" A wealth of information..."

"1169 And Counting is a wealth of information on our Republican past and present , and demonstrates how the Irish political landscape , like that of any nation, will never be a black and white issue..."

(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)



IRISH BLOG AWARDS 2017 - we made it to the finalists page last year but never got to the stage :- ( 'cause not enough of ye feckers out there voted for us! So we're gonna give ya a second chance - the blog awards this year will be held on Thursday, October 5th (2017) in The Academy, Middle Abbey Street, in Dublin city centre, and we would appreciate if you could keep an eye here and give us a vote when ya can. Or else we'll get our 'Junior' to put up a pay wall and then ye will be sorry...!


Saturday, June 02, 2012

CHEAP.....AND GONNA GET CHEAPER !

THE BIGGEST , CHEAPEST BROTHEL IN EUROPE !

 


I don't write this post as a sore loser , or a begrudger or because I'm in a vindictive mood (well...no more than usual , anyway !) but rather as someone who has seen the same mistake being made over and over again and , despite repeated warnings to the victim, someone who has recently witnessed same again : scare tactics and a pro-administration and business-friendly media manipulated enough victims into the path of the cushion-covered snare it had hidden in the undergrowth and obtained the result that their employers in the IMF and the EU ordered : a 'YES' vote for more austerity for the unemployed and the low paid , to secure the continued comforts of the 'protected class' ie the politicians themselves and their 'friends' ('interests' , rather...) in the banking and property-speculating industries.



Although over three million people (3,144,828) in this State were entitled to vote on the 'Austerity Treaty' , only slightly more than one-and-a-half million (1,584,179) of those actually did so and , of that latter figure , 955,091 voted for more 'austerity' (after being told by the 'Establishment' , amongst other frightening lies , that the ATM's would soon be cashless!) whilst 629,088 voted 'NO'. I hope you will forgive me for grabbing a wee bit of consolation out of this disappointing scenario , and it's this : in the Dublin Mid-West area where myself and other supporters and members of Republican Sinn Féin (and other pro-democracy and anti-capitalist organisations) actively canvassed for a 'NO' vote and where we put thousands of leaflets through letterboxes and fixed dozens of posters to lampposts , we gave the Fianna Fail / Fine Gael / Labour etc political pimps a real going-over (!) for their money - 16,590 were frightened into voting for continued 'austerity' whilst 16,585 agreed with us and voted 'NO' : next time , we'll start our canvass earlier and finish a wee bit later! But , for now, those of us who lament the fact that we have , once again , prostituted ourselves to the 'Money Men' of the IMF and the EU , will have to re-group and prepare ourselves for the next round.

Down , but far from out......!

Thanks for reading, Sharon.






Wednesday, May 30, 2012

'YES' SIDE A GOOD REASON TO VOTE 'NO' ON 31/5/12.

'THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DAY.....' By Peadar O'Donnell ; first published in January 1963.

There is no way of telling now what section of the people considered themselves bound by that decision , but it happened that some time later , maybe even a year later, local volunteers censoring outgoing mails for intelligence reasons came across letters addressed to the estate office of the Marquess of Conyngham and the 'Irish Land Commission' and money in them , and they sent those letters back with a note to say this was no way to behave in face of the decision of the people. Word of this warning went abroad through the townlands and people came to look on it that loyalty to the Republic was, somehow , involved in the repudiation of landlordism : as if it was an aspect of the refusal to recognise the British court. The rent itself was no great hardship on the people , for it bore but lightly on their economy, but the decision to abolish it interpreted the Republican struggle to them and gave them an active part in it. Within the Republic they created their own landlordless Republic , and they were proud of it. By the time the Free State courts came to be established six , seven and even eight years of arrears had accumulated.......

(MORE LATER).

THE PETER BERRY PAPERS....... The Top Secret Memoirs of Ireland's Most Powerful Civil Servant : Dirty Tricks, Election '69/ Spying on a Unionist Politician/ Keeping the (State) Taoiseach informed/ The Garda Fallon Murder/ Advice to Jack Lynch- 'Fire the pair of them...'/ Vivion De Valera's advice to O'Malley/ Rumours of a Coup D'Etat/ The Internment Plot, November 1970/ Secret Meeting with William Craig. From 'MAGILL' magazine , June 1980.
"I had a number of photostat copies made of my aide memoire for the Minister with whom I discussed it in detail : he had come to Office , as Minister for Justice, in the previous month and he was hearing some of the background for the first time. I doubted to him whether it was wise to give such detail to Counsel but I recognised that this would be a political decision."

JULY 5 , 1970 :

"I had a phone call from Dr. Nolan , Secretary to the Cabinet , to be in the ante-room to the Cabinet chamber at 3.00pm on this , Sunday , afternoon and to inform the Commissioner , Garda Siochana, to be there too.

When I arrived the Chief of Staff was there also ; I had been given no idea of the purpose but I had taken the precaution of phoning the Head of 'S Branch'as to whether there had been any subversive actions , or activities, in the pipe line and he had said 'nothing unusual'. I had asked him to check with Military Intelligence and he came back with the same answer.

When the Chief of Staff , the Commissioner and myself were brought into the chamber we saw the Taoiseach , the Tanaiste , Mr Childers ; the Minister for Finance , Mr. Colley ; the Minister for Agriculture , Mr. Gibbons ; the Minister for Education , Mr. Faulkner ; the Minister for Defence , Mr.Cronin and the Minister for Justice , Mr O'Malley......."

(MORE LATER).

NO MORE FISCAL RECTITUDE - VOTE AGAINST IT : VOTE NO !

'NO' vote , as cast on Thursday 31st May 2012.


AN OPPORTUNITY FOR 'PAYBACK' !
This Treaty is about trying to shore-up a failed currency - the Euro. In this State , that failure is compounded by the activities of the gangster politicians ,property speculators and bankers who , although already wealthy and financially comfortable , wanted more and , because they move in the same 'circles' , closed ranks to protect each other's backs as their joint efforts bankrupted the State. Those who still have jobs , and those who have lost them , are now being penalised for the mistakes and the outright greed of that 'elite'.



If passed , this Treaty will put in place in the Constitution of this State an eleven-page 'rule book' , compiled by a joint committee representing the EU Bank and the IMF , which will guarantee that those two foreign institutions will have 'first call' on any financial 'profit' made in this State - at the expense of the working class and the unemployed. Those in favour of that particular arrangement are of the same parasitic breed as , for example , Proinsias De Rossa and John Bruton , two of the many politically unprincipled chancers who now make a fine living for themselves in a backroom on the seventh or eight floor of the EU building in Brussels or some similar outhouse : in short , a 'YES' vote on 31st May 2012 will secure the futures of useless lumps of political waste like those two whilst condemning this and at least two future generations to a life of poverty.

The 'YES' side consist of the same groups that implored you to 'VOTE YES TO LISBON : YES TO JOBS' and are employing the same scare tactics this time - despite the fact that the 'Lisbon YES' has left this State with an 'official' figure of 436,700 unemployed people , a figure which would be approaching 600,000 had emigration not been forced on our young people. This 'Fiscal Treaty' , if passed, will secure jobs for the political class in this State but will ensure emigration or low-paid jobs for the rest of us : on Thursday 31st May 2012 , tell them 'NO' , that lifestyle is not acceptable - 'VOTE NO!'

Thanks for reading, Sharon.