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									                                                                                                                                            JAMES DALY
                                                                                                                                          COMMEMORATION
                                                                                                                                                   SUNDAY
                                                                                                                                                 NOVEMBER 30

                                                                                                                                                 TYRELLSPASS

                                                                                                                                               CO WESTMEATH, 3pm
   UIMH 257 MEÁN FÓMHAIR — SEPTEMBER 2008 http://saoirse.info 1.50 (£1stg, USA $30 p.a.)


     • Local people in the Brownlow area of Craigavon, Co Armagh resisting British colonial police attacks on their
     homes on August 26 last.




                 RESISTANCE
                  FLARES UP
RECENT weeks have seen increased repression, arrests, house
raids and harassment directed against Irish Republicans in the
Six Counties. However this repression has been met by
intensified resistance. On the ground a new generation of young
Irish Republicans has shown that they are prepared to take on
the forces of British occupation.
   The military campaign of       Crown        personnel       in      On August 26 following             Republican Sinn Féin
the      Continuity       Irish   Lisnaskea was carried out by      British      colonial    police    congratulated the people of
Republican Army            was
intensified over the course of
the last month, with two high-
                                  the     South      Fermanagh
                                  Command of the Continuity
                                  IRA.      Despite      widely-
                                                                    brutality during house raids in
                                                                    the Brownlow, Tullygally and
                                                                    Drumbeg areas of Craigavon,
                                                                                                       Craigavon for their resistance
                                                                                                       to British forces. RSF
                                                                                                       Director of Publicity Richard
                                                                                                                                           REPUBLICAN
profile attacks on British
military targets. The CIRA
claimed responsibility for
                                  publicised claims made by
                                  the RUC, no civilians were in
                                  the area at that time. All
                                                                    Co Armagh, young people
                                                                    engaged in running battles
                                                                    with the RUC/PSNI. At least
                                                                                                       Walsh said: “Nationally-
                                                                                                       minded people in Craigavon
                                                                                                       have shown that they can be
                                                                                                                                             RALLY
attacks on the British colonial   Volunteers returned safely to     one blast bomb as well as          neither      purchased      nor
police in Cos Fermanagh and
Armagh.
                                  base,” the statement said.
                                     The British police force
                                                                    bottles, stones and petrol
                                                                    bombs were thrown at the
                                                                                                       intimidated. They are to be
                                                                                                       congratulated for all manner
                                                                                                                                           EVE OF ALL-IRELAND
   The first of these occurred
on the night of Saturday,
                                  patrol escaped with minor
                                  injuries.
                                                                    forces of the British Crown.
                                                                       The same day according to
                                                                                                       of resistance which they have
                                                                                                       offered to the British Crown                SATURDAY
                                                                                                                                                  SEPTEMBER 20
August 16 in Lisnaskea in Co         In response to the attack,     media reports, a sniper            Forces.”
Fermanagh. IRA Volunteers         disgraced DUP Stormont            opened fire on an RUC patrol          The people have shown
attempted to fire a rocket-       member, Ian Paisley Jnr.,         in the Brownlow area of            that the spirit of resistance
propelled grenade at an RUC       called for the return of the      Craigavon. The CIRA also           has not been quenched
patrol on the Main Street. It
was subsequently reported in
                                  British shoot-to-kill policy,
                                  demanding         that      all
                                                                    claimed responsibility for this
                                                                    operation. In a statement
                                                                                                       despite the efforts of
                                                                                                       Westminister, Stormont and
                                                                                                                                                 Assemble Garden of
the media that the warhead        Republicans be shot dead on       released to the media they         Leinster House. The actions                 Remembrance,
                                                                                                                                                  Dublin, 1.45pm
contained       the     plastic   sight.                            said that it was “carried out in   of the Provisionals in
explosive, Semtex.                   In Belfast on August 25        defence of the people of           condemning those who
   A statement from Óglaigh       petrol bombs and stones were      Drumbeg and Tullygally”            resisted British forces and
na hÉireann was released to       thrown at the RUC/PSNI in         after the RUC had broken           calling on people to become
the media, accompanied by a       east and south Belfast. Roads     into homes and assaulted           informers is simply a further
recognised          codeword,     in the Markets area of the city   many people in these areas         reminder that they are now                   Support
claiming responsibility for
the attack and dispelling
                                  were closed following clashes
                                  with the British colonial
                                                                    over the course of a number
                                                                    of days. It was reported that a
                                                                                                       part and parcel of the
                                                                                                       machinery         of    British              POWs in
myths which were prominent
in the media:
                                  police in Cromac Street and
                                  Pitt Park and in the Lower
                                                                    young boy suffered a broken
                                                                    arm at the hands of the
                                                                                                       occupation.
                                                                                                          Irish history teaches us that
                                                                                                                                                   Maghaberry
   “The rocket attack on          Newtownards Road.                 RUC/PSNI.                          as long as British rule in                     jail
2                                                                                                                                                Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008


               Do not cooperate with                                                                                                                      Gearrscéalta
               British colonial police                                                                                                                   First use of Taser stun gun
                                                                               given that they were in fact sent    these arrests. Following these
                                                                                                                                                            Occupied was used by the British colonial
                                                                                                                                                         inAugust 17 a Taser stun-gunSix Counties
                                                                                                                                                         ON
 A NUMBER of homes in the Roslea area of Co                                    by the occupier. No-one should       arrests and those of a number        police in Derry for the first time to subdue a father who had
 Fermanagh received letters from the Major                                     allow themselves to collaborate      of men a few weeks ago, it           locked himself in a house in the Galliagh area with his two young
 Investigations Team (MIT) of the RUC/PSNI on                                  with the RUC, and under no           appears the RUC are engaging         children. A 37-year-old man was later arrested. The children were
 Monday, August 18, seeking information relating                               circumstances         whatsoever     in some sort of fishing              returned to a family member. The RUC/PSNI were given
 to a military operation targeting British forces                              should anyone respond to this        exercise.                            permission earlier this year to buy 12 Taser guns despite
 near the village in June.                                                     disgusting probe. Nor should            “These arrests seem to be         opposition from human rights groups.
                                                                               anyone claiming to represent         more about harassment of
  An IRA landmine partially
exploded,      injuring    two
                                            were in their homes at the time.
                                            The RUC also enquired about
                                                                               the people of Roslea advise
                                                                               anyone to do so. Any assistance
                                                                                                                    Republicans and appeasing
                                                                                                                    certain quarters of the
                                                                                                                                                         Blast from theBrádaigh’s interview
                                                                                                                                                                            past!
                                                                                                                                                         FOLLOWING Ruairí Ó
members of the British colonial             details of vehicles driven
                                                                               given to the RUC on this matter      community.”
police.                                     around the Rellan Road during
                                                                               is, by definition, informing.”
                                                                                                                                                         with Tom McGurk on RTÉ recently, he received
  The letter sought replies to              the period, and the route taken.                                                                             the following letter:
                                                                                  On the same date, a                  “Indeed it has been reported
be sent to a named RUC                      A spokesperson for Republican                                                                                   “Dear Mr Ó Brádaigh
                                                                               spokesperson for Republican          this week that residents in the
Detective Constable in Gough                Sinn Féin told the people of                                                                                    “I am listening to your radio interview as I am writing this. It
                                                                               Sinn Féin in Fermanagh               village of Roslea have received
Barracks, and asked a number                Roslea that they must not allow                                                                              brings me back to 1972.
                                                                               Michael Óg Lavelle, welcomed         letters in the post from the
of questions about activity in              themselves to be pressurised                                                                                    “I was on duty at the Special Criminal Court when Stormont
                                                                               the release of two men arrested      RUC. These letters, which
the area at the time. These                 into becoming informers.                                                                                     was prorogued.
                                                                               a week previously.                   carry threatening undertones,
included details of peoples’                   RSF Director of Publicity,                                                                                   “Some Republican prisoners were in the cells. [He named a
                                                                                    He said, “I welcome the         seek to involve them in an
movements between certain                   Richard Walsh said: “It is                                                                                   prisoner] had shown us the burn marks on his legs he said was
                                                                               release of these men and I           intelligence-gathering
dates, and asked who was with               ironic that these letters were                                                                               from torture in the North.
                                                                               question the RUC rationale for       exercise.”
them and whether anyone else                addressed ‘to the occupier’                                                                                     “When word came through about Stormont, a radio was
                                                                                                                                                         brought down to the cells. A prison officer went across to the pub
             MI5 monitoring of                                                   GAA launches history                                                    across the road and got a few large bottles of Guinness. Prisoners
                                                                                                                                                         and others celebrated. It lasted about 30 minutes. Then prisoners
                                                                                                                                                         went back to their cells. Doors were locked, ties straightened,
             Irish unsurprising                                                             project                                                      caps were put back on.
 REPUBLICAN Sinn Féin said on August 1 that                                     CUMANN Lúthchleas Gael (the Gaelic Athletic                                 “Just thought I would share this with you.”
 MI5 spends the vast majority of its resources                                  Association, the GAA) announced on August 11                                ED. Ruairí Ó Brádaigh thanks you for your unsigned letter. Go
 monitoring Irish people is unsurprising given the                              that it has commissioned the largest public                              raibh maith agat.
 history of British intelligence agencies.                                      history project ever undertaken on the national
                                                                                sporting body.                                                           POW sentenced to
   Director of Publicity,
Richard Walsh, said: “Special
                                           their own shores. MI5’s
                                           presence in Holywood clearly
                                                                                  The project, The GAA, A
                                                                               People’s History, will start in
                                                                                                                    and club statistics, but about the
                                                                                                                    social life surrounding the GAA
                                                                                                                                                         solitary confinement and the
                                                                                                                                                         IN A statement Republican Sinn Féin
Branch       was     initially             has little to do with               September and will be run by a       both on and off the pitch,” Paul     Republican Prisoners’Action Group said that they
established as the Special                 monitoring Islamist activity,       team from Boston College on          Rouse said.
Irish Branch of the London                 and is merely a convenient          Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green.            “We hope to put together more     heard that a Republican prisoner in Maghaberry
Metropolitan Police and the                outpost to spy upon the Irish          The     project    has     been   than 700 visual interviews to TV     jail was sentenced on August 7 to seven days in
British Military Intelligence              people. Whilst this may have
                                                                               commissioned to mark the 125th       standard and more than 2,000         solitary confinement.
                                                                               anniversary of the GAA in 2009.      audio interviews for radio              The prisoner had objected to an inappropriate search being
agency, MI5, was founded by                been welcomed by the                   UCD lecturer Paul Rouse, who      broadcast.                           conducted on his person last month.
Kerryman, William Melville.                Provos, true Republicans will       heads the research team with                                                 A spokesperson said: “We oppose the excessive and invasive
   “These     agencies     are             do all in their power to ensure     colleague Mark Duncan and Prof          “We also aim to gather more
                                                                                                                                                         searches imposed upon Republican prisoners in Maghaberry on a
responsible      for       the             that all British activity           Mike Cronin of Boston College,       than 25,000 relevant documents,
                                                                               said they wanted to hear from        including letters, photos and        frequent basis. The punishment meted out to this prisoner is also
incarceration and murders of               against Irish citizens and on                                                                                 to be condemned. Although he is currently being held in solitary
                                                                               anyone with a story about the        reminiscences     of   people’s
countless Irish citizens -                 Irish      soil    is    ended      social aspect of Gaelic games.       involvement with the GAA down        confinement, he is not alone as the thoughts of everyone
indeed many of them within                 permanently.”                          “This project is not about team   the years.”                          committed to the Republican cause are with him at this time.”

                                                                                                                                                         Attacks on nationalist
                                                                                                                                                         homes condemned Sinn Féin
                                                                                                                                                         IN A statement on August 6 Republican
                                                                                                                                                         in Belfast condemned the ongoing attacks on
                                                                                                                                                         nationalist homes in the Rosapenna Street area of
                                                                                                                                                         north Belfast.
                                                                                                                                                            The statement continued: “Families have had to live with a
                 • is committed to supporting prisoners for which CABHAIR is responsible                                                                 barrage of stones bottles and petrol bomb attacks. In the most
                      • is generating publicity in support of Irish national independence.                                                               recent attack a family of four had a lucky escape. None of these
                                We need your support. Our website address is:                                                                            attacks have been highlighted by either nationalist or unionist
                                                                                                                                                         politicians, who now only find time to squabble over policing and
                                 http://irishfreedom.net                                                                                                 justice matters. “For these families justice is as far away as ever.
                                                                                                                                                         We in Republican Sinn Féin call on nationalists to remain
I would like to join Republican Sinn
                 Féin                                      JOIN                                                       OUR AIMS
                                                                                                          For a full British withdrawal from
                                                                                                                                                         vigilant.”
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                                                                                                                 32-County FEDERAL
                                                                                                                                                         Loyalist attack on youth team
                                                                                                                                                         A DUBLIN soccer club, Crumlin United, was
                                                                                                            DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST
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                                                                                                             a new all-Ireland parliament,
                                                                                                                                                         targeted by loyalists on July 29 at Cromore Court
                                                                                                                                                         near a loyalist estate in Coleraine.
                                                                                                                                                            The team were competing in the Milk Cup in Coleraine, Co
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                                                                                                           partitionist set-up, to oversee the           flats where they were staying. One man was arrested for
.............................                                                                          running of the new neutral non-aligned            questioning.
                                                                                                                       Ireland . . .                        The players, mostly aged 14 and 15, and their officials were
     Tel: . . . . . . . . . . . .Age (if under                                                                                                           subjected to sectarian taunts by a loyalist gang outside the flats.
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    Gearrscéalta                                                                      Lisbon Treaty cannot be
Wexford hunger strike                                                              ratified without a referendum
commemoration
ON Sunday, August 24 a commemoration for all of the
                                                                              ANTHONY Coughlan, secretary of the National                           assessment
                                                                                                                                                    constitutionality.
                                                                                                                                                                        of        its   pre-Lisbon EU. . .
                                                                                                                                                                                           Or to the fact that we would
                                                                              Platform EU Research and Information Centre
hunger strikes since 1917 was held in the Garden of                           wrote this open letter to Irish Times reporter                           Judge Henchy wanted to           be made real citizens for the
Remembrance at the Old Jail, Wexford town.                                                                                                          avoid      embarrassing      the    first time of this post-Lisbon
                                                                              Stephen Collins, in reply to an article written by                    President, so he approved the       EU, owing obedience to its
   Former Long Kesh and Portlaoise POW Jimmy Kavanagh
chaired the commemoration. Wreaths were laid at the hunger                    him on August 7. We carry the full text below.                        main provisions of the S.E.A.       laws and loyalty to its
striker monument by Richie Bierley on behalf of the Wexford                                                                                         as having been covered by the       authority over and above our
Republican Graves Association, by Jappa Murphy on behalf of the              Dear Stephen,                       laid down in the 1986-7 Crotty     original “license” for Ireland      citizens’ duty to the Irish
Republican Movement, by Joss Kavanagh on behalf of the                          In your Irish Times article      judgement of the Supreme           to join a developing European       Constitution and laws…
Rafter/Mellows Cumann, Enniscorthy and Ritchie Doyle on                      (Saturday, August 7) you call       Court, that surrenders of          Community, but he joined               Or to the fact that in the
behalf of the Sands/Lynch Cumann, Mooncoin, Kilkenny.                        on the Government to ratify         sovereignty to Brussels in         with the majority of the court      post-Lisbon EU the Irish
   The Roll of Honour was read by Kevin Kavanagh, Enniscorthy.               the Lisbon Treaty regardless        European Treaties can only be      in striking down the foreign        Government would lose the
Emmet Gladney gave a short address on hunger striker Francis                 of the 12 June referendum           done by the Irish people in a      policy provisions, which did        right it has at present to decide
Hughes. A minute’s silence was observe and the flags were                    result.                             referendum, for they are the       not      require     Oireachtas     who           its        national
dipped. The oration was delivered by Ger Foran, Mooncoin,                       It is strange that a political   repositories of sovereignty.       approval,        as       being     Commissioner would be when
Leinster PRO of Republican Sinn Féin.                                        correspondent of a major               I was myself intimately         unconstitutional.                   we have a member on the
   In his closing remarks Jimmy Kavanagh thanked everyone for                national newspaper should           involved in the Crotty case           So the Crotty judgement          Commission, and that this
attending and the colour party and said “When we put up the                  seek to become a partisan           and attended every day of the      was a highly political one          would be replaced by a right to
hunger strikers’ monument 26 years ago it was in the hope that               player in the political game in     three hearings of the case: the    amongst the five Supreme            make “suggestions” only for
these men would be remembered and I am delighted to see so                   this way.                           original Injunction action         Court judges themselves!            the incoming Commission
many young faces here today. I know that these men will never be                Stranger still that you          before       Judge       Donal     These facts are not widely          President to decide — so
forgotten.”                                                                  should be urging such a             Barrington, the High Court         known, but I assure you they        replacing the present bottom-
                                                                             profoundly unconstitutional         stage which Raymond Crotty         are correct.                        up process for appointing the
Successful function in                                                       and undemocratic course on
                                                                             our political leaders.
                                                                                                                 lost, and the Supreme Court
                                                                                                                 stage which he won.
                                                                                                                                                       It follows therefore that one
                                                                                                                                                    cannot assume that the
                                                                                                                                                                                        Brussels Commission by a
                                                                                                                                                                                        top-down one post-Lisbon…
Lurgan statement from the Republican POWs was
THE following
                                                                                You are mistaken if you
                                                                             think that Ireland can ratify the
                                                                                                                    You may be interested to
                                                                                                                 know that it was quite a close-
                                                                                                                                                    transfers of sovereignty
                                                                                                                                                    entailed by the Lisbon Treaty
                                                                                                                                                                                           Or to the fact that Lisbon
                                                                                                                                                                                        proposes to restore the death
                                                                             Lisbon Treaty by Oireachtas         run thing that Crotty did not      would be similarly indulged         penalty in Europe for the EU
read out at a function in Lurgan on August 22                                vote without a referendum.          win his court challenge to the
    “We the Lurgan prisoners here in Maghaberry send our best wishes                                                                                by the present Supreme Court        as a corporate entity in time of
                                                                                The Lisbon Treaty, which is      constitutionality     of     the   if the matter should come           war or imminent threat of war,
for a successful and enjoyable night. We especially extend our               the       EU       Constitution     ratification procedure of the
greetings to our families, comrades and friends gathered in the                                                                                     before it, as you implicitly        by providing that the post-
                                                                             revamped,            establishes    Single European Act on the         propose in your article.            Lisbon EU would accede to
Foresters. We are grateful to you all for your unwavering support, it
has been of tremendous importance to us as indeed the support given          constitutionally new European       ground that that Treaty’s             Judge Henchy moreover            Protocol 6 of the European
to us by the Movement to which it is a privilege to be members of.           Union, with its own legal           central provisions entailed a      made quite clear in his own         Convention on Human Rights,
    “We remain committed to the cause of Irish Freedom and to the            personality for the first time,     transfer of sovereignty to         judgement in the Crotty case        which permits the use of the
Leadership. We will uphold the right to political status that our            which is legally different from     Brussels, but on the narrower      that if the then European           death penalty in such
comrades paid for with their lives.                                          the present European Union          ground that the                    Community were to move              circumstances, rather than to
    “Their struggle gives us inspiration as we demand Justice. It makes      that was established by the            requirement to coordinate       towards becoming a Political        Protocol 13, which abolishes
it less difficult for us knowing we have your support.                       Treaty of Maastricht and            foreign      policy      under     Union,      a     constitutional    the death penalty at all times
    “Victory to our struggle for political status. Victory to the struggle   which is referred to in Article     “European              Political   referendum would be required        and which the individual
for freedom.”                                                                29.4 of the Irish Constitution.     Cooperation” entailed such a       here to permit that. The            Member           States     have
    The function which was well attended was organised by the                   The first sentence of the        transfer                           European Union that would be        separately acceded to.
Thomas Harte Cumann, Republican Sinn Féin, Lurgan, Co Armagh.                Constitutional Amendment               The late Judge Henchy was       established by the Lisbon              This matter has caused
                                                                             which the people rejected on        the swing judge on this point      Treaty - which is the 2004 EU       national outrage in Austria and
Belfast, Clare mark                                                          12 June proposed to replace
                                                                             the present Maastricht-based
                                                                                                                 in the five-man court.             Constitution revamped - is
                                                                                                                                                    undoubtedly such a Political
                                                                                                                                                                                        some controversy in Germany,
                                                                                                                                                                                        but scarcely anyone has heard
internment anniversary of the
REPUBLICAN Sinn Féin marked the anniversary
                                                                             EU by a future Federal-style
                                                                             Lisbon-based EU, of which we
                                                                                                                    Crotty’s lawyers were
                                                                                                                 reliably informed at the time
                                                                                                                                                    Union.                              about it here in Ireland.
                                                                                                                                                                                           But maybe you would
reintroduction of internment in 1971 with pickets in                         would all be made real rather       by sources close to the judges        In your article you insult the   dismiss that too as just another
Counties Antrim and Clare.                                                   than symbolical citizens for        that Judge Henchy was              No-side campaigners by              No-side “untruth”?
   On Saturday, August 9, a white-line picket was held on the Falls          the first time.                     anxious to find for Crotty, but    saying that they were
Road, Belfast. Members and supporters of Sinn Fein Poblachtach                                                   that if he did so in relation to   “unhampered          by      any                ANTHONY
from Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Antrim, Down and Kildare took part. An             The same name, “European         the core elements of the Single    allegiance to the truth”.
                                                                             Union”, would be used post-         European Act which had
                                                                                                                                                                                                   COUGHLAN
Italian journalist also participated in the picket and was among those                                                                                 Truly this is the pot calling
who handed out leaflets outlining the conditions of the Republican           Lisbon as pre-Lisbon, but the       previously been approved by                                                           Secretary
                                                                                                                                                    the kettle black!
POWs in Maghaberry Jail, Antrim.                                             constitutional and political        Oireachtas vote, he would             I do not recollect you or
                                                                                                                                                                                           The National Platform
   A picket also took place on the Clare Road in Ennis, Co Clare for         character of the Union, its         effectively have been finding      your       fellow       Yes-side           EU Research and
three hours. POW leaflets were also handed out there. Both pickets           Member States and of us as          the country’s President at the     commentators alerting people             Information Centre
were held in solidarity with Republican prisoners currently                  Irish citizens would be             time, the late Patrick Hillery,    during the referendum to the            24 Crawford Avenue
incarcerated in Maghaberry jail who are seeking the restoration of           transformed fundamentally by        as having failed to refer a        hugely important fact that the                      Dublin 9
political status removed at the signing of the Stormont Agreement.           the ratification of the Lisbon      constitutionally dubious Bill      post-Lisbon EU would be                             Web-site
   These prisoners engaged in a ten-and-a-half month protest from            Treaty.                             purporting to ratify the S.E.A.
June 2006. Their protest was suspended following assurances that the
                                                                                                                                                    constitutionally and politically        nationalplatform.org
                                                                                No Oireachtas vote is            to the Supreme Court for           profoundly different from the
outstanding issues would be addressed. However as all of the issues          constitutionally capable of
have not yet been addressed, the pickets will continue to highlight the      doing this. With all due
conditions the POWs’ endure.
                                                                             respect to you, it is
British troops to parade in                                                  irresponsible to be spreading
                                                                             illusions otherwise.
                                                                                The Lisbon Treaty would
Ballymena and Larne the first town
BALLYMENA Borough Council has become
                                                                             also abolish the European
                                                                             Communities other than the
in the Six Counties to invite the Royal Irish Regiment of the                Atomic Energy Community
British army to march through its streets when they return                   which we joined in 1973, and
from Afghanistan in the autumn.                                              would replace the Treaties on
   It was also confirmed that a parade in Larne to confer the freedom        which they are based and
of the borough on the Royal Irish Regiment will take place on                which are explicitly referred to
Saturday, November 1. Castlereagh Borough Council had already                in the Irish Constitution.
agreed to stage a homecoming parade for the Territorial Army medics          These references would have
of 204 (North Irish) Field Hospital when they return from Helmand            to be deleted also to enable the
around the same time as the Royal Irish.                                     State to ratify Lisbon. No
   On August 12, Republican Sinn Féin Director of Publicity of,              Oireachtas vote can do that
Richard Walsh, said: “The comments by the Ballymena Borough
                                                                             either.
councillor — the Provos’ Monica Digney — that she agreed to the
RIR (formerly UDR) parading in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, ‘because                  And there are several other
they already enjoyed the freedom of the borough’, were a pathetic            reasons why the Constitution
attempt to divert responsibility for allowing such a parade to go ahead.     would have to be amended to
    “She cannot claim to be opposed to the parade, having personally         enable the Lisbon Treaty to be
sanctioned it. Her actions show that — despite what she has said —           ratified.
she is in support of the British army of occupation.                            Your article proposes an
   “Parades in support of the murderous British forces are an insult to      attempt to get around the
the Irish people, and to have these parades imposed upon them within         constitutional requirement,
their own country is outrageous.”
4                                                                                                                                               Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008


