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Ruairí Ó Brádaigh dies

Wed 5 June 2013, 6:00pm

All I can say about this is that Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was around for so long, and was so cogent and lively right up to his most recent media appearances, that I almost presumed he would go on forever. Usual obit thread rules apply.

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  1. Dixie Elliott (profile) says:

    Sad news indeed. Ruairí Ó Brádaigh was a Republican with honour committed to the cause of a Free united Ireland.

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam…

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  2. Mark (profile) says:

    RIP .

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  3. keano10 (profile) says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Ruairi just once in my lifteime when I was young. A true Republican whose shadow will always hang over the party whom I have voted for many times since. Ruairi was the conscious of The Republican Movement. A constant reminder of what Sinn Fein got right and also what it got wrong. Always remembered and never forgotten.

    Rest in Peace Ruairi…

    “If you strike us down now we shall rise again and renew the fight. You cannot conquer Ireland; you cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom then our children will win it by a better deed. “

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  4. keano10 (profile) says:

    “Conscience” …

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  5. Youknowho (profile) says:

    A 19th-century man dies in the 21st century. Sums up 20th century Irish republicanism, which spent too much time looking backwards for the future instead of seeing where it was.

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  6. redstar2011 (profile) says:

    True Irish Republican visionary and hero. RIP

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  7. Youknowho (profile) says:

    Not much of a visionary as he never actually achieved anything.

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  8. Mick Fealty (profile) says:

    I’m not outlawing political conversation, the man’s legacy is important. But can we keep it focused and respectful?

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  9. Youknowho (profile) says:

    Fair enough, Mick. I apologise for the bad tone. But the fact remains he contributed nothing useful, and was utterly outclassed by the new leadership under Gerry Adams.

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  10. MrPMartin (profile) says:

    He was a war mongering terrorist and supporter of carnage against innocent soldiers, policemen and civilian

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    Lover of freedom? Don’t make me laugh. A country that is in thrall to the dictates of a certain church is not a country that loves freedom

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  11. socaire (profile) says:

    One of the few who stood by his – and Republican – principles. Is leor sin.

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  12. hseany1978 (profile) says:

    Hard to quantify properly Ruairi’s legacy to republicanism.

    At times he could appear visionary i.e. meeting with the Ulster Loyalist Central Coordinating Committee in 1976, employing a pan-atlantic dimension to the conflict when testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as well as meeting with prominent Irish-American congressman Tip O’Neill (thus cementing the future role of O’Neill in Northern Irish affairs and matters, particularly with regards to Irish nationalism).

    However, he was also at times a political zealot particularly when he stated that the PIRA members who were involved in decommissioning as engaging in “treachery punishable by death”. The dropping of the ‘Eire Nua’ policy by the Sinn Fein leadership in the early 80s also showed a significant degree of intransigence on O’Bradaigh’s part.

    Crass statements with regards to victims of republican violence also made him, at best aloof, and at worst cold and merciless. Viewing the conflict solely through a myopic point of view, ironically, did little to help others empathise with his republican view of the conflict.

    History will thus record the significant role of a man who led political republicanism at some of its most important junctures but found it irreconcilable when his movement (in a very literal sense) strayed off ‘the true path’.

    As with anyone who pass on, condolences to his family and I hope Ruairi now finds peace. RIP

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  13. TheSkeptic (profile) says:

    MrPMartin
    you’ve a convoluted sense of the word “innocent”, if you’d describe a ‘soldier’ as innocent.

    As to your sectarian bigoted comment about the Catholic Church, I won’t dignify it with a response.

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  14. aquifer (profile) says:

    Does a Christian funeral make it all all right then?

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  15. Rory Carr (profile) says:

    Sea-green incorruptible in a time when to so be was neither fashionable nor profitable.

    May you now find peace and rest, Ruairí.

    Condolences to family and friends.

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  16. cynic2 (profile) says:

    God what a hagiography

    “Incorruptible” now apparently means unwavering supporting murder even when the vast majority of the Irish nation North and South voted for a settlement

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  17. sectarianheadcount (profile) says:

    cynic2 2.1m of the Irish nation voted for an agreement. Asks a lot of the words ‘vast majority’ of the Irish nation’s electorate. It wasn’t a ‘settlement’. The Irish nation was not allowed to vote on the option ‘United Ireland’. People wanted peace, I’d agree.

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  18. Kevsterino (profile) says:

    May Ruairi find peace and his family and friends find comfort in his memory.

    A unique political figure who was a product of his times.

    RIP

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  19. cynic2 (profile) says:

    It wasn’t a ‘settlement’.

