What’s Going On At The Guardian’s Irish Desk?

I hear that Rory Carroll has been made The Guardian’s Irish correspondent, replacing Henry McDonald who is moving to London but is currently battling illness on two fronts. We wish him a speedy recovery.

McDonald’s tenure at the Grauniad has been characterised by regular sniping from elements in the newsroom notorious for their sympathy for Sinn Fein and unhappy that their man in Belfast did not toe the line.

This was a tradition begun by the paper’s late deputy editor and Gerry Adams’ devotee, Georgina Henry (partner of playwright Ronan Bennett) and continued by luminaries such as Roy Greenslade, who once penned articles under the pseudonym ‘George King’ – King George backwards – for the SF/IRA journal An Phoblacht/Republican News.

Greenslade’s penmanship for the Provos was exposed by a Guardian colleague, Nick Davies. It later transpired that Greenslade was a friend of Pat Doherty, a former IRA Director of Intelligence.

He also stood surety for IRA member John Downey, accused of the 1982 bombing of Hyde Park which killed four soldiers.

I am led to believe that there was a more or less incessant campaign by elements in the paper to remove McDonald, especially from those hostile to his less than unctuous attitude towards the Provos.

I must declare an interest in this squabble since The Guardian was the only major newspaper in the British isles not to review my book, ‘A Secret History of the IRA‘. I think I know why.

On the eve of the book’s publication the late Martin McGuinness toured newspaper offices in Britain and Ireland – including my then employer The Sunday Tribune – to label me a dissident sympathiser (trans: ‘If you give this book a good review we’ll label you as well!’). Presumably he got a rapt hearing at the Grauniad.

While it seems that McDonald’s ill health did not provide the pretext for his removal, the Guardians internal announcement made no mention of his health problems nor thanked him for his service.

Rory Carroll be warned.

Drew Harris As Garda Commissioner Is Gerry Adams’ Worst Nightmare

I see from yesterday’s Irish Times (see below) that PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris is one of five candidates recently interviewed for the post of Garda Commissioner.

Don’t be surprised if the selection board plumps for the Northerner. It would be one of those ‘hands across the Border’ gestures that dovetails quite nicely with the post-Brexit political necessities. A gesture to the separated brethren and a middle finger to T. May.

Drew Harris

One person unlikely to extend a warm welcome to the PSNI chief  is retired SF leader Gerry Adams. Harris was Assistant Chief Constable in charge of Crime when orders were given to pursue the Boston College oral history archives for material dealing with the ‘disappearance’ of Jean McConville.

This came amid mounting accusations that Adams had given the order to send the widowed mother-of-ten to an unmarked grave on the shores of Carlingford Lough.

Gerry Adams

Drew Harris has a very personal reason to detest the IRA, its works and leaders.

His father Alwyn Harris, a Superintendent in the RUC, was killed in October 1989 by a booby trap bomb attached to his car – a so-called ‘up and under’ – as he and his wife were on their way to church from their home in Lisburn, Co Antrim.

His wife was not seriously injured but the policeman, who was on sick leave, died. Such booby trap bombs invariably caused terrible injuries. The IRA admitted responsibility.

Drew Harris will also be remembered for giving secret evidence at the Smithwick Tribunal in 2013 saying that the PSNI and MI5 had intelligence that the IRA in Co Louth had wanted to spare the life of accused Garda spy, Tom Oliver but when they brought their plea to a senior Provo they were turned down.

Harris was asked to write down the name of the senior IRA figure and pass it to the presiding judge, Peter Smithwick. There has been intense speculation about the identity of this Provo, who is believed to have doubled as a Sinn Fein activist.

You can read about all that here and here.

And here is the text of The Irish Times report on the selection of a new Garda Commissioner:

Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Five have taken part in final interviews for Garda commissioner

If an internal Garda candidate is chosen, appointment likely to go ahead in August

Sarah Bardon

Five individuals have participated in the final round of interviews to become the next Garda commissioner, The Irish Times understands.