For
                                                                                                                                                                          schools, shops, airports etc in five of the nine states.
                                                                                                                                                                          There were clashes in Santa Cruz between
                                                                                                                                                                          supporters oand opponents of Evo Morales.


The
                                                                                                                                                                             Joyce Loughnan, CEO of Focus Ireland, the
                                                                                                                                                                          housing and homeless charity, said that the
                                                                                                                                                                          weaknesses in the new strategy launched by the 26
                                                                                                                                                                          County Administration far outweighs its strengths

Record                                                                                                                                                                    and will not address the roots of the problem.
                                                                                                                                                                             Philip O'Connor, press officer of the Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                          Palestinian Solidarity Campaign called for the end
                                                                                                                                                                          of Israeli collective punishment of people in Gaza.
MON. JULY 28: A bug was found in the roof area                                                                                                                            WED. AUGUST 20: Michaela Hollywood from
of the home of Seán O’Farrell, shot dead by                                                                                                                               Co Down, a wheelchair user, won a discrimination
undercover SAS in 1992 in Co Tyrone, during                                                                                                                               case after she was denied entry to Down High
renovation work.                                                                                                                                                          because of her disability.
   A Provisional press officer at Stormont has left                                                                                                                          A total of almost 500 job losses in two
the party saying its presence in the administration                                                                                                                       companies in counties Offaly and Cork was
had damaged the party’s working-class credentials.                                                                                                                        announced. US medical devices company Boston
   An online survey by Garda Review magazine                                                                                                                              Scientific is to close its plant in Tullamore, Co
found that 53% of respondents believed it was time                                                                                                                        Offaly, with the loss of 240 jobs. Howley Civil
to issue rank and file members with firearms.                                                                                                                             Engineering at Rossmore, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork
   Radiation levels in the 26 County are 40%                                                                                                                              was wound up by the High Court with the loss of all
higher than the world average, according to a new                                                                                                                         250 jobs.
report.                                                  • Passengers of the two boats of the “Free Gaza” protest group are greeted by
                                                         Palestinians as they arrive from Cyprus in Gaza City on Saturday August 23.                                         A man, who stood as an independent candidate
WED. JULY 30: A 10-year-old boy was subjected                                                                                                                             in Fermanagh Council elections in 2005, was
to a sectarian attack in the Waterside area of Derry                                                                                                                      arrested in Blacklion, Co Cavan, for questioning in
on Monday. His mother said he was knocked to the         right to privacy for citizens.                          Education in Dublin against the reintroduction of        connection with a rocket attack on the RUC on
ground and kicked in the head after being asked if          Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a driver to Osama bin            third-level fees.                                        Saturday night in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh.
he was a ‘taig’.                                         Laden was convicted at Guantánamo of supporting            Nollaig Ó Gadhra, Republican, historian,              THURS. AUGUST 21: Five Shell to Sea
   Six men were arrested for questioning in connect      terrorism but cleared of conspiracy charges. He was     journalist, Irish language activist and former           protestors were arrested after they tried to stop
with the murder of Paul Quinn in a hay shed in           the first person to face a US war crimes tribunal       president of Conradh na Gaeilge, died, aged 64.          pipe-laying at the gas refinery in Co Mayo.
Castleblaney, Co Monaghan last October.                  since the World War II.                                 THURS. AUGUST 14: Former Green Party MEP                    The Simon Community and Focus Ireland
   Off-licences in the 26 Counties are to close at          Jeffrey Donaldson DUP and Provisional Gerry          Patricia McKenna will not seek a party nomination        claimed that the new strategy proposed by the
10pm under news laws in an attempt to curb               Kelly announced a consultation strategy for victims     for next year’s European Parliament elections.           housing minister in the 32 Counties was useless
underage drinking.                                       and survivors of the war in the British Occupied Six       An Bord Pleanála is to reopen public hearings         without a commitment to fund it.
   The Irish Prison Service was criticised for           Counties. One of their aims is to ‘bring victims        into the proposed super-dump near Lusk, Co                  A total of 76.2mm of rain fell at Dublin Airport
cutting a rehabilitation programme at Mountjoy           groups under one umbrella’.                             Dublin to consider a new report that criticises an       24 hours on August 9, a new all-time record.
prison. Dublin just one week after the Visiting          THURS. AUGUST 7: Inflation fell by 4.4% in the          assessment of the site.                                     The Dalai Lama accused Chinese troops of
Committee praised the programme.                         26 Counties in July.                                       A manufacturing plant in Ardfinnan, Co                opening fire on protesters on August 18 in eastern
   In a report Amnesty International said that China        Members of the Erris Inshore Fishermen’s             Tipperary is to close with a loss of 44 jobs. Moy        Tibet amid unconfirmed reports that 140 people
had failed to improve its human rights record in the     Association in North Mayo voted to drop their           Isover blames the downturn in the construction           had been killed.
run-up to the Olympics.                                  demand for Shell E&P Ireland to relocate a              industry for the closure.                                   China sentenced two women aged 77 and 79 to a
   The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) were              discharge pipe for the Corrib gas refinery after they      Figures published by the Equality Tribunal show       year of a “re-education through labour” after
given #1million pounds to investigate the                were offered compensation.                              a 106% rise in racial inequality claims in the           applying to protest against officials who evicted
involvement of Special Branch agent Mark                    B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for         workplace over the last year.                            them from their homes in 2001.
Haddock and his UVF gang in more than 16                 Human Rights in the Occupied Territories is                The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)             FRI. AUGUST 22: Residents of Rasharkin, Co
murders.                                                 investigating twelve cases of [Israeli] settler         criticised the 26-County Administration’s proposals      Antrim claim they were subjected to a ‘barrage of
MON. AUGUST 4: The Alliance Party in the                 attacks on Palestinians between 29 July and 4           to merge various equality bodies into a single           sectarian abuse’ from bandsmen during an Orange
Occupied Six Counties rejected a policing role           August.                                                 agency. David Begg, general secretary said any           march.
under the Provisionals’ and the DUP proposals.              Details of proposals to cut more than 15,000         such merger would be “a retrograde step”.                SAT. AUGUST 23: Peace activists on board the
   The death took place of Eilish McCabe, sister of      hours from front-line ambulance cover over the             Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told               Free Gaza and the Liberty [wooden] ships received
Aidan McAnespie, at her home in Co Tyrone at the         next year were revealed in a leaked NHS document.       Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas that Israel          a tumultuous welcome when they sailed into Gaza
age of 50. Eilish campaigned tirelessly for the truth    FRI. AUGUST 8: More than 100 homes are being            will not allow he return of any Palestinian refugees     ans breached the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
behind the shooting dead of her brother by               repossessed every month in the Occupied Six             as part of a future statehood deal. Some 700,000         SUN. AUGUST 24: The Irish Road Hauliers'
members of the British army as he walked through         Counties. Rising inflation and tougher credit           people, half the Arab population of Palestine in         Association are considering an act of 'civil
a British army checkpoint at Aughnacloy on his           conditions were blamed for the increase with 929        May 1948, were driven out of their homes when the        disobedience' in protest at the barrier-free toll on
way to a GAA match in February 1988.                     writs and summons issued between April and June         state of Israel was set up.                              the M50 which will come into effect within a week.
   No definitive date was set for the devolution of      this year.                                                 Poland agreed to install 10 US-controlled missile        Mary Robinson criticised the 26-County
policing and justice to Stormont.                           Georgia launched a military offensive to regain      interceptors in Poland. In exchange the US has           administration’s plan to merge the Equality
   Floods caused havoc around the country as             control of South Ossetia which is backed by Russia.     agreed to help boost Poland’s air defences.              Authority, the Equality Tribunal, the Irish Human
rivers in many counties burst their banks after very     SUN. AUGUST 10: Fighting between Georgian                  Families of the victims of the Stardust fire are to   Rights Commission, the Offices of the Data
heavy rainfall.                                          and Russian troops left 1,000 dead in the South         discuss with their solicitor new evidence which          Protection Commissioner and the national
   The Comptroller and Auditor General revealed          Ossetia region.                                         they say contradicts the evidence given at the           Disability Authority into one single agency.
that 16 laptop computers containing sensitive               Up to 15,000 Apprentice Boys and 140 bands           original tribunal of inquiry.                            MON. AUGUST 25: Under a major review, the
material belonging to his office have been stolen        took part in the annual parade in Derry. Five people       The newsletter of the Dublin and Wicklow              creation of stand alone all Irish schools will be
since 1999.                                              were arrested.                                          Orange Order LoL 1313 called for a review of the         halted.
TUES. AUGUST 5: Around 60 Palestinians,                     Two people were injured after loyalists entered a    ban on Catholics joining the Orange Order. It               Film-maker, singer and broadcaster David
Israelis and Internationals from 15 countries set sail   bonfire site where nationalists gathered to mark the    pointed out the changes within the 26 Counties over      Hammond died.
to the Gaza Strip to deliver medical equipment on        Anniversary of internment in Coleraine, Co Derry.       the last 50 years and said it was time to drop the       TUES. AUGUST 26: Up to five shots were fired at
August 5, 2008. The delivery to Gaza Port of             In Ballymena, Co Antrim a 16-year-old girl was          ban.                                                     an RUC patrol in Craigavon, Co Armagh.
desperately needed medical supplies will be the          injured while watching a bonfire in the Dunclug            An investigation was launched into the death of          The Sisk Construction Group have laid off 10%
first international cargo to reach Gaza directly since   estate.                                                 a man in Coleraine, Co Derry RUC station.                of their staff since the start of the year.
the crushing embargo on its civilians began.                MON. AUGUST 11: The family of Séamus                    Claims of racial discrimination in the workplace      WED. AUGUST 27: Supporters of Aung San Suu
   Former Dungannon Mayor, Barry Monteith                Dillon, shot dead by the LVF in Dungannon in            have more than doubled in the last year according        Kyi expressed concern about her health after food
resigned from the Provisionals saying he does not        1997, asked that the inquest into the murder be         to the Equality Tribunal.                                they left for her was not collected during the last
believe the party’s political strategy will lead to a    adjourned until such time as all the relevant facts     FRI. AUGUST 15: Ihab Shoukri is to be released           few days. She is under house arrest for the last 19
united Ireland.                                          have been investigated.                                 from prison on Monday, just two months after             years and depends on members of her party, the
   Discussions took place between Shell E&P                 A laptop computer containing the personal data       receiving a 15-month sentence after pleading guilty      National League for Democracy, for food.
Ireland and the Erris Inshore Fishermen’s                of 380,000 social welfare recipients was stolen         to membership of the UDA.                                THURS. AUGUST 28: The Parades Commission
Association, Mayo on the company’s plans to start        more than a year ago. The theft is only now being       SAT. AUGUST 16: Legendary folk singer Ronnie             banned a loyalist march through two mixed estates
laying the offshore pipes for the Corrib gas project.    admitted.                                               Drew of the Dubliners died at the age of 73, after a     in Stonyford, Co Antrim. In recent years eight
   Almost 4,000 Irish workers were made                     Two fire engines were damaged in two separate        lengthy illness.                                         nationalist families have been forced to leave their
redundant in July. 20,392 people have been made          attacks over the weekend, one in Dungannon and             A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at an            homes in Stoneyford because of loyalist
redundant in the 26 Counties since January this          one in Derry. Stones were thrown in both incidents      RUC/PSNI foot patrol in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh          intimidation.
year.                                                    but no one was injured.                                 According to the RUC Semtex was used in the                 Israeli Naval vessels shadowed the Liberty and
WED. AUGUST 6: Private sector unions are to              TUES. AUGUST 12: Georgia withdrew its troops            attack.                                                  Free Gaza boats as they sailed out of Gaza on their
seek flat-rate increases of about €30 per week for       from South Ossetia.                                     SUN. AUGUST 17: A man was charged with                   return to Cyprus. The boats are carrying seven
more than a million workers earning less than the           A memorial in Newry to the 10 hunger strikers        attempting to kill a member of the RUC after he          Palestinians, 31 human rights activists and several
average industrial wage of €38,000.                      was daubed with loyalist graffiti. UVF was painted      drove through a checkpoint in Ballyclare, Co             journalists.
   Four Tibetan activists were arrested in Beijing       on the monument which is on the bypass road.            Antrim.                                                     Motorists who dispute tolls levied under the new
when they unfurled a Tibetan independence banner            Up to eight Tibet activists protesting near the         Two small bombs exploded at tourist resorts in        barrier-free system on the M50 will have no
near the stadium.                                        Olympic stadium were arrested and detained by           southern Spain. No one was injured.                      recourse to an independent appeals procedure.
   The International Monitoring Commission was           Chinese police. A British TV journalist who was            Morgan Tsvangirai outlined his proposals to           SAT. AUGUST 30: The annual hunger strike
asked by the British and 26 County Administration        filming nearby was also arrested.                       Robert Mugabe for sharing power in Zimbabwe.             march took place in Bundoran Co Donegal.
for a report on the status of the Provisionals’ army        Bolivian president Evo Morales was returned in          The bus carrying members of nationalist flute            The 26-County Naval Service was deployed at
council.                                                 the recall referendum vote.                             band, returning after a march in Derry, were             Broadhaven Bay in Co Mayo as part of the Free
   The Pfizer pharmaceutical company are to close           The Palestinian Authority rejected a proposal for    attacked between Drumahoe and Dungiven, Co               State security provision for the Corrib gas project.
one of its plants at Little Island, Cork with the loss   Israel to withdraw from 93% of the West Bank in         Derry. Two breeze blocks were thrown through the         MON. SEPTEMBER 1: Gardaí policing the
of 180 jobs.                                             exchange for Israel's annexation of main settlement     window of the bus.                                       protest at Shell's Corrib gas project have enlisted
   The Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament            blocks. A spokesperson for the Authority said that      MON. AUGUST 18: Delays in securing garda                 the help of Interpol following the arrival of eco-
(CND) held a remembrance commemoration in                the Palestinians would accept nothing less than a       clearance for new social housing tenants has left a      protesters to Mayo. Photographs of any protesters
Dublin to mark the 63rd anniversary of the               state based on the 1967 border (Green Line) and         large number of flats and houses in Dublin city          local gardaí do not recognise will be circulated to
bombing of Hiroshima.                                    without settlements.                                    centre empty. The Council claim that garda checks        Interpol's member states in a bid to identify them
   A confidential EU report, Proposed Solutions for      WED. AUGUST 13: The reintroduction of third-            are part of their commitment to a more secure and        and establish if they have been involved in similar
the Future EU Justice Programme, called for the          level fees would do “nothing for education and          safe environment for their tenants. Garda checks         international protests in the past.
introduction of new legislation guaranteeing a           nothing for families”, the president of the Union of    are not requires under housing legislation.
minimum level of rights for suspects and a basic         Students in Ireland (USI) Shane Kenny said. About       TUES. AUGUST 19: A 24-hour strike in Bolivia's
                                                         100 students protested outside the Department of        opposition-controlled states saw the closure of
Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008                                                                                                                                                                                 5


                BRITISH PARAWHO KILLED TWO
              TEENAGERS SENT TO AFGHANISTAN
                                                                         the Whiterock Road and                  Belfast teenagers Karen Reilly
      A Belfast Chronology                                               revisited the scenes of their
                                                                         deaths. At the time the British
                                                                                                                 (18) and driver Martin Peake
                                                                                                                 (17) in west Belfast in 1990.
    Wednesday, July 30. A             device’ was dealt with.            army claimed the men and                Members of the Parachute
 private security company was            Friday, August 8, 2008.         women were armed. This was              Regiment opened fire on what
 hired     to     protect      the    Speaking three days before the     untrue, as it was untrue in             they alleged was a stolen car in
 Mountpottinger RUC station           third anniversary of the death     many cases not least Bloody             which the Karen was a
 in the short strand, Belfast.        of their son Thomas, the           Sunday.                                 passenger and a third teenager
    Wednesday, August 6,              Devlin family from Belfast say                                             was injured.
 2008. Mark Haddock, British          they now accept that the              Tuesday August 12, 2008.                Clegg was released from
 Special Branch agent and             investigation into the death of    A ‘To Let’notice in the                 prison two years after the
 member of the Mount Vernon           the son can go no further          window of a house in Egeria             conviction, having served a
 UVF gang, is to be questioned        without new information. But       Street in the Village area of           total of four and a half years
 within days about a series of        they are deeply disappointed       south Belfast stated This               and was returned to the British
 sectarian murders carried out        over the PPSs decision not to      property is not available to any        army.
 by the UVF as two north              press charges against six          foreigners. Written on the
 Belfast brothers were charged        people questioned about the        gable wall of a nearby house               Repeated appeals of his case
 with the murder of UDA man           murder.                            are the words No Taigs or               led to a retrial which
 Tommy English. The men are              Organisers of an internment     foreigners welcome.                     overturned      the     murder
 believed to have co-operated         bonfire in north Belfast              Thursday, August 14,                 conviction but upheld a
 fully with the RUC. In January       claimed that two men               2008. Two men were arrested             conviction for attempting to
 2007 Haddock was implicated          attempted to burn a camper         in Belfast in connection with           wound Martin Peake. A further
 in 16 murders, 10 attempted          van at the site while teenagers    Republican activity.                    Court of Appeal hearing
 murders, 23 shootings and            slept inside.                                                              cleared him of that charge.
 beatings,      drug     dealing,        Monday, August 11, 2008.           Friday, August 15, 2008.                 “It is not at all surprising
 extortion,       arson        and    Families of 11 people shot         The Relatives for Justice               that the British Army have
 intimidation         in        an    dead in Ballymurphy, west          human rights group said that            deployed Clegg in Afghanistan
 investigation by the then            Belfast by the British army        the deployment of British               and most likely numerous
 Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan.              following the introduction of      paratrooper Lee Clegg to                other British soldiers and             • The car in which Karen Reilly and Martin Peake were
    Thursday, August 8, 2008.         internment on August 9, 1971,      Afghanistan showed that the             former RUC personnel who               shot dead by British paratrooper Lee Clegg in Belfast in
 Suspect devices were found on        called for an apology for their    British army had “not drawn             were equally involvement in            1993.
 the Belfast to Lisburn railway       deaths from the British            any lessons” from the Six               human rights abuses in Ireland
                                                                         Counties. Clegg was jailed for          and      who     were     given        Thompson,      director   of               Afghanistan are spared three
 line. Up to 30 families were         government. They unveiled a                                                                                       Relatives for Justice. “Let’s              and half decades of the British
 evacuated as the ‘viable             monument in their honour on        life in 1993 for murdering              impunity”,       said     Mark
                                                                                                                                                        hope that the people of                    Army.”



