The Easter Proclamation: the dream remains a dream


So – did you enjoy the day? It was a big thing in Belfast but an even bigger thing in Dublin, judging by the RTÉ coverage. Virtually every member of the state’s armed forces was involved in parading O’Connell Street or flying overhead or trundling past in tanks. The crowds watching on a chilly day looked enormous – the biggest there’s been in the state’s history, someone suggested. And it was more ‘nuanced’ than that in 1966 (I think that means they had the British Ambassador lay a wreath). All in all it was a good show.

But a show with a hole in the middle. Had you been a Martian watching, or even someone from a country which knows nothing of Ireland’s political situation, you might have assumed that this was a country which had achieved the goals set for it in the Easter Proclamation.

For example, the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland. Look at the high street of any town in Ireland and you’ll be hard put to distinguish it from the high street of any town in Britain: Boots, M & S, Tesco Express, Body Shop. How that squares with the Irish people owning Ireland I’m not sure. And of course there’s tax-paying (but not too much) Google and Facebook and Apple, whose presence the Irish people have been taught to applaud. But you’d never have guessed there was some question mark over who owned Ireland by listening to any of the speeches.

As to cherishing all the children of the nation equally: tell that to families stuck in a single hotel room because their home has been repossessed; or to people lying on trolleys in hospital corridors, while those with money are spirited upstairs to a soothing en suite room with TV and armchairs and quiet. Or to Dublin’s many beggars, crouched with bowed heads and paper cups.

And did I mention that the state’s debt is such that every man, woman and child owes some €16,000?

Clearly the parades of gratitude to the brave men and women of 1916 suggest that what they died for in 1916 has been realized a hundred years later. In their hearts, every parading soldier in Dublin yesterday knows how far short of the Proclamation the state has fallen. If anything, it is running counter to the ideals stated there. But for God’s sake don’t mention that, speak not of  rural or urban poverty,   or bank debt that ordinary citizens must shoulder,  or homeless people dying within a hundred yards of the Dail…And the list goes on.

Did I say one black hole? Make that a colander. And the biggest hole in the colander was and is the thing that no one must mention and no one did mention or even hint at: the fact that the six north-eastern counties of the country called Ireland remain under British jurisdiction, just as the entire island lay under British jurisdiction until those heroic men seized the GPO a hundred years ago. But the Irish people of the south, and a considerable number in the north, don’t want to think of that, for a whole range of reasons. They are being trained to think of ‘Ireland’ as the part that’s south of the border, with the north-east no more than a troublesome and noisy neighbour with whom they have little in common.

In some ways, contemporary Irish thinking isn’t a million miles from that which prevailed in 1911, when a royal visit to Ireland by George V and Queen Mary brought enthusiastic, flag-waving subjects to choke the streets in greeting. Just five years later a group of desperate men seized the GPO and turned Irish history on its head.

What would it take today, I wonder, to awaken the Irish people from the deep and deceptive sleep into which they’ve been encouraged to fall?  Yesterday in Dublin was a colourful day, but it was built on more than one major lie.

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53 Responses to The Easter Proclamation: the dream remains a dream

  1. Jim Neeson March 28, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    Belfast parade only got a passing mention. Typical Free State/ Brit reporting.
    Still John Bulls other Island!!!

  2. Iolar March 28, 2016 at 9:51 am #

    Yes, a number of lies have been exposed, the biggest show in the country was in Baile Átha Cliath with evidence of the respect shown to the brave men and women of 1916. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of the city, many traveled to Ireland from all parts of the globe to demonstrate that Pearse et al had a mandate for their actions in 1916. The lie that the war of the cousins had anything to do with fighting for the rights of small nations was once more exposed as being without substance or foundation. The greed of bankers, gombeen men and women, created the conditions outlined in today’s blog. The values of the Irish Proclamation remain as relevant and valid today as they were in 1916. They are a threat to no one, in a nation that strives to cherish each individual.

  3. MT March 28, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    Like most normal people I spent yesterday, Easter Sunday, with my family. The events in Dublin or elsewhere didn’t impinge at all. I thought it was all rather low key.

    • TheHist March 28, 2016 at 11:10 am #

      Interestingly, MT, you seemed to spent part of Easter Sunday on Jude’s Blog allowing the Easter Rising and other debates to impinge on your mind.

      • TheHist March 28, 2016 at 11:14 am #


  4. MT March 28, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    By the way, can anyone explain why the celebrations were held yesterday instead of today?

    • Wolfe tone March 28, 2016 at 11:00 pm #

      Btw can anyone tell me why the ‘celebrations’ were held yesterday AND today? The 24th April is the proper date.
      The British fifth column is firmly cemented and working away nicely in the free state. Let’s hope the Citizens commeration restores proper order.

    • Ryan March 29, 2016 at 1:27 am #

      Maybe because it was Easter?….

      • MT March 29, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

        “Maybe because it was Easter”

        But the “rising” began on Easter Monday.

      • Wolfe tone March 29, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

        Could you tell me another country that doesn’t officially recognise the exact date of its declared independence ? Only in Ireland would we confuse things. The exact date doesn’t matter just that it was Easter? It’s like telling someone the exact date of their birthday is irrelevant just that it was Easter or Ash Wednesday lol.

        • jessica March 29, 2016 at 11:51 pm #

          Ireland does not yet have independence WT.

          • Wolfe tone March 30, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

            Ta fhios agam sin Jessica, but you’d be surprised how many folk don’t even know the actual date. It’s the kind of question a west Brit or unionist would throw at you to mock your beliefs as an Irish republican.

  5. giordanobruno March 28, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    A remarkably patronising view of the Irish people, who clearly do not know what they want.
    If only we had some brave men to take up arms and waken them from their slumber.
    Maybe those desperate men parading in Lurgan at the weekend will do the job!

