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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.)



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Monday, October 22, 2007

O'Donovan Rossa , by Brian Na Banban.......
From 'The United Irishman' newspaper, January 1958 .

In their hearts plant the seeds of his story ,
In their minds light the dream of his soul ,
And point them the road that he travelled -
The rough road to Liberty's goal .

Diarmuid O Donnabháin Rossa ,
Glory to God for his life ,
For the glorious memory he leaves us
To strengthen our hearts in the strife ,
Till the cause that he lived for has triumphed ,
Till the darkness of thraldom has fled ,
And Ireland , unfettered, shall honour
The names of her patriot dead !


[END of 'O Donovan Rossa']
(Next: 'British Occupation And The London Times Newspaper' - from the same source.)


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 lesson then of this examination of the Irish economic experience is the failure , even in its own terms , of the native capitalist system , despite every possible state assistance , to bring prosperity to the Irish people , whether through agriculture or industry .

Foreign capital , whether British or American , has been confirmed as only a self-interested entity in the economic system . The Irish capitalist has often ridden the nationalist tide , sometimes following it , sometimes leading it , but inevitably his concentration on personal profit dictates his approach to all other considerations . The future then for Ireland , economically and socially , depends on replacing such a failed system.......
(MORE LATER).



PRISONERS RIGHTS - the mark of a civilised society .......

From 'Fourthwrite' magazine, Autumn 2003.
By Siobhan O'Dwyer.

To invoke another memory from the past , it is time to get up off our knees and to dissent loudly from the brutal oppression of whole groups of people by the US and Britain and to stand again with the republican prisoners , their families and supporters against a criminalisation policy that is just wrong .

We have the power to stand against the 'New World Order' and there is no better place to start than in our own back yard with our own people .

[END of ' PRISONERS RIGHTS - the mark of a civilised society ']
(NEXT : ' Robert Emmet - The Darling Of Erin' , from the same source)