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Monday, June 18, 2007

OCCUPIED IRELAND/RENT COURT/A ROUGH BEAST.


'THE TRUE POSITION IN OCCUPIED IRELAND' .
From 'The United Irishman' newspaper, January 1958 .

The Stormont Finance Minister , Captain Terence O' Neill, told a West Essex group dinner meeting that it was important at this time that the British people appreciate the true position in Occupied Ireland . In this work , said the Stormont Minister , the Ulster Association had a valuable role to play in Great Britain .

The dinner was held in the Palace of Westminster: Mrs. Patricia McLaughlin , Six Counties Imperial M.P. at Westminster , presided .

Captain Terence O' Neill stated : " The true position in Occupied Ireland is that in their attempt to win world sympathy (for a free Ireland) the people who thought they were going to get it have lost it..." Mr. O' Neill did not elaborate !

END of 'THE TRUE POSITION IN OCCUPIED IRELAND']
(Next : ' British Colonel W.W.B.Topping on the Campaign' - from the same source)




A DAY AT THE RENT COURT.
From 'GRALTON' magazine , August/September 1983 .

Mr. O'Sullivan is appearing for his wife , the tenant of the house , who is ill . She was born 65 years ago in the house in question , an artisan's dwelling in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin . They married in 1945 and he moved in . Mrs. O ' Sullivan became the tenant in 1960 when her father died .

In assessing the new rent to be struck , any improvements done before 1960 - a new bathroom was put in and electric lighting - are not taken into account by the court . Improvements after 1960 are taken into account , and these include putting in a hot water supply . There is fungus on the wall in the living room and poor ventilation necessitates the floorboards being replaced every five years .

The judge calmly asks "....and that keeps the damp under control , Mr. O' Sullivan , does it...? " Both the landlord's and the tenant's valuers agree that two pound per week can be allowed as fair return for all this tenant's work , as opposed to the 87 pence now being charged . But the judge has other ideas.......
(MORE LATER).



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

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

A lot of the objections to Charles Haughey , it has been said , have a great deal to do with class prejudice * and little enough to do with objective political assessment . ( '1169...' Comment : * "Class prejudice" in that Haughey believed he was more fitting to a different "class" other than that which he was born into.)

There may be some truth in this . Charlie Haughey is a little northside gurrier , the product very much of his background . Politics and political journalism are something of a club , and the members of that club like to see themselves as equals . Haughey believes that you fight for your place on the ladder and that , moreover , the top rung is for him alone . Journalists don't like this .

Also , of course , there's his patent vulgarity : the four-letter words and so on , which journalists also use , though you'd never gather that from the response to the aforementioned interview in 'Hot Press' magazine . To this day some superior-minded journalists upbraid me for publishing the interview , 'fucks' and all , yet everyone knows that Charlie Haughey has a tongue that would make a lumberjack blush but nobody is allowed to say so . This says a lot more about journalists than it does about Charlie Haughey.......
(MORE LATER).