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Saor Eire again


Bob Purdie • January 28, 2005

I must correct another suggestion made by Liam O Ruairc. I did not introduce Roger Faligot to Ireland, he went there of his own accord. It is true that we travelled to Dublin on the same overnight boat, but we did not spend the night drinking and talking. I think I had a berth that night, and would always have preferred a good sleep. I had only met him, briefly, on one previous occasion and I wasn't really sure who he was. It was only during that trip to Ireland that I did get to know him, under his pseudonym of "Rory O'Connor."

We did have another night travelling together, but in the opposite direction. It was just after he had been expelled from the Irish Section, and this was announced, breathlessly, to me by a young English woman who was one of their members. I listened in weary silence and then gave both of them a Rollo. It is a memory I have of the useless dramas of the, in Hugh MacDiarmid's phrase, "white mouse factions."

I think his explanation for Ernest Mandel's belief that he had met SE is a convincing one. Further evidence is that his presence in Ireland was quite open, he was giving a lecture in TCD. The Garda Special Branch would have been keeping tabs on him.

I'm afraid Liam overestimates the powers of a "professional historian." History requires evidence and a group like SE, obviously, leaves behind very incomplete records. If I were to write about them it would be as a Christian Socialist, telling the sad story of human beings who (like me) thought they could achieve good results from activities that are morally wrong.

On another small point; my old comrade always signs himself as "Gery Lawless."











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28 January 2005

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Four Reasons for Ideological Shift
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Tilting at the Windmills
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Looking Down the Barrel of Freedom
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Saor Eire Again
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