Wolfe Tone Society previous events:

There will be a new events archive coming soon. At the moment, this page contains any previous events over the the last few months with event information, reviews and photos.

 

 

A picture taken by one of our members on Saturday 9th June. Nudist bicycle protest going down Whitehall and within a couple of minutes the Orange Order going up Whitehall. Although the pictures were merged they did pass each other near Westminster. Please send in your wittiest suggestion and we will put it in our next bulletin and you could win a prize.

 

We remember Jean Charles de Menezes
7th January 1978 - 22nd July 2005


Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign
Public Meeting
All Welcome

6.30pm, Monday 23rd July 2007
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square • WC1 Holborn


Speakers:

Members of Jean’s family
Gareth Peirce
Mark Thomas (tbc)
Michael Mansfield QC (tbc)
Asad Rehman (J4J campaign


Innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead on 22nd July 2005 at Stockwell tube station as the result of a disastrous police anti-terror operation. Two years after his shooting: No police officer involved in his death has faced criminal proceedings

• The inquest into his death remains adjourned

• The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report into the police operation on the day of his death remains secret

• The IPCC report into Sir Ian Blair also remains unpublished

• The family and public still have no answers about the use of Operation Kratos and the police shoot-to-kill policy.


Join the Menezes family on the second anniversary of his shooting to hear about their continuing struggle for justice.


J e a n C h a r l e s d e M e n e z e s Fa m i l y C a m p a i g n
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Full peace, justice and equality only possible through Irish unity

 

Michelle Gildernew, Sinn Féin minister for agriculture and rural development in the Northern Ireland, told friends and supporters in London last week, Wednesday 18th July 2007, that the meeting of the North-South ministerial council on 16 July in Dublin had been highly successful and constructive.

It was the first real meeting of the council with the Northern Ireland executive fully in place and not beset by crises, attended by 12 northern and 14 southern ministers.

Just after the meeting Dublin announced it was spending €650m on cross-border road links and restoring the Ulster Canal between Monaghan in the republic and Fermanagh in the north. Sinn Féin welcomed the news as a boost to the economies and tourism both in the north and in the Republic’s neglected and deprived north-west.

Speaking at Sinn Féin’s summer reception, Michelle said that almost 10 years since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement many issues still need to be delivered with much work still needed in the crucial area of policing and justice, due to be transferred to Belfast next spring.

Other issues requiring a major effort are the equalities and human rights agendas, aimed at tackling decades of social and economic discrimination against catholics and nationalists in the north, a key aspect of the Good Friday and Saint Andrews agreements.

Michelle pointed out that the two states were still duplicating work on health, education and many other areas, and said “the only way we are going to bring full peace, justice and equality to the island of Ireland is through Irish unity.”

She added “the best people to govern Ireland are the Irish themselves. Whether they are of unionist persuasion or nationalist persuasion they are the best people to decide Ireland’s destiny.”

Michelle told the New Worker correspondent that despite Gordon Brown’s promised £51 billion “peace dividend” for the north, “they aren’t giving us buttons”.

The package not only includes contributions from Dublin and money already allocated by London, but the proceeds of selling British bases to private developers. She said Sinn Féin wanted these bases to be handed over for use by local communities in the north.

 

Wolfe Tone Society

Summer reception

Saturday 7th July

Camden Irish Centre,

MurrayStreet,

London NW1

Starts 8pm till late

Guest speaker

Francie Mollloy MLA Sinn Fein

Dodie McGuinness Sinn Fein Rep London

with Irish Traditional Music from

Bill Thompson and Traditional band,

Buffet, and plenty of Craic

 

Francis Molloy and Dodie McGuinness enjoying the social on Saturday 7th July

Presentation to Tom & Maria on their moving back to Ireland after their long years of work in London for the Wolfe Tone Society and the Irish community with Francis, Dodie, Shelagh, Peter, Louise and Ciarian

 

 

Tom Griffin reports on Islington North Labour Party's meeting on the Irish peace process


Photo by Theo Russell.

Tom Griffin reports on the meeting 'What Next for the Irish Peace Process' organised by Islington North Labour Party on the 27th June in the latest edition of the Irish World.

