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Conor Cruise O'Brien dies

category national | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Friday December 19, 2008 01:29author by weight lifted Report this post to the editors

Called Conor "Booze" O'Brien, he sacked the RTE board

Long time supporter of Israeli Zionism, British power in Ireland, censor, bully, anti-Republican and self publicist dies at age 91.

A heavy drinker, he edited the Observer newspaper in Britain
A heavy drinker, he edited the Observer newspaper in Britain

Conor Cruise O'Brien's famous book The Siege was a sympathetic history of the State of Israel and Zionist expansionism. His views on the destructive and anti-democratic entity that Israel has become showed a consistency with his hatred of negotiation and compromise. A regular columnist for the Sunday Independent throughout the 90's, he regularly attacked the peace process in Ireland and Sinn Fin. He also continually forecast a second civil war in Ireland.

Hostile to Irish nationalism throughout his life, he became more openly pro-Unionist as he got older. He was once sued for libel by relatives of those murdered by the British army on Bloody Sunday for claiming that those killed were actually "operating for the IRA".

Most infamous for his 1970's stint as Minister for Post and Telegraphs in the government of the 26 counties, he introduced legislation to censor broadcasts of Republican views. His laws meant that members of Sinn Fein could not be seen or heard on Irish airwaves in any context, discussing any subject. Finding resistance among RTE journalists, he oversaw the sacking of the entire board of the state broadcaster.

He then tried to hand over RTE's second television channel to the BBC.

Many people say that the biased and negative reporting which is still evident on RTE dates from the atmosphere of fear and conformity that he started.

He was sacked himself when he lost his seat at the next general election.

A vicious and single-minded opponent of Irish Republicanism, he found a comfortable home in the Irish Labour party, serving as a TD in the 1970's and rejoining the party in 2005 after a spell in a fringe Unionist party.

He gloated that he used the tax exemption for artists to avoid paying any tax on his journalism or other writings, and no one in the government questioned this. Many people regarded him as a thoroughly nasty piece of work, who could be said to have set the tone for many of the anti-democratic and post colonial attitudes of modern Ireland.

Right wing commentators and politicians will miss him and say he was a great man whose like won't be seen again, but a moments reflection will show that his views live on in a great many aspects of Irish life today.

