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R E A D E R S m a y h a v e n o t i c e d t h a t t h e J u : i e issue ot t he I r i sh D e m o c r a t c o n t a i n e d 12 p a g e s
T h e r e a s o n • S o m u c h w a s h a p p e n i n g , so m a n y p e o p l e w e r e a n x i o u s to use our c o l u m n s t h e r e was n o t h i n g fo r it. T h e m a t e r i a l j u s t c o u l d no t be g o t i n t o e igh t p a g e s .
T h i s m o n t h it is a lmos t t h e s a m e But c a n w e m a n a g e t w e l v e p a g e s 7 W e c o u l d if it d i d n ' t p u t up our p r i n t i n g c o s t s b y 50
S o th is m o n t h we are b a c k to e i g h t , and p e o p l e m a y s e e t he i r c o n t r i b u t i o n s m a u l e d a n d c u t ra the r t h a n l e a v e i m p o r t a n t t h i n g s o u t a l t o g e t h e r .
We II h a v e to have t w e l v e p a g e s . Bu t t h e r e ' s o n l y o n e w a y of f i n a n c i n g it We n e e d a b i g g e r c i r c u l a t i o n . W e n e e d m c , e a n n u a l s u b s c r i b e r s . A b o v e a l l Vve want m o r e se l le rs of t h e p a p e r
If y o u fee i i i ke v o l u n t e e r i n g r i n g up the Four P r o v i n c e s B o o k s h o p (244 G r a y s Inn R o a d . W C 1 ) on 0 1 - 8 3 3 - 3 0 2 2 ) .
FOUNDED 1939 >
Organ of the -y Connolly Association Ifi
It was most important that Irish Republicans should understand the nature of the new financial feudalism that it was intended to impose.
If European foreign policy and security were to be fused, then Irish neutrality would go by the board. A Labour government would not be allowed to make a declaration of intent to get out of Ireland without clearing the decision with Brussels.
On the other hand, at a later stage, when the twenty-six counties had been completely assimilated it would be possible to concede a united Ireland as an administrative region of the European super- state. But such a united Ireland would lack the one essential which would make the republic worth fighting for — the power to make its own national decisions.
Christine Crawley listed ten items which formed part of the
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had sold out British national independence to the United States in return for being made the American- controlled financial centre of Europe.
be a major industrial nation, in return for this parasitic role. For the accommodation of the immense American and Japanese investment that was expected to follow the "big bang" this autumn, vast office blocks were being erected in London's dockland, not least in the notorious district of Wapping.
I MEMBERS of Tower Hamlets ! branch of UCATT, together with members of the TGWU, took the Trades Council banner to free Trade Wharf, site of a £30 million Cubitt/Tarmac contract, to
' protest against the use and abuse of sub-contracting in the industry.
| The building of the new "City" which is to house international
finance following the "big btmg" due this autumn, has provtiCShtiHt^ biggest building job in Europe.
I But no attempt is being num^ 'recruit the workerr into Trade j Unions, and the picketers were very disappointed when they learned
| that their Union had dissociated ! itself from their actions. k Vast new projects are scheduled ' far Canary Wharf and Poplar, as part of the 'big bang" complex, mid the Tower Hamlets builders were picketing, as they said, out of Sheer frustration."
When their union disowned them they discontinued in order notto be teemed of unconstitutional action. < Following this they have sent a letter to the London Regional Council of UCA TT, urging them to launch a major campaign to
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Group includes Peter Walsh, George O'Dris- coll, Sean Kettle, Joe Howard, Tom Finn and
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Page Two July 1986
GtfwU O'Reilly, John McGahm, Patrick Crthon.
Gerald O'Reilly writes:— MY personal memories of Peadar O'Donnel l span over 60 years. Although we had met casually earlier, l recall best his visit to my home in Co. Meath just before the 1924 Sinn Fein Ard Feis. He had a resolution that he wanted me, as a delegate f rom Co. Meath , to introduce. It would have a better chance for adoption coming f rom a Meath delegate he said than f rom a delegate from Donegal , a county of small impoverished farms.
T he resolution would establish the principle that no small farmers or shopkeepers should be evicted from being too poor to pay the r e n t . C o u n t PI u n k e 11, a s Cha i rman , immediately ruled it out of order , asserting that it would be inadvisable to suppor t such a principle which could be used later when we achieved the Republic, for people to evade their obligations.
Peadar never changed. As that
incident showed he was of the same mould of Irish revolutionary leaders as Tone, Lalor, Davitt , Connolly, Gilmore and Mellows — men who saw that a rigid nationalism, without social and economic goals, would be mostly an illusion.
