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British army band plays at K Club

 

 

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The band of the Irish Guards play on the lawn of the K Club during a fundraising event for the Jack and Jill Foundation.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

 

 

 

 

JOE HUMPHREYS in Straffan

 

AS A further step towards the normalisation of relations between Britain and Ireland, last night’s visit of the Irish Guards band to the K Club in Co Kildare had a surreal air.

 

The British army’s finest preformed Amhrán na bhFiann on the venue’s manicured lawns, and in the distance a late fourball creaked past with their golf carts. All that was missing was a threatened demonstration outside by republican hardliners, but Éirígí said it had decided not to picket the gates out of respect for the benefiting charity, the Jack and Jill Foundation.

 

Éirígí’s chairman Brian Leeson, however, continued to call on the charity in advance “to change the format” of the fundraising event, which was hosted by the Security and Emergency Services Ireland Forum (Sesif), a voluntary group promoting social exchanges between different cross-Border agencies including the PSNI, the NI coastguard and the Dublin Fire Brigade.

 

Éirígí described the Sesif as a “shadowy organisation committed to rehabilitating the image of Britain’s occupation forces in Ireland” and complained at “the concept of using an army that has killed Irish children to raise funds for an Irish children’s charity.” While Éirígí said its protest shouldn’t be seen as an “attack” on the foundation, it had encouraged supporters to post criticism of the event on the charity’s Facebook page.

 

The charity said such negative comments had affected sales, but it reported a late surge in demand yesterday. Chief executive and founder Jonathan Irwin said: “I just noticed middle Ireland has generated its own backlash. People who had no intention of coming have decided to support the event because they decided not to be bullied by bullies.”

 

On a personal level, he said, “I don’t think it was worthy attacking a children’s charity in that vicious way when it was all predicated on people who have been brought together by the peace process. There is a feeling that the two nations are on a process of rapprochement.”

 

Seamus O’Neill, a retired principal who helped to set up Sesif as a peace process initiative, was delighted with the 100-strong turnout, which included British ambassador Dominick Chilcott and Major General Sean McCann, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.

 

Maj Wayne Hopla, the band’s director of music, said: “As musicians we just want to play music.”

 

 

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Eirigi are a spineless shower of opportunist attention seekers who cling on to any populist social causes and adopt a quasi militant republican image all to boost their electoral profile which is the be and end all of their activism.

Like most of their blowing of hot air and bluster, their usual media whoring paid off as soon as the the tabloid rags and WestBrit high society broadsheets who they crave respectability from gave them attention over this publicity stunt, they back down from any real confrontation at the K Club as they know the Freestate elite would not look favourably on this, they got their column inches and thats them done.

 

Backing down as it would impede a childrens charities success from this threacherous event? Have you ever heard such nonsense of an excuse from a supposed republican group?

 

Eirigi are the SWP of republicanism.

 

Of course the wider movement of the real republican groups have to shoulder alot of the blame for this normalisation stunt going off without a hitch, same as they do for the Olympic torch coming through Dublin etc

 

They had an opportunity to create some decent opposition to this and didnt for reasons I dont understand.

 

I apoligise if this post comes accross as bitter but Im annoyed this went without a shread of oppisition with only a whimper from Eirigi in the Indo.

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The presence of children didn't stop éirígí protest against Gilmore and his blueshirt colleague the other day, which shows the excuse of children being present to be just that, an excuse.

 

Of course, criticism shouldn't just go to the political groups. The armed groups that are supposed to be defending Ireland let the Brits away with this military display. Ireland it seems remains undefended both politically and militarily, and the Brits can operate with impunity across the 32 counties.

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The height of Eirigi's militancy is lobbing eggs at a car.

 

I await the socialist Republic.

 

I am now more then ever convinced organised political violence is what we need build for if this is the alternstive.

