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The Many Faces Of The Irish News Media

British-state militias in Ireland the UDR or RIR and the RUC
British-state militias in Ireland the UDR or RIR and the RUC
The alphabet soup of British-state militias in Ireland in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s – the UDR (now the RIR) and the RUC (now the PSNI)

Jim Cusack, the “security” correspondent of the Sunday Independent newspaper and arch-apologist for British colonial policing in Ireland, has penned a typically bizarre piece attacking the now decades old peace process and Sinn Féin while defending his publication’s dreadful record on both. Given the pathological anti-Republican outlook of the Indo stable of newspapers it is typical enough fair.

“The RUC Special Branch, much demonised since, has never received any thanks for the lives it saved in the Republic at this time.”

By demonization Cusack means critics like myself who have pointed out that some in the Royal Ulster Constabulary were simply policemen by day and gunmen by night (which is partly why it was disbanded and replaced with the little-better PSNI). That of course is also a view shared by our present Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, and the current coalition government of Ireland, as expressed a few months ago. Some of Cusack’s other points are incredibly petulant, to a childlike degree (and a rather nasty child to boot):

“On arriving south of the Border he continued for some time to mispronounce the name of his own constituency – “Louth” as in “mouth” and its adjoining county “Meath” as in “teeth”, a common northern trait.”

Yes, those damn northerners with their sly mispronunciations and “traits”. One might almost believe that they were not Irish at all or that the counties of Louth and Armagh were situated on opposite sides of the planet. However a later paragraph takes the proverbial biscuit. Remember that this is a journalist, one specialising in policing and justice, writing this. The Fourth Estate my arse:

“Sinn Fein has a stock of issues it could pursue to dangerous lengths if in government: raking over British ‘collaboration’ with loyalists; compensation for various republican “victims”; and, if it could, prise open files in the Department of Justice, even expose “Free State” collaboration with the Brits.””

So uncovering the truth about Britain’s co-ordination with the British terror factions as part of its counter-insurgency struggle in our country, factions responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Irish men, women and children, would be “dangerous”? Strange that the Sunday Independent does not apply this same criteria to its repeated raking over of the coals of the northern conflict when it touches – however tangentially – upon Republicans. Are some Irish people lesser “victims” than others? And does the collaboration with a foreign power by members of An Garda Síochána and Óglaigh na hÉireann (Defence Forces Ireland) not worry the ideologues at the Independent News and Media? It certainly does when the collaborators are in opposition to that particular foreign power.

Oh doyens of Irish journalism, thy multiplicity of faces and cleft tongues is a wonder to behold.

2 comments on “The Many Faces Of The Irish News Media

  1. john cronin

    Not sure what the point of this article is exactly? That newspapers should not be allowed to publish views with which an sionnach disagrees with?


    • Er, no. That An Sionnach should be allowed to challenge or criticise views that clearly show up the newspapers for the hypocritical ideologues that they are. Which I done did! 😉


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