By Peadar O’Donnell ; first published in January 1963.
Stalking through this period of mass unrest came the great figure of de Valera, with his tame chorus on his heels. Fianna Fáil had everything to gain from the conflict and confusion on the rural front and around the IRA , provided they could not be accused of promoting it, for the people’s reaction to it all was to see in de Valera and his party the only promise for peace – “There will be no peace in the country until de Valera gets power.”
The Free State Government could not but be aware of the scale of the IRA preparations for the day of pilgrimage to Wolfe Tone’s grave at Bodenstown, June, 1931, for every unit throughout the country openly made its arrangements for buses, trains, cars, lorries and cycling parties. On the eve of the hosting an announcement was made, over the wireless, that the government had banned the procession to Bodenstown, stationed armed soldiers in the graveyard and cancelled all trains and buses. A swoop was made on IRA leaders during the night, but they had already gone underground. By sheer bad luck, Seán Russell, who was to deliver the oration next day, and Mick Price, whose organising genius would have been valuable in Dublin in the confusion of the Sunday morning, were arrested. But, in fact, little organising was called for.
Dublin Brigade IRA mobilised at Parnell Square and marched to Kingsbridge Station and the milling city followed. Buses were ‘directed’ to the station where they were packed with people and set out for Sallins in the greatest convoy of buses ever to go out from Dublin and the reaction from all over the country was equally aggressive – the Leinster House ban was seen as a challenge and accepted as such. The road transport that was to augment the train service took on a new importance and every vehicle that could move, taxed or untaxed, was put on the road. Surprisingly enough it was only here and there that buses at local depots were used. Cyclists poured out from boreens everywhere following on the radio announcement of the night before and the roads were loud with shouts and song all night. (MORE LATER).
THE ANATOMY OF AN AFTERNOON : THE STORY OF THE GIBRALTAR KILLINGS……..
By Michael O’Higgins and John Waters. From ‘Magill Magazine’ , October 1988.
The Gibraltar inquest, as with all such hearings to a greater or lesser degree, was a highly complex game played out before eleven varyingly interested spectators with the truth functioning as the ball. The authorities gained possession early on, constructing a self-contained scenario in defence of their actions which seemed well-nigh impenetrable. Much of the time thereafter was absorbed with Paddy McGrory bouncing his logic and common sense off a ring of steel fashioned from hypothesis, military rationale and a fairly basic understanding of everyday Gibraltarian psychology.
At times McGrory’s tactics seemed puzzling – he seemed, for example, to be bending over backwards to exonerate the Gibraltar police from any involvement in the alleged shoot-to-kill policy when there was ample evidence that the Police Commissioner was very much part of the Crown’s four-square frontline of defence. At times like this it seemed as though the whole truth was an inevitable casualty of the ever-present imperative that the jury’s temper not be prodded with any insinuation that one of there own might be involved in any conspiracy. The Crown’s case was obviously constructed with such considerations very much to the fore. In essence their defence began and ended with ‘The Bomb That Threatened The Gibraltarian People’ , only there was no such bomb, if the situation was as Paddy McGrory was alleging – that there had been a conspiracy to kill and that, regardless of whether there was a bomb or not, the SAS were going to kill the IRA active service unit anyway. It is difficult to imagine how the Crown might have put together a more watertight defence. (MORE LATER).
MICHEÁL MARTIN TAKES THE (WRONG) BOUNDARY COMMISSION TO TASK.
“Gerrymandering” , Mr. Martin called it : “It is the biggest attempt to manipulate election boundaries in the 35 years since Fianna Fail introduced independent Boundary Commissions….” (from here) , adding “….we saw that straight away when the terms of reference were published,that skewing was going on….”.
