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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. But not to worry -thanks to everyone involved for getting us to the final stage of the competition and sure we'll try again the next time!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

PRESENTING A BAD 'COMPROMISE' AS A GOAL ACHIEVED.

THIS PERSON 'FEARS TO SPEAK....'
Delivering an 'After Dinner Speech' to the 'Political Studies Association' in the red-carpeted surroundings of Belfast City Hall on Wednesday , 4th April 2012 , this speaker said the following (and much more) : "Republicanism needs to become more intuitive about unionist apprehensions and objections and sensitised in our response. We need to be open to using new language, and consider making new compromises.......our conflict is over......conflict is over and the imperative of creating a better society at ease with itself is a new challenge for us all.......dialogue, using new language and making new compromises to create trust are the seeds of a new nation for us all.........sometimes in politics compromise is a negative word. Even in the past people said it was a dirty word. But we should not be ashamed of the compromises we have made here. I am proud of the compromises I and my party have made to bring about a stable peace.The war is over in the north of Ireland, the conflict is over....." Without a doubt , "the war is over" for him and his like , as people like that have obtained their objective - a 'compromise' which , they believe , allows them to save face with their own (like-minded) nationalist colleagues whilst at the same time presenting their 'achievements' as that which they sought all along. Plus , of course , the financial rewards involved for them personally and the physical and verbal 'pats-on-the-back' they receive from other unprincipled gombeen waste-of-space career politicians. The person in question still attempts to 'trade' as a 'revolutionary-turned-Statesman' and is promoted , presented and introduced as such by like-minded creatures who have already received such 'status' or hope to , as soon as possible. These bottom-feeders offer nothing of any value or worth to society ; indeed , they are of the opinion that that society owes them and they are not behind the door when it comes to 'collecting' what they consider themselves to be 'owed' by that society. They are vain , greedy , self-centered and morally useless , a cancer in the midst of an otherwise decent society.
The person in question - who is 'proud of his compromises' - is Martin McGuinness , pictured above , who never thought to ask if the 'compromise' was his to trade with. The answer to that question is 'No' : that Republican objective is not his to 'bargain' with , nor does it belong to any individual. But being vain , greedy , self-centered and morally useless , he wouldn't understand that simple fact..... Thanks for reading, Sharon.




Wednesday, April 04, 2012

EASTER COMMEMORATIONS AND SEMINAR 2012.

