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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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Monday, September 17, 2007


From 'The United Irishman' newspaper, January 1958 .

Sentenced To Penal Servitude :

D.O'Hagan , Belfast - 4 years .
P. McGrogan , Belfast - 4 years .
T. Cooney , Cork - 12 years .
W. Gough , Cork - 10 years .
J.J. Linehan , Cork - 10 years .
P. McStravick , Armagh - 4 years .
D. Donnelly , Omagh , County Tyrone - 10 years .
S. McHugh , Omagh - 8 years .
F. McHugh , Omagh - 6 years .
F. Cullen , Omagh - 5 years .
T. Devlin , Omagh - 6 years .
J. Darcy , Omagh - 5 years .
J. Carroll , Omagh - 5 years .
P. Devlin , Omagh - 6 years .
H. Darcy , Omagh - 5 years .
Matt Monaghan , Derry - 6 years .
P. Fox , Derry - 10 years .
L. McGowan , Derry - 6 years .
J. Smith , Bessbrook , County Armagh - 8 years .
S. Heuston , Keady , County Armagh - 10 years .

(List of those held as 'Short Term Prisoners' , 'On Remand' and 'Held Without Charge Or Trial' next...)

ECONOMY IN CRISIS - An Historical Perspective.......

By any standards the economy of Ireland , North and South , can be described as being in a sorry mess with crisis , recession and imminent bankruptcy the most constant themes of economic discussion , intermittently over the last decade and ceaselessly in the last three years . In this article , Peter Graham surveys the factors which have produced this economy , and the historical role of foreign and native Irish capital.

From 'IRIS' magazine , November 1982.

For economically , as well as nationally , the Ireland of today is very much the victim of its imperialist-dominated history , though its native contribution is not insignificant either . The establishment of landlords in Ireland and the plantation of Ulster, culminating eventually in the Land War of the second half of the nineteenth century , are familiar territory in Irish nationalist history .

Not always so familiar , however , in the restricted area of simple nationalism , is the analysis of the economic developments which have derived from this , and the limited diversification into native industrial capitalism which was one of the results .

Right from the Norman conquest itself in 1169, but more directly from the Cromwellite and Williamite confiscations, there was of course conflict between the usurpers of the land and the dispossessed and this conflict remained the central issue which ultimately culminated in the Land War in the nineteenth century, a conflict which fuelled - more successfully than ever before - a new nationalist strength . However , in the interim period and particularly through the cataclysmic 'Famine', the landlord enemy was not exclusively the foreign occupier , but , through major changes in land ownership , by now included native Catholic Irish , men of 'substance.......'


Dick Spring and the Labour Party headed into this election campaign with four years of coalition government behind them . To observe them on the campaign trial you would never guess this , but there is , nevertheless , a noticeable resistence to them , especially amongst traditional Labour voters . Judging from Dick Spring's reception on the campaign trial it is almost certain that the party is in big trouble , at least in the Dublin area .

From 'IN DUBLIN' magazine 'Election Special' , 1987 .
By Derek Dunne.

When this travelling political circus reaches the town of Rush in North County Dublin , one man says that the Labour Party should have pulled out of government long ago ; he is about sixty years of age and sounds very bitter - " I voted Labour last time but never again . You let me down . You said Fianna Fail and Fine Gael were six of one and half dozen of the other and then ye go in with Fine Gael ! Youse are all gangsters . Justin Keating fucked up your seat here and you'll never get it back . What about the PD's ? What about the Provos.......? " It goes on and on , but Dick Spring hasn't time to argue the toss . There are other places to visit . Like the nearest pub .

In the pub , Dick gives a bit of a speech . It's for the benefit of the party workers in the area : " Vote one-two as often as you can between here and the next town . It's a good constituency . Let's not be beaten by fifty or sixty votes . Let's go out there and do it . Vote early and vote often ! " Fightin' talk . In the town of Balbriggan , Dick tells people that he's going to build up a strong Labour Party and that this is "necessary" . One woman says that she's promising nothing , but that she'll think about voting for Labour , to which Dick replies that he isn't promising anything either . Another woman has a problem with bus-fares for her kids going to school and one of the Labour Party people makes a note of it and promises that something will be done .

Dick is uneasy walking around shaking people's hands , as he's not sure where the next attack might come from . There is no urgency or vibrancy to his personal appearances in public , unlike say that of Charlie Haughey, but then Dick's demeanour may be due to the last four years in government with Fine Gael where there has been a war of attrition.......