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Thursday, February 03, 2005

'THE PRESS' Newspaper , October 1797 - March 1798 .
Too Radical for the Radicals .

In January 1792 , the 'United Irishmen' organisation published the first edition of their newspaper , ' The Northern Star ' ; it was published in Belfast , and edited by Samuel Neilson .

It is believed to be the first instance of an Irish newspaper being 'controlled' by what was , in effect , a 'Board of Directors' which , in turn , appointed a 'sub-committee' to oversee the running of the newspaper .

However - within one year of its start-up , the Brits attempted to close it down ; but they failed . They then began a campaign of harassment against those that worked on 'The Northern Star' newspaper and eventually extended that campaign to include those that bought it , too !

It took the Brits five years but , in 1797 , they got their way - a gang of 'bully-boys' was sent in to deal with the 'problem' .......


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 .
(4 of 5).

The IRA bomb which killed 'Lord' Mountbatten was detonated from a car parked on the shore ; a pulse-coded transmitter of a type not used before was brought in from South Armagh because the IRA believed that British security officers may have fitted ECM (Electronic Counter-Measure) equipment in Classiebawn Castle which would have prematurely detonated any radio-bomb they attempted to plant .

The IRA spent nearly two months setting-up the assassination , relying on information from 'Lord' Mountbatten's homosexual contacts to track his movements . Mountbatten was an uncle of both (British) 'Queen' Elizabeth and her husband , 'Prince' Phillip , and was interested in what homosexuals call " the rough trade " and liked to have 'contacts' with 'working-class' youths .

He was particularly attracted to boys in their early teens .......


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

In 1925 , the 'Republican Daily Press Fund' was set-up , with Austin Stack as Chairperson and Molly Childers , widow of Erskine , as Treasurer .

During de Valera's fund-raising visits to the U.S. in 1922 , 1927 , and 1929 , when he solicited money for the organisation which was known at various times as 'Cumann na Poblachta' , 'The Republican Party' and then 'Fianna Fail- The Republican Party' , it was made clear that the funds being raised were for the setting up of a party newspaper - 'The Irish Press' .

The question must then be asked : who are the real owners of 'Irish Press Plc' ? That's one that may be answered eventually either in Dublin or in the United States , one way or another .

(Tomorrow : ' Hammer and Tongs - Survivors' ; from 'Magill' magazine , December 1980 ).