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Today is the 32nd anniversary of the re-introduction of internment in the occupied six counties. In March 1971 Brian Faulkner was appointed prime minister at Stormont. That year had seen the conflict escalate considerably, and Faulkner soon considered using internment against Republicans once again. It had been used against Republicans many times over the years, creating serious problems for the movement each time. Internment had been used on both sides of the border during the IRA campaign between 1956 and 1962, and Faulkner believed it had caused that campaign to fail. However in 1971 the Republican movement had a few things in it’s favour when it came to internment. Firstly the 26 county government appeared unlikely to also introduce internment, secondly there was a much larger amount of IRA activists now compared to the ’56-’62 period, and thirdly most of the IRA’s membership was new, young and unknown to the authorities.

Despite such realities, Faulkner persisted and got his wish. It was a desperate last throw of the dice for Stormont. At dawn on August 9th, in an exercise codenamed Operation Demetrius, the British Army rampaged through nationalist areas and interned 342 men, all but one of whom was Catholic. No Loyalists were interned until February 1973, even though by then they had murdered over one hundred innocent Catholics. The brutality of the British Army during the raids soured relations between that force and the nationalist population. On the first day of internment, widespread rioting erupted and ferocious gun battles raged which resulted in the deaths of thirteen people. Up to seven thousand Catholics were displaced and many of them sought refuge over the border in the Free State.

‘Operation Demetrius’ was a catastrophe for those who introduced it. Most of those interned had no connection to the Republican Movement. It completely failed to curb the IRA, and only succeeded in doing the opposite. When it emerged that British forces had tortured internees, the nationalist population was infuriated. Paradoxically, internment had merely caused the ranks of the IRA to swell and subsequent British actions ensured that continued to be the case for years to come. Internment was the beginning of the end for Stormont, with Bloody Sunday in January 1972 being the final nail in it’s coffin. After that the British Government assumed full responsibility for governing the six counties and abolished Stormont.

As we remember the anniversary of the re-introduction of internment today, it is important to also remember that it is not a thing of the past. There are those who will say that internment is long gone, however we now that to be untrue as we look at the example of Martin Corey among others. Martin Corey has been in Maghaberry jail for over three years, without charge or trial. He was taken from his home and imprisoned and has never been told why. Martin Corey is a victim of internment, which is still being used today to silence Irish Republicans. Our enemies ought to know by now that such tactics may weaken us in the short term, but in the long term they will only harden our resolve to see our struggle through to the end. For further information on the case of Martin Corey and the continued use of internment visit:

Oglach Patrick (Paddy) McAdorey 3rd batt PIRA – RIP

Fuair she has at son saoirse name hEireann

Oglach Paddy McAdorey RIP

Antaine Mac Dhomhnaill

It is the Anniversary of Internment today when the British state declared its nefarious intent on the Irish People. Raiding thousands of homes before dawn, battering the inhabitants and interning without trial hundreds of innocents but not before a “screening” process deployed in specially designed torture camps.

Óglaigh na h-Éireann went to the defence of the people as is its duty and in confronting the most blatant and brutal expression of the British Presence in our Country Óglach Paddy McAdorey was shot dead in Ardoyne.

Commemorate the remarkable will of all our people to achieving justice and peace and attend the anti internment rally this evening, pay tribute to all those who guarded the sanctity of the ranks with Óglach McAdorey through courage and principled conviction while simultaneously demanding the human rights for those denied those rights this day.

The British Government on internment morning did not, it never has and it never will differentiate between the Irish Irish in Ireland, it sees one enemy people – present to them that cohesiveness today. Beidh ár lá linn go tapaigh!!

“Patrick McAdorey 24 years, Ardoyne, north Belfast, an IRA activist, he was shot dead by British soldiers in Ardoyne on 9 August 1971. Internment without trial was introduced in the early hours of 9 August, and the Ardoyne area like many nationalist areas in the North of Ireland were entered by large forces of British troops on raid and arrest operations. During the resistance to these operations scores of people were killed or injured by British forces



Seán MacDiarmada Ard Eoin

Statement on Martin Corey by Jim McIlmurray

On Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, Lurgan man Martin Corey will have spent three years in Maghaberry Prison without any charges ever being placed against him. During that time, police have never questioned or interviewed Martin regarding any incident, occurrence or event relating to his imprisonment.

