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(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, March 02, 2012

SEPTIC TANK CHARGE PROTEST , DUBLIN , WEDNESDAY 29th FEBRUARY 2012.


RSF paper-seller at the Dublin rally on Wednesday 29th February 2012.


At 11.30am on Wednesday last , February 29th 2012 , Republican Sinn Féin members and supporters began to gather at the Spire , in O'Connell Street , Dublin , to take part in the protest against the Septic Tank tax , which was assembling there prior to marching to Leinster House , in Kildare Street.

In preparation for the day , RSF Head Office had prepared 500 'leaflet packs' (each 'pack' containing four leaflets) for distribution at the protest and , had there been twice as many available , they would have been distributed as well - we ran short of leaflets and had to stop distributing them in O'Connell Street in order to ensure that we had at least 150 'packs' to distribute outside Leinster House !


In total , RSF distributed 2,000 leaflets on the day.


We publish with this post a few pics from the event , and a video re same and more pics can be seen on this 'Facebook' page : RSF are to be congratulated for taking part in this event and for being as well-organised as they were - dozens of new people were reached as a result , new contacts were made and are already being followed up and they showed , by their very vocal presence , that they are totally opposed to new taxes , whether imposed in large city areas or rural townlands. It was five hours well spent , in great company , and for a good cause ; well done to all who took part !


One of the RSF banners on display in O'Connell Street , Dublin.




Screwed-up Free State tax system.






The two RSF banners at the Spire.


There were two particularly noticable political speeches delivered at this protest : the first one , in O'Connell Street , came from ex-Fianna Fáil Leinster House member (now a so-called 'Independent' representative!) Mattie McGrath , from Tipperary - himself and four supporters that were with him were confronted , verbally , by a few people who were present to take part in the protest and questioned as to what he was doing on the street , as it is his type (ie rich career politicians) that are attempting to implement these new taxes. And those people were right to do so - but Mattie took offence at being questioned in that manner and , in between screeching remarks in reply ('Ah sure what would ya know about it sure you're a Dubliner...') he gave the impression that he was going to physically lash out at one man in particular , but his own supporters then stood in between him and the people asking him the 'awkward' questions , bringing the 'discussion' to an end.
The second political speech , which received loud applause from the crowd , was delivered from the Speakers Platform near the Leinster House gates : it was delivered by RSF Councillor Tomás Ó Curraoin who is , politically and morally , more than 'just a few streets' removed from the previous 'speaker'. A video of the second speech can be viewed here.



Three of the RSF protesters at the Dublin event.





Not even our waters....





Joan Burton take heed !





At the gates of Leinster House.





Kenny and Gilmore - two of the many 'asses' in that one house....




Clash of the Banners !
Thanks for reading,
Sharon.







Wednesday, February 29, 2012

'THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DAY.....'
By Peadar O'Donnell ; first published in January 1963.

They could not even let on not to know the road they took , for the British spared them no humiliation on that : 'Steps shall be taken , ' the Treaty declared, 'for summoning a meeting of members of parliament elected for the constituencies of Southern Ireland since the passing of the Government of Ireland Act 1920.......this instrument (the Treaty) shall be submitted....to a meeting....of members elected to sit in the House of Commons of Southern Ireland...'

It was all so unlike them , so unworthy of them, that one felt ashamed for them , and because of them , for all of us : they , justifying themselves to themselves by their motives , while embarrassed and humiliated by the reality , were equally bad tempered. In face of the news from outside, and in response to questions and discussions on the rapidly worsening political and military situation , Liam Mellows wrote his 'Notes From Mountjoy Jail' which fell into the hands of the Treatyite forces and was published under scare , and of course Communist, headlines. The document was addressed to the leaders of the Republican Army on a plan to rally the people for the better defence of the Republic.

