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

I would not advise the committee in Galway to hold a meeting that did not carry our banner line – ‘CALL OFF THE BAILIFFS’. If Fianna Fáil were allowed off on their own they would drift into soft talk of the burden of those payments on the national economy, and of the good use they would make of this money when they got into office. There was enough of that kind of shadow boxing already and in any case this movement could only grow through a struggle on the concrete issue of resisting the bailiff.

So the problem for Senator Colonel Maurice Moore and me was to find some way to make it easy for Fianna Fáil to release speakers for our platform, while we kept the townlands in mind – and we found a formula : the meeting at Loughrea would be billed locally on our stock poster – ‘CALL OFF THE BAILIFFS’ and I would be listed among the speakers. In newspaper advertisements we would announce the meeting and list the speakers without any banner line, but I would content myself with sending a message. I would not attend and speak. The speakers would be Senator Moore , Frank Fahy TD , Hugo Flynn TD and members of Galway County Council.

I went into my sister-in-law’s hospital to have a nose condition attended to, and on the morning of the day before the meeting Senator Moore phoned me there. My sister-in-law , Jo O’Donel, told him I was just down from the theatre and that she could not have me disturbed. Later that day she mentioned the matter to me and told me he seemed anxious to talk with me, but as I could think of no very urgent reason and in any case did not want to think very much about anything, I did nothing about it. Next morning I was idling through the pages of the newspaper when my eye caught a short letter over the names of Senator Maurice Moore , Frank Fahy TD and Hugo Flynn TD repudiating a ‘NO RENT’ poster issued for a meeting at Loughrea, and commented on in the previous day’s newspaper. The letter stated that the undersigned would not attend the meeting. (MORE LATER).


By Michael O’Higgins and John Waters. From ‘Magill Magazine’ , October 1988.

As Seán Savage continued to walk around town, he was picked up by ‘Officer P’ of the Gibraltar Special Branch and , on one occasion, ‘P’ made eye-to-eye contact with Savage. He noticed that the IRA man was using other counter-surveillance techniques, such as examining reflections in car windows.

At about 2.10pm , ‘Officer N’ , who had previously been engaged in surveillance at the assembly area car park, and who had seen the man getting out of the Renault , was asked to identify a man who had been seen walking around the area. He got up close to the man and identified him as the man who had left the car and, also, from photographs he had seen , as Seán Savage. He reported this to the Operations Room , together with the fact that Savage had spent two or three minutes in the car before getting out.

For the next forty minutes or so , ‘Officer N’ followed Seán Savage around the areas of Main Street and Irishtown (a narrow street between Main Street and Line Wall Road, parallel to both, where the police station is located). He , too, noticed that Savage was “alert and taking anti-surveillance precautions” and he noted that he was stopping when he had rounded a corner to observe if he was being followed. (MORE LATER).


….as in TWIT (‘Twit’/ ‘Twitter’)

Congrats to all those on/in the ‘Twittersphere’ who are concerned enough about issues of injustice for obtaining the number one ‘trending’ spot for Martin Corey. This issue is not only ‘live’ on the internet – it has maintained a constant presence , too, on the streets of Ireland (and further afield) and the determined activists behind the campaign will be holding a picket this coming Saturday (16th November 2013) at 2pm outside the GPO in O’Connell Street in Dublin. If you can’t make it , then do the next best thing : ‘tweet’ the details to your ‘followers’ and ask them to do the same – and use the following ‘tag’ to send a message of support:


This case of political internment will not be silently brushed under the carpet – Irish republicans will continue to highlight it until a just outcome is achieved.


It was a busier day than usual for republicans in the Cúige Laighean (Leinster) area last weekend , as Sinn Féin Poblachtach had three events on the same day: a commemoration for Frank Driver at 1pm in Kildare and another commemoration for Kevin Barry at 3pm in Carlow and, in that same time period , a 650-ticket raffle on the Dublin/Kildare border!

Kevin Barry does not need any introduction from us , but we know that some of our readers may not have heard of Frank Driver before : Frank , born in Kildare, was an honorary vice president of the then Sinn Féin organisation at the time of his death in 1981, at 74 years of age, and was only 15 years young when he was interned in the Curragh. He was active in the IRA border campaign of the 1950’s and was top of the Special Branch ‘list’ for a good few years from 1970 onwards as he had an extensive panel of dedicated contacts that stored and distributed most of the IRA weaponry that was brought into this country.

RSF President Des Dalton delivering the oration at the Frank Driver Commemoration on Sunday 10th November 2013.

A section of the republicans that took part in the Kevin Barry Commemoration on Sunday 10th November 2013.