On a date in October I925, I received orders from G H Q IRA to have a car and stay the night in Peadar's home on Drumcondra Road. O'Donnel l had helped plan the f a m o u s j a i l b r e a k f r o m M o u n t j o y . Next a f t e r n o o n George Gilmore drove up to Mountjoy jail in a van with a small group inside. They were all dressed in Civic Guard uniforms which misled the prison guards in allowing them to go inside. But once inside they drew their guns and led out the 19 [RA leaders, including Sean Russell, who were held there.
The prisoners were immediately assigned to 13 separate cars that were in readiness so as to reduce the risk of recapture. I had been
LETTER I T H O U G H T you might be interested in knowing about the for thcoming play about the Countess Markeiwicz at the Oval House Theatre , for two weeks in July. The play has already been presented in East Anglia, and at the Arts Centre, University of
Gag Acts — From page 1
Labour Party programme. Six of them would be illegal under EEC law.
Anthony Coughlan des- cribed the process by which Ireland would be assimilated into the war-game while remaining nominally neutral, as Kissinger put It, the sort of neutral you could take home to mother.
John Boyd gave a devastat- ing review of the de- industrialisation of Britain thanks to the EEC. The Thatcher government was actively promoting It (in return for the City deal) and the Labour leaders were afraid to resist and deceiving their followers that there was no danger.
Following a useful discus- sion it was announced that the relevant papers would be published.
Sussex, where the author, Sandra Freeman, lectures in French and drama.
It was an excellent production and constructed in such a way as to reopen many questions for serious debate rather than to sew up and close a " l i fe" in a historically dead manner.
I am sure some of your readers will want to see this production, which is entertaining as well as t h o u g h - p r o v o k i n g . F u r t h e r information can be obtained f rom the author at Brighton (0273) 681268.
Vincent Mahon Hove.
The Lump — From page 1
challenge the evils of the sub- contracting system and to make every possible effort to organise the construction industry.
They do not make the following point, bat we make it. If the building trade unions had not been so tender towards the six county economists nationalist Irish workers would have flooded into their ranks and there would have been no such thing as the lump. The poison of Belfast unionism infects the whole body politic!
assigned to drive one of the cars and I took J im Killeen, Dave Fitzgerald and Michael Clerkin with me to my home.
1 have never lost touch with Peadar over the intervening 60 years and my last visit to him was on May 5th just seven days before he died. His eyesight, failing for years, was almost completely gone; a series of strokes had left him partially paralyzed and unable to speak clearly. But mentally
• he was as alert as ever. I had just come from the dedication
of a memorial in Co. Leitrim to the memory of James Gralton. Peadar was very happy to learn of the huge crowd that had participated in the dedication. He was a great admirer of' Gralton and we both talked over the grave injustive inflicted upon him by his summary deportation without even a hearing. Peadar assured me that the deportation was the work of Minister of Justice Ruttledge.
Peadar was one of the great men in the history of Ireland over the past 70 years. 1 only hope that Ireland will develop more like him.
SUSTENTATION FUND
T H E R E ' S a slight recovery in the level o f our fund, but it is still badly on the low side for what we have to do with it. And now the holiday period is upon us, with all our enthusiastic supporters sunning themselves on the beaches of Bermuda, or having a pint in O'Ne i l l s or McDades .
S o remember when you stop the milk and cancel the papers, t h e r e ' s a n o t h e r i t e m t o remember. S e n d your donation to the Irish Democrat before you go.
Our thanks to: J. Harmon £2, O. and B. Farrington £5, K. Doody £2, J. Kavanagh £3.20, N . Kecgan £5, C. Moloney £2, Anon £3.80, W. Burke £25, R. Smith £5, S. R. S. Farrelly £5, R. Chambers £S, D. Anderson £5, D. Burke 50p, M. Brennan £5, T. Egan £2 , R. SeUors £1, E. O'Dowling £10, P. Boyd £1.50, J. Wilson £2, H. and E. Goulding £5, P. Walsh £1, A. G. Morton £20, R. Doyle £2, L. Wrixon £2.63, N . Brycc 50p, M. Morrison £14, L. Daly £2, in memory of Robin Page-Arnot from G. and C. Findlay £5, supporters in South London £15.46, in Central London £1.30, in Paris £6.7$.
Total: £160.64.
A FRIEND'S TRIBUTE TO PEADAR O'DONNELL
MR GERALD O'REILLY (left) was in Ireland to attend the James Gralton commemoration when he saw Peadar O'Donnell for the last time. Now aged 82 (pictured on left) he is one of the most respected of James Connolly's followers in the United States.
James Gralton, who was born in Drumsna, Co. Leitrim in 1886, and was thus some seven years older than Peadar O'Donnell, emigrated to the USA, took out American citizenship, but then decided to come home.
The powers that be objected to his socialist republican principles, and he was the victim of a campaign of opposition that ended in his deportation, almost certainly illegally, to the USA.
