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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.)

Monday, January 29, 2007

THE SEEDS OF A POLICE STATE .......
There is substantial evidence that a major crime was perpetrated within the Garda Siochana five years ago .
The evidence for this crime has certainly been available to senior Gardai ever since then , but no enquiry whatsoever has taken place , let alone any Garda being disciplined in connection with that crime .
By Vincent Browne and Derek Dunne .
From 'MAGILL' magazine , September 1983 .

The Gardai against whom allegations of ill-treatment were made against in relation to the Sallins mail train robbery are :
Detective Garda Thomas Ibar Dunne / Detective Garda Michael Finn / Detective Garda Kieran P. Lawlor / Detective Sergeant Patrick F. Cleary / Detective Sergeant Patrick Culhane / Detective Garda Patrick Raftery / Detective Sergeant John J. McGroarty / Detective Garda Fitzgerald / Detective Inspector Murphy / Detective Inspector John Courtney /

Detective Superintendent Francis Campbell / Detective Garda William Maher / Detective Garda Thomas Boland / Detective Garda Joseph Egan / Detective Garda John Jordan / Detective Garda Felix McKenna / Detective Inspector Edward Ryan / Detective Garda John Hegarty and Detective Sergeant Cavanan .

It is important for us to establish at this stage that we are not alleging that all Gardai who gave evidence perjured themselves , nor are we alleging that the 19 Gardai against whom allegations of ill-treatment were made were in fact each guilty of ill-treatment . It is quite possible - indeed , quite likely - that many of the Gardai who gave evidence knew nothing about what was going on .

Furthermore it is both quite possible and quite likely that many of the Gardai accused of ill-treatment were in fact innocent of the charge . But what we are saying is that it seems certain that a significant number of Gardai did perjure themselves during the course of the trial.......
(MORE LATER).



A PEOPLE'S ARMY .......
'IRIS' magazine talks to two active women Volunteers in the Irish Republican Army about their involvement , their political attitudes , and their observations on the role played by women in the liberation struggle. Both Volunteers are from the Free State , where they live , and are in their twenties . 'Mary' comes from a country area and has been in the IRA for six years ; 'Anne' comes from the city and joined the IRA about a year ago .
From 'IRIS' magazine , November 1982.

'IRIS' magazine : " Although as an organisation the IRA has a sound attitude to the role of women in the struggle , obviously the attitudes of some of its Volunteers mirror those of society in general . Do you think it reflects on their ability as Volunteers if men retain sexist attitudes towards women ? "

MARY : " It's a terrible weakness in some male Volunteers . If they have sexist attitudes I quite honestly don't think they should be Volunteers at all . It's the same as any Volunteer taking a discriminatory line against any section of the community that's already discriminated against . "

ANNE : " To me it would seem they do not understand the nature of the struggle , not just for a British withdrawal but for setting up a democratic socialist republic where men and women are equal . It is through the struggle that they should overcome their sexist attitudes . "
(MORE LATER).



" COMRADES , BROTHERS AND SISTERS ......."
Kerry Dougherty talks to Michael O'Riordan about fifty years of Irish Communism.
From 'MAGILL' magazine, June 1983 .

" People are going to find that they can't keep patching up the capitalist system . It just isn't patchable , " says Michael O' Riordan , " Dick Spring thinks it is , but he's going to find out otherwise . "

The Irish communists are widely criticised for being the most Stalinist and pro-Soviet in the Western world . When asked whether that was an accurate description , Michael O' Riordan replied : " If I were asked that in a court of law where I had to answer I would plead guilty . Proudly guilty to being the most Stalinist . Make sure you put down that I said that with a smile ! "

An exhibition of photographs and paintings , depicting the history of Irish communism is now on display in the New Book Shop off Parliament Street in Dublin, and other anniversary activities include several lectures which are being scheduled through the shop .
[END of 'COMRADES , BROTHERS AND SISTERS']
(Next - 'NEW DEPARTURES FOR SINN FEIN ?' : from 1983)