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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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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GERRY ADAMS.......

The recent strike by BBC journalists over the 'REAL LIVES' programme and the dispute at RTE over the interview with NORAID representative MARTIN GALVIN have focused world attention on Sinn Fein once again .MICHAEL KELLY spoke to Sinn Fein president GERRY ADAMS at interviews in Dublin and Belfast , conducted over the course of the past month .

From 'IN DUBLIN' magazine, August 1985 .

MICHAEL KELLY : " What about the allegations that Sinn Fein infiltrated the anti-drugs movement? "

GERRY ADAMS : " That's a nonsense . You don't have to infiltrate anyone . If someone comes to you for advice that's not infiltration . I mean if there were Sinn Fein people in Dolphin's Barn or in St. Teresa's Gardens and they give a hand that's not infiltration . Sinn Fein couldn't have done it on its own , it did not do it on its own - it just provided a wee bit of assistance and helped people to organise themselves . I think it was marvellous what the people did , but I will say one thing : if there was as much political will to stop the drug-dealers as there is against the IRA they could be stopped . "

[END of 'THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GERRY ADAMS']
(NEXT - 'Which Way Forward In The Free State?' - from 1983)


THE ACCUSING FINGER OF RAYMOND GILMOUR.......
By NEIL McCAFFERTY.
From 'MAGILL' magazine, August 1983 .

Lunch was over and people trooped back in to the courtroom to listen , disbelievingly , while Raymond Gilmour continued to inform . Fifty-five more people will face his accusations when the present 'lot' are done with .

'How could he do it...' , they kept asking . How could Michael Quigley, too , have done it ? Quigley had already provided his own answer : he was not an informer , he told his cross questioner in court - he was 'a converted terrorist' . When had he 'converted' , the defence team asked him ? " On the road to Castlereagh Prison...." , he replied , his immobile face an identikit mask.

[END of 'THE ACCUSING FINGER OF RAYMOND GILMOUR']
(NEXT : 'A Segregated Jail' : from 1982)


GLOSSARY OF THE LEFT IN IRELAND : FROM 1960 TO 1983.......
These notes attempt to record the left-wing organisations which have existed in Ireland since 1960 . No attempt has been made to record purely local organisations outside Dublin and Belfast , or microscopic groups which never reached double figures . The larger organisations have been presented in more detail .
From 'GRALTON' magazine, 1983.
By John Goodwillie.
(NOTE : Links in the following article are as accurate as possible - not all the groups mentioned left a discernible 'footprint' .)


IRISH WORKERS' PARTY: Changed its name from the Irish Workers' League in 1962 . The major communist organisation in the State , it achieved little except some influence in the trade union movement . It merged into the Communist Party Of Ireland in 1970 .

IRISH WORKERS' UNION: Formed in 1960 ; some of its members came from Saor Uladh, a Republican offshoot to the left and more willing to work within State structures . After it ceased to function in about 1964 , some of the same people were involved in the Irish Communist Group.

IRISH YOUNG SOCIALISTS: Youth movement of the League for Workers' Vanguard, later the Workers' League.
(MORE LATER).