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Pathetic Claims

Yet could we turn the years again,
And call those exiles as they were
In all their loneliness and pain,
You'd cry `Some woman's yellow hair
Has maddened every mother's son':
They weighed so lightly what they gave.
But let them be, they're dead and gone,
They're with O'Leary in the grave.


Joe McDaid • 27 March 2007

One of the most notable frailties in human nature is their seemingly insatiable need to justify their own weaknesses and misdeeds. Nothing brings this more to mind than the incessant, pathetic claims by Sinn Feiners that “no one could know where Bobby Sands, Patsy O’Hara, etc, would have stood today if they were alive today.”

I ask, how can anyone with good conscience bring into question ones that gave their lives for what they believed in?

I was more than appalled recently when one Shinner had the unmitigated gall to bring into question Peggy O’Hara’s statement that, ‘her son Patsy would never have given his life had he known it was for the acceptance of British rule in Ireland.’

“Even Peggy O’Hara couldn’t know how her own son would have thought today,” he claimed.

First of all, Peggy O’Hara is of the same stock as her son Patsy; neither had nor has a quivering bone in their bodies. Though it is not always the case, the genetic link in the O’Hara’s was undeniably strong.

To the shameless Shinners that spew blasphemy on the graves of our Fenian dead, I say how dare you. How dare you in your vain, feeble attempt to hide your own obvious, sordid weakness put that on the backs of our martyrs?

I say, go on eat the scraps from your British masters table if you must, but do it alone. Leave our Fenian dead to rest in their sacred graves.

And again, to those who claim, “if they were alive today…”. They are not alive, they are dead. They could have remained alive if they had so chosen. All they had to do was accept British rule.






































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27 March 2007

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Paisley and Adams: The Ghosts of Politics Past
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Democractically Elected Musical Chairs
Mick Hall

John Kennedy

Bun Fights & Good Salaries
Dolours Price

No New Era Yet
Republican Sinn Fein

The Cul de Sac called 'Futility'
Anthony McIntyre

Pathetic Claims
Joe McDaid

Gerry McGeough
Martin Galvin

Gerry McGeough & Political Policing
Anthony McIntyre

Miscarriage of Justice
Helen McClafferty

Racism Bridging the Sectarian Divide
Dr John Coulter

The Prince of Darkness
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What's All the Fuss About the Veil?
Maryam Namazie

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The Protestant 'Pat Finucane'
Father Sean Mc Manus, President, Irish National Caucus

Green Party Declines White House Invitation
Green Party Press Release

Assembly Needs an Opposition
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Belfast Hot Air
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Citizen Tom
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A History of Nationalism in Ireland
Liam O Ruairc

Review of Challenging the New Orientalism
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Two Sides of a Coin
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Anthony McIntyre

Sinn Fein Batmen
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Launch of
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Reject the 'New' RUC
Republican Socialist Youth Movement

32 County Sovereignty Movement: Water Charges Are Illegal
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The National Irish Freedom Committee on Gerry McGeough
National Irish Freedom Committee

NIFC Free Form Video Discusses Elections, Abstentionism
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America's 'Global War On Terrorism'
M. Shahid Alam

Iñaki de Juana Chaos
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