The following piece was published in the ‘Socialist Republic!’ newspaper in September 1986 and records some of the words of Martin McGuinness from a speech he delivered in Bodenstown on Sunday 22nd June of that year. That publication was ‘the newspaper of the Scottish Communist Republican Party (SCRP)’ , both of which are now apparently defunct as separate entities as, indeed, is McGuinness himself, in relation to Irish republicanism. Less than six months after he delivered the following speech, Martin McGuinness assisted other nationalists in splitting the Republican Movement.

Quote from Martin McGuinness, Sunday 22nd June, 1986, Bodenstown: “Despite the multi-million dollar hype of the (Hillsborough) Agreement, despite disinformation, despite the rewriting of Irish history by West Britons and British propaganda, more and more people are beginning to realise that internal tinkering with the six-county statelet solves nothing..”(…which is exactly what McGuinness and his nationalist colleagues are doing now – “internal tinkering with the six-county statelet.”)

In an important speech at the annual Bodenstown commemoration of the founder of Irish Republicanism Theobald Wolfe Tone, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness made a scathing attack on British and U.S. imperialism. “Our movement symbolises freedom and that, of course, is unacceptable to the imperialist war-mongers”, he said.
Britain and America are the two major powers who oppose freedom in Ireland, oppose sanctions in South Africa and oppose self-determination in Latin America and the Middle East. Their influence, their military hardware and their vast wealth is used to suppress freedom throughout the world.”
Condemning the Irish quislings who have sold out to imperialism, Martin McGuinness said “Fitzgerald and the SDLP are so dependent upon US dollars that they cannot find it in themselves to condemn America’s blatant acts of international aggression. While Reagan, aided and abetted by Thatcher, engaged in the mass slaughter of Libyan children, the twenty-six-county coalition was one of the few states that did not criticise this adventurism.” Interestingly, Ireland has ben dragged into the global paranoia of America and Britain and, in exchange for Thatcher’s F-111 support for Reagan, the US administration is now seeking to link extradition of Irish republicans to the Senate’s financial aid to Ireland. Should it succeed, the Irish establishment will fully support the three-way extradition of republicans, just as it increasingly attempts to undermine Irish neutrality and shift Ireland towards NATO.” (MORE LATER).

O’ DONOVAN ROSSA , BY BRIAN Na BANBAN (From ‘The United Irishman’ newspaper, January 1958).

Diarmuid O Donnabháin Rossa –
honour and love to the name,
there is nought in it mean or ignoble
it speaks not of serfdom or shame.

It tells of a life lived for Ireland,
of a heart fond and fearless and true,
of a spirit untamed and defiant,
that the foeman could never subdue.

They chained him, they starved him, they scourged him,
they tried every devil-spent plan:
to blacken the heart of the hero,
to shatter the mind of the man.

They made him an exile, an outlaw,
they slandered him living and dead;
but his love or his hate never wavered,
’till the spirit God gave him had fled.

His crime was that Ireland, his Mother,
had called him to dare and to dree,
that one day her bonds might be riven,
that one day her limbs might be free.

From the chains of the English enslaver,
and proudly he answered her call,
nor cared what the future might bring him,
so Ireland were freed from her thrall.

Bear him back to that Mother who loves him,
bear him back to the land he loved well,
go forth ‘mong the children of Ireland,
the tale of his triumph to tell.

In their hearts plant the seeds of his story,
in their minds light the dream of his soul,
and point them the road that he travelled,
the rough road to Liberty’s goal.

Diarmuid O Donnabháin Rossa,
glory to God for his life,
for the glorious memory he leaves us,
to strengthen our hearts in the strife.

Till the cause that he lived for has triumphed,
’till the darkness of thraldom has fled,
and Ireland, unfettered, shall honour,
the names of her patriot dead!

On Saturday, 15th August 2015, Republican Sinn Féin will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at 11am in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, at the grave of O’Donovan Rossa (those attending are asked to assemble at the cemetery gates) following which a seminar will be held, in Wynn’s Hotel, Abbey Street, Dublin, from 1pm to 4.30pm. All genuine republicans welcome!


Last month, 28 women who protested peacefully in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, against US President Ronald Reagan’s visit to Ireland received £1000 each arising from their action for wrongful arrest. Gene Kerrigan recalls the weekend when another State determined Irish security requirements and details the garda action which could cost tens of thousands of pounds. From ‘Magill’ magazine, May 1987.

