“The Provos are giving the police information non-stop”

A Sunday Times report on efforts to counter the increasing activity of still-violent republican groups begins by noting the recent returning to prison of a man released on licence in 1992.  Pending a legal challenge, no doubt.  From the Sunday Times

The Northern Ireland Office is examining intelligence information supplied by MI5 on dissident republicans who were released early under the Good Friday agreement to check if there is evidence to seek their immediate return to prison.

Martin Corey, 60, who was released on licence in 1992 after serving a term for the murder of two policemen in 1973, was returned to prison two weeks ago. He was taken to Maghaberry jail after being informed that his licence had been revoked.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is also pursuing charges against dissidents for “ordinary” crimes that carry a custodial sentence, and they are examining cold-case files to establish if charges could be pressed for involvement in IRA attacks during the Troubles.

Gardai are in discussions with the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to check if there is evidence to press IRA membership or terrorism charges against key suspects. Various convictions were secured against members of the Real and Continuity IRA in the Special Criminal Court between 1998 and 2003, which helped to bring the dissidents’ bombing campaign to an end.

This post’s title quote comes from former internee Geraldine Taylor, deputy president of Republican Sinn Fein (RSF), “the political associate of CIRA”.  Taylor is currently in the US after successfully applying for a visa waiver.

From the Sunday Times report

“I will be promoting Republican Sinn Fein and I will be looking for support for our prisoners here,” said Taylor.

John McDonagh of the Irish Freedom Committee, the dissident support group that is honouring Taylor, welcomed the fact that she had been allowed to enter the country. He sees her visit as an opportunity to counter Sinn Fein’s advocacy of the peace process. “She will be meeting people from all over the place now that she is in the country,” he said. “All we have been seeing for the past 12 years is people like Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.”

Taylor described Sinn Fein as “touts” because they support the police. “The Provos are giving the police information non-stop,” she said.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Well lets hope Ms Taylor is right and that the PSNI are getting information from all sections of the Community.
    Who could possibly disagree?

  • Argosjohn

    The Provos have been patriotic touts since the very beginning.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    This headline does rather flatter Ms Taylor whose views are not exactly sought after and who would of course be expected to trot out such a line and it’s a fairly safe bet that now she has attracted attention to herself she will not be permitted into the US again.

  • cynic2

    I think she should be allowed into the US. Its very important for the police and intelligence agencies to be able to see who all her contacts are so and who is supporting these terrorists so, if they break the law, they can be rolled up. I think we should tank her for going there and giving them the opportunity – its almost a public service she is doing.

  • There may be one or two in the states who will listen to Ms Taylor, but there will be many more who know the number of Brit troops dead and injured supporting the Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, especially since the Brits are almost the only significant support the Americans have in the area. Bad vibes from the states would alienate an already reluctant UK.


    The Canadians, though fewer in number, have pretty a significant presence in Afgjanistan–around a hundred and fifty killed as of this week.

  • Pete Baker


    That might have been the same argument that was used when Bill Clinton granted Gerry Adams a visa waiver too.

  • Alias

    The Shinners sent an MI5 agent to represent their interests in the US (Denis Donaldson). The security services didn’t have to follow him to know who he was meeting and discussing: he simply rang his handlers with the pertinent details, like the rest of the Shinner leadership.

  • Pete Baker

    But I should point out that the focus of the post is on what is happening here, not in the US.

  • no provo, no more

    after hearing geraldine on radio free eireann, i decided to head over to the flannery dinner held by the nifc last night, well over a hundred people attended, paying $80 which was in sharp contrast to the most recent visit by british minister mcguinness who couldn’t get 50 to go hear him promote british rule and that was a free event! . for the $80 at the door i paid i got fed well with starters, a full dinner, tea and dessert and an open bar for the entire duration. all the honorees spoke well as did the shell to sea woman. there was also a speaker who talked about the nifc recent visit to congress to question visa denial to rsf and a staement read from the republican prisoners. was a great night and i was glad to find that more and more are waking up and turning their backs on unionist sinn fein and coming back to the republican movement which is the only position republicans should have held anyway

    geraldine on the radio free eireann show can be heard here

    scroll down and press play

  • There is very strong anti American feeling in Europe, including Ireland and the UK. The Brits have lost more than 200 in an operation most Brits are against. If they find there is a strong element in America paying someone, anyone to murder Brits that will just about put the tin lid on their anti Afghan and Iraq anger.

