Inbox“We, the people of Ireland, seeking to promote
the common good, and  with due observance of Prudence, Justice and Charity, so that the
dignity and freedom of the individual may be
assured, true social order attained, the unity of our country restored, and concord established with other nations, Do hereby adopt, enact, and give to ourselves this Constitution” Bunreacht
na hEireann. I’m pretty sure that the electorate of 1937, most of whom never attended
secondary school, much less University, was
more aware of Ireland’s history, and her
interests, than today’selectorate. Nineteen
years earlier, at the Conclusion of the Great
War, whose winners proclaimed themselves
champions on the Self Determination of Nations, Irish Voters very determinedly established a
National Parliament in Dublin and a Republic
which over the next few years established Law Courts, Government Departments and went
about theirbusiness.

In Municipal, County Councils and other Local
Elections Republicans triumphed and most
Local Authorities gave their allegiance to the
Republic and to Dail Eireann, its Parliament.
This was no Government in Exile such as those of “Free France” or Poland. Nor were its
defenders foreigners parachuted in by an “Ally” who had skedaddled homeafter a phoney war. The Republic’s defenders were the people
themselves, very few of them armed. Those few who were armed had wrested the arms from
their British enemies and Irish collaborators. 

Those running the show in Dublin today have
not the support of the people. Not since the
Irish Parliamentary Party was, quite rightly,
consigned to the dustbin in 1918, has there been an election like that of February. Fianna Fail
once had a statement of fundamental aims. So
had Labour, which endorsed the Constitutional claim on the Island of Ireland, its islands and
territorial seas. I’venever seen a statement of
Fine Gael principles. (Has anybody?) 

I raise these questions because I cannot
reconcile the actions of Cabinet Ministers and
Departments of State with the intentions of the voters who founded the State. I’ve been looking up official postings on the Irish Defence Forces. Whilst the Americans and the British tell you
straight what their soldiers swear or affirm on enlistment Oglaigh na hEireann would appear
to be a Secret Society. Have the Bishops not
noticed? Citizens of the EU and of the European Economic Area may join the Irish Defence
Forces. Will Brits be acceptable after Brexit? I
joined the FCA (part-time reserves) in 1957 and swore I’d serve Ireland faithfully. As an Irish
citizen I was already obliged by my compatriots in their Constitution to fidelity to the Nation,
not exactly an onerous duty. So the Irish
Government today may employ soldiers with no commitment to Ireland? Considering some who have held Cabinet Office it would not surprise me.

Loyalty to the State is twinned with fidelity to
the Nation. When, in front of officers and men
of theArmy, a Minister of Defence described a
President as “a thundering Ballocks” you’d
expect the Orderly Officer to have had the
disorderly Minister arrested and locked in the Guard House. The then Taoiseach stood by his
loutish colleague ,and the President, to defend
the dignity of the Office (and his own) resigned.

The grotesque project tohonour the RIC and the appointment of a Garda Commissioner bound
by the British Official Secrets Act are mind
boggling, but hardly unprecedented..  When
Germany was no longer a threat to Britain, the British hanged William Joyce, a mere
propagandist. The Brits had less of an excuse
for doing so, than one which might  be given to
Irish people who would tar and feather many of the Irish Establishment. Ireland, her people
and her territory and assets, were for centuries treated as the Congo’s people were by King
Leopold of Belgium.  

Ireland’s forests, which once covered 80% of the country, had been reduced to 0.5% by 1920. By
1989, mainly under de Valera, it had grown
almost nine-fold  to 4.3% . Today, thanks mainly to Charlie Haughey, some 11% of the country is under forest. The EU average is over 30%. The
Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, published a potted history of itself, and a very potty history of Ireland -“Irish Forests -A
Brief History” in 2008 which is available on the web. It blames the common people for wasting
the wood whilst the landlords were planting
trees to prettify their homes. In fact landlords
had the forests levelled,  exporting them to
England and elsewhere and making fortunes,
and did nothing to preserve or conserve the
forests. Philip O’Connor, in a five page Article 
(The First of Two) “Revisionists and Trees” in
this month’s Irish Political Review demolishes
the Revisionist nonsense and the credibility of
the Department of  Agriculture, Fisheries and
Food’s publicists. 

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