Danny Morrison

"What these people rely on is hitting you with detail and overwhelming you and so that you're not in a position... you don't feel confident challenging them. But because I was there and I was involved I know exactly what I am talking about!"

Dominic McGlinchey Interview

Saying What Needs Said

Eileen Doherty

Recovering the Truth of the Past

What is an independent republican?

Text of Anthony McIntyre talk at Newtown Cunningham Orange Lodge

Dolours Price Archive

"I look forward to the freedom to lay bare my experiences unfettered by codes now redundant."

Brendan Hughes: A Life in Themes

There is little to be gained in going from an A to Z chronological tour of the life of Brendan Hughes. The knowledge is out there. Instead a number of themes will covey to those who are interested what was the essence of the man.


Day-by-day account of events of the 1981 Hunger Strike. A series in four parts:
July 5July 6July 7July 8

The Bell and the Blanket

Journals of Irish Republican Dissent: A study of the Bell and Blanket magazines by writers Niall Carson and Paddy Hoey

Irish Republican Movement Collection

Annoucing the Irish Republican Movement Collection online archive at IUPUI

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Martin McGuinness Eraser Address

TPQ features Martin McGuinness’s Eraser Sunday oration today. It initially featured on his blog The Expensive Quail and has been republished here with royal prerogative. 

Clearing away the mush and gush of the State visit

Eamon McCann with a piece from the Irish Times on what he sees as the the context of the recent royal banquet. The Irish political elite North and South were paying homage to the British monarchy. It initially featured on 17 April 2014.

Opinion: Irish elite were celebrating their acceptance into a particular layer of society

‘There is an island in the south Pacific whose people adhere to a cargo cult and – so it’s said – regard the queen’s husband as a god. We are not there yet, but it’s early days.’ Above,  the banquet held at Windsor Castle during the State visit of President Higgins. Photograph: Alan Betson
‘There is an island in the south Pacific whose people adhere to a cargo cult and – so it’s said – regard the queen’s husband as a god. We are not there yet, but it’s early days.’ Above, the banquet held at Windsor Castle during the State visit of President Higgins. Photograph: Alan Betson

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Martin McGuinness Sold Himself as Something Totally Different.

John McDonagh (JM) and Sandy Boyer (SB) interview Irish Republican Gerry McNamara (GM) via telephone from Dublin about Martin McGuinness attending a banquet at Windsor Castle and toasting to the health of the Queen of England

Radio Free Éireann

WBAI 99.5FM Pacifica Radio

New York City

12 April 2014

(begins time stamp 35:30)

JM: We head over to Dublin and we speak to Gerry McNamara who is a lifelong Irish Republican. His family is steeped in Irish Republican history from The Fenians onward. And Gerry, I wanted to have you on. We had Mickey Donnelly on from The North talking about Martin McGuinness who he knows personally. But what was the coverage like? And what was the reaction of the people in The Twenty-Six Counties about this extended coverage of toasting the Queen of England?

For the Green, not the Queen

Gerard Hodgins with an unpublished letter to the Irish News written on 4 April 2014 clarifying the status of Maghaberry republican political prisoner, Seamus Scotchy Kearney

The content of Sean O Fiach’s letter Former SF supporters fair game to British rule of law was spot on in content and tone except for one genuine mistake: Seamus “Scotchy” Kearney is not a Sinn Fein supporter. And Scotchy has asked me to highlight this to restore his credentials and credibility as an unrepentant Fenian of the old school – definitely not in the Adams camp.

Republicans say McGuinness should stay away from Easter commemorations

Gemma Murray with a piece from the Newletter on Sinn Fein meeting the queen. It initially featured on 16 April 2014.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness should not attend republican Easter graveside commemorations, former IRA blanketman Anthony McIntyre has claimed.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Radio Free Eireann Talks to Ron Kuby

Sandy Boyer with his weekly update on what Radio Free Eireann will be serving up to its listeners on Easter Saturday.

Radio Free Eireann will interview Ron Kuby about the Central Park carriage horses on Saturday April 19 from 1-2 pm New York time. Kuby is the attorney for the carriage horse drivers.


A poem from Francis Quinn.


From six foot deep came tall soldiers

Under a shadow of marble long bodies

Cast their feet in line forward into light

Where moon illuminates scars on Shoulders

Like bold welts on fossils of stone

Bellaghy Easter Commemoration.

Bellaghy Easter Commemoration: assembling @ 2.30 Saturday 19 April 2014.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Victory to the Banquet Men

When the TPQ commenter DaithiD came up with the potent phrase Victory to the Banquet men in reference to Sinn Fein supping with the British queen the sagacity of Anatole France took hold: ‘when a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.’ DaithiD with a brevity of words, crystallised like no other the vastness of the terrain covered by Sinn Fein in its long journey away from the republicanism that had previously spurred it and into its own brand of partitionist reformism. The contrasting images of banquet men and blanket men could hardly have been starker. It also came in week laden with a symbolism that reinforced the trend: former blanket man Leo Green is taking Sinn Fein to an industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal at the hands of the banquet men.

Recasting history

Guest writer Aaron Edwards with a piece on the Boston College archive conflict. Aaron Edwards is a historian and former journalist with The Other View magazine. Views expressed here are his own.

Academic historians have been conspicuous by their absence in the debate over the Boston College case. This is extremely disappointing but it is not surprising and seems to reflect a risk adverse culture that has facilitated the public upbraiding of individuals who have taken great personal risks to bring us much-needed alternative perspectives on the past. While I have never had any personal association with the Boston College case, I am not prepared to stand idly by while the debate is poisoned by ill-informed perspectives that reduce discussion of the case to a question of the integrity of the personalities involved and not the merits of the enterprise itself.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

No Dope Here? Anti-Drug Vigilantism in Northern Ireland

Michael Shaw Mahoney with a review of a book on the drugs trade in the North of Ireland. Michael Shaw Mahoney gained a M.A. in Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast (1997). He currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Northern Ireland is the most studied, most dissected spot on the planet. As an object of fascination, as a place where there remains a problem to every solution, the six county state demands fresh perspectives and analytical ingenuity. John Lindsay provides just that. With his recent book No Dope Here? Anti-Drugs Vigilantism in Northern Ireland,  Lindsay explores the history of illegal drugs and their control from onset of The Troubles to the present day. Such a perspective shines a new light on paramilitarism. It also reveals the shifting values of a traditionally conservative place, a small place that lies at the fringes of a much more liberal, less reactionary Europe.

Ciarán Mulholland Steps Aside

Press Statement from Ciarán Mulholland announcing his withdrawal as a candidate in the May local government elections.

For generations now the working class people of West Belfast have sustained grave social and economic deprivation. The poverty within our communities has been widely documented yet it is denied and appeased by the political establishment. The most vulnerable within our community continues to suffer the adverse affects of the draconian reforms by the status quo. Our people have been demoralised by the deceit of the political parties.


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