    The good news is the Brit general election means the next government have four/five years to persuade the public the war in Afghan is for the right reasons, and the Brit public is notoriously docile.

    I am not condoning the Brits or the war, I am against both in this regard, but I am also totally opposed to the idea of some fat yank sitting eating his dinner in America and paying for innocent Irish and British people to be murdered

    Ireland is not green, it is red with the blood of innocent victims, their injuries and deaths paid for, in large part, by Americans.

  • cynic2

    Oh dear oh dear

    Its always someone else’s fault

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    Mark McG will be pleased, first the headline and then a nice bit of what-about-SF-ery.

    “That might have been the same argument that was used when Bill Clinton granted Gerry Adams a visa waiver too.”

    no provo no more – how did the boul Geraldine get in if there is a policy of “visa denial to rsf”?

  • Danny

    Must be quite easy to spout your nonsense while over in America “no provo, no more”, but see, the thing is, us real Irishmen (y’know, the ones in still Ireland?) couldn’t give a damn about your bigoted (and quite frankly moronic) views anymore. Thanks, but no thanks.

  • fact-checking

    Martin Duffy and Geraldine Taylor said on RFE that Martin Corey was NOT on license.

    The NIFC dinner was not raising money for terrorism but for Cabhair. I understand Cabhair has been active for over 20 years. If they were involved in terrorism, you’d think they would have been shut down by now.

  • michaelhenry

    why do these so called hardliners never complain about the continuity killing no british soldiers in 24 years.

  • kells

    Great to see that the support has remained solid in America.It has played a key role in the fight for Irish independence down the years.

  • Kells

    Precisely my point!, despicable voyeurs getting their thrills watching innocent people being murdered and mutilated.

  • Granni Trixie

    I thought that 9/11 was a reality check for the Yanks about terrorism yet this post suggests some still hold on to romantic notions rooted in the past.
    Now that there is more info in the public domain about the role of Irish America in sustaining the troubles (eg see Brendan Hughes book) can the authorities not impliment lessons learnt? Is Geraldine Taylor operating within the law for instance?

  • Seosamh913

    I listened to Geraldine Taylor on Radio Free Eireann last Saturday; myopic doesn’t quite do justice to it. Their innate persecution complex is eye-rollingly dreary to listen to and their right-wing catholic nationalism utterly devoid of anything anyone of sense and normal morality could entertain. I would be supportive of a continuous stream of reliable information going into the PSNI conditional upon full public accountability for how the cops and the courts use the information and supportable standards fairness and impartiality.

    The recent cases of McGeough and Corey contain elements which should concern society here as a whole and the absence of real acountability on that merely feeds the credulous lumpen knee-jerkery of the traditional republican splinter groups.

  • Poblachtach Éireannach

    It’s good to hear that this event was well attended. The NIFC is a fine organisation with a sound and authentic republican ideology. I’m also pleased to see that Geraldine managed to secure a visa waiver.
    Best of luck to the NIFC, RSF and the rest of the Republican Movement.

  • seen on irbb

    seen this report on the irbb, unlike the poster above stating that its ‘americans’ three of the four honourees are Irish born as was most of the attendees …..

    2010 Annual Testimonial Dinner Report

    On Saturday, April 24th, Cumann Na Saoirse Náisíunta (National Irish Freedom Committee) held its 15th Annual Michael Flannery Testimonial Awards Dinner at Connolly’s Restaurant and Pub, 121 W. 45th Street in Manhattan. This annual event recognizes and honors Irish-Americans and others for their contributions to the promotion of Irish history, literature, human rights and the cause of Irish freedom. Proceeds from the dinner and journal ads go to Cabhair in Ireland, which helps support the dependents of Republican prisoners.

    A large crowd enjoyed a fine evening of traditional Irish music, plentiful hot hors d’oeuvres, open bar, a delicious buffet dinner and inspiring speeches and lively conversation. The evening was enhanced by the warm springtime weather and a midtown Manhattan location.

    The event was a huge success. The evening began with hors d’oeuvres enjoyed along with lively traditional Irish music performed by Mary Courtney on vocals and guitar, Bernadette Fee on fiddle and Gerry Enright on bodhrán.

    Master of Ceremonies Brian Mór Ó Baoighill gave the official welcome to the crowd. Tiokasin Ghosthorse, of the Lakota Nation, opened the dinner, welcoming everyone to America. He spoke about the commonality between Native Americans and the Irish, both of whom have had their language, culture and way of life forcefully impacted by outside forces. He expressed his concerns about the need for all of us work together to respect the land and the environment today.

