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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.)



This blog was listed as one of the 'Finalists' in the '2016 current affairs/politics' category of the Littlewoods Ireland blog awards - but we didn't win the award. But not to worry -thanks to everyone involved for getting us to the final stage of the competition and sure we'll try again the next time!

Friday, July 27, 2007

CURRAGH CONCENTRATION CAMP , 1958...



'IN CURRAGH CONCENTRATION CAMP'.......
From 'The United Irishman' newspaper, January 1958 .

FERMANAGH :

Patrick Connolly , Aughnashannoner , Roslea .
Patrick Tierney , Woghternarry , Enniskillen .
Dan Fitzpatrick , Main Street , Newtownbutler .

GALWAY :

Michael Kelly , Derrea , Killamore , Ballinasloe .
Sean Scott , Ballyforan .
Bart Gormley , 23 Demesne Cottages , Tuam .
Patrick Kelly , Church Street , Ballygar .

KILDARE :

Frank Driver, Ballymore Eustace .
Thomas Stapeleton , Darrs , Sallins .
Chris Kelly , Rathangan .
Denis Harrington , Green Lane , Leixlip.
(MORE LATER).



PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO OUR GREATEST SCANDAL.......
From 'MAGILL' magazine, June 1998.
By Vincent Browne.
('1169...' Comment : please note - the use of the term 'murder' in connection with the death of an informer is not our choice of word.)

On the basis of what he himself now says happened , the only possible defence that Sean O' Callaghan could have to a charge of murder could be that he had informed the Gardai all along about what was happening . If it is the case that O' Callaghan did not keep the Gardai fully informed of what was going on in relation to the kidnap , detention and murder of John Corcoran, then why hasn't he been charged with the murder or at least as being an accessory to the murder ?

The only possible explanation for the failure to charge O' Callaghan with the murder , given what he has now said about the role he played , is that he did indeed keep the Gardai fully informed . John O' Donoghue ordered an inquiry into this affair when he became (State) Minister for Justice in July of last year (ie 1997) and , eventually , in January of this year (ie 1998) , a report on the matter was submitted to him . But that was done before Sean O' Callaghan was even spoken to - via telephone- by the Garda undertaking the investigation !

Indeed , it was only following repeated pressure from 'MAGILL' magazine that the investigating Garda made telephone contact at all : it wasn't until O' Callaghan turned up in Dublin to give evidence in the Thomas Murphy-Sunday Times libel case in May this year (ie 1998) was he interviewed.......
(MORE LATER).





TAKING IT HANDY.......

Provisional Sinn Fein are fighting this election as a party which has just emerged from seventy years of abstentionism. The party is banned from the airwaves and there is a strong apparent bias against the party in the press.
From 'In Dublin' magazine Election Special, 1987.
By Derek Dunne.

In an election that is being fought out almost exclusively in the media , the Provisionals have been hit hard by Section 31 censorship and a general bias against the party . But what comes across very clearly is that Adams is popular in working-class areas .

It has been raining all day and , at the end of the area canvass , everybody is drenched . It's time to call a halt to the electioneering - Gerry Adams has meetings to attend and phone calls to make. 'Take it handy' , he says , and turns his mind towards other matters.

[END of 'TAKING IT HANDY']
(Next : 'John Dunster At Windscale' - from 1986)