 

We can thank Eirigi.for this at least

 

The vast majority of the political violence in Ireland is organised by the State and is directed against the working class, and this violence is as much present in the 26 as it is in the 6. The working class have the right to defend themselves and to organise effectively to take their rightful place as the universal class! Given that the violent ruling class is unlikely to give up their position of dominance without a fight, this inevitably will require political violence by the working class (not on behalf of the working class, but by the working class). That does not preclude peaceful and non-violent means being used alongside, which can in some circumstances bring results in ways that violence is unable to achieve.

 

We should always remain open to non-violence as the preferred route, but not at the expense of violence being imposed upon us.

 

We must also recognise that forcing people from their rightful collective share of the wealth of this country is a violent act. Forcing people into wage slavery and poverty is violence. We live in an increasingly violent country, it is again inevitable that this violence is turned upon those who use it, much as in the same way that it was against the US ambassador in Libya. :hammersickle:

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I agree with Frithbeart that all the Republican groups have some blame for this fiasco - just as was the case with the English monarch visiting - but Éirigí behaved very badly in all of this from the start. It was clear that they just wanted to grab as much media attention for themselves as they could - rather than actually organizing an effective campaign to actually stop this obscene spectacle. Once Éirígí had gone on a solo run, it was very difficult for a unified and effective opposition to be put together. This was pure opportunism on the part of Éirígí, and shows that the Irish people can have no confidence in their leadership. I would ask Éirígí members to take their leadership to task over this debacle. If Éirígí are not going to co-operate with other Republican groups on vital issues like this, then Ireland would be much better off without them.

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While I think a lot of the above criticism is valid, very little will be gained by criticising Eirigi in such a fashion.

 

Constructive criticism is what is needed, and leading by example. Simply throwing digs at eirigi is not likely going to build solidarity, and will come across to many others as sour grapes that eirigi organised on the matter while others did not (and yes, i do appreciate that eirigi's actions ultimately discouraged others to act), but lets approach such issues in a constructive way and in solidarity.

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Ah Im sorry but Im forced to be blunt

 

F*ck Eirigi and all they stand for.

 

I witnessed some of their leading members tonight drinking away dressed in the clothing of the typical middle class rebellious youth, singing rebel songs with gusto.

 

But I know as do most clued in republicans they are a cowardly shower with no real substance, terrified of freestate reprecussions over being 'bold boys'

 

While real republicans serve 8 years taking the war to the Brits, Eirigi kick up a stink about a brain dead councilor getting afew days in Mountjoy womens facility,

 

They are opportunists out to profit off the coat tails of repblicanism, they need f*ck off and stop hindering real republicans

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Lets be honest here lads. Eirigi were the only group to even bother to release a statement.

 

Where where the 32s, RNU, IRSP, RSF, societies in in their opposition? Says a lot about the state of republicanism and socialist republicanism in Ireland.

 

No point singling out eirigi for critisizm since the rest ignored it.

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Ah Im sorry but Im forced to be blunt

 

F*ck Eirigi and all they stand for.

 

I witnessed some of their leading members tonight drinking away dressed in the clothing of the typical middle class rebellious youth, singing rebel songs with gusto.

 

But I know as do most clued in republicans they are a cowardly shower with no real substance, terrified of freestate reprecussions over being 'bold boys'

 

While real republicans serve 8 years taking the war to the Brits, Eirigi kick up a stink about a brain dead councilor getting afew days in Mountjoy womens facility,

 

They are opportunists out to profit off the coat tails of repblicanism, they need f*ck off and stop hindering real republicans

 

What the fuck is "middle class rebellious youth" clothing? You sound like you have abit of an ego there! People can wear whatever they want. There is no dress code for a socialist.

 

If I posted "fuck ********, I seen them drinking tonight dressed like typical chavs" I would get a right bollicking and rightly so.

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What the fuck is "middle class rebellious youth" clothing? You sound like you have abit of an ego there! People can wear whatever they want. There is no dress code for a socialist.

 

If I posted "fuck ********, I seen them drinking tonight dressed like typical chavs" I would get a right bollicking and rightly so.

 

No your right every republican, socialist group should have organised against this and didnt,

Unfortunately whats done is done.

 

We'll just have learn from the experience and be more prepared in future and not rely on groups but outselves to oppose such spectacles

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