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.” Ba mhaith liom bheith i mo bhall de Sinn Féin Poblachtach REPUBLICAN Ireland . . . The establishment of a true 32-County FEDERAL Loyalist attack on youth team A DUBLIN soccer club, Crumlin United, was DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST Ainm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SINN FÉIN REPUBLIC . . . The establishment of 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 Seoladh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . completely outside the present Derry. Bricks, bottles and beer cans were hurled at a block of 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. 21). . . . OUR HISTORY At least one of the windows was smashed with a large brick Send to: during the incident. Formed in 1905 . . . We are the oldest Teach Dáithí Ó Conaill political organisation in the country . . 223 Parnell Street, Dublin 1 . Organised throughout the 32 Teil: 01-872 9747; Facs: 01-872 9757. Counties . . . We have continuously Results of Dublin raffle or 229 Falls Road, Belfast rejected the failed political entities of e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org the Six and 26 Counties in existence AUGUST results: 1st.prize ticket no 554; 2nd prize no http://rsf.ie since the British partitioned our 141; 3rd prize no 624; 4th prize no 461; 5th prize no 280; or contact your local paper seller for country . . . 6th prize no 420; 7th prize no 538; 8th prize no 218. details SAOIRSE October edition For a full British withdrawal from Ireland published 1/10/2008 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008 3 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 CUID 1 na Gearmáine” (an DDR) ar an 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. 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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 8 Saoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008 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.” vSaoirse-Irish Freedom — Meán Fómhair/September 2008 11 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 No US To get a sponsorship card please phone the office (01 was the wreath meant to commemorate – the event moved on and recessions just would not happen any more British gold by way of investment and bribe pours Free State will never break our spirit or our resolve. Visas for 6770253) or email@example.com or you can email itself or in memory of the sergeant of the British Crown due to global corporate business working together. He into Dublin at a rate never known before. The Celtic Tiger If need be we will be fighting then. We will never Republicans download and print one from http://www.ipsc.ie/docs/2008s Forces who was killed? If it is A chara 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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