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

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!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Sunday , June 11 , 2006 , Sallins , Co. Kildare .

A bus for this Commemoration , which is organised each year by the Republican Movement , will leave from outside the old McBirneys/Virgin Megastore site on Dublin's Aston Quay at 12.45PM on the day : the Commemoration itself starts at 2.30PM .

The same bus will leave Bodenstown at 5.30PM that afternoon on its return to Dublin city centre . The fare is ten Euro per person .

For information on the death of Wolfe Tone , scroll through this piece (article starts on March 9 on that page) which was published on this blog last year .
" From my earliest youth I have regarded the connection between Great Britain and Ireland as the curse of the Irish nation , and felt convinced that , while it lasted , this country could never be free nor happy . My mind has been confirmed in this opinion by the experience of every succeeding year , and the conclusions which I have drawn from every fact before my eyes . In consequence , I was determined to employ all the powers which my individual efforts could move , in order to separate the two countries .
That Ireland was not able of herself to throw off the yoke , I knew ; I therefore sought for aid wherever it was to be found . In honourable poverty I rejected offers which , to a man in my circumstances , might be considered highly advantageous . I remained faithful to what I thought the cause of my country , and sought in the French Republic an ally to rescue three millions of my countrymen " . -Theobald Wolfe Tone .

Fifteen years ago , the leadership of the 'Official Republican Movement' (now 'The Workers' Party') stated that their armed wing , the 'Official IRA' , went out of existence .
Today , the 'Official IRA' is alive and well and living mainly in Belfast and Newry . In the days when both organisations were operating in an overt way , the leadership of 'The Workers' Party' and the 'Official IRA' overlapped to a certain degree .
Tomas MacGiolla , the man who led the 'Official IRA' for the last twenty-five years has always maintained the position that the 'Official IRA' went out of existence in 1972 . But the 'Official IRA' still march on , not an army fighting the British , but as a fund-collecting agency .
DEREK DUNNE traces the roots of the 'Official IRA' and 'The Workers' Party' .
From 'IN DUBLIN' magazine , October 1987 .

Many members of The Workers' Party in the North of Ireland have 'legally' held handguns : some have .38 Smith and Wesson Specials . The Official IRA have structured meetings with loyalist organisations , and co-operated and continue to co-operate in operating the building site racket whereby watchmen are loyal to them .

During the general election this year , a youth in West Belfast moved posters down a lampost in order to put up the tricolour : he was accused by Workers' Party people of tearing down their posters - two weeks ago (ie September 1987) he was outside an off-licence with friends when three men who represented themselves as members of the Official IRA broke a cider bottle and pushed it into his head .

Up to two years ago , two members of the Workers' Party in Belfast ran all the building-site rackets : they were taking up to £30 per week off each worker , but somebody did their sums and discovered that there was £50,000 short and the two were elbowed aside . There are also regular meetings between the RUC and the Official IRA , or what remains of it - they would have no more than thirty or forty members who go back a long way and can be trusted politically and militarily , and there is also an extraordinary degree of co-operation with the UDA/UVF : the Josie McKee case is as good an example as any .......

From 'The Phoenix' magazine , February 1984 .
No By-Line.

Shane Ross has called for the abolition of the (Free State) Constitution ("...a reactionary instrument..") , the (State) Presidency (".. a humdrum bore..") , Irish neutrality ("...only a doctrinaire commitment..") , proportional representation ("...another sacred cow..") and the "...fairyland (Constitutional) Forum.." .

Ross has not yet told us what he would put in their place , and confines himself to constant belly-aching about our "...sabre rattling.." to the Northern Unionists ; our "...ambiguous fellow-travelling attitude to the terrorists.." ; the "...dictation by celibates.." on public morality and the like .

Gestures of friendship and good neighbourliness are required , says Mr. Ross , because really you know , the majority up North is'nt all that intransigent.......

From 'IRIS' magazine , November 1983.
By Jack Madden.

A survey conducted in Dublin last year by Na Fianna Eireann revealed the result of failure to the youth on this isle : conducted among the young unemployed , the survey confirmed the degree of youth alienation from establishment parties but also showed that a large majority considered Sinn Fein to be only 'fair' or even 'poor' in terms of its relevance to young people's interests .

Platitudes about the tragedy of youth unemployment are not enough and the Republican Movement - besides developing radical policies on issues such as child-care and education - needs to evaluate its attitudes to schemes such as the State Youth Employment Agency and towards the voluntary organisations working with young people , such as unemployment groups . It is high time such work was begun .
(Tomorrow : ' THE RIGHT TO SILENCE' - from 1987.)