Irish Republican Information Service (no. 301)

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In this issue:
1. Annual Hunger Strike commemoration to take place in Bundoran
2. RUC attacked in Craigavon
3. Hunger strike commemoration
4. Wexford heroes remembered
5. Senior Provisionals charged in camera
6. Prison screws stayed as doctors attended Marian Price
7. Time to free Martin Corey
8. Rasharkin residents may sue DUP Minister
9. Signs ripped down in protest
10. Loyalist death threat against journalist
11. Call for inquiry into Ballymurphy killings by British army
12. Kelly’s bar families demand inquiry into 1972 attack
13. Ceremony for RIC/Black-and-Tan dead at Glasnevin
14. Belfast-based journalist ‚in UDA death threat‘
15. Children used as ‘lab rats’ in Third World countries

1. Annual Hunger Strike commemoration to take place in Bundoran

ON Saturday, August 25 Republican from all over Ireland will
gather in Bundoran, Co Donegal will gather for the 31st annual
commemoration to the ten Republican Volunteers who died on hunger strike in
the H-Blocks of Long Kesh in 1981.

The parade, including several bands, will form up at East End,
Bundoran at 3pm and march through the town to the Republican Garden of
Remembrance and then hold a rally. The main speaker will be Diarmuid Mac
Dubhghlais, Ard-Cisteoir, Republican Sinn Féin.

2. RUC attacked in Craigavon

ON Sunday, August 19 the British police were attacked in
Craigavon, Co Armagh by people throwing bottles and bricks

A car was also hijacked and set alight in the town.

RUC members attending a report of suspicious activity in the
Ardowen area shortly before 1am were attacked by the crowd, predominantly
made up of young people.

Two hours later a Vauxhall Astra car was hijacked in the Monbrief
East Road area and set on fire at the town’s roundabout three. The car was
completely destroyed.

The crowd dispersed before 4am and the RUC/PSNI remained in the
area for a time to monitor the situation.

3. Hunger strike commemoration

ON Saturday, August 18 members of the Roger Casement/James
Stephens Cumann, Republican Sinn Féin, London held a commemoration for the
H-Block Hunger Strikers and a protest for political prisoners at Kilburn
square.

4. Wexford heroes remembered

ON August 9 members of Cumann Pádraig Ó Pearaill, Republican
Sinn Féin, Wexford Town, held the first of four wreath-laying ceremonies
in the month of August.

The first to be remembered was Matthew Moran of Paul Quay,
Wexford, who is buried in Crosstown Cemetery. Matthew had been a member of
the Fianna and IRA and was interned in Newbridge Concentration Camp. Not
being in robust health, his condition worsened by the privations of
hunger-strike and, after a long illness, died on August 9, 1924.

The second ceremony was held two days later on August 11at the
graveside of Vol Phil Lennon in Carnagh. Phil’s life was undoubtedly
shortened by his sufferings in the cause of freedom. He joined the
Volunteers in 1913, was deported and jailed after the 1916 Rising, was
arrested again in 1918 and spent periods in Cork, Belfast and English
Jails. He took part in three hunger strikes and was imprisoned once more
during the civil war. An Irish teacher, he was Commandant of the south
Wexford Brigade.

William J (Barney) Cosgrave, a Limerick native, was remembered on
August 13 at the roadside memorial in his honour at the place he met his
death. Barney, a staff captain attached to the South Wexford Brigade, made
a daring escape on February 15, 1923 from the residence of Malor John
Larkin when Parle, Creane and Hogan were captured and subsequently killed
by Free State soldiers on March 13. He died in a motorcycle accident at
Coolatagart, Taghmon. After his accidental death his remains were taken to
his native Limerick and interred in a little cemetery near Limerick
Junction.

In the last of the wreath-laying ceremonies August 15 John
Dunne of Killahard was remembered. Dunne who was aged 58 when he died is
described on his headstone as “ A patriot and a scholar who in troubled
times was an active and able advocate of the peoples cause“.

5. Senior Provisionals charged in camera

FIVE people were charged at the beginning of August with
Provisional IRA membership dating back to 1999 but cannot be named
because of highly unusual reporting restrictions. The case involving
senior Provisionals was scheduled for a preliminary enquiry later in
August, when it will be decided whether the three men and two women will be
returned to the Crown Court for trail.

The defendants, who all deny the offences, face five separate
charges relating to Provisional IRA activity. These include belonging to a
proscribed organisation, “namely Provisional
Irish Republican Army” between dates in 1999 and 2000. They are
also accused of arranging or assisting in the management of a meeting by a
proscribed organisation, namely the Provisional Irish Republican Army, and
supporting a proscribed organisation on named dates in 2000.

If found guilty the defendants would not be eligible for a
reduced sentence under the terms of the Stormont Agreement because the
offences are alleged to have occurred after the 1998 cut-off point.

