Smithwick’s significance is political ‘NOT’ legal !!!

If the IRA was fighting a war, then this was a war crime – along with all their war crimes from Kingsmill to the Birmingham pub bombs.

WHO WOULD you rather beleive: Gerry Adams or former RUC Chief Constable, the late Sir John Hermon?


Mr Adams has come under attack from a number of politicians and commentators for his comments on the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal. He said that Chief Superintendent Breen and Superintendent Buchanan had a laissez-faire attitude to their safety. It was an insensitive remark, but what if someone else had made thatt point, would it have been acceptable? As it happens, someone else did make that remark – more or less. Quoted in Toby Harnden‘s book “Bandit Country” Sir John said of the late Bob Buchanan‘s activities on the day he died: “He did not follow basic, elementary security procedures.” Hermon claimed that Mr Buchanan did not beleive in taking precautions because, as a devout Christian, he beleived God was in control. If Sir John was right, so was Mr Adams – although Sir John does not appear to have been vilified. Reaction to the Adams comments tells us three things: any inquiry into the past is interpreted as political ammunition for the present; too many politicians do not want the truth about the past, they just want their prejudices confirmed and, thirdly, personalising our politics tends to suffocate valid political tends to suffocate valid political comment.

With due respect to the two dead RUC officers and their families, Smithwick’s significance is political rather than legal. Using the word “collusion” has major political implications. It is a heavily loaded word, which would probably be worth a million points in Irish political Scrabble. But the possible existence of one or even two Garda informants does not represent collusion. Gerry Adams said that Smithwick’s idea of collusion is very different in form and scale from the collusion that occoured in the North. Mr Adams is right. The IRA presumbly had moles in many organnisations, possibly even the RUC. But Smithwick’s findings allow unionists to use the word collusion (without firm evidence) thereby giving them a higher moral ground than previously. Unionists suggest there was also collusion in 1969 when the Provisional IRA was founded. There was certainly an attempt by some elements in Fianna Fail, the Irish intelligence service and assorted Catholics to take control of the Civil Rights Movement and to direct the then IRA away from socialism. Some of those involved at the time say as early as Sunday August 24 1969 – just over a week after the burning of Bombay Street – older, non-active IRA men meet these elements and agreed to break away from the existing IRA leadership in Belfast in return for money from Dublin.

There were two founds for Northern relief – the official Irish government fund for refugees and a Fianna Fail fund. The two may well have become intermingled, but there is no evidence that the government as a corporate body was intent on anything more of that was a political window dressing. However, the lack of evidence on collusion then and 1989 does not vindicate the Provisional IRA campaign of violence. It was unnecessary, sectarian, brutal and futile. The deaths of Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan, for example, broke the Geneva Convention by killing unarmed men and, in particular, by killing one who was injured and trying to surrender. If the IRA was fighting a war, then this was a war crime – along with all their other war crimes from Kingsmill to the Birmigham pub bombs. That is where Sinn Fein is open to critcism. What was the Provisional IRA campaign for? Pearse Doherty TD said this week that the campaign was to defend local communities. (Whom does he think the 21 dead in the Birmingham pub bombs were going to attack?) However, also this week, John O’Dowd described it as ” a conflict between nations and communities”. This largely confirms that Sinn Fein has finally abandoned Irish Republicanism and opted instead for Britain’s two nations theory, by suggesting that only Catholics can be Irish. The political impact of Smithwick’s is that it nudges our history towards the erroneous veiw that the violence here was carried out by two sets of paramilitaries, each backed through collusion by different national governments. The two nations theory is slowly becoming official which, oddly, suits Sinn Fein. The above comments represent valid veiws on Sinn Fein policies, past and present. You can agree or disagree with them. In that the context you can agree or disagree with Mr Adams, but no one has the right to disagree with the truth just because they dislike the person speaking it. Personal attacks are no substitute for political analysis.

With many thanks to: Patrick Murphy, The Irish News.

