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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.)



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!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

PRIORITIES....



....we should keep events in perspective.


Our regular readers will be aware that myself and four other girls are due to fly out in the next few days for a two-week holiday in New York ; this is not our first holiday in NYC , so we are well aware of just how good a break it is. All five of us work fulltime , have children (and all the responsibilities and expenses that accompany them !) and we have been saving-up for this holiday for the past six months. Due to the generosity of good friends and comrades 'over there' , we had obtained the use of an apartment in the Bronx , for one week , and another apartment had been gifted to us in Queens for our second week - all free of charge , which is how we could afford to stay for two weeks. Also , we had secured 'storage space' elsewhere , again FOC , for our shopping because , as you can imagine , five young Ladies , with money , in NYC equals bags and bags of 'Goodies' !
It now looks like we won't be going , as an industrial dispute seems set to put paid to our escapade - so the five of us had a 'meeting' today to discuss developments and , not surprising - as we are friends that share more than a liking for just shopping and sight-seeing in NYC - all five of us were
instantly in agreement that our holiday is less important than the rights of workers.
Management in Aer Lingus are attempting to force new terms and conditions on their workforce and those employees are attempting to fight back , to defend and hold-on to their present work practices , using the only 'weapon' they have at their disposal - their labour.
We fully support those workers , and urge them not to be swayed by their management , the media or , indeed , by their own Union , should it come to that , into giving up the fight : pressure will be applied on them to do so , they will be shouted at in relation to 'how lucky they are to have a job in the first place' etc and they will be projected to the public by anti-worker/right-wing elements as 'troublemakers' : the anti-trade union 'establishment' will attempt to present them as 'ungrateful' and 'greedy' etc but , for what it's worth - here are five members of the public , five Aer Lingus customers , five working-class women , advising you , the Aer Lingus workforce , to stand firm : fight for your right, fight 'to hold what you have' , fight to improve on that which you
already have - in our opinion , the outcome of your fight will have much wider consequences for other workers , as their management/boss/owner attempts to increase the profit margin by reducing , financially , that which they pay out in wages etc.
Although the five of us are disappointed that we probably won't get away for our two-week break - having booked holidays from our jobs , arranged for baby-sitters , cancelled the milk
(!) etc , we recognise that our holiday was a short-term gain , for us , whereas your needs , as workers , are greater ,in the longterm, for society as a whole : so persevere , Aer Lingus workers - don't let yourselves be traded cheaply. You have support 'out here' from those of us who have our perspectives in order.
Thanks for reading ,
Sharon.







Wednesday, June 01, 2011

LAW IN DISORDER.......

The state trumpets every drugs seizure as a major victory over the barons. But the war against drugs is really a murky world characterised by botched operations , questionable use of informers and ego-driven squabbles between the Garda Siochana and customs officials.
Mairead Carey gets the inside story.
From 'MAGILL' magazine , August 2002.

When Customs questioned the skipper of the Castletownbere trawler , he said he was working for the Garda , and the Customs officers informed their superiors. At a meeting at Garda HQ later that day , senior customs officers were told that a drugs operation was going down and , the following day, another meeting was held between the two where details of the operation were given.

Customs were told that after landing in Castletownbere , the drugs had been loaded on to a container and moved to a warehouse in Galway - the customs officers expressed concern at not being informed.

The following day gardai complained that a leak to the 'Cork Examiner' newspaper was causing serious operational difficulties , and stressed that they wanted the operation to be finished by that evening. The 'knock' location would be on the Galway to Dublin Road , they said - two customs officers waited in Athlone for word from the Garda about the exact location and , at 2.40pm , they were contacted by gardai to say the operation was going down in Urlingford but , by the time they arrived, the operation was well over.......
(MORE LATER).







THE PETER BERRY PAPERS....... The Top Secret Memoirs of Ireland's Most Powerful Civil Servant : Dirty Tricks, Election '69/ Spying on a Unionist Politician/ Keeping the (State) Taoiseach informed/ The Garda Fallon Murder/ Advice to Jack Lynch- 'Fire the pair of them...'/ Vivion De Valera's advice to O'Malley/ Rumours of a Coup D'Etat/ The Internment Plot, November 1970/ Secret Meeting with William Craig.
From 'MAGILL' magazine , June 1980.

EARLY DECEMBER 1969 :

" I phoned the Commissioner that it would be in the interests of all concerned that he , as Commissioner, should make a formal report to the Minister of the information that had been given to him by the head of the Special Branch as to the involvement of Ministers with the IRA in arms trafficing ; the Commissioner did not express any doubts to me then or at any other time that he had reservations about the sources of the information or the authenticity of the information itself so that it came as a surprise to me to read Mr O Morain's evidence at Para. 11774 of Booklet 28 in which he said to the CPA on 15th June 1971 -

"The source is a source that was not reporting direct to his [Chief Supt. Fleming's] section at all (this was untrue) and a source which was regarded as very doubtful by Commissioner Wymes and myself..." .