 Guth na Mumhan:
                                                                         Michael, being just eight weeks at                                             people to the ownership of                 who will never accept the
                                                                         the time of his father’s murder.                                               Ireland and the unfettered control         normalisation of British rule and
                                                                            His      youngest      daughter,                                            of Irish destiny. That fight               who shall continue to oppose the
                                                                         Margaret, who was two years old                                                continues to this day and as the           British presence in Ireland. Our

   Inniu is Inné                                                         when her father was murdered,
                                                                         attended the unveiling ceremony.
                                                                         The unveiling was performed by
                                                                         local historian Phil Fitzgerald of
                                                                                                                                                        economic downturn continues to
                                                                                                                                                        bite, Irish workers are finding out
                                                                                                                                                        how little the ruling establishment
                                                                                                                                                        cares for them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   history teaches us for as long at
                                                                                                                                                                                                   the British remain in Ireland they
                                                                                                                                                                                                   will be opposed by the Irish
                                                                                                                                                                                                   people.”
Captain Danford                      forces in Limerick during the War   Cappamore.                                                                        The piper played a lament and           Landslides —
                                     of Independence. He also saw                                                                                                                                  warning for the
memorial unveiled                    action in the Civil War on the
                                                                            Also in attendance were two                                                 the ceremony concluded with
THE family and friends of a man      Republican side and was one of
                                                                         granddaughters,          Geraldine                                             Amhrán na bFiann. The families             future
murdered on the Ballysimon                                               Wallace (Gleeson) and Mary                                                     of two of the martyrs were                 THE landslides that hit parts of
                                     two Limerick men murdered by        Danford       and    two      great-                                           present among the fine crowd of            North Kerry is a warning that the
Road by Free State forces during     Free State forces. The other,
the Civil War in 1922 were                                               grandsons, Paul Gleeson and                                                    local people who attended.                 development of wind farms will
                                     Harry Brazier, was murdered in      Michael Danford.                                                               Afterwards a wreath was laid by            have a detrimental effect on the
present on August 17 when his        Limerick Locoworks after he was
restored memorial was unveiled.                                             A committee was set up in                                                   Joseph Daly at the Republican              landscape, a spokesperson for
                                     arrested by Free State troops.      2007 to transfer the original                                                  Plot in Anhid graveyard where              Republican Sinn Féin said on
   Captain Michael Danford took         Captain Danford was married
part in many attacks on British                                          monument which had become                                                      two of the men are buried.                 August 26.
                                     with four children, the youngest,   overshadowed by a nearby                                                                                                     Séamus Ó Suilleabháin from
                                                                         industrial estate.
                                                                                                                  • Des Long                            British  will  be                          Broadford in County Limerick,
                                                                                                                                                        opposed on Border
        Development Fund                                                    Joe Lynch, secretary of the
                                                                         committee said that after
                                                                                                                 Roxboro Road, which was his
                                                                                                                 cousins’, the Scanlans, home. He
                                                                                                                                                        THE          behind-closed-doors
                                                                                                                                                                                                   the secretary of the Munster RSF
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Executive said that already the
                                                                                                                                                        abolition of the Provisional Army
          Special Appeal                                                 discussions and consultations
                                                                         with both Shannon Development,
                                                                                                                 was then taken prisoner by the
                                                                                                                 Free State army and the following
                                                                                                                                                        Council is the final surrender to
                                                                                                                                                        the British Crown and seals their
                                                                                                                                                                                                   people of places like Listowel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tarbert and Ballybunion are
     Republican Sinn Féin is                                             owners of the industrial estate,        morning his body was found at                                                     feeling the effects of such
                                                                         and planning officials of                                                      sell-out but it cannot kill the age        interference with the natural
      preparing to launch its                                                                                    the spot where the memorial now        old desire of the Irish people for
                                                                         Limerick City Council, the              stands. One examination by the                                                    terrain of North Kerry and West
  campaign for a No vote in the                                          memorial had been moved to a                                                   national self-determination, Des           Limerick.
    Lisbon Treaty 26-County                                                                                      family doctor he was found to          Long, from Shannon Banks in
                                                                         more prominent position.                have been shot 22 times, with 20                                                     It is only logical that the
 referendum. Funds are urgently                                             He revealed a historical link                                               Limerick, chairperson of the               erection of a series of massive
                                                                                                                 of the bullets removed by the          Munster Executive, Republican
      required if an effective                                           regarding the three Danford             doctor who said:                                                                  wind turbines will have a
   campaign is to be mounted                                             brothers when he said a school                                                 Sinn Fein, said on August 9.               negative effect on the land and no
                                                                                                                    “ ‘Let him go to God with the          He said that the Provisionals
   including the production of                                           attendance book from the famous         two remaining bullets in his                                                      one can accurately predict the
                                                                         Quay Lane CBA school in Bridge                                                 must now cease to call                     outcome of such developments.
     leaflets, posters and the                                                                                   head.’ ”                               themselves Republican because
       organisation of public                                            Street featured the three brothers,                                                                                          In fact the danger of landslides
                                                                         Michael, Jimmy and John, as             Croom                                  they had betrayed and tarnished            was one of the reasons why local
                         meetings.                                                                                                                      every     principle     of     Irish
                           Please
                                                                         pupils in the early years of the last   Commemoration                          Republicanism.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   people objected to such a
                                                                         century.                                A         VERY           successful                                               development. While the effort to
                            send                                            Des Long, Ard Chomhairle and         commemoration was held in                                                         seek alternative energy forms is
                        donations                                        chairperson of Comhairle na             Croom, Co. Limerick on Sunday,            “By disbanding or being                 worthwhile, it must be subject to
                          to Ard-                                        Mumhan (Munster Executive) of           August 17 to honour the memory         inactive or call it what you like,         extensive safeguards for the
                               Oifig, 223 Parnell St, Dublin 2           Republican Sinn Féin delivered          of the four IRA volunteers who         the Provisional leadership has             future.
                                                                         the oration.                            lost their lives as a result of the    danced on the graves of all those
                                                                            “He was captain of D                 burning of the courthouse on May       who gave their lives in the                   There is no gain in trying to
                           We know we can call on you for your                                                                                          ongoing cause of Irish freedom.
                           support and we will contact all who           Company of Limerick City                31,1921.                                                                          harness the wind and reduce
                                                                         Second battalion IRA and took              The parade formed up on the         Far from advancing the cause of            energy costs if the effect will be
                          support our aims and objectives with                                                                                          Irish unity, their sell-out and
                                                                         part in the anti-conscription           Limerick road behind a colour                                                     increased landslides and earth
                          details of our plans and how they can          campaign, the rescue of Robert                                                 surrender has reduced the                  movement affecting the lives of
                                                                                                                 party and piper and marched to
                         help to attain our goals, in due course.        Byrnes from the City Home,              the Old Courthouse where a             Provisionals to touts for the              ordinary people.
                                                                         where he was held prisoner, the         wreath was laid by Phil                police and informers for the                  The water supply is under
                          All subscriptions, large or small, can be      breaking of the British Permit          Heneghan. John Sheehy was              British presence in Ireland. The           threat – and the local wildlife and
                         sent to the treasurer of the Republican         System and the attack on Murroe         Cathaoirleach and the oration was      fact is partition is still in force, the   fish stocks are also in danger
                         Sinn Féin Development Fund at Head              RIC barracks.                           given by Séamus Ó Súilleabháin         border is still a scar on the              from      such      developments.
                                                                            “He took the Republican side         who described the action which         national territory and the                 Therefore it is necessary to have
                       Office or made payable to:                                                                                                       aspiration to Irish unity is being
                            Republican Sinn Féin Development             in the so-called Civil War, took        led to the deaths of the volunteers.                                              strict regulations in place which
                                                                         part in the defence of Limerick            In his speech he said they were     demonised and criminalised as              safeguards the landscape and
                           Fund, AIB, Capel Street, Dublin 1.                                                                                           the British try to normalise their
                                                                         city against Free State forces and      obeying the lawful orders of a                                                    ensures that there is no danger
                         Account number: 15411-097.                      when the Free State army took                                                  rule throughout Ireland.                   posed to people from the
                                                                                                                 sovereign      government       and
                         All donations will be appreciated and           over the city, he went on the run.      fighting for the right of the Irish       “However            there         are   development of wind farms in
                       acknowledged.                                     He was taken prisoner at 40                                                    Republicans and Irish nationalists         Kerry and Limerick.
6                                                                                                                                                 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008


                            An Oidhreacht Phoblachtach Dhaonlathach
                                                                                                                                                                                                   dtugtar “Poblacht Dhaonlathach
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BHÍ comhrá fada gutháin ag Lita Nic                                                                                                                                                                stát Cumannach atá bunaithe sa
Cathmhaoil le Nollaig Ó Gadhra ar an 12ú                                                                                                                                                           limistéar a ghabh na Rúisigh in
Lúnasa seo caite. Fuair Nollaig bás go                                                                                                                                                             oirthear na Gearmáine ag
tobann lá arna mhárach, an 13ú lá, go ndéana                                                                                                                                                       Deireadh an Dara Cogadh Mór.
Dia a mhaith air.                                                                                                                                                                                  Níl aon tagairt don daonlathas in
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ainm an stáit a bunaíodh sa chuid
  Le linn an chomhrá rinne Nollaig tairiscint                                                                                                                                                      eile den tír, a bhí trath faoi
fhial do SAOIRSE – go bhféadfaí sleachta a                                                                                                                                                         smacht na Meiriceánach, na
fhoilsiú as a leabhar, GUTH AN PHOBAIL,                                                                                                                                                            Sasanach agus na bhFrancach,
Teip an Daonlathais ar Oirthuaisceart                                                                                                                                                              agus atá anois comhdhlúite le
Éireann, a foilsíodh sa bhliain 1984. Táimid                                                                                                                                                       chéile        mar       “Phoblacht
fíorbhuíoch de.                                                                                                                                                                                    Chónaidhme” ina bhfuil réimeas
                                                                                                                                                                                                   oscailte ilpháirtí. Dá mhéad an t-
  Caithfidh sé gur chuir sé an t-ábhar sa                                                                                                                                                          amhras a bhíonn ann faoi
phost an lá céanna, nó go luath an chéad lá                                                                                                                                                        thacaíocht an phobail do réimeas
eile, an lá a bhfuair sé bás, mar tháinig an                                                                                                                                                       neamhthofa is ea is mó an
téacs, maille lena threoracha féin, go dtí an                                                                                                                                                      claonadh a bhíonn ann a fhógairt
oifig. Bhí an t-ábhar ar a bhealach go Baile                                                                                                                                                       don saol mór gur poblacht nó
Átha Cliath fad agus a bhí a anam uasal ar a                                                                                                                                                       stát, rialtas nó réimeas, “an
bhealach isteach sa tsíoraíocht. Cuid d’uacht                                                                                                                                                      phobail” atá ann – bíodh sé ina
agus d’oidhreacht an tsárfhir atá anseo.                                      • DAONLATHAS ÉIREANNACH: teachtaí an Chéad Dáil Éireann ag a dtionól i mí                                            Phoblacht Dhaonlathach an
                                                                              Aibreán, 1919.                                                                                                       Phobail – sa tSín, mar shampla –
  Tá an chéad sliocht á fhoilsiú againn an mhí                                                                                                                                                     nó ina réimeas míleata de chineál
seo agus leanfar leis an bhfoilsiú sna míonna                                 eolas ag an bpobal, agus a chur        scríofa bhunreacht na Stát            bhfeileann sé don naisiún mór           éigin eile san Afraic nó i
atá romhainn, go ceann ocht mí nó mar sin.                                    abhaile orthu, arís is arís eile, le   Aontaithe leis, ó tharla lámh a       Poblachtach        na     hIndiaigh     Meiriceá Theas.
                                                                              go rachaidh sé i bhfeidhm i            bheith ag Dia in obair an             Dhearga a ligean ar ais ar na              Ní ceart glacadh leis an méid
                                                                              gceart. Simplíocht agus athrá. Sin     chruchtaithe, gur cheart ó nádúr      machairí a bhí ina seilbh acu i         seo ar fad go bhfuiltear ag
CUID DE CHEIRD an pholaiteora – bíodh an                                      dhá bhonnchló na bolscaireachta.       go mbeadh “all men equal”.            bhfad sula raibh a fhios ag cine        maíomh go bhfuil na réimis
polaiteoir sin ina bhithiúnach, mar a luaigh Ben                              Agus ní gá gur drochfhocal i           Níor rith sé le daoine thall go dtí   Eorpach ar bith go raibh Meiriceá       Chumannacha trí chéile níos
Jonson, nó ná bíodh! – a bheith ag plé le focail,                             gcónaí é bolscaireacht ach an          le gairid gur cheart, b’fhéidir, an   Thuaidh ná Theas ann. Ar aon            fearr nó níos measa ná na réimis
braitheann an-chuid ar ár dtaithí phraiticiúil féin                           oiread. Tá meas agus gean ar           cothrom céanna a bheith le fail ag    nós, is mionlach cloíte iad a           eile ar fud an domhain a imríonn
ar cad a bhíonn i gceist ag an bpolaiteoir nuair a                            Oifig      Bholscaireachta        an   na mná! Cibé cothrom – nó             bhfuil fágtha de bhun-náisiúin          géarleanúint ar dhaoine, ar
                                                                              Chreidimh sa Róimh le breis is         comhionannas – a bhí i gceist.        Mheiriceá inniu.                        phobail mhionlaigh, ar aicmí nó
thráchtann sé ar rud ar bith.                                                 400 bliain anuas – ón am ar               An ceart an comhionannas              Tig leis an móramh a bheith          ar chiníocha atá faoina smacht.
   Agus bíonn sin fíor go háirithe     coitianta cosúil go maith leis an      bunaíodh í le cur i gcoinne Athrú      céanna a bheith ag daoine gorma       cineálta i gcónaí leis an mionlach      Dála an “daonlathais” féin,
nuair a tharraingíonn polaiteoir       rud a deir Bord na Gaeilge linn        Creidimh Liútair, duine nach           agus atá ag daoine geala? Thóg        más mionlach an-bheag atá i             braitheann sé ar an mbrí atá leis
aidhmeanna        arda,    beartais    faoin teanga náisiúnta ina gcuid       raibh ródhona ag plé le ceird na       sé 100 bliain, nach mór, ar lucht     gceist, agus má tá siad chomh           an gcaint ardnósach i ngach cás
idéalacha       agus     polasaithe    fógraí Béarla: “It’s part of what      bhfocal, agus ag úsáid na ngnáth-      an dlí a admháil gur cheart. Agus     cloíte, buailte agus bocht sin          ar leith, agus ar na nithe is ansa le
neamhleithleasacha chuige féin.        we are”.                               theangacha, é féin!                    cé gur troideadh cogadh               nach bhfuil aon rogha acu ach           gach éinne i gcóras rialtais ar
Ní mar a chéile an bhrí atá ar aon        Cibé rud faoi sin, agus cibé           Níl     le     déanamh        ach   cathartha fuilteach – an cogadh       géilleadh don chineál nua saoil         bith. Ach is ceart a mheabhrú
bheirt pholaiteoir leis na focail      rud a cheapann daoine faoi             smaoineamh ar feadh nóiméid ar         ab fhuiltí a troideach anuas go dtí   atá thart orthu! Scéal eile ar fad é,   dúinn féin, b’fhéidir, maidir leis
“daonlathas”, “saoirse”, “leas an      thábhacht na Gaeilge i saol            chuid de na nathanna ba                deiridh an chéid seo caite – leis     ar ndóigh, má dhiúltaíonn siad          an gcóras is gnách linne in iarthar
phobail”, srl. Ach oiread le haon      mhuintir na hÉireann faoi láthair,     choitianta san fhichiú haois           an bprionsabal bunreachtúil úd a      géilleadh, má chloíonn siad lena        domhain a lua mar chóras
bheirt nach polaiteoirí gairmiúla      ní gá a bheith ar thaobh               réabhlóideach seo, nó go deimhin       dhearbhú, d’imigh céad bliain         nósanna dúchasacha féin nó má           “daonlathach”, gur córas é nár
iad!                                   athbheochan na Gaeilge ar chor         i dtréimhsí reabhlóideacha eile,       eile, ar a laghad, sula ndearnadh     bhíonn siad sách flúirseach i           bhain      riamh,     agus      nach
   Cé go bhfuil eolaithe               ar bith lena thuiscint go bhfuil ár    le bunbhrí na hargóinte atá á cur      aon ní praiticiúil, ar bhonn          gcomparáid        le    lucht     na    mbaineann faoi láthair, ach le
polaitíochta, iriseoirí agus           saintréithe féin ag roinnt linn mar    chun cinn anseo a thuiscint.           fairsing, leis an bprionsabal a       coilíneachta le faitíos a chur          mionlach an-bheag den domhan
tráchtairí eile tar éis cruinneas      chine agus mar phobal i gcúrsaí        Saoirse, Comhionannas agus             chur i bhfeidhm sna Stáit             orthu, fiú sa chás nach bhfuil an       – ó thaobh daonra de, nó go
áirithe a thabhairt isteach i          polaitíochta, is é sin sa              Bráithreachas an gháir chatha a        Aontaithe féin, gan trácht ar an      cumas ná an teicneolaíocht troda        deimhin ó thaobh na tíreolaíochta
dtéarmaíocht den chineál seo, i        chaidreamh poiblí a bhíonn             bhí ag lucht Réabhlóid na              gcuid eile den domhan.                atá acu ar fónamh.                      de.
dtreo is gur féidir dóthain            againn lena chéile agus le             Fraince, más fíor, ach ní mór, fiú        Faoin am sin, bhí sé                  Scéal é seo a bhaineann le stair        Fíric staire é gur rialaíodh an
cinnteachta a chothú, de ghnáth,       náisiúin eile i gcluiche na            amháin i gcás an chuid againn a        ródhéanach, nach mór, le ceist a      na mórchoilíneachtaí go léir,           chuid is mó den chine daonna go
le hanailís agus díospóireacht         cumhachta. Ní gá, ach an oiread,       bhfuil meas againn ar an aisling       chur an raibh an comhionannas,        agus ní gá cur síos a dhéanamh          dtí seo faoi chórais a bhí
thairbheach a chur ar bun, tá a        argóintí faoi thábhacht na teanga      sin, a rá gur mór ar fad an            nó fiú amháin na cearta céanna,       air anseo. Ach amháin gur cheart        glanchontráilte leis an rud a
fhios ag an saol mór i gcónaí cén      traidisiúnta a tharraingt chugat       difríocht a bhí idir an aisling agus   dlite ar bhonn ar bith,               a rá, i gcás mhórshruth stair an        thuigimidne de ghnáth le
éagsúlacht is féidir a bheith i        féin lena thuiscint go rímhaith go     go leor leor a rinneadh le linn na     bunreachtúil nó eile, don duine       choilíneachais – nó an caidreamh        “daonlathas”. Ní hé córas seo an
gceist leis na téarmaí seo, agus le    bhfuil tábhacht leis an mbealach       réabhlóide céanna. Gan trácht ar       dearg – do na treibheanna             idir na ciníocha Eorpacha agus an       daonlathais ionadaigh atá ag
téarmaí nach iad, chomh luath          ina n-úsáideann daoine poiblí          an réimeas a tháinig i gcumhacht       Indiach Dearg a scriosadh de          chuid eile den domhan, más              tromlach an chine dhaonna faoi
agus a thosaíonn daoine a bhfuil       focail agus teanga, agus go n-         sa Fhrainc ina dhiaidh sin!            dhroim fairsing talún Mheiriceá       maith leat cuma níos béasaí a           láthair. Mionlach is ea na tíortha
cumhacht acu, nó atá ag santú na       úsáidtear na nithe sin ar bhealaí         Maidir leis an gcomhionannas        Thuaidh ón uair a cuireadh            chur ar an scéal! – go bhfuil gné       sna Náisiúin Aontaithe a
cumhachta, á n-úsáid. Shílfeá go       éagsúla le dul i gcion ar an           céanna, a luadh arís agus arís eile    bunreacht             Poblachtach     nua eile den scéal tagtha chun          chleachtann an daonlathas
raibh teangacha éagsúla, gan           bpobal ar bhealaí éagsúla.             i scríbhinní na bhfealsúna             ardaidhmeannach Mheiriceá i           cinn sna glúine deireanacha seo,        oscailte ilpháirtí, agus cé gur
trácht ar chanúintí ar leith, á           B’fhéidir go raibh an ceart ag      polaitíochta a chabhraigh leis an      bhfeidhm. Seans go bhfuil athrú       gné a chuireann casadh nua ar fad       gnách leis na tíortha ina bhfuil
labhairt acu de ghnáth. Cuid den       an té a dúirt nach raibh rud ar bith   réabhlóid sa Fhrainc a thabhairt       éigin tagtha ar an scéal le fiche     sa scéal. Forás an daonlathais atá      réimis neamhthofa an-bhéim a
draíocht a bhaineann le                chomh dainséarach leis an dea-         ar an saol san 18ú haois, agus a       bliain anuas, agus go bhfuil          i gceist agam.                          chur ar an vótáil oscailte
teangacha, leis an bpolaitíocht        smaoineamh a raibh a am tagtha.        raibh glacadh air freisin i gcás       dóthain den chiontacht choiniasa         Dála go leor rudaí eile a            dhaonlathach sna Náisiúin
agus le daoine daonna is ea é sin.     Ach más fíor, is fíor freisin nach     lucht an Éirí Amach i Stáit            ar dhóthain daoine ag an bpointe      bhaineann leis an bpolaitíocht, is      Aontaithe, níl aon chosúlacht ar
Baineann sé leis an gcultúr ina        bhfuil rud ar bith ar domhan           Aontaithe Mheiriceá Thuaidh, ní        seo lena chinntiú go mairfidh a       iomaí brí atá leis an bhfocal           an scéal go ndéanfaidh siad ró-
mairimid, sa chiall is fearr agus is   chomh riachtanach agus chomh           léir go dtí an lá atá inniu ann go     bhfuil fágtha den chine dearg         “daonlathas”, mar is léir ón            athrú go luath maidir leis an scéal
forleithne den fhocal sin. Féach,      héifeachtach         chun        an    raibh an tuiscint chéanna ag aon       réasúnta slán. Ach faoin am seo,      mbéim a chuireann na tíortha            sa bhaile!
anois, nach í an bhrí chéanna atá      smaoineamh nó an chúis atá i           bheirt ar conas a chuirfí an           tá a bhfuil de thalamh agus de        Cumannacha ar an aidiacht
ag gach éinne leis an bhfocal          gceist a shaolú ná an focal, an        aisling i bhfeidhm, na fiú amháin      shaibhreas a raibh aon bhuntáiste     “daonlathach” sna teidil a bhíonn
“cultúr” ach an oiread. Ach i gcás     nath, an achoimre shimplí, nach        ar na rialacha ba ghá le go mbeifí     leis bainte, caite, ídithe. Rud a     acu ar a gcuid réimeas.                     Le Nollaig Ó Gadhra
na polaitíochta, tá an bhrí is         foláir a mhúnlú ón teanga atá ar       ag obair ina treo. Ghlac lucht         fhágann, i gcásanna áirithe, go          Féach, mar shampla, go

