Liadh Ní Riada concedes defeat in Ireland South elections

Shame Féin has lost it’s ground support and are no longer seen as a Republican Party within the Republican Movement!!!

Shame Féin candidate Liadh Ní Riada pictured at the count centre for Ireland South in Nemo Rangers, Cork. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada has conceded defeat in the Ireland South elections after a marathon count and partial recount.

However, Green Party senator Grace O’Sullivan and out-going MEP Deirdre Clune will now have to fight it out for the fourth seat and the final ‘Brexit seat’ which cannot be taken up until Britain leaves the EU.

After four days of counting Ms Ní Riada called a recount last week after just 327 votes separated her and Ms O’Sullivan, however, Sinn Féin made the decision to withdraw the recount request this evening after counters had carefully gone through each of the candidates’ ballots.

Speaking after another dramatic day at the Nemo Rangers count centre, Mr Ní Riada’s election agent Jonathan O’Brien said the party did not want to unnecessarily prolong the process and said the partial recount had “brought clarity to the situation”.

Congratulating the Green Party, the Sinn Féin TD for Cork North-Central said the decision to call a recount last week had been the right one.

Reacting, Ms O’Sullivan said Ms Ní Riada had “served the country very well” as an MEP in the last parliament.

I had wished that she would be going to Europe along with myself, that’s not going to happen now.

Ms Ní Riada’s 98,379 votes will be distributed when the count resumes tomorrow morning to determine the final seats in the 12-county constituency.

Fine Gael’s Sean Kelly and Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher had already reached the quota and had been deemed elected, Independent’s 4 Change candidate Mick Wallace is expected to take the third seat.

It means that Ms Ní Riada’s transfers will be crucial in deciding which of the two remaining seats Ms O’Sullivan and Ms Clune win.

Returning officer Martin Harvey had drafted in experienced counters from Cork’s City and County Halls to speed up the painstaking process of checking every single vote again.

Around 140 counters will be on hand tomorrow morning to carry out the final count.

Explaining the recount process earlier today, Mr Harvey said: “At the moment each of the counters has 1,000 votes in front of them, the bands of those 1,000 keeping them together has been cut and each counter is now counting those individually to make sure that the vote credited to the candidate is correct.”

Counter are firstly going through the papers of Ms Ní Riada and Ms O’Sullivan, which is expected to take much of the day.

“It is going quite well now, we have a good team around us and hopefully we would finalise that later this evening,” said Mr Harvey.

“We go each and every one of the papers slowly and surely, then make sure the band of 50 is correct, that it tots 50 and then we make sure we have 20 bands of 50 to make up the 1,000 [in each bundle].”

Additional reporting by Kevin O’Neill

With many thanks to: The Irish Examiner and Elaine Laughlin (Political Correspondent) for the original story. Follow this link for more information @Elaine__Loughlin


Ireland South recount to get underway this morning



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Saturday 29th July @ 14.00 – 16.00

Daunt Square, Cork.

JUST A LITTLE REMINDER FOLKS: *Reminder folks, Christine Connor Birthday on Friday so If you wish to send a Birthday card and let Christine know that we all support her in her struggle with sectarian screws and the system. 

Christine was dealt a hard blow and should never had received the sentence that she got so please support her by sending a card and a letter to let her know how much support she has and her fight is our fight. GRMA   

Drop Christine a wee line, she would love to hear from you and appericiate your time. You can contact her at the following address: Christine Connor 

Hydebank Wood Gaol 

Hospital Road 



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WITH MANY THANKS TO: Kevin Kinsella, Irish POW’s truth and Justice Conquers All.

With many thanks to: Anti – Internment Munster –

Cork 32CSM (32 County Sovereignty) Easter Commemoration. With Independent Republicans Easter 2017.

Cork 32CSM with Independent republicans Easter 2017
With many thanks : 32 County Sovereignty Movement, Cork,(live).

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.


Oglach Alan Ryan Commemoration will take place this Saturday 7th September Assemble at family home @ 2.30pm.


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The Vol. Alan Ryan commemoration will take place this Saturday (7th). Assemble at the family home for 2.30 and then march to the grave spot for the oration. All republicans urged to attend to ensure a fitting tribute and a clear message. Please share / Pass on.