It’s a relatively rare occurrence to find speakers from all the main parties in Northern Ireland represented at a public meeting in London. All credit therefore to Islington North Labour Party for achieving just that last Wednesday, with a meeting on the peace process where the line-up included the DUP’s Sammy Wilson, Sinn Fein’s Martina Anderson, Rodney McCune of the Ulster Unionists and Paul Callaghan of the SDLP.

The theme for the evening, was where next for the peace process? On that point there was underlying similarity in the message offered by the two largest parties.

Both the DUP and Sinn Fein presented a controlled optimism, emphasising that significant pitfalls still lie ahead.In his speech, the DUP’s Sammy Wilson emphasised the changes he believed his party had secured from the Good Friday Agreement.“The one thing we always said was that if we got a deal which we believed was workable, we would stick by it,” The East Antrim MP told the meeting. “I think that so far the behaviour of our party and in particular our party leader, has indicated that that promise has been kept.”“We will expect ongoing delivery by the other major partner in the administration, namely Sinn Fein. There will be rocky roads ahead because the kind of consensus Government which we are expected to live with, I doubt that any party would contemplate in Westminster.”“We are dealing with politicians who for thirty years have never had a chance to rule, so there are big challenges ahead. Nevertheless, I believe that we’re up to it and that so far we have seen sincerity on everyone’s part.”

Sinn Fein’s Martina Anderson agreed that the Stormont executive will face rough patches: “As Sammy said, there’s a lot of things not tested. There’s a view that things have moved on, it’s sorted now in the North and people don’t have to worry about it. Nothing could be further from the truth.”The Foyle Assembly member emphasised the continuing inequalities in the North, and suggested that the relationship with the South would be key to turning the situation around.“We live in a basket case economy, and that’s not Sinn Fein saying this, it’s PriceWaterHouseCooper, a consultancy firm who came in to take a look at our economy, “ she told the meeting. “We need to try and hook up with the amazing developments that have happened in the 26 counties. We need greater all-Ireland co-operation.”

The SDLP’s Paul Callaghan continued the economic theme. “I agree with the concept of importing the best bits of the Republic economic success into the North, but it has to be met with action,” he said. “The Republic has a National Development Plan which the northern administration really has to hook into. We want to see a united Ireland based on just enterprise that funds quality services, and that can be done through the National Development Plan and our integration into that.”

It was also the UUP speaker McCune who repeatedly stressed the importance of the British Labour Party organising in the north of Ireland. However a largely nationalist audience opposed the proposal for the clear role of unionism driving it forward, primarily because of their support for Labour's long-standing policy for Irish reunification but as one speaker highlighted, the lack of any voter base for the British Labour Party in the Six Counties.

The same speaker highlighted that Islington North Labour Party had indeed already discussed organising in the north and had decided not only to firmly reject it but to raise its opposition at Labour's annual conference

 

May Day march in London

Tuesday 1st May 2007

Marchers will assemble at

Clerkenwell Green (12.00),

(nearest tube Farringdon)

move off at (13.00),

& march to Trafalgar Square (14.30).

Speakers at the rally include:

Frances O’Grady Deputy General Secretary, TUC

Tonny Benn

Ken Livingstone Mayor of London

and Chair of Unite Against Fascism

Martin Gould President of SERTUC

Jozef Niemiec ETUC

Sarah Awodja Kenyan Textile Worker’s Union

& Play Fair campaign

and many more

WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE

The London May Day March is organised by

the London May Day Organising Committee

http://www.londonmayday.org

 

Sinn Fein

Briefing meeting

in London


Tuesday 17 April 07

at 7.30pm,

in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House,

House of Commons, London SW1

(Westminster tube, Embankment entrance).


Conor Murphy Sinn Fein MP & MLA

will be in London on Tuesday 17 April 07

and will hold an briefing meeting, to discuss
the current developments in the peace process in
advance of the restoration of the Assembly.

