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RSF gives leadership to a new generation
the 26-County administration, of the past, but is also capable
faced with a choice between of formulating a distinct and
taxing the rich or taking from definite answer to the problems
the marginalised and of the present and a political
vulnerable, have chosen to put and economic creed capable of
their hands in the pockets of the adjustment to the wants of the
poorest. Employers and the future.’
state are intent on rolling back “Armed as we are with
any advance made by workers clearly thought out and radical
over the course of the last programmes for real political
century. and economic democracy in
“In the face of all this a weak ÉIRE NUA and SAOL NUA
and reformist trade union we can take our rightful place
leadership were deliberately in the vanguard of the struggle.
humiliated and wrong-footed “The All-Ireland Republic
by the Dublin administration in for which we struggle has to be
their vain attempts to lay the – returning to Connolly again –
basis for yet another so-called of such a character that: ‘the
‘Partnership Agreement’. mere mention of its name
“Tinkering at the edges of a would at all times serve as a
discredited and failed social beacon-light to the oppressed
and economic system is not of every land.’
young people simply taking political status is vital in the enough. Real revolutionary “Just as imperialism is not
The conditions for revolutionary change may exist their place in the latest phase of coming year. By denying political and economic change confined to one country the
but will come to nothing unless they are acted the historic struggle for Irish British attempts to criminalise is demanded. In its obituary of solidarity in the fight against it
upon. The creaking edifice will only tumble if it is freedom. them the prisoners in Dáithí Ó Conaill SAOIRSE must also be international.
pushed. “It is our duty in Sinn Féin – Maghaberry are engaged in a (February 1991) pointed out Over the coming year we must
As we enter a New Year and that British rule in Ireland will the only political organisation battle to deny the British that he ‘viewed the Republican continue to develop our role in
the second decade of this be met with resistance. The representing the revolutionary Government’s criminalisation Movement not as a political the international struggle
century in his first public attacks on British Crown Irish Republican tradition -- to
address in Ireland as President Forces and the wave of give political expression and
of Republican Sinn Féin Des repression and resistance leadership to this new
Dalton set out the challenges which followed are evidence of generation.
and opportunities which face the fact that the nature of “The coming year is also
Republican Sinn Féin in the British occupation in Ireland likely to see an intensification
New Year. He was speaking at has not changed but neither has of the normalisation of British
the grave of former Vice- the attitude of a section of the rule and partition. Speaking on
President of Sinn Féin Dáithí Ó Irish people. RTÉ television on December
Conaill in Glasnevin Cemetery “The young people in the Six 28 the 26-County President
on January 1. Counties who took on the Mary McAleese signalled the
“The coming year presents forces of the British Crown possibility of a visit to the 26
us all with huge challenges but were dismissed as ‘apolitical Counties by the Queen of
also opportunities. The two thugs’ or merely representing England. We in Sinn Féin
fronts on which it is essential an ‘anti-social’ youth equally signal our intention to
that we engage in 2010 are subculture. We know what the oppose such a visit.
political and economic. truth is. These young people “Mary McAleese’s use of
Over the course of last year represent a new undefeated the word ‘collegial’ in
events on the ground in the Six generation prepared to take on describing 26-County relations
Counties testified to the fact British rule in Ireland. They are with the British state is worthy
of note. The Concise Oxford
English Dictionary 11th
revised edition 2006 defines
collegial as meaning:
‘belonging to or relating to
shared responsibility.’ Or • The colour party leading the parade to the Republican Plot in Glasnevin Cemetery,
alternatively as one of a Dublin where Republican Sinn Féin President Des Dalton delivered his New Year
number of colleges belonging address at the grave of Dáithí Ó Conaill (see report of commemoration, page 9 and ‘50
to the same university. This use Years Ago’, page 14).
of such language is a party, but as the main catalyst against imperialism.
significant pointer as to the of the Irish people’s historic of progressive forces to “We extend our greetings to
thinking of the political struggle for Irish national achieve Irish Freedom.’ It is all engaged in the noble quest
establishment in the 26-County independence. the role which we must live up for national liberation. We face
State and how they view their “Like James Connolly we to. a common enemy but also
relationship with Britain. must recognise that: ‘If you share the common goal of
“At this time we are also remove the English army to- “We would do well to heed securing and defending the
conscious of the Republican morrow and hoist the green the advice of Connolly given to inalienable rights common to
prisoners in both Portlaoise and flag over Dublin Castle, unless
2010 CALENDAR Maghaberry. We extend them you set about the organisation
those intent on building a
national movement over a
all peoples and nations.
€5 / £5stg each, plus p&p our greetings and pledge them of the Socialist Republic your century ago: ‘It must “Our work is clearly marked
Order now from 223 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, our solidarity. Support for the efforts would be in vain.’ demonstrate to the people of out for us. It is our duty to
Telephone: 872 9747; e-mail: email@example.com Republican prisoners in “A war is being waged on Ireland that our nationalism is bring to the task all our
Maghaberry in their fight for working people globally. Here not merely a morbid idealising energies and abilities.”
2 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010
Prisoner ‘a pawn in Maghaberry plot’ Gearrscéalta
note was planted by prison
A REPUBLICAN prisoner at Maghaberry jail in warders at the high security jail
police. Sympathy to Ó Brádaigh
The letter says Brendan
Co Antrim appears to have been the victim of a who are opposed to reforms he
set up in a bid by prison warders to oust the new was trying to introduce.
McConville makes the case
quite simply that “there’s no
IN A statement on December 27 Des Dalton,
prison governor. The British Prisoner coincidence between the President of Republican Sinn Féin said:
In September, a piece of Last month, partly in Ombudsman Pauline McCabe departure of Stephen Rodford “Republican Sinn Féin extends deepest sympathy to our Patron
toilet-roll containing the name response to the discovery of the is to investigate the case from his post consequent upon and former President Ruairí Ó Brádaigh on the tragic death of his
of the governor, Steve Rodford note, Rodford ordered a A letter of complaint from the alleged ‘finding’ of the granddaughter Sadhbh on December 26.
and his car registration number, massive four-day lock-down, Belfast solicitor Kevin Winters, offending piece of paper”. It “It is impossible to adequately frame words of condolence at
were allegedly found during a resulting in rising tension acting for Brendan also suggests that the note was such a time. However Irish Republicans will join with me in
search of a cell occupied by inside the jail. He resigned McConville, says his client had planted in order to facilitate a extending our sympathy and support to the Ó Brádaigh family on
Brendan McConville, who is mid-December because of fears no connection with the note and “wider agenda within the the cruel loss of their beloved Sadhbh. Ar dheis Dé go a hanam
charged with a Continuity IRA that he was under threat. It is had volunteered to provide prison”. uasal.
attack in Craigavon in March. now widely accepted that the samples of his handwriting to
Name omitted from
New CPT criticisms of Maghaberry calendar our notice that the date of
IT has been brought to
the death of H-Block Hunger Striker Kevin
THE Celtic League, in a statement on December report contained a quite Rodford took charge of the Lynch, Dungiven, Co Derry was inadvertently
8 said that the European Committee for the forceful critique of the regime high security prison near omitted from the 2010 Republican calendar.
Prevention of Torture (CPT) had released its for intimate searches of Lisburn in July after his This will be rectified in the 2011 calendar and
most recent report on its visit to police barracks prisoners”. predecessor left in the wake of for the record Kevin Lynch died on hunger strike
and prisons in England and in the Occupied Six The full CPT report can be a major controversy sparked in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh on August 1,
Counties in Ireland. found at: by the suicide of a prisoner 1981.We apologise to the family for the
and indeed has been in the http://www.cpt.coe.int/docu who was supposed to be under omission.
news recently following the ments/gbr/2009-30-inf- observation.
“One of the facilities visited
was Maghaberry Prison in resignation of its new
On December 6 the
During his tenure another
prisoner committed suicide
New definition of Irish
which a number of Irish
Republican prisoners are
detained. The prison has often
“The CPT criticised medical
provision at the prison and also
governor of Maghaberry jail
resigned less than five months
and allegedly bomb-making
parts were found during a citizenship
after taking up the post. Steve major search of the jail. IN A statement on December 7, Kevin Devlin,
been the centre of controversy highlights overcrowding. The PRO of Comhairle Laighean (Leinster Executive),
Republican Sinn Féin, said:
other towns and cities. caught up in drugs, then take “It is with a sense of shock and anger that Republican Sinn
Drugs: battle joined! “Because of the vast sums of
money involved in the drugs
trade, the temptation to break
action to steer them away from
this path to nowhere,
“Remember our country can
Féin learned recently that anyone born in the Six Occupied
Counties of Ireland has their nationality registered with the 26-
County Department of Social and Family Affairs as ‘Northern
IN A statement on January 2 Kevin Devlin, PRO the law is as great to those who stand together and destroy the Irish’.
are paid to uphold it, as it is to evil trade they perpetrate. “Given that this is not a recognised nationality, even by the
Comhairle Laighean, Republican Sinn Féin said those in more vulnerable places Don’t let them exploit our
that the media in Ireland are happy to portray the British, it begs the questions: (a) by whose authority is this false
in society. children and grandchildren any information being retained in peoples’ personal and official
State’s fight against drugs as a just and “Republican Sinn Féin vows longer. Addicts are oxygen to
honourable one. records? and (b) is it part of a long-term process of brainwashing
to lead the way in opposition to the dealers so if we cut off their Irish citizens into accepting not only British rule in Ireland, but
“The reality is, and was taking, drug dealing and drug drug dealers and those who supply then they cannot exist. also the physical and emotional division of our country?
highlighted in 2009, that importation/manufacture. supply them. “It would be interesting to know if anyone born in Donegal is
politicians only get involved if “A number of the Free “Zero tolerance is the only “Make no mistake, the battle registered likewise.
it means scoring points and the State’s police force, including way to eliminate the problem. to destroy the drugs trade will “The person in this case, a member of Republican Sinn Féin
Gardaí are, at best, inept and at detectives, were found to be If you have a friend or a family be a long one. But it is one born in one of our Occupied Counties but living in Dublin,
worst compliant in allowing the working with known drug member who, for whatever Republicans must fight from regards himself rightly as Irish and incredibly, when pointing this
continuing scourge of drug gangs in Dublin, Limerick and reason, has found themselves the front.” out to the supervisor, himself a fellow Ulster man, was asked to
produce his passport to verify his citizenship.
“This is not acceptable and should be challenged at every
opportunity by us all, Republican or otherwise.”
contributed to flooding
IN response to the flooding of large areas in
• is committed to supporting prisoners for which CABHAIR is responsible Ireland during the months of November and
• is generating publicity in support of Irish national independence. December, Fergal Moore, Vice-President Sinn
Féin Poblachtach thanked those who responded so
We need your support. Our website address is: generously to the appeal for aid for the stricken
http://irishfreedom.net families. In a statement on December 2 he said:
“Those who have contributed to flood relief appeals are to be
I would like to join Republican Sinn
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JOIN OUR AIMS
For a full British withdrawal from
greatly commended. For the most part, aid has come from
ordinary working-class people who have taken it upon
Ireland . . . The establishment of a true
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dithering and procrastination from the administrations in Leinster
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a new all-Ireland parliament,
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“The gombeen culture fostered by Fianna Fáil over generations
Seoladh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . completely outside the present has led directly to thousands being left homeless as they have
partitionist set-up, to oversee the discovered that their homes have been recklessly built on flood
............................. plains. These people must be compensated in full by the
running of the new neutral non-aligned
developers who have hoodwinked them.
Ireland . . . “In the meantime they should be housed in some of the many
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Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010 3
Gearrscéalta Call for Adams to resign from
AGM of Galway Bobby Sands Trust
Comhairle Ceantair FORMER H-Block hunger striker Gerard intelligence agencies and the
ON December 16, 2009 a large crowd gathered for the Hodgins called on December 29 for Gerry Provisional leadership:
AGM of Galway Comhairle Ceantair of Republican Adams to resign from the Bobby Sands Trust in nobody cared for the victim,
Sinn Féin. all had their own agendas.
light of his actions surrounding the accusations “Whether Gerry Adams
Elections for the Comhairle Ceantair were held with the following against his brother, Liam Adams.
people being elected to the positions, Chairperson Tomás Ó Curraoin, remains or goes as the leader
secretary Brendan Madden, treasurer Seán Mac an Iomaíre, assistant The Sands Trust is currently Gerry Adams a financial of [Provisional] Sinn Féin is
treasurer Chris Kilcommins, PRO Brian Kilcommins. run out of the Provo offices on beneficiary. “It came in the an irrelevance to me and I
At the meeting Republican Sinn Féin’s elected representative on the Falls Road in Belfast, and draft version of the new trust wouldn’t comment on it other
Galway county council Tomás Ó Curraoin sent the best wishes of the its members are Gerry Adams, documents drawn up in 1994 than to say Gerry is probably
Comhairle Ceantair to the newly-elected President of Republican Sinn Danny Morrison, Tom though Adams said that it the most morally apt person to
Féin Des Dalton who took over from lifelong and steadfast Republican Hartley, Jim Gibney, Brendan should read the president of lead an organisation which
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh who was elected as Patron of the organisation at the ‘Bik’ McFarlane, Síle Sinn Féin of the day. We appears, in its upper echelons
105th Árd Fheis of the organisation recently. Darragh, Caral Ní Chúilin, didn’t agree to either.” at least, to be a depository for
Tributes were paid to the outgoing president on his lifelong activism and Peter Madden (Madden Hodgins’ letter to the Irish • Bobby Sands informers, paedophiles and
for the Republican cause and his continued support of the principles and Finucane represent the News (Belfast) is very hard God knows what else.
laid down in the 1916 Proclamation, and the members of the Comhairle Trust). Hartley, Morrison and hitting. The full text follows: Adams and Morrison to wind “I would call on him to
Ceantair wish him all the best on his new role on the Ard Chomhairle. Adams have been on the Trust “Ten years ago the family up the organisation they run resign immediately though
since its inception. of Bobby Sands asked Gerry using Bobby’s name, much from the Bobby Sands Trust
Wreath-laying ceremonies in The Sands family have
rejected the Trust and have
Adams and Danny Morrison
to wind up the Bobby Sands
has come to light about the
high level of penetration of
as I believe further association
with a discredited Provisional
Kilrush 23 a wreath was laid in honour of the
publicly called for it to be
wound up. “We came to look
Trust; their reasons for this
included they don’t believe
the Provisional leadership by
British intelligence agencies:
leadership besmirches and
dishonours the sacrifices
closer at the Trust and in turn the Bobby Sands Trust is all so much so in fact it is Bobby and the other men of
Manchester Martyrs at the Monument in Kilrush, Co were concerned at the lack of Gerry and Danny claim it to difficult not to juxtapose this ‘81 made in the name of
Clare. Wreaths were also laid at the Monument to control or accountability,” be. information alongside the freedom. One of Bobby’s
Comdt Willie Shanahan and Captain Michael said one family source. “Bobby Sands was a man of new-found ostentatious most famous quotes is: our
McNamara and also to Vol Patrick O’Dea, Vol John “There were no records of principle, a man of honour, a wealth of the Provisional revenge will be the laughter of
O’Gorman and Section Leader Michael Keane in minutes etc or proper accounts man of courage and a man of leadership and not conclude our children!
and it was debatable if they unblemished character. He has there is truth in there! “Gerry Adams is not a man
Doonbeg Cemetery. “The latest episode on the
After years of letter-writing to the Kilrush Town Council and to the ever functioned as a Trust but inspired thousands throughout who can continue this charade
rather as an extension of the globe in their struggles for true face behind the that he and he alone speaks for
editors of the Clare Champion, Clare People and the Clare Express
[Provisional]SF.” social justice and remains a Provisional leadership mask is Bobby, the hunger strikers, the
complaining about the Manchester Martyrs monument being used as a
There was also family beacon of hope for the a very disturbing one, given Blanketmen and women.
resting place for the sale of Christmas trees, our campaign finally paid
concern over an alleged oppressed, the imprisoned and that it concerns the rape and
off. This year no trees have been resting against the monument. They
attempt by the Provos to insert the socially conscious. abuse of children and the “Not in my name Gerry,
are now using the Town Hall instead.
a clause in the new Trust “In the intervening years manipulation of that heinous Not in my name Gerry, most
New Internet presence for which would have made since Bobby’s family asked crime by the police, definitely not in my name.”