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  ÉIRE NUA — A
                                                                                                                                                                                              Each region will be served by
                                                                                                                                                                                           a fully staffed secretariat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 District councils

  New Beginning
                                                                                                                                                                                              A district council will consist
                                                                                                                                                                                           of a single chamber elected by
                                                                                                                                                                                           the people of a clearly defined
                                                                                                                                                                                           area covering a population of
SAOIRSE continues the serialisation of the                                                                                                                                                 10,000 to 40,000 people.
governmental structures policy of Republican Sinn                                                                                                                                             District councils will have the
                                                                                                                                                                                           following areas of responsibility:
Féin, ÉIRE NUA - A NEW DEMOCRACY. We                                                                                                                                                          • the welfare and security of
welcome comment from our readers.                                                                                                                                                          the community and the
IT is proposed that — to signify        physically and politically;                                                                                                                        application of the law in a
the beginning of a new era and              • upholding the interests of                                                                                                                   humane and just manner;
the unity of the country around         the       Irish    people,     and                                                                                                                    • primary and secondary
                                        representing their concern for          • an initiative;                     Regional boards will be           the remainder of Roscommon          education;
its geographic centre — Athlone
                                        other people, in any international      The national parliament will      established to promote and co-       and the Claremorris/Ballinrobe         • job creation, regulations
be made the capital city of the
                                        forum;                               adopt national legislation, either   ordinate the economic, social        area of Mayo plus the Gaeltacht     governing employment and
New Ireland.                                                                    directly, through its own         and cultural affairs of clearly      are of Tuar Mhic Eide in South
                                            • formulating Irish foreign                                                                                                                    standards of work, trading
     National or federal                                                     deputies, or                         defined regions. The regional        Mayo.                               practices, etc;
         parliament                     policy,       maintaining    Irish
                                        neutrality and independence             • by initiative in specified      development board would be a            Munster — four regions: Cork        •      local planning and
   The national parliament, Dáil                                             cases;                               single chamber consisting of:        city and environs, South
                                        from all power blocs, including                                                                                                                    environmental development;
Éireann — which will also be a                                                  • the national parliament will       • representatives of district     Munster, consisting of Kerry and
                                        the EU, and seeking to secure a                                                                                                                       • agriculture, fishing, and
federal parliament in that it will                                           oversee collection of the federal    councils within the region           North and West Cork; East
                                        nuclear-free world; and                                                                                                                            small industry;
be drawn from the federation of                                              revenue.                             concerned, elected according to      Munster, consisting, consisting
                                            • protecting and promoting                                                                                                                        • health centres, youth and
Ireland’s     four      constituent                                            Provincial parliaments             a system of proportional             of South Tipperary, Waterford
                                        Irish culture, language and                                                                                                                        recreational development;
provinces — will consist of a                                                      or assemblies                  representation, and                  and East Cork; and North
                                        literature.                                                                                                                                           • housing and control of
single chamber of about a                                                       Assemblies or parliaments            •     expert representatives      Munster, consisting of North
                                            Functions of the national                                                                                                                      rented accommodation;
hundred deputies, elected 50 per                                             will be established for each of      appointed by the provincial          Tipperary, Limerick and Clare.
                                        parliament:                                                                                                                                           • social welfare and social
cent by direct universal suffrage                                            the four provinces. The              parliament.                             Leinster — four regions:
                                            • the national parliament will                                                                                                                 services.
according to the proportional                                                representatives will be elected by      The regional board would          Midlands,      consisting      of
                                        control all powers and functions                                                                                                                      Each district council will have
representation system and 50 per                                             the people of each province          have          the       following    Longford, Westmeath, Laois and
cent in equal numbers from each         essential to the good of the                                                                                                                       a secretariat, where all services
                                        nation;                              according to a system of             responsibilities:                    Offaly; East Leinster, consisting   would be provided under the
provincial parliament. Each                                                  proportional representation.            • to assess and co-ordinate the   of South Louth, Meath, Kildare
deputy (TD) would represent                 • the national parliament will                                                                                                                 same roof.
                                        elect a President, who will serve       The      functions    of    the   work of district councils in their   and Wicklow; Greater Dublin;           Community councils
about 25,000 voters. The precise                                             provincial parliament will be:       regions;                             and South Leinster, consisting of
figure would be based on the            as both Prime Minister and head                                                                                                                       Community councils will be
                                        of state;                               • to co-ordinate activity and        •         to    provide     for   Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny.       voluntary bodies, representing
ratio between the density of                                                 development in the various           hospitalisation and care of the         Ulster — four regions: East
population of an electoral district         • the national parliament will                                                                                                                 close-knit communities based on
                                        elect a Government, consisting       regions in the province, with        young, aged and infirm;              Ulster, consisting of Antrim,       parishes or other suitable
and its geographical area.                                                   particular care for the unique          •     to supervise regional       East Derry, East Tyrone, North
   Dáil    Éireann       will     be    of a limited number of ministers                                                                                                                   centres, such as a district
                                        nominated by the President;          character of the Gaeltacht areas;    planning;                            Armagh, and North and East          electoral area. To ensure the
representative of the whole of                                                  • to initiate and promote            •    to plan for economic         Down; South Ulster, consisting
Ireland and elected by the                  • the national parliament will                                                                                                                 welfare of their people and the
                                        secure the independence of the       legislation for the social,          growth;                              of Cavan, Monaghan, part of         good of their communities,
suffrage of all its citizens. It will                                        economic         and      cultural      • to provide for cultural         Fermanagh, South Down, South
be the supreme national                 Supreme Court and of the                                                                                                                           community councils will have
                                        judicial system as guardian of       development of the people            development.                         Armagh and North Louth;             the right of audience at all
authority, acting in trust for the                                           within the region, with the right       The following regions are         Greater Belfast; and West Ulster,
people. Its primary duty would          the Constitution;                                                                                                                                  district council meetings.
                                            • the national parliament will   to initiative; and                   suggested:                           consisting of Donegal, Derry           Please note: The above
be to uphold the Constitution and                                               •       to co-ordinate the           Connacht — two regions:           City and the Faughan and
Charter of Rights adopted by the        initiate national legislation,                                                                                                                     proposals are not definitive; they
                                        through any of the following         development and expansion of         North Connacht, consisting of        Limavady districts of County        can and inevitably will be
Irish people.                                                                third-level education;               Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo and the         Derry, the Strabane and Omagh
   The national parliament, Dáil        agencies:                                                                                                                                          modified. Sinn Féin Poblachtach
                                            • its own deputies,                 •      to collect provincial      Boyle and Ballaghaderreen            districts of County Tyrone, and     would      in    fact   welcome
Éireann, will have the following                                             revenue.                             county electoral areas of            most of County Fermanagh.
special responsibilities:                   • the central Government,                                                                                                                      constructive criticism of these
                                            • a provincial parliament, or         Regional boards                 Roscommon;         and      South       All Gaeltacht districts would    proposals.
   • defending the nation,                                                                                        Connacht, consisting of Galway,      constitute a Gaeltacht Region.



       Notes from
                                                                             achieving a united Ireland has       the Provos appeal more now to        harassment of the local             man in the leg and another left
                                                                             resulted in many Provo               SDLP voters than they do to          community by the RUC and            in intensive care with a
                                                                             supporters and long-term             the Republican working-class         British Army. In the early          collapsed lung the.

        Tyrone                                                               members                becoming
                                                                             disillusioned. Those who
                                                                             voiced their concerns have
                                                                                                                  but they will have to draft
                                                                                                                  people in from other areas to
                                                                                                                  do their election work as their
                                                                                                                                                       1990s in retaliation for a bomb
                                                                                                                                                       attack on their personnel in
                                                                                                                                                       Cappagh the Royal Parachute
                                                                                                                                                                                              The last attack on the
                                                                                                                                                                                           barracks was over three years
                                                                                                                                                                                           ago when the Continuity IRA
                                                                             either been pushed out or have       former election machine has          Regiment closed the town            launched a bomb attack on the
MI5 break and enter                     Republican Sinn Féin in
                                                                             left the organisation                disappeared overnight. Who           down and went on a wrecking         Barracks.
in Tyrone                               Tyrone have become. We call
                                                                                Almost 80% of the East            needs people knocking the            spree which led to the                 The local people are glad to
REPUBLICAN Sinn Féin                    on anyone who is under
                                                                             Tyrone Provisional Movement          door for you when the British        destruction of two public           see the back of this hated
Member Aodhán Quinn who                 harassment to contact RSF in
                                                                             has left, almost all their former    will plaster your manifesto all      houses and the shooting of one      landmark and its dark history.
recently suffered harassment at         Tyrone.”
                                                                             POWs have removed their              over TV every night
the hands of MI5 at Belfast             Provos disintegrate                  support and only a few have             Barry Monteigh, former
airport said that he returned           in East Tyrone                       remained loyal to Adams. It          Provo Mayor of Dungannon,
home to find the privacy of his
home had been invaded in his
                                        OVER this past two months a
                                        sea change has occurred in the
                                                                             has taken a long time for the
                                                                             wool to finally drop from their
                                                                                                                  recently resigned from the
                                                                                                                  party, citing the Provos’ failure
                                                                                                                                                              TEACH DÁITHÍ Ó
family’s absence.
   In a statement the PRO for
                                        Provisional Movement in the
                                        East Tyrone Area. Once one of
                                                                             eyes but now that it has the
                                                                             membership are leaving in
                                                                                                                  to have strategy to achieve its
                                                                                                                  so-called Republican goals.
                                                                                                                                                                 CONAILL
Dungannon Republican Sinn
Féin said: “When Aodhán and
                                        the most feared IRA Brigade
                                        areas for a British soldier to be
                                                                             their droves.                        His resignation is just the tip of         RENOVATION FUND
                                                                                Most cite the fact that the       the iceberg. The former
his family returned and                 posted to the East Tyrone            Provos are a dictatorship with       Brigade OC of the East Tyrone
Aodhán booted up his PC, a              area’s war was wound down by         no room for debate or dissent,       Brigade and almost all that             THE Trustees and Ard Chomhairle
message appeared on the                 the Provo leadership with            that there is no will or want to     former grouping have now also            have decided to set up a fund to
screen saying the hard drive            eventual capitulation in that        raise the national issue and that    withdrawn their support
                                        area to British rule
                                                                                                                                                          renovate the Republican Sinn Féin
was missing. The cover of the                                                the hierarchy are more               Coalisland                               Ard-Oifig, Teach Dáithí Ó Conaill,
computer was loose and the                 The Provo leaders Adams           interested in Stormont and           Barracks
hard drive was indeed missing.          and McGuinness lied to and           keeping the Brits and Free           dismantled                                 223 Parnell Street, Dublin 1.
   “It was plain to see that MI5        misled Republicans in the East       Staters happy than pursuing a
                                        Tyrone area and men who                                                   WORK began this week to
were up to their old tricks. This                                            Republican agenda. The
twist in British tactics —              should have known better sat         people of East Tyrone have
                                                                                                                  dismantle the Coalisland                       Donations will be gratefully
                                                                                                                  RUC/PSNI barracks in the
breaking into someone’s home            back as the war machine was          finally seen that the Provos are     centre of the town close to the               received from members and
and destroying and stealing             dismantled. It was said that         copper-fastening British rule in
property — shows just how far           there was a peaceful path to the     Ireland instead of trying to
                                                                                                                  Catholic              Church.                          supporters
these criminals are prepared to         Irish Republic and with the          remove it
                                                                                                                  Asurveillance              and               of the true Republican cause.
                                                                                                                  communications mast inside
go.                                     suffering and long war that             Voter apathy towards the          the barracks hovers 500ft over                 All moneys received will be
   “Republican Sinn Féin in             went on in Tyrone many               Provos is growing as well with
East Tyrone condemns this               wanted to believe this.              many of the Republican
                                                                                                                  the small town                               acknowledged and receipted.
                                           The acceptance of so-called                                               The barracks with its razor
continuing      campaign       of                                            families who lost loved ones         wire and pillar boxes has been
harassment aimed at Aodhán              policing and the administering       saying that they will not be         attacked      on     countless             Donations should be sent to:
Quinn. This harassment shows            of British rule at Stormont with     voting for the Provos in the
just how much a thorn in                the DUP and no coherent              next elections. How much this
                                                                                                                  occasions over the years.                 The Dáithí Ó Conaill Memorial
Britain’s     side     he    and        framework or policies for            will hurt them is unknown as
                                                                                                                     The barracks was the                 Fund, 223 Parnell Street, Dublin 1.
                                                                                                                  staging point for attacks and
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             Follow the caus
          - the cause will ne
THE annual hunger strike
commemoration took place
in Bundoran, Co Donegal on
Saturday,     August     30.
Republicans from all over
Ireland turned out to make
this year’s commemoration
one of the best attended for
some time.
   Led by a colour party, the
parade assembled at the east end
of Bundoran. Accompanied by the
Dr Arthurs Accordion Band from
the Glens of Antrim, piper Seán
Doyle, also from the Glens of
Antrim, the Kevin Lynch Flute
Band from Dungiven, Co Derry
and the Pride of Erin band from
Portadown, Co Armagh the parade       • Members of the Lynch family at the commemoration in Bundoran.
marched to the Republican
Garden at the other end of the
town and then back to the seafront
where a platform was erected for
the speeches.
   Joe O’Neill chaired the
commemoration and he welcomed
all those present. He especially
welcomed to the platform
members of the families of the
hunger strikers which included
members from the Lynch, Stagg,
Hughes, McDonnell and O’Hara
families. Other families sent their                                                                        • A section of the crowd at the hunger strike commemoration in Bund
apologies for not being able to
attend. Also in attendance was
Brendan McLaughlin who took
part in the first hunger strike in
1980.
   Joe spoke about the sacrifices
made by the families of the 12
men who died on hunger strike in
recent times. He spoke of our
pride in these men and their
unselfish       and      dedicated
commitment to the cause of Irish      • Eilish and Máire McDonnell at Bundoran.
freedom.
   After a statement was read out
from the leadership of the
Republican Movement, Pádraig Ó
Baoighill recited a decade of the
Rosary as Gaeilge.
   Joe then introduced Bob
Loughman from the USA and
former member of the New York
Police Emerald Pipe Band. He
was impressed to see so many
young       people      at      the
commemoration and how those
are the people who will carry on                                                                            • Dan Hoban gave the main oration at the commemoration.
the struggle.                                                                                              like those will continue the         over the last 30 years. He outlined
   Michael McManus, Fermanagh                                                                              struggle to the end.                 the suffering endured by the
spoke about the betrayal of the                                                                               Joe introduced the main speaker   families of Volunteers and
Provisionals and the damage done                                                                           of the day, Dan Hoban from           supporters, including the effect
by them to the Republican cause.                                                                           Mayo, a veteran Republican who       that fighting the war had on his
He said that in spite of them the                                                                          has seen the inside of many a jail   family.
Republican Movement would                                                                                  and internment camp. He gave a          He went on to say that: “the
continue the struggle until the       • Rosaleen Stagg and her niece on the platform at Bundoran.
                                                                                                           brief history of the campaigns       fight over the last 30 years was
Brits are gone from our shores. He                                                                         down the years and in particular     equal to anything that went before,
spoke about the POWs in               Maghaberry and Portlaoise. He     said they are our future and men
  Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008                                                                                                                              9




se, not the man
ever let you down

                                                                           • Peggy O’Hara                      • Seán Hughes, nephew of
                                                                                                               Francis Hughes.                     • Mick McManus




doran, Co Donegal on August 30.



