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From the republican newspaper The Irish Felon, June 24, 1848. This appeared in the original as one paragraph, but I have broken it up into several paras to assist 21st century readers.
Although written 170 years ago as a condemnation of the main property-owning class in Ireland then (the landlords) it sounds very modern, like a condemnation of the main property-owning class in Ireland today (the capitalists). It is not hard to see why Connolly – and Pearse – admired Lalor so much. The article represents a step forward in republican political thinking from the time of Tone and Emmet, as over four decades of class development and conflict had taken place and Ireland was in the midst of the horrors of a massive famine created by the capitalist property system.
The bit about “strangers” is also apt as a description of the Dublin4 and WestBrit set of today.
by James Fintan Lalor
They or we must quit this island. It is a people to be saved or lost; it is the island to be kept or surrendered. They have served us with a general writ of ejectment. Wherefore I say, let them get a notice to quit at once; or we shall oust possession under the law of nature.
There are men who claim protection for them, and for all their tyrannous rights and powers, being “as one class of the Irish people”. I deny the claim. They form no class of the Irish people, or any other people. Strangers they are in this land they call theirs – strangers here and strangers Read the rest of this entry →
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Éirígí has branded a planned march through Derry on Saturday, March 4 as “deliberately provocative” and a “calculated insult”. It is estimated that 100 serving and former members of Britain’s military forces will take part in the march. The event is one of a series which will take place across Britain and occupied Ireland in opposition to any prosecution of British soldiers who have committed serious crimes in Ireland.
Commenting on the contentious march, Éirígí spokesperson Pól Torbóid said, “It is absolutely no coincidence that this event on the streets of Derry was announced just days after another very successful march commemorating the deaths of 14 innocent civilians on those same streets.”
“There is no doubt that the organisers of the March of the British Death Squads are being deliberately provocative to generate publicity for their event. This is nothing less than a calculated insult to the dead of Bloody Sunday and their families, as well as all the other victims of British brutality in Ireland.”
He continued, “Let us not forget that the British Army killed 14 civilians and injured another 12 in one afternoon in Derry. Many more have been killed and injured in Derry City and the surrounding areas by Britain’s official and unofficial death squads. Éirígí is totally opposed to the March of the British Death Squads going ahead and is now consulting its members and others to identify the best way to oppose it.”
Posted in 21st century republicanism and socialism, Anti-social activity, éirígí, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Irish politics today, Public events - Ireland, Repression and resistance in 1970s and 1980s, Repression and resistance in the six counties today, six counties
Very good piece in the Belfast Telegraph on Tuesday by Suzanne Breen on the demise of Stormont. It’s rightly headed “Such is the cynicism, most couldn’t care less if lights never go back on at Stormont”: see here.
The following is a letter sent to the Sunday Times in Dublin on October 13:
There appears to be a small-scale effort to undermine the UCC project attempting to document those executed by the IRA during the War of Independence. Kevin Myers, Tom Carew (both 2 October) and now Gerard Murphy (9 October) have had a go. Murphy in particular questions the professional standards applied. UCC historian Andy Bielenberg answered convincingly on the project’s behalf last week, 9 October.
Given the standards applied in Murphy’s much-panned The Year of Disappearances (2010), his allegation is surprising. To give one example: in chapter 50 (of 58) Murphy alleged that six unnamed, untraceable, though, paradoxically, ‘well known and prominent’, Cork Protestants were disappeared by the IRA on St Patrick’s Day, 1922. No hard evidence was advanced. Instead the Peter Hart-inspired author cited Cork Protestants in business soon afterwards condemning attacks on Catholics in Northern Ireland, and ‘deny[ing] that they have been subject to any form of oppression or injustice by their Catholic fellow citizens’. Murphy then speculatively observed, ‘for southern Protestants in general, suppression was the price of survival’. To borrow a phrase from Professor Paul Bew in another context, ‘history it ain’t’.
Murphy’s research was not reliable. He should refrain from throwing stones at others.
Last Thursday (May 12) saw a protest outside Leinster House against what is, in effect, the internment of republican activist Dónal Ó Coisdealbha.
This case is particularly appalling since he will be tried by a non-jury court (the Special Criminal Court) where the three judges can accept secret evidence.
Although three TDs (Clare Daly, Maureen O’Sullivan and Mick Wallace) have offered to put up bail and Dónal has agreed to house arrest and electronic tagging, he has been denied bail.
It’s in the interests of everyone concerned with basic civil liberties to oppose what amounts to the internment of this young activist.