If you would like to attend please email

fisherj@parliament.uk

 

Finding common ground in the north of Ireland (Report from meeting)

 

Connor Murphy MP, the new Sinn Féin Minister for Regional development in the Northern Ireland Executive, was in Westminster on Tuesday night to give an update on the recent dramatic developments in the peace process.

He recounted that as the March 26 deadline for restoring the Assembly and Executive approached, the DUP, whose Executive and Officer Board had already agreed to power-sharing by sizeable majorities, asked for a six week delay to keep its members on board.

Sinn Féin said it would only accept if the DUP made a strong public commitment to power-sharing. By the time Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley appeared together on March 26, their statements and a programme of work and events for the next six weeks had been agreed.

The two parties also discussed on common issues such as water rates and the promised financial peace dividend, and the fact that both parties represented working class areas and farmers in rural areas.

There was also discussion on various elements who might try to undermine progress. and it was agreed to keep lines of communication open in order to react jointly to any threats.

Murphy said that the North-South Ministerial Council had already worked on enhancing the role of the All-Ireland bodies, but its work was limited while only Northern Ireland Office officials instead of elected ministers were involved.

On policing, he said Sinn Féin had met twice with chief constable Hugh Orde, and next month the party’s Ard Comhairle (executive) will meet to appoint five members to the PSNI Policing Committee.

Sinn Féin is urging its local communities to co-operate with the PSNI, and although some in the PSNI recognised the need to overcome the force’s negative legacy, Murphy said the process would be “very slow and difficult”.

There are many promising areas of co-operation, such as the strong lobby from education bodies, including Unionists, for Sinn Féin to see through the changes it began under the previous short-lived Executive. That post has now gone to Catriona Ruanne MP.

The leader of the Unionist farmers’ organisation has already met with new agriculture minister Michelle Gildernew and has “absolutely no problem” working with Sinn Féin.

Murphy pointed out that the huge savings on security in the north had not been transferred to civilian spending. Years of under-investment in infrastructure has left the sewage and water systems are in a dire state.

He said Britain has a responsibility to conribute towards building a modern infrastructure, including an education system to produce a highly-skilled workforce.

Asked about issues people in Britain could take up, Murphy pointed out that the British presence still remains in the north, the British government still favoured the union, and is still responsible for issues such as truth recovery and collusion.

He said that Sinn Féin wants the British government to support Irish unification and an end to Britain’s last significant colonial role.


Sunday 18th March 2007

St Patricks Day Parade

Join the Wolfe Tone Society Section

with members of Ogra Shinn Fein

and the Vol. Martin Doherty RFB

Marching Band from Scotland

Assemble 11am

at Hyde Park corner parade

to Trafalgar square.

(Nearest tube station Hyde Park Corner)

Wolfe Tone Society on St Patrick's Day Parade

in Trafalgar Square March 2006

 

The Martin Doherty RFB will be playing at the COCK Tavern, Pheonix Rd, Euston, London NW1 at 4pm after London St Patricks Day Parade March 18th.

 

 

 

NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION
Organised by Stop the War, CND and BMI
TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ - NO TRIDENT
SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY

ASSEMBLE HYDE PARK 12 NOON
MARCH TO TRAFALGAR SQUARE

(Nearest tube: Marble Arch or Hyde pk corner)
See for full details: http://tinyurl.com/y9c7z5

 

 

Walking Tour of Central London

Saturday 3rd February.

Meet at Marble Arch Tube station

in ticket Hall at 12.45pm

for a tour with guide around Central London.

We will be looking at the Historical, Political, Social relationships between Ireland and England, Irish migration to London and discrimination faced by Irish emigrants over the last 400 years. Along with various places associated with Irish people living in England.

Ogra Shinn Fein and WolfeTone Society Picket on Saturday 3rd February 2007 at Downing Street against British Collusion in the murder of Irish people in the Ireland

 

Sunday 4th February 2007

Bloody Sunday

35th Anniversary

Public Meeting

Speakers:

John Kelly - Bloody Sunday Relatives

Raymond McCartney - Sinn Fein

John McDonnell MP

Barry McColgan - National Organiser of Ógra Sinn Fein

Alan Brecknell - Pat Finucane Centre

Colin EastWood - SDLP

Meeting starts 2.30pm

London Irish Cente

Murray street,

London NW1

Now, some 35 years later we await the verdict of the second British inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday.  The Saville Inquiry, which finished hearing evidence two years ago, is expected to report its findings early in 2008.  John Kelly talks about the Relatives continuing struggle for truth and justice.