RSF Germany & Austria &
THE website of Republican Sinn Féin Germany
Austria is currently unavailable under the domain-
British Army used
We are working on a new, more professional Internet presence at the
moment. Our webmaster was forced to take this step because our
‘waterboarding’ in 1970s
previous, well-known website in the German language was deleted by slowly over his face from a but it produced a drowning
informed. No further explanations were given. prisoners in the Occupied Six Counties of unconscious,” Holden was unpleasant.”
The new website should be launched in January 2010. In the quoted as saying. “It nearly Seven months before
meantime you will find a temporary website under following name:
Ireland to waterboarding during interrogations
in the 1970s emerged in December 2009 as Liam drowned me and stopped me Holden was detained by
http://rsf-europe.blogspot.com/ This Blog includes contact details and from breathing. This went on British soldiers, the Heath
our statements since December 2010. Holden, Belfast, launched an appeal against his for a minute.” A short while government had publicly
conviction for murder. later he was subjected to the repudiated and banned five
John A Costelloe Last month (December 20, mouth, and that “this was
same treatment again, he said.
The jury took less than 75
RUC officers had learned the
remembered 13, 2009 Cumann Na Saoirse
ON Sunday, December
2009) Liam Holden’s case
was referred by the Criminal
repeated on a number of
occasions”. All of the
minutes to convict him of
capital murder. Liam Holden
techniques -- hooding, sleep
deprivation, starvation and the
Cases Review Commission allegations of waterboarding
Náisiúnta and the O’Donovan Rossa Society co-hosted did not appeal, however, with use of stress positions and
(CCRC) to the Court of come from a period after
relatives saying at the time noise- - from British military
a first anniversary memorial to honour the life and Appeal in Belfast. March 1972.
that they believed his trial had intelligence officers, but
work of our late friend, John A Costelloe, who passed Liam Holden became the Liam Holden was a 19-
been “rigged” and was a Heath assured the Commons
away on December 18, last person in the Occupied year-old chef, a nationalist
“farce”. that they “will not be used in
2008. Six Counties (under British from Ballymurphy in Belfast,
He was eventually released future as an aid to
A large crowd of family, friends jurisdiction) to be sentenced and was arrested during a raid
from prison in 1989. interrogation”.
and colleagues turned out to to hang after being convicted by soldiers of the Parachute
The new evidence that the There were subsequently
honour and remember the life and in 1973 of the murder of a Regiment on his parents’
CCRC has submitted to the unconfirmed allegations that
work of an exceptional person. British soldier, based largely home in October 1972. He
court of appeal is being kept the British army had
John was a long-time and active on an unsigned confession. was accused of being the
secret. experimented with other
member of both organizations. In His death sentence was sniper who, a month earlier,
In 2005 Rod Richard, the methods of torture, including
addition to his work in the Irish commuted to life had shot dead Private Frank
former Welsh Office minister, electric shocks, and the use of
Republican movement, John was a imprisonment and he spent 17 Bell of the Paras. He said that
told a Welsh newspaper that drugs. Towards the end of the
retired New York City firefighter years in jail. after being arrested [in his
he had been waterboarded decade, Amnesty
and an accomplished actor. The account that Holden bed] the soldiers had taken
during his counter- International was reporting
He was a member of the Screen gave at his trial is remarkably him to their base on Black
interrogation training as a that ‘terrorism suspects’ were
Actors Guild and appeared in many similar to those that have Mountain, west of Belfast,
Royal Marines officer in the again being mistreated, this
movies and television programs. emerged since the CIA began where he was beaten, burned
late ’60s. A former member of time by RUC detectives,
As an actor, he was most well using waterboarding with a cigarette lighter,
the Royal Marines says that “with sufficient frequency to
known for his role in The • John A Costelloe techniques while interrogating hooded and threatened with
he and his fellow officers and warrant the establishment of a
Sopranos, in which he played Jim suspects in Guantanamo and execution.
their men were all public inquiry”.
“Johnny Cakes” Witowski. John also other secret places of At his trial in April 1973
waterboarded at the end of A number of Republican
appeared in several productions with the renowned La Mama detention. Liam Holden denied the
their escape and evasion former prisoners told the
Experimental Theatre Club in Manhattan. Lawyers for Liam Holden charge and provided an alibi
training at Lympstone, Devon, Guardian newspaper that
During the warm and intimate event, John was remembered in a have identified two others for the time that the soldier
in the late 60s and early 70s. waterboarding was used as a
variety of song, poetry, personal reflections and video as a man of many who also claim they suffered was shot. He told the jury that
“You were tied to a chair and form of punishment, as well
talents and interests. His father spoke of how John’s knowledge and water boarding. One of the he had been pushed into a
they would tip you over on as a means of extracting
understanding of Irish Republicanism was the core of his commitment men said that in April 1978, cubicle where he was held
your back, put a towel over confessions (guardian.co.uk,
to social justice, human rights and sovereignty for all people. RUC members put a towel down by six men, that a towel
your face and pour water over December 21, 2009).
video @ www.irishfreedom.net over his face and poured was placed over his head, and
you. I can’t recall what we
water over his nose and that water was then poured
called it - not waterboarding -
4 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010
TUES, DECEMBER 1: A pipe bomb was
thrown at Strabane RUC station. There were no
A bill paving the way for the devolution of
policing and justice in the future has passed its
final stage in Stormont. The bill creates a justice
department and allows a justice minister to be
appointed with cross-community backing.
WED. DECEMBER 2: As more scandals
emerge over the abuse of children in homes, a
Co Down teenager appealed to the health
minister in Stormont not to close a children’s
home in Belfast which he said ‘turned his life
Up to six politicians based in the Occupied
Six Counties are expected to announce they are
to join the 26-County Fianna Fáil Party.
Politicians questioned the RUC tactics over
facilitating a midnight protest by over 200
loyalists in Portadown last Saturday night.
Loyalists organised the protest “to show
Republicans that we will not tolerate their
presence in the area or their behaviour”. • The Special non-jury Court sat for the last time in Green Street, Dublin on December 18 as the courts are moving to a new
The family of Kevin McDaid, murdered by purpose built building in Parkgate Street.
loyalists (facilitated by the RUC) in May 2009
were forced to leave their home because of Policing Partnership meeting in Derry. arrest. detained by the Egyptian authorities. John
abuse by loyalists. THURS. DECEMBER 10: Two men were TUES. DECEMBER 22: Between 450 and 500 Hurson and Peter Canavan, on behalf of Holy
The US is to send over 30,000 more troops to convicted in the Special non-jury Court in homeless people are daily seeking breakfast and Trinity GAA Club, Co Down, O’Neills in
Afghanistan; there are currently 71,000 US Dublin of possessing bomb-making equipment. dinner at the Capuchin Day Centre, Dublin, Strabane and the GAA Store in Portadown
troops there and 120,000 US troops in Iraq. Terry McConnell, Andersonstown, Belfast and nearly double the number two years ago. The donated jerseys, goalposts, footballs, training
FRI. DECEMBER 4: Workers in Corus, Cormac Fitzpatrick, Monaghan will be number of food parcels the centre provides to cones, DVDs, books and other items that John
Teeside, England were told that all 1,700 jobs sentenced in January. people and families in need each week has also Hurson took with him on the Viva Palistina
are to be lost. The Commission for Energy Regulation risen from 400 in previous years to 1,000 at convoy to Gaza. Naom Chomsky and Peter
Liam Clancy, the last of the famous ballad approved the construction of a gas pipeline to present. Canavan are co-presidents of the Gaza GAA
group the Clancy Brothers died at his home in serve import and re-gassification terminal for A parliamentary investigation in Lithuania Club.
Co Waterford after a long illness. liquefied gas on the Shannon estuary in north found that the US Central Intelligence Agency The RUC/PSNI custody ‘suite’ at Newry, Co
SAT. DECEMBER 5: Four teams of volunteers Kerry. ran a secret prison in Lithuania where al-Qaeda Down and one in Armagh city have been closed
left Ireland for Gaza to deliver ambulances and Seventy workers at the US owned American suspects may have been held. Head of the down. Those arrested are now being brought to
humanitarian aid. The groups, from Tyrone, Power Corporation (APC) in Castlebar, Co parliament’s national security and defence Lisburn.
Galway, Dublin, Derry and Cork will join up Mayo are to lose their jobs when the plant closes committee, Arvydas Anusauskas, said the Former hunger striker Gerard Hodgins called
with other volunteers in London and hope to in May. At one time the plant employed 1,000 investigation found Lithuanian intelligence on Gerry Adams to step down from the Bobby
reach their destination on December 27. people. opened two detention centres in co-operation Sands Trust, which is run by the Provos, in light
National Irish Bank, which employs more FRI. DECEMBER 11: The Social Welfare Bill with the CIA. of recent allegations surrounding his brother.
than 630 people at nearly 60 branches around which legislates for cuts of €760 million next WED. DECEMBER 23: The Criminal Assets TUES. DECEMBER 29: According to State
the country, is reported to be preparing job year passed all stages in Leinster House, Dublin. Bureau legislation is under review in the 26 papers just released, Margaret Thatcher
losses and branch closures. The Dawn meats Abattoir at Middleton, Co Counties. considered taking the vote from the Irish in
Earlier this month, Permanent TSB Cork will close next week with a loss of 80 jobs. Snow was causing severe disruption across Britain and bringing them “fully within the
announced plans for 120 job cuts and 11 branch Taoiseach Brian Cowan is to take a 20% pay Ireland. UK’s immigration laws” in 1979.
closures. cut. His current salary is €285.583, after his pay €25 million will be spent on new public Mordechai Vanunu, the man who revealed
Environmental campaigners formed a human cut his salary will be €228,466. A person on services identity (ID) cards for over-16s in the Israel’s nuclear secrets to the world in 1986, was
wave in Dublin to call on the Administration to basic social welfare payment receives €10,608, 26 Counties. placed under three days’ house arrest after being
push for a meaningful deal at the forthcoming after cuts they will receive €10,192. Author Colm Tóibín will be honoured by his detained for violating a ban on maintaining
UN climate change summit in Copenhagen. SAT. DECEMBER 12: Gordon Brown, British native Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. contact with foreigners.
Hundreds of participants lined the route from PM, spent the night with British troops in Some airports, including Schipol in The travel bill for TDs and Senators in the 26
Custom House Quay to Government Buildings Afghanistan after meeting with President Hamid Amsterdam, are considering full body scans for Counties for the yea came close to €1m.
on Merrion Street. Kairzai. passengers flying to the USA after an incident Dr Deirdre Mongan, co-author of a Health
Steve Rodford, governor of Maghaberry MON. DECEMBER 14: Danish police aboard a Delta flight to the US on Christmas Research Board (HRB) report entitled Social
Prison, Lisburn, Co Antrim, resigned less than detained over 1,000 demonstrators during a day. Consequences of Harmful Use of Alcohol in
five months after taking up the post. mass rally in Copenhagen where the 192-nation British Prime Minister has been informed that Ireland, claims that alcohol is a bigger problem
SUN. DECEMBER 6: The Annual Apprentice UN climate conference is being held. An he will have to give evidence at the Iraq inquiry. than illegal drugs; that it is doing more harm to
Boy’s Lundy March took place in Derry. estimated 40,000 people joined Saturday’s IBEC, the employers group, has officially Irish society than drugs. It was the third report
MON. DECEMBER 7: New Department of mostly peaceful march. withdrawn from the pay terms of the national on alcohol abuse in two months. The Slán
Education figures indicate that provision for FRI. DECEMBER 18: Derry building firm, agreement reached with the 26 County Report concentrated on the profile of drinking
special needs pupils is largely concentrated in Tradeforce in the Springtown Industrial Estate is Administration and the social partners in patterns and alcohol-related harm, while the
“free” State-run schools and in disadvantaged to lay off seven of its workforce because of the September 2008. third Rape and Justice in Ireland highlighted the
areas. Some leading fee-paying schools make downturn in the construction industry. Trade unions in the 26 Counties are major role of alcohol in rape cases.
little provision for students with special William Graham retired after more than 40 considering a two-stage strategy –a work to rule WED. DECEMBER 30: A number of shots
educational needs. years as a journalist at the Irish News. and a ban on co-operation with any proposals for were fired at Crossmaglen RUC barracks in
Greek police fired tear gas at hundreds of The RUC/PSNI defended their decision to public service reform - in their campaign against south Armagh.
rioting youths in Athens in the second day of take over the investigation into loyalist murders pay cuts for public service workers. Explosive material was found in an
violent protests to mark the one-year and RUC collusion with loyalists, from the HET. More than 50% of foreign workers who have abandoned lorry at Cloghogue on the A1 Newry
anniversary of the police killing of a 15-year-old Families of the victims say the takeover is come to the 26 Counties since 2004 have Road. 1,000lb of explosives was packed into
boy. About 5,000 students, workers and leftists “sinister”. probably left according to the Central Statistics barrels and drums inside the lorry and a number
marched to parliament. Schools, ministries and A retired police officer was arrested in Office. of houses were evacuated for several hours. The
tax offices closed down and transport was halted England in connection with claims that evidence SUN. DECEMBER 27: Demonstrations in Iran section of the main Belfast-Dublin road between
as teachers and public servants walked off the was hidden during the investigation into the continue as opposition grows towards the Cloghoge and Jonesborough remained closed
job for three hours to join nationwide death of Stephen Lawrence in south London in government of President Mahmoud until 10pm.
demonstrations. Riot police formed a cordon 1993. Ahmadinejad. Serious clashes with the police More than 20 members of the RUC and their
around the Athens university area, where most The special non-jury court in Green Street, left eight people dead in Tehran. The injured families have had to move house in the
of the clashes took place the day before. Two Dublin heard its last case. The court is moving were treated at home by doctors as the police Occupied Six Counties in the past six months
policemen were injured and about 30 youths to the new complex in the Phoenix Park. The waited at hospitals to arrest the injured. Steel because of fears that they were being targeted
were detained in yesterday’s unrest in Athens. court opened its doors in 1797 and in 1798 the batons were used by police during the protests. for assassination by Republicans.
TUES. DECEMBER 8: The lawyer for the Sheares Brothers were among the United MON. DECEMBER 28: Caoimhe Butterly and THURS. DECEMBER 31: Released 1979
family of Robert Hamill, kicked to death in Irishmen who were tried there. In 1803 Robert John Hurson both members of the Viva Palestina State papers in Ireland and Britain were carried
Portadown by loyalists while the RUC looked Emmet was sentenced to be ‘hanged, drawn and Convoy, went on hunger strike to protest against in several newspapers.
on, suggested that the then chief constable quartered’ at Green Street, where he made his Egypt’s refusal to allow a convoy of The death took place of the former Catholic
Ronnie Flanagan “gave the nod” for the RUC to famous speech from the dock. humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, which remains Primate of All Ireland Cardinal Cahal Daly at
cover up allegations of collusion. Thousands turned out for the funeral of the under a strict Israeli blockade. the age of 92.
WED. DECEMBER 9: The family of John “dissident” cleric Ayatollah Hussein Ali The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign MON. JANUARY 4: The High Court in Dublin
Brady, Derry, found dead in a Strand Road, RUC Montazeri in Iran. He criticised the regime in said that two members, Zoe Lawlor from granted 72 possession orders to mortgage
barracks in October, protested at the District Iran in 1980s and spent five years under house Limerick and Hilary Minch from Dublin, were lenders in the last eight weeks.
Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010 5
A day in the life of a
routine, it is by far a hell of a lot better
Below we carry a detailed account of a day in the life of a than the routine up to the protest of
Republican prisoner in Maghaberry jail, given to SAOIRSE 2006. A lot of ground was gained then
by a released POW. but a lot more work needs to be, and is
MORNING begins at 7- I must point out here that when I being done, both inside and outside
7.15am with a loud kick at say cook a meal this is only heating the prison.
If it has not been obvious by what
the cell door to ascertain if our prison food in a microwave. As has been stated by now, let me say the
we are still in the land of the Republican prisoners we are refused following: if we are locked down for
the right to cook and prepare a decent
living. meal on a cooker. Facilities such as whatever reason we refuse to eat any
With a quick f*** off from within meals in the cells. In the last number
cookers are available to other
the 8x4 box, the screw takes himself of weeks [in November 09] we were
prisoners but denied to ourselves.
to the neighbouring cell. I listen and locked down for almost 72 hours,
laugh as the screw gets the same during this period we carried out a
reception from my fellow Prisoners of EVERY DAY THE SAME
Every day in Maghaberry is the fast.
War. We will not allow ourselves to be
At 8.15-8.30 the cell doors open, same. We have two landings, Roe 3
and Roe 4, with approximately 12 to criminalised by a system driven by a
only three Republicans are allowed systematic hatred of everything
out at the same time. The three men 15 men on each. The routine is
divided between both landings. Republican. The Northern Ireland
are continually shadowed by up to Office (NIO) and prison estate as a
nine and sometimes 11 thugs in If you look at it through the eyes a
Republican prisoner it goes as whole is a bastion of unionism and
British uniform. As Republicans we loyalism. They have for years tried to
refuse to eat our breakfast at this time. follows: • Maghaberry jail.
MONDAY: intimidate defenceless Republican
Instead we try to get to the canteen locked down until 2.15pm. men on Roe 4 are also served their prisoners and indeed they attempt to
were we can get together and have our 8.30-11.45am: Roe 3 have access to
2.15pm: Yet another head count. meals at this time. As we refuse to carry on with their criminalisation
meal as a unit. It must be pointed out the yard and canteen.
The men who have visits are moved to eat in our cells, the men try to eat a policy in Maghaberry today. But with
that the prison expects us to eat all our 8.30-11.45am: Roe 4 have access
the prison van three at a time. Those quick snack or they return to the your help and with our resolute we
meals in their cells. As the cell to their landing canteen, shower and
who remain behind on Roe 3 are then cells and eat nothing until the will defeat these monsters of British
contains a toilet we refuse to eat any phone. At 10am they have intercell
given access to the shower, landing following morning. Imperialism.
meals in what can only be described association, only three men to a cell.
canteen and classroom and intercell 4.30pm: All movement to the yards I would like to finish now by
as a lavatory. At the appointed meal 11.45: Roe 3 are called upon to lock
association. are complete. Roe 4 are locked down. thanking the genuine Republican
time Republican prisoners collect up. Intercell association also end for
3.45pm: Roe 4 are called upon to 5.30pm: The men on Roe 4 are people of Ireland and abroad; without
their meals and place them in a Roe 4 at this time.
lock up. Intercell association also ends given access to a seven minute phone your help and assistance our struggle
container. We then carry our meals to 12noon: A head count is carried out
for Roe 3. call. and that of our comrades is futile.
the canteen when we are on by the screws.
4.00pm: Another head count. Roe 3 7.45pm: The men on Roe 3 are Finally a word of praise and respect
association. 12.15pm: Roe 4 are moved to the
are then given access to the yard, called upon to lock up. to all political prisoners worldwide,
At this time, and at all meal times, yard three men at a time. They collect
moved three at a time. The men 8.15pm: The house is locked down. you are in our thoughts, “the flame of
we have personnel appointed to carry their meals at this time, which they
collect their meals from the storage All men in the cells. resistance burns brightest through the
out specific tasks and duties. In this I prepare and eat while on association.
container. They also collect their This routine is on a rotational basis. hearts of the those imprisoned for
mean some men cook or prepare a 12.20pm: Roe 3 collect their meals
evening supper. These meals are then The following day Roe 4 will receive their beliefs”.
meal and other men then carry out the three men at a time and place them
prepared in the canteen by the the two association periods, Roe 3
task of washing up after we have into a container.
appointed Republican prisoners. It one. Go raibh mile maith agaibh agus
finished. 12.45pm: Another head count is
must be pointed out here that the Although this is a monotonous Tiocfaidh Ár Lá.
carried out on Roe 3 and the house
Republican Sinn Féin speaker at Italian conference
DECEMBER 2009 saw another important President of Republican political prisoners - who are
example of solidarity with the Irish liberation Sinn Féin, Des Dalton, being denied their right to
struggle due to the work of Republican Sinn Féin which read: political status by the
in Italy. British government in the
“On behalf of Republican oppressive prison regime in
A spokesperson of situation in the Occupied
Sinn Féin I thank Partito Maghaberry prison in the
Republican Sinn Féin in Six Counties and explained
Comunista dei Lavoratori Six Occupied Counties - is
Italy was invited to an anti- the political solution of the
for the invitation to take an area where international
imperialist meeting in Republican Movement,
part in this conference. As publicity and protest is very
Florence. ÉIRE NUA, stressing its
Irish Republicans we important.
The conference titled; contents and motivations.
recognise that the ongoing “The support we receive
Northern Ireland - a Afterwards Massimiliano
struggle against British internationally for the
forgotten conflict, answered several questions,
imperialism in Ireland is struggle for Irish Freedom
organized by the Partito concerning both the ÉIRE
part of the international has always been highly
Comunista dei Lavoratori NUA program and
fight against imperialism. It valued. The work of our
(Workers Communist Republican Sinn Féin
is not enough to oppose International Relations
Party), was held on solidarity with the bodies
imperialism - either Bureau is a vital part of
December 12, in the offices and organisations that
political or economic - in building a network of
of Archivio 68 Association oppose imperialism
one country unless you are solidarity for the Irish
in Florence, Italy. worldwide.
prepared to oppose it struggle and Irish
During the conference, Sara Parmigiani,
internationally. Republican solidarity with
the newly published book journalist and editor of the
national liberation struggles
Storia del conflitto anglo- Italian website The Five
“In Ireland our struggle throughout the world, such
irlandese (A History of the Demands, participated in
for a free and independent as the Basque Country,
Anglo-Irish conflict) was the event together with
32-County Democratic Brittany, Palestine, Iraq and
presented. The book is Giulia Caruso, a journalist • Massimiliano Vitelli, Republican Sinn Féin Socialist Republic Afghanistan etc”.
written in Italian by whose main focus is on spokesperson in Italy. continues. The lesson of
Riccardo Michelucci and Ireland.
situation in other areas, like autonomy and the right to Irish history is that while The meeting was very
published by Odoya. The four speeches from
the Basque countries, was self-determination for all British occupation of successful and was an
Massimiliano Vitelli, the podium were followed
discussed. All speakers people. Ireland remains it will be important opportunity to
Republican Sinn Féin by a lively debate. After
focused their statement on Massimiliano Vitelli also met with resistance. This raise the voice of true Irish
spokesperson in Italy, discussing and analyzing
the general aspect of addressed the conference lesson has been borne this Republicanism in
outlined the current the state of Ireland, the
national and cultural with greetings from the year. Support for our Continental Europe.
6 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010
Isolation of political prisoners
She said that we must show has never been adequately
FROM December 18-20, 2009 members of Sinn solidarity with each other and addressed and it is an area we
Féin Poblachtach attended and participated in the stand together, “Isolation is a must become more aware of
8th International Symposium Against Isolation, powerful tool of the oppressor. and do something about”.
held in London. We must not let the oppressor On Sunday the Cultural
President Des Dalton, countries. have that tool. We must wrest it Event took place in Hackney
General Secretary Josephine On Saturday December 19 back from him and use it to and music was supplied by the
Hayden, Dieter Reinish, the Symposium opened with become stronger.” Turkey Group Yorum, who
International Affairs Bureau Repression and isolation She spoke of the ten men gave a wonderful performance.
and Dermot Douglas, secretary towards countries. Speakers who died on hunger strike for All the delegates assembled
Comhairle Átha Cliath, from Venezuela, Honduras, Sri political status only for that on the stage and Des Dalton
travelled from Dublin and Lanka, Palestine, Iraq and special status to be given away presented Sandra with a
Kevin McCrory came from Cuba spoke in the morning. 17 years later by the one-time bodhrán, made by the POWs in
Scotland. Members of the After lunch the Symposium comrades of Bobby Sands. Portlaoise jail, for Yorum.
James Stephens/Roger continued with Intimidation “Republican Sinn Fein He said: “The struggle
Casement Cumann, London policy towards political supports the Continuity IRA against imperialism is
also attended the symposium. opposition by laws and prisoners in Maghaberry and international. It is not enough
On the Friday night they political prisoners. Portlaoise prisons who share to oppose imperialism in one
attended a function in Luton The speaker from Turkey our aims and ideals for a 32- country without opposing it
organised by the London was a member of the band County Socialist Republic. across the world. In Ireland the
Cumann of Sinn Féin Yourm, who are made up of “The political prisoners are struggle against British
• Josephine Hayden, Sandra Bakutz, Des Dalton, Dieter
Poblachtach. Arriving frozen at activists and ex-POWs. They Rienisch and Kevin McCrory at the isolation Conference once again demanding free imperialism and the
10.40pm, 12 hours late, the are the voice of the prisoners. in London. association; an end to occupation of part of our
ballad group Saoirse erased the He asked that we remember the controlled movement and the country goes on.
memory of delays, snow and 122 political prisoners in been or are in prison or in criminalization of black youth right to organise their own “One front of that struggle is
biting winds. Turkey, who lost their lives exile. in the States; Les Lewidow of wing. Medical neglect is a being waged within the walls
Every year since 2002 the during the 19th-22nd Other speakers included CAMPACC, who outlined the problem in both prisons as of Maghaberry prison by the
International Platform Against December operation and David Enright, Solicitor of broad definitions in the British indeed it is too for all POWs.” Republican prisoners in
Isolation has organised a during their resistance to the F- Howe Co, Ealing; an ex- Terrorism Act 2000. defence of their right to
Symposium. The original type isolation prisons. political prisoner from Josephine Hayden, She concluded: “Our political status.
impetus came from the Letters of solidarity from the Argentina who spoke of the Republican Sin Féin sent struggle goes on, your struggle
opposition to the state in POWs in Turkey were read effects of solitary confinement solidarity greetings from the goes on, we resist the “In supporting the campaign
Turkey’s use of isolation cells out. The President of and collusion between the conference to POWs all over normalisation of the unnatural, of the Irish Republican
and isolation prisons against its Progressive Lawyers in Ankara state, police and judiciary; a the world. She spoke of the we resist the criminalisation of prisoners in Maghaberry we
political opponents. also addressed the delegates member of the Helen Barbour fight of the POWs in our political prisoners and we take this opportunity to salute
The symposium was held at and said that “because of our Foundation who said one of Maghaberry and Portlaoise resist the isolation of political all political prisoners who are
Bolivar Hall in London, home stance against fascist laws we their functions is to ‘bear prisons for Prisoner of War prisoners. engaged in struggle against
to the Venezuelan Embassy are branded terrorists”. witness’; a representative of status once again and the “But in particular more must imperialism – the common
and had three themes: Political Iratxe Urizar, a lawyer from the Jericho Movement in the conditions they currently be done by all of us to fight enemy of humanity. We face a
prisoners, Blacklists and the Basque Country said that USA who spoke of the US as a endure. All were sentenced by against the jailing of children, common enemy but also share
Sanctions/aggression towards one per 1,000 Basques have “racist empire” and the the non-jury courts. the scandal of child prisoners common goals.”
RUC cover-up over plastic bullet death
THE High Court in Belfast was told on December happened. They are also challenging a by a baton round fired as she Nora McCabe’s skull and she
10 that an RUC cover-up surrounding the killing Jim McCabe was seeking a decision not to prosecute any returned from the shops to her died the next day.
of an innocent woman by a plastic bullet led to “a court order to quash the members of the RUC for home in Linden Street, west The RUC left the scene,
decision not to charge the perjury or attempting to pervert Belfast. claiming not to have been
breakdown in the rule of law”. sergeant who fired the fatal the course of justice at the Opening the application for aware of what had happened,
Lawyers for the husband of charges. It was also contended shot or his commanding chief inquest into Nora McCabe’s judicial review Barry and they subsequently made
Nora McCabe claimed the that video footage from the superintendent with either death. Macdonald QC said the baton statements categorically
RUC closed ranks and lied scene in Belfast 28 years ago murder or manslaughter. Both The 33-year-old mother of round was fired “for no good denying any involvement in
under oath to shield two “comprehensively destroyed” men have since died. three was killed in July 1981 reason” by a police sergeant the incident at Linden Street.”
colleagues from facing murder police accounts of what from a Land Rover. It fractured
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RSF HOLD WHITE-LINE PICKETS IN AID OF POWS
Tuesday, December 1, 75% of Suzanne Breen’s legal 2009. Severe disruption was was attacked for the second
2009. The RUC again expenses arising from a court caused in Twinbrook when a time in a few days. Their front
displayed that they simply case they took against her. suspicious device was found door was broken in the latest
have only changed their name A shop in north Belfast was outside a block of flats in attack, two days previously
and uniform and not their petrol-bombed. No one was Summerhill Drive. It was later stones, bottles and bricks were
long-standing brutality against injured. declared a hoax. thrown at the house. Their
their victims when they Saturday, December 5, Wednesday, December 9, home was also broken into in
physically knocked a young 2009. The McKelvey/Steele 2009. A new book A July last and wrecked. The
lad down as they chased him Cumann, Republican Sinn Beleaguered Station, The attacks are racially motivated.
during rioting in the Old Park Féin held their first in a series Memoir of Head Constable Thursday, December 17,
area of north Belfast. of white-line pickets for the John McKenna 1891-1921, 2009. John Paul Wootton,
The RUC were accused by Republican POWs. The was launched in the Central accused of the killing of an
nationalists of “heavy-handed response from the Belfast Library. The book details the RUC constable in March was
policing” after two men were public was very good, despite sectarian nature of the RIC and refused bail in the High Court
arrested in Belfast on Provo councillors standing the pressure that he endured. in Belfast.
November 29 having been outside the Cultúrlann across Thursday December 10, Sunday December 20,
sprayed with CS gas. the road watching the response 2009. Lawyers for Jim 2009. The McKelvey/Steele
Patrick McCafferty, Belfast, from the Belfast people. McCabe, husband of Nora • Republican Sinn Féin laid a wreath at the grave of Joe Cumann of Republican Sinn
lodged complaints with his A man was injured after McCabe killed by a plastic McKelvey in Milltown Cemetery, Belfast on December Fein launched their new
solicitor over continued shots were fired through the bullet in 1981, claimed in the 19. website. It can be found at:
harassment by the RUC who window of a house in Norglen High Court, Belfast, that the www.rsfbelfast.freewebspace.
are trying to recruit him as an Parade, Ballymurphy, west RUC “closed ranks and lied involvement. The lawyers are disturbance, but turned out to com.
informer. He also claimed that Belfast. under oath” to shield two challenging a decision not to be of no significance. Monday, December 28,
he was being stopped and A protest was held at the members of the RUC from prosecute any member of the The McKelvey/Steele 2009. Iris Robinson, DUP MP,
searched up to four times a Ardoyne shops in protest at the facing murder charges (both of RUC with perjury or Cumann held the second of announced her retirement from
week. His father Terry is Shankill Flute Band which is who are now dead). No one attempting to pervert the their white-line pickets for the public life due to health
serving a 12-year sentence in dedicated to UVF killer Brian was ever charged with Nora course of justice at the inquest. POWs, and would like to reasons. She is married to
Maghaberry jail. Robinson who shot dead McCabe’s murder. The RUC Saturday, December 12, thank the public for their Peter Robinson, DUP MLA
Friday, December 4, 2009. Paddy McKenna outside the left the scene and claimed later 2009. A suspicious object was positive response. and First Minister at Stormont.
