" A wealth of information..."

"1169 And Counting is a wealth of information on our Republican past and present , and demonstrates how the Irish political landscape , like that of any nation, will never be a black and white issue..."

(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)



This blog was listed as one of the 'Finalists' in the '2016 current affairs/politics' category of the Littlewoods Ireland blog awards - but we didn't win the award. But not to worry -thanks to everyone involved for getting us to the final stage of the competition and sure we'll try again the next time!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Corrupt political institution turns its naval force on its own people....

RSF members and supporters at a 'Shell-To-Sea' protest demonstration in Dublin , February 24th , 2007.

'It would now appear that the 26-County government are willing to lock up its citizens whilst at the same time allowing Shell to dictate the energy and environmental policy of the 26 Counties...'
- Ruairi O Bradaigh, July 2005.

Part of the State Navy has been ordered , by State politicians , to move against its own people...

"Ask anyone you know how much royalties Shell Oil and its partners are paying the country to take our gas from the Corrib Field. I tried this over the past few days and I got answers ranging from fifty per cent to probably very little.
Nobody came up with the correct answer, which is not a single penny.
Did you know that? Did you know that the energy consortium, whose pipeline is being forced past protesters by hundreds of our own police, pays nothing at all to this country for taking our natural resources...?"

(From here.)

What we are witnessing with the 'Shell-To-Sea' outrage is the absolute moral corruption of a millionaire political elite who are completely reckless and shameless when it comes to lining their pockets with even more ill-gotten financial gains . They and their type are a free-loading cabal of non-productive leeches who will bend or break any moral , political or humane code of conduct that they see fit to ride roughshod over in order to further secure and enhance their moneyed lifestyle. I have wiped better than them from the sole of my shoe and had more respect for it : pond scum is more valuable.
Sharon.






Wednesday, August 27, 2008



THE IRA : the new IRA is younger , more radical and has seen little of life other than violence.......
By Ed Moloney.
From 'Magill' magazine, September 1980.

A vital element in the new structures is recruitment : the old days when virtually anyone could join the IRA are seemingly over . One IRA leader says that vetting of potential recruits is now so thorough that only 2 out of every 13 applicants are accepted and sent on for training and then placed into the 'cell' structure. The IRA also says that the average age of new recruits is 18 or 19 , an assertion that would seem to back IRA claims that the organisation has passed through the generation gap problem that has always spelled defeat for past campaigns .

However , it's clear from a number of recent arrests such as that of an M60 ambush team in Belfast this year that the IRA is still heavily dependant on what British General James Glover called "...the intelligent, astute and experienced terrorist.." . The IRA also claims that less than 50 per cent of new recruits join up for the personal motive of seeking revenge for British Army violence and that most are politically committed to a socialist republic . Not even the IRA can know that for sure but if it is true then the policy of 'Ulsterisation', involving gradual withdrawal of troops from Nationalist areas will have less of an effect on the Provos than the architects of that policy hoped .

Once a recruit is accepted by the IRA he or she is taken along with three or four other recruits for training across the Border in 'specialism' ie assassination , sniping , bombing etc that his/her cell will later employ . In contrast to the past , when whole IRA Companies could be trained without firing a shot , all recruits are now trained using live ammunition , which has enabled IRA members to 'sight' sniping weapons more accurately : it is claimed that this sort of practice accounts for the success of the M60 machine gun in Belfast ambushes . When the M60 appeared on the scene in 1978 it was considered a propaganda weapon and too cumbersome and inaccurate for urban use but , in fact , the M60 has been responsible for the deaths of 8 members of the British 'security forces' since then.......

(MORE LATER).



RESISTANCE ON ALL FRONTS.......
IRIS talks to a spokesperson authorised to speak on behalf of the Irish Republican Army.
From 'IRIS' magazine , July/August 1982.