    • jessica March 28, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

      “If only we had some brave men to take up arms and waken them from their slumber.”

      That might be the best suggestion you have ever put forward here gio.

  6. TheHist March 28, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    At one stage yesterday it was stated 250,000 lined the streets of Dublin. It was a mass spectacle but a few observations:

    The tanks rolling up O’Connell Street – I found myself asking, why? It seemed more a show piece for the Irish armed forces than commemorating the role played by the brave men and women of 1916. What was the connection between tanks, military strength and the Rising? These same men and women, some armed with Pikes, fought against the military might of the British empire … Tanks – not appropriate, in my opinion.

    Also quite Ironic was that the guns used for 21 gun salute. They were purchased from the British army and featured in the D-Day invasion of France.

    There must have been much cringing amongst the political elite with the reading of the Irish proclamation – to many, that historical document, that belongs only on a wall, behind a glass frame.

    The sight of Enda Kenny there … Needless to say any more … (Im trying not to get angry).

    Personally, I thought it would have been a more fitting tribute if a ceremony at Arbour Hill would have taken place – the resting place of the 14 executed leaders.

    • Iolar March 28, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

      Spot on, an even more fitting tribute, the formation of a government that reflects the values of the Proclamation and the will of the people, a work in progress.

    • jessica March 28, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

      “There must have been much cringing amongst the political elite with the reading of the Irish proclamation – to many, that historical document, that belongs only on a wall, behind a glass frame. ”

      All my life I have loved my country. I have always felt Irish and while there were always begrudgers and north haters, they were usually an irrelevance.

      I spent the weekend in Dublin for the centenary and while I enjoyed the event, I do get what you mean about the proclamation being out of place.

      Not sure if it is all the media negativity against republicans but something has changed.

      When they read the proclamation, the night before at the practice outside the GPO and then played the anthem, I really enjoyed it.

      On the day however, something felt wrong. I felt like it was all fake.

      There was certainly nothing that would have upset any unionist, even MT.

      When we got back to the house we were staying in on Sunday night, we read the Irish times posts where some shit mick Quigley from Limerick was saying we (northerners) were not Irish and were British, that the north was part of the UK and we should basically keep our noses out of Ireland.

      We went today to the reflections event in Smithfield and got the kids photographed in the army vehicles and with tanks.

      I spoke to one guy dressed in a British army uniform from the time and listened to him enthusiastically tell everyone about how they fought for the british. The uniform was of a Cork unit of the 16th who fought in the british army in WW1 and pointing out the shamrock as if it meant something special.

      Over the whole weekend, I heard nothing whatsoever about the fact the British indiscriminately bombed the crap out of Dublin which killed the majority of the civilians and was why they surrendered.

      Back home now, but while I enjoyed the event, I cannot help feel the centenary event was censored.

      The proclamation mentions the alien government fostering divisions and clearly meant the north had to be included as equals in the new Ireland.

      Now it is as if Ireland doesn’t have a head.

      All throughout the troubles, I have never felt so alienated as I do today. I feel sad.

      It is certainly not how I expected to feel after the centenary of the Easter rising. I feel like I don’t have a country.

      Whoever is responsible for this pro British Ireland I don’t even want to be part off any longer, I hope they are proud.

      • MT March 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

        Why can nobody explain why the celebrations took place on Sunday instead of Monday?

        • jessica March 29, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

          Because of its association with easter and the rebirth of a nation

          • MT March 29, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

            “Because of its association with easter and the rebirth of a nation.”


    • Ryan March 29, 2016 at 1:54 am #

      I agree with what you said TheHist.

      What was the need of tanks and the Irish Defence Forces parading through Dublin? Apparently, according to what I read it was there for, as usual, political purposes. The Southern Government wanted to give the impression that the only force who can legitimately hold arms in Ireland today is the Armed Forces. It was basically a dig at Dissident Republicans. Millions of people in Ireland often see paintings or pictures of the Leaders of 1916 bearing arms. So when they see this and today’s dissidents bearing of arms (and also the PIRA in the past) a lot of them associate this bearing of arms with the leaders of 1916, hence maybe a seed of sympathy for dissident republicans may grow. The Southern Government want to stop this association, obviously with the urging and support of the British Government, hence the militaristic parade on Sunday. The British Government even praised the parade on sunday for its “inclusiveness”. But I think this could backfire in many ways because it could make the average joe feel comfortable with the bearing of arms, especially if its about retaking the 6 counties in the North, which poll after poll in the South has shown people support Irish Unity.

      Enda Kenny wasn’t the only gobshite in attendance. Bertie Ahern actually had the cheek to show his face, as if it wasn’t bad enough that he accepted a state pension of hundreds of thousands of euros a year till the day he dies. This is the same man who overseen bankrupting the state.

      That big fat frog was also back on the scene, Brian Cowen. That Frog’s fat bottom lip has gotten even fatter since I last seen him in 2011, grown by an inch or two. You’d think he’d have the decency to keep it tucked in. Thats what happens when you stuff your big fat gob on American junk food. He can certainly afford to since he got a pension as big as Berties, despite overseeing a foreign entity controlling the states economic powers for 4 years. Last I heard of him Cowen had went to do a degree at Stanford University in America. But unfortunately he also had the cheek to land in Ireland and show his face at the 100th Anniversary Easter Rising parade on Sunday, in doing so the island of Ireland had sunk a few inches into the sea and the air had lost a bit of its usual freshness.

      • MT March 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

        Can you explain why the celebrations took place on Sunday instead of Monday?

