1921 Anglo Irish Treaty.

The Anglo-Irish Treaty, formally known as the ‘Articles of Agreement’, signed by the Irish and British delegates on 6 December 1921

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.

https://www.yourirish.com/history/20th-century/the-anglo-irish-treaty-1921

https://www.museum.ie/ga-IE/Collections-Research/Collection/Documentation-Discoveries/Artefact/The-Signing-of-the-Anglo-Irish-Treaty,-1921/7a49e7e5-7cf7-4218-b3b4-c974d4adafa6

Books I have Read – Thatcher’s Spy by Willie Carlin.

This is a book I read (listened to actually) by Willie Carlin who enlisted as British soldier from 1965 to 1974 and on leaving the British army was asked to spy on Sinn fein for the British security service Mi5. He wasn’t asked to spy on the IRA but on the politics of Sinn fein and what they are doing. Being a Derryman he joined the waterside branch of Sinn fein and gradually worked his way in to the organization, becoming branch secretary, working in the Sinn fein advice centres and so on. He was told to get close to Martin McGuiness which he did, he kept Mi5 informed of Sinn fein tactics, electioneering , voter impersonation , membership records and expensives and income. meetings and so on.  He had little time for the local IRA who he described as the “fuckup squad”, riddled with informers as they where but also mentions that he met Martin McGuiness coming out of a Mi5 safe house this was in the seventies ! The author waited till 2019 to tell people about this

The author was a rising star in Sinn fein, he was talked about standing as a councilor in the local elections. One mistake he made was ringing the British army barracks from the Sinn fein advice centre, they checked the phone bill ! They saw the unusual phone number, rang it up and found it was the British army. The author had to be very careful for months after this and resolved not to make such a stupid mistake again.

The author met his “contacts”  in carparks of hospitals, they pull up in a van longside his car and take him to the British army base. He continued to work for Sinn fein whilst all the time being a spy for Mi5/FRU. He carried on till March 1985 when he was pulled out by the British army after a former handler blew him to the provos. His life was saved by none other than Freddie Scapatti of “Stakeknife” fame who told his controllers that Carlin (the author) was to be picked up by the IRA  nutting squad the following morning. The author was told by the British he would be dead by morning and whisked him away to a British army base outside Belfast. Margert Thatcher’s ministerial jet was sent to collect him and his family. He was placed initially outside Cardiff in Wales where he lived happily for years, he received relocation expensive, a new name, new driving license and a lump sum. He recounts meeting Margaret Thatcher who tapped him on the arm and told him “What a great thing he was doing for his country !”

He believes that the British Government was successful in drawing Sinn fein away from the armed struggle and into main stream politics. The author has many regrets on his life as a informer principally being that he was unable to attend his son and daughters funerals, his life was marred by personal tragedy.

 

 

 

 

World Day Against the Death Penalty.

statement about the International day against death penalty – Amman Center for Human Rights Studies
https://achrs.org/english/2019/10/10/statement-about-the-international-day-against-death-penalty/

 

World and Europe Day against the Death Penalty

Today was/is (10 th October )the international Day against the Death penalty. The death penalty is formally abolished in many countries or off the books legally. Some countries retain the Death penalty such as China, USA, Middle Eastern countries and so on.

What does the Death penalty achieve ? Very little, it doesn’t deter anyone from killing so it seems.. Every country would seemed to have killed someone who is innocent. someone who is poor or mentally deranged. The guilty in alot of cases get off scot free, so it is unsafe form of justice.

Under what circumstances does someone deserve to lose their life, I  don’t know but someone who killed and later cut up the body with a chainsaw, I would find it hard to defend them even though I am against the Death penalty.

I would support making a life sentence for murder mean life in jail or at least forty years in jail without parole.  Another thing that could be done is to switch off all the violence on TV, it encourages the taking of human life and there is too much killing. Much could be done to scale back the gun culture that exists in many countries.

RTE and its blatant lies.

Just watched the six one news, apparently it featured a story that a court in the North has ruled that the 1998 Omagh bombing could have been prevented.

That’s hardly news as many people believe that the Brits knew all about it and did nothing to stop it.

RTE reported it as the single worst atrocity of the troubles. I thought the Dublin and Monaghan bombings were the single worse event, with up to 30 people killed in Dublin ( including a woman pregnant with twins). RTE puts out propaganda for the  British intelligence services as far as I can see. I am open to correction if I have got the numbers wrong.

My point of view is that “Who came out the Winner”  because more often than not the “Winners” are the ones who were behind it  in the first place. Who gained  ? reaped benefit from the situation ?

A former British intelligence operative Martin Ingram real name Ian Hurst said that over 70% of IRA bombings were planned and carried out by British intelligence. That’s huge infiltration of any organization. A South African style “Truth and Reconciliation” commission needs to be set up to uncover the real  truth about the “troubles”.

Who owns Ireland ?

Midway Ireland Tours
Midway Ireland Tours midwayirelandtours.com

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”.

Claire Byrne Live on a United Ireland .

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.

Election 1918 Wikipedia.org

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 …

 

Claire Byrne lIve – United Ireland

On a Border Poll/The Good Friday Agreement at 20, 1918 Election and the First Dáil 1919.

Sinn Fein calls for Border Poll in American Newspapers

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/sinn-fein-irish-unity-irish-america

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.

RTE News ad “The Truth matters”

https://www.veoh.com/watch/v91424346SYQyjtp://

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

 

 

 

 

Another Lockdown ! Co-Vid 19 situation.

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 .

 

Sunday Bloody Sunday.

Just noticed on the Tv3/Virgin Media news at eight, that up to fifteen British soldiers will not face any charges for their role in shooting dead 14 civilians in Derry in January 1972. All the civilians were unarmed.

There was no evidence of the British soldiers being fired upon on the day and their firing on the march against internment was totally unnecessary .

At the time the massacre brought a wave of revulsion against British rule in Ireland with the British embassy in Dublin being burned to the ground.

However todays decision by the British authority’s is an attempt to cover up their crimes in the North of Ireland which they want hushed up. Relatives of those killed on Bloody Sunday are planning a appeal against the judgement.

Nearly fifty years later what does one say ? British army siding with loyalists against Nationalist protests. The apartheid orange state established against the wishes of the majority of Irish people by Lloyd George and the rest of the British cabinet. One ponders should they follow the South African model of  a Truth and Reconciliation commission which would give an amnesty to those who had committed war crimes during the troubles. No one is more opposed to this than the British government who want their collection of dirty tricks to remain secret. There will be little justice or truth until the Brits are brought to book.