Monday, 27 April 2015


"A knock on the door! In the early hours of the morning. A splintered lock and armed men break into your home. They are military and police. You are dragged from your bed. Jail or internment camp? No charge. No trial. This has been the pattern in Ireland, North and South, for almost 100 years.

It is the story of internment; of the thousands of men and women who have been subjected to it; of the conditions, the brutality the escapes and the politics of it all. From Frongoch to long Kesh, Mountjoy to the Curragh. From the hulk of theArgenta to HMS Maidstone..."...Maghabury!

In Ireland, Political Internment without trial or by remand, has been going on for almost 100 years, right up to the present day, along with censorship, it is the primary instrument, to silence Free Speech and the Traditional Voice of Irish Republicanism, since the foundation of the two Scum States by Brtain in Ireland, after the overwhelming majority of Ireland had voted for a United Democratic Republic, in the wake of the Easter Rsing of 1916. Those who exercise their right to Free Speech, in the Irish Republcan tradition, have been interned, in every generation, up to the present moment. Below is an account of the Irish Guineapigs, tortured in experiments, conducted by the British, in the test laboratory of British  Dirty War in Occupied Ireland, later used in counter insurgency operations, mentored and overseen by the British, in places like Abu Graib.

‘The Guineapigs’ by John McGuffin (1974, 1981)

The Guineapigs

by John McGuffin (1974, 1981)

Originally published in London by Penguin Books, 1974. Paperback, 192 pp. Out of Print.
2nd edition Minuteman Press, San Francisco, 1981. Paperback, 75 pp. Out of Print.

The first edition by Penguin sold 20,000 copies and was banned after one week by the British government and Reginald Maudling. The 2nd edition in 1981 updated the fate of the victims and named the torturers, but omitted two chapters from the original edition.
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From the back cover (2nd edition):

The Guineapigs in the title were fourteen Irish political prisoners on whom the British Army experimented with sensory deprivation torture in 1971. These 'techniques' are now outlawed, following Britain's conviction at the International Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg, but have been exported and used by Britain's allies throughout the world. This book first appeared in 1974, published by Penguin Books in London. It sold out on its first print run and was then abruptly taken off the market following pressure from the British Government.

In Ireland in 1971 there was deliberate and careful use of modern torture techniques, not merely to get information but to perfect the system of Sensory Deprivation for use against civilians. The author, an ex-internee himself spent two years researching the book following his release from Crumlin Road jail where he had been held without charge or trial. In this new edition he is at last able to name the torturers and those responsible for this sordid episode in British Imperial history. No member of the British Army or the Royal Ulster Constabulary has ever been convicted of torture or brutality to prisoners, although the Government has been forced to pay out over $5 million in compensation to torture victims.

This re-issue of 'The Guineapigs' is dedicated to the blanket men in Long Kesh concentration camp and the women political prisoners in Armagh jail. 'Na reabhloidi Abu.'


This book could not have been written without the active help and advice of many people. Firstly I must thank the 'guineapigs' themselves, and in particular Jim Auld, Pat Shivers and Paddy Joe Mc Clean. A large debt is also owed to the Association for Legal Justice, Amnesty International (and in particular Richard Reoch) and the British Society for Social Responsibility in the Sciences. For help on the medical and psychological aspects of SD I am particularly indebted to Dr. Tim Shallice of the National Hospital and Dr. Pearse O'Malley of Belfast.

As for the rest, many have preferred that they remain anonymous, but special thanks must go to Judy Smith, Frank Doherty, Johnathan Rosenhead, Kevin Boyle, Hurst Hannum, Father Denis Faul, Margaret Gatt, Ian Franklin, Eamonn Kerr, Billy Close, Joe Quigley, Noelle, Hugh, Judith and, of course, R. W. Grimshaw. I am grateful to Gil Boehringer for permission to use part of his work for Appendix I.

Finally, I must thank Marie for her typing and Fra for putting up with it all.