  7. Joe McVeigh March 28, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    Yesterday evening I attended an Easter 1916 commemoration in Tattyreagh (between Omagh and Fintona) where a new monument to the hungerstrikers and the people of 1916 was unveiled. Hundreds present. More meaningful than the militaristic show in Dublin. Afterwards we all went to the local clubhouse for tea. There was also an exhibition about the struggle for freedom. All organised by Dominic and the Darcy family.Fair play to them and to the people who attended in the rather wintery conditions.Tattyreagh abú!

  8. Freddie mallins March 28, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

    A surprisingly patronising view from you also Giordanbruno. No doubt you would have been happy for the Irish of 1916 to remain docile and accepting of their colonists continued rule. Were these men ( the Rebels ) perhaps just that bit braver and more far sighted than their average countrymen? After all, not everyone will take matters into their own hands. Someone must light the touch paper.

    • giordanobruno March 29, 2016 at 11:01 am #

      Don’t you find it patronising to suggest as Jude did that the Irish people have allowed themselves to be duped and deceived.
      What do think Jude is calling for? Another rising? More blood sacrifice?
      Possibly the people know very well that the 6 counties are still there as evidenced by the votes at the GFA and various polls subsequently.
      Possibly people are content to wait for a peaceful unification to happen organically.
      Possibly people do not want anyone lighting any touchpaper.
      But then what would the people know…the fools!

      • Jude Collins March 29, 2016 at 11:11 am #

        Are you suggesting that I have called for violence, gio? For your sake I hope not…

        • giordanobruno March 29, 2016 at 11:16 am #

          Where did I suggest that?

          • Jude Collins March 29, 2016 at 11:18 am #

            Is that a No?

          • giordanobruno March 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

            I asked the question of Freddie
            “what do you think Jude is calling for? another rising? more blood sacrifice?”
            It is a question based on your article, which you can answer if you want.
            Why so defensive?

          • Jude Collins March 29, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

            One more time, gio: are you suggesting that I am advocating violence. Yes or No.

          • giordanobruno March 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

            It was a question man. Calm down
            I don’t think you are advocating another rising at present.
            I was simply wondering what you had in mind to wake the Irish people from their slumber? What is your suggestion?

          • Jude Collins March 29, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

            I am perfectly calm, gio. I just don’t like people who either state or hint that I’m an advocate of violence. I’m glad you’ve clarified and you can knock off the little ‘at present’ when you’re at it. As to your last two questions, I have no idea what would waken the Irish people. Maybe if the Indo offices burnt down- and no, I’m not advocating they should be, any more than GA was advocating putting a gun to the head of the Indo editor. The longer I live the more convinced I become that people will do almost anything rather than think, especially for themselves. This explains why people in different ages accept stuff that the generation which follows are aghast at. Anyway, I don’t see my job as that of an all-wise pundit who Knows All The Answers. More a gadfly who likes irritate people into recognising absurdities.

          • giordanobruno March 29, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

            Phew that was close. Thought I was a goner there.

      • jessica March 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

        “But then what would the people know…the fools!”

        You think the people are fools?

        Personally, I think you are the biggest fool here.
        At least people like Neill and MT know there is state managed manipulation going on.

        You seem to know nothing about the world that cannot be read in a book.

        • giordanobruno March 29, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

          The point I am making is that the people are not fools. I was being ironic.
          They have accepted the terms of the GFA and seem in no hurry for a UI to be made reality.
          The constitutional issue is simply not the most important issue for the vast majority of Irish people
          That does not mean they have been deluded or are slumbering.
          What it might mean is that the likes of SF have failed to make the case for unification sooner rather than later.
          Now insult me again.

          • Argenta March 29, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

            You seem to have touched a few raw nerves today,especially that of the “esteemed blogmeister”as his friend Perkin chooses to call him .There seems to be no rush to intervene when Jessica states “Personally I think you are the biggest fool here”.Clearly a greater tolerance operates for the scattergun musings of some posters rather than others!

          • Jude Collins March 30, 2016 at 7:59 am #

            You’re entitled to your view, Argenta, even when it is pigswill. I don’t mind people insulting others, providing they support their insult with evidence. There is not greater tolerance for some posters than others. Anytime you see that happen, I’ll be more than happy to attend to it.

          • jessica March 30, 2016 at 12:15 am #

            I was not insulting you gio I was being sincere.

            I also do understand what you are saying, basically just give up your identity and succumb to the inevitable British way or the highway.

            Under your reasoning, the rising would never have taken place.

            Personally, I would rather die than give up hope.

            Your attitude despairs me.

          • giordanobruno March 30, 2016 at 9:04 am #

            Personally I don’t think jessica provided sufficient evidence to show I am a fool, but I suppose that is what a fool would say!

          • jessica March 30, 2016 at 10:27 am #

            “Personally I don’t think jessica provided sufficient evidence to show I am a fool, but I suppose that is what a fool would say!”

            Gio, You said around Christmas that you and Argenta were one and the same.
            Are you feeling ok?

          • giordanobruno March 30, 2016 at 11:42 am #

            Your powers of deduction are too good.
            We are busted Argenta (oops talking to myself!)

  9. billy March 28, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

    meanwhile micro minister arlene is calling for marchers to be threw behind bars.

  10. Ryan March 28, 2016 at 11:57 pm #

    It was a fantastic parade in Dublin, I could see that as I wore my spanking new O’Neills 1916-2016 Commemoration shirt (well I lied a little there, I first wore it on St Patricks Day because I needed something green to wear) and as I paid my mother a visit for some breakfast (a big bowl of Ready Brek, 4 rounds of toast, Pineapple slices with 2 bananas and a large jug of Orange juice. I know, I’m a greedy git) and to sit down for a couple of hours to watch the parade on RTE and listened to a few stories my mother told me about her “Uncle Frank” (he wasn’t really her uncle, he was just a close friend of the family but as kids my mother, uncles and aunts called him Uncle Frank). Uncle Frank wasn’t involved in the Easter Rising but was involved in the Tan War. He served along with Eamon De Valera and both were friends. Uncle Frank died a long time ago, back in the 1960’s, and I don’t know anymore about him, not even his second name. I always mean to question my grandmother about him but I always forget or don’t get the chance.

