Saturday, May 31, 2008


The presence of 26-County troops in Chad , supporting a French colonial proxy war with China - who are propping-up the regime in neighbouring Sudan - over oil reserves , highlights the nature of the military "tasks" that the 26-County state will be expected to perform . Almost 100 years after the 'First World War' , is yet another generation of Irish people to be sacrificed on foreign battlefields in the interests of European capitalism and imperialism ?

The Lisbon Constitution/Treaty will enforce the December 2007 Laval-Vaxholm judgement of the EU Court of Justice , which makes it illegal for governments or trade unions to enforce pay standards higher than the minimum wage for migrant workers : how long before those same 'minimum wage standards' are applied to all workers , should the Lisbon Constitution/Treaty be approved ? In effect , the December 2007 judgement will be construed by the political business-class decision makers in Brussels to infer that trade unions will not be allowed to take industrial action where it conflicts with the provisions of goods and services , regardless of the consequences for vulnerable workers .

The document that voters are are to vote on in this State on June 12th next is a deliberate mish-mash of legal jargon consisting of over 300 pages of different and unconnected amendments to 17 previous treaties , which run to 2,800 pages ! And there is a reason why it is so : Karel de Gucht, the federalist Belgian foreign minister , stated in June 2007 - "The aim of the (Lisbon) Constitution Treaty was to be more readable ; the aim of this treaty is to be unreadable . The Constitution aimed to be clear , whereas this treaty had to be unclear . It is a success! "
These well-suited con artists admitted to the German magazine 'Der Spiegel' in September/October 2007 that €1,155 billion of their funds "simply disappeared" in 2006 , including (?) €320 million euros "that were stolen" , but they claimed that corruption is no more widespread in Brussels than anywhere else ! At present , 400 'investigations' into corruption are on-going , including 70 into the activities of Commission officials.
Yet they have the neck to ask people to hand over more control to them!
On Thursday June 12 th , 2008 , vote 'NO' to the Lisbon Constitution/Treaty and kill two birds with the one stone : let our home-grown business-suits in Leinster House know that you are not happy with the way they are mis-managing , amongst other things, the so-called 'Health Service' in this State and let their bosses in Brussels know that you are not happy with the way they are feathering their own nests with tax-payers money nor how they tried to deceive you over this treaty . VOTE NO !

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ernie O'Malley, pictured during his arrest in Dublin Castle in 1921 . He was using the alias 'Bernard Stewart' .

Following the recent publication of O'Malley's third book 'Raids And Rallies', on the Tan War years 1920-1921 , Frances-Mary Blake , who edited the book and his earlier works , writes an appreciation of the man who wrote 'On Another Man's Wound' and 'The Singing Flame'.
From 'IRIS' magazine , July 1983.

True to his word , when the 1921 Treaty was ratified , Ernie O' Malley's Second Southern Division IRA was the first to renounce its allegiance to both IRA GHQ and Dail Eireann : in the war against the Staters, Ernie O' Malley was (Acting) Assistant Chief of Staff to Liam Lynch and was also Officer Commanding of the Ulster and Leinster Commands . Liam Lynch was in the South/Cork area while Ernie O' Malley remained based in the enemy's stronghold of Dublin . He wrote of waging a guerrilla warfare that , this time , for him , was urban based rather than rural and , when asked by a journalist why the IRA were still fighting , he replied : " I think they think they're fighting for a younger generation. " Ernie O' Malley was 24 years of age at that time .

He himself knew that he was fighting imperialists , both British and Irish varieties , and believed that the Free State Cabinet and a few Catholic bishops should not be immune from the war . He also recognised and acknowledged the great support given to the Republican Cause by Cumann na mBan and other Irish Republican women , and one feature of his books is the courage , strength and involvement of such women . As he wrote - " During the Tan War the girls had always helped but they had never sufficient status . Now they were our comrades , loyal , willing and incorruptible comrades . Indefatigable , they put the men to shame by their individual zeal and initiative."

