Dublin Riots , Saturday , February 25 , 2006 .
I was there from 11 AM untill 2.15 PM : this is what actually happened , as witnessed by myself and that other writer , amongst others , who was obviously in the same vicinity of O’ Connell Street/Parnell Street as myself . Sharon.
NOTE – readers may be asking why the ‘spark’ that set the whole incident off was not shown on television news reports and/or in the pictures and reports that were published in the newspapers : yesterday (Monday 27 February) , in ‘The Evening Herald’ newspaper , the following was published (on page 5) , by that organs ‘Crime Editor’ –
” A number of photographers , and myself , were taking pictures of the confrontation and we were surrounded by gardai who demanded that we stop and forcibly stood in front of us to prevent snaps . ”
It appears that State agents were , even then , preparing an alibi for themselves and their paymasters . (Thanks , again , to the ‘IRBB’ for the ‘heads-up’ on that newspaper article).

This article is based on a lecture delivered by Sean O Bradaigh in Dublin on January 21 , 1989 , marking the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the First (All-Ireland) Dail Eireann in the Mansion House on January 21 , 1919 , and the links between Irish and French Republicans – ‘Partners in Revolution’ 200 years ago .
Published in 1989 by Sean Lynch , Cleenrath , Aughnacliffe , County Longford , on behalf of the County Longford Branch of the National Graves Association .
By Sean O Bradaigh .
Liberte ! Egalite ! Fraternite ! Ou La Mort ! ( (Freedom ! Equality ! Brotherhood ! or Death!).
Unite Indivisibilite De La Republique !

On the night of Sunday , March 7 , 1802 , James Napper Tandy was quietly released from prison and put on board a ship for France ; on March 14 , 1802 , he landed in Bordeaux to military and civic receptions : the Treaty under which Napper Tandy was released , the Peace Treaty of Amiens , was signed on March 25 , 1802 .

Irishmen have served with distinction in the Irish Brigades of both the French Monarchy and the French Republic and Irish names are among those of the great Army Generals engraved on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris . There has long been an antipathy on the part of French people towards the English ; this antipathy dates back to the ‘100 Years War’ , 1337 to 1453 , and England is still regarded by many as “…la perfide Albion.. ” .

The Young Irelanders and the Fenians had many supporters in France and , now , in our time , there have been numerous Irish Solidarity Committees throughout the length and breadth of France : in 1981 , several French towns named streets after Bobby Sands and the other patriots who died on hunger strike‘Rue Bobby Sands’ ; ‘Rue des Martyrs Irlandais’ : French people today take a sympathetic interest in the Irish cause – despite all the misleading publicity , they feel instinctively that the English , somehow or other , must be at the root of the problem…….

ByMartin Calligan.
(No year of publication.)

The law was not very oppressive until W.T. Cosgrave passed the ‘Coercion Act’ in 1931 : De Valera later amended this and made it one of the most oppressive Acts in the world – calling it the ‘Offences Against the State Act’ . .

T.J. Ryan got three months in jail for membership of the IRA : today , one could get up to ten years for the same reason . I was offered a free passage to America if I could supply any information – my refusal to do so did not endear me to the C.I.D. – in August 1929 I was taken from my home at 2.30 A.M. , stripped naked , put in the back of a C.I.D. man’s car and held down on the floor of the car . The only words spoken were ” Drive to the Strand … ”

After about five miles the car stopped and I was told to get down on my knees and say an Act of Contrition : one of my captors put a gun to my head and said – ” Let’s kill the bastard…” Another of them said – ” No , we would be traced….” : so they started beating me …….

A poem by Thomas Kinsella , written after Bloody Sunday .
From ‘IRIS’ magazine , March 1983 .

The law that lets them , caught red-handed ,
halt the game and leave it stranded ,
summon up a sworn inquiry
and dump their conscience in the diary .

During which hiatus , should
their legal basis vanish , good ,
the thing is rapidly arranged :
where’s the law that can’t be changed ?

The news is out . The troops were kind .
Impartial justice has to find
we’d be alive and well today
if we had let them have their way .

Yet England , even as you lie ,
you give the facts that you deny .
Spread the lie with all your power –
all thats left ; it’s turning sour .

About 11sixtynine

A mother of three (and a Granny!) and a political activist , living in Dublin , Ireland.
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