A letter that appeared in The Irish News – Tuesday December 10 2013.

664421_445022892211878_450129189_oAbuse from ‘voices of perfection’ is unwarrantd.

THE CONCLUSION of the Smithwick Tribunal that Garda officers colluded in the murder of superintendent Breen and Buchanan is deeply disturbing and if true that one or more members of An Garda Siochana ( the guardians of the peace) colluded with the IRA in the murders of superintendents Breen and Buchanan then not only are they guilty of murder but they let down an entire police force.

Unfortunatley there are now unionist politicians who remained silent or indeed excused compelling evidence of collusion in the North over the years but delighted to rush to the media to smear the entire Garda Siochana and that is not only unjustified but it must not be allowed to happen. Garda officers, many of them now retired, were stationed in the border areas during the best part of their lives to protect life and limb. Is history now to be rewtitten, as it often is, to misrepresent those officers as villains involved in collusion leading to the murder of police in the north? I should think not. During the period from the 1970s to the 1990s the Republic, with very limited resources, spent more per head of population on security than the British did, much of that in the border areas. Often Garda stations on the southern side of the border had more manpower than their counterparts on the northern side and they worked for a fraction of the salary their RUC conterparts but they did it not for money but to protect the lives of people.

They were noble officers who were not influenced by the IRA or any other illegal organisation. Is this now to be dismissed because there may have been one or perhaps more rotten apples in the barrel? Like police forces all over the world the Garda have had their problems and the need for reform but they do not deserve the kind of abuse which is now emanating from the usual suspects who ignored, dismissed or excused widespread collusion in the north but now want to present themselves as the voice of perfection ignoring the fact that Garda officers made a massive contribution to limiting the number of people who may otherwise have died in those days of total madness.

With thanks to: John Dallat MLA, SDLP, East Derry.

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.

Armed British Incursions

North Louth Csm

Derry Sceal

North Louth 32csm would like to bring to the attention the most recent British Crown force armed incursion into Omeath, Co. Louth, today, Friday 30th August.

The occupation forces which included both RUC/PSNI and British Customs/ Immigration were met at the border and escorted to Omeath by Armed Gardai to take part in an raid on a local restaurant.

This obviously took place with the blessing of the Croppy government headed up by Enda Kenny ,ever eager to curry favour with David Cameronand has been the second raid on these premises in a matter of weeks by British forces.

As they carried out their raid, armed Gardaí stood outside the premises, shadowing and protecting their British counterparts.

The North Louth 32csm call on all right minded people to condemn the actions of the Gardai and the Free state government, who enable and encourage a historically brutal, invasive and murderous force and grant them free reign to once again torture the citizens of the Free State as they do their Countrymen and women in the occupied 6 counties. —

32csm condemn British crown forces Incursions into Co.Louth · Friday at 23:20 ·


A MAN who served time in jail for trying to smuggle an explosive twice the size of the Omagh bomb into the UK has been killed in a suspected assault. The. 56-year-old, named locally as Larry Keane, was found lying in a walkway near a housing estate in Kathy, Co Kildare, on Thursday night.

56-year-old Larry Keane, who died from head injury’s on Friday morning.

He had a wound to hishead. Keane, who lived in the area and was well-known around the town and regularly seen walking with a stick, was taken to Nass Hospital where he died early yesterday morning. The alarm was raised when officers were called shortly before midnight on Thursday with a report of a man lying in the walkway between St John’s Lane and GGreen hills. Keane was a father-of-six and a former soldier who was convicted of a major explosives offence in 1998. He was jailed for 15 years after yards stopped his BMW car packed with explosives and queued for the ferry in Dun Laoghaire two days before the Aintree Grand National.

The 980lb bomb was twice the size of the device planted in Omagh a few months later. People in the community said he was in very I’ll health in recent years after a serious car accident and had mobility problems. Garda sources said the victim died after a row. There was no initial suggestion that a firearm was used in the killing. It is understood the discovery was made by a young man who was walking his girlfriend home. Both were said to be shaken by the find. GArda sealed off the area where the man was discovered for a forensic technical examination and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

With many thanks to : Brian Hutton, Ed CaCarry, The Irish News.

