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Óglach Fearghal Ó hAnnluain Commemoration

Some pictures from the annual Fergal O Hanlon Commemoration in Monaghan organised by the Dáithí Ó Conaill Cumann. ORATION ++++++++++++++ Oration at the grave of Fergal O’Hanlon, January 13, 2013 by Róisín Hayden, Ard Chomhairle. We are here today to remember the life of Volunteer Fergal O’Hanlon who alongside his friend and comrade Volunteer Seán Sabhat paid the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for Irish freedom and independence on New Years’ Day 1957. Fergal was born in Ballybay, Co Monaghan into a staunchly Republican family. He was a draughtsman employed by Monaghan Co Council, a GAA footballer and like Seán Sabhat had a love of all things Irish. He was an Irish speaker and like many other young men at the time wanted to see an end to the occupation of his country. The British presence in Ireland has always been a blight on the country and has claimed millions of lives, not all while fighting a war against the British – hunger caused the population of Ireland to half in the mid-1800 hundreds during An Gorta Mór. At the age of just 20 Fergal was killed alongside Sean Sabhat from Limerick while part of a 14-man IRA unit, taking part in an attack on the RUC barracks in Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh during Operation Harvest, otherwise known as the Border Campaign, in which several other Volunteers were injured – including Dáithí Ó Conaill from Cork who was second in Command of the Pearse Column. Dáithí led the rest of the column across the Border to Co Cavan. Other members of the column came from Dublin, Wexford and Galway. Unfortunately Fergal never lived to fulfil his full potential, like many a lad who loved his country. He realised the risks he was taking and the ultimate price he could pay, but was willing to pay that price for the freedom of his country from foreign occupation. He was a brave soldier of the Irish Republican Army and we remember him here today with pride. There are other things happening around us today that we are not proud of. This year the people of Derry will have to put up with the shameful title of “UK City of Culture”. Derry is not a British City – it is as Irish as Cork and Dublin, Sligo, Wexford or Galway. Republican Sinn Féin will vigorously oppose any attempts to promote and celebrate such an insulting and disgusting title. We will be among the hundreds to attend the Bloody Sunday march in Derry at the end of the month and ask people here to join us there to remember the fourteen men murdered by the British Army as they took part in a protest demanding their civil rights as Irish citizens. Over the last number of weeks we have seen sectarian loyalists wreck havoc in Belfast and other town across the Occupied Six Counties, over the removal of the Union Jack from Belfast City Hall except on 17 designated days. That self-seeking Willie Frazer announced last week that he was bringing loyalists to Dublin to demand the removal of the Tricolour from Leinster House. Now, we have no love for the current inhabitants of Leinster House – our allegiance is to the subverted Second Dáil Éireann – or indeed those who have inhabited it for many the long year. However Frazer’s decision is another testing of the waters, to see how far can those loyal to Britain go to make British rule acceptable in Ireland. We have seen British gun-boats in Dublin and Cork ports; a commemoration to the murderous Black-and-Tans in Glasnevin; the unveiling of a plaque to Carson in Dublin; a visit from the Queen of England, her daughter, her sons and her sister. All these visits/events low key in themselves, with the exception of the visit by Elizabeth Windsor, making them an almost everyday occurrence, as if these were the most normal things in the world. Well, they are not normal, and the British presence is not normal or indeed acceptable. The Union Jack should be permanently removed from flying in any part of our country, north, south, east and west. While there has always been co-operation between the British Colonial Police and the Gardaí, we now see unprecedented levels of co-operation between them. They are working as one for the British government and the 26 County Administration. These are dangerous times for Republicans, and we need to be careful of who we trust, especially those who purport to be republicans. The latest report on the murder of Pat Finucane, (and it is only a report, a far cry from the independent inquiry his family are looking for), proved conclusively the collusion between the loyalist death-squads, the British so-called security forces and the British Government, and indeed the informers used by both. 2013 will mark the 3rd year that Martin Corey has been held hostage in Maghaberry Prison. Martin spent 19 years in prison for his political beliefs and despite being released, the former British Minister in the Six Counties, revoked Martin’s licence for no reason whatsoever. He was taken back into custody on April 16, 2010, on the basis of “closed material”. On July 9, 2012, Justice Treacy ruled that Martin Corey’s human rights had been breached and he should be released immediately on unconditional bail. This was overruled by Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward. Several court appearances later Martin is still in jail, no charge against him, he was never interrogated, and no reason was ever given to him for his rearrest. The latest on Martin, and indeed the situation in the jail, can be read in this month’s SAOIRSE. Republican Sinn Fein calls for Martin’s immediate release and also the release of Marion Price who is seriously ill in hospital. We remember also all the POW’s incarcerated in jails in Ireland and across the world held in appalling conditions under unjust and foreign rule. During 2013 several Centenaries occur. The Dublin Lock Out which began in August 1913 is but one when William Martin Murphy was among those who locked out thousands of union members in an attempt to break the ITGWU. James Connolly and Jim Larkin were to the fore in trying to protect the workers. By mid-September more than 25,000 workers were locked out. The families of these men, numbering up to 100,000, faced starvation. In Mountjoy Jail, Connolly went on hunger strike, one of the first Irish political prisoner to use the hunger strike as a weapon of protest. After a week he was released and later wrote that “the great ‘lock out’ in 1913–14 was an apprenticeship in brutality, a hardening of the heart of the Irish employing class”. This led directly to the founding of the Irish Citizen Army, who took up arms against the British, with the Irish Volunteers in 1916. The lock-out lasted for eight months. At the end of this time the workers were forced back to work; but despite this setback, the union went from strength to strength. The unions of today would do well to remember and follow men like Connolly, Larkin and the men who battled against the capitalist bosses. We need to prepare for the Centenary of the 1916 Rising in the coming months before its hijacked by people trying to steal our name and many others purporting to be Republicans. Get active in your area to commemorate some event to mark one of the most important Centenaries in the history of Irish Republicanism. We must promote SAOL NUA and ÉIRE NUA which are the way forward to bring about a just and lasting peace in Ireland. We call here today on the British Government to give a declaration of intent to withdraw from the Occupied Six Counties, because until they do there will never be peace in Ireland. And that is what we ultimately want for this country, peace, but peace with justice and the right to self-government without outside interference from Britain or anyplace else. An Poblacht Abú
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Irish People’s Liberation Organisation (IPLO) Founded: 1986:

The IPLO was a small splinter group of the INLA which was founded by expelled or disaffected members following the Supergrass Trials of the mid-80’s.

From the late 1970’s (following the assassination of Seamus Costello), the INLA had become factionalised, lacking a national command structure. This resulted in small units based in Belfast, Strabane, Derry, Armagh, Dublin and Portadown acting almost independent of each other. In 1986, under the leadership of Jimmy Brown and Gerard Steenson the IPLO broke away from the INLA taking weapons and volunteers with them. The IPLO was alligned politically to the Republican Socialist Collective (RSC).

After breaking away the IPLO attempted to wipe out the IRSP & INLA in order to assert itself as the dominant republican-socialist group in the country. A bloody feud which lasted until 1987, when Gerard Steenson was killed, left around a dozen people dead.

Following a truce with the INLA in 1987 the IPLO went about recruiting new members  Including people who were disliked by the IRA. In the early 1990’s a small group of IPLO members broke away and another feud ensued with the breakaway faction killing Jimmy Brown.

On Halloween night, 1992 the IRA decided it was time to wipe out the IPLO. IRA Volunteers mounted a massive operation in Belfast using the sound of fireworks to mask gunfire, the IRA shot dead the breakaway groups leader and shot a number of other members in the knees and only sparing their lives on condition of the unconditional surrender and hand over of weapons by both factions – this happened within days. 

Many members of the IPLO units in Armagh and Dublin rejoined the INLA.

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Seán Cole and Alfie Colley, who were both from Dublin’s north inner-city, were senior officers in the Dublin Fianna. In August 1922, they were captured by Free State troops and taken to a field at the Thatch in Whitehall and executed. This was no random act or isolated incident, rather it was Free State government policy, enacted days after Michael Collins was killed at Béal na mBláth.

Some weeks after the executions in Whitehall, a similar fate befell three Fianna volunteers from Drumcondra, who were arrested while pasting up posters along Clonliffe Road. The bullet riddled bodies of Edwin Hughes, Joseph Rogers and Brendan Holohan were subsequently dumped in Clondalkin.

“You can kill the revolutionary, but you can’t kill the revolution.”

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A NEW republican paramilitary group calling itself  ‘ the IRA ‘ has admitted responsibility for the murder of David Black, claiming the killing was carried out because of  ” torture and degradation ” of dissident prisoners at Maghaberry Prison. The group made no allegations about Mr Black. It’s statement immediately attracted political condemnation. The 52-year-old prison officer is the first person to be killed by the dissident group which formed in July with the merger of the Real IRA, north-west-based Republican Action Against Drugs and an independent republican unit based mainly in mid-Ulster. In a statement the group said it targeted Mr Black in ” direct response ” to tensions within the jail where he worked. The father-of-two died after his Audi car smashed into a ditch when it was raked with gunfire close to the M1 Lurgan turn-off on November 1st. Dublin republican leader Alan Ryan, who was murdered in September, was a member of the new group. Dissident republicans from the north attended his funeral. The getaway car used by Mr Black’s killers, a Toyota Camry with a Dublin registration, was found burnt out in Lurgan.  The admission of responsibility comes as tributes were paid to Mr Black yesterday. After a Remembrance Sunday ceremony at Belfast City Hall, First Minister Peter Robinson said : ” [It] has been especially poignant as we think of David Black whose life was sadly taken. ” It reminds us that there are those who do not wish to see those dark days of conflict put behind us. Mr Black’s murder will only strengthen our resolve to seek a better and more peaceful future for all.”LICENSE TO TORTURE - MAGHABERRY SDLP justice spokesman Alban Maginness said there was ” no justification for any violence, let alone murder ” and that tensions in Maghaberry could not be used as an excuse for the killing.