The RUC were ordered by a shops in 1989. they did not know what had found in the Stockman’s Way Monday December 14,
Belfast Recorder judge to pay Monday, December 7, happened and denied any area of Belfast caused much 2009. An Indian family home
statement is to publicly apologise to withdrew its political, military and “The fact he lectured on human
Guth na Mumhan: the people of the Mid-West for even
suggesting such a dreadful course of
action,” Paddy Kenneally concluded.
economic forces from our country.
“The Border divides our country
and prevents Ireland realising the
rights must be questioned because the
army he serves has abused human
rights not only in Ireland but
Inniu is Inné Border must be
financial and business potential of a
united entity trading as one unit with
throughout many parts of the world.
“The British seem to have short
memories – and surely the human
Green war future for be the first to object to American war shopping “It is time for politicians to cease rights of the 13 Irish people murdered
plans in areas of conflict. WHILE the drift of people and money
Shannon slammed “While Shannon Airport is in a across the Border to purchase goods
criticising people for cross border by British soldiers in Derry were not
THE very idea that the future of shopping and instead to take the case respected. If anything the British are
difficult financial situation and the and services in the Six Counties in the for a united Ireland to the British.” guilty of mass murder and a campaign
Shannon Airport should be dependent run up to Christmas was frowned
on American conflict around the coming year looks bleak because of British soldier lecture at of intimidation and repression against
the continuing conflict with the upon by trade and political the nationalist and republican people
world is the latest U-turn from the
budget carrier Ryanair, this is purely a organisations, the fact is the existence Curragh an insult of the Occupied Six Counties.
Green Party in Clare, a spokesperson of partition must be questioned, Des THE fact that a British Army officer
for Republican Sinn Fein said on commercial decision and it should be “Today many commemorators
resolved in the normal way of Long from Corbally in Limerick, a lectured in the Curragh, the first
December 19, 2009. Queen’s soldier to do so since 1922 is seem to think that the border or
business. member of the Ard Comhairle of partition no longer exists but the
Paddy Kenneally from Crusheen Republican Sinn Féin said on an insult to the memory of all the men
said that the latest statement by the “To advocate more American troop reality is the country is divided and
carrying flights as the financial December 10. and women who fought in the War of
Green Party Councillor Brian Meany Independence, Joe Lynch from that division is enforced by the British
saviour of the Airport is an insult to He said that question of why the presence.
in relation to the future of Shannon Border is in place seldom seems to Beechgrove Avenue in Ballinacura
Airport was an insult to all the Irish everyone who has campaigned against “Having British army officers
American war planes using the arise in the pricing debate. Weston in Limerick, the Republican
people who have campaigned against Sinn Fein chairman in the southside of lecture at the Curragh is certainly not
civilian airport. “There is an outcry over people the way to win the hearts and minds of
imperialism and American military crossing the Border to buy at lower the city, said on December 24.
expansionism. “Shannon is a civilian airport that the Irish people but all these attempts
has survived against all the odds on prices in the Six Counties but there is He said to add insult to injury the
“To say that more American troop British soldier lectured on human to normalise the British presence in
the west of Ireland supported by the no outrage over the existence of the Ireland can be traced back to the
carrying planes should transit Border itself. rights and humanitarian law.
Shannon Airport and that the Airport people in the Mid-West from Clare Stormont Agreement.
and Limerick and Galway and Kerry “The exchange rate between “This British soldier, Lt Col. Mark
should go after this business is an McKinney while born in Portrush “The normalisation of British rule
and Tipperary. sterling and the Euro is kept has now being taken to the very heart
appalling statement to make. artificially high by the trade served for 17 years as a Royal Marine
“The Green Party representative “The idea that Shannon should be of the 26 County Administration’s
dependent on American wars is alien organisations simply to exploit the in the British Forces and his presence
seems to forget that his own party is in the Curragh certainly indicates a military establishment but it must be
to the spirit of freedom ingrained in customer. There would be no artificial exposed and indeed resisted.”
very much against the American use division if the British adhered to the widespread campaign to normalise
of Shannon Airport and in fact would the Irish people and the least the
Green Party can do over this appalling aspiration of the Irish people and British rule in the island of Ireland.
TEACH DÁITHÍ Ó CONAILL Taxpayer to pay for
RENOVATION FUND M3 double toll
FERROVIAL made a the toll company would be
sweetheart deal with the compensated by the taxpayer.
The Trustees and Ard Chomhairle have Campaigners also drew attention
26-County State under
decided to set up a fund to renovate the which the toll company
to the fact that the tolling period is
45 years and not 30 as reported
Republican Sinn Féin Ard-Oifig, Teach Dáithí would be compensated by widely in the press.
Ó Conaill, 223 Parnell Street, Dublin 1. the taxpayer if traffic The traffic figures on the
levels did not reach the existing N3 are dropping yearly
specific/expected targets. since its peak in May 2006.
Figures will continue to fall as
Donations will be gratefully received from SaveTara campaigners called unemployment has risen by 116%
on December 11 for the
members and supporters resignation of the 26-County
in a year and the total unemployed
in the county now stands at well
of the true Republican cause. Minister for Transport, Noel over 11,000.
Dempsey, over the issue of the
All moneys received will be acknowledged tolling of the M3 motorway.
The rise of population in Co
Meath was directly linked to the
and receipted. Campaigners have drawn so-called Celtic Tiger, when
attention to the fact that the road people moved out from Dublin.
was to be tolled twice for years As far as an alternative public
Donations should be sent to: • Des Dalton, President Sinn Féin now but the message fell on deaf transport system for Co Meath is
Poblachtach making a presentation of a ears until recently when a letter concerned, this deal with Ferrovial
The Dáithí Ó Conaill Memorial Fund, 223 Celtic Cross to Kitty O’Brien, Cork, (Meath Chronicle, July 18) from means that the State now has a
Parnell Street, Dublin 1. recently in recognition of her contribution the campaign again drew attention
to the sweetheart deal under which
conflict of interest vis-a-vis the
to Sinn Féin down through the years. rail option and the M3 motorway.
8 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010
Seán Sabhat remembered
ON Sunday, January 3 Republican Sinn Féin held its
annual Seán Sabhat commemoration in Limerick City.
The large crowd led by three McGuirk said: “He died, not for
pipers and a Colour Party any romantic dream, but for a
marched from Bedford Row to the people – a nation.”
Republican Plot in Mount St Turning to the Ireland of today
Lawrence Cemetery. There the she said: “The same patriotism is
ceremony was chaired by Ard visible today when we consider
Chomhairle member Des Long. the Republican prisoners in
Séamus Ó Súilleabháin recited Maghaberry and Portlaoise
a decade of the Rosary as Gaeilge. prisons. In Maghaberry the
Wreaths were laid by the prisoners have endured such
following: Comhairle Cuige appalling treatment and in terrible
Mumhan PRO Joe Lynch on conditions that it was recently
behalf of the Republican stated that the prison was the
Movement; Rachel Lynch on ‘worst in Britain’ (sic). Matt
behalf of Na Fianna Éireann and Baggott, head of the British police • Cathleen Knowles McGuirk
• The colour party leading the parade at the Seán Sabhat
Annette Long on behalf of Coiste in the occupied Six Counties comemmoration in Limerick on January 3.
Cuimneacháin Seán Sabhat. stated recently that he considered British rule in the Six Counties
Cathleen Knowles McGuirk Republican resistance to be a has been accompanied by “the
gave the oration during the course ‘criminal enterprise’. But we will blatant re-Anglicisation of the 26
of which she said: “Throughout not allow the British or the Free Counties, visible all around us,
the history of Irish Republicanism State to criminalise Republican and the border has become
Ireland has had many martyrs who prisoners,” she said. “We salute blurred.
have made the ultimate sacrifice. all Republican prisoners as we
Such was the man we stand at this graveside,” she “We see economic colonisation
commemorate here today; Seán declared. on every high street in every town
Sabhat from Garryowen, “Stormont and the so-called in Ireland. As far as restoring the
commemorated in song and story peace process are in trouble. Republic we have moved into a
along with his young comrade Republican Sinn Féin has known situation where apathy has
Fearghal Ó hAnluain, both of from the beginning that there were replaced idealism and patriotism.”
whom took part in Operation major flaws in the Belfast She concluded: “We demand
Harvest as the 1956 Resistance Agreement and said so. Ireland’s full freedom and will
Campaign was named. Both these never surrender that inalienable
young men came from the same “Our analysis of the outcome of right. With the last breath in our
heroic mould.” She said. the betrayal by the Provisional bodies we will resist British rule
Continuing she spoke about the Movement has been proved in Ireland!”
attack on Brookborough RUC correct. What was put together as
Barracks on January 1, 1957 in a solution was never in the • The Special Branch were spying on Republicans as usual at the The ceremony concluded with
which both Sabhat and Ó interests of the Irish people. No commemoration. the playing of a lament by the
hAnluain gave their lives. Of solution that came from interests of anyone but Britain Cathleen Knowles McGuirk pipers followed by Amhrán na
Sabhat Cathleen Knowles Westminster was ever in the itself.” said that the copper-fastening of bhFiann.
Annual commemoration to
Liam Mellows in Wexford
only military forces the men
ON Sunday, December 6 Republicans gathered at of 1916 would be proud of
the grave of Liam Mellows in Castletown Church are the ones the Free State,
Cemetery for the annual commemoration. the Brits and the sellouts in
Stormont are trying to
Former Long Kesh and called on Tom Malone to criminalise today.”
Portlaoise POW Jimmy lay a wreath on behalf of the In his closing remarks,
Kavanagh chaired the Wexford Republican Graves Jimmy Kavanagh said “To
proceedings and after Association and Ritchie honour Mellows and his
welcoming everyone on Bierney on behalf of the comrades we must stay true
behalf of the Wexford Republican Movement. A to the Republic and
Republican Graves minute’s silence was then maintain our commitment
Association and the observed and the Tricolor to their revolutionary
Republican Movement he was dipped over the grave. ideals.”
said: Jimmy then called on He also said he was
“We are privileged that James O’Neill of the chairing the
Liam Mellows chose to be Whelan/McElwee Cumann commemoration because
buried here in Wexford and of Republican Sinn Féin, Séamus Mac Suain who
that we hold the grave of Waterford to give the • Tom Malone, Ritchie Bierney, Jimmy Kavanagh and James O’Neill at the Liam always chaired it was
one of Ireland’s most oration. Mellows commemoration on December 6. unwell and he extended
committed and principled After outlining the life of ultimately murdered him that we have today, but if Treaty. wishes for a speedy
revolutionary leaders.” this extraordinary Irish for, he said: Mellows would have been “Brian Cowen said at recovery and the hope that
With a colour party as patriot including his refusal “Bertie Ahern said that proud of that he would have Easter that the men of 1916 “he will be back soon
guard of honour at the of the Treaty of Surrender Liam Mellows would be rolled over with the rest of would be proud of our shouting at us all!”
graveside, Jimmy then which the Free State proud of the European State them and accepted the military forces today, the
Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010 9
Dáithí Ó Conaill: tireless
advocate of ÉIRE NUA
“THE coming year presents us all with huge challenges but
Ireland’s right to freedom and
England’s determination to keep us
also opportunities. The two fronts on which it is essential that in subjection. All other issues are
we engage in 2010 are political and economic”, said Des subordinate to this basic point.
Dalton, President of Sinn Féin Poblachtach in his New Year There can be no compromise on the
message under the title “RSF gives leadership to a new fundamental issue as to who should
generation”. rule Ireland: the British Parliament
He was speaking at the annual used the opportunity to deliver his or the Irish people. We have had 800
Dáithí Ó Conaill commemoration in New Year Message in his first years of British ineptitude in ruling
Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin on public speaking engagement in Ireland; we have never known rule
January 1. Ireland since becoming President. by the Irish, of the Irish, for the
Braving heavy snow and He outlined the involvement of Irish. Until we do, we shall never
treacherous road conditions, Dáithí O Conaill in the Republican enjoy peace and stability in our
Republicans from Monaghan, Movement, from the age of 17, and land.’
Dundalk, Kildare and Dublin said that Dáithí ‘was capable of “A lasting monument to his
assembled at the gates of Glasnevin recognising and seizing the moment contribution to the freedom struggle
and led by a colour party of Sinn to take his place on the stage of is the ÉIRE NUA proposals which
Féin Poblachtach, Cumann na history and play his part to the full. he was instrumental in framing. He
mBan and Na Fianna Éireann, “The sheer breadth of his ability remained a tireless advocate of
walked the short distance to the and intellect was evidenced by his ÉIRE NUA right up to his death in
Republican Plot. service to the All-Ireland Republic 1991”.
Andy Connolly chaired the both militarily and politically. • Margaret Mullin laying the wreath on behalf of Comhairle Des went on to outline the
proceedings and spoke of the “Ó Conaill in 1969/70 was a key Laighean at the Dáithí O Conaill commemoration in Glasnevin political and economic challenges
leadership given by Dáithí to young member of a leadership who Cemetery, Dublin on New Year’s Day. facing Republicans in 2010 and
people in particular and how he realised: ‘There is a tide in the path led only to division and final the border – evading 400 RUC, B- pointed out that: “It is our duty in
involved the youth in decision affairs of men. Which, taken at the absorption into the apparatus of Specials, two helicopters and the Sinn Féin – the only political
making within Republican Sinn flood, leads on to fortune’. With his British rule in Ireland. British army - where they were organisation representing the
Féin, and gave the example how he lifelong friend and comrade Ruairí “On January 1 1957 he was forced to retire. But as the historian revolutionary Irish Republican
himself was given an hearing by Ó Brádaigh he ensured that the Second-in Command of the Pearse Bowyer Bell pointed out: ‘not tradition - to give political
Dáithí during the drafting of our Republican Movement was Column during the attack on before the arms had been safely expression and leadership to this
political policy ÉIRE NUA. prepared to take the tide of Brookeborough RUC barracks dumped’. new generation (see front page).
Líta Ní Chathmhaoil recited a revolution at full flood. which resulted in the deaths of two “Dáithí Ó Conaill never
decade of the rosary as Gaeilge and “By their actions they ensured the of his comrades Fearghal Ó equivocated on what was the cause Andy closed the proceedings with
Margaret Mullen, Clondalkin laid a historic Republican Movement was hAnluáin, Co Monaghan and Seán of the war in Ireland or what was a rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann.
wreath on behalf of Comhairle not diverted from the path of Sabhat, Limerick. Four others were required to deliver a just and lasting Afterwards those in attendance
Laighean, Sinn Féin Poblachtach. revolutionary Irish Republicanism. wounded including the column peace for all of the Irish people. adjourned for tea and sandwiches
A minutes silence was observed For despite his youth he knew from commander. This young man of 18 Speaking in Belfast at Easter 1973 and had a very pleasant few hours
for the dipping of the flag. his profound knowledge of Irish years took command and led a he said: ‘Today, the central issue in listening to the Republican songs
Andy introduced Des Dalton who history that any diversion from this successful withdrawal back across the war is one of conflict between played for us by Chris.
Joe McKelvey and Na Fianna
anniversary remembered in Belfast
MEMBERS and supporters of Sinn Féin Poblachtach from taken the anti-Treaty side with his members walked through Milltown struggle for Irish Independence.
