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The writing's off the wall!

"The Moving Finger writes and having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a word of it."
(Verse L1, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)

Catherine McGlinchey • March 2005

I have waited with quiet anticipation for the past few months watching and waiting to see if there will be any developments or changes to the current status quo. If there is anyone willing to take that first step in filling the black void I see clearly everyday. And yet now several months later I see that my initial surprise and bewilderment has given way to quiet resignation to the fact that the writing is staying off the wall. Yes on R.P.G. Avenue where once the immortal words of Pearse were emblazoned in white letters on a black background there is now an empty blank wall.

At first I convinced myself that it was all to do with the restoration of the mural next to it, a tribute to the prison struggle, which was repainted some time ago. Those involved in the project were, I thought, to do the same with this quote

"The Fools, the Fools, the Fools- they have left us our Fenian dead- and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace."

But the wall remains blank and there is no sign of this being rectified. I have several theories as to why Pearse's words have been blacked out from the Falls Rd., none of which I claim to be the absolute truth, but you have to wonder if shame has finally got the better of some people and they've decided that their hypocrisy has gone on for long enough. Maybe guilt has been playing on the consciences of the powers that be for using the words of one of the fathers of modern Republicanism, who would surely be abhorred at the connotations the label 'republican' now holds for most people; extortion, racketeering, money laundering and counterfeiting.

Perhaps it'll be replaced with the popular slogan of "Building an Ireland of equals" because after all that's pretty much the equivalent of a free Ireland so Patrick and the boys can all rest easy up on Arbour Hill. Or what I feel is the most likely reason for the writing coming off the wall is that it serves as a painful reminder of some of the more embarrassing episodes of the Provisional history and the troublesome stubbornness of 'old-school republicanism' and its refusal to compromise. It illustrates also how far individuals have come, and how much their demands have been eroded and have mutated from nothing less than a free and united Ireland to electoral victories and salaries at Westminster and Stormont.

The writing may be on the wall for Sinn Fein and the Provisional movement in respect to their criminality and gangsterism but I feel that Pearse's words will not be returned to their rightful place. Instead they go the same way such slogans as "Not a Bullet Not an Ounce," "No Return to Stormont", and "No Unionist Veto" have before them, erased not just from the walls but from memory as if they never existed at all. After all a good thick black paint is the revisionist's best weapon and why rewrite history when you can just pretend it never happened?
































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Index: Current Articles

28 March 2005

Other Articles From This Issue:

The Writing's Off the Wall!
Catherine McGlinchey

Ireland: Republican Movement faces disintegration
Paul Mallon

The IRA is Morphing into the 'Rafia'
Anthony McIntyre

Truth and Justice!
Sheila Holden

Greet the Lion to Kill the Cat
Àine Fox

Concerned Republican
N. Corey

Six Against the Rock
Anthony McIntyre

Our Patriot Dead Are Turning in their Graves
Margaret Quinn

Easter Oration 2005
32 CSM

Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Republican Movement 2005

RSF Vice President Calls On Provisionals To Disband
Des Dalton, RSF

Easter Statement from the Leadership of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement
Andy Gallagher, IRSP

Easter Statement from the Irish National Liberation Army Prisoners of War

Caribbean Sinn Fein Easter Message
Jimmy Sands

22 March 2005

A Must Read
Mick Hall

Green Paper on Irish Unity
32 CSM Press Release

The Advisocrats
Anthony McIntyre

Fig Leaf
Dr John Coulter

Democractic Killers
Fred A Wilcox

Eamon McCann

No Dodging the Moral Dilemma
David Adams

After St Patrick's Day, Where Goes the Peace Process?
Fr. Sean Mc Manus. INC

The Left Way Could be the Right Way for Sinn Fein
Eamon McCann

Robert McCartney
Carol Mallon

Don't Lose Perspective
Richard Wallace

Anthony McIntyre

Is Spring Banging at the Doors of the Arab World?
Michael Youlton

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