500 (x4) 4 15 + 22 (+29?).

By Peadar O’Donnell ; first published in January 1963.

But I was a bad messenger to the Republican Movement just then : Sinn Féin held it against me that I sponsored the resolution, at the first General Army Convention after the cease-fire, by which the IRA declared itself an independent organisation and withdrew its allegiance from the Republican Government. The Sinn Féin position was a simple one : the people were confused by press and pulpit and must be won back to the allegiance of the Republic , and they would express this allegiance by returning a majority of Sinn Féin candidates at a general election.

The Treaty was simply a piece of penal legislation directed against the Republic by Britain and no laws proceeding it were binding. The surviving members of the second Dáil Éireann who voted against the Treaty were the basis for the legitimate government of the Republic and all republicans owed that government their allegiance ; that second Dáil Éireann was never properly dissolved.

Sinn Féin TD’s , elected for the first time in 1923 – I was one of them – sat with those others of the Second Dáil in somewhat the same relation as townland delegates sat with our committee. I very quickly formed the conviction that nothing good could come out of this body , for here was the same climate of ideas as in 1918 – the same impatience with every gesture towards agitation on social issues. It seemed to me that the IRA must separate itself from this political pattern , if it was to make its way into vital association with the people by giving itself a role in struggles on concrete issues , which alone could expose the interests with which the Treaty corresponded and create the forces for their overthrow.(MORE LATER).

THE PETER BERRY PAPERS……. The Top Secret Memoirs of Ireland’s Most Powerful Civil Servant : Dirty Tricks, Election ’69/ Spying on a Unionist Politician/ Keeping the (State) Taoiseach informed/ The Garda Fallon Murder/ Advice to Jack Lynch- ‘Fire the pair of them…’/ Vivion De Valera’s advice to O’Malley/ Rumours of a Coup D’Etat/ The Internment Plot, November 1970/ Secret Meeting with William Craig.

From ‘MAGILL’ magazine , June 1980.

“I referred to the newspaper reports (Irish Times , Irish Press , Belfast Telegraph etc) in which Mr. Craig was reported as having said that he was concerned about the amount of illegal activities of the IRA across the Border and that security precautions were being increased on that account. I said that my Minister had received , even in the past 48 hours, the most categoric assurances from the Garda Authorities that there was no drilling going on in any of the Border counties of Donegal , Monaghan , Cavan or Louth (which had been named in the newspapers).

I said that the Officer at Garda Headquarters specifically in charge of such matters had, on my instructions on 2nd October , made personal enquiries of each of the Chief Superintendents in charge of our Border Counties and had been told by each, in turn, that no drilling was going on. I invited my listeners to give me particulars identifying the places.

Mr. Craig said that he had full confidence in his police who had informed him of the IRA activities without particularising and that he had been told by “the brother of a friend of his” that while motoring in the 26 Counties beyond Belleek in August he had seen two men with rifles wearing blue berets and wearing armlets or shoulder flashes. He asked what were they but IRA : as to this , I have made enquiries – the Gardai suggest that the two men may be soldiers in mufti , or ex-soldiers , who served in the UN Force in the Congo who were all permitted to retain their blue UNO berets , armlets and shoulder flashes when leaving. The Gardai suggest that they may have been shooting rabbits with .22 rifles and completely discount the idea that they were IRA….” (MORE LATER).


This missive was released last week by SIPTU for two reasons : to try and present the State Labour Party as the only trusted ‘political safeguard’ that working-class people have against a right-wing onslaught and in the hope that the union involved (SIPTU) can promote itself as a ‘concerned organisation’ to the public. It failed on both counts : the “….all-out attack on workers..” is well underway and is not only being supported by ‘Labour’ but is being encouraged by that party. SIPTU will never recover from ‘Slushfund Gate’, nore does it deserve to. This is a case of one useless organisation attempting to protect another , in the hope that the favour will be returned.

Like the State Labour Party (which it is affiliated to) SIPTU is only in it for what it itself can get out of it. Just as the failed ‘Green Party’ were only in Leinster House for the pensions , the State Labour Party will get their answer the next time voters are given the opportunity. These two Green-impersonators deserve that same treatment and the sooner they get it, the better – maybe then the people will realise that they will have to fight for themselves to improve their own standards , and not put their faith in charlatan outfits like SIPTU and the State Labour Party.



On Sunday 9th September last at the monthly Irish Republican raffle , in our usual hotel venue, we were very lucky to get seats , never mind the two tables we needed to work off and the wee bit of floor space we were looking for : I didn’t know it at the time , but Dublin were playing against Tipperary and an hour or so later Kilkenny were playing against Galway and, apparently, there were more fans wanting tickets than there were tickets to sell – resulting in a very packed sports venue , which was excellent for us (raffle ticket sales!) but made for an uncomfortable three-hour job!

But we managed , and the winners we had on the day were from Dublin ,Clare and Wexford : the first county drew with Tipperary in the game that day whilst Clare weren’t on the pitch at all and only ‘scored’ once with us – and Wexford is only good for your holidays !

One of our regular ticket-sellers , Owen , who sells quite a few tickets in a Dublin city centre pub for the Movement , claimed a free pint (point!) or two as two of those he sold to won a few bob: Josh won 1st Prize of €200 with ticket number 114 and Máire took home €40 , having won the third prize on ticket number 103. Seán Ó snook up the middle and took home the 2nd Prize , €100 , on ticket 459 , followed to the winners table by Michael B. from Kilrush , in Clare, who, with ticket 358, claimed 4th Prize of €20.<br

Wexford came in at number 5 when Mr. Rigley took a twenty-spot from us with ticket 333 , which he bought from long-time ticket-seller Kevin K and a young lad known to all of us here collected €20 on 697 , 6th Prize, – good on ya , Owen from Tallaght! Another friend of ours , Anto, sold ticket number 196 to the lovely Theresa and she won 7th Prize of €20 and our last envelope , with €20 in it , was claimed by Mary P on ticket number 004.

It was a hectic few hours , and the noise was deafening – but the rewards for the Movement are well worth the ‘pain’ and we wouldn’t have it any other way , once we can get a good outcome. We’ll do it all over again in October next and with a bit of good fortune (and good planning with this good Crew) we’ll earn more cash , all of which is gratefully received by our colleagues in Head Office !



But it wasn’t : instead , it was penned and released by ex-republican Mícheál MacDonncha (pictured above) , a Councillor for Provisional Sinn Féin. Maybe Mícheál is sorry he missed this opportunity for the headlines – or this one – and was pining for a bit of Free State Fame for himself. Whatever his reason is , he has proved the old maxim about the tangled web….
The shame is in the fact that it’s himself he’s deceiving.

500 4-IN-1 4 15 + 22 (+29?)…..

….500 leaflet ‘packs’, each containing four items, have been prepared by RSF for distribution on 15th and 22nd September 2012.

Four of these items comprise one ‘pack’.

Republican Sinn Féin Head Office has prepared 500 leaflet ‘packs’ (each containing four items) for distribution at two up-coming Dublin political rallies : 250 of these ‘packs’ will be handed-out to those at the Marian Price Rally this coming Saturday (15th September) and the remaining 250 ‘packs’ will be distributed the following Saturday (22nd) at the Eve of All-Ireland Rally.

500 of these leaflet ‘packs’ have been prepared by RSF for distribution in Dublin over the next two weekends.

If there are any ‘packs’ left over (doubtful!) they will be distributed at the Clondalkin POW picket on Saturday 29th. Fair play to the RSF HO staff that collated those 2,000 items and thanks (again!) for not asking me to assist!

Thanks for reading,

About 11sixtynine

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