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Thursday, August 26, 2004

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

....... a British 'Proclamation' had been posted on walls and lamp-posts etc in Dublin on Tuesday , 25th April 1916 , concerning the Rising which was then underway ; amongst other things , the British had introduced 'martial law'.......

....that British 'Proclamation' was only in circulation for a few hours when three men were 'arrested' : Francis Sheehy Skeffington , Patrick McIntyre and Thomas Dickson .

It was on this same Wednesday (26th April 1916) that 1,600 British soldiers from the 'Third Cavalry Brigade' , artillery from Athlone and the 176th and 178th Infantry Brigades of the 59th North Midland Division of the British Army were preparing themselves for the march from 'Kingstown' Harbour (Dun Laoighaire) to Dublin city centre .

Tension was high in the city ; Francis Sheehy Skeffington , a leading writer and well-known pacifist , was in Dublin city centre attempting to turn back the looters that were out in force , taking advantage of the dis-organised situation in the capital .......

(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.......

" .......3rd January , 1921 ; Doire Finin , Renanirree - five lorry-loads of British Auxiliaries drove into the village ......."

" ...the time selected was quite an unusual one - nine in the morning . Their method of approach was clever ; the main road from Macroom ran past the hamlet to Beal a' Ghleanna and Ballingeary . Another , the Leac Road , converged on the former and joined it when about four hundred yards past the houses . The British Army lorries could pass unnoticed on the Leac Road for , although near , it was under the level of the main road .

That was exactly what they did - then , having passed by the houses , they stopped the lorries , dismounted and came back on foot . While some converged on the houses , others crossed the main road and pushed on rapidly uphill to the north-east to gain the heights behind the houses . The Auxies approaching from the front were seen and the alarm was given ; in nearly every house there lived an IRA Volunteer , but some were absent and the few at home were unarmed . Dannie Casey , a good Volunteer , whose house stood a hundred yards back from the main road , happened to be at home . With him was his young brother , Jeremiah , seventeen years of age .

A box filled with ammunition and gelignite was now Dannie's concern : he grasped the box to take it uphill with him - Jeremiah said that he would also go ......."

(MORE LATER).


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 .

[21 of 21].

John Ranelagh (author of this book) argues that the CIA's power declined as it grew older ; it has , he says , less influence today (ie 1986) than ever . Partly this is because of the nature of the Reagan regime - Kennedy , Johnson and Nixon wanted "plausible deniability" if covert operations screwed up ; they wanted to be able to say they did'nt know about them . This created risks for the CIA , but it also gave the Agency a measure of independence and flexibility .

But when Ronald Reagan wanted Grenada's government overthrown he did'nt involve the CIA - he sent in the Marines . And his popularity rose . Similarly , in attempting to overthrow the Nicaraguan government , Reagan is less concerned with stealth . As America went steadily to the right he could get consensus for overt action - there is now little need to slip millions of dollars 'under the counter' to guerrilla groups ; Ronald Reagan was able to get his $100 million dollar support to the Central American Contras legislated by the U S Senate . Whatever works ...

In the 1960's and 1970's the presence of the CIA on a college campus would have led to outrage and demonstrations ; today (1986) the CIA openly recruits on campus . In 1984 , they had a record 150,000 applications .......

[END of ' THE CIA : REAGAN'S SECRET ARMY .......'].
(Tomorrow - ' SCHOOL CHILDREN IN THE FRONT LINE ' : From 1989 - British Army bases and schools.......).