Monday, March 07, 2005

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

....... the Brits arrested Arthur O'Connor in February 1798 (on grounds of 'sedition') in Margate , in England . But 'Lord' Edward Fitzgerald managed to keep 'The Press' newspaper going - so , in March 1798 , the Brits decided to do something about that .......

Westminster contacted their 'Viceroy' in Ireland , a Mr. John Camden , and instructed him to move against the newspaper . In March 1798 , Camden and his armed thugs put 'The Press' newspaper out of business .

The 'moderate' section of the leadership of the United Irishmen organisation , and those within the 'rank-and-file' that supported them , were relieved that 'The Press' newspaper had been shut-down because , according to them , the organisation was not at that time fully prepared to take on the Brits .

Those that had wanted to begin an armed campaign stayed with the organisation in the belief that the 'moderates' , Thomas Addis Emmet and Dr. William James MacNeven , would call for an armed Rising when they felt the time was right to do so ; but the Brits were'nt going to 'hang around' waiting for the United Irishmen to get themselves ready ...

... - they moved on the Rebel group within days of them putting the 'The Press' newspaper out of business .......


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

It was now obvious to many observers that Ronald Reagan was becoming interested in the U.S. Presidency himself ; most dismissed the idea as quixotic , but he shocked everyone by being elected Governor of California in 1966 . Most political pro's explain his election as simply - Reagan was in the right place at the right time . Californians had been shocked by the recent riots in the black ghetto of Watts in Los Angeles and by the student demonstrations at many college campuses in the state .

In addition , there was the threat of new open housing laws and a rapidly expanding state bureaucracy that was already draining large amounts of tax dollars . Reagan calmed the voters' fears by telling them that he was one of them - an ordinary citizen who would see that some common sense and order was restored to state government .

He was elected by the substantial margin of almost one million votes .......


DEATH LIST 1989 .......
Two RUC Officers and two British soldiers , one based in West Germany , were killed by the IRA since mid-May , while a Catholic barman was shot by the UFF bringing the total death toll to 39 this year .
No by-line.
From 'MAGILL' magazine , July 1989 , pages 22 and 23 .
Re-published here in 14 parts .
(9 of 14).

4th April : Gerard Casey (29) of Shamrock Road , Rasharkin , County Antrim , was killed in his bed by loyalist gunmen . Mr. Casey , who leaves three children , was a member of the IRA who claimed that there was RUC and UDR collusion in the attack . Fr. Denis Faul also alleged that information about Mr. Casey and other Catholics shot recently may have been passed to loyalists by sympathisers in the British 'security forces' .

11th April : Joanne Reilly (20) was killed when an IRA bomb exploded prematurely in Warrenpoint , County Down , outside the RUC barracks . Claiming responsibility , the IRA said that one of it's members accidently triggered off a device which caused the bomb to explode before warnings were given . The 1500 lb bomb caused extensive damage to the houses in the town .

(Apologises again for late publication : the 'BLOGGER' 'PUBLISH' button has been 'down' since at least 7am this morning - Sharon).