British Violence Good, Irish Violence Bad

The mutilated body of Patrick Loughnane, age 29, Volunteer of the Irish Republican Army, tortured to death alongside his younger brother Harry, age 22, by the Royal Irish Constabulary, Britain's feared colonial police force in Ireland, 1920

Perhaps I should change that headline to a more accurate one? “British Violence (By Irish People For Britain) Good, Irish Violence (By Irish People Against Britain) Bad” For that in essence is the argument put forward by former Taoiseach and aficionado of several right-wing think-tanks John Bruton in a number of recent speeches. Of course … Continue reading

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The Orange Order – Enough Is Enough

British soldiers of the RIR unit with a flag supporting the anti-Catholic and Protestant fundamentalist Orange Order in Drumcree, 2002

From 1975 to 1982 a British terrorist faction nicknamed the “Shankhill Butchers”, part of the militant UVF, carried out a series of attacks designed to instil terror in the Irish Nationalist community of Belfast, randomly targeting men, women and children living in isolated enclaves around the city. Like Al-Qaeda in Iraq during the intercommunal conflict the … Continue reading

The Dirty Secrets Of A Dirty War Get Even Dirtier

Joint footpatrol of British UDA terrorists and British Army soldiers

In the “better late than never” category Britain’s Left-leaning newspaper, the Guardian, has published a special investigation by Ian Cobain into the infamous Ballymurphy Massacre of August 1971. During the course of three days rampaging British troops in an isolated Irish Nationalist enclave on the edge of West Belfast murdered ten civilians, 9 men and boys … Continue reading

The Whole Aim Of Newspeak Is To Narrow The Range Of Thought

Colm Keena, the journalist and less-than-sympathetic biographer of Gerry Adams, has an article in the Irish Times newspaper examining the Sinn Féin leader and tangentially the origins of the conflict in the north-east of Ireland. It reads like this: “Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. Militant nationalism. … Continue reading

The Torture Files

So the News and Current Affairs Department of RTÉ, our self-proclaimed “national broadcaster” (no sniggering, please), has suddenly become aware that there were two sides to the conflict that raged in the north-eastern part of our island-nation during the 1970s, ‘80s and 1990s. Yes, the war wasn’t solely caused by Irish Republicans (actually it truly … Continue reading

No Prosecutions For British Death Squad Confessions

In the early 1970s the Military Reaction Force or MRF was a covert unit of the British Army which operated as death squad in and around the city of Belfast, its members orchestrating scores of gun and bomb attacks on the Irish civilian population in co-operation with local British terror factions. Last year former soldiers … Continue reading

Sinn Féin, A Victim Of Its Own Hubris

So Gerry Adams TD, the leader of Sinn Féin, has been released after several days of detention and interrogation by the PSNI, the British paramilitary police force in Ireland. Despite the pressure of SF’s political rivals, north and south, not to mention the country’s ideologically anti-Republican news media no charges were laid against him though a file has been … Continue reading

The Great Irish Media Cover-Up

The pretence that the media establishment in Ireland is anything other than anti-Republican in terms of its collective political ideology has pretty much gone out the window over the last week. The arrest and prolonged detention without charge of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD by the PSNI, the British paramilitary police force in the … Continue reading

No Investigation Into 1971 British War Crime In Ireland

The government of Britain has announced its refusal to investigate the Ballymurphy Massacre of 1971, a three-day killing spree by British troops in an Irish Nationalist enclave of west Belfast during the earliest days of the conflict in the north-east of Ireland.  Despite the demands for an independent investigation made by survivors and their families, … Continue reading

The Little Englanders Of The American Left

AlterNet, that online bastion of American left-wing liberalism and anti-establishment rhetoric, has an opinion piece on the attendance of Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Joint First Minister in Belfast’s power-sharing regional administration, at the ceremony in London welcoming the Irish president Michael D. Higgins on his state visit to Britain. At least that was the main … Continue reading

Yahoo News And The Murder Advocates

Can someone explain to me how Yahoo News can permit comments by its readers advocating the murder of a well-known political figure in Ireland? The target of the online trolls is the civil rights activist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, the former elected representative for the constituency of Mid-Ulster and a life-long socialist republican. In 1981 Bernadette and her husband Michael … Continue reading

