Irish Republican Socialist Party totally condemns sectarianism!
at Darkley, Bessbrook, Whitehouse or Lurgan. Our response is the same
view sectarianism as a device whereby Britain is enabled - through disunity
and strife - to maintain is presence in Ireland.
shooting at Darkley only benefits Britain and the Loyalists. It gives the
Loyalist murder gangs an excuse for their actions and it conceals the source
from which most sectarian acts stem.
is the British Government.
has, through the years, used sectarianism in order to divide Catholic and
Protestant. Playing the Orange Card, creating the B.Specials, the same
B.Specials in the guise of the U.D.R. - all are geared towards sectarianism.
is notable that the media has been whipped up into a hysterical campaign
following Darkley, but the more numerous victims of Loyalist murder gangs are
ignored. This is not to excuse the Darkley killings - for such killings cannot
be excused. But it does expose the hypocrisy of the media and of establishment
through its attempts to foist the most sectarian force in Europe, the U.D.R.
on the Nationalist Community, and through the U.D.R. involvement in U.V.F. and
U.D.A. murder squads has openly pursued sectarian policies.
policies are part of its age-old policy of 'Divide and Conquer'. By stirring
dp fear and hatred through its sectarian ism and the resulting carnival of
reaction, Britain seeks to justify its presence as peacemaker and categorise
the war of national liberation as a sectarian war.
Socialists have a duty in the struggle against sectarianism. They must
continually oppose those who take the emotional and "easy options"
must expose the British and Loyalists for what they are - the real forces of
sectarianism. And they must ensure that Britain's presence on this island is'
ended. For the ending of imperialist rule in Ireland will put an end to the
cause of sectarianism.
proposed Criminal Justice Bill is the gravest threat to civil liberties in
Free State government would have us to believe that it is in the interests of
all that basic democratic rights be curtailed. They would also try to lead us
to believe that the police will not abuse their extra powers.
removal of basic rights like the right to silence and to bail signal
regression towards a police state. The measures proposed will do nothing to
remove the cause of most crime.
Bill will not tackle poverty and the lack of social services. It will not
cause a redistribution of wealth.
promises that the Gardai will not abuse the law ring hollow. And trade
unionists, socialists and democrats should not allow themselves to be conned
into believing otherwise.
Gardai daily abuse the Offences Against the State Act. They even abused it
against a campaigner in the recent constitutional amendment. Likewise they
abused the Forcible entry Act using it against trade unionists involved in
is in the interest of all workers that this Bill be defeated - that the men of
property be denied further power to oppress.
was an excellent turnout at the annual Seamus Costello Commemoration, which
was held on Sunday October 9th at St Peters Churchyard, Little Bray.
commemoration which was organised by the Seamus Costello Memorial Committee
was one of the largest held i~ recent years and was attended by members of the
IRSP from al] over Ireland as well as members of Sinn Fein, Conradh na Gaeilge
and members of the Costello Memorial Committee. At the graveside, Tony Gregory
T.D. chaired the proceedings. Speaking in Irish he paid tribute to Seamus
Costello and his contribution to the cause of freedom and justice in Ireland.
reading a message of support and solidarity from Jim Lane, IRSP Chairperson
and messages from IRSP cumann and support groups in London, Manchester, Paris,
San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Canada and Australia, Mr. Gregory
introduced the first speaker, Mick Ahern, editor of the Starry Plough and
member of the IRSP Ard Comhairle.
his oration, Mr. Ahern said:
honour Seamus, the outstanding revolutionary of our time; Seamus who stood in
the tradition of Connolly and Mellows; Seamus who was both a thinker and a man
of acti6n and who gave clear leadership on the unity of the anti-imperialist
and socialist struggle - until his brutal murder by the Workers Party.
while we can derive satisfaction that Seamus Costello's murder is avenged -his
killer executed by the INLA, we realize that much remains to be achieved, much
to be fought for in order to achieve our objectives - and those of
continued: "To the bankrupt policies of partition and subservience - the
IRSP courterposes the alternative of national unity with full political and
realise that all of this will take time and effort; that it will mean the
further development of our party."
take as our example, our founder Seamus Costello, who through his 'tireless
efforts and determination, almost single handedly built the party.
concluded by extending greetings to all Irish political prisoners in British
and Irish jails and by paying tribute to those comrades who have died in the
struggle for Irish freedom.