Former commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan stood aside last September after weeks of pressure on her position. Dónall Ó Cualáin is the Acting Commissioner.

Final interviews for the role are understood to have taken place over recent days and a decision may be taken as soon as within the next fortnight.

The Public Appointments Service will make a recommendation to the Policing Authority for consideration of Government, which will accept or reject the person for appointment.

The authority and Government were both represented on the interview panel by chair of the authority Josephine Feehily and a former secretary general at the Department of Justice.

If an internal Garda candidate wins the process, their appointment would likely go ahead in August. However, for an outside candidate, a security check would be required and possibly a work permit.


Those additional steps in the process would mean the next commissioner would be appointed next September at the earliest.

It is understood Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll and Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy are the only two internal candidates in the running to head the Garda.

That would mean the commissioner would be appointed around the same time the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland reports to Government after a year-long review process.

The commission had previously warned that the new Garda commissioner should not begin until its work was concluded next September.

Internal candidates

It is understood Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll and Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy are the only two internal candidates in the running.

Deputy Chief Constable with the Police Service of Northern Ireland Drew Harris is understood to also be in the final five.

The Government agreed last December the new Garda commissioner would be paid a salary of €250,000 a year, compared to the €180,000 paid to Ms O’Sullivan.

Trump And North Korea – Soulmates Under The Skin

This September 2016 article on the US neo-Nazi website Radio Aryan suggests Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s North Korea may have more in common than most people imagine:


The Daily Traditionalist: Best Wishes to North Korea


Matthew Heimbach presents a solo edition of The Daily Traditionalist centred around some little known information about the hermit kingdom of North Korea. It is their independence day today and although most think they are Communist, they are actually closer to Nationalist. Matt has been reading a book called ‘The Cleanest Race’ which claims that the DPRK really derive their ideology from National Socialism and Japanese Fascism.

North Korea is extremely militaristic and insist that every member of their nation must be prepared to lay down their life for the rest. Their constitution does not have one mention of Communism in it and they have been moving further away from Marxism over the last few decades. They believe in racial purity and even instituted laws to preserve it during the initial leader Kim Il Sung’s reign. He had been prepared to work with the other anti-capitalist countries, but once the East German workers over there started to inter-marry with the Koreans, he expelled all the bastard children and banned miscegenation outright.

When American prisoners of war desired to stay there after the war, Kim Il Sung even imported wives for them from the Ukraine to prevent any temptation to mingle blood with the Koreans. The celebration of their racial purity is to be found everywhere in the country, with depictions of children all looking the same and Kim Il Sung always being pictured with snow, as they treasure the whiteness of their skin and see snow as a symbol for purity.

Not every policy of the DPRK is good and they do use some symbols of the enemy, but they are a nationalist regime and they do have a functioning ethno-state that has succeeded in standing up to the combined might of Jewish Capitalism.

Best wishes to Best Korea on their independence day.

Presented by Matthew Heimbach

The Daily Traditionalist: Best Wishes to North Korea – DT 090916


Sinn Fein Can Smell The Leather Of The Back Seat In The Ministerial Merc

This piece in the Indo below more or less speaks for itself. Getting into government has become about getting into government. Nothing else.

Friday 15 June 2018

SF chiefs keep open option of talks with FG and FF

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Sinn Féin chiefs have amended a motion that will be put to its membership this weekend in a bid to keep its coalition options open after a general election.

A Dublin-based branch of the party has tabled a motion for debate that would limit Mary Lou McDonald’s engagement with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

It said that, while Sinn Féin could talk to any party, its “only objective will be to form a broad left-wing government comprising parties and independents of a similar political ideology”.

As Sinn Féin’s adopts motions from its ard fheis as policy, this would have effectively banned the leadership from entering government with either Leo Varadkar or Micheál Martin.

However, party bosses contacted the cumann in Templeogue seeking agreement to make the motion more ambiguous.

