Eight men have been convicted in relation to an un-notified republican parade last year.
The parade, organised by Republican Sinn Fein, was held in Lurgan on March 31 last year as part of an Easter Rising commemoration.
During the “colour party”, police clashed with masked demonstrators when they moved in to break up the parade as it made its way down the Levin Road in the town.
Eight men, aged 49, 48, 40, 37, 31, 30, 29 and 25-years-old, were convicted in court on Tuesday and received fines.
PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: “This conviction follows a very thorough, tenacious and effective policing operation and investigation and demonstrates the commitment of the PSNI to bring offenders to justice, tackle paramilitarism and uphold the rule of law.
“I want to thank those who worked very hard to deliver this result.”
With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the original story
Dan Keating was born on a small farm near Castlemaine, in Kerry. Dan joined Na Fianna Éireann in 1918 and in 1920, during the era of the Irish War of Independence, he joined the 3rd Battalion, 1st Kerry Brigade of the Irish Republican Army. Like a majority of the Kerry IRA, he rejected the sellout Anglo-Irish treaty that enacted the partition of Ireland in 1921 and went on to fight on the Republican side in the Irish Civil War. He was involved in operations in Kerry, Limerick, and Tipperary, before his column was arrested by Free State Forces. He spent seven months in Portlaoise Prison and the Curragh internment camp before being released in March 1923. Dan remained an active IRA volunteer for a long time after the Civil War. He was arrested several times during the 1930s on various charges. He was active in London during the 1939/1940 IRA bombing campaign.
He was under constant surveillance by the Irish Free State special branch and involved in virtually every twist and turn of republican politics, over time he acquired iconic status. But he always remained an active, rather than a mere honorary presence. In 1933, he was involved in an attempt to assassinate the leader of the Irish free state fascists Blueshirts, Eoin O’Duffy, during a visit to County Kerry. The attack was to happen at Ballyseedy, where Free State forces had carried out the Ballyseedy Massacre during the Irish Civil War. However, the plot failed when the person travelling with O’Duffy refused to divulge what car the latter would be travelling in. He retired and returned to his native Kerry in 1978, living out the rest of his life with relatives in Knockbrack. He remained loyal to the Irish Republic and refused to accept a state pension because he considered the 26-county free state an illegitimate state which usurped the 1916 Irish Republic.
“All the talk you hear these days is of peace. But there will never be peace in Ireland until the people of the 32 counties elect one parliament without British interference.” Dan Keating.
At the time of his death he was Ireland’s oldest man and the last surviving veteran of the Irish War of Independence. He was buried in Kiltallagh Cemetery, Castlemaine.
In memory of Dónal Céitinn 1902 – 2007
With many thanks to: McKelvey Steele Cumann for the original posting.
Best of luck to the eight members of Sinn Féin Poblachtach who are once again before Craigavon Court this morning on trumped up charges over commemorating our patriot dead in Lurgan last Easter.
Thirteen Sinn Féin Poblachtach members in total are faced with charges for the Easter Commemoration in Lurgan. They repeatedly are forced to appear in the courts under threat of arrest and being held on remand until the case is over. They are subject to draconian bail conditions that you would not see with serious criminal offenders. This is all but an attempt to silence Irish Republicans and curb their activism. We commend all before the courts for not giving in to this intimidation by the Crown Forces and remaining steadfast to their Republican principals.
With many thanks to: RSF Republican Sinn Féin Poblachtach Lurgan for the original posting.
New Sinn Fein Poblachtach – [In England] TV channel currently under development, linking all RSF digital media into one youtube style website, this will also become available via the tor project as an ‘.onion’ domain name extension in order to allow site visitors to access the website using complete anonymity online…..
Provisional Sinn Féin free state presidential candidate Liadh Ní Riada has stated on tonights televised presidential debate that she would wear a poppy if elected. Shame on you Ní Riada giving the crimes the British have committed in this country. The poppy is a symbol of these crimes and the Irish people will never forget the many acts of violence committed against our people.
With many thanks to: Republican Sinn Féin (RSF) James Connolly Cumann, for the original posting.
As now exposed British agents helped establish the Good Friday Surrender, many Republicans stood resolutely opposed, realising what we know as fact today, that it would not eradicate sectarianism, it would not remove British rule and it would therefore not lead to a Socialist Republic.
To oppose this the 32 County Sovereignty Movement was formed. Around this time, the Irish Republican Army also reformed as the Provisional movement was now in direct contradiction of its own aims. Instead, the provisional movement began to carry out the wishes of the British establishment by trying to silence Republicans by any means. To carry out what then British Secretary of State Mo Mowlam refereed to as “internal house keeping”.
However, there was one young, idealistic and fearsome I.R.A Volunteer these agents of British rule could not silence or intimidate. Joseph O’ Connor publicly challenged these alley rats and stoops of British rule.
After leaving his mothers house on the 13th October 2000, two of these agents approached I.R.A Volunteer Joseph O’ Connor and shot him dead.
To further the aims of British intelligence they also tried to plant the weapon near the office of another Republican organisation to stoke division. The old British mantra of divide and conquer was not lost on these agents. However, a local republican spotted these agents and realised their intent.
Joseph is forever remembered by his comrades throughout Ireland who like him, have never and will never accept any false right of Britain to remain in Ireland.
R.I.P Oglach Joseph O’ Connor, Belfast Brigade, Irish Republican Army.
With many thanks to the: 32 County Sovereignty Movement Co Cork and McKelvey Steele Cumann (RSF) for the original postings.