" A wealth of information..."

"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. Ah well! Thanks to everyone involved for getting us to the final stage of the competition and sure we'll try again next year!

Friday, May 29, 2009

'FIGHT BACK' - AGAINST "TRAITORS" AND INFORMERS!

A Provisional Sinn Féin 'recruitment leaflet (!)' on view in Dublin , under one of their election posters...


We have already mentioned receipt of photographs of these posters , and now we have recived more of the same - from Irish Republicans in Dublin , Waterford and Kerry , so far.
Of course , it's not only the Provisional Sinn Féin party that has called on Irish people to collaborate with the British presence - Leinster House , Stormont and Westminster are full of like-minded political toads - but the Provos deserve special mention as they continually attempt to sell themselves as 'the radical republican alternative' compared with the politically jaded inmates of the above-mentioned institutions . I believe they quitely recognise that they , too , are a politically jaded and spent force , certainly where republicanism is concerned , anyway , but what the heck - parliamentarism pays better than 'paramilitarism' , and offers the opportunity to mix with 'other' world leaders! !

Now - about those photo's we received -

"Informers Wanted : apply to your local PSF rep or any cop shop..."

Like all 'good' informers , you can get two for the price of one...

The pathway to informing...

And then there's this photo , which we publish just 'cause we like it so much -
Well , if you can't make a living out of informing...!

Thanks!
Sharon.






Wednesday, May 27, 2009

DUBLIN 1980 : THE GLUE SNIFFERS.......
Pictures by Andrew McGlynn. From 'MAGILL' magazine September 1980.

It started three years ago . A 14-year-old brought a great new idea up from Limerick . It can be picked up on just about any building site , in a lot of factories , or in any hardware store .

The parents may have problems of their own . Some kids stay at home some nights , but mostly they sleep rough - they can be found along the quays or around the O'Connell Street area , maybe on the Bridge , most times of the day or into the small hours of the morning , glue bags in hand . At around 4.30pm they head off to a large city centre house run by the Dublin Committee for Travelling People , where they pay 51 pence for a meal of potatoes , sausages and peas . They can play snooker or lie on the floor or hold gentle mock fights or mess around with the members of the Committee who run the place .

Altogether , the Committee deals with about seventy children . In one room there's a large , delapidated juke box , complete with 'Bee Gee' hits and Elvis singing ' In The Ghetto' . Come October , the house will become a night shelter , and winter is now coming . The kids won't stay in doss houses or mix with dropout kids from the settled community - they have their own 'code' . The kids they don't mix with group together in gangs of approximately the same age , ranging from eight to twenty-one.......
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HOPE IN THE SHADOWS.......

For some Northern nationalists the Anglo-Irish Agreement ('Hillsborough Treaty',1985) only makes their lives more dangerous , for others it offers hope on a road to nowhere. Fionnuala O'Connor visited a (Provisional) Sinn Fein advice centre in the Ardoyne and Seamus Mallon's office in Newry.
From 'MAGILL' magazine, December 1986.

Tommy McGrath said : " We see this Agreement as giving equality to Catholics in state bodies and private employment where (*) , unless you 'kicked with the right foot' you wouldn't get through the employment door . Now changing that won't happen overnight."

They talked of the machinery for getting things done , the Dublin civil servants whose presence in Belfast was so important as a symbol of that machinery , the dangers involved - changes of government in Dublin and London , uncertainty about a Haughey government line , Britain hesitating because of loyalist anger ; " Now that would be a very dangerous policy . That would be the road to nowhere , it would destroy the (Anglo-Irish) Agreement (Hillsborough Treaty) , " said Frank Feely. Was it already happening ? No-one seemed to know.

What was known is that this 'equalisation programme' will take time , there was a lot to do . " It wasn't even new at the time of partition , after all , " said Tommy McGrath, " the loyalist prople always got jobs and we got the sour milk ." Now people knew there was someone there " in the form of Peter Barry, ** someone they can appeal to , some sort of redress . " This meant hope , and cause for hope , said Tommy McGrath.......

('1169...' Comment -* "Equality" being the key word in that statement - whereas nationalists see the 'problem' as being one of 'equality' issues , republicans see the problem as being the actual British military and political presence in Ireland. ** God Bless that man's innocence ! Or is it political ignorance ? Or perhaps hoping to 'pull a quick one' on those of us that know better ? Peter Barry , purely through an accident of birth [ie he was born in the 26-County State!] might very well have been considered by some to be a 'nationalist' but apart from that 'accident' it was an extremely naive person who would consider Barry an 'ally' when it came to arguing with you against Westminster!)
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A BATTLE FOR HEARTS AND MINDS.......
A look at issues raised by Liz Curtis' recent book.
From 'IRIS' magazine, August 1984.
Review by Trisha Fox.

In a recent paper produced for a GLC-sponsored conference on the media and imperialism , Liz Curtis wrote - " It is scarcely surprising that , contrary to the widespread view that the media in Britain are the bastions of free speech , the national media reflect with rare exceptions the view of the world held by the 'establishment' . The bulk of national papers are owned by a handful of millionaires - Rupert Murdoch alone owns The Sun, The News Of The World, The Times and The Sunday Times. Most media workers are by comparison with the bulk of the population , highly paid . Many of the staff in key positions in the broadcast media are university-educated white males ."

The censorship debate is not only about what does or does not reach our screens , but about the context within which the republican perspective is presented . In documentaries , sparse interviews with Irish republicans are cut , distorted and overlaid with particular music which creates an effect of something sinister or clandestine . All these elements are part of a method , often received unconsciously by the viewer , of creating a specific and highly adverse reaction . One programme in particular ,transmitted in December 1983, is a classic example of this manipulation.......
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