    The first honoree was introduced by Liam Ó Murchadha, who presented Barney Mulligan with the Michael Flannery Spirit of Freedom Award in recognition of his long record of service to Republican causes and steadfast commitment to Republican values. Barney, a native of Cornacassa, Co. Monaghan, was a close confidant of Mike Flannery. He always made the time to do the big and little things that kept Noraid and The Irish People in business. Barney has been active with the Gaelic League and the GAA and has a long history of involvement in Republican/Fenian circles in the New York area. Barney has been a strong activist for the cause of Irish freedom, has never lost faith in Republican ideals and remains true to the Proclamation of 1916.

    Barney spoke of his many dear friends who have passed on, including Mike Flannery. He thanked the NIFC for the award and said he was glad to be reunited with old friends who were present at the dinner, including Brian Mor, Martin Galvin and Pat O’Connell among others. He spoke about the importance of remaining steadfast to the cause of Irish freedom and self-determination. Being 93 years old and having seen many comrades pass on, he was encouraged to see many young people at the dinner and active in the movement.

    The Sister Sarah Clarke Human Rights Award was presented to Msgr. Kevin Flanagan by Micheál Ó Coisdealbha. Originally from Kilglass in Co. Roscommon, Msgr. Flanagan came to prominence during the 1981 Hunger Strike, during which he was stalwart presence at numerous protests and later at Masses and memorial services for the ten H Block martyrs who died for political status. He spent most of his ordained life tending to the spiritual needs of the people of central New Jersey. He was much sought after by his superiors because of his organizational abilities and leadership skills. Despite his busy schedule he was faithfully available to speak on matters of Irish Freedom and the inalienable rights of all human beings. Monsignor will always be remembered as a genuine patriot because of his courageous leadership during the extremely difficult times of the 1981 Hunger Strikes. He remains a great friend to Republican prisoners and their families.

    Msgr. Flanagan spoke of the tremendous contribution that the victims of the Great Hunger, who were forced to emigrate to the U.S. — the Irish diaspora — made to the Irish freedom struggle. That support led directly to the 1916 Easter Rising which was the defining moment in modern Irish history. He spoke eloquently of the noble women and men who declared the Irish republic that Easter Monday. He emphasized the importance of continuing activism in pursuit of the realization of the republic by people like Michael Flannery and his generation as well as those of future generations.

    Next, Brian Mór Ó Baoighill presented Timothy Myles with the first 2016 Centennial Award – the James Connolly Labour Award. Timmy, as he is known throughout the Ancient Order of Hibernians, has been a supporter of Irish reunification all his life. He is prominent in the National Freedom for All Ireland, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and has visited Ireland on numerous fact finding tours. Timmy is well known and respected due to what he has done for those who become victims of British injustice, including those in America, most notably for Malachy McAllister.

    After the presentations, the band entertained the packed room with a mix of reels, jigs and ballads during the dinner service. Connolly’s provided a plentiful and superb hot buffet which was enjoyed by all.

    Following dinner, Jane Enright presented special honoree, Geraldine Taylor, with the Pearl Flannery Humanities Award in recognition of her years of service in the cause of Irish freedom. Geraldine was a member of Cumann na mBan along side Pearl Flannery. She is a native of Belfast and comes from a staunchly Republican family. Geraldine and her husband raised their 3 children in West Belfast during “The Troubles.” The family endured much hardship due to the parents’ political activity. Disruptions, harassment and raids were ‘normal’ in their household.

    Geraldine and other true Republicans rejected the 1986 decision to end the Republican policy of abstention from Leinster House. She was a key participant in rebuilding the Republican Movement alongside Frank Glynn, Daithi O Conaill, Ruairi O Bradaigh, Mary Ward, Joe O’Neill and others. A long time member of RSF’s Ard Chomhairle, Geraldine currently serves as one of two Vice Presidents of Republican Sinn Féin.

    Geraldine spoke from the heart about the deteriorating conditions for Republican prisoners in Maghaberry, their current protest and the resulting stress on both the prisoners and their families. She talked about the importance of emotional and financial assistance to the prisoners and their families from supporters in the U.S.