The Minister saw the Commissioner and Chief Supt. Fleming on this date at the Commissioner's request. I did not become aware that the visit had actually taken place until I was so informed by my Assistant Secretary , Mr Andy Ward (now Secretary) , in January , when he told me that the Minister had remarked to him that Chief Supt. Fleming had been unable to tell him the occupation of 'Jock' (Padraigh) Haughey (Charlie's brother) and on that account he doubted the general authenticity of the police information......."

(MORE LATER).









'ROYALTY' - A LICENCE TO KILL .......?


Whilst we on this humble blog are still trying to come to terms with the dreadful and disgusting shows of 'affection' and cap-doffing by Irish people in this 'republic' to a British 'queen' who colony-hopped her way over to us last month , we almost forgot to look at the whole 'royal' scenario from a different angle ie the manner in which they see themselves .

Our attention was drawn to the actions of a then 34-year-old member of the Saudi 'royal family' , who goes by the name 'Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud' and who , like 'royals' the world over , had a 'Staff' working for him : his 'manservant' , a Mr. Bandar Abdulaziz , then 32, was found battered to death in a London hotel in February 2010 - the British 'Old Bailey' heard that the 'manservant' had
'...been murdered in a sexual attack...' committed by his 'Master'....' . The 'butler' had been beaten and strangled , and had bite marks on his face, but his 'royal' boss denied murdering him , although he did admit to manslaughter and to one count of causing him grevious bodily harm , with intent!

The 'royal' Saudi 'prince' assaulted the 'manservant' before he died , but denied being in a gay relationship with him , even though he had been receiving 'visits' from what were termed 'gay escorts' at the hotel. During the 'trial' , CCTV footage was shown in which the 'royal prince' could be clearly seen repeatedly kicking and punching his 'manservant' in the lift of the hotel and reports at the time suggested that Mr. Abdulaziz was 'barely tolerated' by his Saudi boss and had the demeanor of one so demeaned.
It seems obvious that so-called 'royalty' , whether British or Saudi is , due no doubt in large part to the 'reality cushion' afforded it by the nature of how society perceives it and by its ill-gotten wealth , considers that it is a law on to itself and is set apart from the moral guidelines which should govern 'normal' interaction between people - and , having observed the various 'toadies' in this State that couldn't wait to curtsy , bow and scrape in front of or , indeed, in the mere
presence of a 'royal' - it is not surprising that the 'royal elite' eventually , sooner rather than later , come to see themselves as being entitled to such 'reverence'.
As far as Irish Republicans are concerned , those 'royal elites' are a 'sponge' which soak-up resources which should be directed towards the employed and the unemployed , the healthy and the sick , and the young and the old : in good times or bad , it is simply immoral for any just society to elevate any section of that society to the position enjoyed by the British 'royal family' and other such 'institutions'. Those in this corrupt State that are 'gracious' to them have nothing to offer this society and should stop embarrassing the rest of us by their actions.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS.... !

SO GOOD THEY NAMED IT TWICE.....!

.....and we're practically packing our bags as I type - this will be our second-last Wednesday blog post as myself and four other girls are jetting-off to New York for a two-week holiday later on this month: we'll be staying , mostly , in the Bronx (thanks again to Frankie , Shay and the girls!) but will also be filling wardrobe space (!) in Queens , Brooklyn and Hell's Kitchen , with Kevin , Mal , Liz and Susie and all our other friends : which is why we can afford a whole two weeks - free accommodation !
And , if we have any money left over from our many shopping sprees
(HELLO Jersey Gardens....!) we may take our hosts out for something to eat.
A hotdog , perhaps...... ;-) !







Sunday, May 29, 2011

CABHAIR TESTIMONIAL , SATURDAY 28TH MAY 2011 , DUBLIN.
CABHAIR 'Honoree Presentations'.

A fantastic night was had by approximately 100 Irish Republicans in Dublin on Saturday May 28th 2011 , in the Academy Plaza Hotel , at the Annual CABHAIR Testimonial Dinner : visitors , colleagues and comrades from England , Scotland , Wales and America were present to observe the presentations made to the five Honorees - Walter O'Dunphy , John Murphy , Neil Chambers , Joe O'Neill and Maggie Trainor.
A brief
(ish!) history of the (on-going) involvement of each recipient with the Republican Movement was given , in some detail, by the Chairperson of the proceedings , Dan Hoban , and the presentation was then made by Lita Ní Chathmhaoil , on behalf of the CABHAIR organisation.
We publish with these few words some photographs from the event , and a full report and more photographs will be published in the June 2011 issue of 'Saoirse' , which goes to print on Wednesday the 8th of that month :



CABHAIR Testimonial Flagstand.


Section of the crowd.


CABHAIR bodhrán 'Shop' item - one of the many Republican items sold at the 'Testimonial Shop' on the night.


CABHAIR Mirror , sold at the event.....



....as were these two bodhráns -





Also , details were released regarding two up-coming Republican events - Bodenstown Sunday (12th June next) and the Bundoran Hunger-Strike Commemoration (Saturday 27th August next) , and posters for same were distributed :

Wolfe Tone Commemoration ('Bodenstown Sunday') 12th June 2011.


Bundoran Commemoration , Saturday 27th August 2011.

Finally , please note that a few words and some pics re the cleansing operation today at the Garden of Remembrance can be viewed on our 'Sister' site , here : thanks for reading !
Sharon.