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A COMMEMORATION to murdered INLA chchief Dominic McGlinchey and his wife Mary was held in Bellaghy on Saturday. High-profile republicans – including Colin Duffy who a dressed last years event – were among those at the event in the Co Derry town.
The McGlincheys ‘ granddaughter read out the Proclamation while a grandson read an open letter to his grandparents before former IRA prisoner Anthony McIntyre gave the main address. McIntyre, from West Belfast but living in Co Louth, said he was ” honered ” to attend the event. He said the couple had left a ” politicial legacy “. ” When we depart from here this evening we will not be leaving the graves of two criminals but the final resting place of two Irish Republican political activates who through circumstances not created by them took up arms to confrount the armed repression of the British state,” he said. During the commemoration a statement was read out by Co Tyrone republican Kevin Murphy on behalf of dissident republicans prisoners in Maghaberry’s Row 4 landing. Prisoners are unhappy that talks aimed at ending forced strip searchs in the prison have failed to materialise since they now ended a ‘ no wash ‘ protest last November. The protest ended just weeks after a group styling itself ‘ the IRA ‘ shot dead prison officer David Black as he made his way to work at Maghaberry Prison. ” The jail adminstration’s lack of willingness to engage with this process in a way that is genuine and effective only poisons the atmosphere and recreates the conflict-fulled envioronment that exsisted in the past,” the statement read.
With many thanks to : Connia Young, Irish News.
The 57-year-old, also know by her married name McGlinchey and from Stockman’s Avenue in Belfast, had been facing charges of managing and taking part in a meeting in support of a proscribed organisation last April.
She was charged alongside three Derry men – 42-year-old Paddy McDaid from Sackville Court, Frank Quigley, 29 and from Elmwood Road, and 50-year-old Marvin Canning from Glendara.
All four were due to face a preliminary enquiry on Thursday morning, but defence solicitors for the men said that they had not received any related papers.
A defence barrister for Marian Price, who did not appear, said that his client had been judged unfit to travel and that her condition had deteriorated and she had been deemed unfit even to appear by video link.
A barrister for the prosecution said that the papers were almost ready and requested a short adjournment.
The defence then made an application that District Judge Barney McElholm should refuse to return the four for trial due to the delays in the prosecution case.
Mr. David Herrity for Price said his client was “severely depressed” due to her incarceration and may not be fit to attend for some time.
Judge McElholm said if it was just a matter of Price’s illness, her case could be separated from the rest but the fact that there were no papers in the other cases was concerning him.
He described the case against the four as “straightforward” and added: “I have seen cases where there are complicated forensics take less time.”
The judge said that he had limited powers in cases like this, but added: “If I do not use what teeth I have, I may as well sit back and allow the prosecution to dictate the pace.”
He said that everyone was entitled to a fair trial within a reasonable period of time.
The barrister for the prosecution requested a two-week adjournment to allow the papers to be finalised.
But Judge McElholm said he was not granting any further adjournments and, as there was no evidence before him, he was not returning the four for trial.
He said Price’s case was different, but told the three men who appeared in front of him that they were free to go.
Price remains in custody, as she also faces a separate charge of providing property for the purposes of terrorism in relation to the murders of two soldiers at Massereene in 2009. She denies the charge.
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A chairde, is mor an honor dom a bheith anseo inniu le beirt laochra a chuimhnú.
Eighteen years ago, on a bleak February night in the Irish Free State, another patriot son of Ireland lost his life. He was not the first, nor will he be the last Irish patriot to loose his life in the struggle toliberate Ireland from the clutches of English imperialists and Irish gombeens.
That man was Dominic Mc Glinchey, a son, a brother, a husband, a father, to many of us a friend and to all of us an inspiration and a comrade.
To say that Dominic’s life was the struggle for the liberation of Ireland is a gross under-statement. And what it meant to live in a police state where rights became privileges and freedom was temporary, was shown to him at the young age of seventeen when he was interned without trial. Thrown into the cages of Long Kesh in 1971 this was to be the first of many encounters that Dominic would have over the years with a corrupt and unjust legal system, designed not to administer the law in an even handed way, but to break the will of those who would have the audacity to stand-up and demand their rights. And Dominic was one of the first to stand-up not only for his own rights but also the rights of others, he did so in a proud and defiant way so that no-one could be in any doubt that no matter what the cost, he would be on the side of the oppressed and not the oppressor.
Indeed, Dominic’s commitment to standing-up for what he believed in was so great, that he soon became a figure of fear within the corridors of power and the then administrators of English rule in Ireland launched a campaign of repression and vindictiveness against him, reserved for anyone demonstrating the virtues of leadership that exposed the corrupt and artificial nature of this immoral and illegal state. Time after time he was harassed, arrested, vilified, imprisoned, attempts were made to take his life and attempts were made to defame his good name, laws were changed to imprison him and all of the principles of what are good and decent in any society were set to one side in an attempt to do what the English have never been able to do in Ireland, that is, to break the will of one Irish man who refuses to be broken.
