The former president of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, joined a host of other national and international dignitaries at the funeral of Martin McGuinness earlier today in Derry. Mourners and crowds numbering in their thousands heard this remarkable speech from the former occupant of the White House where he paid tribute to the late Irish republican leader.
Volunteer – Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 21 March 1987
Emmanuel Gargan, age 25, was killed in a South Belfast pub by an Irish People’s Liberation Organisation gunman in retaliation for the INLA’s execution of IPLO leader Gerard Steenson on March 15th. Gargan had survived two earlier attempts on his life by the IPLO, and was still on crutches from the second attempt when he was killed.
Kevin Barry Duffy
Volunteer – Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 21 March 1987
Kevin Barry Duffy, age 20, was killed in Armagh City by the Irish People’s Liberation Organisation in retaliation for the INLA’s execution of IPLO leader Gerard Steenson on March 15th.
The IPLO was a counter-revolutionary group formed by individuals who had resigned or been purged from the IRSM, who then came together to attempt to destroy the IRSM.
Gargan and Duffy were both involved in the INLA’s efforts to defend itself and the Irish Republican Socialist Party from the IPLO’s attacks.
They died as they lived: as Republican Socialists. Remember them with honour and pride.
Source: Strabane IRSP
With many thanks to: Irish Fenian Brotherhood.
I have nothing against the English, whether white, black, indian or asian, who live in England or anywhere else, and I have no problem with the great racial divides between the Anglos and the Saxons, to be sure, but I remain opposed to English sovereignty on any piece of Ireland, or, for that matter, on any other Celtic rock. That’s all. We love the English, we live with them, we fuck them, we have families with them, they break our hearts and we break theirs…we have affairs with them, we buy dinner for them (and far more often lately than was) and that’s great…that’s normal, but they just have to stop governing the island of Ireland in every way. Then there is no troubles.
Brexit presents a profound opportunity to break with England and form a good Union with Europe. This is a very good thing for all of Ireland’s 32 provinces.
What do you wish for? Border Guards and international boundaries to steal away forever the six Irish provinces to support the myth of the doddery Retards of the recalcitrant racist UK? And then, somehow, to blame poor bloody muslims for all the bad there is? “Celtic Warriors against Islam?” Oh, for fuck’s sake…what have they been drinking?
With many thanks to: Iain Mac Giolla Padraig
To name a thing is to control a thing. Words have a power beyond the immediate and obvious. The process of naming shapes perception and understanding. It influences action and reaction. To name a thing as hateful is to make it hated. Human beings have understood that for millennia. It has shaped the rhetorical wars of propaganda and misinformation, and the actual wars of bloodshed and violence. Language is a weapon, as dangerous as any other in the right – or wrong – hands.
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A trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court has collapsed after it emerged the accused taped a conversation in which gardai told him that his partner would be arrested and his child would go in to care if he did not accept responsibility for other charges.
Eimantas Valteris (33) was arrested by gardai in 2013 as part of an ongoing operation to counter dissident republican activities in the border area. He was the first Lithuanian to stand trial at the Special Criminal Court.
The prosecution decision not to proceed with the trial came after the court heard a “voir dire” or trial within a trial.
During the voir dire, the Special Criminal Court was played a taped conversation between Mr Valteris and two gardaí, one of whom was Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce of the Special Detective Unit.
Det Sgt Boyce accepted under cross examination by Hugh Hartnett SC that he was one of the two gardaí on the tape, which was made by Mr Valteris during an encounter he had with them after his initial arrest.
During the playing of the audio in court, the gardaí were heard telling Mr Valteris that “we’ll look after you” if he accepted responsibility for three other firearms and four silencers. The gardaí told him they knew the items were a “batch of four”.
The gardaí told Mr Valteris that his wife had been in a particular premises removing rubbish for about 30 minutes.
Mr Valteris was told that if he did not accept responsibility for the other items then the gardaí were would be “directed” to arrest his wife.
“If you don’t take responsibility, she’ll be next”.
Mr Valteris was told by the gardaí that if his partner was arrested then their child would “go into care”.
He was told that he was “digging a hole to put your missus” in if he wanted “to go down that route”.
The gardaí told Mr Valteris that they knew he was “bullshitting”, that they would “have to go to your house now and arrest your partner … She’ll be in custody”.
The gardaí were heard asking Mr Valteris: “Have we a deal or no deal … If we don’t (have a deal) I’m going to have to arrest your partner”.
The complete tape was not played in court on Thursday. The Director of Public Prosecutions entered a nolle prosequi – a decision not to proceed on the charge – before the playing of the tape could be resumed in court today.
On the fourth day of the trial, prosecuting counsel Mr Tony McGillicuddy BL told the three-judge court that the State was entering a “nolle prosequi” on the charge – in other words not proceeding with the prosecution – and Mr Valteris could be discharged.
Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding, ordered that Valteris should be discharged.
Mr Valteris, with an address at Park Vale, Grange Rath, Drogheda, Co Meath, had pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of a .32 inch auto (7.65mm) calibre IZH 79-8 model Baikal make semi-automatic pistol bearing serial number TPB358706 at Balmoral Industrial Estate, Navan, Co. Meath on June 10th, 2013.
The court had heard that Mr Valteris operated a car sales depot at the Balmoral Industrial Estate. It was the prosecution case that he was observed by gardai arriving at the depot on the afternoon of June 10th, 2013.
The court would hear evidence that Mr Valteris was seen going to an nearby yard where a red Fiat Ducato van was parked. A black VW Passat car came back to the yard and stopped close to where Mr Valteris was standing. A man was observed opening the boot of the Passat and then the car left the yard.
The VW Passat was later stopped by gardai in Castlebellingham, Co Louth and a semi-automatic pistol was found wrapped in material in a box in the boot.
During a later search of Mr Valteris’s yard €2,000 was found in another car. The prosecution alleged that Valteris had been storing the gun.
with many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News.
Source: Men of Peace