Monthly Archives: June 2018

Joe Crowley’s Defeat Is A Big Blow To Sinn Fein

The chummy photograph above, taken from Gerry Adams’ Twitter feed in March 2014, shows the then leader of Sinn Fein enjoying the company of the cream of the Democratic Party’s congressional leadership as they prepare for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Washington.

The third figure from the left, wearing glasses and towering above Rita O’Hare, is a character called Joe Crowley. Until yesterday the Irish-American congressman for a district of New York that combines part of the Bronx and Queens had never been seriously challenged in his 20-year career in Washington.

Considered one of the most powerful Democratic Party bosses Crowley was being touted as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives if, in the November elections, the Democrats took control of the House and the current party leader, Nancy Pelosi was to retire, as some expect her to do.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – her primary win was a blow to Democratic Party bosses and Sinn Fein

Had all that panned out as it was supposed to then Sinn Fein would have had one of the most powerful politicians in the United States as a faithful friend and ally, someone who stood by Gerry Adams when he was arrested over the ‘disappearance’ of Jean McConville and unequivocally backed the party’s approach to the Good Friday Agreement through thick and thin.

That was until yesterday when a 28-year old, left-wing political neophyte called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thrashed Crowley in a primary election, upsetting the Democrat’s political apple cart and winning support for a radical program that included socialised medicine and opposition to Trump’s immigration policies.

With the fall of Joe Crowley, Sinn Fein have lost a powerful friend in the corridors of American political power. It was a bad day for the Democratic party’s cautious, centrist leadership; but it was also a bad day for the Shinners.

 

Guth Gafa (Captive Voice) Film Festival Review Of ‘I, Dolours’

At last, someone who understands ‘I, Dolours’:

I, DOLOURS

 

Maurice Sweeney,  Ireland and Northern  Ireland, 2017, 82’

In the big picture of Irish republicanism the lines are generally clear; the history of colonial oppression is punctuated by huge events: 1921; Bloody Sunday; The Good Friday Agreement, and many others besides. But one tends to forget the continuous nature of struggle, a phenomenon that links generations and elongates time, particularly for those incarcerated; particularly the lifers. Director Maurice Sweeney͛s portrait of IRA volunteer Dolours Price tells of both the collective and the individual and the tension between them in a film that is courageously candid, delicate, and beautifully shot. Using archive, interviews and re-creation Sweeney captures perfectly the ethos of her republican household in which – “We wouldn’t hear Little Red Riding Hood as a bedtime story but rather ‘Theyhanged my mate Jimmy’”. Sweeney confronts head-on the issue of the disappeared–traitors to the cause who were eliminated; spectres in Dolour͛s life that would follow her to the grave. Seamlessly the narrative changes form and in skilfully wrought re-creations the horror of solitary and force feeding is brought home. Sad, beautiful, delicate and finely crafted, this is a major film.

Please see note on parental guidance below.

Maurice Sweeney has been regarded as one of Ireland’s leading documentary filmmakers. In more recent years he has also begun to focus on fiction. As a director, Maurice has won four IFTAs. In 2010, he filmed and directed the widely acclaimed The Forgotten Irish, dealing with the emigration to Britain in the 1950s. Maurice’s first major drama deature, Saving The Titantic, has been sold throughout the world and has been watched by an estimated 10 million people, and winning several prestigious awards.

Director: Maurice Sweeney

Producer: Nuala Cunningham, Ed Moloney 

Camera: Kate McCullough

Editor: Mick Mahon

Sound: Stephen McDowell, Mick Cassidy

Music: Giles Packam

SCREENING TIME

Saturday 21st, 8.00pm, The RoadHouse Cinema (Q&A)

BOOKING NOTE

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Parental Guidance Note These films have been recommended by the Guth Gafa Programming Team as suitable for children 16 and over. However, parental discretion is advised and we ask parents to consider the film synopsis and watch the film trailer before purchasing tickets.

Trump’s America (cont’d)

June 19, 2018
By Jacob Rosenberg

After stating that he did not need to prepare much for a meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore, US president Donald Trump showed the North Korean leader a fake trailer depicting what his country would look like if it reentered the international community.”I think he loved it,” said Trump, who reportedly adored North Korea’s state-run TV service. He also told Kim that his country could have “the best hotels in the world” and announced that he would suspend US military drills in South Korea, but did not notify South Korea. Kim brought his own toilet to the summit.

The Department of Justice said in a report that a top FBI agent investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election had texted another agent that “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president, and that former FBI director James Comey had mishandled the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server and used his personal email for FBI business. Paul Manafort’s bail was revoked, and the Supreme Court upheld Ohio’s ability to purge voters from its rolls. In Nevada, a legal pimp won the Republican primary for the state Legislature.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the “wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government,” a passage that was often used to defend slavery in the 1850s, to justify separating immigrant children from their parents and the zero tolerance policy for those who illegally cross the US-Mexico border, including asylum seekers. An executive of Casa Padre, a nonprofit detention center inside a former Walmart in Texas, told journalists, “You might want to smile. The kids feel a little like animals in a cage, being looked at.” The shelter holds nearly 1,500 children, and has a mural of Donald Trump with a quote, in English and Spanish, from his 1987 book The Art of the Deal. Alphonso Davies, a 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps FC soccer player whose parents are Liberian refugees, stated, “The people of North America have always welcomed me. If given the opportunity, I know they will welcome you” during the final bid that won the United States, Mexico, and Canada joint hosting duties for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Animals are becoming increasingly nocturnal because of human activity.

AT&T purchased Time Warner for $85.4 billion; Comcast bid $65 billion “all cash” to acquire 21st Century Fox, which Disney is also trying to acquire. An electric scooter startup is seeking funding at a $2 billion valuation, Tesla eliminated 9 percent of its workforce, and Elizabeth Holmes, the former CEO of the blood-testing startup Theranos, was indicted on federal fraud charges. It was reported that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made at least $82 million in income outside their positions in the White House and that EPA chief Scott Pruitt had an aide help secure his wife a job at a conservative group after failing to get her a Chick-fil-A franchise. A woman is preemptively suing NASA to keep a vial of moondust that Neil Armstrong gave her; a dust storm the size of North America may have broken a NASA probe; and researchers found the source of microwave light emanating across the Milky Way may be hydrogenated nanodiamonds. Archaeologists think they have found the head of Jezebel’s husband. Czech president Milos Zeman announced a press conference, gathered reporters, and then had two firefighters burn a massive pair of red underpants in front of them. “I’m sorry to make you look like little idiots,” he said.

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.

Appointed

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:

09/09/2016

The Daily Traditionalist: Best Wishes to North Korea

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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

https://archive.org/embed/DT090916

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