    I also proudly remembered my own great grandfather who was actually in the GPO during the Easter Rising, along with all the rest of the men and women involved. They changed Irish history forever and contributed to the decline of the British Empire by inspiring other oppressed peoples to never lay down and to stand up and fight for what is right.

    But Jude is right. The ultimate aims of the men/women of 1916 has not been achieved yet. The great irony is that if the men/women of 1916 and the Tan war were still alive today they would have boycott yesterdays massive commemorative parade in Dublin and would have had nothing to do with it whatsoever. They would consider the likes of Enda Kenny, Micheal Martin, etc to be utter traitors.

    Sinn Fein is the party that would consider itself to be the true inheritors of the Men/Women of 1916 but the uncomfortable truth for many shinners is the Men/Women of 1916 would consider them just as treacherous as Enda Kenny and Fine Gael due to the current political path Sinn Fein has adopted since 1998. Before 1998 Sinn Fein would’ve been seen as the inheritors of 1916 but the reality is they are not anymore. They are overseeing the administration of British rule in the North, regardless of the political agenda they are pursuing which will likely end in Irish unification but still, its giving legitimacy to British occupation.

    Its an uneasy reality for Sinn Fein and also the southern political parties that the true inheritors now of 1916 are dissident republicans. Its just a fact. We can pretend all we like, whether we support them or not, their parades in commemoration of 1916 yesterday would’ve been the only parades the Men/Women of 1916 would’ve be at. Indeed the dissidents came into being after the Good Friday Agreement was signed when they broke away from Sinn Fein and the PIRA. Even relatives of Bobby Sands dismiss the current Sinn Fein political path, they also despise it when Sinn Fein use Bobby Sands image or name. Would Bobby Sands and the other 10 Hunger Strikers agree with the current Sinn Fein political route? We know in ours hearts they wouldn’t.

    So am I advocating support for dissident republicans? Violence? Loss of life? No, definitely not. What I am advocating is that Sinn Fein needs to be clear with their voters, no more of the “Irish Unity is not far away, It will happen”. Its time to put the meat on the bones. Its time to be honest. We’re not Loyalists or Unionists, we’re logical and can handle the truth, regardless if its pleasant or unpleasant, then we can go on from there. As one dissident told me on twitter “I am sick of people saying Irish Unity is on its way, they have been saying that for decades”. You cant dispute that that’s true.

    The reason why I don’t agree with or support dissident republicans is because the current political situation in the North is not the same as in 1916. In 1916 the majority of people went on to support the IRA. Unionism was holding Ireland to ransom and were able to with the sympathy from undemocratic British politicians/Generals. Armed insurrection was legitimate, as Election of 1918 showed that most people agreed with armed insurrection when Sinn Fein won 75% of the seats, the IPP was wiped out with only a few candidates being elected.

    From my point of view I believe dissidents are doing things “the hard way”. They are willing to accept loss of life, not only of police officers or prison officers but also the inevitable sectarian murder sprees of Catholics which would be carried out by lunatic Loyalists if violence ever broke out again like before. In many ways the dissidents would actually be thankful for such murder sprees because it will lead to far greater support for them, just like it did for the PIRA. Loyalist sectarian killings, Bloody Sunday, etc all lead to massive amounts of young people joining the PIRA. So much that the PIRA even had to turn most away because they couldn’t be processed.

    So no, I don’t support dissidents, I don’t want killings of any kind to happen again, to Protestants or Catholics but I’m certainly not giving up my aspiration of Irish Unity, I just want to achieve it through a political path. The only time I would ever consider supporting violence would be if the British Government refused to implement a United Ireland if the majority here clearly voted for it, by “here”, I mean the North but even then that decision wouldn’t be took lightly. But that’s the prime valid argument of dissident republicans, they see 15% of Ireland’s population, Unionists, denying the democratic rights of 85% of the people of Ireland and there’s no getting away from the fact that this is true. Its been true for centuries. Even as far back as the Penal Laws Unionists were opposing their repeal. When Home Rule was about to be granted, which granted next to nothing in terms of Independence for Ireland, Unionists formed the UVF and threatened mass violence. They brought the gun into Irish politics in the first place.

    I’m a Sinn Fein voter, I support peace and I obviously don’t want that to change, no sane person would. But I think we need to see more action from Sinn Fein and less words. The current Stormont setup isn’t a lasting solution and it isn’t working either, everyone and their dog knows this. It hasn’t been a disaster but its hardly an example of a properly run Government. Most republicans I’ve spoke to often speak of Joint Rule, or of the Southern Government having an official role in the North. Could this change things? Of course Unionism will oppose this but there again Unionism has opposed many things but it still happened. Unionist politicians, obviously pandering to their electorate, say the Union has never been stronger. I would disagree, I would say it has never been weaker but its not weak enough for my liking and the liking of many other republicans.

    Would the Men/Women of 1916 view my views as treacherous? bearing in mind my great grandfather was one of them? I don’t know but I’d like to think they would at least listen to them. From my point of view I see Irish Unity slowly, very slowly but surely in progress. But its much, much too slow for many peoples liking…..

    • Wolfe tone March 29, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

      ‘the inevitable sectarian murder sprees of Catholics which would be carried out by lunatic Loyalists if violence ever broke out again like before.’
      Eh sorry Ryan but you can’t have it both ways. Either loyalists were being pumped by the British state during the troubles eg collusion, or they weren’t? If ‘lunatic loyalists’ returned to violence you can be rest assured the Brits would be behind it all the way. You are giving far too much credit to the lunatics.