The defendants in this latest case are believed to be still
part of the Provisional movement. The reporting restrictions, which
are believed to be virtually, were granted at Belfast Magistrates
Court earlier this month.

6. Prison screws stayed as doctors attended Marian Price

THE family of veteran Republican Marian Price claim her human
rights were violated after a prison warder remained in a treatment room as
she underwent intrusive medical procedures.

Marian Price, who has been suffering from pneumonia, was taken
for a lung wash and an endoscopy so a camera could be inserted to examine
her lungs.

Doctors asked prison staff to leave the treatment room in Belfast
City Hospital where Price was heavily sedated for the procedure on Friday,
August 17.

Her husband Jerry McGlinchey said: “They refused, saying
they were under instruction from Hydebank that at least one prison officer
stay with her during the medical procedure. “The doctors stated it
was unacceptable to have prison staff beside Marian but they were
over-ruled. My wife is a seriously ill woman. She is not a security risk.
She can hardly walk, let alone run off and escape.”

Marian Price (58) was moved to Belfast City Hospital in June to
be treated for severe depression after spending a year in solitary
confinement in Maghaberry and Hydebank jails. She developed pneumonia and
arthritis and her family say her health is deteriorating rapidly.

Jerry McGlinchey claimed that on Friday, for the second
consecutive day, his wife was handcuffed by prison staff against medical
advice.

”Marian’s wrists are badly swollen from arthritis.
The doctors have repeatedly told prison staff not to handcuff her but they
insist on doing so.”

He claimed that on Thursday July 16 his wife was subjected to
“oppressive security” when she went to Musgrave Park Hospital
for tests for her arthritis.
“She was double handcuffed as two prison staff and four PSNI
officers accompanied her to the examination. When she went to give a urine
test, one prison officer actually insisted on going into the toilet with
her,” he said. “This is inhuman and degrading treatment. Nobody
has to agree with my wife’s politics to see this is wrong.”

British Secretary of State Owen Paterson revoked Marian
Price’s licence last year and she has been held in custody ever
since.

Her lawyers claim he’d no right to do so as she’d
been granted a royal pardon when freed from jail in 1980. The government
says this pardon has been lost or shredded.

7. Time to free Martin Corey

MARTIN COREY has spent more than two years in Northern Ireland’s
Maghaberry Prison, but he still doesn‘t know why he is there.

A Belfast judge ordered him released on unconditional bail on
July 9 because he was being held on the basis of secret evidence neither he
nor is lawyers had been allowed to see. His family rushed to the prison to
bring him home.

But while Corey was sitting in the prison reception area and his
family was waiting outside, Owen Paterson, the British Secretary of State
for Northern Ireland, overruled the judge and ordered him re-arrested.
Later, two judges confirmed that he can be held at least until a September
28 hearing.

Corey received a life sentence in December 1973, when he was 19
years old, for killing two members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in an
IRA operation. He served 19 years and was released in June 1992. He
returned home to Lurgan in County Armagh, where he worked steadily, formed
an ongoing relationship and became a highly respected member of the local
community.

The police appeared at Corey’s door and took him away to prison
in the early hours of April 16, 2010, almost 18 years after his release.
His younger brother Joe described what happened:

“They came to the door at around 6 a.m. There were about 12
of them standing there when I answered the door. They asked for Martin and
told me the Secretary of State had revoked his [parole]. They gave no
reason for this. There was no struggle. He just got up and walked out with
them. They brought him to Maghaberry, where he has been ever since.”

Corey wasn‘t charged with any crime and wasn‘t told what, if
anything, he was supposed to have done. He was simply informed that the
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland had revoked his licence (parole, in
American terms) because he was a “security risk”. Later, it was
claimed that “he was involved with dissident (sic)
Republicans”.

-- Sandy Boyer, the co-host of Radio Free Éireann on WBAI in
New York City (August 14).

8. Rasharkin residents may sue DUP Minister

STORMONT social development minister and North Belfast DUP MLA
Nelson McCausland may face legal action after he claimed a residents group
opposed to a recent loyalist band parade was ‘run by
dissidents’. Members of the Rasharkin Residents Collective (RRC) in
Co Antrim sought legal advice on McCausland’s claims.

He further described the RRC as thugs and claimed their
Facebook page reeked of bigotry. The comments were on his blog on the same
day the controversial loyalist parade was due to pass through the mainly
nationalist town.

Members of the RRC and the Rasharkin Residents Association (RRA)
held separate protests as the disputed parade passed through the village on
August 17. The chairman of the RRC, Seán Hanna, who says he received a
loyalist death threat last year, angrily rejected the Stormont
minister’s claims on August 20.

“We will be taking legal advice on the matter. We entirely
refute that. I think those comments are irresponsible and dangerous. I have
no criminal record whatsoever. We are residents, not dissidents,” he
said.

