Historian Brian Hanley looks at the Irish Republican Army in the late 1960s through its internal publication, An tÓglach ‘The Volunteer’. Fascinating stuff. The parallels with recent events are of course obvious… This post to accompany this document was written by Brian Hanley and published in Saothar in 2007. Many thanks to Brian for allowing […]
The hijacking of the leadership of the Irish Labour Party by Official Sinn Féin / Official IRA Sinn Féin the Workers Party / Official IRA the Workers Party / Official IRA / Group B Democratic Left in the 1990s is one of the great putsches of Irish political history. The sequence of events is clear enough. In the late 1960s the higher echelons […]
So, the Anglomedia’s “Anyone But McGuinness” campaign has taken a bit of a twist with claims that ex-Workers Party apparatchik and Sindo columnist Eoghan Harris has been threatened in an anonymous phone call to the Independent News and Media offices. According to the report from the organisation: “A caller to Independent News and Media, purporting to be […]
In the Irish Times Mick Heaney asks whether the takeover of RTÉ’s news and current affairs department in the 1970s and ‘80s by a conspiratorial group of Workers Party activists-cum-journalists has been overstated by the historians of the period. “Irish media mythology paints the programme Today Tonight as the key front in an internal and vicious tussle for power […]
From the Irish Independent newspaper an example of how the establishment in Ireland, political, media, business and judicial, differentiates between the revolutionaries it approves of or co-opts (the good “terrorists”) while rejecting as anathema the revolutionaries its disapproves of (the bad “terrorists”): “OFFICIAL IRA members went on a top-secret training mission to North Korea, where […]
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