Republican comrades. Cemetery to the Republican Plot. A After the commemoration a white-
Belfast, Antrim, Dublin and Kildare gathered at Milltown In April 1922 he helped command wreath was laid at the grave of Joe line picket was held outside the
Cemetery, Belfast on December 19 to pay their respects to the occupation of the Four Courts in McKelvey, a man revered by offices of Sinn Féin Poblachtach on
Joe McKelvey and members of Na Fianna Éireann who lost defiance of the new Irish Free State. Republicans and after whom the the Falls Road, Belfast.
their lives since its foundation 100 years ago in August 1909. Joe McKelvey was among the most Belfast Cumann is named. Another The picket was held on each
hardline of the anti-Treaty wreath was laid to commemorate Saturday in December to highlight the
Joe McKelvey was an Irish comrades Liam Mellows, Dick
Republicans and briefly, in June 1922, the100th Anniversary of the founding plight of the POWs in Maghaberry
Republican Army Officer, and a Barrett and Rory O Connor, by a Free
became IRA Chief of Staff. of Na Fianna Éireann and to who are continuing their fight for
member of Na Fianna Éireann who State firing squad in Mountjoy Jail,
The National Flag and the Na remember the important role the political status.
was executed, along with three of his Dublin on December 8, 1922, having
Fianna flag were flying proudly as Fianna have played throughout the
Charlie Kerins commemorated in Tralee
THE 65th Annual Charlie Kerins Matt Leen read Austin nourished to take the fight regard as puppets at their
commemoration took place in Tralee, Co Kerry Clarke’s The Last to eject the British war dog beck and call.
on the ‘First Friday’ in December. Republicans before the from Ireland. Charlie “We must not forget our
chairperson introduced the Kerins, Chief-of-Staff of the POWs in Portlaoise
main speaker, Ger Foran of Irish Republican Army, especially those in
The crowd assembled at Brosnan. Kilkenny. along with his gallant Maghaberry jail who went
the Pikeman Monument in Wreaths were laid by In the course of his comrades fought for a 32- four days without food
Denny Street and led by a Mary O’Connor, niece of oration Ger Foran said: County Irish Republic, because of the conditions
colour party and a lone Charlie Kerins, Seán unlike Free Stater Martin there.”
piper marched through the Murphy, Matt Leen and a “We gather here tonight Ferris and Gerry ‘Broy Proceedings were brought
town centre up to the Kerins young Kilkenny in Tralee, glorious Harrier’ Kelly, his traitor to a close when the
Monument in Strand Street Republican. John Mangan bloodstained, war-town comrade in the Occupied chairperson called on the
where proceedings were recited a decade of the Kerry where the finest of Six Counties who the piper to play Amhráin na
chaired by Stephen Rosary. freedom fighters were • Charlie Kerins British and Free State bhFiann.
10 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010
Israel kills six Palestinians Greetings from Leonard
ISRAELI soldiers killed six Palestinians, including
three activists affiliated with Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, in two attacks
early Saturday in northern Gaza Strip and West
Bank city of Nablus.
WORLD Peltier Defence Committee
GREETINGS from the Leonard Peltier Defense
Offense Committee on December 24, 2009 (edited
In Nablus in the West Bank dozens of Israeli soldiers, some of “Greetings and happy holidays. I hope this letter finds you all
wearing black masks, poured into Nablus’ casbah at about 2am. enjoying the spirit of the season with family and friends.
They were backed by sniffer dogs and dozens of jeeps, bulldozers “My August parole denial was appealed in short order. We are
and other military vehicles. Palestinian medics and witnesses said expecting a response to that appeal sometime very soon. It has
soldiers blasted their way into the homes of three members of the occurred to me that the viciousness of this system knows no
al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, killing each in a hail of bullets. Ra’ed bounds, and so I believe strongly in the coming days we will hear
al-Sarkaji, 38, Ghassan Abu Sharekh, in his 30s, and Anan Soboh of another loss, another denial.
were all killed in separated incidents. “We all know the so-called justice system of this country is
“This attack was a clear assassination, and I believe it is more about revenge and retribution than finding true and just
targeting our security and stability,” said Abbas’ prime minister, resolution. It doesn’t take into account the plight of the
Salam Fayyad. wrongfully convicted, nor does it allow flexibility as human
Dr Ghassan Hamdan from the city’s hospital told reporters that endeavors always require.
the Israeli soldier broke into al-Sarkaji’s house, killed him in front “Their reason for denying my parole is that I refuse to admit
of his wife who was injured, and they shot dead Abu Sharekh after guilt and show remorse for the deaths of two FBI agents. I know
arresting him. the righteousness of my situation. I know what I did and didn’t
In another building, the troops killed Soboh who is also a do. I will never yield.
member of pro-Abbas Preventive Security Forces. “I also know what this country did and continues to do to me
Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers killed three civilians near a and many others. While they demand I make a false confession
crossing point in northern Gaza Strip. A Hamas security source for the sake of my freedom, they show no remorse for the loss of
said the three shot in Gaza at daybreak were civilians collecting much of my life, or the lives of Joe Stuntz and countless others
• Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Nablus, they have murdered over the generations simply for being who
scrap metal in an industrial zone near the Israeli border were Saturday, December 26, 2009. Three members of the al-
killed by shots from an Israeli helicopter gunship. they were.
Aqsa Martyrs Brigades were killed by the soldiers. “I remain proud of what I have stood for and mindful of what
Bedouins who live in northern Gaza Strip approached the area
least two of them would be now be facing execution, so if real justice is. In this season of love and forgiveness, please say a
on donkey-pulled cars, trying to evacuate the bodies but the
anything, the United States standing in human rights is getting prayer for all of those who never knew justice and others who
Israeli soldiers fired warning shots to force them back.
worse.” have such difficulty in finding it still today.
Abbas has demanded a halt to Jewish settlement building
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
before peace talks delayed since a Gaza war in January may
resume, and has rejected a temporary building freeze announced
US troops through Leonard Peltier”
last month by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Shannon Airport http://www.FreePeltierNow.org
insufficient. IN A statement on December 16, Roger Cole of the Climate Change Conference
Torture in Israeli prisonS Peace & Neutrality Alliance (PANA) said that
243,000 US soldiers used Shannon Airport so far
ON December 21, 2009, the representative of the
Cuba-Ireland Solidarity Campaign Simon
PRESIDENT of the Palestinian Prisoner Society,
Qaddura Fares, reported on December 7 that in 2009. McGuinness, issued a statement after the
“PANA held the first demonstration at Shannon Airport in May Copenhagen Climate Change Summit December
during the past year there have been more than 2002 in protest against the use of Shannon Airport by US troops
2,000 cases of torture in Israeli prisons. 7-18, part of which is carried below along with
on their way to their wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and have
The Israeli administration has exerted, and continues to do so, organised or helped in many such protests since then.
violence, beatings, and physical and psychological torture against “Fidel Castro has quite a track record on climate change. His
“We did so, not because we were “anti-American” but because
Palestinians. He described daily evidence of the “barbarism of the six-minute address to the Rio Climate Conference in 1992 is as
we were pro-American, pro the American people, that is.
occupation forces against prisoners”. relevant today as it was then unfortunately.
“While it is the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and
Among the thousands is Majid Rantis who has been detained I was fortunate to have heard the presentations made by Hugo
Pakistan that have suffered most from the wars of the American
since September 18, 2001. He was sentenced by an Israeli Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Samuel Santos
Empire and its vassal states like Ireland, the ordinary American
military court to 15 years. According to a document drafted by a (Nicaragua) and Esteban Lazo (Cuba) to a packed fringe meeting
family is being impoverished by its militarist neo-liberal agenda.
lawyer of the Prisoner Society, Rantis was interrogated for 70 organised by our sister organisation in Denmark.”
“The absolute refusal to condemn President Obama for his
days during which time he was beaten, held in solitary Cuba has long called for the payment of reparations from the
decision, like President Johnson did in Vietnam, to escalate the
confinement and deprived of sleep. The man finally lost his left United States for the oppression it has been subjected to since
war will not prevent the inevitable crash [in America]. These wars
eye due to one of the beatings and underwent surgery on July 6, 1962. Now ALBA wants it and the rest of the developed world to
must be stopped now, and the termination of the use of Shannon
2005. It was acknowledged that his loss of sight was a result of pay reparations for the environmental damage they have inflicted
Airport by the US troops is a key step towards peace and
the beatings. on the world through carbon emissions since the Industrial
A PPS lawyer also reported on Fares Awad from Aroura Village Revolution.
Meanwhile demonstrators continue to keep a presence at
who was beaten in such a way as to cause problems with the main “Their approach was grounded, forward looking, revolutionary
Shannon Airport, Co Clare, every day to protest at the continued
artery of his heart. and realistic. They proposed a referendum to approve any treaty
use of the airport by the US in their illegal imperialist wars.
He was arrested on June 26, 2006 and sentenced by a military adopted in Copenhagen, a climate court to verify emissions, [a
Shannonwatch issued the following [edited] statement on
court to four-and-a-half years in Israeli prison. Awad arrived in referendum to establish a Global Carbon Court to ensure that
December 22, 2009:
good health, after five months in Ofer Prison he was taken to the commitments made by countries for reduction of carbon
“Every day the war machines roll through Shannon, as the
Russian Compound for investigation where he was blindfolded, emissions are honored and to limit temperature rise to 1C], the
innocent populations of Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere suffer
handcuffed, and beaten. During the some odd 70 days of ongoing transfer of green technologies to the developing world for free,
the brutal consequences of neo-liberal occupation. The Gardaí
interrogation, a blow to the chest led to a loss of consciousness. reparations from those who despoilt the planet to be used to
react by mounting public displays of strength against half a dozen
Awad was taken to Hadassah Hospital, Ein Karem, on June 29, ameliorate the effects on poor countries.”
innocent protestors, while claiming to have no opinions or
2006 and later transferred to Mount Scopus and then to Ashkelon http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/2009/1220fidelcastro.htm
authority over the cargos and personnel passing through the
where he is suffering several problems, including a liver problem. Evo Morales called on the USA to put up or shut up: “The
He can no longer walk. budget of the United States is $687 billion for defense. And for
“The US-led “war on terror” has resulted in the erosion of
The case files continue with lists of victims who have spent climate change…they only put up $10 billion.”
human rights in the interest of state security, as disappearances,
long stretches of time in tiny spaces or tied to school chairs. The Morales demanded rich countries pay climate change
illegal imprisonment and torture of detainees has become
Israeli government is one of the few world wide that openly reparations:”The real cause of climate change is the capitalist
advocates interrogation methods considered torture by system. If we want to save the earth then we must end that
“The rights of ordinary people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza to
international standards. economic model.
live safely with the full enjoyment of their economic, social and
“The total income of the 500 richest people in the world is
Two of Miami Five re-sentenced cultural rights have been systematically violated by invading
powers as they seek to secure their strategic interests.
greater than the 450m poorest living on $2 a day. We have to
ON December 8 in US District Court of Florida, “The ongoing use of the airport by the US military and their
change direction. How long are we going to tolerate the current
two members of the Miami Five, Ramón Labañino international economic order, and allow the hungry not to have
contractors is justified locally on the basis of its economic benefit
and Fernando González were re-sentenced. food?
to the region… our support for US imperialism makes us
Ramón received a 30-year sentence, reduced from life in “Let’s eradicate poverty and bring in climate justice. If
complicit in the suffering and death of innocent people. It is made
prison. Fernando received a sentence of 17 years and 9 months, capitalism resists we have to do battle with it,” Morales said.
even worse by the routine refueling of CIA rendition planes under
reduced from his original sentence of 19 years. http://www.democracynow.org/2009/12/16/bolivian_president
the watchful eyes of the airport police and Gardaí and in clear
Not one single day of their imprisonment is justified, they are _evo_morales
violation of national and international law. This is all too high a
the unacceptable face of the politicisation of the US criminal Michael Rooney, a member of RSF and Greenpeace Mayo said
price to pay for jobs.
justice system at all levels and their continuing detention serves that: “The governments have failed the people in the Copenhagen
Around the world the erosion of civil liberties goes hand in
only to focus international attention on the US failure to uphold summit. Their failure to reach any sort of agreement has
hand with governmental abuse of human rights, and Shannon is
its international commitments to civil rights. The UN’s highest condemned us to live within their rules, which takes no heed of
no different. While our ‘law enforcers’ impede the movement of
investigators have described their detention as arbitrary - the only the needs of the people. It takes no heed of what we need to do to
peaceful protesters without valid reason, they turn a blind eye to
such judgement ever made against the USA. live within the boundaries of nature.
known rendition planes and their crews, to cargo destined for Iraq
Simon McGuinness, National Coordinator, Cuba Support and Afghanistan, and to US occupation soldiers on their way to
Group Ireland (CSGI) said: “The US justice system is corrupt, “There was not even a pretence at finding a solution to bringing
kill or be killed.
incapable of reform and indifferent to minimum acceptable down the world’s carbon footprint. All that concerned them was
“December 10 was Human Rights Day. But this Christmas
international standards. It has shown itself to be no more, and no that their colleagues in multinational circles would not lose
human rights abuse will continue in Afghanistan and Iraq, and
less, than the legalised lynch mob of the US political money. Those who rule our country, both British and Irish
more innocent lives will be lost. Standing up for human rights
establishment. governments have nothing to say on the matter. Their very
means ending what goes on at Shannon.
“Had the Five been arrested under current US legislation, at silence shows their knowledge that they are part of the problem,
“Related Link: http://www.shannonwatch.org/
not the answer.”
Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010 11
Among those remembered Hanvey, one of those accused, December 27, 2009, letter to
at the interdenominational admitted collusion by the RUC Editor.
WHAT service were the two [British]
army engineers shot dead at
when Reserve Constable
Robert Atkinson phoned
The Department of Justice
confirmed that €12.6 million
Massereene in Antrim last Hanvey at his home and told was spent on overtime and
by dissident him to “burn his clothes”.
A chara, — The jailing of
expenses on policing at the
Corrib gas project from
— Irish Times, December retired school principal and September 2006 to December
SAID 3. A total of 83 British army
casualties were listed.
Shell to Sea campaigner
Maura Harrington on
— Irish Times, December
In the eyes of Scottish December 10 demonstrates 29, 2009, news report.
Already, extensive legal Nationalist Party leader Alex once again that there is no As Jake Schmidt, director
investigation has been Salmond, Scotland, Ireland, length to which the State will of the US Natural Resources
undertaken by the Barron Norway and Iceland would not go to silence opposition to Defence Fund put it recently:
report and the McEntee form an Arc of Prosperity the great Corrib gas Coming into this conference
Inquiry, and there are few that would be the envy of the giveaway. [Copenhagen climate
today who do not accept that world: proud, rich, — Irish Times, December change], it was about 193
these acts [the Dublin and successful, and, most of all, 14, 2009, letter to editor from countries, and coming out of
Monaghan bombings] were free. • The loyalist bombings in Dublin and Monaghan in May Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin, An it, it clearly came down to a
sanctioned by British — Irish Times, December 1973 which killed 34 people were sanctioned by British Phort Thoir, Baile Átha Cliath conversation between the
Intelligence. 3, 2009. Intelligence (see November 1 quote on left). 3. leaders of these two
If this is the case, have not None of this [obstacle] has The silence surrounding superpowers” [the US and
the victims the same moral stopped Salmond, who this Catholic man’s death. coercive authority. this monumental scandal in China].
claim for compensation as week published a White — Irish News, December 9, Most commentators and Ireland Inc has been — Irish Times, December
those now looking towards paper that favours an 2009, report by Bimpe Archer historians regard all this as deafening. It is now time that 29, 2009, editorial.