      • jessica March 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm #

        What are you saying here WT.
        I was taken down a side street by a UDA man and a gun put to my head and the trigger pulled.

        I was then “saved” by someone I knew who turned out to be a loyalist commander who escorted me to a bus.
        I will never know if the gun misfired or it was simply a scare tactic to stop Catholics from frequenting a pub they enjoyed.

        I can assure you though, not all loyalist operations went through British intelligence.
        The majority didn’t.

        The difference was very noticeable.

        • Wolfe tone March 30, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

          What I am saying is that the British state covertly set out to direct violence against the nationalist community in their old tactic of forcing that community to turn against republicans. The unionist militia was an important tool in that tactic. Notwithstanding those poor unfortunates who walked into the wrong place; their murders were indeed opportunistic, but ‘lunatics’ like the shankill butchers got their origins from ginger baker for example, he being a Brit soldier who happened to ‘quit’ the Brit army and go on to organise a UVF gang.
          Added to that the UDR,RUC etc were given a nod and a wink and even much more at times to arm the lunatics.
          If I was a loyalist I would have taken comfort that the UDR etc were giving me weapons. Although it was never declared, but the fact that unionist militia were getting their weapons from British army barracks around the north, would suggest to me that the establishment is quietly contented that weapons are being lost and ‘stolen’. Otherwise there would’ve been a serious upgrade on securing these arsenals in those barracks.
          Btw part of their old tactic of bringing violence upon the native, is to make sure that that violence is as random and even gruesome as possible. Hence the butcher gangs etc. The average cop on the street may have wanted to halt that type of thing but the orders for arrest/investigation procedures doesn’t rest with the average cop, it rests higher up.
          A friend of mine recalled
          an incident to me were he was working on a building site in the late 90’s. A few lunatics attempted to force more protection money from his building site even though they’d already paid their extortion. He told them where to go. A few days later they tried to rough him up with baseball bats etc. He swung a pick axe at them and they scurried off but before they went they told him they were gonna shoot him dead. A week or so later they shot another man on the site dead. My mate spotted them circling the site on several occasions that week. Anyways when the police appeared they chastised him for starting trouble ‘around here’. The gist being the cops were not even going to investigate the murder. My mate even told them he could pick them out in a I.d parade but they didn’t wanna know. So it’s obvious even with so called ‘random’ attacks the perpetrators should get the vibe that the authorities don’t mind their violence which in turn should give the offenders even more confidence to carry out more attacks.
          There’s a method in the madness of the lunatics, and that method suits the British state just fine.

  11. jessica March 29, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    The Republic of Ireland is not a country of which I would want to belong to.
    That said, it is not the people but the state which has sold out and become corrupt.

    There was a nice parade of the Irish Army. I was at the Christ Church at the start of the event, when there was a bit of a commotion, I believe one soldier fainted from standing for so long. Obviously was not feeling too well, I hope he was ok.

    The parade went through their history, in the 60s serving in the Congo but conveniently skipped the only conflict involving the deaths of Irish citizens in their own country. Indeed, where was the Irish army in 1969 when its own citizens were being murdered and burned out by unionist mobs and British soldiers?

    I know it was asked of them by the Fianna Fail government of the day to which the Irish Army bottled out when it considered facing the British Army, Jack Lynch later admitted that ‘we had no intention of moving in… we did not have the men or equipment even if we had the desire’

    It was left to the PIRA to offer Irish citizens a last line of defence and that absolute fact also should never be forgotten regardless of what wrongs happened as the conflict went on. It should never have been left to citizens to take on a super power in the first place.

    I wonder was their any sense of shame when reading the proclamation. There should have been.

    It was Sinn Fein who gave us the Dail to save us from British rule 100 years ago.

    100 years on and British rule is alive and well in Ireland if through the back door in one part of the country.

    It looks like we need Sinn Fein more than ever to reclaim their Dail and save us from both forms of British rule in Ireland.

  12. Perkin Warbeck March 29, 2016 at 8:59 am #

    Two items in today’s post in particular, Esteemed Blogmeisters, tapped on one’s shoulder, or even, perhaps more appropriately in this reader’s case, knocked on one’s wood. The second item referenced the first.

    Which latter was: ‘But a show with a hole in the middle’.

    This immediately called to mind a reading in literature class in 1966 by a rigorous young lecturer of a poem by T.S. Eliot which he read with a particular relish in a salty Nordie accent. It was an accent which the smoothie ears of us Southies had not yet grown as accustomed to or familiar with as we were later to become.

    It was, after all, still only 1966, the Golden Anniversary of the Golden Boyos of the GPO.

    -We are the Hollow Men
    We are the Shallow Men
    Leaning together
    Headpieces filled with straw.

    While one can recall with the clarity of selective recall the peculiar way in which ‘are’ was pronounced – – ‘We or the Hollow Men’ – pure gold !- one’s recollection of the lecturer’s name is not so clear, one not being, erm, a natural born politician, but it did answer to the initials: J.C. That’s for sure.

    It is a long and windy and winding road we have all travelled since then, be gob. Not least on the road to (gulp) political maturity down here in the Free Southern Stateen. As follows, if one cares to follow one.

    -‘Headpieces filled with straw’ (a darlin’ phrase, T.S., a daaarlin’ phrase !) could well describe the type of headgear normally associated with a seaside donkey. Which sandy-hoofed quadruped might even be related to its inland cousin, Doran’s Ass. Which devil’s parody on all four footed things, was wont ‘to go part of the road with everybody’, if m. serves one correctly.

    Indeed, this indiscriminate ambulatory philosophy of Doran’s Ass might well have been the unspoken spur of the Official 2016 Commemorations of the Easter Week 1916 thingy. A kinda ‘Tiocfaidh ar D.A.’ vibe, even.