followed a lament played by Cormac Breatnach dedicated to the memory of Seamus
Costello. Mr. Gregory then introduced James Daly who spoke on behalf of the
Costello Memorial Committee.
inspiration like that of Seamus Costello was one of humanity, justice, human
dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity. It was not inhuman materialism,
greed, conformism and cowardice of hypocrites who preach injustice in the name
of religion. They would have been in solidarity with the Christians and
priests who are in the forefront of the struggle for Justice and freedom from
racialism and imperialism in Nicaragua, El Salvador and the Philippines.
conclusion he said:
James Connolly, Seamus Costello has shown the way and calls to us to take up
the unfinished task and carry it to success. JSO Prisoners in Irish jails,
north and south and the organisation of resistance and political mobilisation,
such as the Release Nicky Kelly Campaign, in spite of the unprincipled use of
so called super grasses, show that that call has been heeded and accepted by
the heroism of the bravest and best of our nation and our class."
followed the laying of wreaths from the Costello family, the Costello Memorial
Committee, the IRSP and the INLA.
Irish National Liberation Army blitzed a Strabane public house used by members
of the RUC on the night of Friday, November 4th. Several off duty members of
the R.U.C. were among those injured. The bar, Jacks Pub which is at the
junction of Patrick street and Abercorn Square is frequented by off duty R.U.C.
men. An Active Service Unit (A.S.U.) of the I.N.L.A. placed a van containing
high explosives outside the bar on the Friday night. The bomb was a.
shaped charge directed at the bar - tamped with two sand bags to direct the
before the car bomb exploded, a large party of R.U.C. men left the bar leaving
some of their colleagues behind. One local nationalist had earlier been
ejected from the bar at gun point by the R.U.C. having been told that the bar
was off limits to all except those known to the R.U.C. The RUC told him that
this was for their own security.
a statement, the I.N.L.A. claimed responsibility for the attack saying that it
was part of its overall operations against the R.U.C. The attack was condemned
by loyalist politicians and by Sinn Fein Assembly member Martin McGuinness.
The operation was welcomed by local republicans.
an interview with a local Starry Plough correspondent, a spokesperson for the
I.N.L.A. explained the operation.
is part and parcel of our attacks on the crown forces and their native
hire-lings. We have said that the R.U.C. are a legitimate target and have
warned civilians to stay clear from R.U.C. personnel wherever they might be.
We have warned publicans not to serve the forces of occupation and their
collaborators. We are not responsible if these warnings are
if it was a mistake not to give a warning, the I.N.L.A. spokesperson replied
"No way. How can we punish the RUC, UDR and British Army if we give them
asked about the reaction of Martin McGuinness, the I.N.L.A. man replied:
"This was a curious reaction. I'm sure that Mr. McGuinness realizes that
his condemnation was a mistake. If he was worried about no warning in
Strabane, then why was he not concerned with no warning given by the Provos
when they bombed the R.U.C. in Belfast on the same day. Is there a difference
between the LN.L.A. attack and an I.R.A. attack? Most Provisional supporters
welcomed the INLA attack as did INLA supporters welcome the IRA attack. Maybe
Mr. McGuiness was thinking in terms of supplanting John Hume in the EEC
Parliament next year. Anyhow the contradictions in Mr. McGuinness's thought
are for him to sort out."
our part we will continue to attack the forces of imperialism whenever,
wherever and however we can."
pensioners, unemployed persons and underpaid workers can take comfort that
their "betters in Dail Eireann don't share their plight. For in addition
to the 'huge pay rises (tax free!) Dai! Deputies recently awarded themselves
the boyos in the Dail are on to another "good thing". For it has
been disclosed that the annual subsidy to the Dail restaurant is to be
increased by a £50,000 special grant. This brings this subsidy to £250,000
per year. And as you look at your miserly pay slip or pension book, or count
your dole money you can console yourself that the boys in the Dail are okay!