His book 'The Singing Flame' reveals much of Free State treachery and covers inside stories of the critical months before the IRA attack on the Four Courts began , and he paints a vivid picture of the war . But perhaps the most important pages are the prison chapters , detailing the scenes of prison life in Portobello Barracks, in Mountjoy, in Kilmainham Jail and in the Curragh internment camps, highlighting the deaths of comrades and the hunger-strike . Despite his wounds (hit over 20 times by Free State gunfire), the threats of execution , and a wasting sickness worsened by forty-one days on hunger-strike , Ernie O' Malley was a leading challenge to "...the petty automatons that help to keep one captive.." . Some of his most inspiring passages in 'The Singing Flame' concern that 'other war' that prisoners fought : in jail.......

AN OUTLINE HISTORY OF THE RUC . RUC brutality , torture , murder and lies were brushed aside as the unionist establishment congratulated itself for the continuing existence of a paramilitary force which had maintained and safe-guarded its rule in the Occupied Six Counties of Ireland.......
From 'IRIS' magazine , July/August 1982.

James Joseph Rafferty , from Dungannon in County Tyrone , was arrested in November 1976 and held for three days in Omagh RUC Barracks where he was brutally beaten by RUC detectives from the 'Regional Crime Squad', which had only recently been established by the then RUC assistant chief constable Kenneth Newman for just such purposes . Eventually , James Joseph Rafferty was released without charge and taken to hospital where he remained for several days . The evidence of the brutality used against him was clear-cut : he had multiple bruising , his scalp was covered with blood-red pin-pricks , and his backside was gashed . Doctors testified that these injuries could not have been self-inflicted.

Nevertheless , after years of a stonewall conspiracy of RUC silence , which caused one member of the 'RUC Police Authority', Jack Hassard (see '26/2006' , here ) , to resign in disgusted frustration , James Joseph Rafferty's torturers were acquitted in 'court' and his claim for compensation has been , recently , dismissed . As the ex-RUC 'Police Authority' member , Jack Hassard , said - " The bastards who beat up James Joseph Rafferty would stop at nothing , even killing."

And they didn't stop for Brian Maguire-

'In Castlereagh from day to day
The tortured know no rest,
And men don't sleep and men must weep
Until they have confessed,
Confessed to 'crime' for sentenced time
Though guilt they may not know,
But that is law , however raw,
So bear your cross of woe... '

(Bobby Sands: 'The Crime of Castlereagh')

British Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Dewar of the Royal Green Jackets has served in Cyprus , Borneo and Malaya , as well as in the Occupied Six Irish Counties . He has written three previous books - 'Internal Security Weapons And Equipment Of The World' and 'Brushfire Wars' . The extracts reproduced here are from 'The British Army In Northern Ireland' , which was published by 'Arms and Armour Press' in 1985 . The underlined comments in this article are ours . This article reflects the operational thinking of a British military commander , more so than his political or ideological outlook.
From 'IRIS' magazine , October 1987.

'Law and Order' patrolling in the Six Counties has two main purposes : domination of the ground , so as to deny the enemy freedom of movement and , secondly , to get to know the area intimately in order to build up a detailed knowledge of it and its inhabitants . During the period between 1969 and 1971 , British Army/RUC patrolling was re-active rather than preventive.

British battalions were having some difficulty in even keeping up with the pace of events and were seldom able to take the initiative . As the years passed , patrolling maps were updated and the sheer volume of Intelligence on the inhabitants of the battalion or company's area of responsibility provided such a degree of back-up that patrol commanders were able to put a name to most faces they passed in the street .

So as not to have to start from scratch , each battalion sent an advance party to the North of Ireland some weeks before the arrival of the main body of the battalion - this 'advance party' consisted of the commanding officer , company commanders , and platoon and section commanders , whose job it was to 'tramp the ground' with patrols from the battalion they were relieving . Thus by the time the battalion's second-in-command , the company seconds-in-command and the platoon sergeants brought over the bulk of the soldiers , the commanders had made themselves familiar with the ground. The Battalion Intelligence Officer had preceded the advance party by several weeks , so that he could assimilate the accumulated knowledge of the Intelligence Officer of the battalion being relieved . This system of relief took some years to develop and has now been refined to a drill but , during the early years , battalions were rushed out at little or no notice as both the British Government and the British military merely
re-acted to events.......