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category national | history and heritage | feature author Sunday December 02, 2007 23:07author by Pat Muldowney Report this post to the editors

Audio of the evidence RTE censored - published in the interests of FREE SPEECH

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Local PhD Student Bites Back

This exclusive comes in a tradition of Indymedia exclusives that brought you the British Ambassador’s letter in 1969, when the then Managing Director of the Irish Times, called his Editor and fellow Protestant, Douglas Gageby, “a renegade or white nigger” for his coverage of Northern Ireland.

RTE broadcast a 'Hidden History' programme on 23 October 2007, about the IRA shooting of Richard and Abraham Pearson of Coolacrease, near Cadamstown, Co. Offaly, in June 1921, during the War of Independence. It was made by Niamh Sammon and featured (unelected) Senator Eoghan Harris of the Sunday Independent.

The programme was accused of editing interviews to encourage a view that the IRA in Offaly were sectarian, land grabbing and Catholic peasants. Back in early October Indymedia users played with the title of the documentary strand and began to ask was history being bent to the will of a hidden agenda?

Now a researcher, PhD student Philip McConway, has accused the programme of distorting his views. Local historian, Paddy Heaney, related to an IRA volunteer who died from stomach wounds inflicted by the Pearsons, said the programme left the guts of his interview on the cutting room floor. Another interview, with Pat Muldowney, never made it at all, not one second. His interview with Niamh Sammon of Reel Story Productions, has never been heard by the public. Until now that is...

Today, tonight (to coin a phrase), Indymedia brings you audio of the Muldowney-Sammon interview. Not all of it, we are not miracle workers, and the quality is, we admit, not the best. But it is good enough.


The interview is accompanied by a transcript, with comments by Dr Muldowney on the conduct of the interview. One way to figure it is to see the way in which the interviewer is seeking to extract segments with a closed off beginning, middle and end that she can use for her argument. But Dr Muldowney would not play ball. Did he know what was going on? Was he media savvy? Sadly, from Ms Sammon’s point of view, that seems to be the case.

There was nothing Sammon could use to bolster her argument, so she censored Dr Muldwoney’s evidence, which is devastating. He produced evidence showing that the British authorities agreed that the Pearsons took up arms against the IRA. He showed that there was a British Court of Enquiry. He showed that the British agreed with the Irish Court of Enquiry evidence that sealed the Pearson’s fate. No sectarianism, no land-grabbing. One incident in a war against Irish democracy and independence.

Listen and make up your mind.

[Pat Muldowney COMMENT:
Ms Sammon’s invitation to interview me on 28/7/07 arrived on 18/7/07. I received the British Military Court of Enquiry papers from the British Public Records Office a few of days before the interview. After leaving on July 27 to go to Kinnitty Castle for interview at 10.30 a.m. on July 28, I received a series of messages postponing the interview. It eventually started at about 4.30 p.m. on the 28th.]


[0 minutes]

S: OK Dr Muldowney, could you tell me how you first became aware of this story.

M: I read the Eoghan Harris piece in the Independent in 2005, and then I read Paddy Heaney’s letter. I come from not far from here in Co. Kilkenny and know about the Stanleys through agricultural connections, and I’d heard a little bit about the trouble here. Through curiosity, in a sense, I got hold of Stanley’s book. The events as described by Harris were horrific, and when I read Stanley’s book it reinforced that. It was a difficult read, and I read it again, and problems with it began to emerge. For one thing, the first thing that struck me was his stance on the War of Independence, that the British made a grievous mistake in not dealing with this as a military operation.

[1 minute]

That presumably means a strategy of using their military forces as they were used directly afterwards in Iraq, for instance – bombing, shelling, perhaps gassing. That it seems is his view. What had happened is that a government had been elected in Ireland with an overwhelming mandate and the mandate was reinforced in successive elections, and the government then had to implement that mandate, it couldn’t resile from it. And when the British government refused to accept it, and in fact sent in forces to suppress the legitimate, elected, democratic government then either people give up their democratic choice and resign themselves in effect to what would have been perhaps the first instance of overthrowing an elected government by force. There have been many instances subsequently in terms of the brownshirts, the fascisti, marching on Rome and so on

S: Let me interrupt you there … Just to go back quickly, you said something, you said that when you read that story initially you found it quite horrific. What did you find so horrific about it?

[2 minutes]

M: Well, the idea that … the way that the execution is presented, these men are taken, stood up against a wall, they are fired at with dum-dum bullets to the genitals, the family is forced to watch, the object is to make some ghastly point about ethnic cleansing, and to send out a message, that anyone who would resist it would be treated accordingly. Of course it turns out that that is a complete misrepresentation of what actually happened.