It advocated , as a first step, that a provisional government be set up, and that the Democratic Programme adopted by Dáil Éireann in January 1919 be put into effect : estates and ranches in the hands of those who stood for the British connection to be seized and distributed , and Mellows reminded the leaders on the outside that a plan towards this end had already been drawn up by the IRA Executive - it was written by Paddy Ruttledge , a member of the IRA Executive , later Minister for Justice in De Valera's government , and I very much doubt whether a copy of it is still in existence......
(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.

" While the Taoiseach , in his winding-up speech on May 9th , made reference to me as having 'acted most efficiently and conscientiously' , he made no reference to the circumstances in which I was directed to report to him ; furthermore , he made no effort to dispel the nonsense that I was employing "a super-Special Branch" to spy on Ministers.

Although he had full knowledge of the Ministerial appointment of a consultative assistant to the 'S Branch' Head in 1966 , and in continuing years , he made an evasion of personal responsibility ; " I want to say before I proceed that I did not at any time have Ministers' homes watched during this investigation.....there was no attempt whatever at imposing Gestapo methods on any member of the Government , certainly none that I directed and none so far as I could ascertain."


MAY 14 , 1970 :
" The Taoiseach answered questions in relation to security measures : Deputy O' Leary asked - 'Is it a fact that a member of the Cabinet was aware of the complicity of other members of the Cabinet some months before the Taoiseach ?' , to which the Taoiseach replied : ' I do not believe that the Ministers to whom the Secret Service would report would have possession of such information months before....' "
(MORE LATER).







INKGATE - PRINTING LEINSTER HOUSE-STYLE : A LICENCE TO MAKE MONEY......!



Apologises for the later-than-usual posting time , but our 'legal department' got extra nervous on discovering that a high-powered PSF* team ( * 'P' for 'Paper' Sinn Féin , as they never refuse ink...) are searching the blogosphere with a view to taking legal action later on for any 'untoward comment' in relation to Aengus : indeed , that team of sleuths are believed to be printing that material out now as you read this....

Aengus Ó Snodaigh , a Provisional Sinn Féin member of Leinster House, Elvis impersonator* and mountain climber* (!) (*see pics, below...) has been discovered to have been in receipt of over €55,000 worth of printer cartridges - 434 units in total at a cost of €130 per unit , an average of 3 cartridges a day ; more than enough , overall , to print more than 3 million letters - in the last two years : indeed, in one year, when his 'job' was not-unusually only 'open for business' for 96 days in a twelve month period , the bould Aengus took 219 printer cartridges !

And , as if abusing taxpayers money for the above wasn't bad enough , the same man , who is paid a salary from the taxpayer of over €1930 a week (not including 'legitimate expenses'!) also removed enough quantities of copy paper (A4 etc) to use with the cartridges , adding tens of thousands of Euro onto the total value of the 'haul': interviewed on 'Newstalk 106' radio yesterday , Aengus defended his actions , stating that all his leaflets and printed material was in full colour , with pictures , solely for the benefit of his constituents , to whom he and his team delivered same to "once or twice a month , maybe more.." - the Fianna Fáil leader , Micheal Martin , asked , on that same radio station :
"What is it with ex-revolutionaries in this country that they seem to have a love affair with printing machines ?" !

It then transpired that the Provisional Sinn Féin 'Press Office' in Leinster House 'used' 86 ink cartridges in one year , compared with all the other party 'Press Offices' combined which, between them , used a total of 54 cartridges. It should be noted that , at the time of writing this blog post , the last 'official' press release from Aengus to his constituents was one year and twenty days ago.....

....anyway : about those pics -



- this , believe it or not , is Aengus 'Elvis' Ó Snodaigh , captured a few years ago at a charity fund-raising night. Bet he's all shook up now, uh huh huh.....



....and this is the same 'public representative' , presenting coloured leaflets to a fellow mountain climber. Is it all down hill from now , one wonders.....!