Recent legislative changes to the terms of reference of public inquiries compounded by measures currently on New Labour's 'war on terror' agenda mean that other unresolved miscarriages of justice under British jurisdiction are unlikely to face the scrutiny that the 1921 Inquiries Act empowered Lord Saville to bring to bear on Bloody Sunday.

The recent report of the Independent International Panel on Alleged Collusion in Sectarian Killings in Northern Ireland said there was evidence of collusion between loyalist paramilitaries and the RUC & UDA in 74 murders they examined.  Alan Brecknell, whose father was murdered in one of those attacks examined by the panel (the 1975 gun and bomb attack on Donnelly's Bar, Silverbridge S. Armagh) will discuss the findings of the report.

On a broader level, while the peace process has not yet delivered inclusive local government in the north of Ireland, the Good Friday and St Andrews agreements are bringing this day closer.  Sinn Féin and SDLP have also been invited to share their views on the ongoing stumbling blocks around power sharing and republican/nationalist support for the police (PSNI) and the criminal justice system.

Barry McColgan Ógra Sinn Fein speaking at the Bloody Sunday Meeting in London On Sunday 4th February 2007 with John Kelly Bloody Sunday Relatives, Raymond McCartney Sinn Fein and Alan Brecknell PFC

Bloody Sunday 35 Years On: "Hold Power to Account" (London 4/02/ 07)

By Theo Russell

Activists met at the London Irish Centre in Camden on Sunday to commemorate the 14 protesters shot by the British Army in Derry in January 1972, and to assess the the 35-year long campaign for justice. The meeting was addressed by Barry McColgan, national organiser of Ógra (young) Shinn Féin, Raymond McCartney MLA from Derry, John Kelly from the Bloody Sunday relatives, Alan Brecknell of the Pat Finucane Centre, and John McDonnell MP.

Barry McColgan said the theme of this year's march in Derry was 'Hold power to account', and called on Britain not only take full responsibility for the massacre but "to ensure that the lies about Bloody Sunday are removed from the history books."

John Kelly said the relatives had been told by Lord Saville, who chaired the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, that its report would be published at the end of 2008 at the earliest - ten years after the enquiry opened.

Kelly said "we have gone 35 years to get the truth, so the families are prepared to wait. We know the truth, but it's the admittance of the British government that's important to us."

He said the families also want assurances that they will see the report as soon as it is published, to ensure that "nothing is hidden or deleted," adding: "Widgery murdered the truth of Bloody Sunday - truth was the 15th victim."

Asked whether the families trusted Saville, Kelly replied: "If he delivers the report we want, then I will trust him." He also pointed out that because of the new Inquiries Act, the Saville Inquiry "is the last to be held in an open, accountable way."

John McDonnell MP found time in his campaign for election as Labour Party leader to speak at the meeting, and called on the British government to ensure that elections in Northern Ireland go ahead and "to move towards the re-unification of Ireland." He also called for support for the Muslim community, which he said was "going through what the Irish community went through 20 years ago."

"People in these communities," he said, "are beginning to understand the impact of imperialism, both in the wars it wages and their effects here in Britain."

John McDonnell MP speaking at the Bloody Sunday Public Meeting with Barry McColgan

(Ogra Shinn Fein) on Sunday 4th February 2007.

 

 

 

Report back by Observers from Wolfe Tone Society at Sinn Fein's historic Special Ard Fheis on Policing in Dublin on the 28th January 2007.

 

A new theatre of struggle
by Theo Russell



NINE HUNDRED delegates and 1,200 Sinn Féin members and supporters from every corner of Ireland and abroad packed into Dublin’s Royal Dublin Society for one of the party’s most historic meetings last Sunday.