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GARDA commissioner Martin Calli an has warned paramilitary trappings will not be tolerated at any funerals in the Republic. He was speaking ahead of the funeral of Seamus McKenna (58) who died after falling from scaffolding while working on the roof of a property near Dundalk last week.


Seamus McKenna (58)

A member of Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH), Mr McKenna, was one of five men sued by relatives of some of the 29 people killed by the 1998 Omagh bomb which was carried out by the now defunct Real IRA. OOriginally from Silver bridge in Co Armagh, he was sentenced to six years for constructing a bomb in Co Louth in 2003.

Although not speaking specifically about McKenna’s funeral, commissioner Callinan said no paramilitary displays will be tolerated. Garda came in for criticism last year when masked men fired a volley of shots over the coffin of murdered republican Alan Ryan in Dublin. Uniformed men also flanked a hearse carrying the 32-year-old’s remains through the city. McKenna’s funeral is to be held in Ravensdale, Co Louth tommorow.

With many thanks to : The Irish News.



The weapons and explosives haul was found last Wednesday during a search of lorry containers in a yard at Cloghran, north Dublin. It is unclear how long the cache was at the site but Yards believes the items were moved in recent years rather than stored at the same location since the late 1990s. Along with 15kg of Semtex, the weapons found included an UZI 9mm sub-machine-gun, revolvers, double-barrel-shot-guns, pistols, an air rifle and a Taser, plus around 1,300 rounds of ammunition.

The cache included former Provisional IRA weapons, Police said.

REPUBLICANS have been challenged to explain why explosives were not decommissioned after the discovery of a massive Semtex haul in the Republic. Yards said the explosives, found last week, were part of a cache donated to the Provisional IRA by Libya 30 years ago.

Semtex plastic explosives were among the items found in Cloghran.

They were stored in an arms dump which should have been emptied and decommissioned as part of the peace process. Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott said republicans must explain why the explosives were not put beyond use. He added : “We need republicans to tell us what exactly is going on here and why they have been holding on to explosives. “It doesn’t do much for unionist confidence, and we just wonder are they still part of Provisional IRA stock and are the Provisional IRA passing the weapons to dissidents as and when they need them. We have long suspected that not all Semtex was decommissioned, and clearly there is still a lot of it about. “I have always said that there is co-operation between dissidents and mainstream republicans and that is a major problem.”

A replica golden gun was displayed as part of the dissident weapon haul.


An UZI 9mm Sub Machine gun was recovered during the searches.

The explosive was part of the arms dump found during searches at the Old Airport Road in Cloghran near Dublin last week. Garda revealed more details of the cache on Thursday. Firearms including an Uzi submachine-gun, a Glock semi-automatic pistol, revolvers, shotguns, a silencer and a Tazer stun gun were also recovered, along with 1,300 rounds of ammuntion. A forensic analysis of the Semtex confirmed it had been concealed for over a decade. According to one report, the weapons cache may have been stolen from the Provisional IRA during the Real IRA split in 1998. Garda superintendent Dave Taylor said there was no doubt the seizure had foiled attacks by dissidents. He added : “These weapons are meant for one reason, and one reason only – to kill and maim and cause great destruction to the community. “I have no doubt this will put a dent in the operation of these (dissident) groups.” Underlining the significance of the seizure, Garda said that just 80g of the explosive was used in the bomb that killed PSNJ officer Ronan Kerr in 2011.

With many thanks to : Adrian Rutherford, Belfast Telegraph.

Sean O’Callaghan ( born 26 January 1954) The Informer !!!


Sean O’Callaghan (born 26 January 1954) is a former senior member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). Between 1979 and 1988, he was also an informant for the Garda Síochána‘s Special Branch. In 1988, he resigned from the IRA and voluntarily surrendered to British prosecution. Following his release from jail, O’Callaghan published his memoirs, The Informer: The True Life Story of One Man’s War on Terrorism.