Liam O Loinsigh ~ Liam Lynch ~ 9 November 1893 ~ 10 April 1923 ~ RIP

mRDT-TcOVPCSRYtzDJEd01QLiam O Loinsigh – Liam Lynch

By Óglaigh Na HÉireann

Jeremiah and Mary Lynch (née Kelly) had seven children: John (Seán), Jeremiah, Margaret, Martin, Liam, James and Thomas. At the time of writing Thomas (‘Tom’), to whom the letters are addressed, was a clerical student at St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, until he was ordained to the priesthood on 11 June 1922. He was afterwards Very Reverend Dean Lynch, P.P. of Bega, New South Wales, and died in a Sydney hospital on 28 March 1950. Martin, frequently referred to in the letters, joined the Christian Brothers and took the name Brother Placidus. He died in 1964.

Liam was born on 9 November 1893, five miles north of Mitchelstown, in the townland of Barnagurraha, near Anglesboro in county Limerick. He was baptised William Fanaghan Lynch. In 1910, when he was seventeen years old, he entered upon a term of three years’

apprenticeship to the hardware trade with Mr. P. O’Neill of Baldwin Street, Mitchelstown.

He joined the Mitchelstown Company of the Irish Volunteers in November 1913. Having completed his term of apprenticeship in 1913, he remained at O’Neill’s for a further year. In the autumn of 1915, he transferred to Messrs. J. Barry & Sons, Ltd., Patrick Street, Fermoy,

where he continued to be employed until he took up whole-time active service with the Army.

During the War of Independence he commanded the Cork No. 2 Brigade of the I.R.A. He was captured on 12 August 1920, but not being recognized he was released by the British troops. In March 1921 he was appointed to the Supreme Council of the Irish Republican

Brotherhood. Appointed Divisional Commandant, 1st Southern Division, on 26 April 1921, he was an influential figure in the War of Independence. He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty but worked to avoid a split in the Army and the nationalist movement in general. Appointed Chief of Staff in April 1922 at the Army Convention outlawed by the Provisional Government, he escaped following the attack on the Four Courts and returned to the south.

There he re-assumed command of the 1st Southern Division of the I.R.A. or ‘Irregulars’, the largest command, being one-quarter of the total force. Arriving in Mallow on 29 June he also announced his resumption as Chief of Staff of the I.R.A. In July/ August 1922 he directed that the I.R.A. should break up into small active service units of ‘flying columns’ in order to operate more effectively against the Provisional Government’s troops. He was a member of the Army Council which hoped to negotiate terms of peace that would not bring the country ‘within the Empire’. Following the killing of Seán Hales, T.D. on 7 December 1922 and the wounding of Deputy Speaker Padraic O’Máille, the Government instituted a round of executions of Republican prisoners. Lynch called on Republicans in arms not to surrender, but over the next two months, more of his battalion were captured by Government forces. Despite the hopelessness of his position he attempted to carry on the fight. A meeting of the I.R.A.

Executive was called to consider the new situation, as by now both Eamon de Valera and Frank Aiken favoured coming to terms with the Free State Government. Accompanied by Aiken, Lynch travelled to Cork to attend the meeting, stopping at a hideout owned by the

Phelan brothers in the townland of Poulacappal, county Tipperary on the way. On the morning of 10 April, the day of the meeting, he was shot and fatally wounded in a skirmish with Free State troops at Crohan West on the slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains. He died later that night in Clonmel. His death signalled the end of hostilities in the Civil War, as his successor, Frank Aiken, called a unilateral cease-fire on 30 April 1923.

On 7 April 1935, on the spot where Liam Lynch fell, a 60-foot high round tower surrounded by four bronze wolfhounds, was unveiled in his memory. Built with the volunteer labour of many of his old friends and comrades, it replaced the simple wooden cross that had stood

there for many years. A crowd estimated at fifteen thousand gathered that day to honour a man who had given his life in the cause of Irish freedom.


The letters were acquired by the National Library of Ireland from a niece of Liam Lynch, Mrs Peggy Lyne (née Lynch) in May 2001 (Accession No. 5760). Her father, Séan Lynch, received them from his brother, Fr. Tom, who brought them back from Australia

in the 1940s.

The letters were used by Florence O’Donoghue in his biography of Lynch entitled No Other Law: The Story of Liam Lynch and the Irish Republican Army, 1916-1923 (Dublin: Irish

Press Ltd, 1954). The letters were also referred to by Meda Ryan in her book Liam Lynch −the real chief (Cork: Mercier Press, 1986), and in Joe Walsh’s booklet The Story of Liam Lynch (Cork: Lee Press, 1973) produced on the fiftieth anniversary of Lynch’s death.