'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....." (MORE LATER).
----------------------------------------- Full list of Republican 1916 Easter Commemorations 2012:
ANTRIM : Easter Sunday, Belfast, Republican Plot, Milltown Cemetery, assemble 11.30am at cemetery gates. ARMAGH : Holy Saturday, Lurgan, Commemoration, assemble at the top of Kilwilkie at 3pm for march to the Republican Plot, St. Colman's Cemetery. Easter Sunday, Armagh city, assemble 2.45pm at the gates of Sandyhill Cemetery. Holy Saturday, wreath-laying ceremonies at Ballymacnab and Keady. Holy Saturday, wreath-laying ceremony, Republican Plot in Camloch. CARLOW : Easter Saturday, wreath-laying ceremony at the Republican Plot, Carlow Cemetery at 3.30pm. CAVAN/FERMANAGH : Details in April Saoirse. CLARE : Easter Sunday, wreath-laying ceremonies at Kilmurry McMahon and Doonbeg. CORK : Easter Sunday, assemble at Wilton Roundabout, 2pm. Parade to Republican Plot, St. Finbarr's Cemetery. DERRY : Cúchulainn Memorial, City Cemetery, Derry City, Easter Sunday, assemble at 12 noon. Wreath laying ceremonies at the following on Easter Sunday morning: The Loup Cemetery, 9am, at the grave of Brigadier Seán Larkin; and the grave of Tommy Toner in Dungiven, 10.15am at the graves of Vols Kealy, O'Carolan and Kilmartin and hunger striker Kevin Lynch. DONEGAL : Holy Saturday, Doneyloup, Castlefin 7.30pm. Clady Bridge, 11.30am. Drumboe Easter Sunday, assemble Johnson's Corner 2.30pm. DOWN : Easter Sunday, Newry, assemble 10am, gates of St Mary's Cemetery for march to Republican Plot. DUBLIN : Easter Sunday, commemoration at Deansgrange Cemetery, 1pm. Easter Monday, assemble Garden of Remembrance, 1.45pm for march to GPO, O,Connell Street, Dublin. GALWAY : Good Friday, wreath-laying ceremony at the Workhouse Tuam, 5pm. Holy Saturday, wreath-laying ceremony Kilcummin cemetery Oughterard, 7pm. Easter Sunday, assemble at Cathedral for parade to Liam Mellows Memorial, Eyre Square, Galway city, 11am. Republican Plot, Donaghpatrick, Headford, Easter Sunday, assemble Queally's Cross, Caherlistrane, 3pm. GLASGOW : Easter Sunday commemoration and function. Details from Saoirse sellers. KERRY : Holy Saturday, wreath-laying ceremony, Republican Plot Castleisland Cemetery, 2pm. Easter Sunday, Caherciveen, assemble 2.30pm at the Monument, the Square. Tralee, Easter Sunday, assemble at Denny Street at 2pm for parade to Republican Plot, Rath Cemetery. Killarney, wreath-laying ceremony at Republican Monument. Easter Monday, Republican Plot, Listowel, wreath-laying ceremony, assemble at graveyard gates, 12 noon. KILDARE : Easter Sunday, commemoration at the grave of Martin O'Brien, St Corban's Cemetery, Naas, 12 noon. Easter Monday, wreaths will also be laid throughout the county. KILKENNY : Holy Saturday: wreath-laying ceremony at Rathciarin, Mooncoin. LAOIS : Wreaths will be laid on the graves of William O'Connor and James Lacey, Barrowhouse Cemetery; grave of Denis O'Dwyer, Wolfhill cemetery, the Republican Plot, Portlaoise and 1798 Monument, Portarlington. LEITRIM : See April Saoirse. LIMERICK : Easter Monday, Republican Plot, Mount St Lawrence Cemetery. LONDON : Easter Monday, commemoration, Hendon Cemetery, Holder's Hill Road, Hendon, 12.30am. assemble at entrance at 12.15pm. LONGFORD : Easter Sunday, commemoration, Ballymacormack, outside Longford town, 3pm. LOUTH : Dundalk, Easter Sunday, assemble at gates of St Patrick's Cemetery, 2.30pm for wreath-laying ceremony at the Republican Plot. MAYO : Kilkelly, Easter Monday, 12 noon, assemble at Church gate and parade to East Mayo Brigade Memorial on main Sligo-Galway Road. MEATH : Easter Sunday, wreath-laying ceremonies at grave of Séamus Fox, Drumcree, 12 noon; at grave of Niall Fagan, Summerhill, 1pm; at Ballinlough Cemetery, Kells, 2pm. Easter Monday, wreath-laying ceremony at grave of Vol. George McDermott, Ardbracken, 2pm. MONAGHAN : Easter Sunday, commemoration, Urbleshanny Cemetery, Scotstown, at grave of Vol. Seámus McElwaine, 2pm. NEW YORK : Easter Sunday, commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising at the Byrne & Hanrahans 960 Mc Lean Ave., Yonkers NY, 10am. Prior to the Commemoration a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the graveside of Joe Stynes in Woodlawn Cemetery at Webster Avenue & E. 233rd St. in the Bronx, NY. Tickets $25.00 (children under 14 free). Includes Irish Breakfast. OFFALY : Easter Sunday, wreath-laying ceremonies throughout the county. ROSCOMMON : Ballinlough, Easter Sunday, 12 noon, parade to IRA Memorial. Elphin, parade to County Roscommon Memorial after 11.30 Mass. Easter Sunday, County Commemoration 3pm, See April Saoirse. SLIGO : Sligo Town, Easter Sunday, wreath-laying ceremony, Republican Plot, Sligo Cemetery. TIPPERARY : Easter Sunday, Commemoration, Hunger Strike Memorial, Banba Square, Nenagh, 10am. TYRONE : Holy Saturday, Carrickmore at the grave of Frank Ward, 5pm. WATERFORD : Holy Saturday, wreath-laying ceremony at Statue on Quay, Waterford city, 12 noon. WESTMEATH : Easter Sunday, wreath-laying ceremonies throughout the county. County Commemoration: Easter Sunday 12 noon. Assembly at the gates of Cornamagh Cemetery, Athlone, for the short walk to the Grave of I.R.A. Capt. Tom Hughes. WEXFORD : Republican Plot, St Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown, Easter Sunday, assemble at Cresent Quay, Wexford at 3pm. Mass for all who died for Ireland, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rowe Street, 11.15am. WICKLOW : Holy Saturday, 3pm, wreath-laying Hollywood Cemetery, West Wicklow. I'll be at the Commemoration on Easter Monday in Dublin , as myself and three others have been 'detailed' to distribute the 500 leaflet 'packs' that RSF Head Office have prepared for the day : so keep an eye out for me , somewhere between O'Connell Bridge and the Parnell Monument..... ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ REPUBLICAN SEMINAR , SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2012 , DUBLIN.....
A Seminar entitled 'Who Fears To Speak Of Easter Week' , which has been organised by Republican Sinn Féin , will be held in Dublin on Saturday 21st April 2012 , in 'The Ireland Institute' (formally known as the 'Pearse Institute') from 12 Noon to 5pm : there is no entry charge and those interested in attending can stay for the whole seminar or part thereof. The main speakers are Ruán O' Donnell , Des Dalton and Ruairí Óg Ó Brádaigh , and songs , poems and readings connected to the 1916 Rising will feature throughout the event. The Clár ('Programme') for the Seminar is as follows : 12 Noon - reading of the 1916 Proclamation. 12.05 to 1pm - music and songs of the 1916 Rising. 1pm to 1.30pm - break for lunch. 1.30pm - excerpt from Thomas J Clarke's 'Glimpses of an Irish Felon's Prison Life'. 2pm - Ruán O'Donnell. 2.30pm - Des Dalton , Uachtarán , Sinn Féin Poblachtach. 3pm - Ruairí Óg Ó Brádaigh (a 'Q&A' session will be held after each speaker). 3.30pm - Pádraig Pearse's address at the grave of O'Donovan Rossa. 3.45pm - Thomas MacDonagh's address to his court-martial. 4pm - excerpt from Éamonn Ceannt's court-martial address. 4.10pm - a reading from 'James Connolly'. 4.15pm - 'The Rebel' (Pádraig Pearse). 4.25pm - 'Easter 1916' (WB Yeats). 4.35pm - 'The Rose Tree' (WB Yeats). 'This Heritage To The Race Of Kings' (Joseph Plunkett). 'A Lament For Thomas MacDonagh' (Francis Ledwidge). 'The Ghost of Roger Casement' (WB Yeats). 5pm - CLOSE. The 'Ireland Institute' is 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 ! Thanks for reading , Sharon.