Finally : it looks like we may be returning to this subject , as it now transpires that Aengus's leader in Leinster House , Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead , Gerry Adams , is the second-highest user of ink cartridges in Leinster House.....
.....and please note : no ink cartridges were used ,abused or mis-used in the production of this Post !

Thanks for reading,
Sharon.







Tuesday, February 28, 2012

TONERGATE / INKGATE....





...TO THIS BLOG :



Two of our many readers in the Ballyfermot area of Dublin , where Provisional Sinn Féin's Aengus 'CartridgeWorld' Ó Snodaigh rules the roost , have approached me with undeniable pictorial proof of , to say the least , shady dealings involving Mr Ó Snodaigh on stage and also showing him , again in disguise , handing over printed material on a mountain top to a woman.
We are 100% positive that the post re same which we will publish tomorrow evening - no sooner than that , as our legal department has not yet finished treble-checking it - will put a whole new slant on 'Inkgate'......






.....and , in an unusual move , I will be present and available for interviews at the Spire , in O'Connell Street , Dublin , tomorrow (Wednesday 29th February 2012) at 11.30am , for a while , before I move off to 'set up camp' outside the gates of Leinster House in Kildare Street. In between answering questions in relation to our intended 'InkGate' post I will be taking part in this protest - I will be taking questions both before and after the protest , but not during it (as I will be shouting obscenities at the feckers inside !) , so be first in the queue if you want to get your hands dirty re 'TonerGate' , 'cause you know what they say about the early bird : it gets a pain in its belly from all the worms.... !
But seriously - see you tomorrow , in Dublin City Centre , and then here , on this blog , tomorrow evening , for 'CartridgeGate : Revelations'......

Thanks for reading,
Sharon.







Monday, February 27, 2012

"AND THE LOSER IS......REALITY !!

"Our little film was inspired by the people of Northern Ireland, Protestant and Catholic, who after 30 years of war, sat down, negotiated a peace and proved to the world that the Irish are great talkers. I want to dedicate this to them.This is about reconciliation in Northern Ireland, it is really close to my heart...." - the words of Terry George.


Provisional Sinn Féin 'Cultural Minister' for what she calls "Northern Ireland" ,
Carál Ní Chuilín
(seen here ,looking for direction....) ,said the award was "a fantastic achievement by the Northern Ireland film industry - It is wonderful that local talent and hard work is being recognised on the global stage...."

Two bad scripts - and two lost opportunities : Belfast-born Terry George would be well aware that , truth be told , "Northern Ireland" is not 'about' "Protestant and Catholic" - it is 'about' the on-going British political and military interference in Irish affairs. Nor has it been "30 years of war...." , as that interference has been going on here for the last 843 years and is , unfortunately, not over yet. The "peace" that was "negotiated" is a false dawn , which could have been had here at any time over the last 843 years - all that was required was that the majority of those opposed to British interference should settle for less ie that they would take salaried positions from the British to administer the Occupied Six Counties on behalf of Westminister and , in return , the British would promote them world-wide as 'Statesmen/women' and allow them to claim that such participation was 'a stepping-stone to Irish Freedom'. The "reconciliation" that Terry George spoke about will only materialise when the British withdraw , politically and militarily , from Ireland - North , South , East and West.

Provisional Sinn Féin member and 'Stormont Minister' , Carál Ní Chuilín , found herself on a "global stage" , as an indirect result of the film in question, but - as expected , due to the fact that the lady herself , and her Party, are now Westminister-salaried 'estate managers' - 'fluffed' her lines : this is a golden opportunity for her to highlight the on-going injustice of the on-going British political and military claim of jurisdiction over part of Ireland but , as Irish Republicans know , there is no profit in that , nor is there a career to be had, so she stuck to her Westminster-supplied and PSF-leadership approved script of "...fantastic achievement....wonderful....local talent...".
Shame on both of them , and on their respective 'camps' : lost opportunities in front of a world-wide audience.

Thanks for reading,
Sharon.