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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

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

....... in December 1925 , the pro-British 'A' and 'C' Special Constabulary (in the Six-Occupied Counties) had mutinied and taken their own Officers as hostages ; they were about to become unemployed (and , for most of them , unemployable !) and wanted a better deal . On 16th December 1925 , they handed in their demands to the Stormont 'Minister for Home Affairs' , 'Sir' Richard Dawson Bates , who was not impressed with their conduct .......


The 'A' and 'C' Specials were looking for more money ; they demanded a £200 tax-free 'bonus' for each member that was to be made redundant . Two days later (ie on 18th December 1925) 'Sir' Bates replied to the Special 'Rebels' (!) that not only would they not be getting the £200 'bonus' but if they did'nt back down immediately they would loose whatever few bob they were entitled to for being made redundant !

That message was delivered to the 'mutiniers' on 18th December 1925 ; on 19th December 1925 the 'rebels' all but apologised to Bates , released their hostages and signed on for the dole - the 'hard men' of the 'Specials' had been put in their place by a bigger thug than they were ! By Christmas Day , 1925 , the 'A' and 'C' Sections of the 'Ulster (sic) Special Constabulary Association - the 'Specials' - were disbanded . A sort of ' Peace on Earth' , if you like !

And , regarding the other group of 'hard men' on this island - the Free Staters - let us not forget their 'contribution to World Peace' in that same Christmas month in 1925 ; for it was on the 3rd December in that year that they sold-out to the Brits once again by agreeing that the conclusions of the Boundary Commission should be ignored and the Commission itself be abolished .

And they have been selling-out to the Brits ever since .

[END of ' THE BOUNDARY COMMISSION , 1921-1925 '].
(Tomorrow - 'The Press' newspaper : October 1797-March 1798 ; Too Radical for the Radicals ... ?).


HOW THE GAY LIFE KILLED MOUNTBATTEN.......
Encounters with youths exposed him to IRA.
BY FRANK DOHERTY.

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

Author 'Richard Deacon' , whose real name is Donal McCormick , quotes an unnamed former CIA Officer as saying - " What we could never understand was how Mountbatten , a known homosexual and therefore a security risk , managed to achieve the kind of promotion and jobs he got . " 'Deacon' says - " It was known inside the (British) Navy long before World War Two that he was a homosexual , sometimes even risking such conduct in his cabin when at sea . "

The author describes 'Lord' Mountbatten as " ... devious and egotistical . "

The IRA bomb was detonated from a car parked on the shore as 'Lord' Mountbatten sailed past a couple of hundred feet away .......

(MORE LATER).


DE VALERA AND THE AMERICAN CONNECTION .......
By Micheal MacGiolla Phadraig .
From 'NOW' magazine , Volume 1 , Number 4, October 1989 , pages 28 and 29 .
Re-published here in 6 parts .
(5 of 6).

When the Anglo-Irish Treaty (the 'Treaty of Surrender' - 6th December 1921) was signed , Anti-Treaty Dail Deputies formed a new political group ; Cumann na Poblachta - the Republican Party . Both the English and Irish versions of its name were used interchangeably .

One of its main concerns was the effect on public opinion which the pro-Treaty establishment press was having . Five years later ( in 1926 ) Fianna Fail was founded and incorporated in its title the name " The Republican Party " : this was taken to be a sign that it wished to continue as the reformed Cumann na Poblachta , since the title " Republican Party " is not a translation of Fianna Fail .......

(MORE LATER).