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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.)



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!


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

KEVIN BOLAND / WOMEN'S GHETTO / A ROUGH BEAST .

'MR BOLAND IS ASKED TO EXPLAIN'
From 'The United Irishman' newspaper, January 1958 .

The 26-County Minister For Defence , Mr Kevin Boland, refused permission for Mr Rory Brady , the Sinn Fein TD for Longford-Westmeath who is held in the Curragh Concentration Camp, to consult his solicitor .

This information was given to Roscommon County Council and the Council again asked Mr. Boland to seek legal advice on his suspension and his threatened dismissal from his post as a teacher at Roscommon Vocational School.

Mr D. O' Rourke said he did not see what harm it would do to Kevin Boland , the State or any one else to give that permission . In his written reply to the Council , Mr Boland said they could rest assured the decision had "...not been taken lightly.." . Mr P. A. McGuinness said he was quite sure that Mr. Boland had given more consideration to his reply than he had to Mr. Brady's request . He called The Offences Against The State Act " ..diabolical.."
[END of 'MR BOLAND IS ASKED TO EXPLAIN']
(Next - ' British Army In North To Have Publicity Expert' : from the same source)



OUT OF THE WOMEN'S GHETTO .......

By INEZ McCORMICK.
A review of Margaret Ward's book - 'Unmanageable Revolutionaries:Women and Irish Nationalism' .
From 'FORTNIGHT' magazine , October 1983.

Paradoxically , men who were prepared to fight the might of British imperialism were not prepared to face their own imperialism , which they used in sordid and brutal ways to force women to postpone consideration of their own demands . Through moral blackmail , women were made to feel guilty and selfish about seeking recognition of their own rights , and were forced to abandon them and driven back to the ghetto of chimney corner and kitchen .

It is not surprising therefore that the struggle for independence , relying upon such a parent , gave birth to such a monstrosity . This book pursues this analysis through consideration of the development and fate of three women's organisations : The Ladies Land League, Inghinidhe na hEireann and Cumann na mBan. While they were originally women's equivalents of existing organisations , they developed novel strategies and could have enlarged the meaning of revolutionary struggle to encompass the whole population and not just the adult male portion of it .

Most historians would pass by the Ladies Land League with hardly a glance . Miles of text have been consumed on Mrs O' Shea (the woman cast in one of her traditional roles as siren , temptress and ultimate frivolous and fatal diversion) . Few , except the professional historian , will have heard of Anna Parnell.......
(MORE LATER).



WHAT ROUGH BEAST IS THIS , ITS HOUR COME ROUND AT LAST.......?

By JOHN WATERS.
From 'IN DUBLIN' magazine, 'Election Special' , 1987.

If you were to believe half of what is said and written about Charles J. Haughey you would conclude that this man is the greatest leader in the country's (sic) history ; if you believed the other half you would imagine that what we have here is the greatest bastard ever to break bread !

It's an old cliche to remark on how Charlie Haughey provokes extremes of reaction , but old cliches are often the best kind . In the Cavan-Monaghan constituency on the day I watched him being mauled and kissed by women of all ages , I watched old men who , by the looks of them , had barely enough money to feed themselves , shoving pound notes into his hand . On the other hand , there is the story about the chef in a certain hotel in the south-east of Ireland who , so great was his aversion to Haughey , that , whenever 'the Boss' dropped in for a meal , would do unmentionable things to the steak before serving it up to him...

Smug people . He hates smug people . People who think they know it all . So he told me in 1984 when I did an interview with him for 'Hot Press' magazine. He lies in wait for such people at all times . Let us proceed , therefore , with great caution.......
(MORE LATER).