'THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DAY.....' By Peadar O'Donnell ; first published in January 1963. De Valera was not a Republican in Wolfe Tone's sense - he had none of Tone's scorn of the superstition of royalty and was incapable of seeing the independence struggle as Tone saw it , or James Connolly. He was numb , rather than hostile, to the working-class struggle and was as scared as Arthur Griffith of the gospel of Fintan Lalor. It was inevitable that he and Griffith should come together. The country saw high drama in the incident at a Republican delegate meeting in the Mansion House in Dublin when Father O' Flanagan , reporting on a backstage conference with Arthur Griffith , announced that "Griffith has thrown his lot in with us..." - the delegates got to their feet and cheered , but nobody noticed that Connolly's chair was left vacant : that the place Connolly purchased for the organised Labour movement in the leadership of the independence struggle was being denied ; or reneged. It was made easy for de Valera to call Griffith in and shut Labour out , for the Irish Labour Party did not want a share in the leadership. James Connolly's work , teaching , martyrdom , left no imprint on the policy of Irish working-class movements. Dublin workers uncovered at every mention of his name at a meeting , but nobody preached Connolly to them and , during his short days among them , he spoke to them from a very great height. He was a Marxian Socialist who , as a fighter for Irish Freedom , was dedicated to the proposition that the working-class alone is capable of leading the nation to victory. Any leadership not responsive to working-class needs must make peace short of independence and , in the light of this proposition , he explained the collapse of Daniel O' Connell , the hesitations of the Young Irelanders , the failure* of the Fenians , the Tragedy of Parnell : for that matter he foretold the Treaty....... (* '1169...' Comment : to say that the Fenians "failed" is not the truth - their actions ensured that the desire - the 'flame' - for Irish freedom was kept alive for the next generation.) (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.
MAY 20TH 1970 :
" Late on this evening I had a discussion with the Minister and the Attorney General in the Minister's room on the money implications in Tony Fagan's statement and the Attorney General gave me , for reading overnight, a photostat copy of the Department of Finance file dealing with the Grant-In-Aid ; the papers are reproduced in the CPA Report of July 1972 , para. 2574. I read the complete file when I was in bed and I was appalled at what I saw - it seemed to me that there was indisputable evidence that the Irish Red Cross Society had been used to juggle moneys from the Grant-In-Aid funds for the purchase of arms abroad , the equivalent of using ambulances for carrying munitions.
I felt that the whole country's name would be blackened internationally if the word got out and , at about 4.00am , I drafted a letter to Murray in which I expressed my horror , and my relief that Grant-In-Aid funds were not subject to the C+A.G's audit as publication would disgrace the whole country. I remember that my letter stated - "Dear Mr Murray , we are looking into an abyss..." . This is the letter which is referred to extensively in the Report of the Committee of Public Accounts - the letter which they were unable to get. The Committee also tried to establish the tape recording of my conversation with Murray on 19th May but they addressed their questions to Mr O Morain who had ceased to be Minister for Justice on 4th May.
I was asked by the Committee to "consult" with them on 12th March 1971 - after I had retired - and an account of my consultations is recorded in its proper place. I had a letter from Murray , dated 29th May , I think, in which he ticked me off , saying that he was the Accounting Officer , that it was his responsibility and that he did not accept my interpretation....."
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located at No. 27 Pearse Street , Dublin 2 - a few doors away from the Trinity Capital Hotel - and, as stated , there is no cover charge for entry to the Seminar , nor is there a requirement that you stay for the full five hours. Hope to see you there !
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