‘INSIDE THE CURRAGH CONCENTRATION CAMP…….’
From ‘The United Irishman’ newspaper, January 1958 .
‘ The result is that there are many here who have had treatment prescribed for them months ago and for whom nothing has been done…
A similar situation exists about clothing . We have been told that if the doctor recommended clothing it would be supplied ; the doctor here has done so and only a few items have come . It is one or two months ago that he put down a recommendation for a pair of slacks for me and although I have beaten a track up to the medical hut - but no dice so far .
However , these are all the things which we have experienced for years and years . Eventually we’ll wear them down . I must say that the people are doing their best to make things easy but even at its best a prison-camp is not too pleasant a place .
The Curragh Concentration Camp,
The Curragh Military Camp,
Co. Kildare . ‘
(Next - from the same source : ‘THE MEN OF 1922′)
THE YOUNG BLOODS : CLARE DALY…….
Swords (Dublin) councillor , Clare Daly , wiped a tear from her eye in the (State) High Court after being sentenced to one month in Mountjoy Prison for contempt of Court in defying an injunction on her blockading bin lorries.
From ‘The Phoenix’ magazine, September 2003 .
Apart from the bins issue , the airport profile has made Clare Daly the face of anti-Brennan, anti-Aer Rianta-break-up sentiment in the Dublin North constituency where local reps such as Fianna Fail Leinster House members GV Wright and Jim Glennon, have been (unsurprisingly) silent - until last weekend , when Jim Glennon demanded that Daly’s party colleague , Joe Higgins, resign his Leinster House seat !
Clare Daly has long overtaken Green Party leader Trevor Sargent and Labour’s Sean Ryan on airport issues which , like the bin charges, she has caught onto like a pit bull and refuses to let go . In the 2002 general election, Clare Daly put the frighteners on Fianna Fail, and came close behind GV Wright with her 5,501 first preferences - Wright scored 5,658 to come fourth .
In early 2003 , Sean Ryan indicated his intention not to run again if the administration runs its full term as he wants to retire and , unless a credible Labour Party candidate drops out of the sky , Daly will hoover up many traditional Labour votes as well as her own support . In the meantime , Sean Ryan’s council seat has been co-opted to psychiatric nurse , Gerry McGuire, who will likely run but nobody will be taking any votes off Daly now that the council has turned her into Joan of Arc…….
DEATH AND MYSTERY …….
John O Shea was a small farmer and republican . He died at his Kerry home in October 2001 within hours of being released from Garda custody . The inquest into his death raised more questions than it answered and now Kerry County Council has backed calls for a public inquiry . Did John O Shea die from natural causes or is there a more sinister explanation ?
By Mairead Carey.
From ‘MAGILL’ magazine, May 2003 .
Michael O’ Shea rang his brother , John , again , from outside the Garda Barracks in Tralee : John colourfully complained that the gardai were keeping him in . But his conversation was cut short . ” I heard shuffling and banging , “ Michael O’ Shea told the inquest , “…it sounded to me like the guards were carrying him to a cell . “
Inside the Barracks , Michael met two gardai : ” They looked shaky and a bit nervous . I asked one of the guards if John O’ Shea was here , that I was there to collect him . The guards told me that he wouldn’t be going anywhere for a while , that they were investigating a traffic accident . “ At the inquest the gardai said they had no knowledge of John O’ Shea receiving a phonecall : they said they had taken his mobile phone once he entered the Barracks . But an ‘Eircell’ phone bill , seen by this magazine , shows that two calls were made to his number at 7.23pm and 7.30pm . The second call lasted for over two minutes .
The gardai said at the inquest that they got a tip-off from an anonymous male caller at about 6.50pm saying that a car had crashed into a sign at Ballymullen and that the driver was drunk : when they got there they found John O’ Shea sitting in the passenger’s seat . They believed he was drunk and arrested him under the Public Order Act. They took him to Tralee Garda Station …….