'THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DAY.....' By Peadar O'Donnell ; first published in January 1963.
Trade union leaders in Dublin were undoubtedly on friendly terms with IRA officers , who trusted them absolutely : trade union rooms were used for IRA meetings , which wanted men attended , and Tom Johnson wrote the draft for the Democratic Programme of Dáil Éireann.
The Labour Movement did , indeed , demonstrate independently that it had ends of its own to serve - it celebrated the first anniversary of the Russian Revolution by an overflow meeting in the Mansion House in Dublin and it staged demonstrations against British crimes in Ireland ('1169...' Comment : ....whereas today trade unions will avail of the services offered by those same British criminals..) and Tom Foran , General President of the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union , publicly described those demonstrations as dress rehearsals for 'The Workers' Republic'.
As an official of Foran's and O' Brien's union , I came within hearing of the buzz of excited talk around union headquarters at Liberty Hall : I was lucky enough , while a student teacher in training in Dublin , 1911-1913 , to become interested in Labour papers and run into Labour meetings. It was my good luck that just then an uncle of mine , Peter Rodgers , home from Butte , Montana , where he was an active 'Wobblie', was on hand to sharpen , still further , my awareness of the class struggle. It did not seem strange to me , therefore , that the people I met at Liberty Hall should emphasise that the real fight would begin when the middle-class tried to duck out of the Republican struggle on terms that would suit them , but betray the Revolution.
When that time came the Labour movement - to me that always meant the trade union movement - would take on the role which the Citizen Army played in the period of confusion on the eve of the 1916 Rising : it would be the point of rally for the independence movement in its second hour of crisis. I accepted this view of things eagerly.....
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.
" The Committee of Public Accounts had asked the Manager why documents had been released from the account when the banks re-opened despite the fact that the police had been making enquiries and the Manager's reply was that a request from the Department of Finance to retain all documents did not come until afterwards ie in late September or October.
But , as I explained earlier, I had made this request for the retention of documents in the previous May and had been given to understand from the Group Law Agent that the bank would co-operate. The Committee's questioning of the Manager was sharp and his replies and actions in some other respects were commented on. The Report of the Committee has strictures ; on page 59 it has this to say - '.....moreover , the evidence given on behalf of this bank was unsatisfactory and the Committee did not receive from this bank the assistance it had a right to expect in tracing the money that passed through these accounts...' .
If the Committee had had knowledge of my request , on behalf of the Minister for Justice , in May 1970, their strictures would , doubtless , have been ever more severe......."
INNER CIRCLES OF CORRUPTION.....
.....wheels within wheels greased :
Sean Fitzpatrick and Lar Bradshaw were great friends at the time - 'golf buddies' - and each was seen by their wannabe 'golf buddie' admirers as 'occupying the space' where they , themselves, hoped to exist one fine day : a 'Captain of Industry' , with connections to political bosses , property speculators and the so-called 'Leaders' of society. Life was good for Sean and Lar.
The jobs ('Positions') they held in their respective fields were extremely well paid and included a huge expense allowance as it was recognised , by their Boards , that 'entertaining clients' was an important part of their working day. Sean was a Bank Boss , in charge of 'Anglo Irish Bank' and moved in circles that were even too rich for him - one of his best known 'business deals' that , like 'his' bank , went sour on him , was an investment he made with, amongst other such luminaries , the 'King' of Morocco - both were involved in a (failed) casino and theme park operation in Macau , a so-called 'SAR' of China.
Anyway , back to this particular aspect of his dealings in Dublin : Sean was a Board Director of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) , where his 'golf buddie' , Larry Bradshaw , was the boss and, by pure coincidence , Larry was a Board Director of Anglo Irish Bank , where Sean was the boss ! In 2006 , with hundreds of millions of taxpayer-supplied Euro at his 'disposal' , Larry thought it would be a good idea to spend €412 million to purchase a (contaminated) 25-acre site in Ringsend , Dublin , and Sean's bank (!) was , fortunately (!) on hand to part-finance the 'deal' : the rest , as they say , is history , and is but one signpost on the crooked road that has taken this poxy State to the position it's in - a financial and moral basket case , with our interchangeable 'leaders' in Leinster House - who would be no strangers to lifting their little fingers on a golf course with the likes of Sean and Lar - completely uninterested in any aspect of the above and similar scandals : their one and only concern is to ensure that they remain in Office long enough to qualify for their pension.
But even at this late stage , there is a solution - the alternative is to carry-on as we are , changing the colours every few years of the political and business criminals that have elbowed their way to the taxpayer-funded pension-trough that State politicians and their property-speculating business friends are up to their worthless , non-productive necks in. We owe it to future generations to take a stand now.....
400 X 3 + 250 X 4 + 50 X 5 = 2,450......
RSF Head Office has prepared 2,450 Republican leaflets for distribution at this years Bobby Sands Commemoration which will be held in Dublin on Saturday 5th May 2012 : these leaflets have been assembled in 'packs/booklets' , 400 of which will contain three leaflets , whilst 250 will have four leaflets and 50 will have five leaflets , giving a 'pack' total of 700. It was suggested by Head Office that any 'packs' left over be distributed at the function that same night in 'The Barn House' pub , to which the leaflet team replied "God Bless your innocence...." !
Experience has proven to myself and the rest of the leaflet team that the 700 'packs' we have will be gone before the Commemoration is over and , had we had 1,000 packs , we could have distributed them no problem. So , if you're looking for an 'RSF Leaflet Pack' on Saturday 5th May 2012 , your best chance to get one will be between O' Connell Bridge and the Ambassador from 12.30 pm to , hopefully , about 2.30pm. After 2.30pm , your chances are slim to none !
See you in Dublin City Centre that afternoon , or at the gig that night....
Thanks for reading,