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#OTD in Irish History – 30 March: –

Martin McGuinness Coverage

Source: Martin McGuinness Coverage

Irish Resistance To Apartheid: Sinn Féin And The ANC, The IRA And MK

An Sionnach Fionn

A number of readers have asked for some background details explaining the close relationship between the African National Congress and Sinn Féin following on from the ANC’s sympathetic statement last week noting the passing of “comrade” Martin McGuinness. While the political wings of the two movements have long professed public support for each other, particularly during the transition from White minority rule on the one hand and the development of the peace process on the other, the co-operation between their respective military wings was at times equally as close. By the late 1970s and early ‘80s selected members of uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the ANC’s armed grouping, were receiving guerrilla training in Ireland, Angola and South Africa from experienced volunteers of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). This resulted in a number of attacks against the apartheid regime in Pretoria, at least one involving the active participation of the IRA. These operations are described in…

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Please Write To Irish Republican Political Prisoners.

This list is updated on a regular basis.

List of Republican prisoners that are looked after by Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association (IRPWA)

Portlaoise Gaol

E3 & E4, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Dublin: Tallaght
Michael Finlay
Dean Byrne
Edward McGrath


Patrick Brennan


John Troy


Sean Connolly


Stephen Hendrick

East Wall

Pierce Moran

Rush Co Dublin

John McGrail


Donal O’Coisdealbha


Connor Hughes


Darren Fox


Owen McCann
Conan Murphy


James Smithers


Tony Carroll
Brian Walsh
Joe Walsh
Sean Walsh
Mick Gilmartin
Martin McHale


Kevin Devlan


Damien (DD) McLaughlin

Roe 4, Maghaberry Prison, Old Road Ballinderry Upper, Lisburn BT28 2PT


Dee Duffy
Shea Reynolds
Ciaran Magee
Brendan McConville
Sean McVeigh
Luke O’ Neill (held on a non-political wing on protest)
John Paul Wotton


Anto Davidson
Christie Robinson


Barry Concannon
Jason Ceulmans
Damien Harkin
Neil Hegarty
Nathan Hastings
Seamus McLaughlin


Barry Petticrew (Held on a non – political wing in isolation)


Darren Poleon
Brian Walsh


Gavin Coyle
Martin McGilloway (CSU)

Point Rd, Limavady BT49 0LR


Brian Millar


List of Republican prisoners that are looked after by Cogús prisoner support group


Old Road Ballinderry Upper,
County Antrim,
BT28 2PT

Conor Hughes

Gerard Flanagan

Carl Reilly

Tony Taylorq

Ta Mc Williams

Ciaran Mc Laughlin

Paddy O’ Neill (teach na failte)

Cogús Prisoners E2, Portlaoise Co Laois:

Charles Anthony Deery

Garret Mulley

Seamus McGrane

Ryan Glennon

With many thanks to: Stephen Codd @ Revolution Ireland.


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Clarification regards Irish Times article

Republican SINN FÉIN Poblachtach

Preas Ráitheas / Press Release

On March 22nd, 2017 the Irish Times carried an article entitled Veteran Cork republican criticisms Martin McGuinness.  In the article Barry Roche, the southern correspondent with the Irish Times went on to say in reference to Donal Varian, “leaving to form Republican Sinn Féin of which Mr Varian has been a steadfast member.”

We wish to clarify that Donal Varian is no longer a member of Republican Sinn Féin.

Críoch / ENDS


Republican Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin Poblachtach


Sinn Féin Poblachtach
Teach Dáithí Ó Conaill,
223 Sráid Pharnell, BÁC 1, Éire

For confirmation contact;
Des Dalton, President: 086-3291809
Seán Ó Dubhláin, PRO: +353 89 481 9514 or ‘’
Ard-Oifig: 01-872 9747

International Department:

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The Socialist Party Takes A Poke At The Socialist Workers Party

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Three weeks ago I published a short, tongue-in-cheek article highlighting the rarely discussed relationship between the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in Ireland and its sister party of the same name in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately the post raised more than a few hackles with the SWP’s dour supporters. Some seemed particularly irate by my description of the People Before Profit Alliance (PBPA) as an electoral front for the Socialist Workers Party. This despite the fact that the SWP effectively controls the PBPA and does indeed contest elections using its name. Apparently entryists do not appreciate having their entryism being made public, even if they claim no such political strategy is taking place. As one correspondent wrote in an email:

Everyone knows the SWP works with the PBPA so why are you discussing it?


Another reader accused me of launching a “green slime” attack on the party in order to favour Sinn Féin in the then forthcoming regional…

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