So who is Martin Corey ?

Martin Corey is a 62 year old man who served 19 years of his life in Long Kesh as a republican prisoner. He was released by the prison authorities in 1992 and began to rebuild his life. He is a popular figure from a well respected, hard-working family in the town.

It was a proud day for Martin when he was granted a loan to purchase his own mechanical digger. After a time, he gained the contract as the parish grave digger, covering several cemeteries in the greater Lurgan area. Many people, myself included, will recall his compassionate approach and professionalism during the time of families’ bereavement.

In all the time I have known Martin, I have only known his interests to be his family, his friends and his love of coarse fishing.

On Friday, April 16th, 2010, the police arrived at his O’Neill’s Terrace home and told him they had a warrant for his arrest. Martin was brought to Lurgan PSNI station and later that day transferred to Maghaberry prison. It was stated he broke the terms of his Life Licence release. When his solicitor requested to know what Martin was alleged to have done, he was told it a matter of National Security and the subject of closed file information.

For the past three years, his solicitor and barristers have challenged his unlawful detention on numerous occasions in the High Court. On Monday, the 9th of July, 2012, a High Court judge, Justice Seamus Tracy, who has a background in the European Human Rights Courts, ordered Martin’s immediate release, stating that his Human Rights had been breached under sections 4 and 5 of the European Human Rights act and that there were no charges for which he should answer. I waited for 4 hours outside Maghaberry with Martin’s family that day, only to be told at 4:15pm that the then current Secretary of State, Owen Patterson, had overruled the High Court judge and blocked Martin’s release. I was 25 yards away from Martin when I received that call. I watched him step out of the prison van at the reception centre and watched him walk back to the van to be returned to his cell. As he got into the van, he paused and starred at me and that will always be one of the hardest and cruelest moments I have ever witnessed in my life.

Martin has a legal entitlement to an annual Parole Board review every twelve calendar months to reevaluate the reasons for his continued detention. I have been accepted to speak on Martin’s behalf; however, every date set for a hearing for Martin last year was followed by a cancellation by the Parole Board, citing numerous excuses. Martin hasn’t received a parole review in 18 months, an action deemed illegal by the Court of Human Rights in Strasburg. We are currently awaiting a date to take this case to the High Court for a judicial review.

Martin has been subjected to a number of incidents during his time in Maghaberry Prison. These incidents include waiting over three weeks for an emergency dental appointment; of note, a veterinarian would have a legal obligation to report a pet owner for cruelty if he found an animal to be suffering for that period. Also, Martin’s request for compassionate leave to attend the funeral of his brother was denied by both the Prison Service and the Courts without any reasons given. He was only granted leave to attend 1 hour before the service started after a request was made to the Justice Minister on humanitarian grounds. I had to make three requests to the Prison Ombudsman to intervene in cases concerning material submitted by myself for Martin for use in his cell crafts. The prison staff either confiscated the printed image materials or refused to provide them to Martin. The Prison Ombudsman upheld all three decisions in Martin’s favour, ruling against the Northern Ireland Prison Service and determining that the material must be provided to Martin.

Martin’s case has been in the High Court in Belfast several times over the past three years, without any finding of criminal offence with which to charge him. Had Martin been charged with possession of an illegal firearm during his arrest three years previously, he would have been released six months ago. There is no other name for his illegal detention other than internment without trail.

As a close friend of Martin’s, I am in a better position than most to know if he was ever involved in any activity that could be deemed illegal or “a threat to National Security”, a phrase often utilized by faceless, nameless individuals in the courts. I can say without fear of contradiction that Martin is an innocent man. Everyone should make their voice be heard and call upon the Secretary of State to either bring charges against him or release him immediately.

I speak to Martin by telephone on a daily basis and visit him regularly in Maghaberry Prison, and can assure everyone that his spirits remain high despite his total lack of confidence in the judicial system in the North of Ireland. He thanks everyone for their continued messages of support .

We are currently awaiting a date to attend the Court of Appeal in London to challenge his illegal detention. If unsuccessful there, we will take his case to the European Courts of Justice. We will continue our presence at the Belfast High Court to request the Parole Board to give an explanation as to why Martin has been denied his legal right to an annual Parole Review.