                                                                                                                                                    • Bob Loughman
                                                                                                                                                      “They are now as English as the
                                                                                                                                                   English themselves”.
                                                                            • Ex-POW Stephen Daly made a presentation to Joe and Mary                 To a great reception he finished
                                                                            O’Neill on behalf of the Republican prisoners in Maghabery jail.       by saying that “people should
                                                                                                                                                   follow the cause and not the man.
                                                                                                                                                   The cause will never let you
                                                                                                                                                   down”.
                                                                                                                                                      Stephen Daly, an ex-POW from
                                                                                                                                                   Tyrone, presented Joe O’Neill
                                                                                                                                                   with a harp made in Maghaberry
                                                                                                                                                   jail in recognition of the work he
                                                                                                                                                   has done for the POWs and in
                                                                                                                                                   keeping the memory of the hunger
                                                                                                                                                   strikers alive with the annual
                                                                                                                                                   march. The harp was made of
                                                                                                                                                   matchsticks and inset were photos
                                                                                                                                                   of the 10 men who gave their lives
                                                                                                                                                   in 1981, a beautiful piece of work
                                                                                                                                                   which will ”be treasured forever”
                                                                                                                                                   by Joe. His wife Mary was
  • Des Dalton made a presentation to Malachy Maguire, Newry,                                                                                      presented with a bunch of flowers.
  recently released POW from Portlaoise jail. Also pictured is Ruairí                                                                              Joe, who was visibly moved by
  White.                                                                                                                                           the presentation, said that while he
                                                                           • Brendan McLaughlin, Derry, former H-Block hunger striker at the       and all those present “have breath
   the bravest and sternest gave       lost their lives. Premature         Bundoran commemoration.                                                 in our bodies, the hunger strikers
   outstanding service”. Taking just   explosions cost many lives but                                                                              will never be forgotten”.
   the Belfast Brigade as an example   “we went on to greater things” as   forgot where they came from and     on to many individuals with that       The ceremonies closed with the
   he spoke of the sacrifices made     the weapons of war were             where they were meant to be         strategy but then they forgot the   piper playing Amhrán na bhFiann.
   and the lives that were lost.       perfected.                          going. They expelled lots of        Armalite and opted for the ballot      Two very successful functions
     Dan gave the oration over the       “As the Movement went on to       people and many others were put     box only. They sold out to the      were held on Friday and Saturday
   grave of Volunteer Terence          bigger and better things some       out of their positions. They held   English.                            night in Bundoran.
   McDermott, one of the many who      people became greedy. They
10                                                                                                                                  Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008




                                                                             WORLD
                                                                                                                                          O’Connell Street, organised to mark the 20th anniversary of a
RSF Palestinian visit                                                                                                                     massacre of over 3,000 protesting students in Burma on
ONE of the days we toured Hebron and visited the                                                                                          August 8, 1988. The rally was also timed to coincide with the
Tomb of the Patriarchs — Abraham, Isaac and                                                                                               Olympics opening ceremonies in Beijing. China is supportive
Jacob, and their wives Sarah, Rebecca and Leah —                                                                                          of the junta in Burma.
in a beautiful building.                                                                                                                    Aung San Phyo was a physics student at Rangoon




                                                                             NEWS
   Hundreds come here every day to pray and reflect while                                                                                 University in 1988 and had to flee the country because of his
others like ourselves are visiting. In 1993 the Israelis attacked                                                                         role in the protests. The Burmese activists were received by the
inside the Mosque and 29 people were killed, the bullet holes                                                                             Lord Mayor prior to the protest.
are still visible and we spoke to one man (a Mr Goldstein) who                                                                              “Burma is nearly 50 years under military rule,” he said,
witnessed the attack. The old city is beautiful and you could                                                                             pointing out that in the 1990 elections, 82% of the people
spend hours just walking around just looking. The streets are                                                                             supported the opposition, but the junta refused to hand over
narrow like most streets in the towns and cities.                                                                                         power.
   There are 300 settlers within Hebron and 4,000 Israeli            and more people joined their movement until there were so
                                                                                                                                            Gearóid Killgalen, chairman of Burma Action Ireland,
soldiers “protecting” them. Many of the settlers live over the       many they could no longer be ignored.
                                                                                                                                          described the 1988 massacre as “a stain on the whole world”.
Palestinians and they throw their rubbish down on to them.              The Palestinians live in a constant state of stress. They know
                                                                                                                                          He also pointed out that Burmese democracy leader Aung San
Many of the streets have netting strung across it to gather the      that the soldiers and settlers are as one, treating them as
                                                                                                                                          Suu Kyi was a freewoman of Dublin city and that her father
rubbish, stones and bottles.                                         ‘inferior outsiders’ in their own country. They are made to feel
   We did a tour of the settlements with Angela — an Israeli
woman (she could not return to Bethlehem with us as Israelis
are forbidden to enter Bethlehem) who was involved with the
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). This
is a strong organisation, as many Israeli people are against
house demolitions.
   House demolitions are a particularly cruel punishment. All
the family’s belongings are smashed, as bulldozers don’t give
the people time to get their possessions out of their homes. It
has also happened that people are still inside when the
bulldozers arrive and they have been crushed to death.
   Angela said that areas are being slowly ethnically cleansed
of Palestinians to make way for the settlements – civilian and
military. The settlements are financed by the state of Israel and
rich Zionists and built wherever a group of settlers decide to
live. They park caravans on the land and within a very short
space of time up springs a settlement. A settlement has even
been built in the middle of the Mount of Olives.
   Jeff Halper is one of the best know activists against house
demolitions and has spoken in many parts of the world on their
devastating effect on family life. He spoke in Dublin recently
to a packed house. He says that “House demolitions have
become the hallmark of the Occupation. Indeed, since 1967
Israel has demolished over 12,000 Palestinian homes, leaving
some 70,000 without shelter and traumatised. The systematic
demolition of Palestinian homes is an attack on an entire
people, an attempt to make the Palestinians submit to a mini-
state or worse, an ‘autonomous’ set of islands — under Israeli       • Young Palestinians carry a banner calling for the end of apartheid during a protest against the Wall in the West
                                                                     Bank village of Bilin on June 6, 2008.
control.
   “ICAHD is a direct-action group originally established to         that way under Israeli rule and the effects are visible in many
                                                                                                                                          Aung San, who negotiated Burma’s independence from Britain
oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in        ways.
                                                                                                                                          in 1947, had books on Ireland’s War of Independence.
the Occupied Territories. As activists gained direct knowledge          Taking a vital resource like water for example. Water is
of the brutalities of the Occupation, they expanded their            scarce and expensive for the Palestinians; they pay three times
                                                                     as much for water as the settlers even though the settlers use
                                                                                                                                          SNP win has ‘huge
resistance activities to other areas - land expropriation,
settlement expansion, by-pass road construction, policies of         five times as much. Palestinians workers’ rate of pay is much        international impact’
‘closure’ and ‘separation’, the wholesale uprooting of fruit and     lower than that of the settlers and the difficulty in accessing a    THE SNP’s victory in Glasgow East brought the
olive trees and more. All of their work in the Occupied              work permit and pass to get to work makes life doubly                eyes of the world’s media to Glasgow and to
Territories is closely coordinated with local Palestinian            difficult.                                                           Scotland. During the campaign the SNP received
organisations.”                                                         Add to that the two-hour wait at checkpoints morning and          visits by German, Irish and American journalists.
   Meeting with the Combatants for Peace, set up in 2006, we         evening, the roads blocked by the wall, the Israeli-only roads –        Following the SNP’s victory on July 24 the impact on
found Israelis and Palestinians who had been involved in             no Palestinians can either walk of drive on these roads, the         Gordon Brown and the Labour government has been played
fighting each other were now working together. At the Sirja          problem of acquiring permission to build a house or open a           out around the world. Commenting on the global interest in
Centre we met representatives from both sides, many of whom          business, the destruction of olive groves (to build the wall), the   Scottish politics and the SNP’s success SNP Westminster
had served time in prison.                                           division by the wall of family land/homes and you may get a          leader Angus Robertson said; “Thursday’s by-election has
   The Israelis served in the Israel Army and the Palestinians       vague idea of life under Israeli occupation.                         sent shockwaves around the world. The SNP’s success has
                                                                                                                                          had a huge international impact. “The Glasgow East by-
were involved in the defence of their land. They believe in the
two-state solution and are calling for “the establishment of a
                                                                     Tibetans in Ireland fear                                             election has generated more international interest in any
Palestinian State, alongside the State of Israel”.
   They believe that: “dialogue and reconciliation [is] the only
                                                                     Tibet plight will worsen                                             Scottish by-election since Hamilton. “Scotland and the
                                                                                                                                          Scottish Government took a step up on the world stage with the
                                                                     FEARS that the situation in Tibet would worsen
way to act in order to terminate the Israeli occupation, to halt     after the Beijing Olympics were expressed by                         SNP’s victory in 2007. The SNP Government’s outward
the settlement project and to establish a Palestinian state with                                                                          looking agenda and impressive first year in power has kept the
                                                                     members of the Tibetan community in Ireland on                       international press enthralled with developments in Scotland.
its capital in East Jerusalem, alongside the State of Israel”.       August 5. About a dozen Tibetan exiles protested
    (Their terminology is interesting, as is their stance as the                                                                          “Victory in Labour’s former heartlands has only increased the
                                                                     outside the Chinese embassy in Dublin ahead of the                   interest in Scottish politics and Scotland’s future.
vast majority of Palestinians are opposed to ‘a two state            opening of the Games.
solution’).                                                                                                                                  “When Winnie Ewing won Hamilton in 1967 she issued the
                                                                       They called on the Chinese government to stop its                  enduring line ‘Stop the world. Scotland wants to get on.’
   They are however actively opposing and resisting the              crackdown on Tibetan protesters and demanded that thousands
occupation. They assist with protests, blocking roads, raising                                                                               “Thursday’s by-election has sent shockwaves around the
                                                                     of arrested protesters be released.                                  world. The SNP’s success has had a huge international
the flag, distributing leaflets etc. Many of them were arrested        “The worst is still to come after the Olympics when attention
and sentenced to imprisonment. Conditions in the jails are                                                                                impact.
                                                                     of world moves away from China,” Namgyal Damdul,                        “The Glasgow East by-election has generated more
dreadful and life there is harsh and dangerous. Visiting is at the   chairperson of the Tibetan Community in Ireland, said.
discretion of the prison guards and often a visit is denied for no                                                                        international interest in any Scottish by-election since
                                                                       “We fear the worst might happen to those in prisons and they       Hamilton. “Scotland and the Scottish Government took a
apparent reason – even when people travelled long distances.         might be given the death penalty,” he said. “We are urging all
(Relatives travelling to visit POWs in English jails over the                                                                             step up on the world stage with the SNP’s victory in 2007.
                                                                     governments around the world to press China to release all           The SNP Government’s outward looking agenda and
years have had the same experience).                                 these prisoners.”                                                    impressive first year in power has kept the international press
   Later in the week we met with the Refusnicks – members of
the Israeli army who refuse to fight against the Palestinians.
                                                                     Burmese ‘grateful’ for Irish                                         enthralled with developments in Scotland.

Some of these men held high rank in the Israeli army and the         support                                                                “Victory in Labour’s former heartlands has only increased
further up the ladder they were the harsher their punishment         BURMA is known as “the Ireland of Asia” because                      the interest in Scottish politics and Scotland’s future.
when they refused to fire on the Palestinians.                       of its history of opposing British rule, and it was                    “When Winnie Ewing won Hamilton in 1967 she issued the
   One of these men invited us into his home to speak to him.        very grateful to the Irish people who have always                    enduring line ‘Stop the world. Scotland wants to get on.’
He explained in detail just how the group started and how            been supportive of democratic movements in the                           “With the international interest in this by-election, the SNP
difficult it was initially for those, and the families of those,     country, pro-democracy activist Aung San Phyo                        Government’s progress, Scotland’s increasingly strong links
who refused to take part in military action against the              said in Dublin on August 8.                                          around the world and international interest in the National
Palestinian people. But they persevered and gradually more             He was speaking at a rally by Burma Action Ireland on              Conversation Scotland is once again making her mark.”
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                                  damaged its working-class                                                                                                                        — Irish Times, August 22,
                                  credentials.                                                                                                                                  2008, article by Elaine Byrne.
   W H AT                            — Irish News.
                                     There was a flurry of
                                                                                                                                                                                   In Britain, for example,
                                                                                                                                                                                rail services are costing the
                                  resignations from the DUP                                                                                                                     Exchequer       more      after
   THEY                           following devolution and
                                  power-sharing               with
                                                                                                                                                                                privatisation than under
                                                                                                                                                                                Government ownership and
                                  [Provisional] Sinn Féin.                                                                                                                      the rail network has had to
    SAID                             — Irish News, August 6,
                                  2008.
                                                                                                                                                                                be stealthily renationalised.
                                                                                                                                                                                   — Irish Times, August 22,
                                     Thousands       of      [RIC}                                                                                                              2008, letter to Editor on
   Watchers at Shannon            officers     immigrated        to                                                                                                             “Selling off State assets” from
[airport] should keep an eye      Ireland from the US,                                                                                                                          John Cotter, Ferrybank,
on        C-130       Hercules    Australia and UK (sic) to                                                                                                                     Waterford.
planes….one in particular to      enlist in the force. A                                                                                                                           In Ireland we are also
watch out for is a modified       recruitment drive in 1919                                                                                                                     facing the real cost of making
AC-130 aircraft with the tail     sought “men willing to face a                                                                                                                 a quick buck by selling
letters ET…                       rough and dangerous task”.                                                                                                                    national assets. The short-
   The AC-130 has been               There were almost 10,000         • A white tent covering the spot where a rocket-propelled grenade landed in Main Street,                  term gain by selling Éircom,
modified to carry a “death        new recruits to the force in        Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh on August 16.                                                                     for example, has been more
ray” weapon known as a            1920 as many men were                                                                                                                         than offset by a loss of
Precision Airborne Standoff                                           same reason that the               terrorism”,       which       is   demonstration”.
                                  jobless after returning from        dissidents are trying so hard      whatever a court decides is           — Irish Times, August 22,        i n t e r n a t i o n a l
Directed Energy weapon            the First World War.                                                                                                                          competitiveness       with    a
(PASDEW). This is designed                                            to target the police, to split     encouragement of terrorism.        2008, report by Lorna Siggins,
                                     — Irish Times, August 18,        them       off     from      the      — Brian Feeney.                 Marine Correspondent.               broadband network that is
to     have      “particularly    2008, report on the release                                                                                                                   laughable compared with
devastating psychological                                             community, to drive them              The [British] State killings       Sam            McGuinness,
                                  online of the records of more       back into armoured vehicles,       of the past were the Provos’       chairman of the Homeless            other Western European
effects”.                         than 80,000 men from the                                                                                                                      countries.
   — A report in Phoenix                                              heavy      armaments        and    greatest recruiting sergeant       Network and chief executive
                                  [Royal] Irish Constabulary          fortified barracks.                and were very clearly a great      of Dublin Simon, said: “We             — John Cotter, letter to
magazine, May 30-June 12,         between 1816 and 1921.                                                                                                                        Irish Times.
2008. The full extent of the                                             “It is difficult to think of    impediment to effective            had hoped that the strategy
                                  Those recruited between 1919        anything which would serve         policing.                          [of Leinster House] would              How is it that the finding
capabilities this weapon can      and 1921 were known as                                                                                                                        by a reputable organisation,
be read on www.wired.com.                                             the dissidents’ cause better          — Irish Times, August 21,       indicate       how       various
                                  “Black-and-Tans” (rank and          than a shoot-to-kill policy,”      2008, report of statement by       elements are to be funded,          the Institute of Public
   The reality of the situation   file) and Auxiliaries (elite).                                                                                                                Health, elaborated by one of
facing Irish troops in Chad is                                        she [Dolores Kelly] added.         SDLP Stormont member               and that joint Department of
                                     It has emerged that                 — Irish Times.                  Declan O’Loan.                     Environment and HSE                 the country’s most respected
only beginning to filter          dissident (sic) Republicans                                                                                                                   researchers,              Ruth
through      snippets     from                                           There is so much external          The man in his 30s was          capital and revenue streams
                                  who launched a home-made            interference in Africa’s           arrested yesterday morning         for interventions to address        Barrington, that          5,400
embedded        Irish    Times    rocket propelled grenade-                                                                                                                     people die here prematurely
journalist Conor Lally and                                            affairs that China and the         during a coordinated cross-        homelessness would be
                                  type device at a PSNI (sic)         West are at loggerheads over       border operation by the            established. It does not.”          every year, gets no attention
other reports gleaned from        patrol in Lisnaskea, Co                                                                                                                       at all?
political analysis in that                                            who gets to pimp the               Garda and PSNI against the            — Irish Times, August 22,
                                  Fermanagh, last Saturday            continent. Africa’s greatest       gang (sic) suspected of the        2008.                                  Also nothing at all about
region. And it is already         night used semtex in the                                                                                                                      the hundreds of children
apparent that the job of                                              asset is not oil or minerals       [Lisnaskea] attack.                   It was a bit rich to hear the
                                  attack.                             but people.                           — Irish Times, August 21,       US Secretary of State               living in poverty and the high
Irish troops amount to much          The Czech-made explosive                                                                                                                   number of people, at least
more than simply guarding a                                              — Irish Times, August 20,       2008 on arrest at Blacklion, Co    Condoleezza                 Rice
                                  has not been used in                2008, article by Bryan             Cavan. The man was later           condemning Russia for using         three quarters of a million,
refugee camp in Goz Beida.        Northern Ireland (sic) since                                                                                                                  living on incomes most of us
   — A report in Phoenix                                              Mukandi.                           released.                          cluster bonds in Georgia.
                                  the Provisional IRA ceased             The report [of the London          Israel is violating over 30        The last time anyone used        would consider derisory –
magazine, May 30-June 12,         their armed campaign.                                                                                                                         less than €11,000 for a single
2008.                                                                 Centre       for     European      UN       Security      Council     cluster bombs – which are
                                     — Irish Times, August 19,        Reform] sketches three             resolutions, dating back to        banned than 100 countries –         person and less than €28,000
   Former          Dungannon      2008.                                                                                                                                         for a family of four. This
mayor Barry Monteith has                                              future scenarios [for the          1968, that require action by       it was Israel in Lebanon. I
                                     She ended [her tribute to        Lisbon Treaty]. Two involve        Israel and Israel alone.           don’t recall Rice condemning        amid the booming Celtic
resigned from [Provisional]       her father Ronnie Drew]                                                                                                                       Tiger economy.
Sinn Féin – saying he does                                            a second Irish referendum –           For example:                    Israel for it.
                                  with          an         Arthur     in one a Yes victory (to my           Resolutions 252, 267, 271          — Irish Times, August 22,           — Sunday Business Post,
not believe the party’s           O’Shaughnessy poem: “We                                                                                                                       August 24, 2008, Vincent
political strategy would lead                                         mind very chancy), in the          and 298 require Israel to          2008, article by Lara Marlowe
                                  are the music makers and we         other a second No victory          reverse the annexation of          entitled “Events in Georgia         Browne’s column “Between the
to a united Ireland.              are     the    dreamers        of                                                                                                             Lines”.
   Mr       Monteith       (32)                                       (the     “most      poisonous”     East Jerusalem;                    show NATO powerless to
                                  dreams… One man with a              outcome).                             Resolutions 446, 452 and        confront Russia”.                      Personally, I don’t agree
announced his resignation         dream, at pleasure/Shall go                                                                                                                   with Vance’s analysis that the
yesterday but vowed to stay                                              The third (and, perhaps,        465 demand that Israel cease          Sarkozy and Saakashvili
                                  forth and conquer a crown;          most likely) is, in effect         building Jewish settlements        [French       and     Georgian      Belfast and St Andrews
on as a councillor in the Co      And three with a new song’s                                                                                                                   Agreements weaken the
Tyrone town. He had been                                              Lisbon by stealth – burying        in the territories it has          presidents] belong to the
                                  measure/Can trample an              the treaty as such but             occupied       since      1967,    same informal network of            union      [with     England].
[Provisional] Sinn Féin’s         empire down.”                                                                                                                                 Robinson’s DUP rules the
youngest councillor in the                                            implementing bits of it by         including Jerusalem;               pro-American, pro-Israeli,
                                     — Irish Times, August 20,        piecemeal agreement which             Resolution 487 calls upon       economic                liberals.   Stormont roost: it’s the
North when he was first           2008, quoting Cliodhna Drew                                                                                                                   Shinners [Provos] who are in
elected at the age of 25 in                                           wouldn’t                 require   Israel to place its nuclear        Unquestioning admiration
                                  at Ronnie Drew’s funeral.           referendums. Again this            facilities    under      IAEA      for the US is almost a cult in      trouble.
2001.                                “Sooner or later there will                                                                                                                   — Sunday Tribune Review,
   — Irish News (Belfast),                                            furthers supports the Yes          supervision;                       Tbilisi. What other capital
                                  be a murder of a police             view.                                 Resolution 497 demands          would name its main avenue          August 31, 2008, Northern
August 6, 2008.                   officer unless the police are                                                                                                                 Editor Suzanne Breen’s review
   Policing decision key                                                 — Irish Times, August 20,       that Israel reverse its            to the airport after George W
                                  able to deploy ruthlessness in      2008, letter to Editor from Tom    annexation of the Golan            Bush?                               of Unionism Decayed 1997-
factor in departure of many       tracking down and wiping                                                                                                                      2007 by David Vance.
reps.                                                                 Gillen, Weston Park, Dublin        heights which were captured           — Lara Marlowe.
                                  out       these        dissident    14.                                from Syria in June 1967.              Where else would you find           Vance criticises much
   — Irish News heading to        members,” he [Ian Paisley                                                                                                                     Northern media coverage,
list    of     seven      other                                          The UN Committee on                Israel has failed to            a glossy, red, white and blue
                                  Junior] said.                       human rights was not               implement these, and many          magazine cover showing              making similar arguments to
representatives of the Provos        — Irish Times, August 20,                                                                                                                  those Ed Moloney outlined
who resigned: Stormont                                                impressed by the latest            other, Security Council            Georgian         soldiers     in
                                  2008.                               British report. Last month         resolutions.                       camouflage uniforms in Iraq,        recently in this newspaper
members Davy Hyland,                 “I believe the community                                                                                                                   about the risk of journalists
Newry        and      Armagh;                                         the committee criticised the          — Irish Times, August 21,       under the headline “God
                                  will accept such measures           British     government        on   2008, article in “Opinion”         Bless Georgia”?                     becoming participants.
Geraldine Dougan, Mid-            and if dissidents (sic) are shot                                                                                                                 —Suzanne Breen.
Ulster; Gerry McHugh,                                                 several counts.                    series by Philip O’Connor,            There        are       strong
                                  on sight, the community will           — Brian Feeney, Irish           press officer of the Ireland-      suspicions of US involvement
Fermanagh        and     South    accept that it is a necessary                                                                                                                    He [Vance] believed the
Tyrone.                                                               News, August 20, 2008.             Palestine            Solidarity    in the Georgian offensive.
                                  use of lethal force to prevent         These include the use of        Campaign.                             — Lara Marlowe.                  local media is dangerously
   Councillors Póilín Uí          dissident      Republicanism                                                                                                                  unrepresentative:       almost
Catháin,          Fermanagh,                                          the Official Secrets Act to           …a          demonstration
                                  from growing.”                      “frustrate former employees        yesterday which led to the            The expenses system for          30%      of    the    North's
resigned her seat but                — Ian Paisley Junior quoted                                                                                                                population voted against the
remained in the party;                                                of the crown bringing into         arrest of eight people in          local and national politicians
                                  in the Irish Times, August 20.      the public domain issues of        wetsuits off Glengad, Co           contributes to a perception of      Belfast Agreement but,
Bernice Swift, Fermanagh          He is a member both of                                                                                                                        Vance suspects, "there were
quit the party but remains as                                         genuine public interest” and       Mayo,         where       Shell    unorthodox compensation.
                                  Stormont and the Policing           British libel laws which           contractors are working on a       One in five members of the          few, if any journalists" who
an              “Independent      Board.                                                                                                                                        did so. Such uniformity, he
Republican”; Breandán Mac                                             inhibit free speech and            landfill for the high pressure     Oireachtas employs a close
                                     The SDLP’s Dolores Kelly         encourage “libel tourism”.         gas pipeline.                      relative. Three extra junior        argues, leads to partisan
Cionnaith,         high-profile   said Mr Paisley was talking                                                                                                                   coverage.
political     adviser       and                                          Then there’s the Terrorism         All eight people were           ministerial posts and six new
                                  “dangerous nonsense” which          Act 2006 which is so all           released without charge last       Oireachtas committees have             -- Suzanne Breen. Did a
spokesman for the Garvaghy        would only work to the                                                                                                                        single newspaper in Ireland,
Road Residents Coalition;                                             embracing that it constitutes      night but Supt Gilligan said       been established by this
                                  benefit of the dissident            “a            disproportionate     he had “serious concerns           Government. The notion of           daily, Sunday or local, oppose
Éamonn        Mac      Mánias,    Republicans still fighting an                                                                                                                 the Treaty of Surrender in
[Provisional] Sinn Féin press                                         interference with freedom of       about      the     safety    of    “jobs for the boys” at the
                                  armed campaign.                     expression”. You can get           protesters, workers and            expense of the taxpayer             1921-22? No, only a small
officer also quit, saying the        — Irish Times.                                                                                                                             local one in Sligo, The
party’s presence in the                                               seven          years         for   members of the Garda Water         lessens credibility among the
                                     “It is precisely for the         “encouragement                of   Unit         during         the    public.                             Connaughtman.
Stormont administration had
                     12                                                                                                                    Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008

