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Solidarity with Chelsea Manning & Family in Dublin

category dublin | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Monday May 12, 2014 22:58author by Genny - Private Manning Family Supportauthor email wiseupforbm at yahoo dot com Report this post to the editors

Members of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning's family made a second trip from Wales to Dublin last week, to report back on February's visit to Chelsea in Fort Leavenworth, to catch up with friends made last November in Ireland and this January at the Manning Truthfest in Pembrokeshire, and to see a bit of Dublin. The family's visit to Chelsea in February was paid for with donations made to the Private Manning Family Fund, the first time in nearly four years that the family had received any financial support with prison visits.
Vigil at the GPO
Vigil at the GPO

Previous reports:
http://manningfamilyfund.org/2014/02/19/news-from-leave...isit/
http://manningfamilyfund.org/2013/12/02/on-streets-of-d...wden/
http://manningfamilyfund.org/2014/01/14/manning-truthfe...rt-1/

Photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/vertigogen/sets/721576445...5871/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vertigogen/sets/721576446...1104/

Read the full report:
http://manningfamilyfund.org/2014/05/09/more-irish-soli...rity/

Extracts:

At Kilmainham Gaol

Last year, Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four spoke at our meeting for Chelsea Manning in Trinity College. In Kilmainham Gaol's Victorian Panopticon where prison scenes from the movie about Gerry and Giuseppe Conlon In the Name of the Father were filmed, we stood in one of the cells and considered how much smaller and darker Chelsea's tiny windowless cell at Quantico must have been. We spoke with the guide afterwards, who was well informed about Chelsea, interested to learn of her Dublin connections and took flyers and stickers to pass on.

Solidarity through Music

After a hard day's sightseeing, punctuated by a half time lunch with journalist Mick Peelo, we retired to the Cat and Cage pub on Tuesday night to gather in solidarity and celebrate Chelsea's Dublin roots with some live music. Chelsea's granddad Billy Fox from Rathmines left Dublin for Pembrokeshire in 1948. The pub is also of some historical importance being on the site of a postal stop where, during the 1798 Rebellion, a coach was halted and seized to send a signal to rebels further out of town that they should join the revolt.

The leader of this Rebellion was Theobald Wolfe Tone, a Protestant who believed that Irish freedom could not be won unless there was co-operation between the various Irish religions. Earlier in the day on the sightseeing bus, we'd passed Wolfe Tone's statue at St. Stephen's Green.

It was great to catch up with many of the friends we'd made last visit and more recently at the Truthfest. Sharon and Joe fed back from their prison visit to Chelsea and ideas for more solidarity flowed nearly as fast as the beer.

A Solidarity Vigil at the GPO

After lunch with Joe Black in the Grafton Street area on Wednesday, Ciaron and I walked back to O'Connell Street and the GPO with banners, flyers and stickers. We were met there by a number of others including Colm Roddy and two visitors to Dublin who were going to speak at a meeting about Afghanistan that evening: Maya Evans of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and Ewa Jasiewicz who had accompanied Maya on her last trip to Afghanistan, where the war was of course comprehensively exposed by Manning through WikiLeaks in 2010 with the publication of the Afghan War Diary.

A few more people including Robbie Sinnott, Justin Morahan, Sandra Ni Bhroin, Joan Roddy and Dot joined us as the vigil progressed. Most of our postcards and flyers were handed out to pedestrians, and many more drivers and cyclists would have registered our presence as they passed along O'Connell Street.

Sandra and Joan were keen to be doing something here in Dublin, having heard Gareth Peirce, Nuala Kelly, Donal O'Kelly and Ciaron O'Reilly speak at the Sheehy Skeffington Human Rights School in April about Chelsea Manning's case. We took their details and will put them in contact with the rest of the Irish Manning massive.

Francis Sheehy Skeffington was arrested while trying to stop looting in central Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rising and murdered by a Captain in the British army at the barracks in Rathmines. This was the same year and in the same Dublin suburb that Chelsea's grandfather, baby Billy Fox (son of another Billy Fox) came into the world.

