The Shankill Bombing And Britain’s Proxy-War In Belfast

Just after 1 pm on the afternoon of Saturday the 23rd of October 1993, Thomas Begley and Seán Kelly, two volunteers of the 3rd Battalion of the Belfast Brigade of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army, entered Frizzell’s, a busy two-storey fishmonger’s shop on the Shankill Road, a traditionally pro-UK or unionist enclave in the nationalist west of the… Read More The Shankill Bombing And Britain’s Proxy-War In Belfast

The African-American And Irish Civil Rights Movements

From NBC News, an article by Chandra Thomas Whitfield examining the influence of the African-American civil rights movement on its Irish counterpart in the UK administrated north-east of Ireland during the 1960s and early ’70s: “It was a Sunday afternoon in January. Hundreds gathered to protest what they considered rampant injustices in the criminal justice system. Linked arm-and-arm,… Read More The African-American And Irish Civil Rights Movements

Captain Robert Nairac, Britain’s Death Squad Adventurer

2016 may be the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916, and some journalists employed by the main titles of the Independent News & Media organisation may be half-heartedly mimicking a more liberal tone, but the old hands of the IN&M newsrooms remain true believers in a manipulative view of Ireland’s history which makes savage natives of the Irish, and civilizing colonists of the British. So there… Read More Captain Robert Nairac, Britain’s Death Squad Adventurer

The Old, Old Story

From two newspaper articles over the last twenty-four hours. The Derry Journal reporting on the opinions held in 1972 by the British army general, Sir Harry Tuzo, GOC (general-officer-commanding) the British Occupation Forces in Ireland from 1971-73, and a vigorous opponent of a negotiated settlement between the (Provisional) Republican Movement and the UK, on the character of the Irish people:… Read More The Old, Old Story

How The Irish Government Covered Up The Murder Of An Irish Citizen

Forty-seven year old Séamus Ludlow, a quiet, unassuming life-long bachelor, was something of a man of habit. On the afternoon of Saturday the 1st of May 1976, he left his place of work, a timbers’ merchants in Ravensdale, County Louth, where he was employed with his brother-in-law, Tommy Fox, and headed to his family home… Read More How The Irish Government Covered Up The Murder Of An Irish Citizen

Donald Trump, Gerry Adams And The US Media’s British Blind Spot

When the American news and current affairs website, the Daily Beast, needs a reporter to write a piece on Donald Trump’s attendance at a function welcoming the Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams, to the United States in 1995, who do they turn to? Why none other than UK-born journalist Tom Sykes, self-described “Royal blogger” for the site… Read More Donald Trump, Gerry Adams And The US Media’s British Blind Spot

The British Attempted To Defeat The UDA? The British Were The UDA!

Mhairi Black MP, the left-wing political poster-child of the SNP, writing in Scotland’s pro-independence National newspaper, explaining her opposition to Britain’s decision to launch token air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria: “Can you imagine if we had applied the logic we are applying to Syria to Ireland during the Troubles? If in our attempt… Read More The British Attempted To Defeat The UDA? The British Were The UDA!

The British Army In Ireland: Murder, Mayhem And Madness

From the legendary investigative journalist, Duncan Campbell,  a series of articles written for the New Statesman magazine in May 1984, describing the testimony of the former UK military intelligence officer, Captain Fred Holroyd, who was one of the first “insiders” to lift the lid on Britain’s “Dirty War” in Ireland. The three pieces from the publication’s archives cover… Read More The British Army In Ireland: Murder, Mayhem And Madness

The Long Shadow Of The Human Proxy Bomb

In the early hours of the 24th of October 1990 several volunteers of the Derry Brigade of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army entered the home of Patrick “Patsy” Gillespie in the Lenamore Gardens district of the city. The forty-two year old man, along with his wife Kathleen and their three children, were placed under armed guard while preparations were laid for one of the most inhumane… Read More The Long Shadow Of The Human Proxy Bomb

Report On British And Irish Paramilitary Groupings Contains No Surprises

In response to the very selective quoting of the British government’s “independent” assessment of the current status of various paramilitary formations in the north-east of Ireland I thought some ASF readers might appreciate some rather more detailed extracts from the original report (which can be read in full at the UK government website. Please exercise reasonable security cautions when accessing or downloading the… Read More Report On British And Irish Paramilitary Groupings Contains No Surprises

New Revelations Over The British Army’s “Special Duties” In Ireland

On the morning of the 15th of December 1920, at the height of the Irish war of independence, four men – two wearing uniforms of the RIC, the UK’s paramilitary police force in the country – entered the Strokestown branch of the Northern Bank Company in Co. Roscommon and robbed it at gunpoint. A considerable… Read More New Revelations Over The British Army’s “Special Duties” In Ireland

