"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!"
Saying What Needs Said
Recovering the Truth of the Past
Text of Anthony McIntyre talk at Newtown Cunningham Orange Lodge
"I look forward to the freedom to lay bare my experiences unfettered by codes now redundant."
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.
Journals of Irish Republican Dissent: A study of the Bell and Blanket magazines by writers Niall Carson and Paddy Hoey
Annoucing the Irish Republican Movement Collection online archive at IUPUI
Sunday, April 20, 2014
|‘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
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?
Gerard Hodgins with an unpublished letter to the Irish News written on 4 April 2014 clarifying the status of Maghaberry republican political prisoner, Seamus Scotchy Kearney.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.
Friday, April 18, 2014
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.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
- No right-minded republican in Britain would ever meet the queen without a placard and a megaphone. - Maev McDaid & Brian Christopher
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.
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
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.