Tagged: IRA

The Squad by

Michael Collins is frequently cited as the originator of modern urban terrorism. The British characterised his Squad as ‘the murder gang’ and had they knowingly captured members of of the Squad they would almost certainly have exectued them.

Irish history is full of revolutionaries and failed rebellions, of informers giving information to the English, and spies infiltrating Irish organisations. Michael Collins recognised the importance of the intelligence network and so in 1919 he formulated a plan to blind the eyes of Dublin Castle by ensuring that the police force were as terrorised and demoralised as possible.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley dir. by

Opening with a hurling scene in Cork in the 1920’s this film lives entirely within the experience of the main character, Damien. A young doctor about to leave Ireland for a career in London he is pulled into the Irish War of Independence. And this film is about his fight. The film starts without any introductory text, there is no attempt made to make the viewer aware of the wider world, this is Damien’s story and only his story.

IRA go GUBU

So just how out of touch with reality are the IRA
I mean they are often condemned for their vigilante style justice, what with the knee-cappings and punishment attacks etc. So, now that they are trying to improve PR with the “local” community, what do they do? Say that they have conducted an investigation, and are willing to shoot those responsible for the murder of Mr. McCartney.

When is a murder not a crime?

When the IRA do it.
Or at least that is according to Mr. McLaughlin on Questions and Answers last night. I was the cinema so didn’t see it, but according to today’s Irish Times he was

“Asked by the Minister for Justice, Mr McDowell, if he would classify the shooting of Ms McConville as a crime, he said: “I think it was wrong”. Asked again if he thought it was a crime, he replied: “No, I do not”.

Minister McDowell

has a speech on the release of those responsible for the death of Garda Jerry McCabe (apols if it is spelt with a G, have seen...