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The Irish Times Detention of Marian Price
We wish to draw your attention to the continued detention of Marian Price, which we feel constitutes an alarming breach of human and civil rights.
Ms Price had previously served a long jail sentence in England and in the North and was released and pardoned in 1980 due to ill-health resulting from force-feeding over many months in 1973 and 1974.
Ms Price was arrested in May 2011 on the basis of charges, which have since been dismissed. At the time she was granted bail for those charges and has also been granted bail on subsequent charges brought against her, yet she remains imprisoned by order of Owen Paterson, British Secretary of State, who claimed to revoke her licence.
Ms Price’s health and welfare are at the forefront of this campaign and she has been declared too ill to attend court after spending more than a year in isolation. Ms Price is the victim of psychological torture and internment without trial, and as a result of this her mental health and physical health has deteriorated rapidly. Given concerns about her very poor health, we are calling for her immediate release based on humanitarian grounds. – Yours, etc,
Msgr RAYMOND MURRAY, Human Rights Activist; Fr PETER MCVERRY SJ, Centre for Faith and Justice; Fr SEÁN MCMANUS, President of the Irish National Caucus, US; MARGARETTA D’ARCY, Aosdána/Women In Media Entertainment; ÉAMON Ó CUÍV TD; MAUREEN O’SULLIVAN TD; THOMAS PRINGLE TD; JOAN COLLINS TD; RICHARD BOYD BARRETT TD; JOHN BROWNE TD; GERRY ADAMS TD; MARTIN FERRIS TD; DESSIE ELLIS TD; SÉAN CROWE TD; MICHAEL COLREAVY TD; JONATHAN O’BRIEN TD; MARY LOU MCDONALD TD; PEARSE DOHERTY TD; SANDRA McLELLAN TD; BRIAN STANLEY TD; PADRAIG MACLOCHLAINN TD; AENGUS O’SNODAIGH TD; CAOIMHGHÍN Ó CAOLÁIN TD; PEADAR TOIBÍN TD; JOE HIGGINS TD; CLARE DALY TD; Councillors: LOUISE MINIHAN; MANNIX FLYNN; Cllr CHRISTY BURKE; CIERAN PERRY; MELISA HALPIN; BRID SMITH; HUGH LEWIS; NIALL RING; ANNA QUIGLEY; PAT DUNNE; VINCENT JACKSON; DAMIEN O’FARRELL; Senators: LABHRÁS Ó MURCHÚ; JIM WALSH; KATHRYN REILLY; DAVID CULLINANE; TREVOR O’CLOCHARTAIGH; DARRAGH O’BRIEN; BRIAN Ó DOMHNAILL; and Dr FÉILIM Ó hADHMAILL, School of Applied Social Studies, UCC; Dr CIARÁN DAWSON, Centre for Oral Irish, UCC; Dr ÓRLA O’DONOVAN, School of Applied Social Studies, UCC Dr KIERAN ALLEN, School of Sociology, UCD,
C/o Sráid an Dáma,
Baile Átha Cliath 2.
- 593 days ago via site
JOHN BEW and DEAGLÁN de BREADÚN
British prime minister Margaret Thatcher personally sanctioned concessions aimed at ending the 1981 hunger strike at the Maze Prison, Long Kesh, but the deal was rejected by the IRA, documents released under the 30-year rule have disclosed.
The papers, in the British national archives, create a picture of confusion in the Provisional IRA leadership at a critical stage of the prison fast, with “every type of neurosis imaginable surfacing”, just when a compromise seemed imminent.
The documents confirm Mrs Thatcher approved a message to the IRA leadership, after four of the 10 hunger-strike deaths had occurred, which laid out the concessions the British were prepared to make. Contrary to British expectations, the Provisionals rejected this offer, although the latter suggested the objection was to the “tone” not substance.
Documents show the British were prepared to give the IRA an advance text of the arrangement, if they agreed to abide by the terms. The documents neither contradict nor fully corroborate claims by former H-Block inmate Richard O’Rawe that the British offer was acceptable to the prisoners’ leadership but was turned down by the IRA to secure the election of Owen Carron as MP for Fermanagh-South Tyrone in succession to Bobby Sands.
Later that year, the British embassy produced a lengthy report on the relationship between the Provisional IRA and the Irish media, following a claim by Fianna Fáil lord mayor of Cork Paud Black that RTÉ had been “infiltrated” by republican sympathisers. Shortly afterwards, Mr Black met the British ambassador and said that, while he had received many messages of support, he now feared for his personal safety.
British diplomats were sceptical about the claim of Provo influence in RTÉ. They had previously concluded that the group with most sympathisers at the station was Sinn Féin the Workers Party (“the stickies”), who were “bitterly anti-Provisional”.
However PR Whiteway, an official at the embassy, suggested there was a “scattering” of republican sympathisers in the print media, such as the late Seán Cronin at The Irish Times , a former IRA chief of staff, and Deasún Breathnach at the Irish Independent , a former editor of Sinn Féin weekly An Phoblacht.
Mr Whiteway writes: “Most professional Irish journalists feed off the North. Death and disaster keep them busy and brings fellow journalists from all over the Western world to see them – offers of syndication rights, bylines abroad and so on.”
He points to “widespread irritation” with the media, “particularly in well-to-do and Fine Gael circles, and the belief that if they ceased rubbing everyone’s nose in the problem, it would, if not go away, at least be more manageable”.
Commenting elsewhere on the Fine Gael-Labour coalition formed under Garret FitzGerald on June 30th, British officials said there was no huge ideological difference between them and the “only one true socialist in the Labour Party” was future president Michael D Higgins.
Former Republican prisoner Jim Gibney today dismissed as "absolutely bogus" the suggestion in 1981 documents that Sands offered to suspend his hunger strike just a week before his death.
The papers released under the 30-year rule suggest the offer was conveyed to the British Government by the Pope's secretary, John Magee.
Mr Gibney said he and others had been visiting Sands at the time and at "no stage" had he mentioned that he had made such an offer.
Another Irish Republican prisoner who was on 200 days hunger strike was force fed by the British is currently interned without trial by the British in collaboration with Gerry Adam's party. For details see link:
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- 807 days ago via site
Bored one day in 1995 I did a painting of a load of people in the Irish Times that day. Recognise them?
- 1056 days ago via site
Really enjoyed the Motorshow in the RDS today!Team PR Reilly don't think that waterless car washes work,what u think?
- 1113 days ago via site
hey Irish Times, why not use an iPod from like 5 years ago 2 promote yr podcast on the front of today's paper. oh wait, u have
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