Note: all the letters are addressed to ‘Tom’, unless otherwise stated.


General Liam Lynch – Chief of Staff – Irish Republican Army.


22 July 1921.

Written from: Address torn away.

Signed: ‘L. L’.

‘Sorry I had not the pleasure of meeting Br. Placidus or Austin when at home . . . I expect you little dreamt that No 2 was in same military quarters as 1 & 3 . . . our fellows are suffering terrible agony by the hunger-strike but I believe they will win through. I could nearly wish that they would leave the Lord Mayor die, his death now would be worth a thousand later.’ (Lord Mayor of Cork Terence MacSwiney, arrested on 19 August 1920 died in prison on 25 October after 74 days on hunger-strike). wrote to you − sometime about March − I did indeed think it would be the last as enemy were continually dogging me & often close on my trail . . . I am living only to bring the dreams of my dead comrades to reality & every hour of my life is now entirely devoted to same . . . Too bad I missed Tom the other day . . . If Placidus is calling home I will strain every point to just call as I could get back with Tom, even though Truce is on we are still at high pressure. Through the war I have got to understand so much of the human being that when peace comes I would wish for nothing more that (sic) hide myself away from all the people that know me or even follow my dead comrades.’ ‘Glad so far that I was not the cause of getting the old home destroyed by reprissals’. (Liam was appointed Divisional Commandant, 1st Southern Division, on 26 April 1921. He then commanded nine brigades, comprising more than 30,000 officers and men. The Truce came unto effect on 11 July 1921.)

12 Dec 1921.

Written from: Dublin.

Signed: ‘Liam’.

The Supreme Council of the I.R.B., of which Liam was a member, met on 10 December 1921 and issued a note to divisional and county centres stating its decision that the peace treaty should be ratified. ‘Members of the Organisation, however, who have to take public action as representatives are given freedom of action in the matter’. In his letter of 12 December to Tom Liam gives his reaction to the decision: Assures Tom that ‘my attitude is now as always, to fight on for the recognition of the Republic. Even if I were to stand alone I will not voluntarily accept being part of British Empire. What ever will happen here on this week of destiny we must & will show an united front Thank God that we all can agree to differ. Minority of the Dail will stand by majority no matter what side, the same will apply to the army. It is only natural on such a big issue that there would be difference of opinion, the President has a fair backing of T.D.s but at the moment though I am almost certain of the issue I do not wish to state same. All my Division hold the one view & that strongly too, several other southern areas I know already are with us in this view. If the Government accept Treaty we shall not but strike for final victory at most favourable opportunity . . . Even if we must temporarily accept the treaty there is scarcely another lap to freedom & we certainly will knock her off next time. Speeches and fine talk do not go far these days, we have had already too much gas. What we want is a definite line of action . . . Sorry I must agree to differ with Collins, that does not make us worse friends. If the war is to be resumed he will again surely play his part as before, & that better than some of the Irish Diehards.’

6 July 1923.

To: Fr. Thomas Lynch (‘A Athair a Chara’).

Written on headed paper: ‘Óglaigh na h-Éireann (Irish Republican Army) General Headquarters Dublin.’ .

Signed: ‘Frank Aiken. Chief of Staff’.

Letter from Frank Aiken outlining the circumstances of Liam’s death on 10 April 1923, when he was shot by Government troops on the slopes of the Knockmealdown mountains. “The fight took place on a mountain as bare as a billiard table. Sean Hyde had him by the hand helping him along when he was hit . . . To leave him was the hardest thing any of us ever had to do. I was last leaving, having been carrying his feet. I was afraid to even say ‘Good-bye Liam’ least it would dishearten him . . . Liam’s death was a great blow to our chances of success, coming at the time it did. But they . . . [the press] . . . are quite wrong if they think they have heard the last of the I.R.A. & the Irish Republic. Although we have dumped our arms, we have not surrendered & there are several thousand men women & boys in Ireland yet, who believe it their duty to free our country & to see that Liam & the rest of our dead comrades have not died in vain.”

Liam Lynch – Chief of Staff I.R.A. – Killed in Action on the 10 April 1923 – Rest in Peace.

