Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Real IRA member shot and killed in Cork city



The Irish Times is reporting that a former chief of staff of the Real IRA named Aidan O’Driscoll aka the Beast died after he was shot three times today in Cork. We know that if he was shot in Cork, he wasn't shot by the Protestants so the UDA, UVF or the UFF are out. Looks like it was obviously internal so to speak.

The people who call themselves the real IRA are a splinter group. They're not the original IRA. They simply call themselves the Real IRA because they still oppose any kind of peace settlement the original IRA made in the Good Friday accord. At least that's what I thought.

It appears that I'm a bit out of the loop so I am. I've been back from Ireland for 26 years now. The interesting thing is that Aidan O’Driscoll and Alan Ryan from the Real IRA waged a war against drug dealers in Dublin. So here we see the Real IRA start doing what the original IRA did back in Belfast. They start shooting drug dealers dead. Aidan does time in prison because he was a member of an illegal organization. So here we have a paramilitary organization waging war with drug dealers and the government deems them an illegal organization and sends them to jail. So which side is the government really on then? Are they supporting drug dealers? This has become somewhat problematic so it has.

The Independent reported that "However senior sources say the Real IRA was simply demanding large sums of cash off criminal gangs and if they refused to pay up they became targets for the feared dissident gang who traded under the IRA name." Hmmm... That's possible too so it is. The stories I could tell. It's hard to sift out the truth between the lines so it is.

Sounds like things are heating up in the Holy land again only this time it's about drugs.

Notice the Easter rising pin on the beret. God love 'em.

There are two reasons the Irish Republicans chose the Easter Lily to commemorate the Irish Proclamation and the Easter Rising. First is the obvious in that the Easter Lily blooms at Easter and symbolizes the resurrection. The other reason is because the Easter Lily is white, green and orange just like the flag of the Irish Republic. Green represents Catholics, Orange represents Protestants and White represents peace between the two.

The Irish Proclamation declares "we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonor it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine." When I first arrived in Ireland many yeas ago I landed in Dublin right after the IRA had kidnapped a Dentist and held him for ransom. That was a criminal act. It had nothing to do with fighting for freedom. It was simply extortion. After they kidnapped him they cut off his fingers and sent them to his family with the ransom note. That was a brutal and senseless act that violated the Irish Proclamation. It was inhumane rapine.

That was Dessie O'Hare. He had been kicked out of the IRA and the INLA at the time. O'Hare had broken away from the remaining INLA leadership in Belfast and set up his own group, the Irish Revolutionary Brigade, which operated in the border region out of Castleblayney. It was described as having "a handful" of members. In 1987 O'Hare and three other INLA members kidnapped John O'Grady, a dentist from Dublin, and demanded a IR£1.5m ransom. The Dentist, John O'Grady, passed away in September of this year. So in reality Dessie O'Hare didn't represent the IRA or the INLA, he only represented himself.

The IRA stands for the Irish Republican Army. Irish Republicans are not people who believe in George Bush. They are people who believe in a free republic. I share that belief.

14 comments:

  1. "“They have persuaded some parents to hand over their children — some as young as 18 — to be shot by appointment in a nonlethal way to spare them more serious injuries,” the BBC reported."

    WOW. Could always try putting them on a plane so somewhere...can you imagine your parents taking you to an appointment to be shot in the leg or something? "We'll see you around 3 o' the clock then so we will. Don't be late boyo...."

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    1. Kneecapping has always been a form of discipline. There's no place to hide. If you don't take the discipline you end up dead. That's just the way it was. However, I did always find that to be a somewhat extreme form of discipline myself.

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  2. One newspaper account indicated the man who was shot dead was involved in the drug trade. Going back to the 1970s I recall being informed the IRA wasn't about religion and politics but rather about gun and drug running and money. The newspaper article I read indicated drug dealing had been a method of business for several groups claiming an association with the IRA for the past 20 years but pointed out that it was only the original IRA who didn't peddle drugs. (don't believe that line either)

    The knee capping might have been disciplinary for some but a lot of that stuff was just to get money. Pay up and life will be fine. What they knee capped young people for had little if anything to do with discipline. it has to do with instilling fear and obedience.

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    1. Sometimes what you read in the newspaper is about as credible as an episode of the Sons of Anarchy. Drugs and guns are two different things. Did they run guns? Of course they did. I had a friend in Twinbrook who used to smuggle rocket launchers in her stroller past the British Army back in the day. That was a long time ago.

      However, the IRA would shoot drug dealers dead in West Belfast. Keep in mind, the British press is somewhat biased towards the IRA.

      The corruption came in through extortion. Both the Catholic and the Protestant paramilitaries would go to businesses in their area and demand protection money claiming if they did not pay they just might have an accident so to speak.

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    2. It wasn't just stuff in baby strollers past the British military. It was world wide to make money for their "cause". Not all people's news comes from newspapers in G.B.

      Back in the 1970s they discovered a rather prominent member of the IRA living the good life in the Lions Bay area. Even then it was expensive, for the time.

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    3. The arms were going into Ireland to fight the British occupation. Members of the Guinness family built the Lions Gate Bridge and lived in west van. I have no idea of their political affiliation but somehow I doubt they supported British Occupation.

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    4. the guy found in Lions Bay was no member of the Guiness family, rest assured. I don't remember his name, but it wasn't Guinness. He had come into Canada on the sly. Back in the 1960s and 1970s that wasn't hard to do.

      I would suggest they didn't care about British occupation It was all about the money.

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    5. Back then I don't think there was anyone in Ireland that didn't care about British Occupation. I'm not sure a member of the IRA living in Lion's Bay was a bad thing.

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  3. I'm aware of the IRA penchant for kneecapping, but I find it hard to believe they'd be following anyone to another country far away. Probably not an option for the folks involved in this stuff though, not likely they could afford that.

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  4. I don't know about now, but in the 1970s and 80s, they didn't have to follow, they had supporters in the U.S.A. and Canada who were well connected to those "back home".

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    1. Back then, in the US you could get a tax deduction for donating to the IRA and supporting their fighting for freedom: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NORAID

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    2. In certain area's they did. If the guy decided to hang out in Boston, NYC or Chicago that would be a bad thing. Seattle or Phoenix, probably a different story. In the early 80's there was an Irish bar in Chicago that had a jar on the bar for collections "for the cause".

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  5. as they say, one person's freedom fighter is another person's terrorist or criminal.

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