Belfast, February 1974


Torture and brutality – or 'ill-treatment' as Sir Edmund Compton would prefer to call it – are as old as war itself. Mankind has expended centuries of research in trying to devise newer and more bestial ways of extracting information from reluctant witnesses or causing lingering and painful deaths.

The purpose of this book, however, is not to deal with torture in general. It is specific. It deals with the treatment meted out to fourteen Irishmen by the British 'security forces' in the period from August to October 1971. It is not written to show that this treatment was more barbaric than that practised by the British Army upon hundreds of other Irish internees/ detainees/ political prisoners since 1969 nor upon the victims of the ten colonial actions undertaken by the British since the Second World War. Instead it is an attempt to show how these men were selected as unwilling and unwitting subjects upon whom Army psychiatrists, psychologists and 'counter-terrorist strategists' could experiment in that particular field known as 'SD' – Sensory Deprivation. That the experiment was a dismal failure, both from a military and a propaganda point of view, mattered little to the men in the War Office. Worse still, the fact that several of the men used were literally driven out of their minds and still today, over two years later, suffer from severe mental traumas which they will carry with them to the grave has evoked not a shred of remorse, admission of guilt, or apology, let alone an attempt at recompense – though how do you give a man back his mental health? – from the 'mother of parliaments'. This book is an attempt to tell these men's story, the story of the 'guineapigs'.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: 'Ill-Treatment' – A Brief History

Chapter 2: What is Sensory Deprivation?

Chapter 3: The Swoop – The First Forty-eight Hours

Chapter 4: The Experiment

Chapter 5: The Compton Report

Chapter 6: Replay

Chapter 7: Parker: Cover-up MK2

Chapter 8: The After-effects

Chapter 9: Down on the Killing Floor

Chapter 10: Postscript – Torture in the World Today



Appendix I: Memorandum of Modest Proposals for Preventing the
Spread of Torture and Ill-treatment in Northern Ireland

Appendix II: Proposed Draft for a UN Resolution on a
Convention on Torture and the Treatment of Prisoners

Sunday, 26 April 2015


Rich List: Wealthiest 250 in Ireland worth €75bn all told

Sunday Times Rich List claims Ireland is home to 13 billionaires, worth €38bn in total

At the top of the Irish list are Hilary and Alannah Weston (above), the Dublin-born mother and daughter from the family which controls Brown Thomas and Penneys in Ireland and Selfridges and Primark in the UK. The family is valued at some €15 billion. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times
At the top of the Irish list are Hilary and Alannah Weston (above), the Dublin-born mother and daughter from the family which controls Brown Thomas and Penneys in Ireland and Selfridges and Primark in the UK. The family is valued at some €15 billion. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