[3 minutes]

That didn’t happen at all, by the evidence that the family themselves gave to the Court of Inquiry. It was something quite different. In fact the execution itself was botched, they received superficial wounds, and died from lack of medical attention. As you go through the book there’s a lot of … in fact the whole thing turned out to be a recital of atrocity propaganda which is a complete misrepresentation of what actually happened, and I presume the purpose of doing it is to renew the propaganda of the time, which was, in order to subvert … to accompany the military suppression and overthrow of the democratically elected government, that this kind of stuff would be fed into the public arena, for Ireland, for England, for America and so on. That is the problem with the book. That’s how I got into it. My own sort of background, in a way, is, I come from Kilkenny which is not too far from here, and I’ve worked in the North since about 1970 and had an involvement, in a sense, campaigning for a recognition of a right of self-determination for the Ulster Protestants, which means in effect that they are recognised as a separate, independent national community of some sort, and that means the removal of the claim in the Irish constitution of a de jure right to rule the Six Counties.

[4 minutes]

At the time that would have seen by most people as quite outrageous but in effect that’s what happened in the end. As the Peace Process went to a conclusion, there was a referendum to amend the constitution in that respect, and the general idea that there would be some sort of forced integration of the Six Counties …

S: (interrupts) Just to come back, why do you think the Pearsons were targeted by the IRA?

[COMMENT: Niamh only wanted to hear some fairy-tales about good people and evil people. Grown-up talk about politics was not on her agenda. The more I found out about the Pearsons, the less impressed I was with them. But it was not Good versus Evil, not in the way Niamh sought to portray it, nor the converse. In the end, what happened to the Pearsons was simply a result of the British reaction to the Irish independence vote, not local land or religious issues.]

M: Well, they engaged on the side of the military terror of the Imperial government in its efforts to suppress the elected government. There is no doubt about this, this is the nitty gritty of the whole thing. We have the responsible authorities on the Irish side, which is the officer in command of the executions, and the commanding officer for the county, reporting to the commander in chief who was answerable to the government, who had in fact insisted that the situation in Offaly, in terms of the presence and the activities of the Black and Tan forces

[5 minutes]

and so on, that something be done about it in the crucial time of run-up to the elections [SHOULD BE Truce]. So that was why, on the Irish side that was the thing. And on the British side,… if you take for instance Stanley’s standpoint on this, I presume he would rule that out of order [I MEANT HERE THE IRISH AUTHORITY AND REPORT OF THE EXECUTIONS] in the sense that he regarded them as criminal rebels as opposed to a democratically elected government with their armed forces and their various officials, the county councils which were part of it and supported it, the courts and so on …

S: (interruption)

M: The point being, that if you rule that out if it, then the other responsible party would be the authority on the British side, which is the RIC. And the RIC give exactly the same reason, that the Pearsons were shot because of the fact that they had engaged in an armed attack on the Volunteer forces, shot two of them and, they thought, killed one. As it happened, that person was blasted in the stomach with a shotgun, but in fact he survived because he got medical attention, unlike the Pearsons when they were shot in a botched execution by inexperienced soldiers.

[6 minutes]

Mick Heaney recovered in Tullamore Hospital. The Pearsons were seen by a local dispensary doctor after two or three hours, and then he died in the field by about ten o’clock. The other one was brought to Crinkle Military Hospital and was seen at two o’clock by the relevant army doctor who then went back to bed. He reports again superficial wounds. When he got up the second man was also dead. So, the British side also comes to the same conclusion as to why these executions took place. So, the point being, as an action of the forces of the elected government, in terms of fighting, of resisting the attempt to overthrow the elected government by these Black and Tan forces, the forerunners of the Brownshirts, Stormtroopers, whatever you want to call them, this kind of anti-democratic militia, becoming a feature of the post-war situation; so, the British, then, also have the same interpretation.

[7 minutes]

In fact this is the point, going back to Stanley’s book, that, if you look closely at it, it turns out that his father was in fact a paramilitary from Laois who had been involved in a loyalist paramilitary outfit, and ordered out because of his activities. He reports to his son that the Pearsons and, I presume, himself, went down there to the roadblock, then returned with shotguns, he says, fired over their heads. In fact two men were shot. Three in fact, another one was a civilian who was under arrest; in fact he lost a lung …

S: Just to come back to that, actually, this is a very important incident obviously. Where is the evidence that anybody was shot that night?

[COMMENT: Niamh zeroes in on “the evidence”. A bit rich, now that we realise she was planning a cover-up of the British Military Court of Enquiry evidence! The dramatic highlight is when Niamh delivers the killer punch: “Where is the body?” (of the IRA man, Mick Heaney, blasted in the stomach by the Pearsons.)