Eight months later, in February 1985, the women and their lawyers got their first sight of the ‘edict’ which jailed them until Ronald Reagan had left the country :

I, Laurence Wren, in pursuance of the powers invested in me as Commissioner of the Garda Siochana, by Section 9 of the Phoenix Park Act, 1925, hereby prohibit, within a radius of one mile of the residence known as Deerfield, Phoenix Park Dublin, over the period commencing at 6.52pm on the 1st June 1984, and terminating at 3.00pm on the 4th June 1984, such period being a special occasion, the following :

(a) The erection of tents, temporary dwellings or shelters.

(b) The congregation of persons pursuing a common objective which in the opinion of members of the Garda Siochana may result in public disorder.

(c) The presence of persons acting in such a manner which, in the opinion of members of the Garda Siochana, may cause public anxiety.

(d) The presence of persons carrying placards, symbols or signs which in the opinion of members of the Garda Siochana may result in a breach of the peace.

(e) The presence of persons who, in the opinion of the Assistant Commissioner, Garda Siochana, or any of his assistants, are likely to interfere with the free movement of the President of the United States of America through the area.

Signed L. Wren.

Dated this 1st day of June 1984. (MORE LATER).


Ed Moloney speaks to a leading member of the Provisionals who has been authorised to speak on behalf of the (P)IRA Army Council.
From ‘Magill’ magazine, September 1980.

Ed Moloney : Do you intend to resume the bombing campaign in England?

IRA : We’re often asked this question and the standard reply whether we are bombing England at the time or not or planning to bomb England, is no comment.

Ed Moloney : After the assassination of Lord Mountbatten, the IRA threatened to kill more prominent personalities. Does that threat still exist?

IRA : Yes. As I’ve explained the importance of these people, like British ambassadors abroad, is that they put out false propaganda. They are part of the British military machine. It would be stupid and morally wrong for us to attack an ordinary British person, but for us to attack a pillar of the British establishment, like Mountbatten, or Quintin Hogg, or for us to attack the likes of Roy Mason, who we will never forget for what he did to the Irish people, gains us more attention and political effect. Yes we do intend to carry out more of those attacks. (MORE LATER).


Christopher Black (left), one of the many so-called ‘supergrasses’ that inflicted heavy damage on the then republican movement, which he had joined in 1975.

On the 5th of August, 1983, 22 alleged members of the IRA were jailed for a total of more than 4,000 cumulative years on the testimony of Belfast IRA man Christopher Black, who had been arrested and subsequently ‘turned’ , in the notorious Castlereagh torture centre in East Belfast, by the British in November 1981 ; four of those were given life sentences with 18 others receiving shorter prison terms – one man alone, Kevin Malgrew, faced the most charges (84) and was sentenced to jail terms totalling 963 years. The political ‘fine-tuning’ of the British ‘justice’ system in the Occupied Six Counties had already been done and allowed for alleged informers – ‘Supergrasses’ – to testify in court in return for, amongst other benefits, immunity for themselves, even if they implicated themselves ‘in activities of a serious nature’.
Christopher Black received such assurances and gave information that lead to the arrests of 38 alleged combatants, 22 of whom were then sentenced to a total of 4,000 years in prison. Eighteen of those convictions were overturned on appeal on the 17th of July 1986. The ‘Supergrass’ scheme was employed by the British to arrest about 600 alleged paramilitaries but the fact that those informers were each paid between £50,000 and £100,000 and were themselves ‘imprisoned’ in safe houses with, in the main, no contact with or from family members and/or friends induced a form of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ in Black and those of his ilk to the point that they would allow their captors – the British State and its representatives – to practically ‘school’ them in the nature of the ‘evidence’ that was required. More about that informer can be read here, but it’s hard to believe that, if Christopher Black (or other [P]IRA informers) were active today they would be ordered by their own leadership to ‘step forward’ and voluntarily divulge whatever information they had on republican activity to the British, as per instructions from Martin McGuinness.
A definite case of the above-mentioned ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ but, in the case of McGuinness, he actually welcomes the opportunity to work on behalf of Westminster!


The main RTE studios, ‘Montrose’, Donnybrook, Dublin (left), pictured after the UVF bombed same on the 5th August 1969, 46 years ago on this date. No one was killed and no structural damage was done to the building and, afterwards (and to date), both organisations – RTE and the UVF – continued to propagate an anti-republican agenda.

RTE reported on the attack against it with the following statement but, despite rumours, never mentioned the probability that British State collusion (so-called ‘rogue elements’!) could very well have played a part in the operation :
‘The explosion occurred at exactly 1.30am and could be heard over a wide area of Dublin city. It is believed that the explosion may have been caused by a time bomb placed at the rear wall of the studio building. There was no structural damage to the building but there was damage to the large structural plate glass panels which are a feature of the building. No staff were injured by the explosion. At this stage Gardaí are investigating what happened but so far there have been no arrests. It was later discovered that the bomb had been planted by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).’

