Friday, 14 March 2014

I.R.A statement on Maghaberry situation.

Irish Republican Army Statement. Maghaberry situation

In November 2012, Republican Prisoners on Roe 4 took a conscious decision to come off protest. This was in order to create an envisaged conflict free environment within Maghaberry. This was also to create space to positively deal with outstanding issues.

However, the Prison Authorities, from senior management to landing staff on the wings in Roe House have continually placed obstacles in the way of meaningful progress.

This past week the I.R.A. sent packages addressed to two prison staff that appear to take a particular enjoyment from inflicting harm on Republican P.O.W’s. these named individuals must be removed from Roe House immediately or face direct action either inside or outside the Gaol. In the recent past we have demonstrated our ability to target and execute prison staff when necessary.

The main causes of conflict on the Republican Landings in Roe House are well known and documented. These include forced strip searches, controlled movement and forced isolation. These are all issues that could be easily resolved by the British/Gaol administration. The August 2010 Agreement and several subsequent independent reports should be used as frameworks to create the conflict free environment envisaged by the P.O.W’s.

The leadership of the IRA has remained silent in recent months regarding the Maghaberry crisis in order to allow room for resolution. However, now is the time to speak directly to those responsible for the degradation and torture of Republican prisoners. The execution of David Black was a warning to prison staff, a warning that has not been heeded. The further death of prison staff is an inevitability should the Maghaberry situation not be resolved. The IRA has the intelligence, capability, weaponry and volunteers at its disposal to take further actions against prison service staff and management. We will not be found wanting in that regard. The responsibility for further armed actions by the IRA will rest with those who have failed to constructively deal with the issues that are causing conflict within the Gaol.

The IRA will continue to monitor progress on the resolution of the crisis in Roe House, and will act accordingly outside the Gaol with no further notice or warnings.


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Cork 32CSM opposes the closure of the North Monastery school.

The Cork 32 county sovereignty movement would like to condemn the proposed closing down of the historic North Monastery School and its transition to another Irish speaking school. For many generations the North Monastery School has been a vital source of education, history and heritage for the people of the north side and further afield. Founded in 1811 the ‘North Mon’ as it is proudly known by generations of North side families would be a reflection of the history of not only the North side or not even Cork but the history of Ireland itself.

                During 1816 the school was temporarily used as a hospital during an outbreak of Typhus Fever. Around 1840 the North Mon had witnessed many great students including notable Poets, writers and was witness to a visit by Daniel O Connell with the schools patron Edmund Rice. . During the 1850’s another student by the name of John P. Holland, the inventor of the submarine, would also study at the school. But the most notable historic achievement of the North Mon for Republicans in Cork city, is the proud lineage of Irish Republicans who have come through the gates of the North Mon. Most Notably Cork I.R.A commandant Tomas Mc Curtain was a student of the North Mon and shortly after a surprise visit to the school where he addressed students in Irish, he was murdered in his home by British gunmen.  Cork I.R.A volunteer, Lord Mayor and Hunger Striker Terrence McSwiney, was also a student of the North Mon. Terrence succeeded as lord mayor after the murder of his friend Tomas Mc Curtain. Terrence died after 70 days on hunger strike in Brixton prison, England.

                 Cork I.R.A volunteers Dermot Crowley and Tony Ahern were past students of the North mon. Both members of the Cork Brigade of the I.R.A had went to Tyrone to take part in military operations against British forces under the command of another Cork man who was Officer Commanding of the famous East Tyrone Brigade. During 1973 both volunteers were killed in action six weeks apart from each other. Both men were good friends who lived near each other and had played hurling together in the North Mon.

                For generations up to the present day the North Mon has served as a vital source of education for the North side. To uproot a large amount of students and place those in the adjacent st. Vincent’s girl’s school which does not have adequate room, facilities our resources for such an influx of students will result in disastrous effects on the ability of students to receive a high standard of education. This will also result in a traditionally all boys and all-girls school being mixed against parents will and no doubt such a change will have negative effects for students who are used to their classes not being mixed. We call on the Edmund Rice trustee’s to consider the welfare of students present and future and to stop this transition. If the Irish speaking school seeks a new building with new facilities it should be constructed for them and not be removed to the detriment of hundreds of students from the North side area. The Cork 32 county sovereignty movement will support all and every measure of opposition to the schools closure. Beir Bua!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Re-launch of the Sovereign nation newspaper.

The 32 county sovereignty movement has re-launched our bi-monthly newspaper available from all local cumann. The Cork 32 county sovereignty movement will be issuing copy's in the following days and anyone who wants a copy can send us a message via our facebook page.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Cork 32CSM remembers I.R.A Oglach Finbarr Walsh.

The Finbarr Walsh cumann of the Cork 32 county sovereignty movement today held a remembrance ceremony in memory of I.R.A Oglach Finbarr Walsh. Finbarr was a life long republican who had dedicated his life to the pursuit of Republican ideals which found him incarcerated as a POW and spending periods of his life on the run from Free state forces. A fiercely courageous and dedicated Republican, Finbarr throughout his life never sullied or abandoned the Republican cause, refusing to accept the good Friday surrender he was instrumental in keeping Republicanism in Cork alive. In 2005 Finbarr lost his life in a tragic hit and run accident at the age of 65. Instead of trying to discover the identity of the driver, the free states top detectives were quickly on the scene trying to find out why Finbarr was in the area, which led to extensive searches in the land around the scene. When the perpetrator did hand himself into the gardai a number of days later, no charges were brought against this man. While there are a number of unanswered questions surrounding the night of Finbarr's death and the subsequent weeks, Finbarr's death was a huge loss to the Republican Movement in Cork. In honor of Finbarr, the Cork cumann of the 32 county sovereignty movement is proudly named after Finbarr.