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Saturday, September 19, 2009

( Note/Update/Reminder:Inaugurated in constitutional law and administration and for private and public law of economics at the Special Branch for the Science of Law in Hamburg....a practising lawyer in Berlin....professor for Economics at the professional School of Economics in Berlin....university professor for the Law of Economics at Hamburg University.....Chair-holding Professor of public law at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg.....Dean of the faculty for economic and social sciences at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg....and coming to Dublin and Galway to talk on why we would be better advised to 'VOTE NO TO LISBON TWO'....)


EVE OF ALL-IRELAND RALLY 2009 : brief report and pictures.

Na Fianna Éireann at the Eve of All-Ireland Rally , 19 September 2009.

'NO TO LISBON' banner on RSF Dublin Office.

The annual Eve of All-Ireland Rally was held today , Saturday September 19th 2009 , in Dublin. The earlier-than-usual start (ie 12 Noon , to facilitate the 1pm 'Anti NAMA' protest march) caused some confusion amongst supporters and members of the public , dozens of whom only appeared as the Rally was finishing. However , altogether approximately between one and two hundred RSF members and supporters (on both sides of O'Connell Street and on the traffic isle) were present between 12 Noon and 1.20pm for the Rally.

Des Dalton , Chairing the proceedings at the GPO today.

About three thousand various RSF leaflets (that is , approximately 500 'booklets' of leaflets , each 'booklet' containing five or six leaflets) were distributed to the crowds on O'Connell Street , with about another thousand single 'VOTE NO TO LISBON' RSF leaflets distributed early this morning in the Stephens Green area of Dublin city centre.

Padráig Garvey , Kerry , speaking at the Rally.

State 'security', as usual ,made its unwanted presence felt , in the shape of six uniformed gardai and at least five members of the political police, the 'special branch' but, thankfully, for the most part, they stayed in the background . RSF , again, as usual, had its own Stewards on site but, due to the fact that the State 'security' stayed, for the most part, at a distance, no trouble occurred.

Fergal Moore , Monaghan, speaking at the Rally.

When the Rally finished at the GPO , most of the RSF members and supporters walked up O'Connell Street to the Garden of Remembrance to add their number to the approximate two or three thousand people who were forming-up to take part in the 'Anti NAMA' protest. All-in-all , it was a day well spent by RSF , who not only got their own Republican message across to tens of thousands of people in O'Connell Street , but were also able to offer their support to the hundreds of thousands of people who are being financially squeezed by the corrupt , useless and free-loading millionaire politicians in Leinster House.
A job well done to all who attended either/both events today!

A full report of this Eve of All-Ireland Rally , and more photographs, will be published in the October 2009 issue of 'SAOIRSE' , which goes to print on Wednesday , 30th of this month.
Thanks!
Sharon.






Friday, September 18, 2009

NO TO LISBON , NO TO NAMA , NO TO THE GREEDY CAREER POLITICIANS!



The Annual Eve Of All-Ireland Rally will , as stated, be held at an earlier-than-usual time this year , to allow members, supporters and on-lookers time to attend this worthy protest.



The Lisbon Constitution/Treaty is a bad deal for the citizens of this State , but offers the unproductive millionaire politicians in Leinster House further opportunities to enrich themselves at taxpayers expense whilst the NAMA proposals are , in effect , those same politicians mis-using taxpayers money to bail out their paid-for 'YES' men in the banking and property development sectors.



On Friday October 2nd 2009 , we will have an opportunity to tell those useless political leeches that they are living beyond our means - VOTE NO TO LISBON !
Thanks!
Sharon.






Wednesday, September 16, 2009

THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY.......
Twenty-six men were convicted on the word of Harry Kirkpatrick. On their appeal against those convictions could well rest the future of the 'Anglo-Irish Agreement'
('The Hillsborough Treaty')
. Based on a full transcript of the Kirkpatrick trials , the story of how these convictions were obtained shows why the 'Supergrass System' is a pale shadow of justice.
By Derek Dunne. From 'MAGILL' magazine, February 1986.