    It is but a shortish quantum leap to another road-travelling quadruped, which was also still never far from the ears of Eireland back in 1966:

    -See ere a piebald pony goin’ down the road, sor?

    That is how one heard that lay-of-the-land-testing question, which inevitably followed a porter-loud Knocking of the Door, at the time. Since then, of course, that discriminatory spelling has been updated to ‘sir’ in the case of ‘sor’ and – here’s the relevant kicker –‘ere’ has long since been replaced by ‘eir’ or more to the point of Easter 2016:

    – ‘EIR’.

    As in: Exclusively Inclusive Remembrance.

    Less mature states – the UK, USA, France, China, Germany, Japan, Burkina Faso, Italy, Russia, Turkey, India etc etc etc spring to mind – tend to follow a narrow gauge, nationalistic patent in these matters. But not us, oh no, not us , not the Rainbow Republic.

    The R-word – Remembrance – gives more than a hint as to why the Official and not precisely Pro-Shinner Shindig was held on Easter Sunday and not the Monday.

    Many commentators indeed have queried this Official opting for the Commemoration to coincide with the coming down on Sunday Morning while at the same time noting the absence of clergy men , compared to the currently unfashionable Bash of 1966 .

    That query was definitively answered by RTE when its OB unit (its version of the IRB) stormed the GPO and held it for the duration of its Prime Time Special. By selecting the shirt and tie religious correspondent of its paper wing, The Unionist Times, to give the moral take on the immorality of the unjust warriors , this was in fact, a coded way of conveying the message:

    -The collar has finally been removed from Irish Politics !

    (Translation: collar, dog, RC).

    A reasonably right conclusion to draw from this declaration would be: now that we here in the cheapskate Ryanair republic/stateeen have finally ditched that over-weight, ill-fitting baggage, we are at last travelling light, we are now, without the dog collar of the RC’s but, erm, a hoot and a holler away from Paradise.

    We are, you might say, not just a spin-doctored stateen of Sir Humphrey, but rather one, which has as its core, end of story, yes, Sir Humphrey Bogus, that master of manipulation and obfuscation. All haiL, Thane in this Neck of the Would be’s !

    -Bejayus, here’s lookin’ at ya, Enda, baby.

    Which ‘baby’ neatly brings us by a commodious vicus of recirculation to the second item in your post, EB, which knocked on one’s wood (see above):

    -Did I say a black hole? Make that a colander.

    With pleasure, EB. As Neil Sedaka, aka, the Mendelsohn of modern song, almost sang:

    -(April) You’re the Easter Bunny when you smile
    Yeah, yeah, my heart’s in a whirl
    I love, I love, I love my little colander girl
    Yeah, sweet colander girl
    Every day (every day) every day (every day) of the year.

    Oddly enough, the identity (what crisis?) of the Colander Girl will be revealed on a date which should satisfy even all those nit-picking gnats of (sigh) nationalism:

    -April 24. 2016.

    While Easter Monday, April 24, 1916 actually did fall on a Monday, happily April 24, 2016 falls on a, erm, Sunday.

    So, who will be the Colander Girl who will be unveiled, the one with whom the Nation (sic) will have a real blind date on the real date of the Rising, the Colander Coleen who will be the baby we all hope to meet on the, erm, Dark Night of the National Soul.

    -I just can’t wait to be with my baby tonight.

    The Perkin is more than happy to reveal her identity. She is a dreamboat. (hint). Her name begins with a H (hint, hint). She was later married a la mer / de reir na mara an morphed into Bean Ui Mhuirchu / Mrs Seadog , the dreamboat morphing into the one, the only naval patrol vessel of the Land of Irony. (hint, hint, hint).

    In a word, landlubbers, we is talking about:


    Yes, the lady with the blocky, H-shaped head , the Colander Girl who became such a smash hit with the local Lotharios and other boyos on Liffeyside in 1916.

    Her unveiling will take place in an imaginative, erm, re-imagining of the risible Rising in the National Gallery, where she will become the Gal who finally put the g-word back into Gallery. By which unveiling will there be Wyatt finally added to the Breath (bad, very) of Commemorations.

    In Joe Duffy-speak:

    -Y ? I mean, Y this guy, Wyatt?

    Andrew Wyatt was, of course, the emblematic American artist who painted one of the (gulp) iconic American paintings of the age, in 1948: ‘Christina’s World’. It featured Christina sprawled in a dry field with her back to the artist and her face to her family’s farm house high on the hill, impossibly far away. Impossibly, because the unfortunate crippled Christina had been long since left unable to walk, due to a childhood attack of polio.

    It is a picture of unfathomable poignancy, which is justifiably dissed by the banal-retentive Art establishment who have a problem dealing with watercoloured reality. Because however, more enlightened art critics here in in Dublin, have seen her as a, erm, metaphor, for the real Ireland in 1948.

    With: the farmhouse on the hill in fact represents Buckingham Palace. And so, 32 years after the Brexit from Dublin, the real flesh and good, ukelele-playing people of the FSS still hankered after the UK, never having really left it.

    The ukulele was always an integral part of the Black and White Minstrel shows which celebrated de Happy go lucky Darkies down on dem Plantations, the local equivalent being, naturally enough, the Paddy the Caddy theatrical presentations, so favoured by Druid and d’Abbey.

    -You can take the UK out of the ukelele-players but you cannot etc.

    -Yes. But Y this American guy? Wot’s he got to do with Ireland, 1916?

    Talking to Joe:

    -Dev was also American, that’s Y.

