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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!


Monday, December 19, 2005

The '1169...' crew will be 'closing up shop' later on this week for our Christmas break ; we will probably be absent for about one week , but it could be less : depends on when the funds run dry !

BRITISH 'JUSTICE' : THE EMERGENCY LEGISLATION AND THE INFORMER SYSTEM.......
First published in the booklet ' STRIP SEARCHES IN ARMAGH JAIL' , produced , in February 1984 , by 'The London Armagh Group' .

Those named by an informer are immediately arrested and held on remand in Armagh and Crumlin Road gaols ; thus , although the sole 'evidence' against them is the 'word' of one individual , and the 'truth' of the 'evidence' has not yet been decided by a 'court' (a juryless one) , those named people lose their freedom .

Women are immediately subjected to the full harshness of Armagh prison life : regular strip-searches , stringent discipline and the punitive use of prison rules . Overall , 400 people have so far been charged on the 'word' of an informer , and 80 have been convicted . The Show Trials have put so many people on remand - some for periods of up to two years - that in effect they have led to the reintroduction of internment , which was 'officially' ended in 1975 .

Of the 35 women currently imprisoned in Armagh , several are on remand having been named by an informer , but to date no woman has been convicted on informer evidence . It seems probable that there is a connection between the Westminster policy of using informers and of intensive strip-searching - the informer 'system' began in 1980 , getting fully underway in 1982 ; the strip-searches began in earnest in November 1982 ; the more intolerable that prison life becomes , the easier it will be for Westminster to find prisoners willing to turn informer .......

(MORE LATER).



FR. DENIS FAUL : A CONNIVING AND TREACHEROUS MAN .......
First published in 'IRIS' magazine , Volume 1 , Number 2 , November 1981 .

In July 1981 , Fr. Denis Faul requested a meeting with Sinn Fein ; his declared purpose in doing so (with people whom he would later call "thugs" , to advance his 'case') was allegedly to acquaint himself with Sinn Fein's then current attitude to the hunger-strike situation . At that stage six hunger-strikers were already dead and Kevin Lynch and Kieran Doherty were rapidly deteriorating .

Eamonn McCrory , from Sinn Fein , put the position that Republicans believed that the hunger-strike would continue and that prisoners would continue to die while the people whose co-operation and collaboration Britain depended on to maintain its rule in Ireland - the Free State Government ,the SDLP and the Irish Catholic hierarchy - withheld their active support for the prisoners' five demands . That took about ten minutes : the rest of the meeting , which lasted about forty minutes in total , was used by Fr. Faul to expound on the "...hopelessness.. " of the situation .

At one point Faul described the hunger-strikers' determination and self-sacrifice as being no more that a "...lemming-mentality.. " , saying that "...they must be helped to help themselves by getting them off the hunger-strike .. " . He spoke of a "...suspension.. " of the hunger-strike and , with an insight into his intentions , of the hunger-strike ultimately breaking down in recriminations . Within twenty-four hours , this conniving and treacherous Catholic priest was to 'spin' the facts regarding that meeting .......

(MORE LATER).



THUGGERY : THE UGLY FACE OF SINN FEIN THE WORKERS PARTY .......
From 'MAGILL' magazine , April 1982 .

OFFICIAL IRA/PROVISIONAL IRA FEUDS (1975 and 1977):
The Official IRA seems to have been the victim , certainly in the 1975 feud with the Provisional IRA , for the same reason that the IRSP was the victim in the feud with the Official IRA earlier that year if only because it was the more vulnerable party .

Altogether eleven people were killed in the 1975 feud and five in the 1977 feud , when the Officials seemed to have wreaked some sort of revenge . We are not delving too deeply into those feuds here because of the enormous complexity of them and because of the existence of thuggery on both sides .
(Tomorrow : 'The Murder Of Seamus Costello' , October 5 , 1977 .)
(MORE LATER).


29th Christmas Morning Swim : 1976-2005.

SPONSORED SWIM - CHRISTMAS DAY , 12 NOON .

Venue : Grand Canal (opposite Kellys Pub/Blackhorse Inn) Inchicore , Dublin 8 .

15 swimmers , turf fire , Rebel music , lemonade for the kids , 'soup' for the adults...

ALL WELCOME !

Organised by CABHAIR (Irish Republican Prisoners Dependants Fund) , 223 Parnell Street , Dublin 1 .