As if the long, public, agonising demise of the man was some kind of mystery, hidden from relatives, friends and neighbours. As if the RIC could not quickly discover that their retired colleague, Bert Hogg, had been shot by the Pearsons as he tried to get away from the roadblock and out of their range of fire.

In contrast, Niamh allowed Professors English and Dooley to present wild speculation about land grabbing without offering a shred of actual evidence to back up their speculation. Not much sign of Roghan Harris’s “factualism disease” there!]


M: The evidence is what was considered by the responsible authorities on the Irish side, at the time, and by the responsible authorities on the British side, which is the RIC. Now, they would have had the evidence presented to them. We take it that these people are not … On the Irish side, these people are the forerunners of our present … - as was Mick Heaney, of course, who was shot – of our present apparatus of state, our system of law and order and so on. And on the British side the RIC. They took evidence. They reported to a formal Military Inquiry, they reported in fact that the Pearsons had shot two men. Now we can’t expect … we don’t have a video of the thing,

[8 minutes]

we’re not here to re-run that Military Tribunal. Of course we can’t do that. It was done by people who weren’t fools. This then is the fully documented explanation of the executions of the Pearson brothers …

S: (Interrupts) In terms of documented evidence, can you tell me what that documented evidence …

M: The documented evidence is in the British Public Records Office, on the one hand, on the British side, and in the Bureau of Military History and other archives on the Irish side. The British one is the Report of the Court of Inquiry which includes the RIC explanation of the … of their investigation of the shootings, and their report on it. And it’s quite clear, there’s no doubt on any side. And it’s clear from …

S: (interrupts) … I’ve actually read that Court of Inquiry file, and it doesn’t actually say categorically that they shot members of the IRA.

M: The wording used … obviously they don’t say that the forces of the elected government executed two people who were collaborating with the terrorist forces

[9 minutes]

who were organising a coup, a revolution, against the legitimate government. They don’t do that. What they say is that it was a revenge killing by the IRA for shooting two of their men. That is pretty well verbatim, I can show it to you if you want. But …

S: (interrupts) I guess that is the reason the IRA gave for the attack. But what I’m saying …

M: (interrupts) Oh no, no, no … it’s the reason the RIC …

S: (continues) There isn’t any medical evidence that anyone was actually shot that night. You actually say, in one of your own documents, that Mick Heaney was mortally wounded that night. I suppose what I’m asking you is: Where’s the body?

[COMMENT: “Where is the body!” I presume this is the point where Eoghan Harris-style bluster and rhetoric were supposed to make me fall apart.]

M: Mick Heaney was wounded sufficiently that he died later. If you want his death certificate … But the point is, we are not, …

S: (interrupts) …

M: … we are not running the British Military Tribunal, you see. We’re hardly qualified to do it. They did it. The RIC are the investigating body on the British side. They report that the Pearsons were shot

[10 minutes]

because they had engaged with gunfire against the Volunteers and shot two of them. They thought one was shot fatally. In fact the man recovered because he was treated in Tullamore Hospital.

S: Did he die or did he survive? I’m not clear about that.

M: It would appear that he survived for a number of years. Obviously, if you get shot in the stomach with a shotgun blast you’re not going to be an Olympics candidate. So, the documentary evidence sends us back that RIC report. If you take the Stanley view that the Irish reports, the reports of the democratically elected government are somehow out of … not to be considered – all of the reports say exactly the same thing. And we do know, from Stanley’s book, that they went - they were armed – they went back to the thing, they fired shots, he says over their heads. The RIC say that two of them were shot, they thought one was killed, …

[11 minutes]

[Comment: Is it a rumor? Is it an allegation? Is it an altercation? Is it a bad case of trespass? Eoghan says he has the answer, in a secret, one-page RIC Report (Sindo, November 18, 2007). Could the Senator be coming down with a dose of Factualism Disease? If so, Indymedia will be the first to report it!]

S: (interrupts) What the RIC report actually says, it reports the fact that the IRA say the two Pearsons were shot because they were involved in an altercation…

M: (interrupts) It does not. Let me check it …

M: OK. “The C.I. of Queens County” (that’s the Chief Inspector)

“said that the two Pearson boys a few days previously

[12 minutes]

had seen two men felling a tree on their land adjoining the road, had told the men concerned to go away, and when they refused, had fetched two guns and fired and wounded two Sinn Feiners, one of whom it is believed died.” And so on. “It is further rumoured when the farm house was burning, two guns fell out of the roof.”