It will now say that Sinn Féin “should attempt” to form a left-wing coalition, rather than having this as the party’s “only objective”.

Deputy leader Pearse Doherty confirmed the change, saying Sinn Féin wanted to meet with all independents and parties after an election “to see whether we could deliver a programme for government that deals with the big crises”.

The leadership of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have both categorically ruled out working with Sinn Féin.

Mr Doherty said Sinn Féin’s aim was to be the biggest political party.

“Obviously the bigger the mandate we have, the more influence we would have in those negotiations,” he said.

Party members will also debate whether Sinn Féin should contest a presidential election later this year.

A motion calls on the ard comhairle to “positively consider” putting a candidate forward regardless of whether President Michael D Higgins seeks re-election or not.

Irish Independent

Trump’s America (cont’d)

June 12, 2018
By Sharon J. Riley

The leaders of Canada, Italy, Germany, France, Japan, the UK, the United States, and 12 other countries gathered for the annual G7 summit, held this year in Charlevoix, Quebec. US president Donald Trump arrived late to a meeting on gender equality, missed a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron, refused to sign the summit’s joint communiqué shortly after agreeing to sign it, and said that Russian president Vladimir Putin should have been invited.Trump left the summit early, after less than 24 hours in Canada, in order to travel to Singapore for what he described as a “get-to-know-you situation” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a five-star resort on the island of Sentosa, which was once known as the Island of Death from Behind for housing a Japanese execution site during World War II and now has a theme park and two golf courses. Doug Ford, a label and packaging magnate who is the brother of Toronto’s late mayor Rob Ford, who was once filmed smoking crack, was elected premier of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province. In Surrey, British Columbia, it was reported that feral peacocks were attacking cars after seeing their own reflections.
Austria’s government announced that it would close seven mosques, and the government of Bavaria, Germany, made it mandatory that every public building display a Christian cross at their entrance, and said that it would consider using private jets to deport migrants seeking asylum. US attorney general Jeff Sessions ordered federal immigration judges to “generally” deny “claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors,” and to complete a quota of 700 cases a year; the US government plans to transfer 1,600 detained immigrants, including asylum seekers, to federal prisons; and an Ecuadorean pizza-delivery man was arrested after trying to deliver pizza to a military base in New York. It was reported that children had been separated from their parents while attempting to cross the US border in 1,768 cases over 17 months, and a Senator touring a detention facility said that children were being kept in “big cages.” A Massachusetts kindergarten teacher rewrote “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” with the lyrics “Lockdown, lockdown, lock the door. Shut the lights off, say no more” as part of a drill for school shootings. A two-year-old boy died after being shot by his 13-year-old brother in Ohio; a four-year-old boy was shot in South Carolina after playing with a gun he found under a mattress; a 10-year-old boy was shot while playing in his yard in Mississippi; a two-year-old boy was shot in the head and a nine-year-old boy was shot in the stomach while shooting targets in Tennessee; a four-year-old boy was shot at a gas station in Missouri; a five-year-old boy was shot while sitting on a porch in Louisiana; a five-year-old boy was shot in Pennsylvania; a six-year-old boy in Kentucky died when a gun he was playing with went off; a 12-year-old girl died after being shot by two teenagers in Georgia; five-year-old boy was shot by his eight-year-old brother and seven people were shot at a child’s birthday party in Illinois; and a ten-year-old boy was shot in the head at a birthday party in Virginia. NRA Family, the National Rifle Association’s website “for families and beginning shooters of all ages,” posted a “Fun Friday Quiz” titled “Which Rifle Are You?”
A member of the National Guard was arrested after leading police on a two-hour chase in a stolen armored vehicle in Virginia. Police in Mesa, Arizona, released a video showing a group of police officers punching and kneeing an unarmed 33-year-old black man because he wouldn’t sit down on the floor; a 24-year-old black man in Chicago, was killed after being shot in the back by police; and the National Sheriff Association announced a new program to teach police how to reduce the use of lethal force against pets. A pastor conducting a baptism in a lake in Ethiopia was killed by a crocodile, a woman in Florida was dragged into a lake by an alligator while she was walking her dogs, and a cashier on her break at a Florida Home Depot was attacked in the parking lot by a spider monkey named Spanky.It was reported that Chinese demand for donkey skins was causing a decline in Kenyan donkey populations. A 340-ton machine in Tennessee that can calculate 200 quadrillion mathematical equations per second overtook a Chinese mainframe to become the world’s fastest supercomputer, and it was reported that researchers in Germany were developing a robot that gives good hugs.

