Tony Blair And The Peace Process – Secret Contact With Adams, A ‘Grisly’ Meeting With The Others And Blair’s First Big Lie……

From James Kinchin-White and Ed Moloney

Fascinating documents describing contacts between the newly-elected British prime minister, Tony Blair and the North’s political leaders, written in the days following New Labour’s historic May 1997 general election triumph, have made their way to The Broken Elbow, and they show that Blair began his stint in Downing Street as he would continue it, by saying one thing in public but doing the opposite in private.

The documents show that despite a public pledge to the contrary, Blair was in almost immediate contact with the Sinn Fein president and IRA Army Council member Gerry Adams in blatant contravention of a public pledge that this would not happen until a new ceasefire had been called.

The documents, which come from British files, also reveal that Blair was advised to avoid elevating the SDLP leader, John Hume into a major player during Blair’s stewardship of the peace process. Writing to Blair on May 9th, 1997, less than a week after Labour’s general election triumph, the new premier’s principal private secretary and senior Foreign Office mandarin, John Holmes gave the following advice: ‘We want to avoid getting into a position where Hume is once again an intermediary. You will need to be careful not to give Hume messages to take back to Adams, and to avoid getting drawn into any text he may have in his pocket.’

A week after Labour’s election victory, on May 9th, 1997, the new Blair administration was in touch with Gerry Adams via his secretary, Siobhan O’Hanlon who contacted the Northern Ireland Office official, Quentin Thomas to pass on a three paragraph message from the SF leader to Blair promising to keep contact with the new prime minister secret, along with Mr Adams’ desire, in a veiled reference to a renewed IRA ceasefire, ‘… help create conditions in which real progress can be made. The sooner this is done the better.’

Siobhan O’Hanon was one of the members of an IRA team which plotted to bomb Gibraltar in March 1988. Three of the team were shot dead by the SAS as they apparently carried on a target surveillance operation on the Rock, but O’Hanlon remained at the team’s Spanish base and survived. A sister of a Sunday Independent columnist and fierce IRA critic, Eilis O’Hanlon, she became Adams’ secretary but succumbed to cancer a few years later.

Adams was good as his word. With a challenge from IRA dissidents, led by IRA Quarter-Master General Micky McKevitt faced down at a special IRA Convention, Adams and his allies were, by the Summer of 1997, back in charge of the IRA and free to resume the peace process. A new ceasefire was called on July 20th, 1997, nearly three months after Blair’s general election triumph, although an IRA split quickly followed.

Another document, also from John Holmes, described arrangements for phone calls from the various NI party leaders to Blair. ‘This is a somewhat grisly prospect but necessary’, he wrote, adding: ‘They are getting 30 minutes each. You have to see the party leaders from time to time. But they should not get into the habit of bypassing Mo (Mo Mowlam, Blair’s NI Secretary), which they will be tempted to do, especially the Unionists’.

He continued: ‘It will not be difficult to be in listening mode with Paisley, although he is often the soul of joviality on these occasions. Robinson is much cleverer and more difficult to deal with’. Paisley and Blair went on to cultivate a friendship based on a common interest in religion born out of Blair’s wish to convert to Catholicism.

A third document describes a Downing Street meeting between Paisley, who traveled alone, and Blair, his new NI Secretary, Mo Mowlam and three officials, Jonathan Stephens, Jonathan Powell and John Holmes. It took place on May 12, 1997 and was notable for the following pledge Blair gave Paisley: ‘The Prime Minister said that his priority was to make clear to the Unionists that he was absolutely attached to the principle of consent. His government would not be acting as ‘persuaders’ for Irish unity. He asked Dr Paisley the best way of reassuring the Unionists’.

Paisley singled out the removal of Articles 2 and 3 of the Irish constitution which Unionists saw as laying claim to Northern Ireland,

Here are the documents, beginning with the secret messaging to Gerry Adams, via Siobhan O’Hanlon (the final sentence in the second document from John Holmes stubbornly refuses to be loaded. It reads ‘….have to be done in the absence of Sinn Fein. Trimble is trying to see Bruton (which is much t be encouraged)’:

Fascism On The March In America…..

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A Song For ‘The Disappeared….’

You can hear it here….. with thanks to TBG

Peace Process Hero George Mitchell Mired In Epstein-Maxwell Paedo Scandal….

Yukk! You can read about it here……No wonder he was so eager to get out of Belfast!

Wonderful News On The Covid Front….

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Informers Or Agents Of Influence?

By Dr Declan Hayes

Ireland’s failure to differentiate her informers from Perfidious Albion’s far more insidious agents of influence is a historical constant. Though the late Denis Donaldson, for example, was an agent of influence, whose grooming emasculated militant Republicanism far more effectively than did Eamon Collins, Sean O’Callaghan or Stakeknife, those four were but the latest in an almost endless procession of agents and informers stretching back to the Nine Years’ War, where Hugh O’Neill, the main Ulster protagonist, was married, in an Anglican ceremony no less, to Mabel, sister of Sir Henry Bagenal, marshal of Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Irish Army.

Though O’Neill’s demands varied from one year to the next, one constant was his ultimately futile request for the English to treat the mercurial Fiach MacHugh O’Byrne, whose domain bordered Dublin, leniently. Although O’Byrne and many others like him were ultimately betrayed by informers, agents of influence, who could get tribes to switch alliances, were much more decisive in dooming O’Neill, O’Byrne and the intransigent O’Donnell.