However, a more important ‘skewing’ by a Boundary Commission has been ignored by Mr. Martin and his party and, indeed, by the administration and the so-called ‘opposition’ in Leinster House-the ‘Boundary Commission’ established under ‘Article 12’of the 1921 ‘Treaty of Surrender’,which was tasked with ‘determining the boundaries between the newly-partitioned 6 and 26-county ‘states’ ‘ ,the deliberations of which caused a mutiny within British forces in Ireland!(PART 13)
Colonel ‘Sir’ Charles Wickham, Divisional Commissioner of the RIC in the Six Counties, had an interesting background – a Brit through and through : he spent 23 years as the man in charge of the ‘B’ Specials , and was also Head of the RUC for a period. He was born in 1879, in England , and was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst, where he no doubt picked-up his ‘stiff upper lip’. At 20 years young he joined the British Army and served in the Boer War and in the ‘First World War’. Between the years 1918 and 1920 he served as a Lieutenant-Colonel with the British military ‘mission’ in the Russian Civil War , following which (at 41 years young) he was the ‘Divisional Commissioner for Ulster’ in the RIC, from 1920 to 1922. It was at that time in his ‘career’ – when he was recognised as a ‘good all-rounder’ by Westminster – that he helped to establish the Ulster Special Constabulary. At 43 years young he was appointed as the Inspector-General of the RUC, a position he held until 1945 when, at 66 years of age , his paymasters in Westminster formed the opinion that the ‘johnnies’ in the ‘colonies’ would benefit from a spot of ‘ Wickham-ism ‘. In 1945 , British Lieutenant-Colonel ‘Sir’ Charles Wickham was 66 years of age ; but no rest for the wicked! He was sent to Greece to serve as the ‘Head of British Police and Prisons Mission’, where he ‘crossed swords’ with the ELAS guerrilla group. He remained in that position until 1952 (when he was 73 years of age). The man died in 1972 , at the grand age of 93.
However – on the 7th October 1924, British ‘Sir’ James Craig (Stormont ‘Prime Minister’) practically threatened Westminster that he would be prepared to lead 40,000 armed men against said institution if same recommended changes to the Six County area (re the ‘Boundary Commission’ report) . Craig was referring to the ‘Special Constabulary’ – the Ulster (sic) Special Constabulary Association , a powerful group in its day. It was estimated that, at the peak of its power, one in every five of the adult male Protestant population was a member! Following the final report of the Boundary Commission it became clear that the Free Staters were no longer prepared (if , indeed , they ever were) to push for changes regarding the ‘border’, and the British realised that they had no further use for the Special Constabulary , so they set-about disbanding them ; money was put on the table.
Westminster offered the approximately 40,000-strong ‘Special Constabulary’ organisation a few bob to ‘go away’ (!) – £1,200,000 was put on the table, provided most of them agreed to disband. ‘Sir’ James Craig, up to then a great friend and supporter of the ‘Specials’, stated that they would have to go : on 10th December 1925, Craig told the ‘A’ and ‘C’ Specials that they were out of work and offered each man two months pay. End of announcement, no discussions were to be held! The ‘B’ Specials were to be kept – indeed, it was only in 1969 that that gang of thugs ‘disbanded’ (ie changed uniform into that of the ‘Ulster Defence Regiment’ [UDR] and carried-on with their mis-deeds) . It was actually in September 1969 that the (British) ‘Cameron Commission’ described the ‘B’ Specials as “a partisan and paramilitary force…” , while the October 1969 ‘Hunt Report’ recommended that the ‘B’ Specials be disbanded. However – the ‘A’ and ‘C’ Specials were not happy with the “disband now” order from their old friend , ‘Sir’ James Craig……. (MORE LATER).
THE BRITISH ESTABLISHMENT…..
….UP TO THEIR NECKS IN IT.
“I was asked to find underage boys for sex at drink and drug-fuelled Tory party conferences…..” (from here) , and more of the same here , and that’s without mentioning this pair of British-establishment favourites. Nothing new in any of that, apparently, as Westminster and Buckingham Palace have been safe havens for such sick people for a long time now, covered-up and glossed over by their employees in the media and the various political ‘secret services’ whose function it is to protect and preserve the silence and the status quo.
Indeed, it has been said that the only reason that the ‘Lady Mountbatten’ affair became public was to distract public attention away from the ‘greater sins’ of her husband, which we wrote about in an article we covered on this blog nine years ago, and re-publish now:
HOW THE GAY LIFE KILLED MOUNTBATTEN.
Encounters with youths exposed him to IRA.
BY FRANK DOHERTY.
First published in ‘NOW’ magazine, Volume 1, No.4, October 1989, page 37.
‘Royal’ uncle ‘Lord’ Louis Mountbatten was killed because of his homosexuality, according to Irish Republican sources ; ‘Lord’ Mountbatten died in August 1979 when his boat was blown up at Mullaghamore, County Sligo, by the Provisional IRA. A book to be published in Britain next month (ie meaning October 1989) by a former British Intelligence Officer will give details of ‘Lord’ Mountbatten’s gay life and claim that he was a risk to British State security ; but, ironically, ‘Lord’ Mountbatten proved to be a bigger threat to his own security. It was his liaisons with three young Irish boys which led to his assassination – it was information obtained indirectly from one of the boys which drew the attention of the IRA to ‘Lord’ Mountbatten’s presence in Ireland. The same source provided details about his movements.