In it’s statement the IRA linked the attack on Mr Black to an ongoing protest at Maghaberry Prison. More than 40 dissident republican prisoners are involved in a ‘ dirty ‘ and ‘ no-wash ‘ protest after they objected to being strip- searched by staff. Part of the dispute centres on claims by republicans that a deal reached in August 2010 has not been fully implemented by prison service chiefs, including the introduction of a body scanner which would do away with the need for strip searches. In a statement the group said : ” On Thursday, 1st November, 2012, an active service unit of the IRA executed prison guard David Black. ” While the IRA never takes this type of action lightly, the IRA has a responsibility to protect and defend republican POW’s. ” This action was in direct response to the torture and  degradation of POW’s held in Maghaberry. ” The issues that led to the IRA taking action might have been avoided if his ‘ superiors ‘ had honoured the agreement they signed with prisoners in August 2010.” I VOTE FOR BRUTALITY

In its statement the group did not rule out the possibility of more attacks against prison service staff including Prison Custody Officers ( PCOs ) Until September this year PCOs were used to control the movement of inmates in jails and between prisons and courts. Since September all recruits into the prison service have also been known as PCOs. Of the prison service chiefs the IRA statement said : ” Rather than showing the leadership necessary to resolve the protest the protest in Maghaberry they continue to play politics with the lives of republican POWs and indeed their own guards and PCOs. ” Similarly, the charade of hypocritical condemnation from the local political classes does nothing to resolve the issues created by their inactions.” SDLP justice spokesman Alban Maginness, said there was ” no justification for any violence, let alone murder”. ” David Black was an exemplary officer and someone who exercised his judgement and impartiality [ towards prisoners ], ” he said. Mr Maginness said tensions within Maghaberry ” ” could not in any way be used as an excuse ” for the killing. ” To justify his outrageous murder as emanating from disputes in [ the republican wing ] Roe House is totally unacceptable,” he said.



Tiocfaidh Ar La

THE formation of a new dissident group styling itself the Irish Republican Army first emerged over the summer. The Real IRA, Derry-based Republican Action Against Drugs and the group responsible for murdering Constable Ronan Kerr in a car-bombing last year formally joined forces in June. The new group is thought to have several hundred members. News of the grouping led to fears of further attacks on police officers and other members of the security forces – fears which have since been realised. Murdered Dublin republican Alan Ryan, who was shot dead in the north of the capital in September, was a member of the new grouping. Ryan, a former Real IRA prisoner, was murdered just weeks after the new paramilitary organisation was formed. He was the first member to be killed. Gardai are investigating after six men in military clothing fired a volley of shots over Ryan’s coffin as it stood outside his home. At his funeral, prominent Lurgan republican Colin Duffy (44) gave the graveside oration, describing Ryan as ” a brave Irish republican and fearless IRA volunteer ” who was dedicated to ” fighting foreign interference in our country “. Duffy was arrested by detectives investigation the murder of prison officer David Black on November 1. He was later released without charge after a judge refused police permission to hold him and fellow Lurgan man Sean McVeigh (31) for questioning. Duffy told The Irish News he ” did not have any involvement in the offences for which I was arrested ” and plans to sue police.




A DISTRICT judge from Co Dublin has gone on trial charged with deception while she was a practising solicitor. Heather Perrin of Lambay Court, Malahide, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Friday to inducing a client to leave half his estate to two of her children.

The prosecution said the alleged crime was discovered when Ms Perrin was appointed a judge in 2009 and transferred her practice to another firm. A client, Thomas Davis, who had been the judge’s friend for decades, had given instructions to leave 2,000 euro each to Ms Perrin’s children and the bulk of his estate to his wife’s nieces. The trial was told Mr Davis signed the will but did not read it because he trusted Ms Perrin. He later requested a copy of the will and everything seemed to be in order. But the solicitors who took over Ms Perrin’s practice later discovered the original will which contained the names of the judge’s two children as beneficiaries of Mr Davis’s estate along with his wife’s nieces. Mr Davis told them this was not his intended will. The estate included Mr Davis’s savings and part of the proceeds from the sale of a 1.8 million euro house he jointly owned. Ms Perrin originally said the mistake was a secretarial error but later told gardai the will reflected Mr Davis ‘ intentions. The trial continues at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.




Marian Price who is seriously ill is held under guard in an isolated hospital ward despite the recommendations of doctors who say she needs to be sent home if she is to recover, she is in Gaol on bail. Marian has endured forced isolation for over 15 months. FREE MARIAN PRICE!!!

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