Irish Times of November 12th featured an "article" on deteriorating
relations between republicans, which if true would lead one to believe that
the I.N.L.A. and the Provos could soon be at each other throats. This mixture
of lies and rumours was concocted by one Padraig Yeats . . . a person who
would like nothing better than to have republicans fighting each other. For
Padraig is a leading member of the Workers Party for years his function has
been to peddle anti republican propaganda in such sticky publications as
"the Irish People" and "Workers Life". Now it seems that
this "secret Sticky" is promoted to peddling his rubbish in the
the aftermath of the escape from Long Kesh republican and republican socialist
prisoners have been subjected to brutal and in. human treatment from the
to the report issued by the NIO that none of the prisoners were physically
assaulted after the escape many were badly beaten and seventeen prisoners
suffered from dog bites.
orderly who happened to find himself in the food lorry, which was taken and
used in the escape, was stripped naked by the screws along with three other
men, badly beaten and his front teeth smashed yet none of these men received
medical treatment for nearly a week. The rest of the prisoners in 117 who did
not participate in the escape were stripped and then handcuffed individually
to two screws. They were then made to run a gauntlet to H-Block 8 through a
line of screws who savagely batoned them. Dogs were also let loose and many
men were bitten, mostly on their sides and backs.
to one prisoner who was in H7 at the time:
the escape I was given a quick cell search to ascertain if I was still in the
wall, and searched and threatened with the dogs. The cell and any belongings
were completely wrecked. The next time that they came back was at nine
o'clock. I was again dragged- from my cell and this time stripped naked and
forced to run the gauntlet of screws. I was then allowed to put on my jeans
before I was handcuffed and forced to run barefoot over the gravel strewn
aground from H7 to H8. We were not given any clothes for four days and any
exercise we did get was taken bare-foot and in most cases half-naked."
one whole week, none of the prisoners received any medical treatment. This was
obviously a ploy by the prison authorities who hoped by that stage that any
bruising would have nearly disappeared. But because of the severe dog bites,
the Medical Officer was forced to give the prisoners tetanus injections and
this then had to be written down in their medical records. Some of the
prisoners have subsequently taken legal advice and will be suing the prison
authorities for their injuries -
punish them even further, they were all subjected to closed visits with a
partition of glass between them and their visitors.
prisoners were dragged by their hair from their visits when they tried to tell
their loved ones of the injuries they had suffered. Despite having closed
visits the prisoners were further humiliated by having to undergo a body
search before the visit in front of their family and a search after the visit
prominent clergyman from Derry, Bishop Edward Daly had the nerve to tell a
prisoner's mother who had rung him up enquiring about the condition of her son
and his comrades, that he had it on good authority that none of the prisoners
had been touched. When she asked him about a priest who had been in to the H
Blocks and who had seen for himself the bruising and dog bites, he told her
that it was gross exaggeration and hysteria. Furthermore he didn't see it as a
priority to go and visit his own parishioners and see for himself.
the light of these events, the IRSP calls on the immediate removal of the
Governor and the arrest of those screws who were responsible for assaulting
Irish National Liberation Army has denied direct involvement in the killing of
three men attending religious service in Darkley, Co Armagh on Sunday November
the I.N.L.A. has admitted that one of the weapons used may belong to them.
killings occurred when a number of men burst into the Pentecostal Church in
Darkley and opened fire on those present - killing three and injuring several
others. Responsibility for the killing was claimed by a group called the
Catholic Reaction Force.
force was linked with the I.N.L.A. by the media when the R.U.C. claimed that
one of the weapons used in the killings - a Ruger rifle - has been used
previously in operations claimed by the I.N.L.A.
I.N.L.A. disclaimed responsibility for the operation and launched an
investigation into the possible use of its weapons by the Catholic Reaction
members of the Nationalist community felt that the killings were in
retaliation for the murder of Catholics in the Armagh area by Loyalists.
Others felt that the killings might well be the work of a dirty tricks
department of the British Government to create a climate for further
repression As Fr. Des Wilson said, "We are keeping an open mind on who
was responsible". He referred to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings by
those wanting to push repressive legislation pushed through the Dail.
killings were condemned by republican socialists. The Irish Republican
Socialist Party condemned the killings as sectarian pure and simple, saying
that such actions had nothing in common with Republican Socialism.
the I.N.L.A. issued the following statement to the Starry Plough:
LN.L.A. denies direct involvement in these killings. We are conducting an
investigation into the possible use of I.N.L.A. weapons or personnel in this
date, we have discovered that a Ruger rifle was allocated for an operation
against a leading UVF member, in the Portadown area who had been involved in
sectarian assassinations. The weapon was given to an INLA member for this
operation but seems' to have been used instead for the Darkley killings.
are continuing our investigation into any involvement and the miss-use of the
weapon. When this investigation is complete, we shall take the necessary
action at Darkley is indefensible and cannot be justified by
I.N.L.A. has claimed responsibility for shooting two thugs in the legs at
Divis Flats, Belfast.
a statement the I.N.L.A. said that 'the action was taken after constant pleas
from local people".
individuals concerned had led a gang of criminals engaged in theft and
hijacking of cars. They had driven the cars through the Divis complex at high
speed endangering the lives of residents and their children.
their statement the I.N.L.A. warned against criminal activities.