And after an intensive consultation process, with over 100 meetings across the island, the motion to participate in the devolved policing and justice structures was carried by around 95 per cent of votes.


Martina Anderson speaking

at the Special Ard Fheis


Belfast delegate Martin Meehan said that after so many republican families had suffered at the hands of the British security forces, the debate had been “a very anxious time and a very heart-rending time”. But he said republicans faced “a new theatre of struggle where we need to dismantle the sectarian RUC”.

The decision triggers a rapid timetable paving the way for full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement after nine years. Elections to the Assembly will be held on 7th March with Sinn Féin expected to be the second largest party. This will allow Martin McGuinness to take the post of Deputy First Minister.

Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party – which is split into three factions over the peace process – is already placing conditions on accepting that Sinn Féin is committed to policing. But it will now come under enormous pressure to commit to power-sharing with republicans and nationalists.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams and policing spokesman Gerry Kelly reported on a series of crucial changes to policing provisions achieved during several years of intensive talks with the British and Irish governments, which continued over Christmas.

These include a second policing Act and Justice Act; complete separation between civic policing and MI5; a commitment not to use plastic bullets for public order or crowd control; and plans for a Justice Department that “substantially reflects Sinn Féin’s model” and a public acknowledgement by PSNI chief constable Hugh Orde of the hurt caused to the families involved by British forces.

Many delegates made it clear this was only the beginning of the struggle for a fully accountable police service. In the words of veteran activist Francie Malloy, it would “put the building block in place for an all
Ireland accountable civic policing service”.

Many also stressed the need for proper policing in working class nationalist areas of the north which are plagued by crime.

And delegate Sean Murray warned sectarians that “for any remaining within the ranks of policing, we have a message for you: your day has gone, we will ensure that you face the full rigours of the law.”

Another delegate said: “We will undermine what remains of Unionist hegemony in the North and open the way for unification,” while delegate Sean Hannaghan said the time was right “to get inside these institutions and take them apart brick by brick”.

Chief negotiator Martin McGuinness said that Sinn Féin would go into the new structures and become “the boss”, adding: “I want the police to watch MI5, to spy on MI5, and to arrest members of MI5 if they break the law.”

The SDLP was heavily criticised; Gerry Adams recalling that the party had never demanded the disbandment of the RUC and “became part of the policing problem by joining the Policing Board”.

Michelle Gildernew MP recalled that the SDLP had repeatedly dismissed allegations of collusion as “republican propaganda”, and that during the negotiations not only accepted the integration of MI5 into the PSNI, but even claimed it as a victory!

A number of delegates called for the policing motion to be rejected. One, from Cork, warned that after backing policing “we become a constitutional party,” while another from County Offally spoke of a “re-branded police force”.

The party’s youth wing, Ógra Shinn Féin, also urged its members to oppose the resolution, but said they should “respect whatever decision is taken by the party’s Ard Fheis”.

Francie Malloy argued: “Some fear that engaging with the PSNI will legitimise partition and British jurisdiction in Ireland. While this may be a genuine fear, it is misplaced.”

Gerry Adams also renewed his offer to meet other republican organisations who are opposed to the peace process, despite the recent rejection of an earlier offer by Republican Sinn Féin.

Commenting on these micro-groups – who recently issued death threats against him – Martin McGuinness said: “The IRA fought Britain and the RUC to a standstill, yet we are being criticised by people who have yet to fight them to a start.”


************


View from Back of Ard Fheis


Sinn Féin emerges united
by Theo Russell



SINN FEIN chief negotiator Martin McGuinness, speaking at the party’s historic extraordinary Ard Fheis last month, said: “The eyes of the world are on us and people are willing us on. So too are the eyes of British securocrats and NIO in Belfast and the eyes of the human rights abusers and DUP rejectionists are on this hall today. They are watching this Ard Fheis with great fear and trepidation.”

The latest in a series of historic moves by Sinn Féin followed the intense negotiations leading to the St Andrews Agreement last Christmas, paving the way for new elections to the northern Ireland Assembly, and full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.  