Putting                             regularly raided. They are
                                    being approached to become
                                                                                                                                                    It is clear that the GFA is not
                                                                                                                                                 based         on       democratic
                                                                                                                                                                                      United States. Since 1974, the
                                                                                                                                                                                      US       government         has
The                                 informers. They are being
                                    stopped going to and from
                                                                                                                                                 principles, but rather on a
                                                                                                                                                 carefully fostered sectarian
                                                                                                                                                                                      consistently denied entry visas
                                                                                                                                                                                      to supporters of the Irish-
Record                              work. They are raiding
                                    workplaces       of      true
                                                                                                                                                 arrangement. The barricades
                                                                                                                                                 are used by the British to
                                                                                                                                                                                      authored ÉIRE NUA (New
                                                                                                                                                                                      Ireland) peace proposal for a
Straight                            Republicans. They have even
                                    taken nappies off children in
                                                                                                                                                 hoodwink the world into
                                                                                                                                                 believing that they, the British,
                                                                                                                                                                                      federal system of government,
                                                                                                                                                                                      promoted by Republican Sinn
A chara                             Lurgan.                                                                                                      are       the      long-suffering    Féin in Ireland and the
   It has been brought to my           Now I know what kind of                                                                                   peacekeepers caught between          National      Irish    Freedom
attention that on the wrong         abuse that is! Councillor                                                                                    warring religious factions.          Committee        (Cumann     na
date of the anniversary last        Curran, wake up!                                                                                             However, history tells us that       Saoirse Náisiúnta) in the
May of an event which                                         FR                                                                                 fostering sectarianism will lead     United States.
occurred in Glasgow in 1921                        Newry, An Dún                                                                                 to future conflict.                     It would seem that the US
in which my father Éamonn
                                    Always
                                                                                                                                                    In an effort to smooth the        government, under pressure
Mooney and his brother                                                                                                                           latest normalisation phase of        from the British and 26-
Seaghan were involved was
                                    Oppose
                                                                                                                                                 their colonial presence in           County governments will
commemorated by members of                                                                                                                       Ireland, the British have            permit Americans to hear
a Provo support group.
                                    Treason
                                                                                                                                                 redistributed the spoils of war      about only one “peace
   On May 4, 1921, during an                                                                                                                     to include the pseudo                process” for Ireland: the
attempt to release Frank Carty,     A chara                                                                                                      republican warlords. In return,      Belfast Agreement. ÉIRE
a prominent Irish Republican,          The 1971 Sinn Féin Ard-                                                                                   the warlords rule their              NUA would provide for peace
from custody, a group of            Fheis was held in Liberty hall                                                                               respective enclaves using            and, unlike the Belfast
Glasgow IRA men ambushed            in Dublin. Ruairí Ó Brádaigh                                                                                 intimidation,        terror   and    Agreement,        would    also
the prison van in which he was      was President of Sinn Féin. In                                                                               gruesome murders. These              provide a truly just system of
being conveyed. Carty was           the course of his speech Ruairí                                                                              tactics are typical of British       government for people in all
under sentence of death at the      referred to “the euphoria of an                                                                              colonial rule in Ireland and         32 counties of Ireland and a
time. In an attempt to shoot off    Ard-Fheis” and then to “the                                                                                  elsewhere. These warlords act        British withdrawal from the six
the lock of the prison van one      cold light of morning”.                                                                                      to        overshadow        those    counties in the north.
member of the Crown Forces             The biggest act of treason in                                                                             attempting to forge a truly                   JANE ENRIGHT
was killed and another              Irish history took place when         • An RUC/PSNI armoured Land Rover which took part                      peaceful solution, such as                  Woodside, New York
wounded. My father was                                                    in raids on nationalist houses in Craigavon, Co Armagh
                                                                                                                                                                                      Sponsored
                                    today’s Provos donned the                                                                                    supporters of ÉIRE NUA.
Captain of B Coy, 1st               British police uniforms in the        which led to rioting and shots being fired at British                     Last month the UN
Battalion, Scottish Brigade at                                            police on August 26.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Walk
                                    North. Day and night genuine                                                                                 Committee on Human Rights
this time. He was arrested in       Republicans must always               colonies in Africa are and of      the centuries for eight hundred     let it be known that they were
Edinburgh while ‘on-the-run’        oppose treason like this.             course the occupied six            years and will never ever be        not impressed by Britain’s           A chara
along with his brother whilst                BRENDAN TOBIN                counties are still in the early    strained or broken by true          human rights record and went            On Saturday, September 13
endeavouring         to    reach                  Co Wexford              days of the probationary period    Republicans.                        on to criticize their record on      the Irish Palestine Solidarity
Germany prior to seeking                                                  and have to doff the cap far          Not till the last of the
                                    Republicans
                                                                                                                                                 several counts including many        Committee (IPSC) will be
asylum in the USA. They were                                              more many times than any of        invaders and the cowards that       glaring violations in the            holding its annual sponsored
brought back to Glasgow and                                               their colonial cousins. Lord       act for them and support them
                                    Will
                                                                                                                                                 occupied six Irish counties.         walk. The walk will take us
charged with the shootings.                                               Gerry and Lord Martin are          has been driven into the sea        The UN findings are not              through the scenic Dublin
During the process of their trial                                         doing ok so long as they keep      will our nation ever be free.
                                    Never
                                                                                                                                                 surprising, in that the British      Mountains; up to Three Rock
the Irish plenipotentiaries were                                          their nose out of the Occupied        There will never ever be a       continue to use non-jury courts      mountain and from there on to
in London negotiating with the                                            Six Counties (following their      compromise, a watering down
                                    Yield                                                                                                        to imprison Irish Republicans        Fairy Castle then on to
British government. Michael                                               new role as Armani suit            of values, a reassessment of                                             Tibrabben Mountain, down
                                                                                                                                                 activists who promote the
Collins and Arthur Griffith         A chara                               models in the USA) and leave       our role, a negotiation,                                                 into Pine Forest and Cruagh
                                                                                                                                                 visionary ÉIRE NUA federal
protested most vehemently at           A couple of years ago in this      the day-to-day government to       whatever you want to call it,                                            Wood, on in to the Massey
their detention and pointed out                                                                                                                  policy (the long established
                                    very column I repeated the            their newfound loyalist friends    true Republicans will keep                                               estate, finishing up in
that this was a breach of the                                             (who are in reality of course,     their values and beliefs, the       Irish alternative to British rule
                                    prediction of an American                                                                                                                         Rockbrook and will end with a
Truce. The authorities were                                               their masters). Here we are        values and beliefs of those         in Ireland) as the only way of
                                    financier that the world would                                                                                                                    meal in the Merry Ploughboy
forced rather reluctantly to                                              back to the donkey and the cart    before us who gave their land,      achieving a true peace with
                                    experience financial meltdown                                                                                                                     pub. We will assemble at
release them.                       in 2008. Not very long after I        and the farmer.                    their lives their families, for     justice for all the Irish people.    Stepaside, in the car park of the
   I am baffled by the actions      repeated this same statement in          And what about the Free         the cause of Ireland and                           MICHEÁL Ó             Step Inn at11am.
of the Provo support group          conversation in a bar off             State? Cowen governs only by       Republicanism.            Their                 COISDEALBHA                 The 44 Bus at 9.50am stops
who placed a wreath at the wall     Grafton Street and was                consent of Whitehall and when      sufferings over the centuries                                            down the road from the Step
                                                                                                                                                             New Jersey, USA
in Glasgow (on May 12) which        immediately corrected by a            Brown says ‘Jump!’ the only        are our sufferings today and                                             Inn, and takes about an hour.
still shows the bullet holes
from that day in 1921. What
                                    young Celtic Tigercub who
                                    told me that the world had
                                                                          response required is for Cowen
                                                                          to ask ‘How high?’
                                                                                                             the British together with the
                                                                                                             cowards and traitors in the
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                                    also stated that he had invested      was fattened on traitor’s gold.    weary or tire. We will never                                             ponsorshipcard.doc Everyone
the latter it would not surprise                                                                                                                    I am writing in regard to the
                                    his savings and income on the         Many so called Irish men and       compromise. We will never                                                should bring a packed lunch,
me one bit. Accepting the                                                                                                                        US State Department’s denial
                                    stock market and in particular,       women and even some so             give up the struggle for our                                             enough to drink, warm and
Crown Forces in occupation in                                                                                                                    of an entry visa for journalist
                                    he had invested heavily in the        called Republicans have            right and the rights of our                                              waterproof clothing and also
the Six Counties is only a small                                                                                                                 Anthony McIntyre. Because
                                    Irish building industry ( I           succumbed to the promises and      ancestors. As we grow old as                                             have a reasonable level of
part of their very tragic U-turn.                                                                                                                he was denied entry into the
                                    expect one day to see him at          payment of the butchers who        old we must, the flame of                                                fitness. People will also be
   My reason for writing this                                                                                                                    US, McIntyre was forced to
                                    the half way mark of the              have laid low our nation for       Republicanism will be passed                                             required to sign an indemnity
letter is to place the matter on                                                                                                                 cancel his tour to promote his
                                    Ha’penny Bridge sitting               eight hundred years and do so      to younger hands who will                                                form (ie a form that says if you
record.                                                                                                                                          book, Good Friday: The Death
                                    begging with a fast food carton       today with far more efficiency     hold it as tightly as we do and                                          injure yourself it’s not the
  CATHLEEN KNOWLES                                                                                                                               of Irish Republicanism.
                                    clutched in his little fat hand). I   than ever they did. I myself       will bear it as proudly as we                                            IPSC’s fault) prior to the start
              McGUIRK                                                                                                                               This is not the first time that
                                    will never forget his parting         remember Dublin in the days        do.                                                                      of the walk.
           Vice-President                                                                                                                        McIntyre and other critics of
                                    statement: ‘Ireland has moved         we had no work, no money and           LIAM Ó CEALLAIGH
     Republican Sinn Féin                                                                                                                        the Provisionals and the
                                    on! The people have moved             no food, but we had our                           England                                                           KEVIN SQUIRES
                                                                                                                                                 British-authored and US
RUC                                 on! Britain is our partner now,
                                    you and the Republican
                                                                          honour.
                                                                             Like the Celtic Tigercub        British                             supported Belfast Agreement
                                                                                                                                                 have been denied entry into the
                                                                                                                                                                                     IPSC National Coordinator

Hasn’t                              Movement have been left
                                    behind!’
                                                                          there are those, even amongst
                                                                          Republican ranks, who feel         Hate                                           Letters to the Editor should be as short
                                                                                                                                                                 as possible and written or typed
Changed
A chara
                                       Now, call me old-fashioned
                                    if you will, but I don’t think the
                                                                          that things have moved on and
                                                                          Ireland has moved on and we        Walls                                         in double-spacing on one side of the page.
                                    donkey pulling the cart               should all be friends and work     A chara                                        Name and address must be included, but
   In reference to comments         imagines for one minute that it       together and Britain isn’t such       Prior to the British-arranged                    on request will not be published.
made       by      Provisional      is in partnership with the            a bad auld girl after all and      Stormont Agreement, the                            Letters printed do not necessarily
Councillor Curran in the            farmer sitting on the back.           isn’t the world a grand place      British had erected nine so-                 reflect the views and opinions of SAOIRSE.
Newry Democrat, July 29.            Britain does not have                 these days? Let me tell you that   called ‘peace walls’ at interface                 Postal address: 223 Parnell Street,
   He stated that the majority      ‘partnerships’. Britain’s other       there cannot and will not and      areas in the occupied Six
of human rights abusers are                                                                                                                                                   Dublin 1.
                                    conquered        nations      and     never ever should be any           counties of Ireland. Ten years
gone from the RUC/PSNI.                                                   attempt by any Irish person        later, they have increased that                       Letters may also be faxed to
                                    individuals are directly under
What does he base that on?                                                and       particularly      any    number to more than forty                Dublin 872 9757 or sent by e-mail to saoirse@iol.ie
                                    its influence albeit at various
Has he finally gone cuckoo          levels of oppression. The             Republican to rethink their           These foreboding hate               Please note that all material for publication, articles,
(we all thought he was              Canadians for instance are            views, values and traditions.      barricades, euphemistically          features, news reports, comhbhróin, congratulations and
anyway)?                            subject to the crack of                  Our beliefs and our destiny     called “peace walls,” clearly
   True Republicans are being                                                                                                                       good wishes greetings, etc must be accompanied by a
                                    Whitehall’s whip but to a             is linked by a bond of blood,      demonstrate the conflict-
stopped and questioned all the                                                                                                                       name, address, signature and telephone number for
                                    lesser and more dignified             pain, torture and suffering        ridden nature of the ongoing
time. Their homes are being                                               which has stretched through        British presence in Ireland.                                verification.
                                    extent than say the former
 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008                                                                                                                                                             13


