Equality, Racism & Republicanism

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Anne Waters

(A talk given at a recent session of the monthly 1916 Performing Arts Club, published by permission of the author)

I want to say a few words on the subject of ‘Equality’ in particular as it pertains to racism. It is a word that is bandied about quite a bit lately and it is in danger of being misappropriated by some factions with their own agenda.

          Now when we speak of equality, one of the most important points to remember is that true equality recognises difference but it apportions an equal value to all difference. Understanding equality therefore is an acceptance that we are not homogenous or in other words we are not all the same.

Also, Equality is not finite so granting rights to one group does not erode the rights of another or reduce their entitlements.

To achieve an…

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Dan Breen and Sean Treacy Documentary Part 2

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Directed and edited by Marcus Howard. Part 2 of “the Treacy/Breen trilogy”. Dan Breen and Sean Treacy arrive in Dublin while on the run. They link up with Michsel Collins and The Squad to ambush the most powerful figure in Ireland, Lord Lieutenant French. The film looks at the death of Martin Savage and what happened to his body, the retaliation against The Irish Independent’s slanted reporting as well as the experiences of Aine Malone, who would smuggle weapons down to Tipperary. Featuring interviews with relatives of Dan Breen, Sean Treacy, Aine Malone as well as of Tom Kelly, one of the managers of Phil Shanahan’s pub, the film also features noted historians such as Liz Gillis and Derek Molyneux

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SAS victim facing jail sentence over IRA charges

A man shot in an SAS ambush as the Provisional IRA engaged Crown Forcesin Coalisland 23 years ago has been convicted of involvement in theattack, and jailed ahead of sentencing — despite the incident taking placebefore the Good Friday peace Agreement.

Source: SAS victim facing jail sentence over IRA charges

Micheál Martin cites Sinn Féin’s secret leadership as reason to exclude them from government… – Slugger O’Toole

https://sluggerotoole.com/2020/01/14/micheal-martin-cites-sinn-feins-secret-leadership-as-reason-to-exclude-them-from-government/

The Republican Movement and Socialism 1950-70 by Jim Lane.

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This document by Jim Lane provides an analysis of The Republican Movement and Socialism, 1950-70 and was originally published as a supplement to the Starry Plough (organ of the Irish Republican Socialist Party) in December 1987. This version was a revised and updated piece from 1989 (and there is some prescience in the analysis that the then WP had tilted to reformism and was in the process of becoming a second Labour Party).

Please click on the following link The Republican Movement and Socialism, 1950-70. Below links IRA Belfast Brigade Area + Miscellaneous Notes on Republicanism and Socialism in Cork City 1954- 69 by Jim Lane.

Front Row LR Jim Lane, George Sisk, Jim Savage. 2nd Row LR Ian Fox, Charlie O'Neill, Jerry Higgins. The USS Courtney is in the background. Charlie O'Neill Front Row LR Jim Lane, George Sisk, Jim Savage. 2nd Row LR Ian Fox, Charlie O’Neill, Jerry Higgins. The USS Courtney is in the background.

IRA Belfast Brigade Area –https://cedarlounge.wordpress.com/2008/04/07/the-left-archive-on-the-ira-belfast-brigade-area-jim-lane-cork-workers-club-1972/

Miscellaneous Notes on Republicanism and Socialism in Cork City 1954- 69…

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UDA beat man to death after talks with British govt

The unionist paramilitary UDA has been linked to the murder ofCarrickfergus man Glenn Quinn, a former barman who had no paramilitaryconnections. His death was due to a severe beating he received after hefell out with a senior figure from the South East Antrim UDA.

Source: UDA beat man to death after talks with British govt