User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Philip Catherine ? Noburl (1975) Thu Nov 23, 2017 03:47 | The Saker
One of the most original compositions of my favorite Jazz guitarist.  Enjoy! The Saker

offsite link Joint statement by Presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey Thu Nov 23, 2017 01:25 | The Saker
President of The Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of The Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of The Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gathered in Sochi on

offsite link How Turkey, Iran, Russia and India are playing the New Silk Roads Wed Nov 22, 2017 16:25 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar of the Asia Times (cross-posted by special agreement with the author) A pacified Syria is key to the economic integration of Eurasia through energy and transportation connections

offsite link Syrian War Report ? November 22, 2017: Army Launches New Military Operation In Euphrates Valley Wed Nov 22, 2017 14:17 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... If you?re able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldn?t be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront ISIS cells have unexpectedly

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/11/21 ? Open Thread Tue Nov 21, 2017 19:30 | Herb Swanson
2017/11/21 19:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
www.humanrights.ie

offsite link Liberty, the ICCL, and other NGO groups? landmark challenge against the UK Government?s mass surveil... Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:56 | admin

offsite link What Ireland can gain from international guidance on Article 19 UNCRPD Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:53 | Eilionoir Flynn

offsite link Repeal or Replace? Tue Oct 03, 2017 06:31 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link An Abortion Law Immune from Constitutional Review? Thu Sep 28, 2017 20:14 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Should the pro-choice movement support a new constitutional provision on abortion? Wed Sep 27, 2017 16:19 | Eoin Daly

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Signs of Hope ? A continuing series 11:01 Thu Nov 23, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link An excess of ideology? Or an incoherent ?leader?? 09:53 Thu Nov 23, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link The border and Brexit?and a question about the ?Irish? Sun? 07:52 Thu Nov 23, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link A poll with a Tory lead? but? before getting too concerned? 06:08 Thu Nov 23, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Young Adams? 12:48 Wed Nov 22, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015

offsite link THE WRATH OF KANE: BANKING CRISES AND POLITICAL POWER 09:32 Fri Jan 30, 2015

Dublin Opinion >>

Gardai denigration of McKenna funeral must be condemned

category national | rights, freedoms and repression | opinion/analysis author Wednesday July 17, 2013 21:28author by RNU PRO - Republican Network for Unity Report this post to the editors

What should have been a quiet, serene and fondly remembered ceremony was cruelly transformed into a scene of Martial law, as the Free State police instead used the occasion to flex their collective muscle and display to local republicans the various means of ‘crowd control’ at their disposal.

smckenna11.jpg

Life long republican activist and former POW Seamus McKenna was buried on Wednesday morning in Ravensdale following a deeply tragic work accident the previous week.

Seamus and the McKenna Clan are well respected and liked in the Ravensdale area, a fact borne out by the fond compliments paid at the roadside by residents of the North Louth hamlet as the proceedings got underway on a beautiful July morning.

However what should have been a quiet, serene and fondly remembered ceremony was cruelly transformed into a scene of Martial law, as the Free State police instead used the occasion to flex their collective muscle and display to local republicans the various means of ‘crowd control’ at their disposal.

From early morning the Free State police descended upon the peaceful leafy roads of Ravensdale, armed checkpoints where mounted before the arrival of several heavily clad riot squads in transit vans. Mounted officers, masked and wearing helmets patrolled up and down the road as a chopper hovered not too far overhead. Later, paramilitary styled officers walked the roads with caps and flack jackets emblazoned with ‘Armed Response Unit’, randomly stopping cars, questioning their occupants and searching at will.

During the mass, dozens of armed Police officers took up position in the Church yard itself, exceeding even the RUC in their tactics of funeral oppression which were practised against Republicans all too many times in the past, and which it is clear the Gardai in Ravensdale were keen to emulate or even overtake. Before the funeral proceeded towards the graveyard itself, Gardai on horseback made their way along the route stopping to allow their horses to defecate on the road.

Seamus was an Ex Republican prisoner having served several terms inside, and in keeping with the most basic protocol he was given a humble guard of honour made up of other Ex-POWs and their families in matching white shirts and black ties. Such would also be the case for a member of the GAA, a local politician or indeed a member of the Gardai.

At no time was there ever a prospect of a ‘military display’ in Ravensdale, neither protocol nor Seamus’ family would have asked for a such a display, indeed at the request of the family, no National trappings were even displayed on the coffin as it made its way from the Church to Ravensdale graveyard.

None the less, heavily armed Gardai dressed in Paramilitary styles caps and flack jackets insisted on stalking the coffin of Seamus McKenna to his final resting place, lining the roads to Ravensdale graveyard before crowding around the grave itself obscuring the view and greatly obstructing access to the final ceremony from those in attendance.

The only ‘masked men’ ever due to appear at the funeral of Seamus McKenna were those of the Gardai Riot Squad who despite a cermony which was entirely peaceful, insisted on filming mourners on a County Louth Hillside on the orders of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

Their presence was resented by many of the locals who in fantastic gesture passive protest, came out and provided water to the guard of honour who had waited for an hour in the searing heat. No such courtesy was offered to the occupying forces of the Gardai.

Commissioner Martin Callinan claimed during the week that there was only ‘one force of law and order in Ireland’, yet his forces entered the quiet Parish of Ravensdale with all the trappings, mechanics and attitudes of an occupying army. His message was a political one, ‘dissent from the status quo and we will stalk you even in death’, he used the sacred event of a Catholic funeral to deliver his message and for this he should be truly ashamed.

Republican Network for Unity again extend our sympathy to the family of Seamus McKenna, we congratulate the Republican guard of honour who despite deep provocation from the so called ‘forces of law and order’ conducted themselves in an exemplary manner throughout. We also call on the Catholic Church and local elected representatives to speak up a

Related Link: http://www.republicanunity.org/garda-denigration-of-mck...mned/

smckenna13.jpg

smckenna12.jpg

smckenna17.jpg

smckenna21.jpg

author by disturbedpublication date Thu Jul 18, 2013 13:06Report this post to the editors

"dissent from the status quo ..."

is too gentle :

"dissent from being just as we tell you to be ..."

would seem more directly to the point

author by fredpublication date Thu Jul 18, 2013 18:44Report this post to the editors

Totally OTT policing. We are becoming a police state, between the long term retention of emails etc, and state policies towards democratic protest (surveillance / filming / tearing down posters / harassment, provocation and arrest ) and then this kind of force showing thing at peaceful funerals lately.

Meanwhile gangland drug crime carries on, hardly touched by such shows of force. Because those thugs, and prohibition provide the excuses to build up the police state, even if they (deliberately) don't actually tackle those issues properly. Instead choosing to terrorise those who would protest.

Wake up people of Ireland. Private prisons for profit a la US are probably just around the corner.

 
© 2001-2017 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy