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…..
” In the event our 23 candidates in ten local government districts were refused nomination and debarred from standing , thus disenfranchising thousands of voters. Many symbolically burned their papers on the steps of Council buildings and called on Republicans not to vote in a sham election.
We pointed out then , and I repeat here today , that elected councillors in the Six Counties who in 1985 declared their “undivided allegiance” to the Irish Republic of 1916 and 1919, in 1989 publicly repudiated the Republican Movement and accepted the criminalisation of the freedom struggle by taking the political test oath.
Sinn Féin Poblachtach succeeded in getting the support of Newry and Mourne District Council in opposing the oath , and we conducted a Six County-wide leafletting drive to explain our position to Nationalist and Republican voters and the widespread withdrawal of support for those who swallowed the political test oath in the polls on May 18th , particularly in areas West of the Bann , indicated that our advice not to vote was taken by thousands of Republicans……. “
Seán O’Callaghan said that John Corcoran was shot at approximately 5pm on Friday 22nd March 1995 , in a field outside a farmhouse in Milltown , County Kerry , where he had been brought the night before.
He would not confirm his previous stories that he was present at the time of the murder*. All he would say was that he spoke to John Corcoran on the day he died and that Corcoran was very calm. He also said that he had nothing to do with the dumping of the body and that this was handled by two local IRA men . He sais Mrs Corcoran could be sure of a number of things –
” What she knows for sure is that the IRA murdered* her husband (and) that I would have been in a position to know 95 per-cent of the facts surrounding the entire business. If she wants to talk to me in May when the book comes out , I will be pleased to talk to her…….”
ON SATURDAY , 7th AUGUST 2010 , A MARCH FOR POLITICAL STATUS FOR IRISH REPUBLICAN PRISONERS WILL BE HELD IN BELFAST. Those attending are asked to assemble at Dunville Park
at 1.30pm , from where the parade will leave for Castle Street. Amongst those who will address the gathering will be POW’s who spent time on the Blanket Protest.
For the past week or more , Lidl Supermarket have been advertising the fact that tomorrow (Thursday 22nd July 2010) marks their tenth anniversary in this State. We here at this blog are surprised that Lidl know where they are, and we are still waiting for a reply to a query we put to them more than one year ago. And, apparently , they still don’t know what country they are in although , so it seems , they know where their employees are.
Perhaps in the next ten years we’ll get a reply from them….