Satanic Masses, Devil Worshippers And British Dirty War Propaganda

As we move deeper into these post-conflict (or, arguably, intra-conflict) times, am I the only one to be struck by the sheer volume of historic accusations made against the UK forces and authorities in the north-east of Ireland that have turned out to be true? Dismissed as “republican propaganda” throughout the 1970s to ’90s by a domestic clique of politicians and… Read More Satanic Masses, Devil Worshippers And British Dirty War Propaganda

Gusty Spence, In The Shadow Of A British Gunman

Speaking of the history of British separatist terrorism in Ireland, here is a recent article from Ciarán Mac Airt, author and researcher, published on Paper Trail, an archive devoted to “legacy issues” of the Long War. “The documents found at Kew National Archives by Paper Trail regard the RELEASE of Gusty Spence by RUC in October… Read More Gusty Spence, In The Shadow Of A British Gunman

Britain Goes All 1970s With Threats Of Mutinies, Coups And Rebellions

Well it didn’t take long for John McDonnell, the finance spokesperson for the UK Labour Party, to walk back from his previous – and quite explicit – belief that it was the armed struggle of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army that secured the compromise peace in the north-east of Ireland during the late 1990s and early 2000s. As he stated… Read More Britain Goes All 1970s With Threats Of Mutinies, Coups And Rebellions

On The Anti-Colonial Struggle In Ireland Corbyn And McDonnell Are Right

The unexpected election of a progressive candidate to the leadership of the UK Labour Party, along with several like-minded colleagues, has sent a number of British unionist politicians and commentators in the north-east of Ireland into something of a mini-meltdown. After two decades of pandering to Britain’s conservative-leaning electorate the Labour movement is now under the (somewhat befuddled)… Read More On The Anti-Colonial Struggle In Ireland Corbyn And McDonnell Are Right

American Journalism Fails The Irish Test Once Again

Kurt Eichenwald is a veteran American journalist of some thirty years standing who has specialised in everything from corporate malfeasance to defence issues for publications as diverse as the New York Times and Vanity Fair. For the last year he has been authoring a series of investigatory or analytical pieces for the current affairs magazine Newsweek, some of… Read More American Journalism Fails The Irish Test Once Again

The Hooded Men, British Torture-Centres In Ireland

The Irish Times has a laudably detailed article examining the historic issue of the “Hooded Men”: Irish citizens detained by the British and unionist authorities in the north-east of Ireland during the period of internment – imprisonment without charge or trial – in the early 1970s. Unlike some two thousand others who were carted off to… Read More The Hooded Men, British Torture-Centres In Ireland

British Spies In The IRA, Myth Versus Reality

Just a quick heads-up for those who have access to the series “Twentieth Century British History” from the Oxford Journals. A recent edition features an article titled “The Influence of Informers and Agents on Provisional Irish Republican Army Military Strategy and British Counter-Insurgency Strategy, 1976–94” by Thomas Leahy of King’s College, London. In it the researcher pretty… Read More British Spies In The IRA, Myth Versus Reality

Jeremy Corbyn And The Self-Deluding British Press

Watching the right-wing and nationalist press in the UK gnashing its teeth at the thoughts of left-wing MP, Jeremy Corbyn, becoming the next leader of the British Labour Party is laughable. It almost certainly won’t happen. Labour in Britain, like its counterpart in Ireland, is devoted to holding the political centre-ground with a strong strain… Read More Jeremy Corbyn And The Self-Deluding British Press

A Sordid Tale Of British Gunmen, Bombers And Policemen

In his final exploration of the evidence sourced for the RTÉ television documentary “Collusion”, a feature-length programme examining the links between the UK military and intelligence services garrisoned in the north-east of Ireland during the period of the “Long War” and their allies in the so-called “Loyalist” terrorist gangs, veteran Irish journalist Ed Moloney begins with a story that coincidentally illustrates the easy relationship that existed between the… Read More A Sordid Tale Of British Gunmen, Bombers And Policemen

Shoot-To-Kill, Britain’s Summary Executions And Assassinations In Ireland

Sometimes I do wonder if the dozens of Irish and British journalists who spent most of their careers loftily dismissing the evidence of Britain’s criminal counter-insurgency war in Ireland as “republican propaganda” have any regrets now that the veracity of those allegations has been proven to be correct? Or do those newspaper columnists, press editors and… Read More Shoot-To-Kill, Britain’s Summary Executions And Assassinations In Ireland

The Reorganisation Of The IRA In The Early 1970s

Irish journalist and author Ed Moloney, now resident in New York, has an interesting article over on his Broken Elbow blog examining possible evidence of the reorganisation of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army into a “cellular” command and control structure primarily based upon Active Service Units (ASUs) at a date much earlier than previously thought. “Way… Read More The Reorganisation Of The IRA In The Early 1970s