Uachtarán Shinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald addresses the Sinn Féin commemoration of the Soloheadbeg Ambush 100 years prior; this is generally considered the first act of the Irish War of Independence in which Irish people retaliated for centuries of British oppression.
The ambush was organised and carried out by members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and Irish Republican Army, and some who were members of both. The objective of the ambush was the capture of explosives used in mining, which explosives were used some months later.
Tá Netherlands ag rá nach bhfuil siad réidh ar bith do sin, ach má an Netherlands sa chómhrá cad faoi Éire? Where are we in this? Should we worry about an EU army?
It’s worrying enough to know that the single largest border shift in recent European history is about to happen, and that this is hidden in deep uncertainty. Border shifts are bad at the best of times, but whether one involving England and it’s 3 best enemies (France (enemies for everything before WW1/2), Germany (enemies for WW1/2) and Spain (wants Gibraltar back, always enemies)) can be achieved without some fisticuffs is anyone’s guess; and two of those three are talking about an EU army again.
But at least now they’re all part of NATO. So, as long as there isn’t a Russian-selected President in the US, and a super-smart chess-playing ex-KGB guy determined to destabilise NATO in the Kremlin all will be fine. Won’t it?
But, all that should matter to us is our island.
Caithfaimíd bheith cinnte go mbeidh ár oileán slán.
Cé nach bhfuil seans ann go dtiocfaidh sí orainn ró gcásta tar éis Brexit, fós tá seans níos mó as seo amach go mbeidh cogadh arís idir an Bhreatain agus a comharsanna ar an mór-roinn.
Caithfimíd siúl géarr a gcoimeád ar áon socrú ag teacht amach as Brexit a bhfuil seans – cé chomh beag an seans sin – go cuirfidh an socrú sinn aon limistéar orainn ag coimeád an oileán slán, nó an bhfarraige timpeall í bheith mar an céad líne cosaint duinn.
The law of the lever is sometimes referenced in conversation, but is generally only loosely understood by most. At it’s simplest using a lever (luamhán) and fulcrum (borradh) means that a smaller force than normal can be used to move or raise something.
This is relevant for us today because in the recent election to the office of President of the ‘Republic’ of Ireland, Peter Casey (intentionally or otherwise) used the law of the lever to elevate himself in the polls. He used the Traveller community as the fulcrum, raising himself up at their expense, in a manner similar to how Hitler used the necks of the Jews to elevate himself.
Patterns have a habit of repeating themselves, and anyone who says “that could never happen again” or “that would never happen here” is a fool.
There’s no point sugar-coating that, is there?
But the real worry isn’t Casey. The real worry is who comes next, who has seen the bump in the polls that Casey got, and decides to use the same scheme to elevate themselves, even if they have to take things a step further.
Unless, Casey is the one who saw Trump and then thought he could use Trumps same scheme to elevate himself… though Trump doesn’t get credit for being the first obviously. Though, in his defense, he does say that he hasn’t a racist bone in his body. Not Trump. Casey.
But since when did the Irish start getting gangy-uppy on a minority rather than just getting along and living the best they can themselves? I know it wasn’t this century or the last, nor possibly even this millennium. But surely ganging up on the outcast is a Roman trait.
For the rest of us, if you go back enough generations, we are the outcasts. Ireland was the place where people ran to in order to escape or just for to explore and travel. This was as far as the individualistic misfits got, before hitting the ocean. Therefore it made sense to just try to get along.
Say what you like about Mrs Windsor, she does know her long game; very unlike our short-term politicians.
While we were happily paying Romans to abuse our generations of embarrassment, the family Windsor quietly did some actual thinking work on how to deal with Theirs. Or rather, She did. And I’m sure it cost Her almost nothing, but thinking. Though few people alive could have done so much of it.
And the embarrassment? That’d be us, naturally.
She and I are alike, in that we know the long game. Mine not so long as hers, possibly, but sufficiently long to see the pattern of someone seeing a pattern.
(I have been tipping away at one project for 42 years, meaning I have an inkling of her compute-power over time).
In the game that I believe has just played out, the Irish people voted themselves on the first step back into a United Kingdom, that being of Great Britain and all of Ireland, or something similar.
Courtesy of the Diamhasla/blasphemy referendum, and without a shot, She has potentially re-unified the island under Her Authority by pulling the foundation of sovereignty from beneath the ‘Republic’. And the Southern Irish voted their experiment out of existence for it, thinking they were the best little boys in the class.
She now just needs to resolve the thornier matter of the relations between that island and this, and may then consider that a little time off for Oneself might be in order. “However, be sure of one thing, that plan is already in motion so there’ll be no need to panic-buy bread or anything else silly”, I hear Her say.