The same was true of the Irish Civil War where the British Special Branch had the London and Belfast IRAs thoroughly infiltrated, of the O’Higgins and O’Brien murders and of Jim O’Donovan’s 1930s’ English bombing campaign, where Peter Barnes and James McCormack, semi-literates both, swung for the Coventry bike bombing that Joby Sullivan and Dominic Adams, Gerry Adams’ uncle, perpetrated.

The Coventry bombing is instructive as Harry White, Adams and Sullivan had their escape routes well-planned, whereas hundreds of others, who were not so well-connected, were sacrificed to the hangman’s rope and the prison cell as expendables, forerunners to the Provos’ own expendables.

As his confrères faced the hangmen and the firing squads, Dominic Adams settled down to a suburban life in 105 Sutton Park, just behind Kilbarrack Graveyard, where notorious informer and agent of influence Francis Higgins, the Sham Squire, was buried.

In Booterstown, at the far side of Dublin Bay, Archie Doyle, Timothy Coughlin and Bill Gannon gunned down agent of influence Justice Minister Kevin O’Higgins on 10 July 1927 in an unsuccessful attempt to get the Cosgrave government to outlaw Fianna Fáil, which was on the brink of power following their triumphant general election showing of a month earlier.

Doyle also orchestrated the 9 September 1942 murder of (the unarmed) Detective Sergeant Dinny O’Brien, which understandably greatly intensified the authorities’ crackdown on the IRA both inside and outside the prisons. Although Doyle, like O’Callaghan and Collins in our own time, wanted to be an agent of change, his only tangible legacy is that he forced De Valera to hang, shoot and imprison those of his IRA contemporaries, who drew the short straw.

That short straw is the key to understanding not only Archie Doyle but Joe Cahill, Dominic Adams, Harry White, Gerry Adams Snr and their Belfast contemporaries, who learned those hard lessons of earlier years and who felt life, rather than their own considerable short comings, had dealt them a bad hand.

When the Troubles erupted in the 1970s, these characters found themselves in the same situation Dan Breen did before 1919 where the RIC “knew even what you were thinking, even knew what you had for breakfast”. In the case of Gerry Adams Snr, Liam Adams, Billy Reid and other heavy hitters, that included child rape.

Although thousands of Volunteers swarmed into PIRA’s ranks, the RUC very much had the measure of those families, who were at the heart of Republican Belfast as they groomed them to move from the margins of society to its centre, from field hands to very compromised house slaves, if you will.

As the late Ruairí Ó Brádaigh said in his prophetic 1986 Ard Fheis speech, immediately after Gerry Adams tapped him on the shoulder, the road the Adams family chose was to take the road their enemies’ had prepared over the previous 65 years for them.

The New Year (2022) will see the Adams clan a staggering 24 years into milking the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) cow, the never-ending Peace in Our Time deal that disgraced politicians Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and their flunkeys negotiated as window dressing to their regimes’ ongoing wars of conquest elsewhere.

Although the GFA is held up as an Irish version of the Treaty of Westphalia, the Versailles Treaty or, heaven preserve us, the Congress of Vienna, locally it is only a tool for Ulster’s agents of influence to enrich themselves at the expense of the general public, as well as of their own expendables.

While John Hume and David Trimble were awarded Nobel medals and Nobel money for supposedly brokering this deal, the role Ireland’s other informers and agents of influence played in this ongoing soapie should also be recognised and, as they say themselves, further rewarded if their sell by date has not, however belatedly, passed.

(Dr Declan Hayes is a Dublin-based retired Finance Professor. Although his site focuses mostly on his humanitarian work in government-held Syria, he has also been active on Republican prisoner-related issues since the introduction of internment on 9th August, 1971)

What Happens In America When A Leftist Shoots One Of Trump’s Right-Wing Friends…

This sort of puts the Kyle Rittenhouse affair into perspective. Remember that after his killing spree in Kenosha, a heavily armed Rittenhouse walked unhampered through a convoy of police cars who basically ignored him. By contrast, you can watch the video describing the police execution of Antifa activist Michael Reineoehl here….and what happened to the policemen who gunned him down here. The killing Reineoehl was involved in followed an August 2020 ’invasion’ of Portland by armed Trump supporters. Reineoehl behaved in almost the exact same fashion as Rittenhouse – but his fate was starkly different.

Four Square Laundry Woman Reveals All (Well, Nearly All)

Thanks to NI Troubles Group 1969-2007

The Irish Story On Ian Paisley’s Place In Irish History….

You can read/listen to it here, Enjoy……

The Lunacy Of America’s Right-Wing……

This is difficult to believe but these people, and others like them, will probably make Donald Trump the Republican Party’s challenger to Joe Biden in 2024 – and judging by the collective cowardice gripping Trump’s adoptive party, he could well win. Yesterday, I was phoned by an elderly neignbour who proceeded to tell me in all seriousness that Biden, Hillary, the last two Popes, Francis and Benedict, had all been replaced by doppelgangers, the fake Hillary had killed a child and surgically removed its face for herself to use, America’s treasure was being stolen and the money funneled via a 150-mile undersea tunnel from Rome to secret stores in the Middle East, and so on and so on. She is an avid Trump addict and like millions of Trump’s supporters has no problem accepting that Biden et al stole the 2020 election. It is fashionable to read into all this a deeper neurosis that the White majority which for so long dominated America’s political, economic and social life is on the way out, which it is, and is taking refuge in irrationality. It is easy to dismiss and scorn such people but we should remember that not so long ago in the Germany of the 1930’s, a philosophy every bit as madcap and evil took power, persuading one of Europe’s more sophisticated people to elevate madmen to dizzy and deadly heights. Hitler, of course, had an evil dogma to guide him while Trump cares only for his own ego, wealth and adulation. That does not mean he will not invent one…..