Nelson McCausland is the man who defended the actions of the
loyalist flute band, wearing Shankill YCV uniforms who stopped outside St
Patrick’s Church on Donegall Street during the Twelfth of July parade and
danced as they played sectarian songs.
He claimed that the Church ‘…was just an empty building’.

9. Signs ripped down in protest

IT was reported on August 9 that signs erected in nationalist
areas of the Occupied Six Counties by the Stormont Department of Regional
Development saying “Welcome to Northern Ireland” were being
ripped down days after being erected.

Ulster Unionist minister Danny Kennedy’s department made
clear that missing or damaged road signs will be restored.

Nine have already gone up in Fermanagh and Tyrone — with
more anticipated in Armagh and Down — at a cost so far of around
£1,700.

The department’s Roads Service confirmed that two —
between Newtownbutler and Clones in Co Monaghan and on the Monaghan Road in
Roslea — are missing and there were claims a third at Belcoo has also
been removed.

Nationalists say the signs are politically motivated. Despite
widespread anger throughout nationalist areas, Newry and Armagh Ulster
Unionist MLA, and DRD Minister, Danny Kennedy, remains adamant that the
rest of the signs will go up as planned over the next few weeks, one of
which will be placed on the A1 between Newry and Dundalk in south Armagh.

10. Loyalist death threat against journalist

THE Ulster Defence Association is believed to be behind a death
threat against a Belfast journalist according to a report in several
newspapers on August 20/21. The reporter’s name and mobile telephone number
were painted on walls in a number of locations across the city over the
weekend.

The National Union of Journalists’ asked that the name of
the journalist not be publicised.

The Ulster Unionist leader and former television journalist Mike
Nesbitt called on the UDA to state whether the threat was officially
sanctioned and to immediately lift it.
Seamus Dooley, Irish secretary of the NUJ, said the threat, made by
telephone on Saturday August 18, was not the first issued to the
journalist. He said the journalist had been writing about the UDA and he
believed this was the reason the person was targeted.
Some units of the UDA have been accused of engaging in organised crime
ranging from drug-dealing to extortion.

Several journalists and reporters have faced death threats. In
2001, the Loyalist Volunteer Force shot dead the Sunday World reporter
Martin O‘Hagan in front of his wife as the couple returned home from a
night out in Lurgan, County Armagh. His colleague Jim Campbell, the paper’s
one-time Ulster editor, was seriously wounded after the Ulster Volunteer
Force shot him at his home.

11. Call for inquiry into Ballymurphy killings by British army

ON August 12 several hundred people took part in a march to
demand an inquiry into the shooting dead by soldiers of 11 people in west
Belfast in 1971.

Another man died later of his injuries.

The protest was organised by relatives of those shot by British
paratroopers in Ballymurphy in August1971. They are seeking a public
inquiry into the killings, which preceded the murder of 14 men in Derry in
January 1972.

A priest and a mother-of-eight were among those killed.

The British army has always maintained troops opened fire in
response to shots from Republicans. At the time it was claimed that some of
the dead were armed.

The rally’s organiser John Teggart, whose father was one of those
who died in the shootings, which occurred over several days in August 1971,
said that was not the case.
“We are dedicated to clear my daddy’s name. He was branded a gunman
— he is totally innocent,” he said.

“He was shot 14 times in the back and leg and thigh, so
that’s what needs dealt with and the [British] government needs to start
talking to Ballymurphy families.” The victims were killed by British
paratroopers during Operation Demetrius, which was the start of internment.

The Ballymuphy relatives have been supported in their quest for
an inquiry by the Bloody Sunday families.

John Kelly, whose brother Michael was shot dead on Bloody Sunday,
organised a bus for supporters to travel from Derry to the rally.

He said: “Just as they wholeheartedly supported us during
our quest for truth and justice, it is imperative that the people of Derry
now show support for the families in Ballymurphy, who are still waging
their own struggle for truth and justice.”

In June relatives of those killed said British Secretary of State
Owen Paterson told them an inquiry was “not in the public
interest”.

The Historical Enquiries Team is carrying out a probe and
Attorney General John Larkin ordered the inquest to be reopened.

Nigel Mumford, one of the paras who was an British army medic,
said victims had been beaten and evidence planted.

12. Kelly’s bar families demand inquiry into 1972 attack

THE families of men who died in a loyalist death squad attack in
Belfast in 1972 ago are asking the British Police Ombudsman’s office to
reinvestigate.

They want the ombudsman to look into claims of cover up and Crown
Forces collusion in the murders.

John Moran and Thomas McIlroy died in the aftermath of the gun
and bomb attack at Kelly’s Bar on the Whiterock Road in 1972. Gerard Clarke
man died of his injuries 17 years later.

