Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
RTE bias complaint
Fergus Finlay and the maternity hospital ‘gotcha’ trap Anthony
Irish Examiner and fake news Anthony
Labour Party: The unvarnished truth Anthony
Humanity: Zero chance of survival Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
A Blog About Human Rights
UN human rights chief calls for priority action ahead of climate summit Sat Oct 30, 2021 17:18 | Human Rights
5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights
Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights
Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights
Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights
Human Rights in Ireland >>
We Cannot Allow Our Schools to Become Woke Madrassas Mon Jul 04, 2022 07:00 | Wesley Smith
There's nothing inherently wrong with teaching Britain's history alongside the history of Europe and the world, provided it's not an excuse to poison schoolchildren against their country.
The post We Cannot Allow Our Schools to Become Woke Madrassas appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
News Round-Up Mon Jul 04, 2022 01:06 | Will Jones
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
The post News Round-Up appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Read the Urgent Letter From 76 Doctors Telling the Government Why the U.S. Decision to Vaccinate Inf... Sun Jul 03, 2022 17:31 | Will Jones
Read the urgent letter from 76 medics, scientists and healthcare professionals to the UK Government telling officials why the FDA's recent decision to vaccinate infants must not happen here.
The post Read the Urgent Letter From 76 Doctors Telling the Government Why the U.S. Decision to Vaccinate Infants Must Not Happen Here appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Vaccine Safety Update Sun Jul 03, 2022 15:35 | Will Jones
The 34th of our round-ups of Covid vaccine safety reports and news from a group of medics to inform the debate on vaccination.
The post Vaccine Safety Update appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Open University Slaps Trigger Warnings on Classic Works of English Literature Sun Jul 03, 2022 14:08 | Toby Young
The Open University has attached trigger warnings to several classic works of English literature, including Hamlet, Gulliver's Travels and Persuasion.
The post Open University Slaps Trigger Warnings on Classic Works of English Literature appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.
Lockdown Skeptics >>
Voltaire, international edition
Poland resurrects issue of WWII damage Mon Jul 04, 2022 07:00 | en
Russia takes on Big Pharma Sun Jul 03, 2022 10:48 | en
Russian army buys specimens of advanced Western armament Sun Jul 03, 2022 10:36 | en
EU exempts Suwalki Corridor from Russia sanctions Fri Jul 01, 2022 20:31 | en
New documents implicate Banderites Fri Jul 01, 2022 17:57 | en
Voltaire Network >>
Historian Caught in Ambush Row [Kilmichael Ambush - Tom Barry and Peter Hart]
history and heritage |
Monday August 27, 2012 14:03 by Justine McCarthy - Sunday Times
Son of a witness to a notorious 1920 IRA bloodbath is disputing claims about the attack
A SON of a war of independence veteran has accused a historian of publishing "untrue and unchecked claims" relating to a disputed IRA ambush in which his father participated 92 years ago.
Edward "Ned" Young was the last known survivor of the Kilmichael ambush, when the IRA killed 17 police auxiliaries on November 28, 1920. His son John Young has described as "palpably untrue" assertions made by Dr Eve Morrison about a phone conversation he had with her last month. Morrison's claims appear to contradict an affidavit Young signed five years ago, in which he denied that his father co-operated with a controversial book about the ambush.
'HIstorian Caught in Ambush Row' Justine McCarthy Sunday Times 26 August 2012
Young has requested that a statement by him disputing Morrison's version of the July 4 conversation be posted on the Reviews in History website, which is operated by the University of London's Institute of Historical Research.
On the site Morrison claims that John Young told her his father was healthy enough to be interviewed in 1988 when Peter Hart, an acclaimed revisionist historian, claimed to have done so. Hart's thesis in The IRA and its Enemies - a book he published in 1998 - was that Tom Barry, the ambush leader, concocted a story that the Auxiliaries faked a surrender in order to justify the IRA killing 17 of them.
Hart reported an interview with Young, who was not identified, which supported his theory that there had been no fake surrender. John Young signed an affidavit on December 14, 2007, describing Hart's claim to have interviewed his father as "totally untrue".
He swore his father was incapable of being interviewed in 1988, as he had suffered a stroke in 1986 and died aged 97 on November 13, 1989.
"At that stage [the time of Hart's claimed interview], Ned Young was wheelchair-bound, having suffered a stroke some time previously," John Young said in his affidavit.
"As a consequence, it made him incapable of giving an interview, having virtually lost the faculty of speech." Young said a man with "a foreign accent" called at his mother's house in the late 1980s and requested an interview with her husband. She refused, as he was sick in bed.
"If, as seems likely, the man in question was Peter Hart, it makes his subsequent behaviour all the more inexcusable and inexplicable."
Morrison states on the website: "Mr Young confirmed [by phone] that his father's mental faculties were not impaired, and he could speak perfectly clearly. I asked him this twice, and he said he was willing to go on the record on this point."
Morrison's essay Kilmichael Revisited was part of a collection entitled Terror in Ireland 1916-1921, edited by David Fitzpatrick, Hart's and Morrison's history professor at Trinity College in Dublin. In his replying statement, Young says: "I am surprised if Eve Morrison's behaviour is regarded as acceptable academic practice in Trinity College. Is a short, hurried and confused telephone call between strangers on a serious matter a proper basis for making historical claims? "Does Eve Morrison consider me so light-minded as to reverse a sworn statement about my own father in the course of a brief conversation on the telephone with someone I have never met? "Why did [she] not attempt to confirm with me in writing her mistaken interpretation of our conversation before publication? She had over 40 days prior to publication in which to do so."
Last week Morrison said she identified herself to Young when she phoned him last month, and put it to him that she did not believe Hart had lied about interviewing his father.
"I asked Mr Young how he could be so sure that Hart did not interview his father," Morrison said. "Mr Young stated that he had left instructions that no one was to be let into his parents' house without his permission and that no one had ever told him that Hart had visited the house."
In response to Young's request to publish his statement, Reviews in History said it "has a policy of simply allowing a review and a response from the authors and editors, so we wouldn't be able to publish any additional pieces".
The Sunday Times report (above) arises from Eve Morrison's response to a review by Niall Meehan of her contribution to Terror in Ireland 1916-1923, edited by Professor David Fitzpatrick (Lilliput 2012).
Original review and response at:
'HIstorian Caught in Ambush Row' Justine McCarthy Sunday Times 26 August 2012 text