Frack Free Ireland

We were also approached at the vigil by Elizabeth Bach, who's campaigning in Dublin against the threat of fracking, something I've been doing myself in Farndon, Wrexham and Chester in recent weeks, which Ewa Jasiewicz is involved with in London and which, that very evening, Donal O'Kelly would be raising in Belfast in a discussion after performing his play Fionnuala, about another gas scandal over at Rossport in the west of Ireland. If you aren't up on the fracking (and coal bed methane) threat, then I'd recommend you take a look at these websites:

http://ideaireland.org/library_categories/fracking
http://frack-off.org.uk/
http://www.britainirelandfrackfree.co.uk/

and watch Afri's The Future for Shale film
http://www.afri.ie/news-and-events/the-future-for-shale...film/

More whistleblowing news

By midnight, the bar had shut and the others had retired for the night leaving Ciaron, Nuala and me in the lounge. Nuala filled us in on the day's Irish news, notably that Justice Minister Alan Shatter had been forced to resign over a damning report into his failure to properly investigate evidence of corruption exposed by a Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Failure to act properly on evidence revealed by a whistleblower? Nothing new there then.

We all go home

At lunchtime on Thursday, Kevin, Sharon, Joe, Ciaron and I were all gathered in the hotel foyer ready for home, four of us to Wales via Holyhead and Ciaron to spend a last few days in Dublin before heading back to his family in Australia. It's hard to believe that it's less than nine months since we properly met Chelsea's family and not even six since we began this journey together alongside so many good Irish folk in active solidarity.

We said our goodbyes and Joe Murray dropped us at the ferry port for a quick crossing in tranquil waters aboard the Jonathan Swift catamaran. Thanks to the tourist bus commentary, we know that Swift, 17th and 18th century author of Gulliver's Travels and Dean of Dublin's St. Patrick's Cathedral (pictured above) for many years, was also a governor at the chaotic Bedlam mental hospital in London. Swift, whose presumed madness towards the end of his life may have mostly been down to a physical condition of the inner ear not discovered until after his death, left money in his will to found a hospital for the mentally ill in Dublin, with an enlightened charter for how the hospital should be run and its patients treated that still sounds modern today.

As the late 20th century Jonathan Swift (in service since 1999) was powering away from the ferry port, my mobile phone rang. It was Ruairí McKiernan who had been, quite understandably, too tied up with preparations for his wedding this week and other commitments to meet us. He was calling to tell us though that just the day before he and fiancée Susan Quirke had met with Michael D. Higgins and he had taken the opportunity to fully appraise the Irish President of Chelsea Manning's story, the Irish connections and the family's visit.

Thanks to Afri for their support for this visit and thanks to everyone who took part in one way or another. Hoping I haven't left anyone out: Family members Kevin Fox, Sharon and Joe Staples, Ciaron O'Reilly, Joe Murray, Donal O'Kelly, Joe Black, Brian Fleming, Robbie Sinnott, Imogen Gunner, Mairtin, Sean & Paddy MacMaolain, Breton harpist John, Paul O'Toole, Harry Browne, Justin Morahan, Dave Donnellan, Mick Peelo, Nuala Kelly, Colm Roddy, Joan Roddy, Maya Evans, Ewa Jasiewicz and Sandra Ni Bhroin.

Ruairí McKiernan and Susan Quirke, Sorcha Fox, Ellen Cranitch, RoJ Whelan, Andy Storey, Andy Cummins, David Norris and anyone else who couldn't be there - we missed you! Be back soon...

Related Link: http://manningfamilyfund.org/2014/05/09/more-irish-solidarity/

Vigil at the GPO
Vigil at the GPO

Passing traffic
Passing traffic

Robbie, John, Imogen and Kevin tune up
Robbie, John, Imogen and Kevin tune up

Ciaron, Sharon and Joe at St. Stephen's Green
Ciaron, Sharon and Joe at St. Stephen's Green

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Freedom for Chelsea Manning: Music Session at the Cat & Cage, Drumcondra


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