Now the wheel has come full cycle. The right hand picture shows James Gralton's cousin, Patrick Gralton, presenting a copy of the newly published book (obtainable at the Four Provinces Bookshop, 244/246 Grays Inn Road, London) to author John McGahern, during the commemoration Mr O'Reilly refers to.
Paisley - From page I
Edward Carson, whose words uttered in the bitterness of betrayal and defeat, would seem highly appropriate now, "What a fool I was? I was only a tool, and so was Ulster, and so was Ireland. We were only tools in the dirty game that was to get the Conservative Party back into office."
And Paisley has been a tool in another even dirtier game, the undermining of. the independence and neutralitiy of the twenty six counties, a game so filthy and contemptible that ail those who played along with it will stink in history for quite a few hundred years. We will not name them all - yet.
The complete inability of the Unionists to halt the progress of British imperial policy carries an important lesson. If at any time during the past eighteen years the British government had declared for civil rights, or had made a declaration of intent to get out of Ireland, Mr Paisley would have been as powerless as he is today.
But he had his value. He coidd threaten the nationalist hostages the imperialists were holding against the good behaviour of Dublin. Today he is not totally without value. His histrionics can be used to keep Dublin's demands down to their irreducible minimum. But England intends, to stand no nonsense from him. Mrs Thatcher has her orders from her toss President Reagan, and, as gutless as she is obstinate, she will not rebel.
The republican movement will have readjustments to make in this new situation. It is not possible to be indifferent to events in Hail Eireann as Euro-cosmopolitan forces threaten to extinguish the l a s t t r a c e s o f the s e m i - independence won in 1921. Nanrfl l it do to be insensitive to s t M n g s amongst the Protestant middle- classes who have something to lose a n d w i l l s o m e o f t h e m accommodate to the new medus of English control, others react like Carson and realise what focAs they have been.
It is a situation in which one might wish for a new Wolfe Tone.
by JIM SAVAGE
WE HAVE been hearing much about Chernobyl, which should illustrate the follies and dangers of the arms race. But what if there were a major submarine accident in the Irish Sea or off our South-west coasts?
The influential Irish Fishermen's Organisation is very concerned over the movement of US submarines off West Cork.
Apparently a US nuclear submarine, the Nathaniel Green, hit the sea bed while carrying sixteen Poseidon nuclear missiles, and was damaged. IFO General Secretary Frank Doyle commented on the possibility of pollution that would affect the sea for many years. Close encounters had been legion, and the odds were getting shorter.
The Irish Government was not informed of the incident, and learned about it from a report in the Washington Post. The American
• savages did not iitform the Irish Government when Irish territorial waters were brazenly violated.
But this goes on all the time. Mr Doyle revealed that some time ago a trawler from Clogherheadpicked up a cylindrical object "about the size of a fire extinguisher", marked "US navy - highly dangerous." It was taken into port and dealt with by an army bomb disposal squad.
The United States has a submarine monitoring system located 100 miles off the Cork coast. It spies on all ships coming in and out of the area, and particularly the Wexford Coast. It is in this area, the notorious "Tuskar triangle" that the £750,900 trawler Sharelgal wast sunk in April 1982. And recently West Cork fishermen had their nets torn by some unknown force.
FISH have been taken that could not be sold to traders because of their deformed condition. There is a widespread feeling that the Irish public are not being told the truth about what is getting into the sea and the consequences of pollution. We read reports of radiation being 25% above some mysterious and probably mythical "safe level". Is there any such thing f We read about radiation levels being 400% above normal. This was in Cork.
Huge consignments of Poseidon missiles pass almost daily wUhin hailing distance of the Batty Light at Howth, in transit to the HMy I*ch on the Clyde. Some of hose contain as much explosive power as rM the bombs put together that went off in the last world war.
If we are still being showered with radio-activity from an accident a couple ef thousand miles away, what would be the result If ione of these deadly consignments blew up?
No wonder Ike people of West Cork art worried.
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July 1986 IRISH DEMOCRAT Page Three
ATTACK ON NEUTRALITY London plotting internment? THE latest attack on Irish neutrality comes from the London based think-tank, the Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies. This is the British affiliate of the United States Heritage F o u n d a t i o n whose thinking underpins much of the work of the Reagan administration and the New Right in America and which is financed by the Chase Manhatten Bank, Gulf Oil, Mobil Oil and the Readers Dipest Corporation.
In its latest report Irish neutrality is described as "an essentially nationalistic symbol with a persistently anti-British flavour arising from its irredentist claims to be a United Ireland."
The author of the report is pleased to note that neutrality has ne ver acquired the status of a stable doctrine, but is annoyed with the Irish for clinging to a nostalgically based consensus in its favour, not appreciating the ambiguities and anomalies in it which are so obvious to NATO "experts".
Rather menacingly the report…