Annual Easter Rising Commemoration – 12pm – Waverley Cemetery Bronte.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Ireland’s first hunger strike martyr Thomas Ashe.

Ashe from Lios Póil in the County Kerry Gaeltacht was a member of the Gaelic League, Irish Republican Brotherhood and GAA. He commanded the Fingal battalion of the Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising.

On the 8th May 1916, Ashe and Eamon de Valera were court-martialed and sentenced to death. Both sentences were commuted to life, and Ashe was sent to a variety of English prisons. While in prison he wrote the poem “Let Me Carry Your Cross for Ireland, Lord”.

Thomas Ashe was released from jail in June 1917 under the general amnesty which was given to republican prisoners. Upon his release he returned to Ireland and began a series of speaking engagements. In August 1917, after a speech in Ballinalee, Longford, where Michael Collins had also been speaking, he was arrested and charged with “speeches calculated to cause disaffection”. He was sentenced to one year’s hard labour in Mountjoy Jail.

Ashe, along with Austin Stack, who was also in Mountjoy demanded to be treated as prisoners-of-war. Having been deprived of a bed, bedding and boots Ashe went on hunger strike on 20th September 1917. On 25th September 1917 he died from pneumonia, which was caused by force-feeding by the prison authorities. He was 32 years old.

From the smouldering embers of Easter Week 1916 the death on hunger strike of Ashe produced a flame. A flame which an empire failed to extinguish, which treachery could not subdue, which today burns its way through hypocrisy and coercion – a living flame.

With many thanks to: James Connolly.

 

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?

Okay…

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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Bill Clinton’s Remarkable Tribute To Martin McGuinness In Full

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The former president of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, joined a host of other national and international dignitaries at the funeral of Martin McGuinness earlier today in Derry. Mourners and crowds numbering in their thousands heard this remarkable speech from the former occupant of the White House where he paid tribute to the late Irish republican leader.

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A Memory Of One Of Martin McGuinness’ Previous Visits To Derry’s Republican Plot

Source: A Memory Of One Of Martin McGuinness’ Previous Visits To Derry’s Republican Plot

Fallen Comrades of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement (IRSM)

I.R.S.M

Emmanuel Gargan

Volunteer – Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 21 March 1987

Emmanuel Gargan, age 25, was killed in a South Belfast pub by an Irish People’s Liberation Organisation gunman in retaliation for the INLA’s execution of IPLO leader Gerard Steenson on March 15th. Gargan had survived two earlier attempts on his life by the IPLO, and was still on crutches from the second attempt when he was killed.

Kevin Barry Duffy
Volunteer – Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 21 March 1987

Kevin Barry Duffy, age 20, was killed in Armagh City by the Irish People’s Liberation Organisation in retaliation for the INLA’s execution of IPLO leader Gerard Steenson on March 15th.

The IPLO was a counter-revolutionary group formed by individuals who had resigned or been purged from the IRSM, who then came together to attempt to destroy the IRSM.

Gargan and Duffy were both involved in the INLA’s efforts to defend itself and the Irish Republican Socialist Party from the IPLO’s attacks.

They died as they lived: as Republican Socialists. Remember them with honour and pride.

Source: Strabane IRSP

With many thanks to: Irish Fenian Brotherhood.

Stick your English Brexit up your English arse

I have nothing against the English, whether white, black, indian or asian, who live in England or anywhere else, and I have no problem with the great racial divides between the Anglos and the Saxons, to be sure, but I remain opposed to English sovereignty on any piece of Ireland, or, for that matter, on any other Celtic rock. That’s all. We love the English, we live with them, we fuck them, we have families with them, they break our hearts and we break theirs…we have affairs with them, we buy dinner for them (and far more often lately than was) and that’s great…that’s normal, but they just have to stop governing the island of Ireland in every way. Then there is no troubles.


Brexit presents a profound opportunity to break with England and form a good Union with Europe. This is a very good thing for all of Ireland’s 32 provinces.
What do you wish for? Border Guards and international boundaries to steal away forever the six Irish provinces to support the myth of the doddery Retards of the recalcitrant racist UK? And then, somehow, to blame poor bloody muslims for all the bad there is? “Celtic Warriors against Islam?” Oh, for fuck’s sake…what have they been drinking?

With many thanks to: Iain Mac Giolla Padraig

The Gaelic Gestapo. Shaping The Language Of Hate In Scotland

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To name a thing is to control a thing. Words have a power beyond the immediate and obvious. The process of naming shapes perception and understanding. It influences action and reaction. To name a thing as hateful is to make it hated. Human beings have understood that for millennia. It has shaped the rhetorical wars of propaganda and misinformation, and the actual wars of bloodshed and violence. Language is a weapon, as dangerous as any other in the right – or wrong – hands.

From the regional Press and Journal newspaper in Scotland:

A Scottish Government body has been branded the “Gaelic Gestapo” after Moray councillors were forced into backing plans to spend thousands of pounds promoting the language.

A 2005 law passed by the Scottish Government requires public organisations to draw up a Gaelic language plan when requested to do so by Bòrd na Gàidhlig – the board which…

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Trail collapses – After Gardai threaten Lithuanian on “dissident republican” charges, “tape revealed” in court on 20th March.

A trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court has collapsed after it emerged the accused taped a conversation in which gardai told him that his partner would be arrested and his child would go in to care if he did not accept responsibility for other charges.