When February 1985 came around and the 'trial' began , the twenty-seven accused had served an aggregate of thirty-five years between them - the equivalent of seventy years in sentencing terms. There had been thirty-three in the dock , of whom three had jumped bail ; one of those , John O' Reilly, is currently in Portlaoise Jail fighting an extradition order whilst the other two are facing separate 'trials' .

Harry Kirkpatrick's sister , Michelle , and his brother-in-law were also granted separate 'trials' . One of the defendants , Thomas Molloy, made statements to the RUC which were challenged - most of those statements related to incidents that had occurred since Kirkpatrick had been arrested and they were not used in any way to corroborate Kirkpatrick's account of what he claimed happened and , in many instances, they contradicted directly what Kirkpatrick had claimed !

Some of the British Crown witnesses changed their evidence between the time of the 'incident' itself and the 'trial' of the twenty-seven accused : 'Incident Number 20' was indicative of this.......
(MORE LATER).



CIA SLAMS IRISH JUDGE.......
A Dublin District Justice was accused by American embassy intelligence personnel of encouraging left wing agitators and tolerating hostile acts against the United States.......
From 'MAGILL' magazine, 'Christmas Special' 1980.

The two FBI agents then entered a note marked 'Confidential' into their file . It was headed - 'Women's groups in Ireland ; National Women Committee , Irish Women United , Irish Country Women's Association , Trade Union Women's Forum and the Women Peace Movement' . The information in that file was subsequently transferred to other FBI files and even today is on tap from the FBI computers for use by any FBI agent sent over to Ireland to infiltrate the Irish womens movement. So , if you meet someone on their way in from the airport , speaking with an American accent and asking for the "National Women Committee" or the "Irish Country Women Association" you can be reasonably sure that they've been briefed by the FBI !

At the end of the meeting the two FBI agents served papers on Mairin de Burca , thereby starting a flurry of controversy over FBI surveillance of the campus . One student wrote to her Congressman , John L. Burton, enclosing a newspaper clipping of a report on the actions of the FBI agents. When Burton wrote to the FBI seeking an explanation they promptly added the newspaper clipping to their files! The FBI then marked with an 'X' the names of three students mentioned in the clipping , presumably with the intention of opening files on those students.

Several months later the FBI agents' notes were retyped in a file stamped 'Secret and Confidential' . At one point in her speech , it was noted that Mairin de Burca mentioned by name another Irish feminist - this name was also marked with an 'X' and was underlined , with a handwritten note wrote beside it which read "No Loc" , indicating perhaps that the FBI were unable to locate any reference to this person in their files . It could also indicate that this person had 'no loc' on her bike ; either way , the whole thing is irrelevant and a waste of American taxpayers money.......
(MORE LATER).



THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST HEROIN IN DUBLIN....... The drugs crisis is one of the major problems facing young people in Dublin today. In large areas of the city it has now reached massive proportions , while in the inner city there is estimated to be a higher percentage of drug addicts and drug abusers than in Harlem in New York . But it has been only recently - 5 years after this epidemic began in earnest - that any notice has been paid to the problem. And even now the Free State government has failed to confront the crisis in a meaningful way . Tony Barry of Na Fianna Eireann has been looking at the issues for 'IRIS' magazine.
From 'IRIS' magazine, December 1984.

The actions of the gardai , though, go further than merely turning a blind eye to the activities of drug pushers. In many instances they have actually seemed to side with the pushers against the Concerned Parents against Drugs groups(CPAD) that have sprung up in Dublin communities. Parents attending local meetings to discuss the drug problem have been stopped on their way out and questioned . ('1169..' Comment : that particular misdirected State action is still happening to this day - 'ordinary' [ie non-members] supporters taking part in a picket or protest , or attanding a fund-raiser, are stopped and harassed by the Political Police [Special Branch] on their way home from the event.)

Those stopped are told by the Special Branch that the anti-drugs campaign is a political 'front' and that they should have nothing more to do with it . The gardai have also gone to pubs and chip shops where drugs have been sold and which have been marched on by CPAD groups, and told the proprietors to have nothing to do with the anti-drugs campaign.

In January 1984 , the Chairperson of the Dolphin House Community Development Association, Noel Sillery, was held for two days under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act and questioned about the anti-drugs campaign.......
(MORE LATER).