"These criminal elements have attempted to terrorise residents in order
to use Divis as a base for their activities.
shooting is a warning that this will not be tolerated. We give notice to all
those involved in criminal activity in the Lower Falls to immediately desist
or suffer the consequences.
days past John Mulcahy played an honourable role in Irish Journalism. As
Editor of Hibernia he put forward his liberal and slightly (ever so slightly)
these opinions was the right of a person to be presumed innocent until proven
it seems that Mr Mulcahy abandoned his liberal conscience when he abandoned
Hibernia for the Nov. 11th issue of this gossip magazine, Phoenix contains a
blatant piece of felon setting on Dominic and Mary McGlinchey. The article,
riddled with inaccuracies, presumes the Mc Glincheys guilty of various
actions. A strange departure for John who seems to have borrowed more than the
format of the right wing Private Eye magazine.
journalists however believe that Mulcahy was set up . . . that the piece was
written by either someone with a score to settle or as a deliberate piece of
'disinformation" in order to lay blame for the activities of others on
the McGlincheys. This person is presumed to be sympathetic to a
way it would be interesting to get the real story behind this piece of mud
wife of one Special Branch man was heard shouting to her husband as he headed
out the door on his way to work.
hope you're wearing clean underwear in case you meet McGlinchey and get
stripped. I'd hate for anyone to think I let you out dirty".
evidence has emerged of collaboration between the Six County Special Branch
and the prison service, in the British Government's frantic attempts to induce
prisoners to become informers.
stems from the Special Branch tactic of putting pressure on certain prisoners
who are serving life sentences, especially those who are married with
Special Branch are willing to exploit any situation. They look for any
extra pressure that they can apply to the prisoners and thereby make the
inducements proffered look attractive. To do this they need an up to date case
history, which provides information on the morale of the prisoner and of any
factor, which may be disturbing him.
information is not ready available to the special branch as prisoners refuse
naturally to talk with them. Instead the vital information is compiled by
members of the prison service.
most valuable source of such information are the prison welfare officers.
These officers provide the branch with confidential information. on the
prisoners. The Branch then are in a pQ5ition to select candidates for
informers - putting psychological pressure on the prisoners and offering
example of this method was the case of a. Tyrone prisoner, Tommy Mc Crystal
who was serving life impris6nment. He was offered a reduction in sentence and
was guaranteed that he would serve no longer than seven years if he
"co-operated with the Special Branch." All he had to do was to turn
Queens Evidence against men who were on remand in Crumlin Road Gaol . . .
repeating against them what the Special Branch would instruct him to say. It
was not the first time that this tactic was tried;
method used also highlights other collaboration between the Special Branch and
the prison administration.
have been taken from custody to Castlereagh where they have been subjected to
psychological pressure, beatings and verbal abuse. Sentenced prisoners
can be taken to Castlereagh on orders from the Northern Ireland Office. They
can refuse to see the R.U.C. This and other "rights" are made clear
to them before they leave this prison.
whole procedure is "farcical". The men are supposed to be in the
custody of screw escorts at all times and must be returned by 9.00 p.m. to the
prison. But once in Castlereagh no laws or rights are recognised. The screw
escort is despatched elsewhere and the prisoner is
the mercy of the Special Branch. This type of collaboration between the prison
authorities and the Special Branch cannot be prevented.
prisoner cannot refuse to go to Castlereagh; if he does he will be taken
forcefully. The authorities cannot guarantee the safety of men who are under
what is known as a "production order".
collaboration is blatant. Any interviews carried out in Castlereagh against
the prisoner's wishes are illegal.
a word is spoken or not, a branch man can maintain in the courts an interview
did take place -under the supervision of the prison authorities and with the
defendants consent. Whose word will be accepted? The judges in the Diplock
Courts are puppets under the control of the N.I.O., they collaborate with the
whole sham as much as the prison authorities.
Irish Republican Socialist Party and Relatives for Justice have expressed
their determination to expose and campaign against the abuse of prisoners by
the Special Branch and their British overlords.