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"1169 And Counting is a wealth of information on our Republican past and present , and demonstrates how the Irish political landscape , like that of any nation, will never be a black and white issue..."

(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!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

GOMBEENS AFRAID TO CONDEMN FELLOW GOMBEENS.....

UNPRINCIPLED KEEPERS OF THE BIG HOUSE.



".......we are angry at being portrayed as self-serving, overpaid, under-worked and dishonest people with overly generous pensions that we don’t pay for. Yes, there are public servants who fit into that category; they are represented by you and your colleagues, not us.....we are angry that we, our children and our children’s children have been sacrificed by this government to protect the people who bankrolled your party and robbed the Irish People. Men like Fingers and Seanie were held up by government as examples of entrepreneurial skill and business acumen but who were nothing more than ‘gombeen’ men. We are angry at the arrogance of a government corrupted by years of power has lost touch with the reality of life on a modest salary; if they ever knew it at all. A government whose only agenda is to protect the economic traitors.....this government is misusing what it means to be Irish as they support a new aristocracy created in their image. This new aristocracy chooses whether to retain state pensions while still working as public representatives, using all means to spend vast resources on the few, while taking pay from the majority. This government have created a new class system......we are angry about NAMA. No, not the entity set up by government to bail out developers and speculators who reneged on their debts, the cost of which you have placed on the shoulders of generations of Irish workers to come. Yes, we are angry about that, but I am talking about the NAMA that the government is, The National Assets Mismanagement Agency......the government of which you are a long serving member has mismanaged the wealth of this country for more than a decade by allowing our assets to be plundered and robbed by bankers and speculators and you are making generations of Irish workers pay the price for this treachery. You did this because bankers and speculators have bought your party, and in return you have sacrificed the greater good and prosperity of the Irish Nation for the benefit of the few – the few who have now taken their ill-gotten gains and secured them in tax havens around the world. Truly, a government of national sabotage......In the face of the unwarranted attack by the government on the workers and unemployed of this country the Garda Representative Association has stood head and shoulders above other trade unions. We have shown leadership, temerity, tenaciousness and courage. We have lead from the front....."

- an extract from a speech prepared , two years ago this month, by Michael O'Boyce , for delivery at a GRA meeting at which Fianna Fail elected representatives were to be present. The speech was not actually read out but it should have been : apart from the usual 'Free Stateism'-type of language ie "...this country....national.....the Irish Nation..." - its tenure is true : the source , however , is as bent , corrupt and unprincipled as that which it almost condemned.

"The front..." which Mr. O'Boyce referenced in his undelivered speech is instantly recognisable to Irish Republicans : it is that which has continually protected those that its leadership describes as the '...gombeen men (and women)....who have sabotaged and robbed the people...' Indeed , two years ago when that undelivered speech first hit the headlines , some of the more innocent amongst us (not Irish Republicans , I hasten to add !) thought (and hoped!) that it heralded the laying-down of a marker to the corrupt Leinster House practices in this society when , unfortunately , all it really represented was the feelings of individuals who , unlike their 'Masters' , had been hit in the pocket - like the rest of us - to bail out the friends of those same 'Masters'.

Disgruntled State employees , in other words , who thought that those they protect would exclude them from the financial 'penalities' they were imposing on everybody else. 'Gombeen men and women' , in short.....

Thanks for reading,
Sharon.





Wednesday, April 25, 2012

BOBBY SANDS COMMEMORATIVE BALLAD SESSION , DUBLIN , SATURDAY 5TH MAY 2012.

'THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DAY.....' By Peadar O'Donnell ; first published in January 1963.
There was nothing make-believe , however, about the loyalists' opposition to Sinn Féin * - if union officials took that side their Protestant members , almost to a man, would stampede into a sectarian trade union in the shelter of the Orange lodges. Followers of John Redmond would not bolt - they would sulk , and many would lapse. On the other hand , a decision by trade union officials to put forward Labour candidates who would take their seats in the British Parliament would have caused an uproar. In these circumstances , de Valera's brusque 'Labour must wait' must have sounded like the answer to a prayer - but can anyone see de Valera daring the like were James Connolly alive ? There were men among the trade union officials who saw clearly that to stand aside in the General Election of 1918 was to deny James Connolly : the man among this group who could best communicate Connolly to Irish workers and who , indeed, had Connolly's mandate to go on from where he had been forced to leave off , was William O' Brien , General Secretary of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union but O' Brien, too , hesitated to take Connolly's place at the rostrum. Could it be that even he was influenced by the danger of confusion in the Hibernian-infested new branches of his union in provincial towns ? It could be , it could well be ; it could be , too , that O' Brien considered he could influence the leaders of the independence struggle through his friendly , personal association with them - that he confused the prompter's stool with a place on the stage**........ (* That was then , but not so today : (Provisional) Sinn Féin and the loyalists are working hand-in-hand , under a writ from Westminster, to 'govern' the Six-County area for Britain.) (** - What an apt description for Provisional Sinn Féin today : on the prompter's stool (ie Stormont) but believing themselves to be 'players' on the Main Stage !) (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. " Later , I had a phone call from the Group Law Agent , Rory O' Connor , who suggested that it would be as well to take down what he was about to say so that there would be no error or misinterpretation , and added - 'You may need to read between the lines...' . I said for him to go ahead and after a moment or so I said that he could speak faster. He remarked that I must have very good shorthand and I told him that he was being recorded on tape to which he said , laughingly, that he had no idea that Government Departments were so up to date in method. The general effect of his message was that while the bank could not accept that they had an obligation they would be looking into the matter on their own account and , reading between the lines , I was happy , and reported back to the Minister. Curiously enough , I do not recollect reading a transcript of the recording but this is understandable as I went home early as I was not feeling well. Some days later I heard from the Special Branch that the account in Baggot Street was being examined. When I came back before the Committee of Public Accounts on 12th March 1971 for "consulation" , I did not tell the Committee of my failure to get Murray to intervene and of my own intervention with the AIB authorities to freeze the account - it just did not jump to my recollection and , at the time , I did not attach any particular significance to it . But , much later - in 1975 - when I was reading in Booklet Number 4 the evidence given by Mr Deacon , the Manager of the bank in Baggot Street to the CPA on January 20th , 1971 , I realised that my intervention did have significance and that if I had communicated the facts to the CPA I would have assisted them in their investigations....." (MORE LATER).


BOBBY SANDS COMMEMORATIVE BALLAD SESSION , DUBLIN , SATURDAY 5TH MAY 2012.
On Saturday , 5th May 2012 - the 31st Anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands , one of the twenty-two Irish Republicans who died on hunger-strike between 1917 and 1981 - Irish Republicans will be holding a ballad session in 'The Barn House' pub , Dolphin's Barn , Dublin 8. Admission is only a fiver per person , doors open at 8.30pm , a Republican raffle will be held on the night and Martin Walsh will take to the stage at about 9pm : those intending to attend this function would be advised to get there early , as locals will be vying for space with a crowd from the Bobby Sands Commemoration , which is being held that same day in Dublin City Centre. The entrance tickets alone (see above pic) , which will be available at the door on the night , are worth the price of admission on their own as they are set to become a collector's item.
Thanks for reading,
Sharon.