‘Lord’ Mountbatten regularly slipped away from his Irish Special Branch guards for homosexual encounters. The IRA had expected his cabin cruiser to be used for such a meeting with a teenage boy on the day he died. They planted a radio-controlled bomb in the engine compartment on the boat, killing Mountbatten and three others, including a 15-year-old Enniskillen boy ; the bombing brought widespread condemnation and an immediate crack-down on the IRA on both sides of the Border. It came on the same day as 18 British Paratroopers were killed at Narrow Water, near Warrenpoint, County Down, in an IRA double ambush. The new book , ‘The Greatest Treason’ by Richard Deacon, claims that Mountbatten passed secret information to the Russians ; Deacon, whose real name is Donal McCormick, is an ex-intelligence Officer who was a close friend of the former head of the British Secret Service, ‘Sir’ Maurice Oldfield. Author ‘Richard Deacon'(/Donal McCormick) quotes an unnamed former CIA Officer as saying – “What we could never understand was how Mountbatten, a known homosexual and therefore a security risk, managed to achieve the kind of promotion and jobs he got….” ‘Deacon’ says – “It was known inside the (British) Navy long before World War Two that he was a homosexual, sometimes even risking such conduct in his cabin when at sea….” The author describes ‘Lord’ Mountbatten as “… devious and egotistical..”
The IRA bomb was detonated from a car parked on the shore as ‘Lord’ Mountbatten sailed past a couple of hundred feet away : a pulse-coded transmitter of a type not used before was brought in from South Armagh because the IRA believed that British security officers may have fitted ECM (Electronic Counter-Measure) equipment in Classiebawn Castle which would have prematurely detonated any radio-bomb they attempted to plant. The IRA spent nearly two months setting-up the assassination, relying on information from ‘Lord’ Mountbatten’s homosexual contacts to track his movements. Mountbatten was an uncle of both (British) ‘Queen’ Elizabeth and her husband, ‘Prince’ Phillip, and was interested in what homosexuals call ‘the rough trade’ and liked to have ‘contacts’ with ‘working-class’ youths. He was particularly attracted to boys in their early teens and it was this characteristic which made him especially vulnerable to the IRA, because he needed to slip away from his personal bodyguards to keep dates with such boys, some of whom came in contact with IRA men. His vice habit was similar to that of the former British Secret Service Chief, ‘Sir’ Maurice Oldfield, who was appointed ‘Ulster (sic) Security Co-Ordinator’ by Margaret Thatcher in the wake of the Mountbatten assassination. ‘Sir’ Maurice also slipped away from his ‘personal protection detail’ – a team of handpicked, plain-clothes British ‘Royal’ Military Policemen – on various occasions while he was living in Stormont House, beside Stormont Castle in Belfast. But a plan by the IRA to kill him during one such expedition into County Down failed when he was unexpectedly moved back to London.
The British establishment have been protecting their own for hundreds of years, regardless of the sins involved, as they realise their privileges are built on a foundation of sand – even if one ‘pillar’ falls, they are wealthy and well-placed enough to withstand the limited exposure such a collapse entails. Foreign lands are not the only rape victim in their cursed ’empire’.
IRISH FRIENDS OF ISRAEL (OR WHOEVER PAYS THEIR WAGE).
This was the scene in Dublin on Saturday 19th July last as Free State Gardaí made a move to prevent pro-justice demonstrators from assembling outside the Israeli Embassy.
Their by-now familiar method of ‘keeping the peace’ comes as no surprise to those of us who have had unwanted (and, on their part, unnecessary) ‘interaction’ with them on what were otherwise peaceful pickets and demonstrations over many years, as they are paid, maintained and supported by an anti-working-class elite in Leinster House and, as such, can be relied on to do their masters bidding.
More photographs of the above-pictured assault can be viewed here and here, and the following pictures will give readers who might not be aware of how that ‘police force’ operates a flavour of what can be expected should you dare to challenge that which they deem ‘sacred’ ie whatever they, the Free State Gardaí, are instructed to oppose/disrupt by their political paymasters in Kildare Street – these images are from various demonstrations in this State which were held to highlight injustices ranging from opposition to the on-going Shell infringements to issues dealing with the fact that the national issue is not yet settled :
And not only will that ‘police force’ physically abuse you, whether they are being filmed or not, but they will attempt to mentally abuse and torture you, too, as can be verified here. As with the State and its institutions which give succour to such a ‘police force’ (a section of which carry firearms) , it is not enough to ‘tweak’ said bodies because the very character and history of them strongly suggests that they are irreformable. They need to be replaced with systems which operate using justice as a template.
Thanks for reading , Sharon.