    Oh really? What was the % vote in the republic?. Can you remind me? I seem to have a figure of 94% Yes of in my memory. And in the North wasn’t it about 72% ‘yes’

    Your position is unsustainable sir and any attempt to defend it mere sophistry that ignores the expressed will of the Irish People – but I do recognize that the concept of democracy is difficult for Republicans

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  20. cynic2 (profile) says:

    “May Ruairi find peace and his family and friends find comfort in his memory.”

    I am sorry that I cannot agree. I genuinely feel for the family who have lost anyone but to ‘find comfort’ in the memory of this man is a false memory.

    We need to recognize what he really did and how he contributed from sidelines to all those dead and to the terrible divisions in our country. We also need to be honest on how he and his ilk put back any hope of reconciliation and reunification by perhaps 100 years.

    Not to do so just cheats the next generation and condemns them to the same hapless hopeless cycle of hate and violence.

    I fear for his soul

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  21. sonofstrongbow (profile) says:

    Peter Roger Casement Brady was an example of that bitter yet outwardly pious nationalist who revelled in the misery of others and showed nothing but arrogant contempt for the victims of the murder machine he was an integral part of.

    His reaction to the murders of two young soldiers and a police officer in 2009 was that such killings were merely “inevitable” and more should follow.

    Unfortunately the Slugger moderators were not active in riding shotgun to protect the feelings of those familles that were left behind on that occasion.

    Peter Brady and his ilk have been a bane on Ireland for far too many years. RIH.

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  22. socaire (profile) says:

    In Irish law, a man’s name is what he chooses it to be. What point are you trying to make when you force his slave name back on him? Are you being witty, erudite or just ill mannered? Pick another thread to troll on. No one here wants to sink to your level.

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  23. iluvni (profile) says:

    Slave name …lol!…that’s a good one.

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  24. socaire (profile) says:

    Yeah, you’re probably too young to remember when the Registration Dept of the libertarian state you ‘luv’ would not accept native names. Shuer ders no such name as Seán I’ll just call him Winston … OK?

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  25. His family do deserve our consideration and condolences and, from those who believe in the value, prayers. Grieving is the same for everyone.
    It is hard to find sympathy for the person, however, when one of his core beliefs was that in a democratic society it is ok to murder people who disagree with your philosophy.

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  26. Neil (profile) says:

    I’m sure it was equally difficult for many reading the eulogising posts regarding Billy Hunter, a man so comprehensively reformed from his previous incarnation as a sectarian murderer he whiled away his days whistling the sash and making snarky remarks to fenians.

    But as the man said, shouldn’t speak ill of the dead. Especially not the recently deceased.

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  27. Blue Hammer (profile) says:

    socaire
    “In Irish law, a man’s name is what he chooses it to be.”

    Great. But since this is the UK, Irish law is worth the square root of fuck all.

    I can find no sadness in the news that Mr Brady is dead. More’s the pity he lived so long. How many others are now dead that wouldn’t have been had he died at birth?

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  28. sectarianheadcount (profile) says:

    cynic 2

    Was 73 out of 105 seats for SF the ‘expressed will of the Irish people?’ I’m a democrat. I would readily accept the result of an all-Ireland referendum which placed the option of a United Ireland. Would you?

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  29. Neil (profile) says:

    But since this is the UK, Irish law is worth the square root of fuck all.

    As he was an Irish man it means everything. Irish people can avail of Irish laws just as a Spanish man can avail of Spanish laws. Should he ever converse with a man in the UK you can be rest assured his abeyance of Spanish law means rather more than ‘fuck all’. Unless of course you’re suggesting anyone choosing to change their name in any jurisdiction on Earth must also do so in Britain just so you didn’t tell them it meant ‘fuck all’.

    I can find no sadness in the news that Mr Brady is dead. More’s the pity he lived so long. How many others are now dead that wouldn’t have been had he died at birth?

    I’m sure it will be quite comforting to his bereaved and innocent relatives to read. Well done for expressing it, you are the better man.

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  30. Blue Hammer (profile) says:

    “Innocent” relatives?

    Indeed.

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  31. Mike the First (profile) says:

    Socaire

    He was born in Longford.

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  32. socaire (profile) says:

    Mike the First, are you for me or against me? Many pre-secessionist Irish laws are still extant throughout the 32 counties. The Deed Poll thing is UK law and is not necessary to change your name anywhere on the island.

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  33. wee buns (profile) says:

    He had the integrity at least, to insist that Republicanism be a non- movable feast, unlike the fabricators of Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin. For that I actually thank him. Pity that he didn’t make it to 2016 – but on the other hand – maybe just as well. I’ll refrain from comment on the all-shiney-new-improved north, but with the south in right-wing wet-dream territory, it promises to be ‘some party’.
    Thoughts are with his family

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  34. Delphin (profile) says:

    We will know if the cross community thing has taken hold when Junior changes the family name to Pàislig.

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