And well She might laugh, also.
But it’s not all bad. At least She seems to care about this island, definitely more than just getting re-elected! And maybe we should be cognisant of that, considering how little vision or foresight any of our 5-years at a timers have. Even our silly 7-year president couldn’t see far enough either back or forwards in time to observe this mistake around Diamhasla/blasphemy. I guess there’s a good reason why we say “stand on the shoulders of giants” and not of munchkins.
You see, I’ve known for a long time that there is no ‘God’. There is a ‘GOD’ and there are lots of gods, and if you want to say “God is Love” then I’m definitely on your side (as long as you don’t mean the duty, endurance, and suffering that passes for Roman ‘Love’. God isn’t just a person, more of a feeling). There’s even a pre-emptive legal defence available to individuals attached inside doors of some homes based on there being no ‘God’. If there is, bring Them to court to explain their position. I’d do the same if the Bunreacht (1937) said all powers derived under Frodo Baggins. “Bring forth the Bagginses”, I’d cry, and watch with amusement the result.
For corporate entities, who in this Common Law jurisdiction are treated as persons before the law, it’s not good for us as individuals for them to have such freedom. Think of how few bad guys need to get together to form a Company, and that Company can now proceed with impunity to over-ride the god-provided rights of individuals, happily applying the Bagginses defence as above.
(The whole god/God/GOD thing is a quagmire already, so for the time being, confusing as all the rest of it is, maybe we’ll park the “what gender is god?” question. After all, it was the Romans told you he was male…)
The 1916 Proclamation stepped considerately around some of the god/God/GOD complexity, by referring in the end to the “Most High God” and covering a lot of angles at once.Which is good, as the god question is probably the most complex of any, especially since so much of our society is organised around the presumption of belief in one, and precisely one, god. Fiddling with that casually, could be a problem.
But if you can Diamhasla without danger (as in “there’s no God, so you don’t get any god-derived rights”) and you’re a corporate entity like a State, you can step all over little people.
Even the authority and sovereignty of the people depends on such existence:
Even if one says that without the “under God” part, that there’s still the authority of the people, then that’s the authority of the gang in the Duke of Leinster’s House; surely there is very little during the last two generations that has left us with any faith or trust in them without adult supervision?
The only question left, really, is whether someone like a civil servant set a banana skin for us to slip upon 80 years ago when the Bunreacht (1937) was drawn up, or instead is it that we’ve just enthusiastically pull the rug from beneath ourselves by not knowing our own language and the meaning of it’s words?
Certainly a nice little legal leg of Diamhasla has been pulled from under me; just as lots of other little legal legs have weakened as well for everyone. Causing this disturbing idea:
Scenario: A vast foreign tank army (3 tanks would be plenty) lands off a surprise ferry at Dún Laoghaire, closely supported by an overwhelming display of air-power (a single helicopter gunship), and promptly trundles off to the Duke of Leinster’s House.
There they roll comfortably atop the security barriers, before one tank batters against a wall with it’s gun, as if it were knocking on the door.
Out pops the head of a bewildered Taoiseach.
Taoiseach: You can’t do this.
Man in tank: We just did.
Taoiseach: But we’re a sovereign Nation.
Man/tank: No. No you’re not.
(Reaches into iron-glove-compartment of tank, retrieves notebook)
Man/tank: Says here that sovereignty comes from God. There’s no God. Ergo, you’re not sovereign.
T-shock: (wails) You can’t say that. Not when it matters, not that there’s no God. That’s blasphemy!
Man/tank: Umm, no. It’s more Diamhasla, actually. And blasphemy isn’t a crime here for businesses or armies anymore, so you can’t even get your own Guards after me…
T-even-more-shock: But that’s not what we meant when we voted.
Man/tank: There is an undo button in life. Admitting you got it wrong. It doesn’t fix everything. But it won’t fix anything until you use it.
There’s a brief pause as the helicopter gunship flies off to eradicate the Irish Army, parked on the M50 in 12 really attractively painted SUVs.
T-shock: But, but, there’s agreements and treaties and …
Man/tank: Yeah, let me cut you off right there – metaphorically speaking, for now. All those agreements and treaties and what nots depend on there being a God. But even if we cancelled out our God like you cancelled yours – and we haven’t – we still have the mon droit bit from “Dieu et mon droit” to be getting on with.