Ironic to think that, as per our caption, above, one anti-republican grouping could turn so violently on another. But credit where it’s due ; RTE, to date – despite that 1969 misunderstanding – remains as wedded as ever to the same anti-republican agenda that it freely operated at that time. At least they’re consistent in that once bought, they stay bought, no matter what!


“The only good Indian is a dead one” – ‘Supreme Commander’ of the U.S. Army, Major Philip Henry Sheridan (pictured, left) who, despite being only five feet and five inches tall, made a ‘big’ (and bad) impression on the native American population.

He was born in Albany, New York, on the 6th of March 1831, the son of Irish immigrants from Cavan who had to leave Ireland because of ‘An Gorta Mor’ . He ‘made his name’ by his evil treatment of the native American population, and was responsible for the slaughter of the Lakota Indians at Wounded Knee in 1890, where one-hundred victims, under Chief Big Foot, were massacred by the U. S. 7th Cavalry ; about half of the dead were women and children.

The slain body of Chief Big Foot (his Lakota name was Si Tanka, ‘Spotted Elk’), propped up in the snow at Wounded Knee.
The Wounded Knee massacre was the last of the Indian uprisings, and prompted Sheridan to state that “The only good Indian I ever saw was dead.” He knew he was in the wrong in what he was doing, as he said so himself : in 1878, he made a report to his Army superiors in which he stated – “We took away their country and their means of support, broke up their mode of living, their habits of life, introduced disease and decay among them, and it was for this and against this they made war. Could anyone expect less?”

He wouldn’t argue against the fact that he and other armed ‘Bluecoats’ were ‘occupiers/invaders’ in a land where they were not welcome yet he had no hesitation in planning the ‘best practical’ methods of removing the natives from their lands and, indeed, with that objective in mind, he once stated that he had “…never once taken a command into battle and had the slightest desire to come out alive unless I won….” He died on this date (5th August), at 57 years of age, in 1888, in Bristol County in Massachusetts – one battle he didn’t win.


Martin McGuinness and Hillary Clinton – elsewhere in this post (‘Socialist Republic’ piece, above) you can read Martin’s opinion* on U.S. imperialism and, with that in mind, Hillary’s opinion* on American and world politics should likewise only be consumed if there’s enough salt left in the cellar (*designed, at any given time, to please the particular audience that is being addressed : both of them are divested of moral reference points when it comes to forging and/or enhancing their political careers).

Ronald Kessler, a broadcaster, author and journalist who has written about 20 books on the American ‘spook’ industry (Secret Service, CIA, FBI etc) has recently spilled the beans on the Clintons , Bill and Hillary. He claims that cigar-chomping Bill is not lonely in Hillary’s absence – “He has a blonde, busty mistress, and she’s been code named ‘Energizer’ by agents. This is unofficially, but that is what they call her…she comes in to the Chappaqua [NY] home whenever Hillary leaves. The (security) details coordinate to make sure they don’t cross paths. She, unlike Hillary, is very nice to the (security) agents….(who) say that (Bill and Hillary are in a..) business relationship. It’s not a marriage at all. It’s a total fake, like everything else about Hillary. It’s just a big show and a scam. Hillary Clinton pretends to be this champion of the little people — she’s gonna help the middle class, she’s compassionate. But the reality behind the scenes is she treats her agents and others less powerful than she is with contempt. In fact she’s so abusive to her agents that being assigned to her detail is considered a form of punishment…”

Mr. Kessler has a record for getting the ‘inside story’ and should not be dismissed as some sort of a trashy-tabloid-type of journalist. And Hillary, too, has a ‘track record’, politically speaking and, as a professional politician herself, will not be surprised – as stated ie depending on the audience to be played to – that another political snake-oil salesperson, Martin McGuinness, would, in the same breath that he gives her a welcome kiss on the cheek, be as equally sleveen and as quick to condemn her and those like her as ‘U.S. imperialists’. He probably kissed this person, too, before denouncing him that same night at some PSF fund-raising function or other!


“…what we want to do out of the series of commemorative events is right across the country, engage our people – young and not so young – both in their reflections on the Proclamation [and] on the drafting of a new proclamation…a whole series of issues in the Irish language, in culture, in music, in literature…” – Enda Kenny, from here.

…and full marks to the man : we all know he’s good to his word and that we can be confident in the knowledge that he is the Free State ‘Ronseal’ political leader that we can trust and, true to form, he hasn’t let us down in regards to his “new proclamation” promise – as per our headline, we have secured a sneak preview of Enda’s new ‘bible’-

– and, to show your appreciation for his heroic and patriotic efforts, you can leave a message for the man here, on what surely must be his home page….

Thanks for reading, Sharon.

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