Wednesday, April 12, 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!"

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 .

A spokesperson for the Anti-Extradition Campaign stated : " Many conservative Irish politicians and members of the Irish establishment dislike and are worried about the Extradition Act on its own merit . Others think it can be used to force improvements in those cases in Britain , or to get changes in the legal system in the North , that will look as if they were won through the Anglo-Irish accord .

But it looks as if the Extradition Act will come into effect on December 1 (1987) , without a 'prima facie' evidence requirement , and nothing will have changed in Britain or in the North . "
[END of 'The Extradition Sell-Out'].
(Tomorrow : 'MacGIOLLA's GUERRILLAS' - from 1987).

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 .

Capital Gains tax was reduced from 40 per cent to 20 per cent either to benefit the rich generally - on top of the benefit they gained by the reduction in the top rate of income tax - or perhaps for the benefit of a particular individual : either way , it is a disgrace , and particularly a disgrace given the paucity of the increases in social welfare and the deferral (again) of the implementation of the benefit , such as it was .

In that vivid phrase of the hapless Michael Lowry , the cosy cartels are indeed very cosy : they have three parties to represent their interests - Fianna Fail , the Progressive Democrats and Fine Gael and they have little to fear from a tame Labour Party and a timorous Democratic Left .
(Tomorrow : 'SEAN O' CALLAGHAN - AN UPDATE' . From 1998.)

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 .

Resuming his thoughts on propaganda , Liam Mellows wrote -

" (D). Dev's Work in America :
The time has now come for informing the Irish people what miracles de Valera accomplished there ; the attempt to belittle his work for Eire both here and abroad must be defeated . Dealing with America is a stupendous work , and tons of data is needed , but it will be labour well worth performing .

Show how it was the Republic , and the Republic only , that gained such sympathy for us there - that no other cause would have got the slightest hearing - that de Valera changed an ignorant and either apathetic or hostile people into genuine sympathisers in two years . He made the name of Ireland respected where it was despised , and the Irish Cause an ideal where it had been regarded as a political humbug .

Fr. Peter Elias Magennis of the Irish movement in America and the attitude generally of America and Americans towards Ireland at the time of Dev's coming (was all effected by him being there) .

(E). Life of Cathal Brugha :
A brief , but not a scrappy , account of above would , I think , do a lot of good . The account in 'The Bulletin' (Catholic) by Sceilg is splendid , but not detailed enough . The underlying idea should be that of 'Principle' , a word that at one time meant everything to , and conveyed everything of , the IRB . "