    Republicans must deliver a clear and coherent message
THE annual commemoration in honour of                                                                                                                                                support of Irish neutrality and
                                                                                                                                                                                     opposing imperialist wars
Richard Goss and Liam Gaughran took place at                                                                                                                                         particularly the use of Irish
St Patrick’s Cemetery, Dundalk, Co Louth on                                                                                                                                          airports and airspace in support
August 10.                                                                                                                                                                           of     them.      Since     1972
   A large crowd assembled at        and the firing squad. Their                                                                                                                     Republican Sinn Féin and the
the Lisdoo Arms and, led by a        sacrifice ensured the survival                                                                                                                  Republican Movement have
piper, marched behind the            of the Irish Republican ideal.                                                                                                                  opposed the creation of a
National       Flag     to    the       “Richard Goss epitomised                                                                                                                     militarised and undemocratic
Republican Plot in the               that generation, the poet Austin                                                                                                                EU superstate and played its
cemetery where proceedings           Clarke in his poem ‘The Last                                                                                                                    part in the recent defeat of the
were chaired by Frank                Republicans’ dedicated to the                                                                                                                   Lisbon Treaty.
Hanratty, Ravensdale. A              Irish Republicans of 1936-46                                                                                                                       “The editorial of The United
decade of the Rosary was             wrote that the generation of                                                                                                                    Irishman in December 1957
recited as Gaeilge by Dara           1913-23 had inspired the                                                                                                                        pointed the way forward: “The
Sloane and a wreath was laid         succeeding            generation;                                                                                                               Republican Movement takes
by Stan Flynn on behalf of           “Because their fathers had been                                                                                                                 its stand on the Proclamation of
Republican Sinn Féin.                drilled, formed fours among                                                                                                                     1916, and any instrument or
   Republicans from many             the Dublin hills.”. Richard                                                                                                                     enactments which in any way
counties        attended      the    Goss’s father Pat Goss was a                                                                                                                    curtail that charter of liberty
commemoration. Also in               staunch trade unionist and a                                                                                                                    can have no validity for Irish
                                                                         • A section of the attendance at the Goss and Gaughran commemoration in Dundalk on                          Republicans.
attendance was Richard Goss’s        member        of     the    Irish   August 10.
sister Rosemary and her              Republican Brotherhood.                                                                                                                            “By strict adherence to
husband Tom Doran, himself a            “Richard like his father was     gunfight with Free State forces.    military funeral in every sense         “Meanwhile we hear calls        principles, by pursuing a
comrade of Richard Goss and          also an active trade unionist,      Tried by the infamous               of the word. His coffin was          for unity from many disparate      clearly-defined policy, by
Liam Gaughran.                       working in Rawson’s shoe            ‘Military Court’, which was         lowered into the grave and           elements; Irish Republicans are    placing the national interest
   Des Dalton, Republican            factory; he was an officer in the   comprised of three Free State       after the clay had been filled in,   described as ‘elitist’ and         before personal considerations,
Sinn Féin Vice-President began       local branch of the National        army officers who had no legal      and the Last Post sounded,           ‘backward’ if they are not         the       Irish       Republican
his oration with a quote from        Union of Shoe and Boot              training. Regardless of the         there came the crack of the          willing to dilute their            Movement has built up a
An t-Éireannach Aontaithe/The        Operatives. Like his father         charge anyone convicted by          three volleys which told the         programme in the interest of       reputation for honesty and
United Irishman October-             Richard Goss was determined         this court had a mandatory          assembled multitudes that            this so-called ‘unity’.            integrity. The Irish people can
November 1948:                       to play his part in the historic    death sentence imposed. This        another Fenian grave had been           “Irish Republicans want         put their trust in that
   “ ‘To face death in such          and ongoing struggle to rid         was to be carried out by a firing   made.” We are proud and              unity. In 1969/70 and in 1986      Movement sure in the
circumstances for a free             Ireland of British rule. In 1933    squad within a matter of hours,     humbled to stand by this             Republicans resisted those who     knowledge that it will never
Ireland,       when      through     he joined the North Louth           usually 48. There was no            ‘Fenian grave’.                      sought to divert the Republican    betray them or their interests.”
deliberate misrepresentation of      Battalion      of     the   Irish   appeal to any other court, only        “We honour also today the         Movement down the cul de sac          “The lessons are simple; by
facts, the movement seeking to       Republican Army. In March of        the 26-County administration        memory of Willie Gaughran,           of reformism. Many of those        sticking      to     the    basic
achieve that ideal had been          the following year he was           could commute the sentence or       friend and comrade of Richard        most vociferous now in their       fundamentals          of    Irish
robbed of popular support,           sentenced to three months’          confirm it. On August 9 1941        Goss. Captured on the English        calls for ‘unity’ ignored the      Republicanism is the only
requires courage and fortitude       imprisonment by the Free State      Richard Goss was shot by Free       Campaign in early 1939, he           leadership        given      by    means to ensure unity of
of a high standard. It requires      Military Tribunal for refusing      State firing squad in Portlaoise    was sentenced to 10 years and        Republicans such as Ruairí Ó       purpose whilst delivering a
something more. It requires          to account for his movements.       prison.                             sent to Camphill Prison, Isle of     Brádaigh and Dáithí Ó Conaill      clear and coherent message to
that those making the supreme        The first of many periods of             “The executions of the         Wight. There he contracted TB        who charted a path of unity        the Irish people. At the Ard
sacrifice have a clear concise       imprisonment.                       1940s, the deaths on hunger         and was released in 1946. He         based on the sure foundations      Fheis of Republican Sinn Féin
idea of the object in view, and a       “Along         with      local   strike all took place under the     died some months later.              of basic Republican principle      in 1983 Ruáiri Ó Brádaigh
firm conviction of the moral         Republicans such as Paddy           dark cloud of censorship. Even         “Today the cause which               . “It is true unity that is     pointed to the fact that there
truth and righteousness of the       Murphy he trained in the            the last letters of the executed    inspired Richard Goss to             required to achieve the goal of    were no splits or splintering of
cause which they die to serve.’      Cooley mountains “Perfecting        men were not given to the           dedicate      and     ultimately     Irish freedom. But it must be a    the Republican Movement
   “The editorial then asked a       his discipline in arms”. He         families, and were not handed       sacrifice his life, a free and       real unity based on a common       during the period 1969/70 to
rhetorical question: “Have they      played an active role in the        over until the bodies of the men    independent Ireland remains          programme, cohesive and            1983, “Long may it remain so”
died      in      vain?     Most     IRA’s campaign in England in        were also handed back to the        unfulfilled. The new Stormont        coordinated and based on           he said, “as it will provided we
emphatically no…those men            1939. On his return to Ireland      families in 1948. The intention     regime with former comrades          unequivocal Republicanism.         stick to basic principles”.
have helped to ensure the            he was interned without trial in    of         the        26-County     on board is setting about the        “The Republican Movement              Drawing our inspiration
continuity of the struggle, have     Arbour Hill. In December 1939       administration was to mask the      normalisation of British rule,       provides such a programme, it      from the memory of Richard
given to those who remain, to        he was released with all other      fact that another generation of     administering it, policing it and    is the only vehicle which can      Goss and his comrades let us
those who will follow after          53 internees due to a successful    Irish     Republicans       were    enforcing the British writ on        deliver       direction     and    set about building a mass
them, the inspiration, the           Habeas Corpus action by             determined to resist British        the ground. House raids and          leadership it has and remains in   movement of the Irish people
courage and hope that will           Seámus                    Burke.    rule. It was in vain, because the   arrest of Republicans has            the words of Dáithí Ó Conaill      capable of delivering a 32-
sustain      them.’     (An     t-   “Going ‘on the run’ Richard         legacy and memory of Richard        intensified within the Six           the “catalyst for the most         County Democratic Socialist
Éireannach Aontaithe – The           Goss was appointed OC North         Goss and his comrades               Counties, whilst MI5 with in         progressive forces in this         Republic.”
United Irishman, October-            Leinster-South Ulster Division      resounds down the decades,          recent placed leaks to the           country”. Irish Republicans           Tom       Doran       thanked
November 1948).                      of the IRA in preparation for a     inspiring each successive           media show that repression is        have always given the lead,        everyone for attending and
   “The generation of the 1940s      campaign against British            generation.                         set to increase. In the 26           most obviously in leading the      spoke about his comrades in
were a generation which              forces in the Six Counties. He           “The funeral of Richard        Counties people are being            struggle against British rule,     the IRA in the 1940s and
endured hunger strike, the           was finally captured at the         Goss is recorded in the pages       conditioned into accepting           but also in defending and          1950s.
blanket in Portlaoise, the           home of the Casey family in         of The United Irishman by           partition – to view the Six          promoting the Irish language,         The ceremony ended with
internment camp, the gallows         Co Longford following a             Seámus G O’Kelly. “It was a         Counties as another country.         the rights of workers, in          the playing of a lament and
                                                                                                                                                                                     Amhrán na bhFiann.

                                                                         mór-uaisle na Gaeilge ann                                                                                   leath-lán aige i gcónaí. Ní
    Nollaig Ó Gadhra –                                                   agus muintir Chonamara
                                                                         ina sluaite.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Tadhg an dá thaobh a bhí
                                                                                                                                                                                     ann ariamh.”
           An tSocraid
  AR na Poblachtaigh a bhí i láthair ag socraid an
                                                                           Labhair Gearóid Ó
                                                                         Tuathaigh, Ollamh le Stair i
                                                                                                                                                                                       Chan an cór Slán le
                                                                                                                                                                                     Máigh, dán a bhí feiliúnach
                                                                         gColáiste na hOllscoile i                                                                                   do laoch as Cho Luimnigh.
  iriseoir agus Gaeilgeoir Nollaig Ó Gadhra ar an                        nGaillimh agus sean-chara                                                                                   Le linn an tsearmanais
  15 Lúnasa bhí Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Uachtarán,                            le Nollaig, tar-éis an                                                                                      casadh Seán Ó Duibhir a’
  Sinn Féin Poblachtach; Des Dalton, Leas-                               Aifrinn.                                                                                                    Ghleanna.         Cuireadh
  Uachtarán; Adrian Ó hEithir (Muigheo) agus                                                                                                                                         Nollaig Ó Gadhra i Reilig
  Páidí Ó Gairbhigh (Ciarraí) baill den Ard                                Ina aitheasc dúirt sé gur                                                                                 an Chnoic, Indreabhán, ar
  Chomhairle; Seán Ó Brádaigh agus a bhean                               fear misniúil, neamh-                                                                                       bhruach na Farraige Móire.
  Bláthnaid (Baile Átha Cliath).                                         ghnáthach a bhí i Nollaig.
                                                                         Bhí fiosracht do-chreideach                                                                                   I measc naomh agus
   Thar cheann Chomhairle            doras agus slua taobh               ag baint leis mar thráchtaire                                                                               Laochra na hÉireann i
 Ceantair na Gaillimhe bhí           amuigh faoin mbáisteach             agus shaothraigh sé go dian                                                                                 bhFlaitheas Dé go raibh a
 Tomás Ó Curraoin, Bearna,           trom. Thaistil Cór Chúil            cé go raibh droch-shláinte                                                                                  anam calma dílis.
 Antoine de Bhailís, cathair         Aodha,     faoi    stiúriú          ag cur as dó de shíor.
 na Gaillimhe agus Mait Ó            Pheadair Uí Riada, ó Cho                                                                                                                          • Beidh fógra báis
 Brádaigh, An Uarán Mór.             Chorcaí agus chanadar go              “Bhí mórtas chine agus                                                                                    Nollaig Ó Gadhra i
   Bhí Séipéal Réalt na              ceólmhar Aifreann Uí                mórtas tíre, sprid agus              • Nollaig Ó Gadhra, a fuair bás ar an 13ú Lúnasa.                      SAOIRSE an mhí seo
 Mara, Na Forbacha lán go            Riada. Bhí maithe agus              cumas ann. Bhí an gloine                                                                                    chugainn.
14                                                                                                                                      Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008



              CURRAGH ESCAPE AND
              OPERATIONS CONTINUE
                             ON September                                                                                                                     over it. This was a reference to the successful

       50                    24, 1958, there
                             was
                             successful
                                           a
                                                                                                                                                              escape of Ó Conaill and Ó Brádaigh three days
                                                                                                                                                              earlier.
                                                                                                                                                                 “At several places along the procession route

     Years                   escape    from
                             the Curragh
                             Concentration
                                                                                                                                                              bursts of applause greeted the marchers from
                                                                                                                                                              the onlooking crowds, and traffic was disrupted
                                                                                                                                                              at several points by the immense throngs.

      Ago                    Camp. The two
                             who made it to
                                                                                                                                                                 “Eventually one side of O’Connell Street had
                                                                                                                                                              to be closed to traffic entirely while a meeting
                                                                                                                                                              was held at the GPO.”
                             the    outside                                                                                                                      Seosamh Mac Gráinne, Comhairle Ceantair
                             were     never                                                                                                                   Átha Cliath, presided and introduced four well-
recaptured.                                                                                                                                                   known speakers, Donnchadh Ó Murchú,
  There were Dáithí Ó Conaill and                                                                                                                             Cork; Maolmhuire Ó Seibhlín, Carlow; Seán
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, TD, and their                                                                                                                              Ó Brádaigh and Tomás Ó hUiginn, both from
                                                                                                                                                              Longford.
absence was concealed from the                                                                                                                                   Interment without trial – both at the Curragh
Póilíní Airm (PAs) or military police                                                                                                                         Concentration Camp and Crumlin Road Prison,
who guarded the camp until the                                                                                                                                Belfast – had become a big issue which was not
following morning.                                                                                                                                            going to go away.
    In the aftermath of the visit by the                                                                                                                         At the end of August had come two more
International Red Cross to the camp in February                                                                                                               unconditional releases from the Curragh:
1958 – their report was never published –                                                                                                                     Pádraig Mac Logáin, Uachtarán, Sinn Féin
certain improvements took place in the                                                                                                                        and Jackie Culliton, Wexford. Culliton, a
conditions of confinement.                                                                                                                                    dentist, was a former county hurler and a local
    For instance, hospital-type folding beds were                                                                                                             historian. Mac Logáin, at 59, was a veteran of
brought in to replace the three wooden planks                                                                                                                 the Movement since 1914.
on two trestles. These came from Spike Island                                                                                                                    The dribble of unconditional releases
in Cork Harbour where the British army had left                                                                                                               continued during September. Gearóid Mac
them behind when they evacuated the place in                                                                                                                  Cárthaigh of Cork and Nicholas Boggan of
1922.                                                                                                                                                         Wexford, both veterans of the 1940s, were let
    A major improvement was the provision of a                                                                                                                go.
football field for the prisoners. This was done                                                                                                                  Also Pádraic Ó Ceallaigh, Ballygar, Co
by sectioning off the playing pitch at the bottom     • The Curragh Concentration Camp: on the right are the huts used to house                               Galway, who had been released unconditionally
of the adjoining, and now derelict, camp where        Republican internees in 1940-45 and on the left are the huts used for the same                          the previous February, was reinstated in his
the many hundreds of internees had been held          purpose from 1957-59. The football field can be seen at top right.                                      teaching post with Co Longford Vocational
1940-45.                                                                                                                                                      Education Committee during September.
    The south-east corner of the 1957-59 camp         days before the All-Ireland football final was         They jumped aboard the waiting car and              Ó Ceallaigh had been held since the Special
was opened up and connected with the north-           fine and bright. Internees drifted down to the      within the hour were in Ó Brádaigh’s                Branch swoop on a meeting of the Ard
east of the 1940s camp. A bridge was placed in        “field” in groups, many carrying their rolled       constituency of Longford-Westmeath, which he        Chomhairle of Sinn Fein at Head Office in July
position over the 15 foot dry boundary moat           “blankets”. Ó Conaill and Ó Brádaigh went           knew well.                                          1957. The force of public opinion was
and a barbed wire “tunnel” constructed across         separately.                                            At 10pm all prisoners had to stand by their      beginning to bring some results.
it, with gates at either end.                            The guard on the bridge of passage did not       beds for the roll call. The PAs went up and            Yet the arrests continued. Two days after the
    This was opened up from 10am to 12 noon,          notice anything. Ó Brádaigh says he had some        down, counting. Other prisoners occupied the        huge public meeting in Dublin five men were
from 2 to 4pm and in the bright evenings from         compassion for him as he passed. The PA had         two empty beds (being ill) while their beds         held in the Ballsbridge area and sent to the
6 to 8pm. Goal posts were erected at either end       discreetly got some advice from him – as a          were filled with dummies. No suspicions were        Curragh Concentration Camp.
of the field, which was used enthusiastically by      teacher – about the education of his children.      aroused.                                               They were Seán Cronin [American Seán] of
the prisoners.                                        That PA was never seen in the camp again after         Next morning for the count the OC told them      Dublin,      Editor     of    An      tÉireannach
    By the time the pitch was available for use it    the night of the escape.                            not to bother, but to hide the identity of the      Aontaithe/The United Irishman; Mícheál Mac
was late in the month of May and the grass had           Noel Kavanagh of Dublin organised a line of      missing pair. A general parade of prisoners was     Cárthaigh of Cork; Hugh Heaney, Lurgan, Co
grown high. It was cut and left lying until it        prisoners to stand at the fence on the eastern      ordered and carried out. A roll call by name        Armagh; Seán Hennessy, Galmoy, Co
turned to hay. To remove it the hay was dumped        side of the field where they cheered on the         took place which the 172 internees hindered as      Kilkenny and Séamus Graham, Dublin
across the first “security” barbed wire fence.        players. The two would-be escapees went             long as they could.                                 (brother of Frank).
    It lay in small lumps between it and the three-   behind them, spread out their “blankets” and           Meanwhile, in an unknown, safe house in             Meanwhile, in the Occupied area, the
foot deep “apron” fence. This was spotted             linked them together while the bored sentries in    Longford-Westmeath, the two escapees sat at         Resistance continued to strike from South
separatelyby two of the internees as offering         the elevated posts took a keen interest in the      table eating pheasant! “Turn up that radio,” said   Derry to Fermanagh and South Armagh.
cover for an escape operation.                        match.                                              Ó Conaill at 1pm, “till we see if those two         Among the targets were Bellaghy RUC
    They were Ó Conaill and Philip O’Donoghue            Kavanagh produced a formidable wire              fellows from the Curragh were caught yet.”          Barracks, an RUC patrol in Maghera,
of Ballyfermot, Dublin, both survivors of the         cutters, which had been smuggled in, cut the           “Two internees have escaped from the             Middleton RUC Barracks, Kinawley B-Special
Brookeborough Raid at which Seán Sabhat and           bottom line of barbed wire beside a post and the    Curragh camp,” the radio announcer declared at      Training hall and the British army Depot at
Fearghal Ó hAnluain lost their lives.                 “grass mat” with the with the two underneath        the head of the news. The elderly woman of the      Gough Barracks, Armagh city.
    Dáithí and Phil, unknown to each other,           crawled in among the lumps of hay.                  house began to cry… tears of joy!                      A statement from the Irish Republican
reported the matter to the Camp OC, Tomás                Noel gave them the wire cutters, bedded             A few days later the annual Eve of the All-      Publicity Bureau carried in the October 1958
Mac Curtáin. He referred it to the secret Escape      them down and re-attached the wire with some        Ireland rally took place outside the GPO in         issue of the Republican newspaper said:
Committee.                                            additional material. The “onlookers” cheered        Dublin. An tÉireannach Aontaithe/The United            “What the RUC described as an “Orange
    Whether that body or the OC referred the          louder than ever when they realised what was        Irishman of November 1958 reported on it:           Hall” and which was destroyed in Kinawley, Co
question of personnel to escape to GHQ outside        afoot – but not too enthusiastically lest              “One of the largest public rallies seen in       Fermanagh, was in fact a B-Special Training
is not clear, but Ó Conaill’s plan for the            suspicions be aroused.                              Dublin for years was held by Sinn Féin at the       Hut and used primarily as such, whatever other
operation was accepted and Ó Brádaigh was                The escapees lay “doggo” until the match         GPO on Saturday, September 27, the eve of the       uses it may have been put to. It stood beside the
selected to go with him. Communication with           ended, the prisoners were moved back to camp,       All-Ireland Football Final.                         RUC barracks.
the outside on so delicate a matter would have        the PAs had searched the field and the                 “Headed by a colour party and a pipe band a         “We have also been asked to point out that
been risky.                                           “security” lane and the sentries were               parade of more than 2,000 people marched from       for the 21 months of this campaign of resistance
    The two men had become close friends in jail      withdrawn. They had a date at 9pm with a local      Parnell Square through the main city                in British-occupied Ireland, the sectarian B-
and in the camp, but Ó Conaill, being a good          man in his car on the main road between             thoroughfare as a protest against the continued     Special Constabulary have been excluded from
soldier, never breathed a word about his plan         Brownstown and Maddenstown. It was now              unjust imprisonment of Irishmen without             the list of guerrilla operational targets.
until his comrade was chosen. “Need to know”          dark.                                               charge or trial.                                       “From now on all Crown forces – and this
was the rule in military matters.                        It took the two three-quarters of an hour to                                                         includes the B-Special Constabulary – will be
    Ó Brádaigh had an old gabardine-type              cut through the six fences, run up the moat to         “Contingents from all over the country took      regarded as legitimate targets.”
overcoat and this was cut in two to make a pair       the farthest point and get through the whins        part and many carried banners and placards,            The statement concluded that the patrol
of “blankets”, similar to those used by prisoners     (furze or “gorse” as English people call it. Ó      including groups from England and Scotland.         which shot James Crossan on what was
when sitting on the grass in the evenings to          Conaill sustained a small injury to his eye when       In the Ulster section was a strong               believed to be the 26-County side of the Border
watch football matches (Gaelic of course).            a piece of rusty barbed wire flew.                  representation of the Derry supporters who          “was composed for the most part of B-
    A covering of hay from elsewhere in the              Ó Conaill, at six foot two inches, put his arm   thronged the capital city for the final. One        Specials”.
camp was stuck to the outside of the two              around the smaller Ó Brádaigh passing as a          placard they carried asked: “Why are Six-
“blankets” and buttons installed to link both         courting couple when passing at some distance       County Nationalists interned in the Curragh?”         (More next month. Refs. An tÉireannach
into one large screen.                                from two jockeys or stablemen who stood                Another gave the figure ‘174 held in             Aontaithe/The United Irishman, September,
    Wednesday evening, September 24, a few            conversing.                                         Curragh’ with the 4 crossed out and a 2 placed      October and November, 1958.)
Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008                                                                                                                                                                               15
                                                                                                                                         He told the trainees that the terrorists        though the British claimed this was a


          Fenian Notes                                                                                                                   had to be stopped regardless of how
                                                                                                                                         questionable might be the tactics.
                                                                                                                                                 E explained that in “Northern
                                                                                                                                                                                         domestic British operation on British
                                                                                                                                                                                         soil.
                                                                                                                                                                                            This training has long-term


     From our Washington Correspondent
                                                                                                                                         H       Ireland”, the British were up
                                                                                                                                                 against a sophisticated terror
                                                                                                                                         group and had to be excused if their
                                                                                                                                                                                         implications and NATO nations must
                                                                                                                                                                                         be prepared for any terrorists groups
                                                                                                                                                                                         and their US supporters. It was
                                                                                                                                         methods were harsh, the IRA had                 recommended that other NATO
           E in the Irish American           leave no marks and will gain                                                                many sympathisers, especially among             nations send observers to “Northern