As a bewildered Taoiseach shakes his head, the voice of a tour guide can be heard from an approaching open-top bus: “Here on your left you can see the Duke of Leinster’s House. It was there in 1922 that the British Government established Saorstát Éireann after signing what is now known as “the Treaty”. The Duke of Leinster’s House was chosen in order to make a clean break from the Mansion House where the real Dáil Éireann had sat, and it then it became the job of the civil service to arrange to carry out any deception so that in less than 100 years, the embarrassment of 1916 could finally and very quietly be consigned to the past…”
Anyway, in ndeireadh na dála, the above scenario is now possible.
Fair play to her. Then again, considering the mess we’ve made of the place, maybe She’s just teaching us that an uninformed citizenry in a democracy are more of a danger to themselves than to anyone else.
Then again, it could just be that the real Brexit backstop has become more clearly visible….
President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and of the sovereign Irish Republic, Billy Maguire has said:
“The referendum result on Blasphemy, fundamentally alters the nature of the relationship between the Irish Free State and the Irish Republican Brotherhood; we are considering Our position, and advise that no alteration to the sovereign Constitution has been made.”
The sovereign Constitution was adopted unanimously on January 21st 1919 and remains in effect. It is best known for the 1st Article:
It is worth noting, that as a matter of now easily demonstrable fact, that the State currently known as the Republic of Ireland is not the successor to the revolution of 1916, contrary to what is taught in schools.
Republican and Brehon Fachtna Roe has said: “There’s a problem with the referendum on Blasphemy and Michael D. Higgins didn’t spot it.”
“The public debate and discourse has been about blasphemy, which has a long list of meanings and things which can offended. But as it’s the Irish language version of the constitution that takes precedence the Irish language word must be examined. This is diamhasla, a much tighter definition, meaning only insulting god (dia (god) + masla (insult)).”
“The words are not the same, and the meanings of the words are not the same. There has been no discussion about this difference. As protector of the 1937 constitution, Michael D. Higgins has failed.”
“The ultimate insult (in a legal context) is the denial of the existence of a god, or of God. What is significant is that denial is a pre-requisite to denying the Irish people their sovereignty as it is “under God” that such sovereignty exists. That’s a problem when Brexit is is imminent.”
“There is an Act that outlines what ‘blasphemy’ is, the definition for the Irish language version is a direct translation from English to Irish. As that then lays the English meaning on top of the Irish version, that in turn contravenes the principle that it’s the Irish language that takes precedence and such Act is therefore itself unconstitutional.”
“This isn’t the first time that President Higgins missed the point. He previously signed the legislative instrument that sought to privatise the water supply of the nation. This is unsurprising as he also took the Oath of office despite personal beliefs.”
“The significance of something as seemingly minor as this is as important as the change to the polarity of your world view as believing god not to be male, but female. A small difference seemingly, but now the polarity of every thing changes and the world is seen more clearly.”
“At a very minimum, this referendum is unsafe, so I shall change my vote from ‘yes’ to ‘no’ until the question is resolved.”
A senior Republican source has said: “The southern ‘Republic’ sank to new depths when Peter Casey made his comments about the Irish Travelling community. The comments are bad enough, but the public response has been nazi-esque. Now a choice really, really, needs to be made.”
“All Republicans respect all people, as equals. Real respect, ‘meas’ mar a cuirtear as i nGaeilge. But the Irish word translates better as ‘a sense of the worth of someone’. That’s a better translation. It’s clear that Peter knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing, if he wishes to step upwards on the backs of others. Which is what he’s doing. He’s using hate as leverage to step ahead of others.
“But the depths fallen to are not the words of Casey, as he’s just one of the rich guys who have a bet on to see who can get the most votes. For them, the election is just a lark, a toy to play with for a while to mop up some of the disaffected ‘anyone but Michael D’ vote that might otherwise go to the only Republican in the race.
“The depths fallen to are by the majority of the respondents to the media, who have been supportive of blatant racism against the non-settled Irish.
“Now might be a good time for the Irish people to look around them and to realise that with foreign wars coming soon, we cannot keep them off the island if we ourselves select as Uachtarán the sort of right-wing person that is Casey.
“This island must save itself from the danger Western industrialised society poses to itself by choosing the least war-like of the candidates. It must choose the candidate who would risk alienating some of their friends to show empathy with some of their ‘enemies’.
“The Irish way has never been about squares and rectangles and straight lines. The Irish way has always been the more rounded and softer shape, the circle. The social-circle. The stone-circle.
“Muna bhfuil aon Éireannaigh fágtha anois?
“Cinnte go bhfuil a lán Sásanaigh in aiteanna airde.
“Ach is muidne mar Éireannaigh atá ag votáil ar an Aoine ag teacht.
“Best to choose the most naturally Irish person we have as Uachtarán, agus cinnte – níl sin Peter Casey.
