" A wealth of information..."

"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 - we made it to the finalists page last year but never got to the stage :- ( 'cause not enough of ye feckers out there voted for us! So we're gonna give ya a second chance - the blog awards this year will be held on Thursday, October 5th (2017) in The Academy, Middle Abbey Street, in Dublin city centre, and we would appreciate if you could keep an eye here and give us a vote when ya can. Or else we'll get our 'Junior' to put up a pay wall and then ye will be sorry...!


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

LAW AND ORDER/WOMEN'S GHETTO/A ROUGH BEAST.

'LAW AND ORDER IN OCCUPIED IRELAND.......'
From 'The United Irishman' newspaper, January 1958 .

For the first time ever , according to a Tory-Unionist announcement in Belfast , the Six-County group of Conservative Imperial M.P.'s in the British House of Commons, were dined and wined by British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan at Number 10 Downing Street on December 4th , 1957 .

It was described as a purely social occasion , but the Imperial M.P.'s from Occupied Ireland said later that a full discussion of Six County affairs had taken place : the reason for the dinner , Belfast Tory-Unionists said , was to give Harold MacMillan an opportunity to learn about Occupied Ireland's problems in the "...security and economic.." fields !

Present at the dinner was Mr. R. A. Butler, 'Lord Privy Seal' and British Home Secretary who is the British Cabinet member directly responsible for Occupied Ireland . 'Sir' Phelim O' Neill sent Harold MacMillan a telegram saying he could not be present as he was fog-bound on his way from the Six Counties . His plight seems to illustrate the position of the Stormont Tories in general ...
[END of 'LAW AND ORDER IN OCCUPIED IRELAND']
(Next - 'The Question Of Partition' : 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.

The State's 'Family Planning Act' was a male solution to a problem conceptualised in male terms which , on the evidence of this book , is the same as an 'Irish solution to an Irish problem' , in Charlie Haughey's memorable if unenlightened phrase.

Only James Connolly - here given his due as one of the very few Irish revolutionaries who recognised the centrality of women's demands - was aware that struggle can be undertaken in a spirit of pleasure , warmth and joy , and that to demonstrate these qualities is to affirm one's determination neither to accept defeat nor to accept one's enemies definition of defeat - in appropriate circumstances they are revolutionary weapons.......
(MORE LATER).



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

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

Charles Haughey may act like a despot but he is a committed democrat . ('1169...' Comment : 'Committed' to his own well-being...) He repeatedly points out that Ireland is the home of western democracy and his greatest wish is to be loved by what he terms "my people" (Link here...) . Moreover , what his critics in this respect invariably miss is the degree of irony which is inherent in his persona .

P.J. Mara's 'Uno Duce' remark , for example , was a throwaway joke which was taken out of context ('1169...' Comment - Not so . That comment was a yardstick of how far the political gombeen 'yes' men and women were prepared to go to support their 'Boss' and , in doing so , they hoped , safeguard their own sleezy careers ) . Nobody who knows P.J. Mara could possibly think otherwise . ('1169...' Comment - ...see last comment.) Charles Haughey was furious about that incident , though he undoubtedly appreciated the irony .

But Mr. Mara has not abandoned his sense of humour as a result of this 'bad experience' : at the launch of the Fianna Fail election manifesto in a Dublin hotel last week , the music which blared from the sound-system before the press conference was Beethoven's Emperor Concerto. Not one journalist mentioned this . Journalists don't much like jokes unless they are on somebody else . ('1169...' Comment : ....and some people will go out of their way to excuse arrogance as a 'joke' , especially when that arrogance comes from a person they admire.... )

(MORE LATER).