And , as stated, in the same hours that the above-mentioned two commemorations were taking place , RSF was holding a 650-ticket raffle , with €440 in total up for grabs – which is just what Rebecca done , when she recovered from the shock of having won first prize (€200) on her ticket (205), which she bought from one of the ticket sellers on the premises, Owen : she grabbed the envelope and then immediately apologised for having done so! And who could blame her – it’s a tidy amount of cash to be handed to you, completely out of the blue! Before she returned, shocked, to her table, Rebecca pulled out the second prize for us – €100 – which was won by a young lady from the far side of the hall we were in , Linda , who bought her ticket (126) from our Darren. Herself and Rebecca (and Darren and Owen) could be seen sitting at the bar, exchanging ‘war stories’ about the one that didn’t get away!

Linda picked the third stub (241) from the drum and a local , Stephen Stapleton, pocketed €40 as a result and he in turn pulled out the fourth prize , €20, stub number 632, which was won by Roger Connolly from Bluebell , in Dublin, who had bought his ticket from our Andrew. A loud cheer went up for the winner of out fifth prize , ‘Hickey’ , from Inchicore , Dublin, who won €20 on stub 51 , having bought it from Anto, the bus driver. Then a Wexford man , Mick Kavanagh , showed the dubs how to celebrate after he won €20 (6th prize) on stub 489 but our Anto bounced back with a big Dublin grin on him after it was announced that he had sold ticket 226 to Tommy, who won the seventh prize (€20) and Tommy ‘kept it in the family’ by pulling the last prize (€20), which was won by Greg ‘Mackers’ , another Inchicore man, who won it on stub 645.

It was a politically hectic weekend , particularly Sunday , but it was well worth it : two brave Irish republican soldiers were fittingly remembered and money was raised , and republicanism further promoted, at the raffle. Well done to RSF for proving itself capable of having the commitment to successfully organise a weekend like that!


Mairtin O Muilleoir (with the Crown Jewels on his neck)honouring British soldiers.

Pádraig Pearse placed the above-pictured scenario into words much better that we could : “Ireland’s historic claim is for separation. Ireland has authorised no man to abate that claim. The man who, in the name of Ireland, accepts as ‘a final settlement’ anything less by one fraction of an iota than separation from England will be repudiated by the new generation as surely as O’Connell was repudiated by the generation that came after him. The man who, in return for the promise of a thing which is not merely less than separation, but which denies separation and proclaims the Union perpetual, the man who, in return for this, declares peace between Ireland and England and sacrifices to England as a peace-holocaust the blood of fifty thousand Irishmen, is guilty of so immense an infidelity, so immense a crime against the Irish nation, that one can only say of him that it were better for that man (as it were certainly better for his country) that he had not been born….Ireland a nation! Ireland has been a nation: she is a nation; and she shall be a nation… England will respect you in proportion as you and we respect ourselves. They will not give anything to Ireland out of justice or righteousness. They will concede you your liberties and your rights when they must and no sooner. . .we can none of us do more than strive for that which may seem attainable to-day; but we ought at the same time to recollect that we should not impede or hamper the march of our nation; and although our programme may be limited and small, it should be such a one as shall not prevent hereafter the fullest realisation of the hopes of Ireland; and we shall, at least if we keep this principle in mind, have this consolation that, while we may have done something to enable Ireland in some measure to retain her position as a nation, to strengthen her position as a nation, we shall have done nothing to hinder others who may come after us from taking up the work with perhaps greater strength, ability, power, and advantages than we possess, and from pushing to that glorious and happy conclusion which is embodied in the words of the toast which I now ask you to drink – ‘Ireland a nation’! “ (From here.)

It is bad enough that any Irish person should seek to pay homage to members of the same foreign army that are responsible for the on-going political conflict in this country and that have wreaked havoc here, but for a member of a so-called ‘republican’ party to do so is a sign that that person – and the party he belongs to – is infected with a strain of self-loathing to the extent that they seek to become more British than the British themselves.

“Ireland a nation” , Mr. O Muilleoir : keep that in mind the next time you step-out to honour the bastards that killed Pearse and other proud Irish people.


A picture of the offending item. And two crutches.

A man who, like others of his ilk, ‘Done the State. Some service’ was almost ‘done’ himself recently , when he entered a bookies a pub with his pals and reminiscenced about “the good old days”. The irate customer in question may not have been in good physical condition but there was nothing wrong with him , mentally or morally. The complete opposite , therefore, of the ‘victim’ in this confrontation , proving that opposites do attract.


Loyal to the Crown indeed!

Some of our more uncouth readers may very well have had ‘experiences’ in caravans and the like but I would have considered that shenanigans of that nature would be beneath (!) our God-fearin’ cousins in six of our nine Ulster counties , but apparently not. One of those God-fearers seems to agree with me that caravans and huts should be used as holiday/emergency accommodation only and , as such, has acquired more suitable surroundings for his colleagues. A typical move by our Willie , but not a patch on his previous efforts…..!

About 11sixtynine

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