That Dominic Mc Glinchey refused to ever bend the knee in the face of oppression and corruption, from wherever it came, is what made him an enigma to his enemies. However, for us, his friends, family and comrades, it is what made him the great liberator that he was. It was what gave him the responsibility of showing by example the passion and love for a (cause and a people) that he knew to his very core was just and right. In those days when Dominic was shuttled North and South more frequently than the Belfast to Dublin train, he demonstrated by his dignity and resolve that nothing in the arsenal of oppression could break the spirit of an Irish Republican determined to liberate his people.
Such determination and passionate commitment to a cause as noble as wanting to see your people live in peace and freedom would be met with the only response that oppressors and those who would settle short of freedom knew. Hence on that bleak February night another patriot son of Ireland lost his life. And while the loss of yet another hero of the struggle for Irish liberation was a blow to us all, Dominic left for all of us a legacy that even yet our enemies try to diminish, that legacy is, that it is right to stand-up for what you believe in, that it is right to expose corruption wherever it exists, that when met with institutionalized violence it is right to resist and that it is right for every Irishman and Irishwoman to speak out against the injustices and abuses of power that they see, from whatever quarter they see it. By his example he also gave us another important legacy and that was that the struggle for national liberation is not confined by the narrow parameters of a single organization or grouping. No, the right to engage in the cause to liberate your people and your country transcends organizational or party political boundaries, the cause of Irish freedom belongs to all of the people of Ireland and only when the will of that people is expressed without external interference, can Ireland begin the process of building the Republic that will be a fit and enduring testimony to the bravery of men and women like Dominic and Mary McGlinchey.
So while today is about remembering the dedication and selfless sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate price for Irish freedom, and pausing to think, how different it would have been if the injustices of military occupation had not been foisted upon us, let us also take the opportunity to celebrate the commitment of an Irish Republican hero and his contribution to the just and noble cause of setting his people free. Let us take the example laid down by Dominic, Mary and others, that only when we begin to look beyond sectional interests and narrow minded sectarianism, can we begin to see the bright horizons of a true Republic, that only when we allow the objectives of the struggle to determine our actions can we create the common purpose needed to complete that struggle, that only when personal interests are set to one side can we truly liberate and that all of our endeavors will be dedicated to ensuring that the next generation of Irishmen and Irishwomen do not have to face the hardships and choices that Dominic, Mary and their generation have had to face.
It would be remiss of me to leave this graveyard today without recognising those who in many ways are the unsung heroes of our struggle, they are the families of men and women like Dominic and Mary Mc Glinchey. Thank you for giving us a shinning example of a freedom fighter, thank you for giving us your son, brother, husband and father in struggle and thank you for giving us the opportunity here today to pay tribute to the legacy of an Irish patriot.
We also need to recognise and pay tribute to the commitment and sacrifice of women in struggle. Women like Mary McGlinchey who were to the fore of our struggle for national liberation. This struggle never was and never can be the sole preserve of men.
A Dhominic agus a Mháire …… thank you for the memories, thank you for the inspiration, thank you for the dedication and most of all thank you for being you. Go raibh mile maith agaibh, your loss will not be in vain.
Ar aghaidh linn le cheile. Tá sé suas linne uilig an streachailt seo a chríochnú. Tiochfaidh ar lá.
Deer Park Road Bellaghy Co. Derry
The Dominic and Mary McGlinchey Memorial Committee is organising a commemorative parade and wreath laying ceremony on Saturday 7th April 2012. This year is of particular poignancy as it is 25 years since the murder of Mary. The parade will start from Deerpark Road, Bell…aghy at 6:00p.m. A family headstone is to be unveiled with wreaths being laid on behalf of the family, friends and comrades of Dominic and Mary. A friend of the family will then speak on the reasons for gathering, commemorating the past and working towards future unity. The attendance of your organisation is welcomed and banners are encouraged on the parade. It is respectfully asked that banners are not displayed within the grounds of the cemetery. IRISH NIGHT TO FOLLOW IN BELLAGHY GAA CLUB COMMENCING AT 9:00PM MUSIC SUPPLIED BY FLIGHT OF THE EARLS TICKETS £5 FLUTE BANDS TAKING PART IN THE COMMEMORATION AND ATTENDING THE IRISH NIGHT WILL BE; PARKHEAD REPUBLICAN FLUTE BAND GLASGOW ÉIRE ÓG REPUBLICAN FLUTE BAND GLASGOW PHOENIX REPUBLICAN FLUTE BAND KEVIN LYNCH‘S REPUBLICAN FLUTE BAND DUNGIVEN PORTADOWN REPUBLICAN FLUTE BAND
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