Tripoli [Libya]? independence referendum, on the inquiry into the murder fantastical nonsense and the people shout stop and The Cairo speech [by
— Tom McGurk column, but which would also of Robert Hamill by loyalists in assume that the IRA didn’t demand that our President Obama] also saw
Sunday Business Post, consider putting forward a Portadown in April 1997. really operate on the basis of Government re-negotiate an important
November 1, 2009. multi-pronged question to The IRA, as ‘dissidents’, such ridiculous notions. They new terms with the oil and acknowledgement of
In particular, the inaction voters. and not only ‘dissidents’, are wrong. gas corporations that are Palestinian rights that gave
of the authorities under the — Irish Times. regularly point out, had not — Éamonn McCann. more favourable to this rise, as it proved, to
1974 coalition government Under such a proposal, fought its war to win power- Only a minority of the country. disappointed hopes that the
was appalling; even a Scots could leave things as sharing and an All-Ireland community in whose name — Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin new US administration
cursory examination of the they are with the decade-old dimension. The war aim the war was waged may have letter. would prove tougher on
files of that time reveal as devolution settlement; choose reflected a belief – held with swallowed the ideology Meanwhile, we suffer Israel under the new
disgraceful a security and to have a little bit more, or a dogmatic certainty – that the whole, but it provided the further cost saving cuts to government of hawkish
political performance as one lot more of devolution; or, Republic had some into hard political spine of the essential public services; the Binjamin Netamyahu. The
could imagine. else, choose a full break with existence on the steps of the movement and the basis in Shell corporation records year had opened with Israel’s
Abandoned by their own, London. GPO in Dublin at Easter political morality for sending revenues of €458 billion and brutal operation in Gaza and
and all but forgotten in the — Irish Times. 1916. out volunteers to kill and risk those who dare to dissent, concluded apparently no
tide of victims from the If nationalism is serious — Belfast Telegraph, death. such as Maura Harrington, closer to talks.
North, they now deserve the about to united Ireland, it December 10, 2009, Éamonn It is the notion which could face the grim prospect — Irish Times editorial.
most determined action by has a duty to explain to McCann article. sustained the struggle at of spending Christmas in Although able to wind
the government. unionists precisely what it The war of independence, times when there was little in Mountjoy jail. Ireland Inc down operations in Iraq, Mr
— Tom McGurk. has in mind. the civil war to thwart the the surrounding indeed! – Is mise. Obama has found it
Madam, — Enough of AIB — Irish Times, December emergence of the Free State circumstances to offer — Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin. necessary to step up US
crassness. Some years ago it 3, 2009, column by David and every phase of armed encouragement. It is why the I frequently hear the involvement in Afghanistan
was the Insurance Adams headed “Nationalists struggle since had been IRA saw captured members Republic of Ireland (sic) with an extra 30,000 troops
Corporation of Ireland. Now must set out a vision for unity”. conducted in defence of the as prisoners of war and why referred to as “Ireland” on for a war that is fast losing
this. Nationalise the banks The ÉIRE NUA document, Republic as an actually volunteers hungered to the RTÉ, as if the Six Counties US public support.
now and then break them up authored by Ruairí Ó existing entity. Developments death rather than accept any was in a foreign country. Widespread fraud in the
to serve local communities. Brádaigh and Dáithí Ó that others might have seen different designation. Recently on Liveline, I heard elections there further
Yours etc Conaill in the 1970s, remains as major steps towards the — Éamonn McCann. Joe Duffy say: “Like the undermined its legitimacy.
K Nolan, Coldragh, the only serious bid by any achievement of the Republic A barrister for a cross-border shopping… we — Irish Times editorial.
Carrick-on-Shannon, Co strand of nationalism or were regarded by the IRA as Portadown loyalist who should keep it in Ireland”. The US appears also to be
Leitrim. republicanism to address the shameful abandonment of allegedly took part in the On another occasion, fighting a proxy war next
— Irish Times, November issue at all. the Republic – treasonous fatal assault on Robert Tanáiste Mary Coughlan door in strategically crucial,
19, 2009. — David Adams column, behaviour. Hamill has admitted that a encouraged people to shop in nuclear-armed Pakistan,
The memorial and December 3. — Éamonn McCann article. police officer made a phone Ireland, instead of flocking to with secret raids over the
thanksgiving service was Former Chief Constable In this context, the IRA call to his client’s home Newry. I’m a Northerner and border from Afghanistan on
held at St Anne’s Cathedral Sir Ronnie Flanagan “gave army council was seen as the shortly after the attack. I take grave exception to Taliban and Al Qaeda bases,
(Belfast) to mark the return the nod” to the cover-up of repository of the 1916 — Irish News, December being classified as a foreigner military operations inside
from Afghanistan of 19th an allegation that a police tradition and thereby the 11, 2009. Report by Barry in my own country. Pakistan run by the CIA, and
Light Brigade which is based officer helped one of those only legitimate political McCaffrey on the inquiry into Sheila Ward, Carraig a massive $7.5 billion aid
in Northern Ireland (sic). accused of murdering Robert authority on the island, with the murder of Robert Hamill by Mhachaire Rois, Co package in the pipeline.
— Irish Times, December Hamill, it has been suggested a legal monopoly on the use the RUC in Portadown in Mhuineacháin. — Irish Times.
3, 2009. at an inquiry into the of arms and the right to 1997. Barrister for Allister — Sunday Business Post,
QUB discuss Republican split in 1969
First, the title of the seminar Speakers included Provo Paramilitary Imprisonment nationalism in this era.
THE School of Politics, International Studies and
saying ‘the birth’ of the theoretician Eoin Ó Broin, in Northern Ireland: We, as Irish Republicans,
Philosophy at Queens University, Belfast took the Provisional IRA. There was who tried to place the current Resistance, Management and can draw two important
40th anniversary of the split in the Republican no birth of the PIRA in 1969 politics of the Provos in a line Release, raised an interesting conclusions from the
Movement as an occasion to host a public because the Provisional with socialist Republican aspect saying that usually beginning of the current
symposium named ‘The Birth of the Provisional Movement was not founded ideas like James Connolly, lawyers take a prominent phase of struggle in Ireland,
IRA in 1969’. in 1969. The Republican Liam Mellows or the position in Civil Right the split of the Republican
The symposium was sections, the Republican one, Movement existed since the Republican Congress. campaigns. ‘With notable Movement in 1969 and the
organised by Richard later known as Provisional formation of Sinn Féin in Brian Hanley, co-author of exceptions lawyers in decline of both SDLP and
English, author of Armed Republican Movement, and 1905, of the Irish Volunteers ‘The Lost Revolution: The Northern Ireland kept silent.’ Stickies.
Struggle; The History of the those that tried to change the in 1913 and Cumann na Story of the Official IRA and Other speakers included The first is that only
IRA and Irish Freedom. The constitution of the mBan in the following year. the Workers’ Party’ tried to author Simon Prince and the abstentionism is the
History of Nationalism in Republican Movement to The second aspect was that explain that the war fought former Blanket man guarantee for progress of a
Ireland, and Briege Rice. The jettison abstentionism and none of the speakers had a by the IRA from 1969 on was Laurence McKeown and nationalist party in the long
seminar which took place on accept partition. direct or indirect not a defensive struggle to author of Out of Time: Irish run. Constitutional policy can
December 14 was open to the Richard English explained involvement in the defend the nationalist people Republican Prisoners Long only achieve short-term
public. in his introduction that the Republican split. But that’s from British aggression. Kesh. goals, hence it has to fail. The
Forty years ago, the discussion should stick to the the general weakness of the Instead he tried to illustrate it Dr. Peter McLoughlin, second conclusion is that
Republican Movement faced events in 1969 and not go academic world. as an offensive campaign that whose book ‘John Hume and Irish Republicanism is the
one of the most important ‘too far into present-day’. Nevertheless it was started as early as the mid- the Revision of Irish only revolutionary force in
splits in its history. It was the From the beginning two informative afternoon in the 60s. Nationalism’ should be Ireland that has the potential
split that established two aspects were conspicuous. seminar room of the School Kieran McEvoy from the published in 2010, gave an to drive British imperialism
of Irish Studies. School of Law, author of outline of constitutional out of this island.
12 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010
The Catholic In a 32-County Socialist
Republic we want the Church
Roscommon, An tAthair Ó
Gríofa, Co na Gaillimhe
allowing our air space and
airports to be used for the
Church and those who are the public
face of Roman Catholicism, to
among many others.
Today’s Republican spirit is
transportation of terror flights.
The lack of concern by the
And the be trustworthy and above all,
true to the values they preach.
burning brighter than ever as
may be seen from the
Dublin government must be
criticised; they again have
Lessons KEVIN DEVLIN
PRO, Comhairle Laighean,
attendance at the recent Ard-
Fheis of Republican Sinn Féin
shown that they only care for
the rich and privileged. Their
To be Republican Sinn Féin and the large crowd who
attended the prisoners’
record of silence at human
injustice is on record for all to
learned Leinster function in Elphin on
December 11. Thanks to all for
see. England may be known to
wear The Butcher’s Apron,
2009 may yet prove to be a
House At that remark 26-County your attendance and donations.
Finally a special thank you
however, the Free State
government holds tightly to the
Minister for Justice Gerry
pivotal year in the history of Warned to our retiring President Ruairí apron strings.
Boland stood up and shouted
the Roman Catholic Church in Ó Brádaigh who delivered a MICHAEL ROONEY
“You have said enough and
Having finally taken the first
Over mind your own business.” magnificent address on the
night. He was our beacon over
Men like Fr Flanagan
steps of accepting guilt for the Industrial the last quarter of a century. To Ireland
showed the world what the
appalling litany of abuse our incoming President Des
likes of de Valera, Boland and
carried out against the most Schools Dalton we will be with you all Palestine
McQuaid were really like.
innocent and vulnerable, who A chara the way as we go into the New
These politicians were the
were unfortunate to be placed
in their care and trust, will they
In the aftermath of the
horrific details of the Ryan and
same men who signed Year.
Remember readers, our
execution orders for Irish
now see the process of
“clerical cleansing” through, or
Murphy Reports on clerical
abuse let me remind readers of
Republicans and stood by work is not done yet.
while other men died on
will it be a case of a few SAOIRSE what Fr Edward Rúnaí On Saturday, January 16 the
hunger strike. The Catholic
scapegoats, a few pay-offs and O’Flanagan said about the • Fr Edward O’Flenagan Comhairle Chonnacht Ireland Palestine Solidarity
Church leaders remained silent
a few prayers of forgiveness. industrial schools when at the of Boystown (see letter on Republican Sinn Féin Campaign (IPSC) are
while a litany of deaths took
The victims, survivors and invitation of the Free State left). organising “boycott events” in
place during the 1940s by
their families deserve much
government he set about a
nationwide tour to visit these American continent with … all
firing squad, the British Dublin several counties. In solidarity
with the people of Gaza, who
hangman, hunger strike and ill-
The Church has to look
deeply within itself, from the
schools in September 1942,
three years after his pervious
who were classed as second-
rate citizens. They came to me
treatment. Guilty are still being starved by the
Israeli government, we are
It recalls the famous quote
leaders and those who
formulate church policy, to the
visit in September 1939.
On that occasion he stated to
in Boystown and were given a
bed, food and clothing and
from Bishop Moriarty of Kerry Over asking shoppers not to buy
who said about the Fenians in
Parish Priest on the frontline
who bears the brunt of the
care. They were taught at the
school, they learned trades,
the 19th century “Hell is not Shannon Dublin: The Spire,
hot enough, nor eternity long A chara O’Connell St, 2pm (ipsc.ie);
anger. buildings are not fit to house languages. Some were very To date, nearly a quarter of a Cork: Daunt Square
enough, to punish these
To put yourself on a spiritual pigs let alone children. They good as athletes. All these million American troops have (junction of Patrick Street and
miscreants”. There have been
pedestal with your followers are infested with rodents, people came back or wrote to used Shannon Airport as a Grand Parade) at 1pm;
good priests down through the
accepting and believing in your unhygienic and filled with me and helped any way they stopover base. The majority of Limerick: Assemble
decades also who did all they
guidance and teachings, only squalor. It is degrading for any could. these troops were destined for outside Brown Thomas,
could for the cause of Irish
then to commit the most evil human being to be in such a “I will say here what I said service in the conflict in Iraq O’Connell Street at 2pm. For
freedom, for example Canon
and base sins against those filthy state.” before. These buildings are not and Afghanistan. It cannot be more info contact Sean at
Maguire of Fermanagh, Fr
who were unable to mentally, By inviting Fr O’Flanagan fit for habitation by pigs let called a war; a war is fought email@example.com;
Michael O’Flanagan of
physically, or both, prevent back to view these industrial with rules and some care is Kilkenny: Details to be
them, is morally wrong and schools in 1942 the Fianna Fáil taken to protect those who are confirmed. For more info
grossly hypocritical. government led by de Valera Letters to the Editor should be as short not in the armed forces. The contact
The rightwing doctrine and and Archbishop McQuaid as possible and written or typed NATO forces involved in this firstname.lastname@example.org;
capitalist ethos of the Vatican hoped that a good word from conflict have no such rules. Galway: Details to be
is evident in most countries
in double-spacing on one side of the page.
the priest who had founded the They are going to these confirmed. For more info
whose population has a world famous Boystown in
Name and address must be included, but countries to murder, intimidate contact
Catholic majority, decadence Nebraska, USA would show on request will not be published. and commit crimes against the email@example.com.
at its most repulsive and them in a good light. Letters printed do not necessarily innocent peoples of these On Monday January 18 in
poverty at its most visible. But they did not know Fr countries. Dublin and Cork ‘Erased:
2010 must see a radical Edward O’Flanagan. A native
reflect the views and opinions of SAOIRSE. It should also be stated that Wiped Off the Map’ (aka To
change not only in the of Ballymoe, Co Galway who Postal address: 223 Parnell Street, within the NATO forces, there Shoot an Elephant) will be
Church’s view of those who spent his working life helping Dublin 1. are many European troops. screened. Details at ipsc.ie.
follow, but also the peoples’ his fellow men of all creeds They also participate in act of On Friday January 29 at
perception of the Church Letters may also be faxed to
and colours, he had several savagery against innocent 7.30pm in the Grosvenor Hall,
representatives. times crossed paths with the Dublin 872 9757 or sent by e-mail to civilians. This also makes the 5 Glengall St, Belfast, and on
Like politicians, priests must American government over firstname.lastname@example.org European Union as guilty as Saturday, January 30 at the
be accountable to the people. If school buildings and funding the American government in Central Hotel, Exchequer
their deeds are praiseworthy and so forth. He was not about
Please note that all material for crimes against humanity. This Street, Dublin, at 6pm,
then praise them, but if they do to be cowed by de Valera et al. publication, articles, features, news also makes the Irish people Auschwitz survivor Hajo
wrong, then they should be He stood up in Leinster House reports, comhbhróin, congratulations guilty by default. The FS Meyer will speak on The
condemned and publicly, not in and stated: “I have lived with government, undemocratically, Inhumanity of the Siege of
secret. and good wishes greetings, etc must be
the native Americans on the made us all Europeans; Gaza.
As Irish Republicans we prairies of Nebraska who were accompanied by a name, address, therefore making us shares the PRO
seek transparency from the almost wiped out due to a signature and telephone number for burden of the European Union. Ireland Palestinian
Church and an end to the shortage of food and proper The Free State government Solidarity Campaign
“behind closed doors” policy.
clothing. I have been across the were already guilty by ipsc.ie
Robert Hamill inquiry concludes legal submissions
told suspect Alistair Hanvey and “Muck”, later identified allegation.