Fuck Trump!

A Glimpse Of The Other Circles Gerry Adams Moves In

This article, from yesterday’s (Sat) New York Post, may help to give an answer to those who have been wondering what Gerry Adams might do, now that he has handed over the leadership of Sinn Fein to Mary Lou.

To be asked to eulogise someone known as ‘the contractor to the stars’ on the same platform as Martha Stewart at a fancy Hampton’s funeral suggests to me that the bold Gerry is well got amongst New York’s rich and famous.

Don’t be surprised if one day you pick up your paper or read on social media that the one-time IRA Chief of Staff has relocated himself to that part of the world, where no-one mentions Jean McConville or has even heard of Brian Stack – much less Tom Oliver.

Martha Stewart delivers eulogy at ‘builder to the stars’ memorial

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Bonnie and Ben Krupinski

Martha Stewart delivered a heartfelt eulogy for longtime pal and prominent East Hampton home builder, Ben Krupinski — who died in a plane crash with his wife and grandson last weekend.

Hundreds of friends, family and admirers poured into the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton Friday morning to pay tribute to the 70-year-old “Builder to the Stars,” his wife, Bonnie Bistrian Krupinski, 70, and their 22-year-old grandson, Will Maerov.

Other notable guests included Gerry Adams, former head of Ireland’s Sinn Fein, and professional golfer Ben Crenshaw. The pews filled so quickly that by 10 a.m., mourners were ushered to a nearby parish to watch a live stream of the service, Newsday reported.

The family, along with the pilot, Jon Dollard, 47, were all presumed dead after the Piper PA-31 Navajo plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off Amagansett about 3:20 p.m. on June 2.

Stewart, 76, dressed in a black embroidered frock, spoke about meeting Krupinski in the early 1990s, a month after buying an old house on Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton Village.

“I interviewed seven contractors in one day, then this handsome guy drove up in a pickup truck, not a Mercedes like these other guys,” she said, according to the East Hampton Star.

When asked if it could be restored to her utmost standards, he replied, “ ‘Certainly. No problem.’”

The polite phrase became Stewart’s nickname for the builder.

“That’s what I called him,” she said.

He carried out the project quickly, and under-budget, she recalled.

Modal TriggerPallbearers carry the caskets of Bernard and Bonnie Krupinski at the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton
Pallbearers carry the caskets of Bernard and Bonnie Krupinski at the First Presbyterian Church of East HamptonVictor Alcorn

Bonnie was “the anchor” who was “studious [and] loyal,” said the lifestyle guru.

The builder’s estranged daughter, Laura Krupinski, once accused her father of having an affair with Stewart, allegations he denied.

Adams also spoke at the service.

“Words cannot express the awfulness of what has occurred, so we have to dig deep,” he said. “Ben and Bonnie were warm, happy, decent, generous patriots who never forgot their heritage.”

Musician Rick Davies of the 1970s rock group Supertramp, a friend of the couple, played a piano rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the East Hampton Star reported.

Pallbearers then solemnly carried out the wooden caskets of Ben and Bonnie.

The twin-engine aircraft was discovered Thursday, about 45 feet under water, authorities said.

The bodies of Krupinski and his wife were found by divers June 2 among the wreckage and a third body was found Friday, but East Hampton cops have yet to identify the remains.