That is their report. They report to the Military Inquiry that the Pearsons had fetched guns, fired, and wounded two Sinn Feiners, one of whom, it is believed, died. That essentially is the same as the Cordial report, that is Michael Cordial who was responsible for the executions, responsible for administering the decision of the court martial of the Commanding Officer for the County, …

S: (interrupts) Were they not basing that on local reports though?

M: (laughs) This is what it says.

[13 minutes]

What other meaning can we take out of this, except that the Pearsons fetched the two guns, fired, and wounded two Sinn Feiners, one whom it is believed died – pretty clear.
(… Silence …)

S: … medical records …

M: (interrupts) That is the RIC business. I presume they dealt with that. This is a Court within the legal system …

S: (interrupts) … my question …they were taken to a secret ward in Tullamore Hospital …

M: …(interrupts) We need to talk about … which are we talking about? Are we talking about the verdict of both the Irish authorities and the British authorities on this execution, or what? The point was that a military engagement took place. We have two forces at war in the county. They were civilian.

[14 minutes]

They were not officially part of the British forces. They engage with the Irish Army when it’s conducting its resistance to the Black and Tan forces. It’s too clearcut. There isn’t much further to go on that. You can go … you can look at William Pearson’s deposition to the Distress Committee. He says … what is it he says? “We worked for the Crown Forces”, something of that sort. He didn’t mean that they were making sandwiches for them or ironing their uniforms …

[15 minutes]

S: (interrupts) … He didn’t actually say that …

M: … something of this nature …

S: What he said is that he was an ardent loyalist …

M: An ardent loyalist and … let’s check that … no, I don’t have it with me.

[COMMENT: HERE IS THE RELEVANT QUOTE FROM THE PEARSON DEPOSITION TO THE DISTRESS COMMITTEE THAT I COULD NOT FIND in the heat of the moment:
”5. Do you claim that the loss or injury described was occasioned in respect or on account of your allegiance to the Government of the United Kingdom? If so, give particulars on which you base this claim”.
{Pearson’s response:] ”Yes. I was always known as a staunch Loyalist and upholder of the Crown. I assisted the Crown Forces on every occasion, and I helped those who were persecuted around me at all times.”]


The thing is, the truth is that the …. every official, responsible report on the executions has this. There really isn’t much more to say. And in Stanley’s book - in fact that is the thing that really swung it for me in Stanley’s book

[16 minutes]

- he sort of casually says that his father William Stanley has been involved in an armed outfit which did target practice and worked with the Auxiliaries, the Black and Tan terror forces, you might call it that, that they went down to this roadblock, fired, but over their heads. Another interesting thing in Stanley’s book is, he quotes his father’s cousin, Oliver Stanley, - it’s the same thing in fact – he says that the IRA thought,

[17 minutes]

that at the roadblock two men of the IRA had been wounded - I can’t remember whether he said killed or not. But that it was a mistake, it was the security forces, the Black and Tans or such had done it, so Oliver Stanley said it was sort of a genuine mistake, you know, that the IRA had mistakenly got the impression that the men had been shot, in other words, that the Pearsons had done it. That if they had done it, they had brought this upon themselves. Which is the general view of this thing. Tragic, of course. Who wants war?

[18 minutes]

And who knows what individuals of particular backgrounds …

S: (interrupts) I suppose what Alan Stanley is saying is that late at night, when the light wouldn’t have been great, and there was this uncertainty about …

M: There is no uncertainty in the reports. The thing is that Oliver Stanley wanted to believe that the Pearsons really hadn’t done it, you see. He doesn’t want to believe it. If they had done it, the implication of what he says is that, really, they got what was coming to them. Which is what everyone really understood – that’s how everybody understood it.

S: When you say everybody, who do you mean?

M: This is why the story was a dead one, you see, until this Harris/Stanley publicity on the thing …

[Technical pause.]

S: To stick with this incident, this important incident …

M: (interrupts) It’s a bit more than important. There is no other incident in connection with this case, in terms of the reasons for the executions. They were not executed because of some nonsensical squabble over a mass path. They were not executed for informing, spying or anything like that. That’s not what they were charged with. Of course, if they were prepared to go out and engage militarily, … If you prepared to go in and steal a video camera you’re surely prepared to go in and steal a bag of crisps. You know what I mean? It’s a much lesser issue, if you know what I mean. But the point was, in terms of the official records
[19 minutes]
of an event which was officially investigated, in a formal sense, according to procedures, at the time, by both sides, both the Irish side and the British side, that is what they were executed for. Nothing else came into it.

S: Did Tom Burke’s statement to Headquarters not mention that they were suspected of spying?