Eimantas Valteris (33) was arrested by gardai in 2013 as part of an ongoing operation to counter dissident republican activities in the border area. He was the first Lithuanian to stand trial at the Special Criminal Court.

The prosecution decision not to proceed with the trial came after the court heard a “voir dire” or trial within a trial.

During the voir dire, the Special Criminal Court was played a taped conversation between Mr Valteris and two gardaí, one of whom was Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce of the Special Detective Unit.

Det Sgt Boyce accepted under cross examination by Hugh Hartnett SC that he was one of the two gardaí on the tape, which was made by Mr Valteris during an encounter he had with them after his initial arrest.

During the playing of the audio in court, the gardaí were heard telling Mr Valteris that “we’ll look after you” if he accepted responsibility for three other firearms and four silencers. The gardaí told him they knew the items were a “batch of four”.

The gardaí told Mr Valteris that his wife had been in a particular premises removing rubbish for about 30 minutes.

Mr Valteris was told that if he did not accept responsibility for the other items then the gardaí were would be “directed” to arrest his wife.

“If you don’t take responsibility, she’ll be next”.

Mr Valteris was told by the gardaí that if his partner was arrested then their child would “go into care”.

He was told that he was “digging a hole to put your missus” in if he wanted “to go down that route”.

The gardaí told Mr Valteris that they knew he was “bullshitting”, that they would “have to go to your house now and arrest your partner … She’ll be in custody”.

The gardaí were heard asking Mr Valteris: “Have we a deal or no deal … If we don’t (have a deal) I’m going to have to arrest your partner”.

The complete tape was not played in court on Thursday. The Director of Public Prosecutions entered a nolle prosequi – a decision not to proceed on the charge – before the playing of the tape could be resumed in court today.

On the fourth day of the trial, prosecuting counsel Mr Tony McGillicuddy BL told the three-judge court that the State was entering a “nolle prosequi” on the charge – in other words not proceeding with the prosecution – and Mr Valteris could be discharged.

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding, ordered that Valteris should be discharged.

Mr Valteris, with an address at Park Vale, Grange Rath, Drogheda, Co Meath, had pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of a .32 inch auto (7.65mm) calibre IZH 79-8 model Baikal make semi-automatic pistol bearing serial number TPB358706 at Balmoral Industrial Estate, Navan, Co. Meath on June 10th, 2013.

The court had heard that Mr Valteris operated a car sales depot at the Balmoral Industrial Estate. It was the prosecution case that he was observed by gardai arriving at the depot on the afternoon of June 10th, 2013.

The court would hear evidence that Mr Valteris was seen going to an nearby yard where a red Fiat Ducato van was parked. A black VW Passat car came back to the yard and stopped close to where Mr Valteris was standing. A man was observed opening the boot of the Passat and then the car left the yard.

The VW Passat was later stopped by gardai in Castlebellingham, Co Louth and a semi-automatic pistol was found wrapped in material in a box in the boot.

During a later search of Mr Valteris’s yard €2,000 was found in another car. The prosecution alleged that Valteris had been storing the gun.

with many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News.

Men of Peace

Source: Men of Peace

I destroy homes, I tear families apart, I take your children, and that’s just the start!

I’m more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold,
The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.

If you need me, remember I’m easily found,

I live all around you – in schools and in towns
I live with the rich, I live with the poor,
I live down the street, and maybe next door.

I’m made in a lab, but not like you think,
I can be made under the kitchen sink.
In your child’s closet, and even in the woods,
If this scares you to death, well it certainly should.

I have many names, but there’s one you know best,
I’m sure you’ve heard of me, my name is HEROIN.
My power is awesome, try me you’ll see,
But if you do, you may never break free.

Just try me once and I might let you go,
But try me twice, and I’ll own your soul.
When I possess you, you’ll steal and you’ll lie,
You do what you have to – just to get high.

The crimes you’ll commit for my narcotic charms
Will be worth the pleasure you’ll feel in your arms.
You’ll lie to your mother, you’ll steal from your dad,
When you see their tears, you should feel sad.

But you’ll forget your morals and how you were raised,
I’ll be your conscience, I’ll teach you my ways.
I take kids from parents, and parents from kids,
I turn people from God, and separate friends.

I’ll take everything from you, your looks and your pride,
I’ll be with you always – right by your side.
You’ll give up everything – your family, your home,
Your friends, your money, then you’ll be alone.

I’ll take and take, till you have nothing more to give,
When I’m finished with you, you’ll be lucky to live.
If you try me be warned – this is no game,
If given the chance, I’ll drive you insane.

I’ll ravish your body, I’ll control your mind,
I’ll own you completely, your soul will be mine.
The nightmares I’ll give you while lying in bed,
The voices you’ll hear, from inside your head.

The sweats, the shakes, the visions you’ll see,
I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.
But then it’s too late, and you’ll know in your heart,
That you are mine, and we shall not part.

You’ll regret that you tried me, they always do,
But you came to me, not I to you.
You knew this would happen, many times you were told,
But you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.

You could have said no, and just walked away,
If you could live that day over, now what would you say?
I’ll be your master, you will be my slave,
I’ll even go with you, when you go to your grave.

Now that you have met me, what will you do?
Will you try me or not? It’s all up to you.
I can bring you more misery than words can tell,
Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell.
#SayNoToDrugs #DrugDealersOut

With many thanks to: Brònzy Hegarty.

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