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"1169 And Counting is a wealth of information on our Republican past and present , and demonstrates how the Irish political landscape , like that of any nation, will never be a black and white issue..."

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



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Tuesday, April 11, 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 .

One man who does not wish to be named says that some members of the Workers' Party might be concerned about being extradited up to the North , especially one member of the Ard Comhairle ('Ruling Body') whose signature closely resembles that of a man who has been signing cheques to do with an account in Newry which is believed to be connected with extortion and racketeering there .

At the end of July 1987 , Paddy Hill , one of the Birmingham Six , wrote a letter from HM Prison Gartree , where he is serving his sentence : he said that recent investigations into his conviction left him with no confidence of a change in the situation , and pointed out that the Dublin government has never expressed its belief in the mens' innocence .

Paddy Hill said that by reneging on their pledge not to implement the Extradition Act , Dublin was condemning "....Irish men and women to a lifetime of abuse and racial discrimination . To hand over Irish men or women to a British Court is to condemn them to a system where they will not receive a fair or impartial trial ; where they will be judged and sentenced by the British media before they even set foot inside a court . "
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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 .

Over the last year alone (ie 1997) the value of the estimated £8 billion worth of shares owned by private investors on the Irish Stock Exchange would have increased by about £200 million : the tax on this realisable gain alone has been cut by £40 million but , of course , the capital gain on such stock would be far greater than £40 million , taking the gain over the last several years .

And this capital gain represents only a fraction of the capital gain generated generally in the economy - it does not include , for instance , the capital gain from investment in property : therefore , the benefit to the rich by this tax reduction is probably of the order of £100 million , although Charlie McCreevy stated that the cost to the State exchequer in a single year was only £19 million ..... !
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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 .

Letter from Liam Mellows , dated 29th August 1922 :
" Continuing mine of 26th inst (Number 1) ; before doing so , however , I wish to point out that the matter of establishing a Provisional Republican Government has become imperative because of the probability of the English taking a hand sooner or later - no doubt they will continue to make use of Irishmen as long as the latter can be duped or dazzled by the Free State idea .

But even to this there will be an end , and then the British will , by using the arguments against the republicans that the Free State now use , cloud the issue greatly ; for the British to calumniate republicans and belittle their cause by besmirching them is one thing , but for Free Staters (and supposed potential republicans) to do it is another - and different , and worse thing .

Because the British will not use British arguments to cloak their actions , but Irish ones - ' out of our own mouths ' - etc . ('1169....' Comment - Westminster and those in Leinster House must be delighted that their 'pet rebels' are doing that job for them today : witness their constant attempted 'dismissal' of Irish Republicans as "dissidents" .) Therefore an object - a target - must be presented for the enemy (Free Staters or British) to hit at : otherwise it becomes a fight (apparently) between individuals . Hence the necessity of getting the Provisional Republican Government established at once ."
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