[COMMENT: Niamh is desperate for me to say I thought they were spies, so she could then ask me what was my evidence for that (mobile phone records??), to which I would have to say I had no documented evidence, which she could then include in the documentary, so she could boast that her documentary was so completely even-handed that even the letter-writing crank Muldowney was given a chance to try to make a case against the Pearsons.]

M: Why wouldn’t they? You see, this is my point …(interruptions) … they were executed for – what it says in those documents is that they were executed for carrying out the attack. Now, spying – you can take it as read, if they were prepared to do that – why wouldn’t they? If they had the bottle, if they had the bottle to go down and do that, that is no little thing. Do you think they would hesitate – these were people who knew and understood the area.

[20 minutes]

They had strong beliefs. They had powerful beliefs. Their beliefs – they were destructive, negative, they were anti-democratic; in fact they conformed with the general trend of the time towards violent attacks on elected governments, assassination of elected representatives and so on and so on and so on. That was where their beliefs lay. As it did in many other countries. So the spying thing, … is pretty much irrelevant. Obviously, if they had enough courage – they certainly weren’t short of courage – then there is no question where their loyalties lay, and so on. And they put their money where their mouth was.

S: OK let’s just examine those things. Obviously there is some distance between being a loyalist and actively spying. I spoke to Paddy Heaney and Philip McConway and obviously we looked at everything. Can you tell me what proof you have discovered that the Pearsons were spies?

M: I’m not interested in spying things. I just assume that … We know that they were shot, or executed, for their actual….

[20 minutes and 33 seconds]

SECOND AUDIO CLIP. Starting the clock at zero again.

[0 minutes]

(M:) they also mention the mass path, the mass path is also a kind of mood music, background music. It’s a red herring, to be honest with you.

S: Do you not believe Tom Burke’s statement?

****
[COMMMENT: Here is the extract from Thomas Burke’s IRA Court of Enquiry Report that Niamh is referring to:
Burke: “THE ENEMY IS KEPT WELL-INFORMED OF THE ACTIONS AND PERSONNEL OF OUR FORCE IN THE DISTRICT AND ARRESTS HAVE BEEN FREQUENT. THERE IS GOOD GROUNDS FOR SUSPECTING THE FAMILY OF TRANSMITTING INFORMATION”

So I told Niamh yet again what I believe. I believe exactly what it says on the tin. The Pearsons were executed for the reasons given in the Irish Court of Enquiry, as corroborated by what the Queen’s County RIC Inspector said. And Niamh tried yet again – and again, and again – to get me to say something……… which she could broadcast?

If you think this was dishonest, think about what she did to Paddy Heaney. Her academic geniuses, Dooley, English and the other one could give her nothing to actually support her/Harris’s land-grab theory. So Paddy Heaney explains that the Pearson place was allocated to ex-British soldiers and other people unconnected to the independence movement, proving there was no land-grab. But he points out, for the record, that after many of these went out of business, some people with IRA connections got land there. Niamh censored the first part and broadcast the last bit. And that was what she offered on the land-grab!]


M: I told you what I believe. I told you what is reasonable. How many ways is it possible to explain this? That being seriously, and devotedly, committed to this particular cause [MILITARY SUPPRESSION OF THE IRISH GOVERNMENT], they were prepared to fight for it, they would be damn fools if they didn’t do the simpler work [SPYING/INFORMING]. The formal reasons for the executions were what we discussed. The other things [SPYING/INFORMING]– they are interesting. We could go on and on. This whole argument is a five-minute argument. It’s an open-and-shut case as to what they did, in terms of the reasons for them being shot. And … there is no disagreement about it.

S: In one your letters to me you mention about them being guilty of helping the Black and Tan terror campaign. In what respect?

[1 minute]

M: When they engaged … You have two opposing military forces, the forces of the Irish government, and the forces which were seeking to overthrow it by violence, and by assassinations, and by hostage-taking, and by shooting up football crowds, and so on and so on and so on. You have this. And when they got into a fight with one side, it was because they were on the other side. How better can you possibly help the Crown Forces than by actually taking up arms on their behalf?

S: In terms of these spying allegations, you say they would have been damn fools not to spy. What evidence do you have that they were spying?

