House of cowards? *Caution spooks may be at work*

I’ve previously noted allegations coming from the Irish Republican Socialist Movement that Kevin ‘Bap’ McQuillan a Republican Network for Unity (RNU) press officer was a British agent. He may or may not still be an RNU member, they aren’t particularly clear on this issue. It does look certain those allegations sank their Irish Republican Forum for Unity initiative with the 32CSM & IRSP seemingly unwilling to take risks on cooperating with the RNU.

Today, in response to an Irish News article, Mairtin óg Meehan has published a letter across numerous websites purporting to be from a former Special Branch Officer naming him and other senior members of the RNU as long term British assets.

ADDS – interestingly several of those named as British agents at the top table of the RNU made an issue of being declined éirígí membership before shortly surfacing in senior positions in the RNU.

Additional ADD – title updated to reflect concerns over the source of this story

  • The actual letter claims myself and Tony Catney are touts chara. Both of us are indeed members of RNU, however, the third person named has never been a member of our Network.

    Regards, applications to Eirigi? I honestly cannot comment on that issue because I myself had not applied for membership and am not aware if other current members of RNU applied in the past?

    Regards, Bap McQuillan at present he is suspended without prejudice from our Network until an internal inquiry into the above IRSP allegations are concluded.

    As for your claims about the demise of the Irish Republican Forum for Unity(IRFU). Perhaps that is wishful thinking on your behalf.

  • Mark McGregor

    Mairtin,

    Thanks for the clarification.

    However, I have spoken to people formerly supportive of the IRFU in the recent past and they seemed to think it dead in the water.

    I attended a public meeting, what seems like eons ago, in Toome and that seems to have been one of the last it held. They certainly haven’t been followed up in that format in Belfast.

    However, I do note TC and others at a protest in Newry with IRPWA and others late last year.

    I’m not judging anyone, just noting this as it transpires.

  • Mark McGregor

    Mairtin,

    I surprised you are unaware of éirígí membership aspect. This was thoroughly aired on irishrepublican.net and other republican forums. Both Bap and TC were declined éirígí membership and made sure this was raised in republican circles before they in short order joined RNU and immediately attained senior positions.

  • Alias

    If the former RUC officer has such information then he should publish it under his own name rather than hide behind anonymity in order to name people who may well be murdered as a result of his naming them, and which may well be the purpose of his contact with the Irish News.

    I’ve no doubt, however, that the remaining murder gangs are state-sponsored just as the defunct murder gangs are state-sponsored.

  • Mark McGregor

    Alias,

    For completeness sake I will also note that senior SF/IRA members briefed the media with claims TC was a RIRA leader and had been heading a plot to kill Adams when he was a member of the provisionals. Back story?

  • Mark, thanks for your informed response chara.

    Regards the IRFU, as recently as November, the Forum actively opposed the Derry DPP meeting in the Tower Hotel. It has also been involved in a few other issues together, including a white-line picket in the Short Strand on Thursday past. Protesting against the mistreatment of an IRSP prisoner in Maghaberry….

    Yes, I’m aware of various debates regarding Bap and TC being declined membership of Eirigi etc. However, I personally have no further information on the subject.

    I understand you are not judging anyone but in the interests of all. This particular letter and subsequent peddling by senior S/F members needs to be addressed.

  • old school

    The RNU, 32CSM, and IRSP regularly protest together in Derry.
    When a leading spokesman for the RNU placed a tricolour over Kieran Doherty´s coffin, he was immediately explelled.
    Relations between these groups are very good.
    I don’t believe Eirigi have a presence in Derry.
    This letter from the ex S.B man seems to be classic mixing from the State.
    There has definately been a rise in psy-ops recently designed to sow confusion amongst Republicans, and indeed it seems their new policy is to foment some kind of feud. Some leading Provisionals are also involved in trying to create this situation.

  • old school

    No doubt if Catney or Meehan are shot dead, those in PSF who are spreading these rumours, and fomenting the atmosphere leading to any tragedy, will be jostling to carry their coffins, as in the case of young Kieran Doherty.

  • old school

    Antother point.
    Why did the IRSP not raise the issue of Bap when he was a member?
    And why did the Provos never raise the issue of Catney or Meehan when they were loyal members.
    It seems these allegations only arise, when someone leaves the ranks to join another.
    This simply points to classic character assasination.

  • joeCanuck

    This is very dangerous indeed for the named people. The B.T. didn’t publish the details; did the I.N. or any other newspaper do so?

