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



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Monday, April 10, 2006

EASTER RISING 1916-2006 : 90th Anniversary Events organised by the Republican Movement -

Easter Sunday , 16 April 2006 : Deansgrange Cemetery , Dublin , 1 pm . Assemble at Cemetery gates and march to Republican Plot .
Easter Monday , 17 April 2006 : Assemble Garden of Remembrance , Parnell Square , Dublin , 2 pm . March to GPO .
National 90th Anniversary Rally , Saturday , 22nd April 2006 : Assemble Garden of Remembrance , 2pm .
Musical Night , Saturday 22nd April 2006 : 'Saints and Sinners' pub , North King Street , Dublin . Doors open 8.30pm . Admission EURO 10 .
"Damn your concessions , England . We want our country!"


THE EXTRADITION SELL-OUT .......
Should it become law as intended on December 1 next , The Irish Extradition Act will adversely affect the rights of many Irish citizens in the future .
COLM KEENA examines the implications of proposed legislation .
From 'In Dublin' magazine , 1 October 1987 .

Professor Mary McAleese is against the Extradition Act in principle , and does not like the 'selling off' of that Act in return for British changes requested by the Dublin government .

A spokesman for the Workers' Party says that the Diplock Courts are hardly much different from this State's Special Criminal Courts , and points out that the Guildford , Birmingham and Maguire cases all happened in jury trials ; and anyway , the WP spokesman says , the Extradition Act is unsatisfactory , and should be amended to include a requirement for prima facie evidence .

That will require a vote in Leinster House ; The Workers' Party and the Progressive Democrats say that they will vote in favour of such an amendment . Mary McAleese stated : " The Irish government (sic) seems to have taken the line of least resistance , which is surprising * in the light of the existing situation " . ( * '1169...' Comment - the only 'surprising' thing about that is that Mary McAleese should find it surprising.)

Republican spokespeople and members of the Anti-Extradition Campaign say they believe that the RUC have a list of some 300 to 600 people living in the 26 County State that they would like to extradite up to the North to 'question' .......
(MORE LATER).


ON THE TAKE....... !
The question is no longer whether there is corruption within our political establishment but whether the political establishment is itself corrupt .
From 'MAGILL' magazine , February 1998 .

The second of these decisions was the refusal to permit the Moriarty Tribunal to investigate the source of all funds in the Ansbacher Accounts - these were held in a Dublin bank , where the holders of the deposits were un-named , where the monies had been routed through London , the Cayman Islands and then back to Dublin !

In this (ie the refusal) Fianna Fail was supported by its partners in government , the Progressive Democrats , and by Fine Gael : Fine Gael is now busily trying to 'rewire' its involvement in that piece of infamy . The third decision was the announcement in the budget of a reduction in the rate of capital gains tax , from 40 per cent to 20 per cent : the scale of this tax change is staggering - in one fell swoop , a government that made such a fuss about reducing the top and standard rates of income tax by two percentage points reduced the tax that most affects the rich by a full 20 per centage points !

At present , private investors on the Irish Stock Exchange own shares to an estimated value of £8 billion.......
(MORE LATER).


LIAM MELLOWS AND THE IRISH CIVIL WAR .......
This is the bulk of a public lecture given at University College , Galway , by Sinn Fein Ard Comhairle member and Deputy General Secretary of the 'Local Government and Public Services Union' , Phil Flynn , on December 8th 1982 , the 60th Anniversary of the Free State's execution of Liam Mellows .
First published in 'IRIS' magazine , March 1983 .

" The Irish hierarchy are blood-guilty ; they were against the 1916 Easter Rising , with their denunciation of Padraig Pearse , who was the great example of Christian idealism . The hierarchy only opposed Conscription when forced to do so by the attitude of the people . That same hierarchy were against the IRA during 'the Terror' in Ireland - witness Bishop Cohalan's excommunication decree of December 1920 . That hierarchy's abandonment of principle , justice and honour by their support for the Treaty , and the danger caused to Catholicism in Ireland from their bad example : their exaltation of deceit and hypocrisy , their attempt to turn the noble aspect of Irish struggle and bring it to the level of putrid politics , their admission that religion is something to be preached about from the pulpits on Sundays , but never put into practice in the affairs of the Nation , their desertion of Ulster etc . 'Sceilg' could , I think , do the above best !

Excuse the change of writing : I had to get the above copied by someone else from a letter I am sending to Sighle , lest anything should happen to this one . I will close up now , but will continue ideas on propaganda and other things tomorrow . "
Regards , L.O'M .
Provisional Government :
The ideas developed under 3. (A) , (B) and (C) , were continued in a further letter despatched on 29th August 1922 .......
(MORE LATER).