M: When I say they would have been damn fools not to spy, that’s all that I am saying. The thing is, as far as I am concerned, it’s not an interesting issue. I mean,.. I suppose you could say that, … let’s see – various things happened. Hmm … yeah; we can operate at the level of, say, proof; in terms of the appointed authorities, that’s to say, what findings they came to, and what they have left to us. Now, we could take endless pleasure in speculation,

[2 minutes]

about history and so on. If we want to join in that, let’s see. Yes. The case of the rows, this sectarian squabbling over the mass path. They fell a tree, they knock down a tree, then they spread excrement on a stile. And these are family groups going to Sunday service. Then they pull guns on them. Just think about it. These are women and children, in their Sunday best. And they threaten them. The IRA then have to restore order in some way. They make them back off. Those two guys, Horan and Dillon, are arrested the following day. So … what happened? Are we to assume that the Pearsons said we can positively identify Horan and Dillon, they came up here and warned us off with guns, we’ll stand over that. And we know where they live. This is the kind of thing. That’s speculation, you see.

S: (interrupts) You say that happened, or …

M: I can speculate about it. I believe that, if they had the bottle

[3 minutes]

to actually go out and fight for their beliefs, …. they paid the price, as people around here actually said, that they brought it upon themselves. They paid the price for it. Tragic, of course. But that was it. They fought for it. Why would they not do anything else that was required? I mean, this is speculative stuff that you’re asking me to get into … There was no Court of Inquiry about spying. There was no Court of Inquiry about mass paths. What can we do, then, except take on board what is consistently spoken about. And there is consistency in it. On the other side, you see, there isn’t consistency. William Pearson’s deposition, it’s so full of flagrant lies that the credibility … And the same applies to David Pearson’s letter, and to stuff that’s coming through to us on the Stanley side. The misrepresentation of what happened, in terms of these … let’s call them advocates .. of the Pearsons, is so self-contradictory, and so …

[4 minutes]

What did William Pearson say, he said 500 men came into the yard; he said that he had gone to Crinkle that morning to get help, in fact when everyone else says he went to Mountmellick to a religious meeting, the Annual Convention of the Cooneyites. Yes, he said that his daughter was fired at, that she lost a chunk of her hair, a convenient thing to lose when you say it in 1929 [SHOULD BE 1927]. He didn’t say that they blew her hand off. No-one fired at any of the daughters. Because if they had, it would have come out at the Inquiry, it would have been said at the time. Because the Dublin Castle propaganda statement would have picked it up to the nth degree. These contradictions on that side …What we are trying to do here is trying to assess the various kinds of things which can’t be verified by formal … like, say, the Military Inquiry or the IRA Reports to the government. When those things agree, we know we are on pretty firm ground. (…? …On these other issues(?)) we are not, obviously. There is no point in beating the air and demanding “Give me the evidence, give me the evidence”.

[5 minutes]

Do you want a video of it, or what? ( … interruptions…) What I’m saying is that the … in terms of this kind of mood music that’s coming down from the two sides, the Pearson side is very unreliable …

[5 minutes and 18 seconds]

END OF RECORDING

[COMMENT: The interview continued in this vein for about two hours, with Niamh making frequent exits from the room, to return for fresh assaults, mostly on the spying/informing issue. If I can get around to it, I will post more of my recording of the interview on this thread.

At some point towards the end of the contest, perhaps out of genuine curiosity, Niamh asked me why I was so “passionate”, as she put it, about this issue. I was not minded at the time to tell her to her face what I thought of people like her and Harris. But for sure, the maligning of people like Mick Heaney and his companions at the roadblock is reason enough to muster a bit of passion.]

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/84547

audio Audio One - the Hidden Muldowney interview - Part one 3.12 Mb audio Audio Two - the Hidden Muldowney interview - Part two 0.92 Mb