These negotiations produced a second policing act and a second justice act, legislation for transferring powers to the north of Ireland, an agreed model for a justice department close to Sinn Féin proposals, and the exclusion of MI5 from any role in civic policing.

But there are no illusions that entering policing will be straightforward. Policing and Justice spokesman Gerry Kelly pointed out: “We know that while British jurisdiction exists anywhere in Ireland so will MI5. They will leave our country with the rest of the British establishment, but in the meantime they will be kept outside civic policing.”

The key to understanding the policing move is that this is a strategic decision aimed at advancing Sinn Féin’s overall political agenda. As Gerry Kelly explained: “After getting this far we cannot leave this fundamental arena to unionists who have dominated the same area for generations – and we especially cannot exclude ourselves. Every arena that Irish republicans have entered they have made radical change for the benefit of ordinary people.

There is no good time, comrades, but now is the best time. This is about achieving a united and independent Ireland; this, comrades, brings that closer.”

The timeframe for the transfer of policing and justice powers is May 2008, with an assurance from London that this will not be delayed. But Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley has already reneged on his part of the deal.

The DUP had agreed to release a statement accepting power-sharing after the adoption of the policing motion by the Ard Chomhairle (Sinn Féin’s national executive). Paisley failed to deliver, so the implementation of the Ard Fheis motion was made conditional:

“...only when the power-sharing institutions are established and when the Ard Chomhairle is satisfied that the policing and justice powers will be transferred. Or if this does not happen within the St Andrews timeframe, only when acceptable new partnership arrangements to implement the Good Friday Agreement are in place.”

Predictably, Paisley has already begun laying down new conditions calling for “real delivery” by Sinn Féin, which only the DUP can judge. Gerry Adams responded: “Assertions by the DUP that they are going to test republicans don’t wash. They have no veto over how we deal with this issue. What republicans did at the weekend was done in the national interest and in the common good. It wasn’t done for the DUP.”

Times have changed, and Paisley will come under enormous pressure from his own constituency and the British and Irish governments to accept power-sharing. The fact is that the DUP is running out of conditions.
 
Collusion finally admitted
 
The Ard Fheis was an also an opportunity to tackle the burning issue of British and RUC collusion with loyalist paramilitaries, which was officially admitted for the first time only a week earlier in the report by Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan.

  Gerry Adams said in his opening speech: “The Ombudsman’s report gives us only a snapshot of the corruption of collusion in a very small area, over a short period of time. British state terrorism and collusion with death squads was an administrative practice and part of the British government’s strategy to defeat the republican struggle.

“And because it employed serial killers, drug pushers, and sectarian thugs, they killed anyone else who got in their way, including Raymond McCord junior and many others.”

Opening this can of worms the will be traumatic for the British and Irish governments, many former and existing officers in the RUC and PSNI, and the Social Democrat and Labour Party (SDLP).

  Martin McGuinness described the O’Loan report as “a collusion lesson for the slow learners of the SDLP,” while Adams recalled that the SDLP had “until recently claimed that collusion was a republican myth... and never demanded the disbandment of the RUC. So it was hardly a shock when they joined the Policing Board in 2001. And when they did, instead of confronting collusion, MI5 and the human rights abusers, they became cheer leaders for the PSNI.”

 Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew said the SDLP had supported the RUC, including Special Branch – its force within a force – and its leader Mark Durkan not only accepted the integration of MI5 into the PSNI, but claimed it as a victory in the negotiations!

Gerry Adams said that a file on collusion had been handed to Tony Blair at their first meeting in 1997, but the collusion did not stop under Blair. Adams said he had been assured by Blair that since his time in Downing Street he had not authorised any such activities in Ireland, but he asked:

  “Who did authorise these killings or the cover ups, or the running of the drug pushers, or the payments of these killers? Who authorised their non-prosecution by the DPP? Who within the British establishment thinks they are more powerful than the British Prime Minister?”

And Martin McGuinness said that one of the RUC’s most senior officers, former Assistant Chief Constable Raymond White, “told a Sunday newspaper that British Ministers and senior officials were ‘regularly briefed’ on undercover operations and that he personally had briefed former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. This goes right to the very top.”

