration of commodities and products. Nor should it be simply a secularised festival of the family, although family is crucially important. But Christmas recounts the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. This should be remembered and celebrated at Christmas. The attempts in recent years by successive liberal governments to secularise Christmas and diversify it into a multi-faith celebration is an atrocious insult to the religious heritage of the Irish Nation. God is not to be mocked.
This year has been very significant for us as a party as it has for the nation and world in general. February’s general election was our first electoral contest, and I am proud of the progress we made and of every party member who engaged with our campaigns. We have planted the seeds of success which will germinate and provide the National Party with future victories.
The Covid-19 restrictions have hobbled all aspects of life, not merely the political, for all people in 2020. However, as we face into 2021, we must be determined to carry on the fight irrespective of the government’s arbitrary whims and lockdown tyrannies. We will not shirk our duty as the carrier of the flame for Irish freedom and national independence. Only the National Party can truly achieve the Irish freedom fought for by the historic generations of Irish people. That task falls upon us. Irish people have faced far worse hardships than those imposed upon us today. We as the vanguard of the Irish nation will continue on the fight and seek to win the ultimate victory.
As such, I implore all nationalists to join with the National Party for the coming battle ahead as it intensifies and the world slips into a further vista of totalitarian control and bleakness for humanity. Only through our faith and our resilience can we hope to achieve freedom.
But today, I wish the members and supporters of our great party a merry Christmas. We hope to see you again in the new year. It will undoubtedly be a historically unique and important year for Ireland and the world.
Ar Dheis Ar Aghaidh!
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