The families say the authorities created the deliberate
impression the explosion had been caused by the premature explosion of an
IRA bomb. They claim there was no proper investigation by the Royal Ulster
Constabulary at the time.

The attack happened on May 13, 1972 when a car bomb exploded
outside the bar which was packed with people watching a televised football
match between England and West Germany.

John Moran, 19, was working as a barman and died ten days later
of injuries sustained in the explosion. Gerard Clarke was seriously injured
and died of his injuries in 1989. Sixty-six other people were injured.

As ambulances ferried the injured from the scene a gunman opened
fire and killed Thomas McIlroy, who was a barman in Kelly’s bar.

13. Ceremony for RIC/Black-and-Tan dead at Glasnevin

A REPORT in a Sunday newspaper on August 19 stated that an
unofficial and ‘low-key’ ceremony would take place in Glasnevin
Cemetery the following weekend to commemorate the 493 members of the Royal
Irish Constabulary killed during the War of Independence.

The report said that there were no plans to recognise the 90th
anniversary of the disbandment of the RIC in 1922 in any formal 26-County
State-supported commemoration although there are a series of official
events connected to political and IRA figures.

However, a number of retired gardaí along with the Royal Ulster
Constabulary George Cross Foundation, whose patron is the British Prince
Charles, sought permission earlier this year to formally commemorate the
anniversary of the disbandment with an ecumenical service at the cemetery.
Despite not getting official approval, the group decided to go ahead with
the ceremony.

The proposal has caused some controversy among those who object
to the fact that such a memorial would commemorate the Black and Tans and
Auxiliaries, whose involvement in murder and mayhem against the IRA and
civilians during the War of Independence is still remembered by Irish
people.

A spokesman for Glasnevin Cemetery said that they had no
information and have given no approval” for the event.

Two years ago the Garda Síochána Retired Members Association
adopted a motion at its annual conference to specifically commemorate the
disbandment of the RIC. Talks had taken place with the RUC’s retired
members‘ association and, it is understood, with officials from
the 26-County Department of Foreign Affairs and the British
government’s Home Office which has responsibility for the upkeep of the
RIC plots in Glasnevin Cemetery.

However, the retired garda association’s president, retired chief
superintendent Gerry Blake said: “I am not aware of anything. It
would not be up for us to organise it. That would be for Foreign Affairs or
the British government who own the plot.”

The association adopted a motion at its annual delegate meeting
in 2010 stating: “That the ADM directs the central committee to use
all the means and influence at its disposal to have a monument or plaque
erected at a suitable site in the Republic of Ireland to commemorate the
493 members of the Royal Irish Constabulary who lost their lives between
1st January 1, 1919, and June 30, 1922.”

14. Belfast-based journalist ‚in UDA death threat‘

A LOYALIST death squad has issued a death threat against a
Belfast-based journalist, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said on
August 19.

The union said the threat was made by the Ulster Defence
Association (UDA).

The journalist’s name has not been released but the NUJ has
appealed to anyone with influence with the group to have the threat
withdrawn.

The UDA denied any threats inferred or otherwise directed towards
a journalist.

Graffiti, including the journalist’s name and mobile telephone
number, has appeared in some areas of Belfast.

Séamus Dooley, Irish secretary of the NUJ, said the threat, made
by telephone on August 18, was not the first issued to the journalist.

He said the journalist had been writing about the UDA and he
believed this was the reason the person was targeted.

15. Children used as ‘lab rats’ in Third World
countries

MICHAEL Rooney, Publicity Officer, Sinn Féin Poblachtach, Maigho
Eo, stated recently: “It has been brought to my attention that
children are been used as lab rats in the poorer regions of the world.
This action is not been approved by the parents, but just implemented by
the medical companies, as they want. The medical companies scan through
the hospitals of the poorer regions and pick a suitable child and then
inject with the test drug to see the child’s reaction to it.

“It is true that this is happening far away, but this is
some Mother’s child. We must ask, what about the health of the child, is
the testing of a drug more important that the health of the child? The
whole world condemned the actions of Doctor Mengele when he used children
involuntary for medical experiments, what is the difference between his
methods and the modern day methods of the drug companies?

“Experts on medical law assert that tight regulations in
Europe and the U.S. prompt many pharmaceutical companies and research
organisations to look to India and other developing countries as cheaper
and less restrictive sites for drug trials. Many of these countries have
unfortunately opened their health sector to global pharmaceutical companies
for trials without the infrastructure to monitor and regulate them. It is
cheaper for transnationals to locate trials in India, which has a large and
captive drug market, in addition to doctors not constrained by ethics.

“If drugs are to be test, then it should not be on the
children of the world, they suffer enough pain without the medical
profession adding to their woes.”

ENDS

Web: http://www.irish-solidarity.net/





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