Ireland’s British Rebels

Once again it takes an Irish journalist working in a foreign newspaper to write what the Irish press would never dare write (because they don’t want their readers to stray outside their strict ideological view of history, falsifications and half-truths to the fore). Melanie McDonagh in the London Independent with a rare, rare glimmer of … Continue reading

Time For Truth, An Fhírinne Anois

With thanks to the Mirror, a powerful video from the Irish victims support organisation “Relatives for Justice” which campaigns for truth and openess in relation to the former conflict in the north-east of Ireland. Though focused on those who suffered at the hands of the British Forces and their terrorist allies the pain and suffering on display … Continue reading

Only A General Amnesty Will Yield The Truth

As the impact of the arrest of the veteran activist Ivor Bell continues to reverberate within Republican circles there is a lot to agree with in this analysis by Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe: “Ivor Bell is awaiting trial in Belfast on charges he aided and abetted the murder of Jean McConville, a widowed … Continue reading

Letter Bombs In Britain. A Failure Of Vision

This is not 1884 nor is it 1974. So what on earth is the military or revolutionary rationale for sending letter-bombs to local recruitment offices of the British Army in towns and cities across Britain? How does that in any way shape or form represent an act of military resistance to the continued British Occupation … Continue reading

Death Squad Killers In The Land Down Under

An update on the revelations late last year by a BBC news documentary examining the murderous activities of the British Army’s covert Military Reaction Force (MRF) during the early days of the conflict in the north-east of Ireland. From 1971 to 1973 the unit carried out a series of terrorist attacks against the civilian population … Continue reading

Where Have All The Sociopaths Gone?

It say’s much for the twisted political allegiances of the media establishment in Ireland that the country’s largest national newspaper carries an article expressing concerns that Irish citizens are joining the military forces of a foreign nation in lesser numbers than in previous years. From the Irish Independent: “THE number of Irish recruits joining the … Continue reading

British War Hysteria – The Hibernoban!

So to another round of Fantasy Troubles as the news media in Britain, with a nod and a wink from domestic “security sources”, launch a febrile attempt to whip up some old fashioned anti-Irish hysteria in the lead up to Christmas. And how are they doing that, you ask? Why, by claiming that Irish insurgent … Continue reading

Vae Victis!

The hostile reaction to the publication of Anne Cadwallader’s book “Lethal Allies”, a history of the British death squads which operated in the so-called “Murder Triangle” of mid-Ulster during the 1970s and early ‘80s, continues to rumble on in British and Unionist circles. A review on a newly launched website supported by several academics, Arkiv, … Continue reading

Licensed To Kill

While the revelations about the murderous activities of British Army death squads in Ireland in the early and mid 1970s have shocked some for most seasoned observers it was simply further confirmation of what we already knew. And those soldiers-turned-terrorists never went away. From ten years ago a report in the New York Times: “Officers … Continue reading

Death Squad Britain – The Past That Won’t Stay Hidden

Regular readers of An Sionnach Fionn will know how many times we have examined in detail the activities of Britain’s various official and unofficial forces participating in its thirty year long counter-insurgency war against the Irish Republican Army and others in Ireland. Of the official forces perhaps the most infamous have been the covert units … Continue reading

Britain’s Armed Shame

In Ireland the British separatist terrorists of the state-controlled UVF faction pose for the cameras Some time ago I published photos on An Sionnach Fionn featuring British soldiers serving in Afghanistan making Nazi salutes while posing in front of a British terrorist flag. Last week it was taken up by the news media in Britain, … Continue reading

All Life Is Not Equal

The editorial of today’s Belfast Telegraph, a British Unionist newspaper, issues a cri de coeur in defence of the British Forces in Ireland during the forty odd years of the conflict in the north-east of the country, and in particular the infamous Parachute Regiment. On the 30th of January 1972 soldiers of that British Army unit … Continue reading

British Soldiers, Nazi Salutes – The Story We Had First

The newspapers in Britain are currently debating the significance of images from the conflict in Afghanistan showing serving British soldiers posing in front of the British national flag and the now discarded “Northern Ireland” banner while making stiff-armed Nazi salutes. The Mail on Sunday broke the story which has been taken up by the Guardian … Continue reading

