United Irishman, Vol. 33, No. 11
Date:1975
Organisation:Sinn Féin [Official]
Publication:The United Irishman
Issue:Volume 33, Number 11
Samhain (November) 1975
Collection:1975: Official Sinn Féin/IRSP Split and Republican Feuds
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Subjects: Housing and Homelessness

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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

16th November 2015

This edition of the United Irishman from Official Sinn Féin is one of a series of United Irishman and other left wing materials that date from the feud between PIRA and the OIRA.

Although the cover article is entitled ‘No Room at the Inn in Dublin: We will fight say homeless’, the smaller article at the foot of the page notes that ‘Provisionals Launch All Out War to Smash Republican Movement’.

It argues that:

The inhuman vicious series of attacks by members of the Provisional Alliance began on Wednesday evening October 29. So far two members of the Republican Movement have been murdered, Robbie Elliman and Tom Berry; Jim Fogarty a sympathiser and six year old Eileen Kelly have also been slaughtered by the hooded Provisional gunmen.

It continues:

There have been over sixty assassination attempts ranging throughout the whole of Belfast. leading members of the Republican Movement, sympathisers and other innocent people have been the targets for the bullets of the sectarian killers.

Inside there are three pages which carry information on the events of late October and early November. This includes lists of the ‘mounting toll of assaults on Republicans’ as well as calls from the Republican Clubs for ‘widespread protest’. There are reports on attacks by ‘Provo gunmen’ on the funerals of some of those murdered and eyewitness reports from those who saw those events at first hand.

The editorial notes:

His [the ordinary man in the street] amazement must have increased to read that Rory Brady, leader of the Provisionals was prepared to endorse the murderous activities of his members against Republicans.

There is also the text of a speech given by Tomas MacGiolla on ‘the facts behind the pogrom’.

Other pieces in this edition engage with Michael O’Leary’s Anti-Discrimination Bill. It remembers the explosion at Edentubber during the Border Campaign. The centre spread examines the Fight for Resources and the work of the Resources Protection Campaign. There are also articles on Zionism and solidarity with the Portuguese Revolution and the Armed Forces Movement.

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