BRITISH OCCUPATION AND THE LONDON ‘TIMES’ …….
From ‘The United Irishman’ newspaper, January 1958 .
The ‘London Times’ newspaper has learned little Irish history since the Pigott Forgeries, but that little doesn’t stop it pontificating on our problems . What it doesn’t know it invents . Here is the imperial line on the Irish Question , and Messers. de Valera and Costello might take note : the border is not a creation of the British Government , according to the ‘Special Correspondent’ who wrote the article ‘Thirty Years After Partition’ for the special supplement . That ‘Correspondent’ exlains –
” Charges and counter-charges have been launched . But the basic position is perfectly clear . A division was reached – and accepted in Dublin , in Belfast and in London – to meet so far as was practical the realities of a difficult situation . This situation , as has been shown , was not of Northern nor of British making . “
The basic position may be ‘perfectly clear’ to The Times and its readers (‘the best quality people in England’ , according to its own advertisements…) but it is also , amazingly enough , perfectly clear to the Irish people . Our conclusions in regard to this “basic position” differ more than somewhat…….
The Ireland of 1986 is beset by many social problems . Most of us are aware of this . We know there is material and cultural deprivation and that unemployment is at record levels , both North and South .
Our society seems to drift along , leaderless . The problems are now so great that only radical change will solve them . Those who look to the British , Loyalist and 26-County establishments in Ireland for positive and honest national leadership will look in vain . To take one example – it is sad indeed to see sincere Gaeilgeoirí (ie ‘Irish speakers’) going to the 26-County Minister for Education , Mr Patrick Cooney, to ask him to take action to halt the alarming decline in the Irish language in our schools . Ná bí ag caint !
Those who would wish to change a lot of things in Irish society cannot plan a way ahead without first taking a hard look and making a realistic assessment of how and where we are now and how we got here . Never was the need for a radical alternative more necessary than today…….
There were four branches of the United Irishmen in TCD and Robert Emmet was secretary of one of them . However , after an inquisition , presided over by Lord Chancellor Fitzgibbon, Emmet became one of nineteen students who were expelled for United Irishmen activity .
Although not active in the 1798 Rising, Robert Emmet was well known to the authorities and by April 1799 , when Habeas Corpus had been suspended , there was a warrant issued for his arrest , which he managed to evade and , early in 1801 , accompanied by a Mr Malachy Delany of Cork , he travelled throughout Europe , and made Paris his headquarters – it was there that he replaced Edward Lewis as the liaison officer between Irish and French Republicans .
While in Paris , Emmet learned about rockets and weapons , and studied a two-volume treatise by a Colonel Tempelhoff which can be examined in the Royal Irish Academy, with the marginal notes given the reader some insight into Emmet’s thinking…….