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…..

” The scandalously immoral collaboration of the South with the British and Loyalist war-machine not only against Republicans but even against “anti-extradition and Birmingham Six elements” is an issue which those concerned with the plight of political prisoners and activists in Southern Africa and Central America might address when they have time.

However, even the most elaborate big lies, combined with state censorship and ideological revisionism cannot hide the fundamental principles and facts on which this movement is based.

The real question, even after we have disposed with the overlordship of the EC, the British power over all Ireland through the “security” farce of the Anglo-Irish Agreement, and the mind-boggling scenario of Fine Gael and the Unionists forming common cause in the Strasbourg Assembly , is the right of the Irish nation to self-determination, the right of all the Irish people to express their views on that issue, in free, fair and uncensored elections , and the restoration of real democracy in a country which has been denied that right ever since the Partition Act of 1920…….”

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.)

Eileen Corcoran assumed the gardaí were preparing to put Seán O Callaghan on trial in the North (sic) for her husband’s murder* , but the detectives never came back to her, and she heard no more from them until she insisted on a meeting with the gardaí in February of this year (1997) . Seán O Callaghan had just been released , and the newspaper accounts of how he claimed to have murdered* her husband were being repeated again. She wanted to know what was happening.

Had the gardaí questioned O Callaghan? Did they know anything about the tape he said he sent them? And did they know if her husband had been an informer? Her eldest daughter, Catherine, accompanied her to one of the meetings , but they came away little the wiser for their trouble:

” I felt my mother was being interrogated, to be honest. We went down looking for explanations because they had never kept in contact with us – they had never given us information. We wanted to know how the inquiry was progressing , but it ended up with them taking a statement from us. They were asking my mother all these questions about Seán O Callaghan , but every time she asked a question they didn’t know the answer. When my mother asked, well, was my dad an informer , they said they didn’t know. When she asked them if they did know, would they tell her, they said ‘Yes’ . I thought they were just playing games with us , humouring us , taking photocopies of my newspaper clippings that they obviously must have had access to…….”

……both , unfortunately, taking place at the same time , on the same day !

The annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration will be held on Sunday coming (13th June 2010 , 2.30pm) and , whilst most members and supporters of the Republican Movement will be there , some of us have been asked to give a hand with this event, which is being held in a hotel about five miles from the Wolfe Tone Commemoration. Over 600 tickets have been sold for the fund-raiser , with all profits going to the CABHAIR organisation, which raises funds for the dependants of Irish Republican prisoners. As much as I would like to be in Bodenstown with my comrades , colleagues and friends , I don’t begrudge missing same for CABHAIR and for the benefit of the POW’s. Either way – from either of the ‘gigs’ – Irish Republicanism will benefit!
Thanks for reading!

About 11sixtynine

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