    Wyatt also went on to paint, not one, but (gasp) 247 studies of another female neighbour, unknown to both his wife and her husband:


    Helga, of course, wasn’t painted in the course of a week, not even an Easter Week, but over the course of 14 years (1971-1985), the course of fourteen intercourse-free years. In all 247 pictures she is invariably portrayed as unsmiling and passive, but on this coming April 24, 2016 she will crack a smile.

    Even an enigmatic hint of a smile which will finally put an end to all this fierce Pearsing of the ears, this FAFfing we have had to endure of late.

    (Fairyhouse and Frongoch is the derivation of FAFing, incidentally).

    Like her namesake of 1916, she will, like all formidable females, have the final word.
    Thus, will she go down, indubitably, with her enigmatic first smile in the hysteria and history alike of the Artful Dodge in this, the bogstandard Free Southern Stateen as :

    – Bord na Mona Lisa.

    Or, does it actually belong to the all-male T.S. Eliot. By which one means, the final word;

    -This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends,
    This is the way the world ends,
    Not with a bang but with a whomper, Enda.

    (‘whomper’ is ‘whimper’; in yon Nordie dialect according to the, erm, Collins diction-ary)

    • Jude Collins March 29, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

      Perkin, you have surpassed yourself – no mean feat. ‘The Hollow Men’ – I remember them but I don’t remember intoning them in St Pat’s. Oh God, I cringe and whimper at the thought of what gawdawful rubbish I then vented on the class’s defenceless (joint) head. About all I can remember of Pat’s now is that I had to get students regularly to give a push to my Morris 8 to get the bugger rolling towards Rathmines… But this passage should be chiselled in stone, preferably not your headstone. O fons Bandusiae, splendidor vitro…

      “With: the farmhouse on the hill in fact represents Buckingham Palace. And so, 32 years after the Brexit from Dublin, the real flesh and good, ukelele-playing people of the FSS still hankered after the UK, never having really left it.”

      • Perkin Warbeck March 30, 2016 at 6:08 am #

        Do you know, Esteemed Blogmeister, and not for the first time , but you may well be right.

        1966, after all is neither today, or indeed the day before yesterday. And to discover the chill reality of that all you have to do is peruse, for as long as one’s eyes can bear, a page at random on any given day of any given month from any of the, erm, august organs of revisionist record, whether broadsheet or Redmondite Top on Liffeyside. (see below).

        Methinks it was the popularity of the initials TSE at the time which caused one’s confusion not to mention the fact that red was all the colourful rage as well.

        Thus it may not actually have been the one l of the Collected Pomes of Thomas Stearns Eliot (TSE) which the, erm, sternish young lecturer was declaiming from. It might indeed have been from (gulp) the Little Red Book itself of (gasp) Mao Tse Tsung.

        Confucius (quoting Mao) say: ‘All reactionaries are paper tigers’. (see above).

        Indeed, one’s confusion may well have been doubled if not actually caused by coming into too close contact some short years later with the (sigh) tsetse fly.

        A bite from the tsetse fly can cause sleeping sickness. This means one cannot sleep or can do nothing but sleep. One, with the passage of time, forgets. Indeed, at this distance one is confused whether said bite from the tsetse fly causes sleeplessness or forgetfulness itself.

        One was hanging one’s Safari Helmet at the time in Nigeria/ Biafra, in the style of Stanley Livingstone. And a familiar feature of the prairie-like landscape was the sight of the tall, elegant Fulani tribesmen passing through. The Fulanis, being the largest ethnic nomadic group in the world, used to herd their longhorned and bony cattle from the sub-Saharan regions south to the West African coast.

        There was a sort of Oklahoma tension vibe going down there at the time, which long preceded and which no doubt will continue to prosper long after the Nigeria V Biafra disagreement has disappeared into history, or not.

        As Rodgers so memorably gave a fine tuning to the deathless / long sleepless words of Hammerstein (which ought to have won an, erm, Oscar for the latter and the former):

        -The farmer and the cowman should be friends
        One man likes to plough, the other likes to chase a cow
        But that’s no reason why they can’t be friends.

        In this instance it was the squat, settled Yoruba farmers who resented the transient Fulanis and even hinted that it was the backs of the latter’s cattle upon which the tsetse fly had hitched a lift.

        Indeed, come to think of it, the sternish young lecturer has long since mellowed with the passage of rhyme into the generous-minded fellow whose core philosophy may well be summed up thus:

        -Territory folks should stick together.

        Leaving some of us reluctant to budgers to gawk, in slack-jawed a-mazement. Wondering maybe if we too could well do with a helping pair of hands in the form of a mental push.

        Transport of joy or transport of no joy stick, Esteemed Blogmeister, lean ar aghaidh leat ag trucail, a Mhaistire Ionuin Blog, keep on trucking !

        You are doing not only the Nordie state some service, but also, erm, the Free Southern Stateen.

        PS Was that Morris 8 bugger red of colour?

        • Jude Collins March 30, 2016 at 7:54 am #

          No – a sad grey, Perkin…

  13. Dr Michael Hfuhruhurr March 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

    @ Jessica

    Regarding shame at reading the proclamation. Having watched Sir Enda Kenny at the GPO, he looked like he was embarassed, as uncomfortable as one could get. I dare say he felt like he had his trousers down and the world was watching him.

    Big relief in Fine Gael HQ now that the 1916 ‘communications’ are over, now back to re-writing our national history…..

  14. Glenn March 30, 2016 at 12:06 am #

    There are many posts on the events of Sunday in Dublin. Did I miss something because all the rhetoric is just that rhetoric? Because Sinn Fein/IRA surrendered and locked away their guns and Semtex, well some of it. Some of it keeps cropping up in the hands of other republican terror groups. But anyway, they signed the GFA, and the other myriad of agreements that keep Northern Ireland in the UK, they even take their seats in the two partitionist parliaments in the two states on the island.