W          Community (IAC) became
           aware of joint training
exercises between the British and
                                             intelligence when the targets are
                                             broken. The British also will give
                                             demonstrations from a working bomb
                                                                                                                                         the IAC in the USA. The British had
                                                                                                                                         to use psychological warfare to win
                                                                                                                                         the hearts and minds of the people.
                                                                                                                                            He explained that there were two
                                                                                                                                                                                         Ireland” for first-hand experience and
                                                                                                                                                                                         knowledge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 LIVE LABORATORY
American military and intelligence           squad that has been used against the              FIELD EXERCISES
components just after the troops             IRA.                                           They conducted several field                 factions, nationalist and loyalist, and            This “province” offer a live
coming on the streets of Ireland in the         The next phase of the training will      exercises to give each trainee the              to maintain control the two had to be           laboratory for urban terrorism and
early 1970s.                                 be conducted by US and “UK”                 opportunity for detecting and                   kept fighting so they could be                  how a democracy had to deal with it.
   The United States would state only        military personnel. The participants        neutralising various explosives and             demonised. In order to do this, each            The British have also sent observers
at the time that North Atlantic Treaty       will     utilise    actual    incidents     incendiary devices likely to be used            side had to be blamed for incidents             to the United States to observe how
Organisation (NATO) countries                documented by the British from              by either terrorists or saboteurs,              against respective communities.                 the     US      deals     with     mass
routinely trained. There is a document       “Northern Ireland”.                         including letter bombs, packages,                  The British have to employ radical           demonstrations.
06001451843 marked “secret” that                The objective of this phase of the       attaché cases and the like. They were           measures that became necessary                     During the May 1972 “Mayday”
tells an entirely different tale.            training is to develop individual           told that the IRA would be looking for          when the IRA seemed to gain the                 demonstrations, the British observed
   This document is a Central                capability to realistically conduct         weaponry and they should be alert to            upper hand in the propaganda war.               how US federal and local law
Intelligence        Agency          (CIA)    investigations into known or                their activity in their respective              The IRA is in the habit of admitting            enforcement           rounded         up
memorandum for the Deputy Director           suspected           incidents         of    countries.                                      responsibility for any bombing                  demonstrators by the thousands and
of Operations regarding a Terrorist          sabotage/terrorist bombings.                   They also conducted several                  incident to maintain credibility even           herded them into a football stadium
Investigations       course       training      The instructors will provide basic       investigative field exercises of                when a situation goes bad.                      without a concern for food or water.
programme for NATO nations’ police           knowledge in the uses of commercial         explosive incidents to alert the trainee           To destroy the credibility the               People were rounded up en masse
and security personnel. The points to        and military demolitions and                to the need for and manner in which             British plant bombs in one                      whether they were demonstrators or
be covered evolve out of the crisis          incendiaries as they may be applied in      to collect, identify and preserve               community and blame the other                   people on their way to work.
that ensues in “Northern Ireland”.           terrorism and industrial sabotage           legally admissible evidence for                 hoping for a response. This keeps the              The training session proved to be
   The US and “UK” wanted to make            operations, the IRA bomb what they          prosecutive action.                             two apart while the British maintain            successful from the feedback of the
other NATO countries aware of what           call legitimate targets that are               They did caution that questionable           control.                                        participants. It was emphasised that in
can happen in one democracy may              businesses that do business with the        evidence was also necessary but had                This has proved effective because            this age of terrorism, responses could
happen in any of them. America was           British army and government.                to be made to be legal. After all               politicians of all stripes must                 not be mild but had to be firm.
particularly concerned because of               They will introduce samples of           fighting terrorists for the common              condemn the actions. They also use                 The British faced a terror war now
many dissident groups that operated          commercially available materials and        good required imaginative techniques            compromised operatives to foment                that any of America’s allies might
in the United States.                        home laboratory techniques likely to        which in normal circumstances might             dissent within terrorist ranks. This has        face at any time. Each nation would
   They were aware of the many Irish         be used in the manufacture of               not be admissible.                              been very effective.                            be prepared to support the others.
organisations that have mobilised in         explosives and incendiaries by                 British personnel presented actual              The trainees had a problem at first             In the United States, the FBI began
support of the Irish Republican Army         terrorist or saboteurs. IRA bomb            examples of interrogation from                  accepting the fact that they might              its war on those who questioned US
(IRA) which the US is prepared to            makers adapt to available materials.        incidents in Ireland in which US                have to initiate what are criminal acts         policy and we know the IAC became
stop. “What is happening in ‘Northern           The British instructors familiarised     Intelligence operatives were present            in the name of fighting terrorism.              a prime target because they were
Ireland’ is against a democratic ally”.      the trainees with the concept of target     and assisted. The British techniques            They accepted that if the great                 declared enemies of America’s great
   The following subject matter is           analysis and operational planning that      were demonstrated.                              democracies use these methods, it               ally, Britain. Black militants were also
covered in this training: (1)                a saboteur or terrorists might employ.         If this was not successful, the              must be a valid option.                         targeted. The FBI linked all together
investigative       techniques,        (2)   CIA and British intelligence                trainees were shown how to be                      The US personnel then offered                and treated it as a communist-inspired
collection and preservation of               demonstrated IRA targeting police           creative with evidence and how to               examples of how they have had to                conspiracy.
evidence, records, files and reporting,      and army barracks and businesses and        plant it if that is what it would take for      deal with mass protests such as the                Looking back on all of this it is not
(3) gathering of information on              the counter-measures they have used         a conviction of a known terrorist.              anti-war groups, civil rights and               hard to see why the United States
terrorist groups and their activities,       to combat them.                                The entire programme provides the            recent Irish American demonstrations            reacted after 9/11 to the tactics the
(4) a seminar devoted to discussions            They introduced the trainees to          trainees with ample opportunity to              against the British. They made it               British used in Ireland. Sensory
on terrorist and other hostile activities    booby-trapping         devices      and     develop basic familiarity and use               known that they were supporting                 deprivation has been used at Abu
currently existing in their respective       techniques        giving       practical    proficiently        through     handling,       British efforts in the North and had            Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons.
countries, (5) monitoring support            experience with both manufactured           preparing and applying the various              increased domestic surveillance of              America had all the British
groups such as the Irish groups in the       and improvised devices through              explosive charges, incendiary agents,           Irish activists.                                experience in Ireland to draw on.
US who support the Irish “terrorists”        actual fabrication.                         terrorist devices and sabotage                     It was revealed that the CIA, aware             This memo also confirms all the
in Northern Ireland.                            They emphasised the necessity of         techniques.                                     of future insurgency even in the US,            suspicions we had back in the 1970s
   Following the seminar, the British        alertness for detecting and countering         James Angleton, Chief, Counter               had spent time in “Northern Ireland”            about the policy of Britain and its
will demonstrate sensory techniques          booby-traps placed by saboteurs or          Intelligence Staff was brought in to            as liaison officers with the British            torture and the domestic spying of the
that they have used in detention             terrorists. They explained that the         emphasise how the United States was             army and interrogation units.                   FBI. It was all true. We must never
centres in “Northern Ireland” that           IRA used road bombs which are               very concerned with the growing                    They were impressed with the use             forget this because it could happen
Americans have observed.                     exploded when the vehicles pass over        urban        terrorism       that     was       of sensory deprivation techniques.              again.
   These techniques are harsh but            them.                                       demonstrated by the IRA campaign.               This part of joint NATO exercises                          — Peadar Mac Fhínín

                                                                                                                 Knowles          McGuirk,         the   Roscommon, September 1, 1920;            murderers on September 6, 1040.

            Bill Fuller
 ON Monday, August 18, at Lixnaw Parish Church,
                                                Comhbhróin                                                       Casement/Hughes Cumann, Sinn
                                                                                                                 Féin Poblachtach, Dún Laoghaire,
                                                                                                                 Cumain, Comhairlí Ceantair and
                                                                                                                                                         Vol Pat Gill of North Roscommon
                                                                                                                                                         Brigade, IRA murdered by British
                                                                                                                                                         Crown Forces at Drumsna, Co
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Always remembered by Cumainn,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Comhairlí Ceantair and Comhairle
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chúige Chonnacht.
                                                                                                                 Comhairle Chúige Chonnacht.             Leitrim on September 10, 1920; OC        LONG – 11th Anniversary. In proud
 Co Kerry, a Requiem Mass was celebrated for                              BARRY, Deepest sympathy is             SKEAHAN, Deepest Sympathy is            Pat Glynn, South Roscommon               memory of Vol Ruairí Long,
                                                                          extended to Pat Barry, Bundoran, Co
 William J Fuller (Bill) who had died in the USA on                       Donegal on the death of his brother.
                                                                                                                 extended to the family and friends of   Brigade, IRA, killed in action at the    Limerick who died on September 3,
                                                                                                                 Mike Skeahan (New York) who died        attack on Ballinlough Barracks on        1995 aged 18 years. Always
 July 28.                                                                 From      Michael     Logan      and   July, 25th, 2008. He was a founding     September 14, 1930; Lieut Michael        remembered by his comrades in the
                                                                          Republican comrades, England.          member of Cumann na Saoirse who         Glavey, South Roscommon Brigade,         Republican Movement, Limerick.
   Bill was born in Glenoe in                                             DILLON, Deepest sympathy to the        presented him with the Michael          IRA, killed in action at Ballinlough     McGRATH – 13th Anniversary. In
1917 in the Stack's Mountain                                              family of Joe Dillon, Castlederg, Co   Flannery Spirit of Freedom award in     barracks on September 14, 1920 and       proud memory of Vol Derek
region of North Kerry. He was                                             Tyrone, who died suddenly on July      2007. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam       Vol Michael Keane, killed in action      McGrath, Limerick who died on
                                                                          13, 2008. Joe & Mary O Neill, Pat
only a young boy when he                                                  Barry, Martin & Margaret McGrath,
                                                                                                                 dílis. From Cumann Na Saoirse           at    Ballinlough    barracks      on    September 7, 1997 aged 35 years.
heard the horrific stories of the                                                                                Ná?s?únta/ The National Irish           September 14, 1920. Always               Always remembered by his
                                                                          Jimmy & Ann McElhinney, Mick &         Freedom Committee (USA).                remembered by Cumainn, Comhairlí         comrades in the Republican
Clasmealicon       caves,     the                                         Phyliss Cullen, Ann & Peter Pastor,                                            Ceantair and Comhairle Chúige            Movement, Limerick.
Ballyseedy Massacre and the                                               the Curneen family, Séamus                                                     Chonnacht.
shootings at Ballymullen
Barracks in Tralee. Timothy
                                                                          McGowan, Thomas & Bernie Kelly,
                                                                          Brendan Casey, Dean, Paul, Benny,        I gCuimhne                            ASHE – 91st Anniversary. In proud
                                                                                                                                                                                                  McGRATH – 68th Anniversary. In
                                                                                                                                                                                                  proud and loving memory of Vol
                                                                          Cormac, Republican Sinn Féin,                                                  and loving memory of Vol Thomas          Paddy McGrath, executed by Free
'Aero' Lyons, whose heroic                                                Donegal,     Republican      Garden    86th Anniversary. In proud and          Ashe, who died as a result of force-     State murderers on September 8,
stand    at    Clashmealicon,                                             Commitee, Bundoran, the Hunger         loving memory of the men of the         feeding while on hunger strike on        1940. Always remembered by
                                                                          Strike Commemoration Committee,
Gweorge O'Shea and Timothy                                                Michael Logan and Republican
                                                                                                                 North Sligo Brigade who were            September 25, 1917. Always               Cumainn, Comhaireí Ceantair and
Twomey, who were murdered                                                                                        brutally murdered by Free State         remembered by Cumainn, Comhairlí         Comhairle Chúige Chonnacht.
                                                                          comrades, England.                     forces on Ben Bulben Mountain on        Ceantair and Comhairle Chúige            McKEOWN – 34th Anniversary. In
at Ballyseedy, were all                                                   FULLER, Sincere and deepest            September 20, 1922. Joe banks,          Chonnacht.                               proud and loving memory of
neighbours of Bill Fuller.            • Bill Fuller                       sympathy to the Fuller family, Kerry   Henry Benson, Peter Burns, Todd         FLANNERY – 14th Anniversary. In          Volunteer Patrick McKeown, 1st
                                                                          and the USA on the death of Bill       Burns, Brigadier Séamus Devins,         proud and loving memory of               Lieutenant, South Down/South
                                      through his long life was well      Fuller, a great Kerryman and a         Tom Langan, Brian McNeill and Pat       Michael Flannery, North Tipperary        Armagh Brigade, Óglaigh na
  He emigrated to England and                                             wonderful Irishman. From the Ard
                                      appreciated by the attendance                                              O’Carroll. Always remembered by         Brigade, IRA and later of New York.      hÉireann who was killed in action on
became a very successful and                                              Chomhairle, and Kerry Comhairle        Cumainn, Comhairlí Ceantair and         A life-long militant Republican.         August 27, 1974. Remembered
wealthy entrepreneur, and             of so many Kerry members of         Ceantair, Sinn Féin Poblachtach.       Comhairle Chúige Chonnacht.             Always remembered by Cumainn,            always by his brother, Eddie. “The
                                      Republican Sinn Féin at his         Ó GADHRA, Deepest sympathy is
continued to do so in the                                                 extended to Maureen and the family
                                                                                                                 88th Anniversary. In proud and          Comhairlí Ceantair and Comhairle         Republic stands for truth and
United States up to his death.        funeral.                            of Nollaig Ó Gadhra whose death
                                                                                                                 loving memory of Captain Tom            Chúige Chonnacht.                        honour, for all that is noblest in our
                                         He was laid to rest in                                                  McDonagh, Sough Sligo Brigade           HARTE – 68th Anniversary. In             race. By truth and honour, principle
Bill Fuller never forgot his                                              occurred on August 13. From the Ard    IRA who was killed in action at         proud and loving memory of Thomas        and sacrifice alone will Ireland be
roots and his generosity to the       Kilfeighney Cemetery in             Chomhairle, Sinn Féin Poblachtach,     Teenacreeva,     Tibhone,     Co        Harte, executed by Free State            free.” - Liam Mellows.
                                      Lisnaw.                             the staff of SAOIRSE, Cathleen
Republican Movement all
16                                                                                                                                                 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008


          Lisbon Two - Cold War or World War III
                                     inevitable that Russia would         this situation… a situation which      in American dollars and gas             this life. If Mr Cowen or his               Let me appeal to you…
        Is there a                   adopt a similar position in          they created through their             (although plentiful) is linked to       successors give us a chance to           (honesty demands that I inform
       difference?                   relation to Ossetia/Abkhazia.        ‘puppet’ Saakashvili?                  the price of oil. As a result our       vote for the Lisbon Treaty again         you that before writing this
                                         The unstable situation there        Way back in 1992 just like Mr       own gas supplies (controlled by         let’s all vote YES to all its merry      article I checked to make sure I
        RIAN Cowen ‘hints’ at a

B       second Lisbon Treaty
        vote… the British, the
French and German elite… (and
                                     will cost America nothing.
                                     However, if hostilities erupt in
                                     the Balkans or Caucasus regions
                                     it is Ireland’s gas supplies which
                                                                          Psycho       Saakashvili

                                                                          Mr Psycho Saddam to invade
                                                                          another country – Kuwait.
                                                                                                       they
                                                                          encouraged their then tame ally
                                                                                                                 British oil companies) can never
                                                                                                                 be sold at a fair price to you and
                                                                                                                 me.
                                                                                                                                                         works.
                                                                                                                                                            We owe that much to America
                                                                                                                                                         for all they have done for
                                                                                                                                                         us…okay I know they are
                                                                                                                                                                                                  am exempt from military service
                                                                                                                                                                                                  due to having a mental condition
                                                                                                                                                                                                  known as ‘a strong back and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                  weak mind’ and have purchased
other European politicians with      are threatened. If Europe applies                                              Those who claimed the anti-          locking us up over there and             12 month’s supplies of food and
an eye to a good personal job        sanctions George Bush and his           At that time France and             Lisbon groups were using ‘scare         kicking us home these days but           fuel) take my advice… what
and high wage packet in Europe)      oil baron friends will simply sell   Russia had an interest in Iraq oil     tactics’ have been proven wrong.        remember how ‘good’ they were            have insignificant people like
want us all to vote yes to Lisbon    us some of their own expensive       production and they were on the        It is very simple, a vote for           to us during the Famine? OK, it          you got to lose?
next time round so that their        fuel supplies. Who knows… we         verge of negotiating independent       Lisbon is a vote to use a               might be 150 years ago but still
populations will be bulldozed        may even ‘need’ to purchase one      oil supplies for Europe. Rumour        European Army to fight Britain          they allowed us go there to build           Do you want to live forever?
into a frightening ‘New Europe’      of their nuclear power stations?     has it Saddam would have               and America’s proxy wars                the country for them.                    Have you got so used to your
which many do not want.              When Barack Obama says he            accepted the new Euro currency         against ‘real’ powers in Europe            And then remember Britain,            comfortable life and having your
   When the crazy guy in             will make America independent        in preference to dollars. Psycho-      and abroad while ‘rich cats’            they came here and created an            children about you that you
Georgia displayed the belief that    of foreign oil in ten years do you   Saddam’s       action     allowed      exploit the wealth of any country       economic situation that allowed          don’t want to lose them? Just for
we would all follow him into         think he means Americans             America to sideline Europe in          that is defenceless. (Note how          us all to go and die on whatever         once trust somebody… do it…
World War III and attacked           should buy bicycles? One             the region, destabilise the area       America backed down from                battlefield they needed us on.           do it for America, Britain and
Russian citizens it was time for a   suspects that he intends to put      generally and set the scene for        conflict with Russia but insists        Vote for tradition, vote for the         their world…vote YES! Don’t
wake-up call for everyone in         the rest of us back on bicycles      the American-British ‘private          Europe must impose sanctions            way things were — the good-              be a selfish Irish pig b**s **d all
Europe. Why?                         instead.                             war’ which has been raging ever        which will hurt Europe and              old-days — nostalgia. Who                your life… think of someone
   It is in America’s interest to        So why are the two ‘special      since.                                 Russia, not America or its              wants to live for ever anyway?           else for a change.
see Europe in constant flux.         relationship’, ‘brothers in arms’        N a complicated commercial         resource-plundering allies?)            (The next generation can look
When       they    insisted
independence for Kosovo, it was
                               on    or ‘the odd couple’?, America
                                     and Britain, trying to enflame       I   world dominated by America
                                                                              it seems we must pay for oil
                                                                                                                    I want you to remember we
                                                                                                                 seldom get a second chance in
                                                                                                                                                         after themselves…we had to,
                                                                                                                                                         didn’t we?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    — Mac Cool


                  Éamonn Ceannt commemoration
                                                                          organiser, chaired the proceedings
A SUCCESSFUL commemoration was held in                                    and a wreath was laid by Declan
memory of Éamonn Ceannt, one of the executed                              Coleman, Crumlin RSF.
leaders of the 1916 Rising in the stadium in                                 The stadium, or park as it is
Crumlin named after him.                                                  called locally, is on Sundrive Road,
                                                                          Crumlin, Dublin.
  The parade, marshalled by Dan      Superquinn and marched to the           Speaking at the commemoration
Donohoe,        Crumlin      and     park behind a colour party from      in Crumlin, Tomás Ó Clérigh, Ard
Chairperson of Comhairle Ceantair    Republican Sinn Féin, Wexford.       Chomhairle, Republican Sinn Féin
Átha Cliath, assembled at               Andy    Connolly,    Leinster     said:
                                                                             “Today we honour with pride
                                                                          one of Ireland’s noblest sons,
       REPUBLICAN GARDEN                                                  Éamonn Ceannt, signatory of the
           BUNDORAN                                                       Proclamation and Commandant of
                                                                          the Dublin Brigade, Irish
          CO DONEGAL                                                      Republican Army, during Easter
     Special Appeal for Funds - to pay off our loan of                    Week.
                          €2,000                                             “A lover of all things Irish, our
                                                                          language and our culture, Éamonn
     The committee and trustees of the Republican                         Ceannt donned the Fenian mantle.
   Garden in Bundoran, Co Donegal are pleased to                          For him it was a thing of beauty.
announce that plans are being drawn up for the next                       For others it was a garment of
                                                                                                                  • The colour party leading the parade to the Éamonn Ceannt commemoration in
          stage of development at the garden.                             constraint. ‘I must free myself of      Crumlin, Dublin on August 17.
 It is proposed that six commemorative plaques will                       the straitjacket of the Republic,’     bargaining table.                          “Lesser men would settle for a           “At this monument to Éamonn
  be erected in the coming year. To date, the garden                      snarled de Valera, following a            “On May 7, the day before his        lesser thing – the result partition      Ceannt we of Republican Sinn
    has had visitors from all over Ireland, America,                      meeting of the Dáil cabinet.           execution Éamonn Ceannt penned          and an Ireland subject to the whims      Féin renew our vows never to
   Europe and beyond, and the response has been                              “But the man who served under       these words from Cell 88,               of Westminster.                          desist until the All-Ireland
                        positive.                                         Ceannt as Vice-Commandant,             Kilmainham Jail:                           “But down through the years           Republic is re-enthroned. We
   In the weeks running up to Easter, the gates and                       sustaining 25 wounds from enemy                                                others were to take the fight to the     promise never to treat with the
  railings, seats and flagpoles were all painted. New                     fire during Easter Week, Cathal           “ ‘I leave for the guidance of       enemy – each generation was to           enemy until Ireland is free.
     flags were erected and additional flowers and                        Brugha, was watching and sensed        other Irish revolutionaries who         play its part.
    shrubs were added. This in in keeping with the                        a sell-out. Both Ceannt and Brugha     may tread the path which I have            “Always it seems there are               “Cuimhne       agus     saothar.
        continued development and is only fitting                         were of one mind – that Republic       trod this advice, never to treat with   those prepared to engage Ireland’s       Éamonn Ceannt abú. Victory to the
 considering the Republicans who are remembered                           which they established in arms         the enemy, never to surrender at his    enemy ‘to fight to a finish’ in          All-Ireland Republic.” Victory to
                          there.                                          should not be brought to the           mercy, but fight to a finish.’          Ceannt’s words.                          the All-Ireland Republic.”
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