  • In response to Old School, the Prominent RNU member was’nt immediately expelled from the Network. He was suspended without prejudice from our Derry Cumann. Because he allegedly breached our Code of Conduct and procedures….

    And yes U R correct, the respective organisations of RNU, 32CSM and the IRSP regularly attend joint-initatives in the city and beyond.

  • old school

    Fair point about him being suspended and not expelled.Apologies. I’d edit if I could.

  • Mark McGregor

    Joe,

    Ardoyne Republican, Mairtin Meehan, a RNU press officer is happy to have most of the names connected with his organisation discussed and is robustly defending their reputations.

    Fair play to him.

  • Mark

    It would be interesting to know exactly why people are refused full membership in Éirigí, I doubt it has much to do with touting, otherwise they would not have become provisional members or what ever they call it these days. Would they?

    By the way, such a system of recruitment makes a total nonsense of Éirigí claim to be a rank and file up, open, and democratic organization, when they operate along the lines of the old Leninist party’s. (provisional, or two tier membership, full time cadre of revolutionaries, etc) Some Republicans are more equal than others. If history teaches one thing, such methodology rarely produces a decent omelette, simply stacks and stacks of broken egg shells

    If someone wished to set up a front organisation, what better way to channel the most active comrades into a blind alley. I am not suggesting Éirigí is a front organization, but, as far as this is concerned, once again SF’s interest and the British State is running in tandem.

    As the last thing either party want is for experienced Irish republicans, along with young comrades, who have rejected the armed struggle as a viable avenue for struggle, coming together to look at how they can move forward.

  • Mark McGregor

    Mick,

    I honestly don’t know the ins-and-outs éirígí’s membership procedures but would be happier discussing my limited knowledge with others when they are open about their own experience 😉

  • Why doesn’t “Ardoyne Republican” just call his handler and ask what’s going on? Were you not told the last time you gave us a call Martin? Follow in the footsteps of your father, call us back again!

  • It wasn’t his da, it was his uncle, Seany. The people of Ardoyne/Bone have long memories.

  • wje

    Mark

    It would be interesting to know exactly why people are refused full membership in Éirigí, I doubt it has much to do with touting, otherwise they would not have become provisional members or what ever they call it these days. Would they?

    By the way, such a system of recruitment makes a total nonsense of Éirigí claim to be a rank and file up, open, and democratic organization, when they operate along the lines of the old Leninist party’s. (provisional, or two tier membership, full time cadre of revolutionaries, etc) Some Republicans are more equal than others. If history teaches one thing, such methodology rarely produces a decent omelette, simply stacks and stacks of broken egg shells

    If someone wished to set up a front organisation, what better way to channel the most active comrades into a blind alley. I am not suggesting Éirigí is a front organization, but, as far as this is concerned, once again SF’s interest and the British State is running in tandem.

    As the last thing either party want is for experienced Irish republicans, along with young comrades, who have rejected the armed struggle as a viable avenue for struggle, coming together to look at how they can move forward.

    Posted by Mickhall on Mar 13, 2010 @ 07:35 PM”

    I believe that the eirigi constitution, like their membership process, is available online – unlike that of many other republican groups, including the Shinners – so what could not be more open? Indeed,and I might be wrong, but FF; FG; Labour, WP; SWP; SP; SDLP; might not do that

    I don’t know, but I doubt, if any group or organisation which publishes such details, would operate a two tier membership.

  • wje

    Your correct the Éirigí constitution is on line and it confirms my worst fears, as “membership of éirígí can be granted by An Ciorcal Náisiúnta alone.” (although it later goes on to say membership can be nodded through on the recommendation of two [presumably senior] members)

    Having been a member of such an organisation once, I can tell you it is a recipe for disaster, the end result is not as Éirigí claim bottom up democracy, but top down stagnation. It also looks like a candidate member cannot be approved unless they become, what amounts to, a full time activist, or have a very good reason why they are not.

    I am not saying this happens in Éirigí, but this can often lead to blind activism, you must be at this demo or that, the importance of which is more often than not decided by the centralised leadership.

    The Éirigí Ciorcal Náisiúnta is made up of seven individuals who run the party, much as the politburo did within Leninist organisations and the army council did in the IRA. It really is a recipe of stagnation and as this thread is about state infiltration, it makes it that much easier when to gain access to the top table they only have to target seven people who are rarely, if ever rotated.

    Still it is up to Éirigí how they go about their business, although, it does seem to me not much has been learnt from the past. Still what do I know.

    All the best