THE TIMES Monday 23 November 2020 reprinted their story which was fed them by the Black Propaganda in Dublin Castle one hundred years ago. The story was a lie from start to finish and was comprehensively refuted by Dail Eireann’s IRISH BULLETIN at the time.
The IRISH BULLETIN was the official newspaper of the elected irish Government during the 1919-1921 War of Independence. Its aim was to provide those outside Ireland with the elected Government’s case and the facts of the war that it had to wage. This information could not be obtained outside Ireland because of the suppression by the British of all other outlets that put the Irish elected Government’s case.
In this so-called Decade of Commemoration one would imagine that Governments in Dublin and Academics and Media in Dublin would, between them have arranged to have the Bulletin reprinted, and rigorously examined and compared with the statements of British Government Ministers and agencies and their supporters.
None of this has happened and the charitable view must be that the Oireachtas, the History Faculties of Irish Universities, and the best paid political commentators in or from Ireland, have never heard of the IRISH BULLETIN nor of Lawrence Ginnell, Frank Gallagher, Robert Brennan, Desmond Fitzgerald or Erskine Childers who at various times edited it.
A prudent person, casting a colder eye on affairs, might think that refusal to mention THE IRISH BULLETIN, even to “pan” it, is a deliberate attempt to suppress it. For the lies circulated by the British Government and its cronies in 1919-1921 are continually recycled in Ireland .For example, stills from a fake newsreel shot by Pathe News purporting to show an IRA vs Crown Forces clash near Tralee was filmed on Dublin’s Vico Road, nearly 200 miles away, and hooted by Dublin filmgoers at the time. But it is still reproduced in THE IRISH TIMES and various books. Its inspiration was one of Dublin Castle’s ace propagandists, Hugh Pollard. (See BLOG, “TURDS OF A FEATHER – TWO GUYS NAMED POLLARD”)