RIC COMMEMORATION WAS BAD IDEA
‘Belfast is dotted with sites of RIC atrocities’
CHARLIE Flanagan saved his blushes by cancelling next week’s RIC remembrance event and if you ask me, he did the right thing.
The Republic’s Justice and Equality Minister said it will go ahead at a later date, but I seriously doubt it. The Fine Gael (turncoat) man totally misread the collective memory of the nation. He gave me the impression that something like this was normal and shouldn’t cause controversy. But as Diarmaid Ferriter – one of Ireland’s best-known historians who had been part of a government advisory panel – explained, Flanagan’s proposals weren’t what his group had recommended. As people living in the North of Ireland know well, the so-called Decade of Centenaries was always going to be controversial if not outright contentious. There’s no doubt there were many members of the RIC who did their duty honourable and without malice. But there’s also no denying it was a colonial police force and its overall legacy is one of shame.
When Winston Churchill ordered the so-called Black and Tans into Ireland to assist the RIC, they dutifully facilitated them and violence and civil unrest increased dramatically. The drunken ravages of the Black and Tans have been well documented elsewhere. But I get the feeling Taoiseach Leo Varadkar would rather there were no commemorations at all and in some instances that may indeed be the right approach. And I also firmly believe a nation needs to fully understand its past in order to enable it to face the future with renewed confidence.
Rejecting expressed concerns over commemorations for members of the RIC, Varadkar snapped: “Hey, that was 100 years ago!” before adding that those shot by the RIC during a GAA match at Croke Park will also be remembered. “So yeah, the 16 players and spectators gunned down by the RIC, yeah, they’ll be getting plaques and things too,” Varadkar said. Inner city Belfast is dotted with sites of atrocities where RIC murder gangs dispensed wholesale slaughter against the local Catholic community.
Even today, the name of District Inspector Nixon sends shivers down the spine of many families whose forebears suffered at the hands of the officer and his men. Perhaps Charlie Flanagan could explain to surviving members of the McMahon family how he plans to honour members of the organisation which gunned down their relatives in their own home? Following the murder of a police constable in the Carrickhill area of Belfast, follow this link to find out more: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMahon_killings, the RIC replied by slaughtering six civilians in Arnon Streer and a few streets nearby. Again Nixon and his men were responsible. And in Weaver Street off the Shore Road, four Catholic children and two adults were slain when a grenade was thrown into the middle of them. follow this link to find out more:https://treasonfelony.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/the-weaver-street-bombing-and-not-dealing-with-the-past/ Minutes before the attack, the youngsters – who had been playing happily with Protestant friends who lived nearby – were herded back to their ‘own end’ of the street by two Ulster Special Constables. The attack was clearly pre-planned.
Following the divisive Civil War in the Irish Free State, a decision was taken at a senior level to leave aside inquiries for fear of stirring up more negative emotions. Yes, as I said before, many RIC men served with honour. But it appears Charlie Flanagan’s plans to publicly commemorate them could have been better thought out. Or perhaps even left well alone.
With many thanks to: The Sunday World and Hugh Jordan
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