Posted in 21st century republicanism and socialism, Anti-social activity, éirígí, British state repression (general), Democratic rights - general, Irish politics today, Political education and theory, Public events - Ireland, Repression and resistance in the six counties today, Secret police, six counties
And looking to the future, if this one US corporation actually paid the full 12.5% rate of corporation tax the state could receive an estimated FOUR BILLION in tax revenue from just this one company each year.
For comparison the state currently takes an average of just €4bn in corporation tax from every domestic and international company combined. Yes, COMBINED.
Do you find it hard to believe these figures? Do you think éirígí has made them up? Or perhaps you think we used the Anglo-Irish Bank approach and ‘picked them out of my arse’?
The actual source of these figures is that well-known hot-bed of revolutionary socialist republicanism – J.P Morgan.
Back in May J.P Morgan issued a Read the rest of this entry →
The piece below is reprinted from The Plough and the Stars blog, here; all I can add is my disgust that the Miriam Daly mural has been painted out of existence
No doubt the anti-revisionist message of the iconic Vol Miriam Daly memorial mural now painted over on Oakman Street, West Belfast today was lost on Provisional Sinn Fein on the very day they publicly eulogised arch-bigot Paisley, yet appear to be attempting to revise out the the role and memory of British death-squad victim, Irish Republican Socialist activist, Miriam Daly.
A local IRSP member approached those responsible asking why they were painting over the mural and was given the rather spurious excuse that there was ‘graffiti’ at the street level area of the mural. The IRSP member stated that this hardly warranted the total erasing of the entire mural!
Miriam Daly, a respected academic, a leading co-founder of the then nascent RACs/H-Block/Armagh Committees was slain by an undercover British death-squad on the 26th June 1980, in the most horrific of circumstances. The death-squad gunmen who callously murdered Miriam Daly, bound the mother of three and then waited at her home in Andersonstown, hoping to also murder her fellow IRSP and H-Blocks’ activist husband, Jim, who they were expecting to return from work. However, on that tragic day, June 26th 1980, Jim was in Dublin attending a German language course and it is assumed that when the British death-squad realised that he would not be returning, they shot Miriam dead before making good their escape. The Daly children discovered their murdered mother when they Read the rest of this entry →
éirígí press statement:
On Thursday evening (February 6) two éirígí election workers were assaulted by a member of the Garda Special Detective Unit – more commonly known as the ‘Special Branch’. The assaults mark a significant escalation in the ongoing campaign of harassment of éirígí activists by the Dublin government’s political police.
The incident occurred at 20.50 on Claddagh Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin as three éirígí activists finished up delivering local election material to homes in the area. As the trio, Scott Masterson, Daithí O’Riain and Dónall Ó Ceallaigh were walking along Claddagh Road a Red Ford Mondeo, registration number 04 D 1915, approached the footpath at speed before coming to a dramatic halt.
As the vehicle came to a halt the passenger shouted at the three activists through his open window. As the passenger did not identify himself the three activists sensibly continued to walk onwards.The passenger then attempted to exit the Mondeo, again shouting as he did so. It was at this point that the individual first identified himself as a Garda. In his haste to exit the vehicle the as yet unidentified individual tripped and stumbled.
Having recovered his footing the individual then proceeded to firmly grab Scott Masterson by his two biceps and forcibly attempted to push him backwards, an effort which Masterson peacefully resisted.
During this unprovoked assault the individual was continuously shouting and demanding Masterson’s name in a very aggressive manner. When asked by Masterson to produce identification to confirm that he was a Garda, as all plain-clothes Gardai are required to do, the individual said that he would not. Masterson then informed the individual that he would not reveal his name until Read the rest of this entry →
The following is taken from the éirígí site, here
Throughout October éirígí in Ballyfermot worked with residents to form an effective response to the rise in house break-ins in the local area. Members and supporters of the party have distributed thousands of leaflets calling on the community to be vigilant and outlining a number of simple steps residents can take to help prevent break-ins.
Information stalls have also been held at post offices in Ballyfermot, where éirígí have offered advice to local pensioners and other residents concerned about the rise in break-ins. The escalation of break-ins, as well as the lack of an effective Gardaí response to those break-ins, has created widespread anger across the south-west Dublin suburb. In response to that anger the socialist republican party organised a series of public meetings to give residents a chance to discuss the break-ins and a community-based response to the ongoing threat of burglaries.
Over a hundred residents attended the two meetings that have been organised to date. The first meeting took place in Cherry Orchard on October 17, with the second taking place in the Pigeon Club in Lower Ballyfermot on October 21. Both meetings were addressed by éirígí’s Ballyfermot/ Drimnagh representative, Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan.
The mood at the meetings was defined by Read the rest of this entry →