[Cork, Israeli Apartheid Week 2012] Boycott Israeli Goods Demonstration

[Cork, Israeli Apartheid Week 2012] Boycott Israeli Goods Demonstration 

    • Saturday, 25 February 2012
      13:00 until 15:00
    As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012, the Cork branch of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign will be holding a demo and march calling on consumers to boycott Israeli products until Israel ends it occupation of Palestinian lands and abides by its obligations under …international law. Assemble at 1pm in Daunt Square, Cork City.This action is part of a National Day of Action, with similar events taking place around Ireland on the same day.This event is organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) as one of a series of events taking place around Ireland during international Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 (20 – 27 February).
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91st Annual Clonmult Martyrs Commemoration

91st Annual Clonmult Martyrs Commemoration

Sunday, 19 February 2012
    14:30 until 17:30
    Clonmult Martyrs Commemoration CommitteeClonmult Martyrs Commemoration Committee, members of Republican Sinn Fein Poblachtach, relatives and friends met recently in Midletonto organise the 91st Annual Commemoration for Sunday 19th February 2012 at Midleton.Assembly w…ill be at 2:30pm at the Court House, Main Street, Midleton and will proceed to the Churchyard at Saint John the BaptistChurch where a wreath will be laid on the grave of Volunteer Deasy.The Commemoration will then proceed to the Church of the Holy Rosary where wreaths will be laid on behalf of the relatives, on the Republican Plot, followed by a decade of the Rosary, a lament by a lone piper and an Orationby Mary Ward.All are Welcome.Runai – Clonmult Martyrs Commemoration Committee.

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Cork Protest in solidarity with POWs

 Rsf Cork
    15:00 until 18:00
    This event is organized by the Prisoner Solidarity Group an independent group of activists in Cork City.INTERNMENT,TORTURE AND RESISTANCE!INDEPENDENT PUBLIC PROTEST IN SOLIDARITY WITH ALL REPUBLICAN
    … PRISONERS IN MAGHABERRY!It is now quite clear to most that the practice of Internment is being used again in the occupied six counites.What we have now is selective Internment!, selective of individuals who dare oppose the British statein the north,especially those who would be ex-prisoners themselves,having served lenghty sentences for political action against the british occupation. In Maghaberry itself the riot squad prison officers/screws are subjecting republican prisoners to degrading forced strip searches even though strip searching from a security point of view is obsolete,and a practice they agreed to do away with following the 12th August agreement! However there is resistance to this torture,both inside and outside Maghaberry!Internment has been a practice used by both the 26-county state, and the British state in the north for decades,at times its use is on a mass level,but today it is quite selective.As the former British General Frank Kitson once said ‘the law is nothing more than a way of getting rid of undesirable members of the public.’

    Beneath all the ‘peace process’ propaganda and the squeeky clean image of the new ‘Northern Ireland’ lies a festering sore.

    The 12th August Agreement was brokered in 2010,between the prisoners and prison administration by independent facilitators,the issues at the heart of the agreement are controlled movement and strip searching.Controlled movement is the denial of free association ,controlled movement was supposed to be phased out but has not yet happened.

    Forced Strip searching involves 5-6 screws holding down,beating and tearing clothes from prisoners to search them going to and from court proceedings and visits,this inhumane treatment isnt even necessary from a security point of view,so why is it happening?

    The British state believes that it can break resistance by breaking the prisoners.This will fail. For over 7 months now prisoners have been on dirty/no shave/no wash protests and the crisis seems set to escalate.
    On the outside support is building for the prisoners with demos, white line pickets car convoys and marches to highlight their struggle,

    Cork City will be no exception………The Prisoner Solidarity Group is an independent group of activists in cork city formed to organise protests in solidarity with ALL republican prisoners and to encourage unity among republicans and the left but especially to highlight the ongoing struggle in Maghaberry prison.As a group we oppose internement by section 30 in the 26 counties, or internment by remand in the occupied 6 counties,and we call for the repatriation of any republican prisoners held overseas.Due to the worsening situation in Maghaberry prison we decided to put together an independent group as we feel the best way forward for all concerned is a united independent campaign to call for the implementation of the 12th of august agreement.

    We call on republicans,socialists, anarchists and trade unionists and all those who support Human rights and justice to stand up for those who have stood up for themselves in defence of their dignity and their struggle.

    A public protest in solidarity with the prisoners will take place on SAT FEB 18TH at daunt sq at 3PM.See more

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Just back from a POW picket in Coalisland. very well attended despite the weather, great to see so many people prepared to take to the streets and great to see so many ex-POWs there Stephen Murney

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