  • Personal Finance 
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Denis O Brien
Sun, Apr 26, 2015, 14:21
The richest 250 people in Ireland are worth a combined €75.03 billion and have seen their wealth increase by 15.9 per cent in the last year, according to figures published on Sunday.
The Sunday Times Rich List claims that Ireland is currently home to 13 billionaires, who have a combined fortune of €37.89 billion, and that the net worth of the country’s wealthy elite is now significantly ahead of that recorded at the end of the so-called CelticTiger era in 2008.
At the top of the Irish list are Hilary and Alannah Weston, the Dublin-born mother and daughter from the family which controls Brown Thomas and Penneys in Ireland and Selfridges and Primark in the UK, as well as a huge Canadian operation. The family is valued at some €15 billion.
Denis O’Brien, who has significant interests in the communications sector through his Digicel business, is in second place with an estimated fortune of €5.34 billion.
Largest shareholders
Mr O’Brien (57) is the largest shareholder in Independent News& Media and is involved in enterprises such as the Topaz filling station chain, radio stations Today FM and Newstalk, andSiteserv, the sale of which is at the centre of an ongoing political controversy.
Investor John Dorrance (€2.38 billion) is third on the Irish list, ahead of Glen-Dimplex owner Martin Naughton (€2.19 billion - No 4) and financier Dermot Desmond (€2.01 billion - No 5).
Others in the list’s top 10 are Lady Ballyedmond of Newry-basedNorbrook Laboratories (€1.91 billion - No 6); retailers the Dunne family (€1.78 billion No 7); Pearse Lyons of animal nutrition firmAlltech, and family (€1.37 billion - No 8); brothers John andPatrick Collison who established online payments platform Stripe (€1.37 billion - No 9); and Paul Coulson, a shareholder in theArdagh Group (€1.21 billion - No 10).
New entrants to the Irish section of the list include Sir Daniel and Lady Day-Lewis (€62 million), who have a home in Co Wicklow; and international rugby referee Simon McDowell, (€73 million) whose fortune relates to a Co Antrim mineral-processing firm linked to his family.
Collective wealth
The British version of the list shows that the collective wealth of its richest people has more than doubled in the last 10 years.
The list includes 117 billionaires, up from 104 last year. They account for a total wealth of £325.131 billion.
London-based Ukrainian businessman Len Blavatnik, whose empire includes the Warner Music Group, was at the summit this year, with an estimated fortune of £13.17 billion.
Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal and Chelsea Football Club chairman Roman Abramovichsaw their fortunes fall by £1.05 billion and £1.23 billion respectively, the list claimed.
However, neither are likely to be sweating too much over it. Mr Mittal and family are still worth an estimated £9.20 billion, while researchers put Mr Abramovich’s fortune at £7.29 billion.
Sir Paul McCartney was at the summit of the top 40 musical millionaires on the list, with the former Beatle’s personal fortune at £730 million - a good way ahead of his nearest rival Andrew Lloyd Webber, worth an estimated £650 million.
Adele, who is reckoned to be worth £50 million, was named the richest young musician in the UK and Ireland. Second place in the chart, made up of acts aged 30 or under, goes to the four members of One Direction (including Irishman Niall Horan) and former bandmate Zayn Malik, who are said to be worth £25 million each.
Additional reporting: PA


Irish Blog has been receiving considerable solidarity in the US, with many supporters of Irish Freedom, re-sharing this Blog and carrying the censored message, about what is really happening in Ireland, to fellow Americans. One Human Rights Activist in particular, called Darius Koltuniak, has been successful, in highlighting and organizing solidarity against British repression in Occupied Ireland, particularly with regard to the Political Internment of Irish activists. Unfortunately since he started highlighting Political Internment in Ireland, he has been receiving abuse, particularly insidious in three instances, using Irish names for cover and a death threat in another incident.

This type of fascist intimidation of Americans by British agents, coupled with censorship and political internment, is part of the course of any genuine activist, for the Irish Cause of Freedom. It is part of what the British call, Low Intensity Operations, from their manual on Dirty War, which is partly psychological, along with dividing and discrediting the Irish Cause for Freedom. Solidarity is critical in this struggle, as Dariusz, who's own father, was politically interned in Poland for years, knows all to well.

I am calling on all supporters of the Irish Cause, to bring this matter to the attention of their respective, elected political, representatives, for their immediate attention, both in Ireland and in the United States. I also call on you, to bring the matter of Political Internment by remand in Occupied Ireland, for their immediate attention, which will require persistence. For further details you can contact Darius Koltuniak on Facebook at

beir bua, brionOcleirigh

Saturday, 25 April 2015



Manus Deery: Family angry after coroner suspends inquest

Manus Deery, 15, was shot dead in the Bogside in May 1972
Manus Deery, 15, was shot dead in the Bogside in May 1972

The sister of a Londonderry teenager shot dead by a soldier in the Bogside 40 years ago has said she is angry that his inquest has been suspended.
Earlier this year, Attorney General John Larkin ordered a new inquest into the death of 15-year-old Manus Deery who was killed in 1972.
On Thursday, it was suspended along with 14 others by Northern Ireland's senior coroner John Leckey.
Mr Leckey said Mr Larkin may have exceeded his powers.
Helen Deery said the family was given fresh hope when it was announced in June there would be an inquest into her brother's killing.
"We were delighted and so were the witnesses because they were given the opportunity to stand up and tell the truth," she said.
"It was our chance to lay him to rest but that has been denied now as well.
"As a family we are gutted, it has been postponed for 40 years, why any longer?"
Helen Deery questioned why John Leckey decided to postpone the inquests.
"I don't think he had the right to do that at all. These inquests should have been done 40 years ago.
"What do I tell my grandchildren? Are we second-class citizens still and where is the peace process?

