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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

THE MURDER OF JOHN CORCORAN -

- THE COVER-UP CONTINUES.......
From 'MAGILL' magazine , March 1998.

We should expect a further twist to this case in the next few months , with the publication in May of Seán O' Callaghan's account of his life in the IRA and his role as a garda informer.

It is obvious that O' Callaghan will deny his involvement in the murder of John Corcoran and that he will have some elaborate but ultimately unbelievable explanation of why he earlier said he was involved.

However incredible that explanation will be , it will be seized upon by the gardaí as yet another reason for closing the file on the John Corcoran case forever - so , for the record , let us recall what Seán O' Callaghan said previously about his involvement in that murder.......
(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.


23rd APRIL 1970 :

" On Thursday I had a telephone call from my Minister , Mr O Morain , from his home : he seemed to be in great distress. He asked me to get him into some nursing home immediately , that he felt seriously sick. With some difficulty , I got the Minister the suite in Mount Carmel Hospital which I had occupied in 1969 and he was admitted on April 24th ('1169...' Comment : no change there , then - if you are 'well connected' and/or have money [both, in this particular case] you will get the best of medical treatment immediately but if you're unemployed or just an 'ordinary' employee , you can expect between eight and fifteen hours of a wait in A+E before you're even looked at...) .

In the afternoon I saw the Taoiseach and told him off Mr O Morain's illness and of my arrangements - he said that he had ticked him off on Wednesday , saying that he would be hearing from him again. I concluded that this was what had triggered off Mr O Morain's break down.

The Taoiseach then told me that he had had a visit from the Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners who had told him of my threat that 'heads would roll' : the Taoiseach said - " You had no business saying that and you had no right to tell him that I had ordered the police investigation." I was taken completely aback , and replied - "But you gave me instructions that the police were to make a full investigation and the Commissioner complained that the customs people were stalling deliberately and he asked for my assistance, and I felt that it was my job to get co-operation." The Taoiseach said - " I don't understand why you are playing such a personal part in all of this , why do you not leave it to the police..."

I was dumbfounded : I had expected to be praised , not blamed......."

(MORE LATER).







€100 HOUSEHOLD TAX 'MUST BE INCREASED' - EU/IMF.....



In January 2012 , a new tax of €100 is to be imposed on approximately 1.6 million households in this State ; at least 240,000 households will be exempt , for now , due to their financial circumstances ie if those living in them qualify for mortgage interest supplements , if they live in social housing units , if they live in unfinished housing estates , if they are living in rented houses (although the owner/landlord will be liable which , in turn , means a rent increase....) , if the occupier meets certain social welfare criteria and tenants who live in local authority housing.

The households that will be instructed by the politicians in Leinster House to suffer the imposition of this unjust tax will be given until the 31st March 2012 to pay it or a 'fine' (a financial penalty) will be issued , before court cases proceed - if the household tax is not paid by that date , and if arrangements have not been made to pay it in four installments of €25 , then 'late payment fees' will be added to the amount owed . If , after two years, the tax remains unpaid , then the householder will 'owe' €280. Those who are deemed by the politicians to 'owe' this tax but don't pay it will be taken to court under the 'Fines Act 2010' and , depending on circumstances , will be ordered by State representatives to hand over between €1,000 and €2,500.

What is not so widely known in relation to this new tax , however , is that , on Friday 29th July 2011 , an 'MoU'
('Memorandum of Understanding') was issued by a joint committee comprising EU and IMF management stating that the €100 tax must be increased by December 2012 due to what that committee called "fiscal consolidation" issues - and the State Department of the Environment in Dublin has admitted that that is the case , although they attempted to claw back some dignity by declaring that the rate of increase has not been agreed upon ie they have not yet been told by the EU/IMF how much to increase it by !

And there's worse to come : in 2014 , another household tax will be enforced - again , at the dictat of the EU/IMF - which will be based "on the site value of each house" and a new company , 'Irish Water' , will be established to oversee the installation of water meters in all domestic dwellings : these three new taxes
(€100 Household Tax , Site Value Tax and Water Tax) were demanded by the EU/IMF and signed-off on by the rich, useless , careerist time-serving suited muppets in Leinster House in the 'MoU' that was given to them by the EU/IMF on Friday 29th July 2011 , and it was in that same 'contract' that the latter shower agreed to enter into "discussions" with that EU/IMF committee in relation to how finances are controlled in this State.

The options facing those of us who retain a moral compass is clear : picket , protest , riot in the streets , cause civil unrest and havoc, and bloodshed , if need be - but , above all ,
DO NOT PAY the Household Tax , or the Site Tax , or the Water Tax ! Or.....take the 'easy' option : pay all new taxes plus the inevitable increases in the 'old' taxes plus the lower wage you'll be working for / lower welfare payments you will be on (if they don't 'knock you off' the welfare money altogether) and then decide , on a daily basis , whether you will put food on the table OR turn the heating on. Because it really will be that simple - hand your money over to them or fight to keep it. And you're going to have to make that choice very soon.....
Sharon.