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"1169 And Counting is a wealth of information on our Republican past and present , and demonstrates how the Irish political landscape , like that of any nation, will never be a black and white issue..."

(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)



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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

'TAN WAR' REPUBLICAN NEWSPAPER - 'An tOglach' , 1918-1921.

Dublin , Tuesday , April 25 , 1916 :

' A PROCLAMATION -

WHEREAS , in the City of Dublin and County of Dublin , certain evil disposed persons and Associations , with the intention of subverting the supremacy of the Crown in Ireland , have committed diverse acts of violence , and have with deadly weapons attacked the forces of the Crown , and have resisted by armed force the lawful authority of His Majesty's Police and Military forces ; and WHEREAS by reason thereof several of His Majesty's liege subjects have been killed and many others severely injured , and much damage to property has been caused ; and WHEREAS such armed resistance to His Majesty's Authority still continues :

NOW WE , Ivor Churchill Baron Wimborne , Lord Lieutenant-General and General Governor of Ireland , by virture of all the powers thereunto enabling us , do hereby proclaim that from and after the date of this Proclamation , and for the period of one month thereafter , unless otherwise ordered , the City of Dublin and County of Dublin are under and subject to Martial Law ; and WE do hereby call on all loyal and well-affected subjects of the Crown to aid in upholding and maintaining the peace of the Realm and the supremacy , and authority of the Crown ; and WE warn all peaceable and law-abiding subjects within such area of the danger of frequenting or being in any place in or in the vicinity of which His Majesty's forces are engaged in the suppression of disorder :

AND WE do hereby enjoin upon such subjects the duty and necessity , so far as practicable , of remaining within their own homes so long as these dangerous conditions prevail ; and WE do hereby proclaim that all persons found carrying arms without lawful authority are liable to be dealt with by virture of this Proclamation.


Given at Dublin ,
This 25th day of April , 1916.
WIMBORNE.
GOD SAVE THE KING . '

The above is a British Government 'Proclamation' , circulated in Dublin (on the above-mentioned date ie Tuesday 25/4/1916) in reply to THE Proclamation previously distributed by Irish Republicans and actions taken by same to enforce said document .......

(MORE LATER).


WHERE MOUNTAINY MEN HAVE SOWN :

war and peace in rebel Cork ,
in the turbulent years 1916-21.

By Micheal O'Suilleabhain : published 1965.

SHOOTINGS.......

" .......Christy Lucey , one of our best Volunteers , was to die at the hands of the British nine days after an innocent man , Jim Lehane , was taken from his house and shot dead by them ....... "

" As Christy Lucey descended the hill , his view of the road in the valley became more limited ; he had actually crossed the road when the British Auxiliaries arrived and , seeing him, immediately opened fire - he gained the shelter of the house , and had ill-fortune not intervened would have got away from them ...

...immediately behind the house a mass of rock rose vertically ; to provide for such an emergency , as was now Christy's , a ladder always stood in place against the rock . It had been temporarily removed and he had no option but to make a detour of the rock . This brought him again into the view of his enemies who shot him down . He was not armed - and it was a pity , for it was a remarkable fact that even a shot or two exchanged with these 'warriors' disturbed their aim unduly . A few weeks later these marauding Auxiliaries were trapped at Kilmichael , a few miles to the south of our area : seventeen of them were killed . The IRA lost three men .

On 3rd January , 1921 , five lorries of British Auxiliaries from Macroom made a descent on a cluster of houses at Doire Finin , Renanirree ; their raid was cunningly planned and viciously operated ......."

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THE CIA : REAGAN'S SECRET ARMY .......

Since 1947 , the CIA has been a powerful force in covertly executing American internal and foreign policy . A major book detailing the workings , methods and sometimes incompetence of the secret service - 'The Agency ; The Rise and Decline of The CIA ' , by John Ranelagh , has recently been published .

Gene Kerrigan examines the books findings and assesses the importance of 'The Agency' and the role it has played over the last 39 years .


First published in 'The Sunday Tribune' newspaper , Dublin , 24th August 1986 , page 11.

Re-produced here in 21 parts .

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On the whole , the CIA came well out of Vietnam - their analysis was more realistic than that of other agencies and they were far from the most 'hawklike' . They took the heat for the 'Phoenix Programme', although it originated in the 'National Security Council' . They took the heat for making a mess of the 'Bay of Pigs' operation , although it was John Kennedy who was responsible .

In the mid-1970's , William Colby (CIA Director) attempted to clear-up the CIA's reputation by admitting it had over-stepped the mark in the past ; by then , the CIA had ceased being the 'derring-do' outfit of the 1950's and had settled into being a bureaucracy like many others near the centre of government .

John Ranelagh , Author of this book , argues that the CIA's power declined as it grew older . It has less influence today (ie 1986) than ever .......

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