    In one they administrate British rule, rather badly I may add but British rule it is nonetheless. In the other they are an annoyance to FG and FF, but they still don’t administer Irish rule in an Irish parliament, even after 100 years.

    So everything that went on pre 1972, 1968, 1916 or in another of Jude’s posts 1690, is irrelevant as the shinners/provos have drawn a line under everything by going into power with their sworn enemy the British Unionists. They even can’t wait to line up and meet the Royals, dinner at Windsor Castle Mr McGuinness, and begging to be let in so Adams could kiss the hand of Prince Charles. At least it’s better propaganda than running around Dublin after the Queen screaming like banshees and letting off balloons, the balloons.

    They said they would bomb and shoot the British from Ireland, but hey they’re still here, and not going away. They signed the GFA that made them recognize the place and people they said they would bomb and shoot into submission. They are signed up to policing and justice.

    But the biggie is there is no way back for them to the good old days. Well not in an open way. They can use the current republican terror as a pseudo campaign, but a return to the big game is now impossible. What with the yanks in no mood to have terror and Europe taking on terror? The only way is in their partitionist parliaments.

    The shinners/provos future will be bringing in more laws and bring more development that will ensure an even larger majority that will want to stay within the UK. And with the assistance of GF and FF in the south this is a certainly as they will expose the shinners/provo politics and policies, are as bogus as the Easter bunny.

    The shinners/provos relaunched their economic study allegedly showing how Northern Ireland would be better off in a united Ireland. Indeed, it might be but using conservative economics, hardly revolutionary Irish republican socialist economics or policies. But don’t let reality stand in the way of shinner/provo economics or propaganda.

    Then there is this from the Pensive Quill.

    William Johnstone with his own personal take on the Easter Rising centenary. William Johnstone is a Ballymoney unionist with an interest in history and politics.
    As we quickly approach the centenary of the 1916 Rising, it’s worth wondering if the leaders of the rebellion imagined, as they awaited their appointment with the firing squad, if in a hundred years time the 32 county Republic would be a reality.
    Maybe not. After all, they went to their deaths at the end of a rising that had only lasted a few days and didn’t really come to fruition outside Dublin.
    What about those who died during the War of Independence? By then the tide had turned, especially after the formation of the Second Dail. Sinn Fein had swept the boards and the IRA had changed tactics. The new type of guerrilla warfare was confounding and demoralising the Security Forces and Parliament. Those who died during the “Tan War” had every reason to believe that victory was in sight. The Republic proclaimed by Pearse was within grasp.
    A hundred years later, there is no Republic. In fact, it’s much the same today as it was the day the Treaty was ratified.
    This post is not designed to gloat about the failure of Republicans to deliver a 32 County Republic. It’s about looking at the reasons for that failure. Wondering what, from a Republican perspective, went wrong.
    The historical finger of blame for the failure of the original IRA to achieve the Republic is always pointed at Michael Collins and the delegation he and Griffith led, the signatories of the Treaty. The treaty accepted much less than the Republic but arguably did give Republicans the freedom to achieve freedom as Collins asserted. Pragmatism led the delegation to regard three quarters of a loaf as better than no bread at all so they accepted self government of 26 of the 32 counties in a Free State.
    The dissenters, led by the disingenuous de Valera, objected supposedly on the grounds that the Treaty was a sell out (and many saw it as that) but de Valera seems to have been more offended and enraged by the fact that the Treaty had been signed without consulting him first. Ok, that doesn’t cover all the issues but many commentators agree the Dev’s ego was bigger than any other issue of the day. Others like Brugha, Boland, Lynch etc were different. They had deep set objections and violently opposed the Treaty, leading to the Civil War which arguably still boils beneath the surface in Eire.
    The IRA never really went away but it never really garnered the support it needed from the early 20s until the late 60s. Suppressed in the South by Fianna Fail and Fine Gael at every opportunity (despite de Valera’s earlier posturing) it was dealt with by uncompromising vehemence in Northern Ireland. Yet that thread of continuity ran unbroken from the end of the Civil War until the outbreak of the euphemistically labelled “Troubles”.
    The current Sinn Fein leadership has gone the way of Collins, De Valera and, latterly, those who went on to become the Workers Party. They have become engrained in the system; they are now part of the thing they once painted as a monster. Collins was said to have been bowled over by the wonders of Westminster. He led the Free State into being and his successors were almost passionately opposed to former comrades and pursued them with breathtaking enthusiasm. De Valera was no different. After abandoning Republicanism, he was singularly ruthless in dealing with old friends. The Officials were hardly behind the door when it came to settling scores and venting their wrath.
    There is an interesting video clip available on YouTube featuring interviews with aged members of the Old IRA. They recount thoughts and experiences which I found interesting. Then, to my shock, up pops Danny Morrison! And there’s the boul Danny castigating his predecessors for their failure to deliver the Republic! The same Danny Morrison who was part of the leadership that failed to win the Republic. The same Danny Morrison who famously coined the phrase “armalite and ballot box” only he traded the AK rifle for an HB pencil. He would be a confidante of Gerry Adams whose shame at his past is so great, he can’t even bring himself to say he was in the IRA! Also in this clique is Martin McGuiness who, as the soon-to-be founders of Republican Sinn Fein left the Ard Fheis, shouted that they should stay and they (the Adams leadership) would lead them to the Republic.

    Easter 2016 will come and go and there is no Republic. Sinn Fein is working every day to keep a partitionist settlement in place. They are thus preventing Irish unity, depending instead on a change of heart on the part of Unionists who, in reality, have no intention of changing their minds on that issue.
    No firing squads or suffering for the Sinn Fein of 2016. Just respectability, money and the trappings of power with the Republic reduced to being part of a cheap electioneering campaign to keep them in the place they want to be.
    Ah well, there’s always 2116 ………