A NATIONAL GOVERNMENT IN DUBLIN? THAT WILL BE THE DAY! by Donal Kennedy


Neasa Hourican, TD, speaking for the Green Party, says that the Corona Virus Pandemic Crisis over-rides party-political priorities and that it will not prop up

a Fine Gael -Fianna Fail Civil Partnership. But it would participate in a Unity or National Government involving all TDs while the crisis lasts.Some key Ministers

appointed after the last-but-one Election, would remain in office because there is no time for replacements to learn the ropes while the crisis lasts.

It seems to me that Ms Hourican and her party are responsible and sensible patriots. But, in sentiment and in  executive practice some of those who have exercised 

power from Dublin are Anti-National. I choose that description deliberately. Anti-National, NOT Anti-Nationalist.”  

One hundred years ago this week, Tomas MacCurtain, Lord Mayor of Cork, was buried following his murder by the Royal Irish Constabulary. He was elected six weeks

earlier, when most municipalities in Ireland returned a Sinn Fein majorities in the local elections. In the weeks following those elections, town halls, Sinn Fein  offices,

Councillors and citizens, were raided, ransacked, assaulted, arrested and deported by armed RIC men, sometimes accompanied by British troops, armed to the

teeth, often accompanied by armoured cars and  gigantic terrestrial dreadnoughts or “tanks.”  The Crown Forces murdered unarmed civilians in many of those

imcidents.

Fifteen months before those Municipal Elections, in accordance with principles professed by American President Woodrow Wilson, and publicly adopted by British

and French Statesmen, Irish voters exercised their right of National Self-Determination, quietly and soberly by Secret Ballot. They returned 73 Sinn Fein Candidates,

6 Home Rule “Nationalists” and  26 Unionists. The Sinn Feiners promised, that if elected they would meet in Dublin as the National Parliament of a Sovereign Irish

Republic. THE TIMES of London, no friend of Ireland said that the election had been regarded  “on all sides as a Plebiscite” and conceded their side had lost.

(Somebody might tell Eoghan Harris of the SINDO of this.)

Anyhow in April 1919 at a meeting of Dail Eireann, the behaviour of the Royal Irish Constabulary was discussed in detail and condemned and citizens were asked to

ostracise them. In the House of Commons a few weeks earlier the Chief Secretary for Ireland explained that unlike English Bobbies, the RIC was a semi-military

body, directly under the British Crown, and their duties were similar to His Majesty’s Army and Navy Forces.

Those, such as Charlie Flanagan who proposed an Irish State commemoration of the RIC on the centenary of many of its foulest escapades are anti-National.

Anti -Irish and deserving of our Ostracism.

Those who decided that the Garda Commissioner should be chosen by a collection of UK Policemen, all bound by the British Official Secrets Act, and some, probably by Masonic Oaths are anti-Rational and Anti-National.

Those who appointed as Garda Commissioner a “a veteran of the semi-military” force which continued into our own day the practices which were unanimously

damned by the First Dail Eireann, deserve ostracism, at least. They are anti-National.

My father marched with the Volunteers in MacCurtain’s funeral. He told me the perhaps apocryphal story that some folk thought ostracism was an operation

to tame bulls.

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