Above is gif from Wikipedia Commons showing the signatures on the Anglo Irish treaty which was signed on the December 5th/6th 1921. What can one say about the Anglo Irish treaty ? Absolute disaster is what I would say, the Irish delegation had under pressure signed up to the partition of Ireland, an oath of allegiance to the British King, British army to have garrisons in the 26 counties. Little or no real independence really. The Irish delegation signed the treaty without Dail or cabinet approval which they had told to get before they signed anything.
The result was two very nasty little states being established in Ireland, Both states were economic basket cases . What should be noted was the amount of people that left Ireland for foreign shores … emigration was a fact of life for all Irish people. The resulting civil war and the “troubles” could be laid at the door of those who signed the treaty. Maybe allocating the blame is more appropriate than the “hero” worship of the pro treaty Fine Gael/Fianna fail and Rte.
One fact that has to be made is that a 26 county dominion of the British empire could have be negotiated by a home rule parliament in Dublin . The Irish delegation had gone nothing in the way of concessions from the British. The British had given very little but it was enough to cause a split in the Irish. People who had jumped on the band wagon now jumped off. It was like a battle between the “have’s and the have-nots”.
The decisions made a hundred years ago touch us t0 this day.
Just watched the “Eircom Shares” saga on RTE 1, it certainly brings me back unpleasant memories of dabbling in stocks and shares.
What can would one say ? like “Ripped off” is what one can say.
Small shareholders who owned most of the company where ripped off by “fat Cats”, the company ended up being bought by Tony O’ Reilly of Heinz and the independent news and media for a billion pounds less that it was worth. Eircom previously had demerged Eircell the jewel in the crown of the business for Vodafone paper.
The “sale” of Eircell proved to make no sense and was the grower in the company. The vultures quickly saw their chance and bid for the remaining Eircom business. O’Reillys Valentia bought Eircom at a discount and subsequently made the business give him over IR£ 700 million . The company racked increasing debts with every change over in owner, there was little or no money to invest in new services .
The company had started off debt free and now owes in the billions
Here a Question raised by British Government minsters a few weeks ago, They were apparently offended by suggestion from the French that “Northern Ireland” is not really part of the United/Disunited Kingdom. I thought that Ireland belong to the Irish people and not to the Brits. The Brits seemed to think otherwise . Somehow I don’t think the “Brits” have learned anything from the past or the “troubles” or the whole of Irish history. Eight centuries of “Murder, Rape and Robbery” says that the six counties belong to the Irish. Ulster is nine counties not six and never was “British”.
Got to see this program last Monday (22nd March), it was about of all things a United Ireland. Seemingly a census has been held in the North and they expect a change in the demographics with Catholics becoming the “majority” in the six counties or Northern Ireland. This will put them in the position to vote themselves out of the United kingdom and rejoin the rest of Ireland . Readers should take note the Brits have never been voted out of anywhere but that didn’t stop them leaving alot of countries, kicked out by the natives as it happens.
The program had Leo Varadkar , Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald, Greg Campbell of the Dup, Andrew Trimble and the Taoiseach Micheal Martin amongst others. They asked the Dup Greg Campbell what would it take for him to vote for a United Ireland and he replied that he would never vote for a United Ireland and that’s putting it nicely.
To make a point that is well made that the Irish people voted for independence not for partition. David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill forced the partition of Ireland against the wishes of its people. The result was two pretty nasty states which never worked .
Back to Claire Byrne live and their framing of the debate. Rte is pro unionist and pro British. There was no sense of history or geography in the debate and take for granted that the Brits will pull out should a possible referendum go against them. To win a united Ireland all sections of Irish people will have to pull together. The commitment of Fianna fai and Fine gael to a United Ireland is precisely zero. A mountain to climb …
Meant to write on this topic a few weeks ago when the Sunday Times Poll came out. Anyway Sinn fein has decided to call for a Border poll by placing advertisements in American newspapers such as the New york times and the Washington post amongst others. In all fairness this is hardly new for Sinn fein but is party policy anyway. There is no new idea’s on h0w we are going to get that far as well as needing to be in government in the “South” as well. Some all Ireland policies would help here such as universal health care they presently have in the North, education, trade, housing and so on.
The “stage” is not exactly right at the moment but needs a little change in the “South” to win . What changes are needed are healthcare for number 1 , taxes need reform too as those who can afford to pay aren’t paying at the moment, justice for all and not just the Rich, better education and social programs. A anti corruption drive is required as well. If it comes to a border poll it would be advisable to bring your cheque book as well. It might come in handy.
Overcoming the establishment in the “South” is the major blockage to a United Ireland, they are interested in little more than their own (secret) bank accounts, obedient to Mi5, scandal racked and corrupt. They form the biggest obstacle to a United Ireland bigger than London who they secretly obey, to beat them will take all you got and more beside but you would have won which is a sweet prize in itself.