"We had great hope in the summer when we heard there was going to be an inquest.
"It was brilliant for the family, but now again that has been pulled away from us. It seems to be a stalling process.
"I would ask John Leckey to overturn his decision, it is a disgrace. "It shouldn't be within his power.
"He can't deny an inquest into the killing of a 15-year-old boy."
Manus Deery, 15, was shot dead in the Bogside in May 1972.
The Army maintains that a soldier in a lookout post on Derry's walls fired at what appeared to be a gunman about 200 metres away, missed, and that the ricochet fatally injured the teenager.
His family have always disputed the Army's version.

Friday, 24 April 2015


Low Intensity Operations is a controversial, prophetic book, on the conduct of modern warfare. Published in 1971 and written by Frank Kitson while working with the British Ministry of Defence, on how the army should deal with insurgency operations. Its propositions evolved into the massacre of Bloody Sunday and the death of 10 Irish Hunger Strikers imprisoned in British Occupied Ireland. To understand how the British deal with revolutionary resistance, to their Occuption, one must read Low Intensity Operations. It is still being used in Occupied Ireland today, particularly within the Prison, in collaboration with the DUP/Sinn Fein Adminstration at Stormont, using embedded British Agents, using Dirty War tactics,to break Irish POWs, as they attempted with Bobby Sands and his comrades.

These Dirty War tactics, are also being used today in the conveyor belt system, that is interning by remand, numerous other innocent Irish republicans, attempting to exercise Free Speech and other peaceful methods of protest, against the British Police State. Currently, there is unrest again today, with the POWs being abused again and currently in lockdown, as a result of provocation, by the British Agents adminstering injustice and provocation as per their DirtyWar manual. This is occurring daily for the last twenty years, since the signing of the Pseudo Peace Process, which in reality was a consequence of Sinn Fein's surrender,to Dirty War tactics, followed by their collaboration in the pstchological torture of the POWs and sanitizing, Political Internment by remand. The Pedo Poachers, have become the Gamekeepers for British Occupation in Ireland. According to an anonymous whistleblower within Sinn Fein, they discussed with Tory leaders, while dining in Buckingham Palace with the Queen, the implementation of draconian austerity measures, along with the logistics of eliminating any politcal opposition, with expanding Political Internment, after the current election.

Of course in any type of Democracy, none of this would be possible, without a compliant, corrupt media. Irish Blog asks you to make a stand against the Irish Presstitute Media. We often complain about the mainstream, corporate media, but few of us are actually prepared to work to challenge the disinformation and lies, that has led to so much needless human suffering on the Island. We know what the problem is, but most of us are complacent. We prefer to leave the effort, to bring about positive, change, to others. We each must take responsibility. Quality information is a key part of personal and community empowerment. We must seek it out from reliable sources, without a commerial or exclusively, self-serving political agenda, and share it with others, to empower our communities and defend ourselves against economic and political treason, by those whom we elect. 

This can often be simple to create, sometimes made complex to share, with modern censorship technology, but we must try, for our own sake and others, to have balance, in the Age of Self. The Irish Presstitute Media, are engaged in the deception and exploitation of our people and abuse of our resistance activists. We must also resist, in a peaceful broad front, while still keeping our own particular identity or parties identity, to the fore, along with our demands, in street protest. We must call our media and elected political collaborators to account, and boycott tactically in solidarity. In the event of British State violence, we must defend ourselves by any means necessary. With persistence, we will liberate ourselves, our island and together determine our own future, free from outside interference and oppression.