Conor Cruise O'Brien 1917-2008

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   unignorable nevertheless     An avid reader    Fri Dec 19, 2008 05:54 
   Criseoir agus Gaeilgeoir     Semus    Fri Dec 19, 2008 06:05 
   passionate telling of the truth     weight lifted    Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:43 
   Ding Dong the Witch is Dead . .     Hubris    Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:48 
   C C O Brien and pygmies     Sean og    Fri Dec 19, 2008 15:00 
   Censorship     Harry Crake    Fri Dec 19, 2008 16:10 
   try the shoes     Frank Adam    Fri Dec 19, 2008 16:29 
   Didn't go far enough.     Baggie    Fri Dec 19, 2008 17:31 
   ramshackle defence of a nasty old bugger     pygmie    Fri Dec 19, 2008 17:49 
 10   conor cruise obrien     o'cool    Fri Dec 19, 2008 18:46 
 11   The last of the double-barrelled surnames.     apophenia    Fri Dec 19, 2008 23:01 
 12   Much Ado About Nothing, How Are YOU?     Michael    Sat Dec 20, 2008 05:55 
 13   Early Xmas     Gearoid O Loingsigh    Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:06 
 14   Sln     Sean Briain    Sat Dec 20, 2008 17:50 
 15   London views     Mack the Kn    Sun Dec 21, 2008 00:15 
 16   London Booze     plonk fancier meself    Sun Dec 21, 2008 01:55 
 17   hypocrite     paul o toole    Sun Dec 21, 2008 13:15 
 18   Debate, don't denigrate     Sceptic2    Sun Dec 21, 2008 14:28 
 19   O'Brien tributes ignore reality of censorship     RSF Limerick    Sun Dec 21, 2008 14:35 
 20   not all bad...     southern comfort    Sun Dec 21, 2008 18:34 
 21   comments     clarity    Sun Dec 21, 2008 19:28 
 22   The Irish problem is with the uinionists not the British     Sceptic    Sun Dec 21, 2008 20:32 
 23   A Thin Line And A Hard Brass Neck     Michael    Sun Dec 21, 2008 20:47 
 24   ccob     clarity    Mon Dec 22, 2008 21:52 
 25   a life well led     martin forde    Mon Dec 22, 2008 23:07 
 26   nuanced reading     Lumumba    Mon Dec 22, 2008 23:23 
 27   Historian, Politician, Censor     Counterpunch    Tue Dec 23, 2008 00:02 
 28   Sad     Dermot Lacey    Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:04 
 29   Reference?     Lumumba    Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:39 
 30   Labour's true colours     Fiachra    Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:39 
 31   He was widely supported.     Pat OHara    Tue Dec 23, 2008 20:38 
 32   some support     Operation Anthropoid    Wed Dec 24, 2008 01:57 
 33   the support was genuine     Sceptic    Wed Dec 24, 2008 17:04 
 34   chicken and egg     own harrass    Wed Dec 24, 2008 18:16 
 35   the ultimate censorship     Sceptic    Thu Dec 25, 2008 00:20 
 36   Reason for gagging     Plato    Fri Dec 26, 2008 08:28 
 37   NEBs & WEBs     Geography buff    Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:56 
 38   Washington Post obit     papercruiser    Sat Dec 27, 2008 00:58 
 39   Washington Post obit forgets Post's role in O'Brien's downfall     Barnyard Rossitor    Sat Dec 27, 2008 10:29 
 40   A great Con indeed     Roy Greenslade    Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:01 
 41   Conor Cruise O'Brien's Schizophrenia - Our own !     Napper Tandy    Sun Dec 28, 2008 23:58 
 42   This is a bit of doddering whiskey brained nonsense itself     con    Mon Dec 29, 2008 16:32 
 43   Real reason for Section 31     Sceptic    Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:54 
 44   "normal democratic values"     Miriam    Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:47 
 45   Invalid conflation again     Sceptic    Tue Dec 30, 2008 16:17 
 46   history has a lot lessons, even for sceptics     own harrass    Tue Dec 30, 2008 17:45 
 47   "large terror group in the US"     Miriam    Tue Dec 30, 2008 19:08 
 48   Giood riddance to o brien     Fox    Tue Dec 30, 2008 23:17 
 49   futility of dancing on graves     Sceptic    Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:16 
 50   "Killing under the cloak of war is no different than murder"     Miriam    Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:23 
 51   I agree with Sceptic     john1234    Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:33 
 52   Miriam Redux     Sceptic    Wed Dec 31, 2008 17:36 
 53   Does Sceptic know much about o'Brien     Fox    Wed Dec 31, 2008 18:32 
 54   "They beat the shit out of him"     Miriam    Wed Dec 31, 2008 22:37 
 55   a thought provoker     free floater    Thu Jan 01, 2009 06:07 
 56   To "thought provoker"     Brendan    Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:29 
 57   eolaboration invited     free floater    Thu Jan 01, 2009 13:25 
 58   the" pro brit" canard is rasied again     Sceptic    Thu Jan 01, 2009 18:13 
 59   "The only stable state is one in which all are equal before the law."     Miriam    Thu Jan 01, 2009 21:36 
 60   His World Reputation     Napper Tandy    Fri Jan 02, 2009 03:47 
 61   Miriams evasions and dissembling     Sceptic    Fri Jan 02, 2009 16:50 
 62   E-mail to President Bush     Teamhair    Fri Jan 02, 2009 18:37 
 63   O'Brien the hypocrite - substantiated for all to see     Donat O'Donnell    Fri Jan 02, 2009 21:36 
 64   whats your own view of kidnapping by repubicans Donat?     Sceptic    Fri Jan 02, 2009 22:52 
 65   In a nutshell     Jimmy    Sat Jan 03, 2009 08:50 
 66   And another thing ...     Mary    Sat Jan 03, 2009 09:48 
 67   A supporter     Plato    Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:01 
 68   Correct this!     Donat O'Donnell    Sun Jan 04, 2009 21:35 
 69   List for Sceptic (and supporters if he/she has any) ...     Concerned    Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:58 
 70   Another list for Sceptic     Sickened    Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:07 
 71   Two more lists for additional consideration     Worried    Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:30 
 72   His escape from the Apprentice Boys.     Pat Ohara.    Mon Jan 05, 2009 15:41 
 73   Oh yeah....     Son of a Mother of a Bastard    Mon Jan 05, 2009 15:50 
 74   Myers - poster boy for racist fascist BNP     Joan McAnthony    Thu Jan 15, 2009 16:14 


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