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



IRISH BLOG AWARDS 2017 - ooops! It seems that our entry application was "not completed in time to be considered.." (?) and, as such, we are not now in the running. But we wish all the best to the successful entrants and to the organisers, and we hope all goes well for them on the day!


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).