The Republic is the only fitting monument

The recent murder of George Floyd by the police in the USA has rightly caused worldwide condemnation and protests of state violence and institutional racism. It is not before time that people took to the streets to say that enough is enough, and radical activists in the United States have a great tradition of that

Given Irish people’s keen sense of Justice, Irish people have also come out and joined the worldwide protests in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. This is something I am totally supportive of, for I believe that international solidarity with oppressed and occupied peoples around the world is essential. Ireland also experienced such support from around the world during our own plights, from the Famine in 1848 to the Hunger strikes in 1981. 

As with any popular movement though, it brings out those who are literally just jumping on the bandwagon, not for the first time, I am struck how thousands of people attend these marches but would not even consider protestin…

Corona virus has exposed the true ugly face of capitalism and consumerism

Am I worried about the Coronavirus? Yes. I think everyone who is listening at all should be concerned, but am I in a blind panic, taking all my spare cash and stocking up on toilet roll, paracetamol and even if I could get it, hand sanitizer? No!

The most interesting aspect of this coronavirus for me has not been how it has spread across the globe, slowly but surely inching its way into each of our communities, but how, we as a people are reacting to it. The frightening part of this pandemic I believe has been witnessing ordinary everyday people react in such a selfish, horrible fashion that it leaves the hairs on the back of my neck standing with disgust and incredulity.

The mass panic buying of hand sanitiser, paracetamol and bizarrely toilet roll, as officials have appealed to people not to do so, has infuriated many, including myself. The idea that 1 person may buy 30 bottles of hand sanitiser knowing full well they are depriving someone else who may need it, doesn’t register as wro…

Republicans oppose free speech??

Many readers will be aware that over recent months there has been an upsurge in discussion around “hate speech” legislation in Ireland. This is primarily due to the Free State’s public consultation titled: Review of the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989; and the far-right attempts to use this as a subject to rally around.

The far-right rarely give a scant mention to the fact that there is current legislation in place, they prefer to allow people to believe that is a brand new concept for Ireland. The current 1989 Act prohibits certain forms of threatening, abusive or insulting conduct that are intended or likely to stir up hatred against a group of persons on account of certain characteristics. These characteristics are race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, membership of the travelling community and sexual orientation.

There have been public rallies held by these far-right groups opposing proposed legislation, which has resulted in skirmishes with A…

We stood up and won, DO NOT sit back down!

It should come as no shock to Republicans that the Fine Gael led Free State Government intended on commemorating the RIC, which comprised the black and tans.

The announcement today that this has now been ‘deferred’ has been met with great enthusiasm and indeed a sense of victory from the people.

The opposition to this commemoration came in thick and fast and from some surprising quarters, today is the first time I can say that I have seen social media have a tangible positive effect on politics. Largely led by the ordinary person on social media platforms, the protests against this commemoration could not be ignored and so it was announced that it was ‘deferred’.

I believe the word ‘deferred’ was used decisively by the State to try and save face, but as far as everyone else is concerned, this event is cancelled.

Speaking on RTÉ news Free State Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan stated that he was “determined” that a commemoration would happen at another time. The use of his word de…

#BringItToTheirDoors Charlie Flanagan - Statement read and posted

Address given outside Freestate Minister Charlie Flanagan's house as part of the #BringItToTheirDoors Campaign 06/10/2019

Video can be seen here:


We are here today outside the home of Freestate Justice minister Charlie Flanagan, Flanagan as so-called Justice Minister is directly responsible for the implementation and continued use of the corrupt Special Criminal Court.

The title Justice Minister is somewhat Orwellian considering that there is no justice to be had in the Special Criminal Court, a non-jury Diplock Court, a conveyor belt of injustice railroading Republicans into Prison.

The State uses the Special criminal court against those who oppose them, mainly Irish Republicans.

Over the last number of years, the number of Irish Republicans facing the special criminal court has grown gargantuan. The very existence of this court breaches the fundamental right to trial by jury.…

Oration Carnlough 17th August 2019

Address given to the inaugural Carnlough commemoration on 17th August 2019, organised by the North Antrim Martyrs Republican flute band

I want to start by thanking the North Antrim Martyrs band for inviting me to speak here today; it is always a true honour to be given the opportunity to address fellow Republicans, genuine Republicans.

I also want to take this time to commend the North Antrim band and all the bands for the time and dedication they put into practicing and perfecting their art, this has made them all the fine musicians we have heard here today. There are many strands to the Republican family, we have political activists, volunteers, political prisoners and one of the most important throughout the years has been Republican bands, they are an integral component, they keep our morale up and our feet moving in even the most difficult of times. They are an example in discipline and it is through music that many young Irish people are first introduced to our Republican Martyred…

Oration delivered at Liam Lynch Commemoration, 21/07/2019

It is an incredible honour to have been invited by the National Liam Lynch Commemoration Committee to speak before you today. In his resistance to British rule in Ireland, General Liam Lynch has left an important legacy for all the Irish people, a revolutionary career that displayed great dedication, idealism and heroism.

Republicans of every generation have paid tribute to him on this spot since the bitter Civil War, or rather, what I prefer to call the Counter-Revolution of 1922-23. It is right and fitting that we continue to pay tribute and honour a giant of the Republican movement such as Liam Lynch. 
In 1935, before a crowd of thousands, Lynch's former comrade, Maurice Twomey, unveiled the tower dedicated to Liam Lynch that we stand in the shadow of today.
Twomey had served alongside Lynch in the ranks of Óglaigh na hÉireann during the days of the Tan War and was later on his staff, during the Civil War.

By 1935, Twomey himself had risen to Chief-of-Staff of the IRA, and was t…