  Adams also mocked the Irish government’s expressions of shock at the O’Loan report. “Shocked? What are they shocked about? This city of Dublin was bombed and 26 people were killed. The same day the same gang killed seven people in Monaghan. There wasn’t even a proper Garda investigation into these atrocities.”

  After the bombings the British told the Irish government that they had interned those they believed were responsible. “And what did the government of the day do? Absolutely nothing! They didn’t have these men questioned, they didn’t seek their arrest. And every Irish government since then has failed these families and all those killed as a result of British state violence.

 ”The Dublin Monaghan bombings were carried out by the Glenanne gang, based in Armagh and run by MI5. This gang was a mixture of UDR, RUC, and unionist paramilitaries. The government has known about this for a very long time. So why do they say they are shocked?”

Adams also recalled that the Irish Taoiseach had never met the family of Eddie Fullerton – a Sinn Féin councillor assassinated in Donegal in 1991 and “an elected representative of citizens of this state” – until November last year.

And he pointed out: “The Office of the Ombudsman would not be in existence and would not have the powers that it does if Sinn Féin had not been tenacious and determined in our negotiating strategy.”

Responding to the O’Loan report, Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain claimed that only “a small number of officers” were involved in the events, and rejected calls for a public inquiry into collusion, claiming it would not “uncover any new or additional evidence that has not already been unearthed”.  

  But the Ard Fheis sent a clear message that Sinn Féin will keenly pursue the issue of collusion when it joins the policing bodies. Delegate Sean Murray said that for any human rights abusers still serving: “We have a message for you: your day has gone, we will ensure that you face the full rigours of the law.”

A delegate from South Armagh recommended that “we should start at the top and weed them out from there,” while Belfast activist Martin Meehan said:“We’re going to go in there and shake that tree rigorously until all the bad apples fall out – as we’ve done in Leinster House, as we’ve done in Stormont, and as we’ve done in local councils.”

  Veteran activist Francie Malloy pointed out: “The RUC, like the UDR and many other vestiges of the old Six-County state, is gone, never to return,” and that by withholding support from the PSNI and staying out of policing boards “we maximised the political pressure for change”.

“The task now is to take policing in the north away from the exclusive control of Unionism and British securocrats. We must lay the foundations; put the building blocks in place, for an all-Ireland accountable civic policing service.”

All-Ireland policing
 
The Ard Fheis was not just about policing in the north: policing in the Irish Republic came in for strong criticism, and the policing motion said Sinn Féin must “hold the police and criminal justice systems north and south fully to account”. As the only effective all-Ireland party, its ultimate goal is an accountable all-Ireland police service.

 The motion reiterated Sinn Féin’s support for An Garda Síochana (the Irish Republic’s police), but also recalled “the ill-treatment of republicans by the Garda Special Branch” and said: “Gardaí corruption and malpractice, which has been exposed in the Morris Tribunal and the Abbeylara inquiry in the 26 counties, shows the need for constant vigilance and oversight.”

  Gerry Adams pointed out: “There are now more accountability mechanisms in the north than there are in this state (the Republic) and there is resistance from the Department of Justice and the establishment here to have these mechanisms in place in this jurisdiction.”

 Sinn Féin is already actively pursuing accountable policing in the Republic through community policing forums, which were only established last year. Francie Malloy said: “Its TDs and councillors have been to the forefront in holding the actions of the Gardai to account; highlighting corruption, inefficiency, prejudice, and failure to meet the policing needs of working-class communities.”

 Sinn Féin moves on from the Dublin Ard Fheis stronger than ever and faces new elections in the north in March and in the Republic soon afterwards. More importantly the movement emerged united from one of the most difficult and traumatic decisions in its history. In contrast, the pillars of Unionism are visibly crumbling: the Orange Order is a pale shadow of its former self, while the DUP is split into factions.

 

 

Saturday 30th Sep 06

10th Anniversary of the Death of Vol. Diarmuid O'Neill.

The Wolfe tone Society and Justice for Diarmuid O'Neill campaign are organising a Commemoration on Saturday 30th September at the Camden Irish Centre, Murray St, London NW1 1JR.