In 1976, aged 21, O’Callaghan resigned from the IRA, and moved to London, where he married a Scottish woman of Protestant unionist descent.

In his memoirs, he cited his reasons as disgust over the IRA’s fatal bombing attack on the yacht of Lord Mountbatten, which also killed several children. After rejoining the IRA, O’Callaghan claims he heard allegations that the bombing was planned in order to obtain money from the Soviet military intelligence service, the GRU.

In 1979, O’Callaghan and his wife moved to Tralee, where he arranged a clandestine meeting with a local officer of the Garda Special Branch. In Tralee’s Roman Catholic cemetery, O’Callaghan expressed his intention to subvert the IRA from within. He insisted that he would only speak directly to his contact and would not be blackmailed into providing information. O’Callaghan explained that he would freely give whatever information was asked for, however.

At first, O’Callaghan’s role was largely confined to preventing the IRA from committing armed robbery of County Kerry post offices and banks. Then, during the 1981 hunger strikes in the Maze prison, O’Callaghan successfully sabotaged the efforts of republicans in Kerry from staging hunger strikes of their own.

In 1984, O’Callaghan informed his Garda handler of an attempt to smuggle seven tons of AK-47 assault rifles from the United States. The shipment had been purchased from the Winter Hill Gang, an Irish-American crime family based in South Boston, Massachusetts.

The actual planning of the shipment was carried out by Patrick Nee, a South Boston gangster and staunch IRA supporter. The security on the American end of the shipment was handled by Kevin Weeks and Whitey Bulger, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informant.

Overseen by Bulger and Nee, the guns were loaded aboard the Marita Ann, a fishing trawler from Gloucester, Massachusetts. However, O’Callaghan had already briefed his handlers on the shipment.

As a result, the cargo was intercepted by a combined force of the Irish Navy and the Garda Síochána. The Valhalla’s crew was arrested by US Customs agents immediately after returning to Gloucester. One of the crewmembers, John MacIntyre, agreed to wear a wire on meeting Bulger, Weeks, and Nee.

After learning of MacIntyre’s deal from FBI agent John Connolly, Bulger murdered him and buried him in a South Boston basement. Nee subsequently served a long sentence in the US Federal Prison system for his role in the shipment.

In his 2006 memoir A Criminal and an Irishman, Nee compares O’Callaghan to Judas Iscariot.

O’Callaghan claimed to have been tasked in 1984 with placing 25lb of Frangex in the toilet of a theatre in London. At the time Prince Charles and Princess Diana were due to attend a benefit concert featuring Duran Duran and Dire Straits among other performers.

A warning was phoned in and royal correspondent, James Whitaker noted later that the early departure of the Royal couple had seemed seemed rude at the time. The theatre had been searched before the concert and a second search following the warning revealed no device.

O’Callaghan escaped to Ireland despite being hunted by British police and in 1985 he was elected as a Sinn Féin councillor for Tralee Urban District Council, and unsuccessfully contested a seat on Kerry County Council.[citation needed] He claimed to have been in regular contact with its leaders, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness .

He now lives relatively openly in England, having refused to adopt a new identity, and works as a security consultant, occasional advisor to the Ulster Unionist Party, and media pundit, usually whenever the IRA has made a major announcement.


GARDAI have seized pistols and ammunition in Co Meath in searches directed against dissident republicans.


Members of the Special Detective Unit searched a bussiness premises and arrested a man in his thirties in the Navan area. Gardai seized three pistols, assorted ammunition and “other paraphernalia,” according to a spokesman. The latest arrest comes just a week after three men were taken into custody in counties Meath and Louth with gardai recovering a 9mm handgun and seizing several vehicles. Two men, aged 49 and 30, later appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged in connection with suspected dissident republican activities.

With many thanks to : Irish News.


