Monday, 27 April 2015
R.I.P. Irish Water By Terry McGeehan
What part of “no fecking way” does Enda the Eejit not understand? When will he realise that Irish Water is a busted flush?
How many more times do he and his gormless Government need to be told that Irish Water won’t fecking float?
How often does he have to hear the deafening clamour of protests against this utterly discredited quango before he pulls the plug on Uisce Eireann?
He either just doesn’t get it or he hasn’t got the political balls to extract himself and his junta from this disaster. A wise politician would now execute a strategic retreat from this calamity — and live to fight another day. Despair But we forget that Enda obviously shares the same disastrous DNA as the gobshite of a general who ordered the Charge of the Light Brigade into the suitably named Valley of Death.
His latest effort at making the electorate sign up to Irish Water is apparently a cap of €80 on a third of the bills — a move that smacks of utter despair and futility. Before the local and European elections last May, Enda boasted that the average water charges would be around €240.
Irish Water reckons that a two-adult household would get a bill of an average of €278. And Tanaiste Banshee Burton last week stuck her boot in her gob and stated that an average family’s bill would be €200 or even less.
If this downward spiral of desperate auction politics continues, Irish Water will be paying us just to turn on a fecking tap.joan burton welfare cap It’s become a race to the bottom — with politicians outdoing one another to announce ever lower figures for water consumption costs. And not only are the charges being lowered like a limbo dancer’s arse, but the penalties for not paying have been scrapped — no family will now have their water supply reduced to a trickle as previously threatened by Phil ‘The Hulk’ Hogan, who, having left chaos and crisis in his wake, has now been inflicted on the defenceless farmers of Europe. But the Kenny Klan keeps missing the basic concept — it’s Irish Water RIP and nothing less.
Last week, the Government was handed a one-way Golden Ticket out of the Irish Water fiasco. Letters revealed that former ECB boss Jean-Claude Trichet had bullied then Finance Minister Brian Lenihan — an extremely sick man — into applying for a bailout from the IMF and ultimately its Troika partners, the ECB and the EU. We were forced by threats of national bankruptcy to borrow up to €65 billion from the Troika and give up our precious, hard-fought sovereignty — for the sole purpose of saving reckless French and German banks from going bust. This is not the way the EU is supposed to work.
The upshot for the people of Ireland has been years of bitter austerity, poverty, unemployment, emigration, debt, suicide, family break-ups, mental illness, homelessness and despair — and crippling financial burdens such as the Universal Social Charge, Local Property Tax and the proposed water charges. Raw But Trichet’s letters have also handed the junta the undeniable right to demand the repayment of the billions we have so far handed over to our cruel new masters in Europe — and then use some of the billions to modernise our ancient, antiquated, leaky water system and forget the fecking charges.
Enda Kenny And if they don’t show us the money — our money — then wreck the fecking gaff. No more Mr Nice Guy, Enda. No more craic, banter, blarney, air- kissing, arse-licking, back-slapping, joke-telling, high-fiving, winking, nodding, hugger-muggering, fawning, cap-doffing, forelock-tugging, knee-bending — or bending over fecking backwards to be ridden raw by Europe and then told how lucky we are. Go in studs-up and wreck the fecking gaff.
"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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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 https://www.facebook.com/dariusz.koltuniak?fref=ts
beir bua, brionOcleirigh