DANIEL O'CONNELL -1843 ;
THE PROVISIONALS -1994 TO DATE .
....... Daniel O'Connell and the 'Loyal National Repeal Association' issued posters on Saturday 7th October 1843 , requesting people NOT to travel to Clontarf , in Dublin , for the planned 'Monster Meeting' , as same had been banned by the British 'authorities' .......
The Brits had turned on their 'rebel pet' ; to enforce their ban , Westminster ordered a number of gunboats and land-based artillery pieces to train their weapons on the Clontarf area . Daniel O'Connell was aware that thousands of people would already be on their way to the Clontarf meeting (some having left their homes on the Friday , or earlier , for the walk to Dublin) so he sent his marshals out from Dublin on horseback , urging the crowds to return home : he could do nothing else ....
.... -in this scribblers opinion , O'Connell and his 'Loyal Association' had painted themselves into a corner ; they fell into a trap of their own making . He had publicly and repeatedly vowed to work within " the law " (ie British 'law') which could have at any time been used , as it eventually was , to ban his agitation and he had vehemently ruled out the use of force in any circumstances in challenging the British . The Provisional 'Republican' Movement (ie Provisional Sinn Fein and the PIRA) have , on the other had , since 1994 , used force in this country against those who have taken to the streets to protest the continuing British presence ! .
At least Daniel O'Connell never got his arm broken whilst attempting to rescue British soldiers .......
WHERE MOUNTAINY MEN HAVE SOWN :
war and peace in rebel Cork ,
in the turbulent years 1916-21.
By Micheal O'Suilleabhain : published 1965.
".......there was another war going on alongside the military one - a war for information on the enemy . The Brits distributed a number of posters and leaflets in an attempt to get people to inform on the IRA - one such poster read as follows ......."
During the last twelve months innumerable murders and outrages have been committed by those who call themselves Members of the Irish Republican Army . Only by the help of self-respecting Irishmen can these murders be put a stop to .
It is possible to send letters containing information in such a way as to prevent their being stopped in the post ; if you have information to give and you are willing to help the cause of Law and Order act as follows :
Write your information on ordinary notepaper , being careful to give neither your name nor your address . Remember also to disguise your handwriting , or else print the words . Put it into an envelope , addressed to -
D. W. Ross ,
Poste Restante ,
G.P.O. , London .
Enclose this envelope in another (take care that your outer envelope is not transparent) and put with it a small slip of paper asking the recipient to forward the D.W. Ross letter as soon as he receives it . Address the outer envelope to some well disposed friend in England or to any well known business address in England .
You will later be given the opportunity , should you wish to do so , of identifying your letter , and should the information have proved of value , of claiming a Reward . The utmost secrecy will be maintained as to all information received . '
Just one of the posters put up by the British . And ignored by the people ......."
[END of 'BURNINGS....'].
(Next - 'SHOOTINGS' : " The Auxiliaries , the Black and Tans , the RIC , and other terrorists of our time were not so nice in their methods as Oliver Cromwell , but they did their best .......").
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 .
(13 of 21).
The by-now-routine organisation of a coup got under way ; there was a difficulty in that the head of the Chilean armed forces , General Rene Schneider , was a democrat who opposed unconstitutional action . The CIA supplied the guns which were sent to Chile in a diplomatic bag and were used to kill General Schneider .
The coup took $8 million dollars and three years to organise and in September 1973 , Allende and thousands of his supporters were killed and tortured and the military junta which still rules today (ie 1986) was set up . On 22nd November 1963 , John F. Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas and Major Rolando Cubela was offered a CIA poison-pen device and a rifle with telescopic sights as part of a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro .
For Kennedy , the assassination 'chickens' came home to roost that day .......