POLITICAL leaders in the Republic have expressed shock that two desperate probes have been launched into allegations of mistreatment of children in crèches.

Eamon Gilmore pictured in Oslo.
Eamon Gilmore pictured in Oslo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gardai and the Health Service Executive‘s children and family service are conducting investigations into three three creches in Dublin amid revelations that one childcare worker was sacked and five others suspended. An RTE researcher made a complaint to gardai after working undercover at facilities for the Prime Time current affairs programme. The Giraffe childcare centre near Step aside in south Dublin confirmed last Thursday that it had suspended two members of staff while investigations were ongoing. The other two facilities involved in the probes are in the Malahide area of north Dublin and in Co Wicklow. While details of the mistreatment allegations have not been made public they are understood to involve raised voices.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore on Thursday described the allegations as “shocking” and “disturbing”, saying they “tap into every parent’s worst nightmare”. “Parents need to have confidence and trust in the people who are looking after their children. “As a government we are deeply concerned.” Mr Gilmore said the minister for children Frances Fitzgerald would make the issue a priority. The HSE said it was working with gardai to rreview the Prime Time researcher’s reports and would assess any “child welfare and protection concerns”. RTE said it was liaising with gardai and had also been in contact with the parents of the children involved. The broadcaster’s coverage of the crèches will be aired on a future date. Fianna Fail spokesman on children Robert Troy said the alleged mistreatment of children by crèche workers was “appalling” and highlighted the need to “ensure the whole area of childcare  is adequately resourced so that crèches are made safe”.

With many thanks to : Valerie Robinson, Southern Correspondent, Irish News.


‘We are just not getting the cooperation we require – Simon O’Brien.


STATE investigators probing alleged Garda wrongdoing have accused the force of not cooperating with them. The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Comnission (GSOC) said it had no option but to go public .th its frustrations over “unacceptable” delays and the refusal of officers to hand over documents crucial to its inquires.

Simon O’Brien, chairman of the watchdog, suggested the behaviour of tProtocols would not be tolerated within police forces in other countries. “I was a senior police officer in London’s Metropolitan Police. I was there for 32 years,” he said. “Certainly if a request for information came to me from IPCC [Independent Police Complaints Commission]…. then boxes of documents would be handed over in the morning to IPCC investigators.” Mr O’Brien said he had been having top-level talks over thei past year and a half which have still not resolved the Garda’s lack of cooperation. He said he would not have gone public if the problem was not widescale but he said it was clear there were “systemic” issues in the force that had stymied the commission’s work. “We are just not getting the cooperation we require,” he said. “The numbers speak for themselves.” The commision’s annual report reveals a number of cases where the Garda refused to hand over documents, gave only limited access to files or delayed giving any requested details.

On one occasion, the commission had to wait 542 days for a peice of information to be handed over during an inquiry. Mr O’Brein said it was often routine requests for basic information that were being obstructed. “We are not just talking about performance, safety, state security,” he said. “This is your mother, your son or daughter making a complaint about the Garda, possibly, and awaiting an inordinate amount of time for that complaint to be resolved.” Protocals agreed in 2007 compel the Garda to hand over documents to the watchdog within 30 days. Mr O’Brien said this deadline was adhered to in only a small number of cases. The commission also said it was greatly concerned that nearly three quarters of the force’s 567 internal investigations into alleged wrongdoing last year were taking longer than the 12-week timeline for such inquires. Of those, 21 have been dragging on for two years or more. Mr O’Brien said the watchdog had powers to enforce its role. He said the commission would rather not arrest officers or raid Garda stations but such action was possible in the furture. “I do not wish to be sitting on this platform again next year saying things have not improved,” he said. Garda commissioner Martin Callinan said he had set up a new office and email address to deal with ombudsman commission requests. On the internal inquires, he said both sides agreed it was usaally not possible to meet the 12-week timeline and talks were continuing about extending the deadlines to between 16 and 24 weeks.

With many thanks to : Brian Hutton, Irish News.

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