IRIS : " The hunger-strike period was generally a time when nationalist commitment to the struggle was heightened and refreshed . But since then there have been concerted enemy efforts to confuse and demoralise * the nationalist population , through the use of informers , psychological operations and black propaganda . ( * '1169..' Comment - ...and , at that time, these two efforts to "confuse and demoralise" were only around the corner..) What impact on the immediate post-hunger-strike increase in support has this had , within the Movement and on external supporters ? "

IRA : " I think you have to deal with two separate circumstances . It had little effect internally because people who are actively involved understand the situation and what the enemy is trying to achieve . The use of paid agents by the RUC did initially have some psychological impact on nationalist supporters , but this has been quickly eroded as they have deepened their understanding of the situation , and by virture also of a number of IRA operations carried out at the time when RUC Chief Constable John ('Jack') Hermon was making his infamous "...the IRA are reeling.." statement."

(MORE LATER).



THE UNDAUNTED WOMEN IN ARMAGH.......

The full story of the republican prisoners in Armagh Jail has yet to be told. It has yet to be sung , and properly described , other than as an after-thought in public speeches - "...and of course the women in Armagh.." Republicans have a right to be proud of those women who, from the Divis Flats grandmother doing six months for what an Orange judge called "riotous behaviour" to the young IRA Volunteer inside for the second time and not yet 25-years-old , have managed, whether they numbered 12 or 120 , to maintain their resistance to the most vicious prison system in Europe. The words that follow , says writer Patricia Collins , were written to encourage more of those women to come forward and tell their story , and are based on conversations with several
ex-prisoners , and on visits and letters from those women presently imprisoned. They were written in the hope of jogging the memory of all those women who wrongly think their contribution to Ireland's future peace is not worth mentioning.

From 'IRIS' magazine , August 1984.

The Prison Governor in the 1970's was a Stanley Hilditch who was to torture the blanketmen some years later in the H-Blocks. Hilditch at first didn't know how to cope with the new situation posed by women political prisoners - Anne Maguire recalls : " When the Governor comes into your cell , you're supposed to stand up but we just sat down , anywhere, on the bed , on the chair . The same in the exercise yard . The Screws would get flustered , the other prisoners would stare at us..."

After four or five weeks , Hilditch copped-on . The women weren't allowed to talk to other 'classes' of prisoners : juveniles in red , or the ones in green . But two of the young ones were republican too - the women would not comply . Their ration of 20 cigarettes would then be held up , and a lot of petty harassment took place . Strip-searching was used in a few instances .

In July 1971 , Maire Drumm joined the women in Armagh Jail : earlier that month , she had made a fiery speech at Free Derry Corner- " It is a waste of time shouting 'Up the IRA' . The important thing is to join." She was bound over to keep the peace for two years on a surety of £500 , refused to sign and got six months for 'promoting the objects of the IRA' . A few days after Maire Drumm 'came in' to Armagh Jail , internment 'broke out' on the outside.......
(MORE LATER).







Monday, August 25, 2008

Dick Roche , State Minister for EU Affairs.


From this (in mid July 2008)..... "It is far, far too early to be talking about a referendum or about some specific policy to go forward (after the 12th June 2008 'NO' vote to the Lisbon Treaty/Constitution) , that’s not the way to formulate a policy in response to a referendum...."

....to this - 'A second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty would “ultimately” be required and ratifying key elements by legislation was not a viable option, Minister of State for European Affairs Dick Roche said at the weekend...'

A few days ago , John from this blog was on Newstalk Radio talking about matters political :one of the issues he raised was the strong rumour in political circles that the wasters in Leinster House were preparing to hold a second vote on the Lisbon Treaty/Constitution on the same day as the vote on the EU elections in June 2009 - this possibility was dismissed out of hand by the Presenter of the show as "unlikely" . It now appears that Dick Roche has been sent out by his political masters to 'fly a kite' regarding this issue ie 'soften-up' the public to expect such a second vote in the near future . This blog done what little it could in calling for a 'NO' vote in the first Lisbon referendum -



- and will do so again when the political incompetents in Leinster House try , yet again, to secure an even cosier future for themselves in Europe by fostering a second Lisbon vote on the electorate in this State. So much for the mantra which those politically useless leeches throw at Irish Republicans as often as they can - " You must respect the will of the people...."
Sharon.