Michael Collins Commemoration
Beal na mBlath
21 August 2011
It is some 47 years since last I stood here.
It must be admitted my motives were romantic rather than political: I was madly in love with Stephanie, the
youngest daughter of Fine Gael TD for Cork, Stephen Barrett.
There was also another good family reason for being here….of
which I was unaware at the time.
It certainly had nothing to do with my mother’s side. They were happy
to see Ireland part of the United Kingdom and the British Empire: indeed their
world started to fall apart when … Continue reading...
The peace process emerged from the Hume/Adams dialogue of 1992 and these discussions laid the foundations for everything that followed. Hume facilitated the entry of the IRA/Sinn Fein into the Peace Process in return for which they undertook to
· Decommission IRA arms
· Disband the IRA and its Army Council
The former has been delivered but there are questions about the latter.
Significant developments, such as IRA cease fires, were normally made public by press statements issued under the pseudonym of P. O’Neill of the Irish Republican Publicity Bureau, Dublin. No statement has been issued from this source stating … Continue reading...