A senior source in the Republican Movement has said “We thank Peter Casey, candidate in the election for the Presidency of the Irish Free State, for reminding us of the importance of this election as that State struggles to survive Brexit.”
“In expressing the uafásach views of the comfortable landlord class, but directing those at the travelling community, he also reminds us of our history and the death and destruction that such property ownership views ultimately lead to.”
“Nuair a bhí eirí-amach sa bhlian 1848 i dTiobraid Árann cad ar creid daoine cosúil le Peter faoi ‘property’ ag an am sin? Mar tá Peter ag rá an rud céanna a dúirt na tiarna talúin sna bliainta nach raibh prataí na bia ar bith le fáil. Cuirtear ‘gorta’ ar sin, ach deireann an stair scéal eile. Ag an am sin, bhí na tiarna talún ag gearán faoi muintir na h-Éireann mar “basically people camping in someone else’s land”. It might be entertaining to hear Peter’s views on that, though the entertainment may lie in picking apart his knowledge and understanding of our history.”
“When you say “basically people camping in someone else’s land” of anyone, you place the person below the soil in your world view. Yes, someone holds a piece of paper that says they ‘own’ that land in the English system; but the Irish person camping on that land holds their heritage and their heart within them; the person camping on that land lives, but the piece of paper does not.”
“Anyone who camps on the foreshore or in a field during the summer holiday is also “basically people camping in someone else’s land”. As long as care is taken of the locality, and respect shown for the land upon which we walk, there is no need for complaint.”
“The position of the IRB with respect to the comfortable and landlord classes is: “they haven’t gone away, you know”.
“Beidh siad anseo agus ar barr muid go dtí go bhfuil Uachtarán macánta don Phoblacht, agus an Phoblacht ar ais freisin.”
A senior source in the Republican movement has said: “The failure to progress in Brexit negotiations imposes a much, much, greater responsibility on Irish voters in the upcoming elections for president. The IRB continue to monitor progress in both.”
“The legitimacy of the 26 county ‘Republic’ has always been open to question, and any change in it’s position or status has implications for it’s mandate to operate.”
“Brexit is the single most destabilising event in Europe in two generations. Any change in the border or the relations of the parties across it is a serious, serious matter. The potential threat to peace is not just on this island, but to all of Europe.”
“The Irish people have to decide who is the person most likely to represent them honestly when all the other structures fall.”
“The single biggest advantage that Liadh Ní Riada has is that she naturally thinks in Irish. Not only is she of the island, but she thinks in the natural honest and unaffected way that the island was long known for. This is because she doesn’t just speak the tongue native to the island when there’s a TV camera about as some do, she thinks in it.”
“When Brexit removes the mandate of the Irish Free State to operate the citizens of it can have only 1 of the 6 contestants for the office; the wiser voter knows that the Irish language takes official precedence over the English language, and realises that the aims of Irish composer Seán Ó Riada lives on in the thoughts of his daughter, agus na smaointe sin as Gaeilge.”
“Bíonn sí fíor deacair bréag a insint as Gaeilge, uaireanta.”
“It’s a lot harder to lie in Irish, than it is in English.”
A senior source in the Republican movement has said: “Tá sí soléir cad í an slí ceart ar aghaidh. Caithfimid balance a fháil ar an saol atá againn ar an domhann seo. Ní ach mbád sa spás í.”
“Táimd ag seoladh go léir ar an mbád ach tá seans mór go bhfuilmuid chun an bað a bhriseadh. Ní bheidh bua ag éinne tar éis capsize.”
“Féach ar fadhbanna ár dtimpeallacht, agus global warming ar súil faoi lán luas. Féach an easnamh balance idir saibhir agus bocht. Ni bhuntaiste do muintir saibhir é sin. Ta siad ag seasamh ar cnoc mór nach bhfuil isteach ann ach daoine bocht. Mar sand-dune atá ró-mhór, an t-áon rud atá cinnte ná go dtitfidh an méad go léir, cé nach bhfuil fhios an ám. Is féidir rud a dhéanamh faoi anois, nó tabhair an job go dtí ár bpáistí.”
“Agus tá rud a bhféidir linn déanamh faoi anois.”
“Tagann dualgas leis an Gaeilge. Mar sin an seán-seán-seán thuiscint ár daonnachas. In the Irish language we have the most ancient of our understanding of this world upon which we live.”
“Our language is in danger. Má tá sí i mbaol táimid i mbaol.”
“A language is a way of viewing the world. It is a way of comprehending and explaining things and of communicating emotion. But before we do all other things in a language, first we reason in it. That’s why the Irish language is so important to the world. Sí teanga na gCeannasaigh.”