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Monday, January 31, 2005

THE BOUNDARY COMMISSION , 1921-1925 .......
A British 'sleight-of-hand' which caused a mutiny within British forces in Ireland.......

....... in Ireland in 1935 , the Stormont 'Minister for Home Affairs' , a 'Sir' Richard Dawson Bates , apparently believed he could walk on water - on 18th June that year (1935) he issued an 'Order' banning all parades ; his friends in the Orange Order objected immediately , and told him that they would be holding a parade on June 23rd (1935) . 'Sir' Bates was not amused .......

Bates put his troops on notice , and repeated his 'banning Order' . On the 23rd June (1935) , the Orange Order took to the streets , as intended - and the RUC , and 'Sir' Bates , stood and watched !

At that parade , the then Orange Grand Master , a 'Sir' Joseph Davison , 'put it up' to his friend , 'Sir' Bates - " You may be perfectly certain that on the 12 July the Orangemen will be marching throughout Northern Ireland (sic) . I do not acknowledge the right of any government , Northern or Imperial , to impose conditions as to the celebration . "

Four days later (ie on the 27th June 1935) 'Sir' Bates backed-down and lifted the 'ban' . Three years later ( on 22nd December [1938] ) 'Sir' (or 'Master' ?) Bates introduced internment for Republicans , saying - " The (Stormont) Government decided there was no alternative other than to arrest and intern well-known leaders and prominent members of this illegal organisation (IRA) . " No 'backing-down' on that one ...

'Sir' Richard Dawson Bates was a 'product' of the times and 'class' he was born into ; he could not help but be arrogant .......


Encounters with youths exposed him to IRA.

First published in 'NOW' magazine , Volume 1 , No. 4 , October 1989 , page 37 .
Re-published here in 5 parts .
(1 of 5).

'Royal' uncle 'Lord' Louis Mountbatten was killed because of his homosexuality , according to Irish Republican sources ; 'Lord' Mountbatten died in August 1979 when his boat was blown up at Mullaghamore , County Sligo , by the Provisional IRA .

A book to be published in Britain next month (ie October 1989) by a former British Intelligence Officer will give details of 'Lord' Mountbatten's gay life and claim that he was a risk to British State security ; but , ironically , 'Lord' Mountbatten proved to be a bigger threat to his own security ...

It was his liaisons with three young Irish boys which led to his assassination - it was information obtained indirectly from one of the boys which drew the attention of the IRA to 'Lord' Mountbatten's presence in Ireland . The same source provided details about his movements .......


By Micheal MacGiolla Phadraig .
From 'NOW' magazine , Volume 1 , Number 4, October 1989 , pages 28 and 29 .
Re-published here in 6 parts .
(3 of 6).

The orgins of The Irish Press can be traced to the early years of the Irish State ; in a bid to raise money for the Rebel Government set up by the First Dail (32-County body) , an 'external loan' was authorised . Eamon de Valera , Bishop Fogarty and James O'Mara were appointed trustees for a $5,800,000 loan which was raised in the U.S. , collected mostly by Irish-American organisations .

More than half the money was sent to Ireland , the rest - about $2,500,000 - was lodged in New York banks to act as a reserve for the fledging State .

When the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed in 1922 , the Cosgrave Government and the anti-Treaty side both laid claim to the New York funds , with de Valera and O'Mara claiming the money had been subscribed for the Irish Republican cause . In 1927 , the New York State Supreme Court ruled that the money belonged to neither side - and ordered that it be returned to those who had given it .......