FOUR RUC members who were on the scene to destroy all the clothes he as Marc Hobson, as Robert The Attorney General
when Robert Hamill was fatally assaulted were of was wearing the night Mr Hamill’s attackers. Charges provided an undertaking
little or no help in protecting him or seeking to Hamill was attacked and against the five were that any evidence given by a
apprehend his assailants, the inquiry into his this was finally admitted at dropped. witness before the Robert
death was told on December 7. the inquiry. On December 8 Barra Hamill Inquiry would not
McGrory also argued that McCrory told the inquiry be used in evidence against
Robert Hamill died 11 colluded with a suspect, that the initial evidence of that former RUC Chief him or her in any criminal
days after he was attacked suspects were not detained Tracey Clarke, whom the Constable Ronnie proceedings, except in
by a loyalist mob in on the night, and that the RUC and prosecution Flanagan’s credibility was proceedings where he or she
Portadown early on April crime scene was not service viewed as a key and in tatters and his handling of is charged with having
27, 1997. properly maintained. credible witness, was the the investigation into the given false evidence in the
The inquiry is Barra McGrory, lawyer truth. In her original police murder of Robert Hamill • Robert Hamill course of the Inquiry or
investigating allegations for the Hamill family, said statement Ms Clarke must be examined “from the conspiring with or
that the four RUC officers that one of the four RUC identified Alistair Hanvey, beginning to the end”. inquiry and giving a police procuring others to do so.
failed in their duty to members, Reserve Dean Forbes, Stacey He accused the former officer in charge of the case Legal submissions
intervene, that one officer Constable Robbie Atkinson, Bridgett, Rory Robinson RUC chief of lying to the “the nod” to bury an concluded on December 18.
Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010 13
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14 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010
DÁITHÍ Ó CONAILL CHARGED IN BELFAST
AT Christmas unconditionally from D-Wing of Crumlin Road
1959 and New prison, Belfast. The Sunday Press of January 17
50 Year 1960
groups of men
“The Belfast Branch of the Council of Civil
Liberties issued a statement following the
Years and women
release of Ciarán O’Kane (Ciarán Ó Catháin) a
Queens University student of Station Road,
Whiteabbey and Thomas B Lennon of Lurgan
who had been interned in Crumlin Road Jail
Ago C o u r t s
under the Special Powers Act.
“The statement is: ‘ We were glad to learn of
the unconditional release after three years of
with making imprisonment without trial or charge of Ciarán
collections in aid of Prisoners and O’Kane, Whiteabbey, and Thomas B. Lennon,
Lurgan and we hope that their release will be the
Sinn Féin without having first forerunner of many others.
applied for a permit. ‘We congratulate them and their fellow
This was done on the orders of the internees on refusing to sign a document that
Dublin government. The idea behind would put them on the same level as drunkards,
this was to stop these collections. The wife beaters and ordinary street rowdies.’ ”
sufferers were to be the dependants The report concluded: Internees in the past
have been required to sign a form recognisance
of the men in jail. • Éamonn de Valera and the newly-appointed British Ambassador to the 26 Counties, – the same document a person who has
Beginning in 1954 collections were made at Sir Ian Maclennan, KGMG, seen having a tête-à-tête after the Ambassador had committed a breach of the peace has to sign
Christmas for the benefit of the prisoners’ presented his credentials (Irish Times photo: January 21, 1960). A tête-à-tête is defined when is bound over.
families. The high profile trials of the famous in the dictionary as “a private and confidential conversation”. Collaboration worked When Leo Wilson, the Secretary of the
Omagh Raid prisoners had just taken place and from the very top down between Leinster House and Westminster. Belfast Civil Liberties branch addressed the
sentences of ten and twelve years imprisonment South Antrim Convention of the GAA in
were imposed in British courts on December 15 Collectors for this Cause were being coerced “Lynn again interrupted to say his questions
and imprisoned on both sides of the British- were too fast and attempted a witticism that Belfast, he appealed on behalf of the 150
of that year. internees in Belfast Jail.
Each December and January since 1954 a big imposed Border. This was done under the guise ‘Irishmen up here can only write longhand at a
of requiring a police permit for public certain speed.’ The Irish Independent of January 4 reported
push was made for funds for the prisoners’ that Mr Wilson “asked for funds from the clubs
dependants. At Christmas 1958 police took the collections. The Republican organ of February “When Buchanan would not answer how the
1960 stated: police travelled to Killycolpey [they did so in a to obtain legal aid with a view to the release of
name and addresses of all collectors. the internees, or alternatively to have their cases
A year later in 1959 names were taken and “In this regard it is worthy of note that in a laundry van] – Ed. UI.] on the ‘ground of public
police circular [26 Counties] of April 18, 1957, policy’, Lynn again interrupted: brought to trial.
summonses issued. The collectors did not attend “A letter circulated to the delegates at the
court, nor did they pay the fines which were issued by the Free State Assistance “He did not propose to allow the court to be
Commissioner of Police, it was directed that turned into a political meeting or to allow him to meeting pointed out that the Civil Liberties
imposed. Mountjoy and Limericks were Council was not concerned with political or
crowded with the activists. In Co Kerry alone a ‘The Gardaí should not seize Easter Lilies or use it merely to get himself reported in the press.
collection boxes but if sales take place, the Ó Conaill could cross-examine but he was not sectarian issues, but was concerned with the
total of 99 collectors were imprisoned for a protection of the fundamental human rights as
month in each case. And Redmond O’Sullivan identity of those selling shall be established as entitled to try to make other capital out of it.
far as possible. Permit for sales will not be “Ó Conaill’s reply again was calm and set out in the UN (United Nations) Charter.”
of Killarney – a veteran of the 1940s – who was The Republican newspaper of February 1960
prominent as an organizer received a jail granted if applied for.’ dignified. He said:
“The significance of this direction to the “ ‘I do not intend turning this court into a reported the election of prisoners to GAA posts.
sentence of three months. Thomas Mellon and Bernard Murphy were
In Mountjoy the collectors mingled with the Gardaí will be grasped when it is remembered political meeting, but I am determined to
that sales of Easter Lilies is one means establish the truth and my questions are directed elected vice-chairmen of Derry County Board of
freedom fighters from the Six Occupied the GAA. Both were interned in Belfast Jail.
Counties and their comrades from the 26 employed to raise funds for An Cumann to that end.’
Cabhrach. “Buchanan continued to object to questions Bernard Murphy was also elected president of
Counties. Eighneachán Ó hAnluain, Sinn Féin the Séan O’Leary GFC (Gaelic Football Club),
TD for Monaghan, met up with his fellow- “Its full import and significance, however, ‘on the grounds of public policy’ as regards the
only emerges when placed side by side with size of the Crown Forces patrol and where they Newbridge, Co. Derry. Peter Monaghan, also in
Deputy to an All-Ireland Parliament Ruairí Ó Belfast was elected president of Wolfe Tone’s
Brádaigh. Morale was high in the prisons. police allegations that if permits for public came from. Before he could object again the
collections are sought they will be made witness Sergeant Fleming, who said he was one GFC, Moortown, Co Tyrone. Tom Mitchell,
An tÉireannach Aontaithe/The United serving 10 years, was elected president of St
Irishman for January 1960 gave much coverage available.” of the police party [he was not in charge but was
The statement concluded that “the generosity put on the witness stand to cover up for the rest], Malachy’s GFC, Moortown.
to the attacks on the Prisoners’ Dependants Football goalposts erected at a Gaelic park
Fund. A report on public protest meetings held of the Irish people would not be curbed” and had answered the question ‘if the police had
they would do all that is possible as in the past stopped any other traffic that night’ with a ‘No’. near Limavady – venue for the recent cross-
in Portlaoise quoted the chairperson: country race banned by the RUC – were cut in
“After the closing of the Curragh to ensure that the prisoners’ dependants would “Fleming said he heard the person in charge
not “suffer unnecessarily”. call ‘Halt’ before firing. three places on the eve of a Limavady-Dungiven
[Concentration] Camp, it was thought that match. The Derry County GAA Board
coercion [in the 26 Counties] would cease, but it In addition, the Republican newspaper was “He said he was in an ambush position and
again banned by the Stormont Ministry of Home that visibility was quite good. Convention held in Coleraine unanimously
had started in a different form,” he said. adopted a resolution condemning the action of
Six men from Portlaoise had served sentences Affairs for another three years. The order “Before being committed for trial Dáithí Ó
renewing the ban was made under the Civil Conaill told the court that on November 10 a the RUC in banning the NACAI cross-country
of 14 days and seven days: George Gowing, race at Limavady recently.
Andrew Molloy, Patrick Byrne, Risteárd Ó Authorities (Special Powers) Acts 1922 to 1943. detachment of the British Crown Forces lay in
On January 15 Dáithí Ó Conaill (21) of ambush at Killycolpey. Members of the patrol The Irish Independent of January 4 recorded
Graicín, Éamon Hughes and Aibhistín Ó that “twelve young members of Limavady (Co.
Loinsigh. Lough Road, Cork city was charged before a were in civilian clothes.
special court in Belfast with possession of an “The first traffic intercepted by the patrol was Derry) NACA Club – three of them under the
Then in its February 1960 issue, the age of 12 – were told by the RUC that they
Republican journal reported on action by the automatic pistol and ammunition. three pedestrians, of whom he was one. When
He had received six bullet wounds in his body passing the mouth of a bohereen there was a could not hold a training run in a field where the
RUC north of the Border. “Heavily-armed RUC recently banned cross-country was to have
came out in force to raid homes and seize after an armed Crown Forces patrol opened fire sharp command of ‘Hands up.’
on the road at Killycolpey, Ardboe, Co Tyrone “He stopped and turned to his left. Before him begun.
Prisoners’ Dependants Fund monies. A woman “The young athletes had passed the police
and a man were arrested in Belfast. the previous November. The Irish Independent at less than four yards stood a group of men in
of January 16 and other dailies reported on the civilian clothes. Immediately they opened fire barracks on their way to the field when an RUC
“Held by the Crown were Mrs Rebecca officer told them they would not be allowed to
McGlade of Belfast and John McGuigan of court proceedings but the United Irishman and continued to fire. He attempted to withdraw
account [February 1960] provided the best from the line of fire. enter the field.
Pomeroy, Co Tyrone. They were later released. “The youths returned to the town”, the report
“In Belfast it is understood that the combined summary. “ ‘That detachment on that night had a
“In the court Ó Conaill, by questioning, specific objective,’ Dáithí Ó Conaill said. ‘They concluded. Is it any wonder this paramilitary
offensive on the PDF north and south is part of style police force found itself to be
a planned attack. sought to bring out the truth about that night’s were determined that a man would die by the
shooting. He established that: (a) Fire was roadside without any of the trimmings of ‘Halt’ unacceptable. All power corrupts… etc.
“It is believed that the British government, in The Irish Times on January 21 reported: “It
representations to Dublin, suggested some such opened without warning and (b) The patrol was or ‘Halt or we shall fire’, headlamps and
in civilian clothing and lying in an ambush flashlamp.’ ” was announced yesterday in Belfast that three
line of action. The campaign north and south more internees have been released from Belfast
would appear to be no accident.” position. The Irish Independent of January 16 reported
“Despite sarcastic interjections by Resident Ó Conaill’s tribute to the medical staff who had Prison.
The jailings in the 26 Counties were taking They are John Fitzpatrick (28) of Abbey Yard,
place under the British Police Act of 1916 – still Magistrate Lynn and objections from RUC attended to him.
District Inspector Buchanan to questions ‘on the Dr SD Clarke, Surgical Registrar at the Mid- Newry, Co Down; Gerald O’Doherty (41) of
in operation south of the Border. It was Ballysolinan Avenue, Strabane; and James J.
suggested that if a permit to collect money was grounds of public policy’, Dáithí Ó Conaill in Ulster Hospital, Magherafelt, cross-examined
the hostile environment of a Crown Court by Ó Conaill, said a bullet had entered his chest Hyslop (28) of Marchioness Street, Belfast.
applied for, it would be granted. “Fitzpatrick and O’Doherty had been in jail
However, a statement read at public meetings succeeded in making his points. from behind. There were bullet wounds on both
“When Lynn tried to put him off – by his ‘You hands, on the left shoulder and two wounds on for three years and Hyslop had been interned
throughout the 26 Counties on Sunday, January since 1957. It is understood the men were
17, made it clear that An Cumann Cabhrach was are trying to get the best of both worlds, not the left hip.
recognising the court and at the same time Ó Conaill said his intention was to show that released unconditionally”.
the body charged with giving financial help to Gerald O’Doherty was an enthusiastic
the dependants of Republican Prisoners. cross-examining witnesses’ Ó Conaill told him one of the bullets that struck him was fired from
calmly: in front. Gaeilgeoir. By June 1960 he made contact with
It also had the task of supplying the wants of Sinn Féin election workers leafleting in
the prisoners themselves. These were its sole “ ‘I do not recognise the court, but at the same Dr Clarke said he could not confirm this.
time I will endeavour to place on record a Ó Conaill: I wish to take this opportunity of Longford town for local election candidates.
functions and to these purposes alone its funds
were devoted. Its work and its aims were both truthful account of what happened at thanking sincerely yourself and your colleagues
Killycolpey. These proceedings are a usurpation for the services you rendered to me. (More next month. Refs. An t-Éireannach
charitable and patriotic. Aontaithe/The United Irishman, January &
In December 1959 there were imprisoned of the authority and sovereignty of the Irish Ó Conaill was returned for trial on March 18
people. As an Irishman I am bound to oppose but his astute questioning had exposed the February 1960; Irish Times, January 21; Sunday
in Belfast jail a total 237, in Mountjoy 17 and Press, January 17; Irish Independent, January 4
in England 2, making a total of 256 your claim to jurisdiction.’ nature of the ambush at Killycolpy, Ardboe.
“Mr Lynn – ‘Very well.’ Also in January two internees were released & 16.)
Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010 15
do so much and then Fr Séan
Fenian Notes MONITORING
The IAC, who jumped in, thought
they were home free, but the British
told Clinton he should keep
McManus came on the scene. Walsh
and Burns-O’Brien approached him
about leading a political group and
wanted no part of it.
monitoring Irish leaders in or out of McManus said he was committed
From our Washington Correspondent the peace process and he took their to Irish Northern Aid Fundraising, but
advice and this continues to this day. the two persisted and finally
THERE are many mountains in the Fort Meade, Maryland, but it has run We know the British have never McManus said he would get involved
American West and now there is to be out of space to house its voluminous stopped monitoring the Provos and if the leaders of INA agreed, and they
a man-made one that has ominous information, so it has gone west to the Republicans. All this data derived went to Ireland and got approval of
implications. A structure is being built desert to construct its new library of Africa and Ireland have produced from monitoring pours into the NSA. the Irish Republican Movement both
where there will be an infinite the world’s information. Anticipating their own mountains of data and the The IAC leaders who sell out the the IRA and Sinn Féin. All three
collection of information. the future and the need for more British have turned over all this principles of Irish Unity in favour of entities gave approval and then the
What type of information? space, the NSA is also building information to the NSA. the peace process remain in good Irish National Caucus (INC) was
Every conceivable type of another massive structure in San In the NSA’s world of automated standing with the White House. The born.
information collected over the years Antonio, Texas. surveillance, every bit of data has a “peace” Process is disunity McManus was the boss and he said
by various enforcement and You now wonder how much history and every keystroke on the personified. that the INC would be an Irish
monitoring agencies of the US information will be stored in these computer tells a story. Since 9/11, The NSA is a spying empire with Republican support group like INA.
Government, as well as America’s buildings without windows. A recent there has been a seismic shift in the the 2008 legislation enabling them to McManus in the last few years claims
allies and all information foreign and report from the Mitre Corporation, a American intelligence community do just about anything they want in he is the sole founder of the INC
domestic, from friend or foe alike. Defence Department think-tank, demoting the director of the Central spying on Americans and others. The which is not true.
