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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

By Joe Egan .
A lecture delivered to Dublin Republicans by Joe Egan on 26th November 1989 : I have had the following document for the past 16 years ; it was given to me by its author , a friend and true Irish Republican and deserves a wider readership - John Horan .

" Without knowing the man , even reading his last letters is enough to disprove the abominable lie that he committed suicide . Did he not write to his wife - " My mind is as tranquil this moment as at any period in my life . "

One only has to read his last speech from the dock at his trial to see and understand the character of the man . Just to quote a few lines is enough to convince any fair mind of the impossibility of Wolfe Tone committing suicide ; only the avowed enemies of truth and justice could dare say otherwise -

" Mr. President and gentlemen of the Court Martial : I mean not to give you the trouble of bringing judicial proof to convict me legally to having acted in hostility to the government of his Britannic Majesty in Ireland . I admit the fact from my earliest youth , I have regarded the connection between Ireland and Great Britain as the curse of the Irish nation and felt convinced that , whilst it lasted , this country could never be free nor happy . " "


By John Dean.
First published in 'MAGILL' magazine , October 1980 , pages 30, 31, 35, and 37.
Re-published here in 20 parts .
(19 of 20).

Then there is the excerpt from a speech that he gave a couple of months ago to a retirement community in Florida ; normally , I skip quickly through the overheated rhetoric but this time one paragraph caught my eye - and wound up haunting me for several days . Reagan is talking to senior citizens about assassinations , bombings , kidnappings , terrorism - the moral depravity of a world turned upside down when , all of a sudden , he said -

" All of these things have happened to a United States that most of you can remember , as I do remember , a United States that even when an American was on business , or vacation , or wherever , and got caught in some little country that was having a revolution , or got caught in a war , all that the American had to do was pin to his lapel a little American flag and he could walk right through that war and nobody would lay a finger on him . Well , I want to see that United States back in the world again . "


From 'The United Irishman' newspaper , Aibrean [April] 1957 , page 1.
(IML. IX. UIMHIR 4 - price Tri Pingin [Three Pennies].
Thanks to my late friends Christy and Theresa L. for giving me this 48-year-old newspaper ; this thread published in memory of those two old Fenians ! - John.

' Normally Sinn Fein does not reply directly to statements of a derogatory nature emanating from political party sources . Because of their implications it is felt necessary to depart from this practice in the case of statements attributed to Mr. Costello , outgoing Taoiseach , when speaking recently in the Leinster House parliament .

Mr. Costello is reported as having stated , inter alia , "... we are facing in this 'Dail' a somewhat unprecedented position where a number of people have been elected to sit in 'Dail Eireann' and who refuse to take their seats , and not merely do they refuse to take them but they deny the validity of the institutions of this State set up over the last number of years . "

The Sinn Fein candidates were not elected to sit in "Dail Eireann" . The policy of Sinn Fein - the policy for which the support of the electorate was solicited by Sinn Fein - has been presented to the public over a period of years . It was again presented to the electorate during the recent election campaign . Through such presentation of it's policy Sinn Fein made it abundently clear that its elected representatives would not take their seats in Leinster House ....... '