Jim McIlmurray

Spokesperson for Martin Corey

Anti-Internment rally Friday 9 August


Seán MacDiarmada Ard Eoin

BY March 1959, internment without trial under the Offences Against the State Act had been in operation in the 26 Counties for a year and eight months. Republicans were held in huts in a closely-guarded compound on the military lands at the Curragh in County Kildare, a site which had also been used for internment during the Second World War.

The Fianna Fáil government of Eamon De Valera imposed internment in July 1957 in response to the IRA’s renewed Resistance Campaign. The unionist government at Stormont had already imposed internment three days before Christmas 1956. For Fianna Fáil it was more politically difficult and they faced persistent protests at the imposition, including from some of their own members, with local authorities passing resolutions for the release of political prisoners.

Sinn Féin campaigned vigorously against internment and raised the issue across Ireland and in the United States and Britain. In the Curragh itself, the republican prisoners organised themselves and there were several escape attempts. In September 1958, Ruairí Ó Brádaigh and Daithí Ó Conaill escaped, having concealed themselves under a camouflage grass blanket during a football match.


On 2 December 1958, there was a mass escape attempt when 26 prisoners rushed the fence with wire-cutters in broad daylight. Shots were fired and ammonia grenades hurled by the guards but 16 men got outside the perimeter. Two were recaptured and the remaining 14 made good their escape.

In the spring of 1959, a number of factors led the Fianna Fáil government to reconsider the continuing use of internment. Gerry Lawless, a political prisoner who was not in the IRA, had taken a case to the European Commission on Human Rights in Strasbourg and the verdict was awaited. (It was not delivered until 1961 and ruled that the Commission need not accept the Government’s undertaking that a state of emergency existed.) Political pressure against internment continued, the IRA campaign was running out of steam, and the Fianna Fáil government knew it could use military courts to secure convictions.

Accordingly, the releases from the Curragh began. On 6 March, 14 men were released, including such later well-known figures as Séamus Costello and Seán Garland. That day, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan addressed the annual lunch of the Unionist Council in Belfast and was cheered when he revealed that he had instructed the British Ambassador in Dublin to express disquiet at the releases from the Curragh.


There were ten more releases on 9 March and on 11 March the last 12 internees were released. Among them were JB O’Hagan of Lurgan, who in 1973 was one of the IRA prisoners who escaped from Mountjoy Prison by helicopter, Kildare republican Frank Driver, and IRA GHQ Staff member Seán Cronin.

The republican newspaper An tÉireannach Aontaithe (The United Irishman) pointed out in its April 1959 issue that the campaign for release of political prisoners would go on as there were still 165 internees and 75 sentenced republicans in Belfast’s Crumlin Road Prison, two serving life sentences in England and one sentenced prisoner in Portlaoise.

The last internees were released from the Curragh Camp on 11 March 1959, 50 years ago this week.

Tomas Clueit – Telford

The UK & Ireland Database

August 2013

Bruised baby case Telford man avoids prison

A man who bruised a three-week-old baby when he grabbed him around his neck has escaped an immediate prison sentence.

Tomas Clueit, 23, was told he would have to live with his momentary loss of control for the rest of his life.

The court was told the offence happened in February. The child was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital where it was found to have fingertip bruising to its head, neck and chest.

Clueit, of Merrington Road, Muxton, Telford, admitted cruelty to a child at an earlier hearing at Shrewsbury Crown Court. Yesterday he was given a nine-month jail sentence suspended for two years, an 18-month probation order and was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work in the community and pay £750 costs.

Mr Tim Harrington, for Clueit, said the child had suffered no long lasting injuries and the…

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The Courage Of Bradley Manning Will Inspire Others To Seize Their Moment of Truth

The Courage Of Bradley Manning Will Inspire Others To Seize Their Moment of Truth.


The critical moment in the political trial of the century was on 28 February when Bradley Manning stood and explained why he had risked his life to leak tens of thousands of official files. It was a statement of morality, conscience and truth: the very qualities that distinguish human beings. This was not deemed mainstream news in America; and were it not for Alexa O’Brien, an independent freelance journalist, Manning’s voice would have been silenced. Working through the night, she transcribed and released his every word. It is a rare, revealing document.

Describing the attack by an Apache helicopter crew who filmed civilians as they murdered and wounded them in Baghdad in 2007, Manning said: “The most alarming aspect of the video to me was the seemingly delightful bloodlust they appeared to have…

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