Speakers: Gerry Kelly Sinn Fein, Peter Middleton, Wolfe Tone Society, Terry Stewart, Harry Stanley Campaign & invited speakers from An Fhirinne.

Followed by Social evening. Event starts 6pm - midnight.

Further Details contact WTS on 020-8442 8778 or email back.

Please pass on to as many people as possible.

Sinn Fein Stall at the Fait L'humanite in Paris where there was a huge international presence and where several members of the Wolfe Tone Society worked in support Sinn Fein and the Solidarity Irelande (France) in September 2006

 

Sat 27th May 2006

Benefit Social with Spirit of Freedom

8pm till late. organised by The North West London Celtic Supporters club and Wolfe Tone Society at the

Greenwood Tavern, Whitten Ave East, Greenford, West London.

Nearest tubes:Sudbury Town, Sudbury Hill or Greenford stations.

For further information Tel: 020-84428778

Picture from walking tour of the rich and turbulent history of the Irish in London 10th June 2006.

Saturday 10th June 06

Around the World in Eighty Days: Ireland

Talks: Sat 10 Jun 2006.

This is part of The Institute of Contemporary Arts Around The World in Eighty Days Tours of London looking at different emigrant groups that have settled in London over the centuries. Check website for further information http://www.ica.org.uk/

Peter Middleton leads a walking tour of the rich and turbulent history of the Irish in London. Advanced booking required.

Beginning at Marble Arch and site of Tyburn Tree, where many Irish patriots died in the 14th to 16th centuries; past the homes of the literary figures who lived around Oxford Street; to Soho, the first Irish ghetto (called little Tipperary); down to Trafalgar Square, site of the Bloody Sunday March in 1972 and riot and now the end of the St Patrick’s Day parade; then to Downing street, passing Old Scotland Yard and the set-up of the Special Branch to combat the Fenian movement in the 1860s and towards Westminster and all the political events that have happened there: the Home Rule party, Parnellism, the Irish Treaty negotiations in 1921, Good Friday agreement in 1998 and the ongoing work of Irish groups in parliament. Finish at the ICA.

Meet: Marble Arch Tube, by ticket barrier

 

Wolfe Tone Society members handing in a letter of protest to 10 Downing Street 1st March 2006

Monday 12th June 2006

25 anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike Exhibition & Speakers

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, nearest tube station Holborn
Reception and Exhibition from 6.30pm (with light refreshments)
Rally 7.30 - 9.30 pm

organised jointly by the Troops Out Movement and The Wolfe Tone Society

This is an opportunity to view the Hunger Strike Exhibition produced by people who were political prisoners in Long Kesh. Speakers from Ireland are Seando Moore, Ex-Blanketman (protesting prisoner) and Jim McVeigh, the last Officer Commanding in the H-Blocks. Other speakers will include families of the Guantanamo detainees

25th Anniversary Candlelight vigil outside Downing Street in memory of the

start of the 1981 Irish hunger strike 1st March 2006

Tuesday 13th June 06

Westminster Public Meeting with Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy

Westminster Public Meeting with Conor Murphy will be in London on 13 June, where he will address a Westminster Public Meeting on the current developments and choices for the peace process. The meeting is at 7pm, Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House, House of Commons (Embankment entrance). All welcome.

Details from fisherj@parliament.uk

Wolfe Tone Society on May Day March in Centrel London 2006

Saturday 8th July 06

London United Anti Racist Festival

Wolfe Tone Society will have a stall at the Rise - London United Anti Racist Festival in Finsbury Park, London on Saturday 8th July from 12 till late. This is a free event with bands such as Common, Graham Coxon, Sway, Buzzcocks, Killa Kela, Roy Ayers and The Wailers and many more.

For further information contact WTS, BM box 6191, London WC1N 3XX.

Tel 020-84428778 or email wts@brosna.demon.co.uk

Several members of The Wolfe Tone Society with Francis Brolly at the 2006 James Connolly / Bobby Sands Rally

 

Francis Brolly MLA singing at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis March 2006

St Pattrick's Day parade March 2006