Aitheasc an Uachtaráin Ruairí Ó Brádaigh don 85ú Ard-Fheis de Shinn Féin in Óstlann an Spa , Leamhcán , Co. Atha Cliath , 21ú agus 22ú Deireadh Fómhair , 1989 /
Presidential Address of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh to the 85th Ard-Fheis of Sinn Féin in the Spa Hotel , Lucan , County Dublin , 21st and 22nd October 1989…..

” Tá ár teanga náisiúnta agus ár saíocht náisiúnta ag teacht faoi bhrú ó fhorais idir-náisiúnta, Béarlacha don chuid is mó , i gcónaí.

Ní gá ach scéal na teilifíse a lua. Ach is gá a lua freisin go mbaineann cuid an-mhór den deacracht sna scoileanna ní amháin le drochshampla an rialtais agus na Roinne Oideachais (dream nar fhéach leo téacsaí-nua Gaeilge a sholáthar don chlár léinn nua sa Mheán teist i mbliana mar shampla) ach freisin ón staid mhishásúil ata ag an Gaeilge de thoradh an chonartha a ceanglaíodh leis an gCómhargadh.

I dtéarmaí praiticiúla níl aon soláthar ardoideachais ach go háirithe ar fáil do phobal na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta ón stát 26 Chontae – Saorstát a bunaíodh , dar le go leor dá lucht tacaíochta ag an am , mar go mbeadh seans ag an dream nua a thiocfadh i gceannas dul i mbun tharrtháil na Gaeilge láithreacht……! ”

The (State) Gardaí used John Corcoran (pictured) as a (P)IRA informer. They allowed him to be killed by another (P)IRA informer, and have since refused to investigate his murder*.
From ‘MAGILL’ magazine, Christmas Annual 1997.
By Ursula Halligan and Vincent Browne.
(* ‘1169…’ Comment – their word, not ours.)

Twelve years on, the pain and anguish of her husband’s death remain an open sore for the Corcoran family. That sore has been exacerbated by the public admissions of the IRA informer Seán O Callaghan to the murder* of John Corcoran and by the gardaí’s apparent failure to pursue the matter vigorously.

In 1988, Seán O Callaghan handed himself over to British police and admitted three murders* , including that of John Corcoran. He was sentenced to over 500 years but ended up serving only eight years. A senior garda source confirmed that O Callaghan made a confession about the murder* to the RUC in 1988 and that this was passed onto the Irish State gardaí.

In addition, O Callaghan gave detailed, graphic and consistent accounts of the murder* to at least three newspapers – The Kerryman, The Sunday Times and The Boston Globe ; the latter two interviews were given while he was still in prison. However, 12 years after the murder* , Seán O Callaghan has never been questioned by gardaí about his role in that event…….

From ‘IRIS’ magazine, November 1981.

In Longford/Westmeath , the late IRA Volunteer Martin Hurson received 4,573 votes and narrowly missed a seat – his candidacy was endorsed by the Longford Trades Council.

Kieran Doherty came second in his area and many of the votes which elected him came from workers in the furniture-making and meat-packing industry which dominate the constituency. In one chicken-processing factory in Monaghan town , Kieran took 100% of the vote and this was reflected, though not absolutely , in most of the area.

The late INLA Volunteer Kevin Lynch contested the Waterford seat ; his campaign , which was led by an ex-SFWP member, was responsible for the defeat of the SFWP candidate , Paddy Gallagher , who had also been defeated in the previous State general election. In the other areas they contested , the prisoner candidates beat the discredited State Labour Party into fourth place and helped to expose a self-styled Limerick ‘socialist’ for the fraud he is…….

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