Maria Gatland in the Sunday Times

Maria Gatland (nee McGuire) has a piece in today’s Sunday Times explaining the circumstances of her previous membership of the IRA and the furore which surrounded her having the Conservative whip withdrawn. She seems somewhat aggrieved at what has happened in the last few weeks. She explains how in the past she “..felt strongly about the way the people of Ireland were being treated.” It seems that she decided to “defect” after the end of the 1972 truce. She says she “… was quite egotistical and didn’t reflect on how my actions would impinge on other people, particularly my parents.” She also feels that she was “very self absorbed.”

One might suggest that she has got her tenses mixed up a little; she also seems to be having difficulties finding the word “sorry.” In addition it might be interesting to know what happened to the profits from her book sales. How much for the victims of the IRA?

  • I have already noted the piece, Turgon, and queried Mick about why the earlier thread had been closed down.

    While I have not had an opportunity to respond to her book yet – so I am not yet in any position to talk about it – I find this piece just further self-incrimination by Maria Maguire that she was a British provocative agent.

    While she still proclaims that she never fired a shot, this is not the issue since she now admits that she was working for the Provos for a year – i. e., from the time of the murders of the three Scottish fusiliers on March 11, 1971 until the truce after Bloody Sunday expired, March 13, 1972.

    Ther is nothing here about her being still around, and turned off by what happened on Bloody Friday, July 21, 1972.

    She still must know who killed them, even if she wasn’t personally involved.

    And the bit about her husband-to-be, Mervyn Gatland, sounds too much like her handler while she was operating in Ireland – i. e., he fell in love with her just by apparently reading her book!

    Finally, we discover that she outed herself rather than because of what that opposition councillor apparently said.

    This all, it seems, is just about a secret agent finally coming in from the cold.

    Just how much bullshit the public will take from this most reckless troublemaker remains to be seen, but I shall have something to add after I have read her book, and e-mailed her my questions about her “me, me, me” experiences with the Provos.

  • Rory Carr

    I knew Maria McGuire, as then was, prior to her relinquishing her involvement with the Republican Movement, as we were then advised to call it.

    She has already given given her reasons why she left and why she chose to so do and it is not for me to take issue with that decision nor to question the reasons behind it.

    She certainly should suffer no self-embarrassment at her decision to join the struggle at the time at which she did and she made as good a contribution as many in that period within her ability, as is all that can be asked of anyone. Her decision that she could no longer participate in that struggle because of reasons of tactical disagreement, or whatever, is her own.

    Her decision to join the Tories and push forward plans to profit from the educational blight of Croydon’s children that the shareholders of the miserable, criminally destructive academies might profit is also her own.

    Maria, insofar as I knew her, seemed to me driven by the idea that swift decision making and immediate action thereafter would reap its own reward and she seemed compelled to see that drive in the Provisionals in those heady days immediately following upon internment. I can’t be sure, but I imagine that her idea of immediate reward might have been somewhat different from others at the time, including mine. But she did put a lot into her work and she did have talent.

    She struck me then and strikes me now as a one who would be (and, in Croydon, most certainly was) a great champion of Tory excess to the detriment of others and I have no doubt that Dave Cameron and Reg Empey, given her unstinted commitment to high dividends above simple human need, coupled with her Irish background, will now join to welcome her back into the Conservative and Unionist Party.

    After which, Turgon, all silly questions of how one disposes of one’s income ( as well as how one came by it in the first place) will quietly disappear. This is the Tory way.

  • heck

    she also seems to be having difficulties finding the word “sorry.”

    I agree -she should say sorry for joining the conservative party

  • riverlagan

    Rory
    “I have no doubt that Dave Cameron and Reg Empey, given her unstinted commitment to high dividends above simple human need, coupled with her Irish background, will now join to welcome her back into the Conservative and Unionist Party.”

    I know that Reg and the Ulster Unionist Party have been quite self-distructive in the last number of years, but I would put this – wanting this woman to come back into the fold – beyond the insanity of Empey and co.

  • ulsterfan

    The people living in the same community have the right to withdraw support from her,, without giving any reason but in view of her past their actions are understandable.

  • William

    The reason for Marie Gatland being asked to resign was not that she was a member of the IRA over 30 years ago but that she lied on her application form, when she applied to be a Council candidate. As with most political parties, except perhaps the Provo Sinn Fein, the Conservatives ask potential candidates to state anything in their past that might prove embarassing in the future…i.e. any skeletons in the cupboard. She answered – none, which of course was at best a lie and she paid the price for that lie.

    Perhaps that great conspiracy nut, Mr. Ford should refresh his memory…she was not outed by an Opposition Councillor, but by a Communist Doctor of something, who was opposing the necessary reformation of the educational system in the London borough of Croydon, after years of waste and neglect by the Labour mob who had previously been in power.

  • Seems William is right about Dr. Peter Latham. He was addressing the Croydon Council as a member of the Save Our Children when he referred to Mrs. Gatland as Maria Maguire.

    I wonder if William has any interest in seeing that the survivors of the three murdered Royal Highland Fusiliers, Dougald McCaughey, and John and Joseph McCaig, will be receiving any proceeds from the sale of her book.

    Strange how Unionists and Brits go silent about any notorious killings that the Crown engineered against its own forces if they prove necessary to do, but inconvenient to acknowledge.

    Seems Maria Maguire’s role as a agent provocateur was to create a furore against the nationalist community by inciting the murders – what the Crown hoped would lead to the internment of most of their troublemakers, and Bloody Sunday would kill off the rest, one way or another, but when the Provos resumed their campaign against the Crown because of its backlash, Ms. Maguire fled to Britain.

    And she is such an embarrassment to both the Crown and the Provisionals that neither was willing now to touch her.

    She has gone back safely twice to Ireland despite PIRA threats, and the Brits are protecting her from these empty efforts rather than prosecuting her for murder.

  • Silver Line

    When yuo look at the Conservatives with members of the IRA being party members you wonder why the UUP joined onto them a big mistake.

  • disinterested observer

    Absolutely no members of paramiliatry orgainisations or the security services agents in the UUP then Silver Line?

  • Jimmy Sands

    “the Conservatives ask potential candidates to state anything in their past that might prove embarassing in the future…i.e. any skeletons in the cupboard.”

    And I think we’d all agree it’s been hugely effective over the years.