The structure will cost an estimated stated: Intelligence Agency (CIA) from the agency is in a building boom The INC was well investigated by
$2 billion and will be one-third larger “As the sensors associated with the top of the organisational chart and expanding its foreign and domestic the government and though McManus
than the US Capitol. This will be a various surveillance missions putting in his place the new director listening posts. thinks he like other Irish leaders are
library of intelligence, but will not be improve (referring to a variety of of national intelligence, a desk- The largest listening post outside free of monitoring, he is mistaken.
a library open to the public. The technical collection methods) the data anchored dictator with a large staff. the US is in England. The British are The Irish are never going to be free
public will have no access because of volumes are increasing with a But surviving the major changes in working as partners and advisors to of suspicion as long as the United
the information is from them and projection that sensor data volume the spying game is the director of the NSA to set up highly secret States is allied with the British. All
about them and they have no clue could potentially increase to a level of NSA who has emerged as the most megacenters of information. phone calls made to Ireland are
about how most of it was collected. yottabytes by 2015. Roughly equal to powerful chief the spy world has ever Along with the British, the NSA monitored including those of pro-
The edifice is being constructed by about a septillion known. His organisation is three times intends to store details on every phone Republican groups and anti-
the ultra-secret National Security (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) the size of the CIA and is empowered call, e-mail and internet search made Republican ones as the INC has
Agency (NSA) which is responsible pages of text, numbers beyond by congress to spy on Americans to an in the United States and the United evolved to be.
for “signals intelligence”. That yottabytes haven’t yet been named”. unprecedented degree, despite mass Kingdom. American and British operatives
consists of the collection and analysis Now, there will be other public criticism of the operation. If the send button is clicked or the are working together to contain
of various forms of communication. information stored, such as that of We are well aware of how the Bush answer button, the details of the terrorism and all groups who oppose
It will house trillions of phone- video monitoring that the Brits Administration used the agency to communication end up in the their policies are considered potential
calls, e-mail messages and data trails perfected in the Occupied Six conduct warrantless domestic government’s database to be terrorists and the Muslims and Irish
and web searches, parking receipts, Counties in Ireland. Nothing is too surveillance as part of the war on evaluated and analysed. get special attention. The NSA also
bookstore visits and other digital small to discourage interest by the terror. It was expected that the new monitors the Chinese and others who
ANY leaders think that they
material which does not appear to be secret American spy unit which have President, Barack Obama would are trusted by the powers are economic rivals of the USA.
important but is used to show patterns the Brits involved as partners in the change his offensive behaviour. He that be, but they are useful The Chinese are hard to monitor,
of thought of targets. venture. has disappointed civil libertarians only so long as they walk the given but the US/UK agents seek out
who supported him because he has
HE massive amount of data is line. The descent from support for weaker nations who are not as
TARGET LIST then to be analysed by powerful renewed all the offensive policies of Irish Republicanism has happened as sophisticated. When the Chinese talk
You may think a receipt from a information weapons in Bush. people’s commitment to the cause of to the Sudanese the US picks it up.
bookstore is unimportant or a list of supercomputers running complex It seems that whoever gets in power republicanism, Irish Unity and Many nations and non-state groups
rented library books, but it means programs to surmise in these suddenly realises that all these Independence has taken second place communicate in codes and there is a
something to America’s spies. If the endeavours who may likely become a programmes are effective and may to access to the social life and access whole section of the NSA complex
NSA sees you checked out books on terrorist. come in handy so they keep them. The to the American Establishment. that deals in code-breaking. There are
homemade bombs or a series of books Again it comes down to the Irish community was duped by Bill There is one blatant example of a US and British code-breakers
on insurrection, you are suddenly on a definition of a terrorist and it is very Clinton who was praised by so many change in commitment and that is the working together.
target list. general in its embrace to encompass in the Irish American Community for Irish National Caucus. In the early With things heating up in Ireland
Libraries, bookstores and any any group that uses violence against getting involved in the issue during 1970s, Irish Northern Aid (INA) was lately, the NSA has set up an Irish
entity with a list or information about the United States or one of it’s allies, his campaign and then in office. formed to raise money for prisoners’ monitoring station to help the British
patrons are forced to turn over all especially the British who have But what did Clinton do? He dependents. Some felt it was keep control on the situation. The
information they collect and NSA assisted the US in compiling the pushed the peace process that necessary to have a political lobby to Irish are getting a lot of attention in
evaluated it. They have technology mountains of data. disrupted the Republican Campaign change the pro-British attitude of the the NSA complex and it does not
that helps figure patterns they suggest The British have been compiling in Ireland in favour of peace at any American government. matter what side you are on.
that an innocent target is somehow data for decades on groups who have price. He sucked in all those who Two people unconnected to any The big brother of George Orwell’s
involved in some anti-American fought them for independence, so wanted to rub shoulders with him, but Irish group lobbied the Congress book “1984” is the mega spy agency,
activity or maybe considered as there is valuable data to be used to they had to renounce the use of calling themselves the Irish Caucus. NSA. Be careful, they are listening.
sympathetic to terrorists. evaluate physical force groups. physical force. This was benign They were Dr. Fred Burns-O’Brien — Peader Mac Fhínín
The NSA has its headquarters in The Middle East, India, all over dictatorship. and Sean W Walsh. They could only
Republican Prisoners Dependants Suibhne, Corcaigh; Cumann na Cumann, Listowel, Co Kerry; Joe Conway/Watters Cumann, RSF, Naoimh; Ollie; Eddie and Big
Comhbhróin Fund); Cumann na mBan, Na
Fianna Éireann; Comhairle
Saoirse Náisiúnta/National Irish
Freedom Committee, USA; Des
and Nora Lynch; Mick Hanley; the
Kiely family; Mick Benn and
Newry, Co Down; Paddy and
Patricia White; Ruairí and
Marty, Newry, Co Down;
Josephine and Róisín.
COLEMAN: Deepest sympathy is Laighean; Comhairle Chonnacht; Dalton, Athy, Co Kildare; family; Mick Ryan; Ger and
extended to Stephen Coleman, Comhairle na Mumhan; Comhairle Josephine and Róisín Hayden; Líta Patrick Brommell; Des and
Uladh; Comhairle Ceantair Átha Ni Chathmhaoil, Peig and Paddy Annette Long; Dave Cleary; Eddie
POW Maghaberry on the death of
his uncle John. From the Thomas
Harte Cumann, Lurgan, Co
Cliath; Kerry Comhairle Ceantair;
Cumann Pádraig Ó Pearaill, Loch
King; John O’Connor; Ruairí and
Naoimh White, Paddy and Patricia
Connery; Joe, Denise and Rachel
Lynch; Dean Coleman;
Armagh. Garman; Joe Conway/Brendan White; Ollie and Georgina, Newry Christopher Maloney and Christy
FITZGERALD, Kerry Comhairle Watters Cumann, Newry; Tormey- and Armagh; Geraldine Dunne, Limerick; Phil, Catherine CABHAIR wishes to thank everyone for their contributions in 2009
Ceantair, Republican Sinn Féin Hurson Cumann, Athlone; James McNamara and family and Matt and Seán Heneghan, Mallow, Co and wish all a happy and prosperous New Year.
extends deepest sympathy to the Daly Cumann, Kilbeggan; Thomas Kissane Tipperary; John Sheehy Cork.
family of Jim Fitzgerald, Baile na Allen/Niall Fagan Cumann, and family, Listowel, Co Kerry; NEW year greetings from the Republican Prisoners, Maghaberry to all
Leacan, Cloghane, Co Kerry who Meath; Bobby Sands/Liam Lynch Kevin and Georgina Trainor and RYAN, Kerry Comhairle Ceantair, our friends and comrades both at home and abroad.
died recently. Cumann, Mooncoin; Pax family, Armagh City; Matt and Republican Sinn Féin extends NEW Year greetings to the Republican Prisoners in both Maghaberry
LYNCH, Sincere and deepest Whelan/Thomas McElwee Celia Conway, Kilcullen, Co deepest sympathy to the family of and Portlaoise. From Stiofán, Helen, Seán agus Dominic. You are in
sympathy is extended to the Lynch Cumann, Waterford; Kildare; Dan Donohue, Dublin; Paddy Ryan, Limerick, a true and our thoughts.
family, Fahamore, Maharees, Co Rafter/Mellows Cumann, Ger Foran, Mooncoin, Co noble Republican. NEW Year greetings to all Republican POWs in Maghabery and
Kerry on the death of Johnny. Enniscorthy, Co Wexford; the Kilkenny; Peter Fitzsimons, RYAN, The Trustees and members Portlaoise jails. From the Ann Devlin/Robery Emmet Cumann,
From Kerry Comhairle Ceantair, O’Sullivan/Enright Cumann, Co.Meath; Thomas Hosie, USA; of the Ballyseedy Memorial Republican Sinn Féin, Liberties, Dublin.
Republican Sinn Féin. Listowel, Co Kerry; the Charlie Rand P March, National Secretary, Committee, Co Kerry extend NEW Year greetings to Ken O’Reilly, POW, Portlaoise jail. From the
MURRAY, Deepest sympathy is Agnew and Vol Eddie Dynes Clan na Gael, USA; Pádraig sincere condolence to the Ryan Republican Movement, Republican Sinn Féin and Na Fianna Éireann,
extended to Bob Murray, Belfast Cumainn, Armagh and Keady; the MacMathúna, New York. family. Paddy stood for everything Limerick; the O’Sullivan/Enright Cumann, Listowel, Co Kerry; from
on the death of his son. From Republican Movement Armagh that was honorable and noble and all the lads in Garryowen; Joe and Nora Lynch; Mick Hanley, Mick
Republican Sinn Féin. and Keady; the Republican O’REILLY, Deepest sympathy is remained steadfast to the 32- Ryan, Ger and Patrick Brommell, the Kiely family; Joe, Denise and
Movement Newry, Co Down; the extended to Ken O’Reilly, POW, County Irish Republic. family; Aunt Mary, Limerick and Phil and Catherine Heneghan,
Ó BRÁDAIGH, Deepest Thomas Harte Cumann, Lurgan, Portlaoise jail on the death of his Mallow, Co Cork.
sympathy is extended to Mait and Co Armagh; Frank Driver and grandmother Mary O’Reilly. From NEW Year greetings to all Continuity POWs in Maghaberry and
Kilcullen Cumainn, Sinn Féin the Republican Movement, the Portlaoise jails. From the Republican Movement, Limerick and the
Máire Ó Brádaigh, Oranmore, Co
na Gaillmhe and to Ruairí and
Patsy, grandparents and to all the Ó
Poblachtach, Cill Dhara; Galway
Comhairle Ceantair, the Liam
POW Department, Republican
Sinn Féin; Comhairle na Mumhan;
I gCuimhne O’Sullivan/Enright Cumann, Listowel, Co Kerry.
WELCOME home to Billy Philips from Rafter/Mellows Cumann,
Brádaigh family on the death of Mellows Cumann, Athenry, an Limerick Comhairle Ceantair, GARTLAND – 5th Anniversary. Sinn Féin Poblachtach, Enniscorthy and from CABHAIR. Great to
their daughter Sadhbh. From The Athair Uí Ghríofa Cumann, Republican Sinn Féin and Na In proud memory of Frank have you home at last Billy!
Ard Chomhairle, Sinn Féin Galway City and the Tuam Fianna Éireann, Limerick; Smith Gartland, Dundalk, Co Louth WISHING all the POWs a healthy and happy 2010, from CABHAIR
Poblachtach; the Republican Martyrs Cumann; O’Brien/Colbert Cumann, whose anniversary occurred in and the POW Department, Sinn Féin Poblachtach.
Movement; CABHAIR (Irish McNeela/Gaughan/Stagg Cumann, Republican Sinn Féin, West December. From all your friends
Mayo; Cumann Mac Cúrtain/Mac Limerick; the O’Sullivan/Enright and comrades in the
16 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Eanáir/January 2010
When the going gets tough the tough get going...
conspired to impoverish the that life was not worth
HE great and the support British Special
... or I’m a celebrity you working-class and enrich living last year and who good will continue to Forces involvement in
the robbing-class. committed suicide. “double-job” and shooting at young
can’t get me out of here! The Band of [British] The thousands who remain silent when ordinary nationalists.
blame. The truth of course Brothers up in Stormont emigrated and those people are humiliated by Anyway, much of this is
will contest personal thousands who will follow having to sign on the ‘dole’ the life we have come to
HEN the going is that when the going gets
gets tough the tough people revert to type. aggrandisement between will be ignored by those because they can’t find expect. What is really
tough get going or Anyway, that is enough them with all the vigour who have the power to do work of any description. shocking is the revelation
so the saying goes. The about that subject. they can muster while something about it. Up North the war is on and that on this island are
truth of course is that some It is a new year 2010. The ignoring ever rising yet the media and our people who believe they are
people are not so heroic. In “peace process” is a year unemployment and housing The great and the good politicians seem not to living in a reality TV show
general terms when the older and the British figures. will maintain their notice. Crossmaglen, where it is fair to do or say
going gets tough those Brigade is a year richer. The Churches will numerous houses North and Newry, Derry, but it seems a anything to avoid being
types of people scramble Political parties North and compete to increase their South while young couples “terrible silence is born.” voted off.
about for someone else to South have further flocks while ignoring the struggle to find any home to Up in Fermanagh the — Mac Cool
800 people who decided live in. “poachers turned chicken”
Christmas Swim for CABHAIR show on the Naas Road.
THE annual CABHAIR Christmas swim got
under way on Christmas day in Dublin amid Our thanks to all those
freezing temperatures. who assisted in any way and
also to the mystery man who
their lives than to try and supplies the “sup”. Thanks
Large sections of the canal break the spirit of also to photographer Paula
were frozen but by a miracle Republicans. The spirit of Geraghty who turns up and
the small area where the Republicans was far from shows the swim on
brave jump in was freeze broken at the canal on Indymedia.
free, despite the next section Christmas morning.
being frozen solid. The kids John climbed atop the For more pictures go to:
were skimming stones along bridge across the canal (we 1169 And Counting and
the top, many would have nearly had eleven ‘11sixtynine’ (which has
‘skated’ across it but for the swimmers!!) and explained been set-up as a sister site to
vigilant eye of the parents! to the newcomers that the the main blog) and also
As usual John Horan sponsored swim raises oxan@ flickr. Paula
arrived early and set out his money each year for Geraghty also has photos on
stall, laden with crisps, CABHAIR, the Republican
• Three more swimmers. Indymedia Ireland.
minerals, sweets, mince pies Prisoners Dependents Fund. • Five of the swimmers pictured with Santa.
and lollies, and of course that He spoke of the POWs in
very important ingredients in Portlaoise and Maghaberry
the makings of a few hot David, a thousand thanks, to at least 100 people came
jails and the conditions they and if we have omitted and went in the course of the
toddies. endure and sent solidarity
Republican songs were anyone a thousand few hours). Once again Santa
greeting and best wishes to apologies. The lads jumped turned out ringing his bell,
heard all over Inchicore as them for 2010. The POWs he
the bonfire blazed and ten into the only part of the canal without him the swim would
said were “the most that was not frozen! not be the same.
brave souls got their minds important of all - our
in gear to make that leap off A raffle was held for CABHAIR would like to
Republican prisoners, who which only the ten swimmers express their gratitude to the
the bridge. (Graffiti on the are in our hearts throughout
bridge: jumping lessons €2) had tickets. The three prizes swimmers in particular and
the year, every year, but were made by the POWs in also to John Horan who puts
This year’s crop of special more so over the Christmas
branch once again tried to Portlaoise Prison in recent in so much work every year.
period”. weeks - a bodhrán and two He arrives early to ensure
spoil the swim and harassed To this years’ swimmers,
everyone attending. How sad etched and framed mirrors. that the fire is blazing, the
Joe snr and Joe jnr, ‘Rubber’, This was the 33rd goodies are ready, the flag is
can they be, Christmas Stephen, Ciarán, Anto, • Santa being harassed by the Special Branch again this
morning and they have consecutive event, and was flying and the banner year!
Garry, Dougie, Jimmy and one of the best attended (up announcing the swim is on
nothing better to do with
Don t sell out to
CO DONEGAL .
orLeinster House . .
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announce that plans are being drawn up for the next
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