Sunday, April 01, 2012

Approximately 10,000 people , young and old , protested in Dublin yesterday (Saturday 31st March 2012) in opposition to the IMF-enforced implementation of a household tax on houses that either have already been paid for or are in the process of being paid for. Republican Sinn Féin members were amongst those who assembled at the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square at 12.30pm whilst a second group of RSF members took up position at the Spire monument in O'Connell Street : between both RSF teams , a total of 4,850 leaflets were distributed to the crowds , comprising 450 'packs' with five leaflets per pack and 650 'packs' with four leaflets per pack.
The political police ('Special Branch') made their presence known at the GOR assembly point and , indeed , photographed and recorded the names and addresses of the RSF protestors in O'Connell street , whilst their uniformed colleagues , on foot and on horseback , made it clear to the thousands of protestors outside the Fine Gael Ard Fheis venue that they were on the side , and in full support of , the suited political and business class that were inside the venue discussing future methods by which they could integrate themselves with their paymasters in Brussels and Washington - whenever one or more of those Blueshirted Fine Gael members wanted to access or exit the venue , strong-arm tactics were employed by the State Gardaí to ensure that they had ease of passage ie protestors in the vicinity , or considered to be in the vicinity, were pushed back with such force that some of them lost their balance and fell to the ground and , when those around them attempted to pick them up they , too , fell victim to the 'scrum' and were themselves placed in danger. It should be noted that this happened repeatedly in clear view of the Gardaí present but it was also made clear to all of us present just what their objective was - to ensure the 'comfort' of the Fine Gael politicians and their assorted hangers-on who , after all , pay the salaries and expenses of those same Gardaí members.
However , apart from the dangerous position that a section of the protestors were placed in by uniformed State operatives , the protest itself was a huge success : the 10,000 or so people that took part in it were , at the time , representative of about one million householders who had not paid the new tax (State deadline for paying same was Midnight Saturday 31st March 2012) and the absence of any official or unofficial representation at the protest from the 'Youth Wing' (ie 'radical' !) departments of Fine Gael , Labour or Fianna Fail was noticed by the crowd , as was the fact that Provisional Sinn Féin was present , despite having themselves imposed , via their elected representatives in the British 'Parliament' in Stormont, the Sterling equivalent of a €700 per household tax on family homes in the Occupied Six Counties ! Of such hypocrisies are political careers built...... Thanks for reading , Sharon.