The Truth About Ireland’s British Troubles

Over the last two years I have highlighted on this website a number of key facts from the mountain of evidence pointing to the centrality of the British terror factions in the north-east of Ireland to Britain’s counter-insurgency war against the Irish Republican Army. Simply put it is now beyond any reasonable form of doubt that terrorist … Continue reading

Back With A Bang, Not A Whimper

A busy few days occupied with the internal workings of PCs and TVs (not to mention some hill-walking thrown in for good measure) so apologies to the many (many!) people who noted my absence. For now just a quick post to note an excellent piece by Bangordub on “We In Coming Days” touching upon an … Continue reading

Second-Class Citizens, Second-Class Victims

So the political extreme of the British Unionist minority in Ireland in the form of the TUV’s Jim McAllister has bullied, intimidated and shamed other political parties into facilitating the passing by the Stormont Assembly of the Special Advisers Bill, legislation designed to prevent political prisoners who have served longer than five years in gaol … Continue reading

Paul Theroux And The Boston Bombing

On the 16th of May 2013 the Daily Beast published an article by the Massachusetts-born travel writer and author Paul Theroux where he expressed his views on the terrorist attack in the city of Boston on April 15th. “For several decades, starting in the early 1970s, I traveled regularly from London, where I lived as a resident … Continue reading

Ireland’s British Troubles

Interesting revelation from court documents released in Belfast (via the Detail), where Ciarán Martin, the former Security and Intelligence adviser to British prime minister David Cameron, admits that British terrorist groupings operating in Ireland during the conflict in the north-east of the country did so with the backing and support of Britain, perhaps up to … Continue reading

Margaret Thatcher And The “Valiant” UVF

Throughout the late 20th century and into the early 21st century the Ulster Volunteer Force or UVF was one of the largest British terrorist organisations on the island of Ireland. From its establishment in 1965 to its cessation of attacks in 2007 the grouping was responsible for thousands of acts of major and minor terrorism. Indeed the forty year war which blighted the … Continue reading

Truth Is The First Casualty Of War

Last Monday I watched the second part of TV3’s drama-documentary series, “In the Name of the Republic”, where once again Eunan O’Halpin claimed to offer an analysis of the alleged actions of the Irish Republican Army during the Revolution of 1916-1923. Despite a few days of thinking it over and trying to see some historical value in the whole exercise it is hard to escape … Continue reading

More Accounts Of Death Squad Britain

Veteran Irish journalist and author Ed Moloney and his colleague Bob Mitchell continue their investigations into the Military Reaction Force (MRF), a British Army death squad that operated in the north-east of Ireland during the early 1970s. Its notoriety and reckless nature (with carloads of heavily armed undercover soldiers carrying out random drive-by shootings of the civilian populace in the city … Continue reading

Britain’s War In Ireland – Learning The Lessons

The Irish journalist and author Finian Cunningham examines the conflict in the north-east of Ireland during the late 1960s and early ‘70s and draws some lessons in relation to France’s present military intervention in Mali. His description of the origins and early years of the Northern War are particularly noteworthy: “This week sees the anniversary … Continue reading

The McGurk Bar Massacre – British Bombers In Irish Cities

Two reviews of the ground-breaking investigative book “The McGurk’s Bar Bombing: Collusion, Cover-Up and a Campaign for Truth” by the Irish author and campaigner Ciarán Mac Airt. The first is from the news and current affairs blog Its A Political World and the second is from the journalist and screenwriter Viv Young in The New York Journal of Books. For more on the … Continue reading

Counter-Gangs – The Origins Of British Terrorism In Ireland

I’ve devoted considerable space on An Sionnach Fionn to cataloguing Britain’s dirty war in Ireland highlighting a wide range of evidence gathered over the last forty years by human rights organisations, journalists and historians. Now the independent news and current affairs site Spinwatch has worked with the Pat Finucane Centre to publish a new study, “COUNTER-GANGS: A history of undercover military units in Northern … Continue reading

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