The man who was Martin McGuinness is no more and has returned to God his Creator and Judge. Martin’s soul will not be judged by me. In the democratic political realm, Martin entered the fray late in life and gave it his all and did well. Few would criticize his endeavours toward peace and prosperity in a divided society. I greatly admire his democratic political … Continue reading Martin McGuinness Told a Whopper of a Lie
The outlawed Irish Republican Army murdered – and in many cases tortured and ‘disappeared’ – approximately 1,800 persons across Britain, Ireland, Europe and America – men, women and children – during its ‘armed struggle’ between 1969-2015, fully supported by its political twin, Sinn Féin. Following the cessation of most of its violence, the IRA and its ‘Army Council’ has emerged in the Sinn Féin political … Continue reading Sinn Féin Should Admit The IRA’s Armed Struggle was Wrong, Unnecessary and Violated Human Rights
Following an RTE documentary entitled ‘Atonement’ in April 2016 which covered my writing a play about the repentance of the IRA War of Independence hero Kevin Barry, a number of victims of IRA bombings contacted me asking for my help and/or advice about how to get truth from the IRA re the bombings that killed their family members. I was not prepared for how terribly … Continue reading Catholic Priests and the IRA
Following the success of Sinn Féin/IRA’s commemorations of their IRA heroes at Loughgall and Clonoe earlier this year, Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams are to host a celebration on November 8th of the Enniskillen Remembrance Day Bombing IRA volunteers’ on the 30th anniversary of their heroic action on behalf of Ireland’s freedom, sovereignty, equality, respect and a mandatory Irish Language Act. For the re-enactment, IRA … Continue reading Sinn Féin/IRA Enniskillen Bombing Commemoration & Re-enactment
Following the IRA’s March 1973 bombings of The Old Bailey and Ministry of Agriculture and unsuccessful bomb attacks at New Scotland Yard and a BBC armed forces radio studio (where the bombs were defused), ten IRA volunteers from Belfast were quickly captured at Heathrow Airport. They included Marian and Dolours Price, Hugh Feeny and Gerry Kelly. All were convicted, one turned States’ Evidence against the … Continue reading The IRA’s Birmingham Bombings – an Informer?
At the beginning of September, 1985, after ten years in top security prisons around Britain, I was transferred back to Northern Ireland. After nine years as a Category ‘A’ High Risk prisoner, I had been a Category ‘B’ prisoner in Blundeston prison in Suffolk for some months where there was very little security. Only two prison officers accompanied me in a taxi to Birmingham airport … Continue reading Fr. Gerry Reynolds – Ethical Peacemaker?
Could it have been the intention of the Christian peacemakers who acted as go-betweens and guarantors during the fraught negotiations between the IRA and the British and Irish governments and Unionists that the Sinn Fein/IRA entity would continue as largely sectarian, dishonest and entirely hypocritical regarding human rights and legal processes? While everyone can see the flaws in the pressurised political institutions, would only Fr. … Continue reading Sinn Fein/IRA and Human Rights
How have we ended up in a situation following a peace process and an agreement in which half of the political establishment in Northern Ireland expresses the belief that the murders of approximately 1,700 men, women and children by the Provisional IRA were wholly legitimate, necessary and to be celebrated for ever into the future? How is it possible in a normal democracy to regard … Continue reading The IRA’s Lie of “The Necessary Armed Struggle”
Protestant Douglas Hyde, elected first President of (twenty-six county) Ireland in 1938, had founded The Gaelic League in 1893 to preserve and promote Irish culture and in particular the language. He resigned as President of the League on July 31st, 1915, in protest at the takeover of the League by physical force nationalists, forerunners of the later IRA. There has always been tension between language … Continue reading Michelle O’Neill Chose the Path of Least Integrity
One element that has been entirely absent from the Northern Ireland peace process is the ethical dimension. It is clear that paramilitary leaders can be purchased to mostly dissolve their paramilitary gangs and dispose of their weaponry for the glass beads and shiny buttons of limited temporal power, cash grants and opportunities to appoint former fighters to lucrative posts here and there along with immunity … Continue reading Ethical Dimension Absent from Irish Peace Process
The decision by the Bishop McKeown of Derry to allow the unnecessary trappings of a state funeral for Martin McGuinness inside Long Tower church was a retrospective whitewashing and deodorizing of McGuinness’ IRA activities in the wake of the latter’s claim shortly before his death that he remained proud of his IRA past and an unholy reversal of former Bishop Edward Daly’s brave stance against … Continue reading Catholic Church Erred in Allowing State Funeral for Martin McGuinness