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Ouch - that stings     .    Fri Nov 30, 2007 00:49 
   Background to This     captain moonlight    Fri Nov 30, 2007 01:08 
   And since the Masses will be on this thread in the morning Heres something else     ec    Fri Nov 30, 2007 01:20 
   Laughable     P O'Neill    Fri Nov 30, 2007 18:14 
   Goodfellows moment missed!     John Martin    Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:26 
   In a hole........     JJ McGarrity    Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:43 
   Dr. Brian Murphy, historian, says     Seoirse Plante    Mon Dec 03, 2007 01:23 
   Paddy Heaney and Brian Murphy letters - Irish Examiner December 3 2007     Robert Barton    Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:22 
   Interviews with survivors     Emmett Farrell    Mon Dec 03, 2007 14:28 
 10   More responses in the Tullamore Tribune 28 November 2007     Tullamore Tribunite    Tue Dec 04, 2007 08:45 
 11   Major critique of RTE bias by Philip McConway - credited researcher on 'Hidden History' programme     Tullamore Tribunite    Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:38 
 12   Airing Protestant voices - voices latter day 'Castle (lapsed) Catholics' like Eoghan Harris ignores     Brian Murphy    Sun Dec 09, 2007 19:31 
 13   "Eoghan, this is recorded as live, it's prerecorded as live... "     Ned Stapleton    Wed Dec 12, 2007 19:37 
 14   RTÉ Atrocity Propaganda and Censorship, Part 9     Pat Muldowney    Thu Dec 13, 2007 21:03 
 15   RTÉ Atrocity Propaganda and Censorship, Part 10     Pat Muldowney    Sat Dec 15, 2007 21:25 
 16   Pat-ronise Muldowney     CDR    Sun Dec 16, 2007 00:39 
 17   Retention diminishes with time     Media watcher    Sun Dec 16, 2007 09:14 
 18   A useful 'guide'....     Sharon .    Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:04 
 19   RTÉ Atrocity Propaganda and Censorship, Part 11.     Pat Muldowney    Tue Dec 18, 2007 13:19 
 20   Clarification     Pat Muldowney    Tue Dec 18, 2007 19:37 
 21   RTÉ Atrocity Propaganda and Censorship, Part 12.     Pat Muldowney    Thu Jan 03, 2008 22:38 
 22   lets cut to the chase in 100 words or less     the boy chicken    Sat Jan 05, 2008 02:01 
 23   Putting the Gun into Politics     Reel Journalist    Sat Jan 05, 2008 08:53 
 24   The but mr journo if you had done your research you would know that Cork is not in Ulster.     boy chicken    Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:59 
 25   List of Informers     Reel Journalist    Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:52 
 26   German weapons?     Interested    Sat Jan 05, 2008 16:26 
 27   Re German Weapons     crookstown    Sat Jan 05, 2008 17:46 
 28   "The Grammar of Anarchy"     Pat Muldowney    Sat Jan 05, 2008 18:49 
 29   Nationalists were to be killed in great numbers if necessary.     dungannonman    Sun Jan 06, 2008 07:02 
 30   RTÉ Atrocity Propaganda and Censorship, Part 13.     Pat Muldowney    Mon Jan 07, 2008 20:19 
 31   Dr. Mansergh's views     Dan Gerfield    Mon Jan 07, 2008 23:59 
 32   Martin Mansergh     Shuttle    Tue Jan 08, 2008 21:41 
 33   Eoghan Harris Propaganda     Nihil Nisi Verum    Tue Jan 08, 2008 21:54 
 34   Muldowney Propaganda     Shuttle    Tue Jan 08, 2008 22:05 
 35   Reply to Shuttle     Lurkalot    Tue Jan 08, 2008 22:21 
 36   Reply to Lurkalot     Lurkalot    Tue Jan 08, 2008 22:38 
 37   Shuttle     Shuttle    Tue Jan 08, 2008 22:40 
 38   mansergh coda     lurktoo    Wed Jan 09, 2008 03:14 
 39   decoding Mansergh     Challenge    Wed Jan 09, 2008 07:33 
 40   Mansergh Rescues Harris     Nihil Nisi Verum    Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:44 
 41   Muldowney's Revisionism     Nfren    Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:51 
 42   Truth in nuanced middle of course     Joe Bloggs educated    Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:08 
 43   Muldowney Cover-up Exposed?     Joker    Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:18 
 44   COOLACREASE - MISTAKEN IDENTITY?     Jack Lane    Wed Jan 09, 2008 22:28 
 45   'History Ireland' criticises RTE Coolacrease 'Hidden History' programme - severely!     Harry Wells    Fri Jan 11, 2008 22:37 
 46   RTÉ Atrocity Propaganda and Censorship, Part 14.     Pat Muldowney    Wed Jan 16, 2008 22:19 
 47   "Examiner" censorship     Pat Muldowney    Sat Jan 19, 2008 10:05 
 48   The Power of Indymedia!     Pat Muldowney    Mon Jan 21, 2008 09:00 
 49   Drivel     Anti_Stalinist    Mon Jan 21, 2008 13:11 
 50   The Power of Truth!     Celtic    Mon Jan 21, 2008 14:37 
 51   And there's more from the Examiner     tony mullen    Mon Jan 21, 2008 20:32 
 52   RTE 'Hidden History' programme - an exercise in media spin - no good as history     Will Anderson    Tue Jan 22, 2008 13:33 