Well well here something that hasn’t gone away over the last year . In fact its gotten worse over the Christmas break with over a hundred people dying from Co-vid 19 been reported today.
To be honest one or at least i am sick of all the lockdowns, the shops closing and the other business that have been affected. Shouldn’t one lockdown have done the trick if properly implemented ? We are on the third lockdown now and in saying that the letup for Christmas was a mistake , all the movement of people into Ireland brought the disease with them especially those from England/UK. There was no check for the disease incoming passengers and the 14 day isolation was voluntary only. Now people will have to have taken a test for the virus within the seventy two hours before arrival and people will have to stump up for 14 day isolation in approved facility at their own expense. Government was making out they were doing alot but weren’t doing the basics at keeping the Co-vid 19 out of Ireland.
Also the vaccine isn’t being rolled or mass inoculation of people is too slow they had all of january to inoculate the over 80’s but are only beginning to do it now in February. The roll out of the vaccine is too slow and will make the Co-vid 19 situation drag out.
As for St Patrick’s day it looks to be cancelled for two years in a row, another festival bites the dust. Will Easter be clear ? or cancelled again ? One will have to wait and see – won’t we ?
Talking about TV stations has got me going on this particular annoying ad by RTE news “The Truth matters”. Its annoying that this station is know for its censorship, one sided debates and sheer ignorance. Had a run in with them myself the now famous Colm and Jim Jim on radio 2 or 2Fm as they call. They went all quiet when asked to back up what they had put out and refused to sue when called “Liars” and “Two legged Rats” so I got no justice from them. Back to the “Truth Matters”, RTE wouldn’t know the truth if it bite them on the arse. Enough said
That’s a screenshot from the BBC website ( Cristina Criddle https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-54816579)which says that Santa’s grottos will be missed this year due to the Corona virus. This virus is certainly putting a damper on things in a major way. First it was St Patrick’s day , followed by Easter cancellations and then May day and so on, It is a tough year for those working in travel and tourism and the pub trade has taken a “hit” as well.This year will be remembered for the Corona virus and not much else .
Planned restrictions are possibly Christmas parties, pub crawls and New Years eve celebrations. Will pubs be allowed to Re-open one wonders ? It is unlikely that the virus is cleared out before Christmas . Will people be allowed to fly home for Christmas ? Measures like pre flight testing will have to be done or testing at the Airports will have to be brought in. Otherwise you are just reintroducing the virus again, Christmas looks like its going to be different this year
By https://www.nursetogether.com/ – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89016611
Its Just been announced that the 26 counties is to go in Lockdown for at least six weeks starting Wednesday night. This is in response to the increase in cases of Co-Vid 19 throughout the country. This is basically the run up to Christmas and shopkeepers will be angry as it is their busiest time.
I noticed last week that the cinema’s/pubs are shut again with a quick perusal of the internet. That was level 3 restrictions i suppose. It looks like being a “Blue Christmas” or sad Christmas with alot of activities being banned – Christmas parties, dinners and pub crawls being stopped to avoid people getting infected. One wonders what the situation will be for people returning home for Christmas ? Possibly bring the Co-Vid 19 virus with them ? They will have to be testing at the airports or before arrival in Ireland . The government might put a stop to people coming back – its possible
Will six weeks clear the virus ? More likely the spring alot depends on the flu season. Read somewhere that the amount of flu cases has declined from 2019 will all the restrictions on movement, face masks etc..
One thing for sure the economy is really taking a hit.
Halloween is already a casualty like “off” with Minster Harris saying that there will be “no trick or treating” this year. The situation here is largely a failure of Government/s to coordinate their antivirus measures with each other leaving every country open to re-infection as soon as the lockdown ceases. Some co-ordination between countries is required .
Well well, the establishment have made a mess out of Nama, two men have been charged in the North with fraud in respect to the sale of Nama’s Northern loan book. It was sold for less than one third of its book value of sterling $4.5 billion. Basically sold for a song to a American company Cerebus who obviously got a bargain. Wouldn’t you make a “killing” here if you had the credit rating. Mick Wallace then TD now MEP raised the matter in 2015 in the Dail that one politician got over £7 million lodged in a Isle of Man bank account obvious kick-back or “Success fee” as the politicians call them.
You have the Vista of state assets being sold for way less than their worth and then the “state” paying three times the price when it comes to the National Broadband Plan- € 3 billion when Eir (formerly Eircom ) said they would do it for €1 billion, big difference what ?
The Broadband plan and that National children’s hospital are obvious examples of waste and government corruption. What country can be run this way, One that ends up being bankrupt ! One that needs the Troika (The EU, the ECB and the IMF) to bail it out and put the citizenry even deeper in debt.