Wednesday, September 19, 2007


From 'The United Irishman' newspaper, January 1958 .


J.J. Woods , Omagh , County Tyrone - 12 months.
Dan Moore , Newry , County Down - 12 months .
L. Magill , Lurgan , County Armagh - 18 months .


J. Gallagher , Omagh , County Tyrone .


James McWilliams , B.A. , 4 Abbey Place , Armagh .
Peter McGuinness , 25 Malachy's Park , Camlough , County Armagh .
James Loughran , 13 Shankill Street Place , Lurgan , County Armagh .
Joseph Haughian , 17 Silverwood Drive , Lurgan .
Seamus McKavanagh , Clonrolla North , Lurgan .
Aiden McKenna , 131 Edward Street , Lurgan .
James McVeigh , Derrymacash , Lurgan .
Michael McAleese , Derrymacash , Lurgan .
Dermot O' Hare , 4 Cherrytree Walk , Lurgan .
Patrick McGuinness , 62 Arthur Street , Lurgan .
Ronnie McAlinden , 158 Shore Road , Lurgan .


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.

The changeover from tillage to grazing in Irish agriculture , hastened by the 'Famine' which made wholesale land clearances possible and which continued throughout the nineteenth century , was itself an economic force which demanded that the landless agricultural labourers were of no further use , and that the samall cottier with his few acres of potatoes - which , in non-'famine' years actually made him 'independent' - had to be driven off the land , which could then be consolidated into large cattle-rearing ranches . This at least was the dominant trend in spite of the long survival of numerous small-holdings .

The Land War, and the eventual winning of peasant-ownership , left the agricultural labourers and the remaining small-holder tenants very much in the same , or even worse , economic distress . The more prosperous native 'tenant' now became the 'landowner' himself , self-sufficient on his acreage in one nuclear family , conservative politically , socially and economically , the direct forebear of today's big farmer .

Charles Stewart Parnell and Michael Davitt were watching these developments with interest.......


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.

The best Dick Spring can say of the last four years in government with Fine Gael is that his party curbed the worst excesses of the latter , but this fine distinction is lost on an electorate which has become cynical about the whole political process .

The six workers who have travelled with Dick all day in the bus finally get introduced to their leader - they had been handing out leaflets and canvassing all day . Then its time to go to the town of Navan , where Dick signs an autograph for a twelve-year-old boy and , while he is doing this , three other young lads see and recognise him as they are going up a stairs . They start to chant "...Sinn Fein , Sinn Fein .." , but are ignored by Dick .

Now it's nearly 8pm . Other speeches have to be delivered elsewhere . At times throughout the day , Dick ignored some people who weren't interested in what he had to say and one could not help but wonder if voters care at all whether or not they get to hear him , now or at any other time .

(NEXT : 'Divis Flats' - from 1983)