 53   RTÉ Atrocity Propaganda and Censorship, Part 15.     Pat Muldowney    Thu Feb 07, 2008 21:49 
 54   Garbage     Ganelin    Thu Feb 07, 2008 23:12 
 55   Fishy Sammon     Maedhbh Masson    Fri Feb 08, 2008 08:05 
 56   More Garbage     Ganelin    Fri Feb 08, 2008 13:02 
 57   Smear, smear, smear........     John Montgomery    Fri Feb 08, 2008 17:37 
 58   The Pearsons and their "Vermin" Problem     Joker    Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:09 
 59   RTÉ Atrocity Propaganda and Censorship, Part 16.     Pat Muldowney    Tue Feb 12, 2008 22:01 
 60   ...even more garbage.     Corry    Tue Feb 12, 2008 23:15 
 61   Better fewer, but better......     Carry    Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:27 
 62   RTÉ Atrocity Propaganda and Censorship, Part 17     Pat Muldowney    Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:21 
 63   RTÉ Atrocity Propaganda and Censorship, Part 18     Pat Muldowney    Sun Feb 24, 2008 17:02 
 64   Pearsons in Wikipedia     Pat Muldowney    Sun Feb 24, 2008 18:28 
 65   Misquote     Akg    Sun Feb 24, 2008 20:33 
 66   Muldowney's formal complaint - Rejected.     Sierra    Sat Mar 08, 2008 02:24 
 67   To Sierra     Browser    Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:53 
 68   Niamh's hollow triumph     Pat Muldowney    Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:03 
 69   Congratulations!     John Martin    Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:31 
 70   Come Again?     Browser    Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:54 
 71   Muldowney's Hollw Words - Astonishing     Ireland's Own    Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:41 
 72   "Willful prejudice"     Reel Journalist    Sat Mar 08, 2008 13:12 
 73   Browser     John Martin    Sat Mar 08, 2008 13:36 
 74   Reply     Browser    Sat Mar 08, 2008 16:17 
 75   BCC decision     Browser    Sun Mar 09, 2008 13:07 
 76   Whinge, whinge     Dirk Bogarde    Sun Mar 09, 2008 19:39 
 77   WHy, why HI?     JInky Jimmy Johnstone    Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:04 
 78   Wheel spinning pap     Ted Staples    Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:06 
 79   Ted Staples "medical expertise"     Kolpik    Mon Mar 10, 2008 18:23 
 80   Duh?     Ted Staples    Mon Mar 10, 2008 22:36 
 81   "Ted Staples [that's me, folks]" response - Pathetic (do a spell check while you're at it)     Levin    Mon Mar 10, 2008 23:03 
 82   Groupies on the groin     Ted Staples    Mon Mar 10, 2008 23:40 
 83   Comprehensive article on Pearsons during war of Independence in Offaly     PDF Link    Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:48 
 84   Philip McConway's "Comprehensive article" - irrelevant     Lehi    Tue Mar 11, 2008 16:51 
 85   Article     PDF link    Tue Mar 11, 2008 19:54 
 86   Article     Lehi    Tue Mar 11, 2008 20:27 
 87   The "shooting in the groin" issue.     Johnson    Tue Mar 11, 2008 21:44 
 88   Harris versus the medical evidence     Reel Journalist    Tue Mar 11, 2008 23:35 
 89   Sigmund Freud meets historical fraud     Ted    Tue Mar 11, 2008 23:48 
 90   The next step...     history buff    Wed Mar 12, 2008 05:02 
 91   Johnson     John Martin    Wed Mar 12, 2008 08:45 
 92   Groin? Genitals? It's all a bit confusing...     Lehi    Wed Mar 12, 2008 18:30 
 93   Dictionary history     Joker    Wed Mar 12, 2008 19:15 
 94   It's all...     Ted    Wed Mar 12, 2008 20:05 
 95   Groin or Genitals     John Martin    Wed Mar 12, 2008 21:12 
 96   re: The "shooting in the groin" issue     Johnson    Wed Mar 12, 2008 21:48 
 97   Sammon-Johnson     Ted    Wed Mar 12, 2008 22:39 
 98   No, this is not Niamh Sammon     Johnson    Wed Mar 12, 2008 22:47 
 99   Not-Niamh Knot     Ted    Wed Mar 12, 2008 23:22 
 100   What Niamh is really saying ...     Joker    Thu Mar 13, 2008 05:37 
 101   History Ireland     Tony O'Neill    Thu Mar 13, 2008 09:40 
 102   Is it nearly April Fools Day?     Joseph    Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:18 
 103   BCC decision - now online     Lehi    Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:53 
 104   Pot, kettle, black     Joseph    Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:43 
 105   Link     Browser    Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:49 
 106   Gosh     Joseph    Thu Mar 13, 2008 13:11 
 107   Not true     Browser    Thu Mar 13, 2008 13:28 
 108   Sammon V Johnson     John Martin    Thu Mar 13, 2008 14:02 
 109   This matter is not closed     John Martin    Wed Mar 19, 2008 18:57 
 110   RTÉ Atrocity Propaganda and Censorship, Part 19     Pat Muldowney    Thu Apr 03, 2008 19:17 


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