    Three short presentations ended the formal portion of the program. First, Brian Wardlow spoke about NIFC’s recent congressional visits in Washington, DC at which they received positive interest and support for the Eire Nua peace proposal advocated by the National Irish Freedom Committee in the U.S. and by Republican Sinn Féin in Ireland (a full report will be available soon at http://www.irishfreedom.net). Maggie Trainor spoke about the Shell to Sea campaign which has been organized to protest Shell’s proposed offshore natural gas project in the Corrib field in the northwest coastal area of Ireland over environmental and other issues (see http://www.shelltosea.com). Lastly, Pat Williams read a statement from Republican prisoners in Maghaberry Jail about the current situation in the prison written especially for this dinner. Their full statement follows:

    A Chairde,

    It is a great honour for us Republican prisoners in the North’s prison camp, to address you all here today. As I am sure you are aware, we are currently on protest against an oppressive regime.

    Maghaberry prison has been attempting to break the will of Republican prisoners from the year 2000. To date they have failed and they will continue to fail. In 2003 and again in 2006 Republican Prisoners of War took the fight to the British administration and WON. Segregation was granted and further gains were made. However, in the past 2 years the prison service, the POA, the NIO and the British securicrats who sit in Stormont have been involved in deliberate attempts to undo all that was achieved.

    We found ourselves being denied association, phone calls, education and hot meals. We were being assaulted by screws and a number of men were attacked by members of the search team. The restrictive regime and attacks were being covered up by governors, the POA and the NIO. As a direct result of the punitive regime forced upon us we found ourselves with no other alternative than to protest.

    At present we are being locked in our cells for 23 hours per day. We are allowed only one phone call to our loved ones, and with most of our men being husbands and fathers, the restrictions are having an effect on our home lives. Our visits are not guaranteed and indeed we would say that the system dictates if we receive a visit at all. Family and friends are subjected to a dog, which should be used to detect drugs, but instead it is being used to deny visits to Republican prisoners.

    The RUC/PSNI have also recently been introduced into the prison and have subjected our family members to strip searches under the threat of arrest. These attacks against not only ourselves but our family and friends, cannot and will not be tolerated. As Republican Prisoners of War, we can expect that we have to endure searches but our wives, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers are innocent and should not be subjected to loss of dignity.

    We call on every one throughout the world to support, not only the protesting Republican prisoners but to support our family members through this harrowing period.

    To you all here today we thank you for giving us this chance to address this function, by doing so you are giving us, the Republican Prisoners of War a voice. You cannot imagine the appreciation we feel, and for this we are grateful. Your support is a great strength to us in Maghaberry.

    The support that CABHAIR give must also be mentioned here tonight, without the help and assistance of CABHAIR, we and our families could not sustain this protest. The members and supporters of CABHAIR have our deepest respect.

    To finish I would again thank you all for you continued support throughout the years for giving us a voice and for supporting CABHAIR The republican Prisoners of War remain unbowed, unbroken, and we will not give up the fight until political status is won.

    Go raibh mile maith agaibh agus Tiocfaidh Ár Lá.

    With the formal portion of the program over, guests enjoyed dessert, more music and the opportunity to catch up with old friends as well as to meet new ones. It was particularly gratifying to see a number of young people who were there for the first time.

    Cumann Na Saoirse Náisíunta thanks all individuals, businesses and organizations who bought tickets and journal ads and made this event a great success. Special thanks go to renowned artist Brian Mór Ó Baoighill, who designed the superb one-of-a-kind awards, the journal cover as well as the fabulous and witty cartoons on the website; and to Tom Costello, who tirelessly maintains the website and produces the journal along with his equally tireless brother, Michael. Thanks also to the hard working members of the dinner committee – you know who you are!

    (Click here to view video)

    photos and video available for viewing on http://www.irishfreedom.net
    Cumann Na Saoirse Náısıúnta
    National Irish Freedom Committee

  • Gaire O Dubhshlaine

    Some of the comments emanating from Ireland astound me. Some, but not all. But of those I speak, and they know who they are, just because they live in Ireland certainly does qualify them as astute political wunderkinds. Far from it. There is a ban on RSF but the government no doubt feels that the American people have a right to hear what she has to say. That is democracy at work and I’m not surprised that sime cannot grasp that concept. Get over it, boyos. The 21st century train has left and some people can’t get over that they have been left at the station.

  • Unlucky Erb

    Geraldine Taylor has become a sad ole joke, pretending her loose amalgamation of refuseniks, pistoleros, hoods and
    drug-taxers are in any way equivalent to the IRA. With Geraldine seemingly oblivious that the ranks of RSF and CIRA were filled with drug dealers, death drivers and known thugs from across nationalist Belfast.

    Now even her beloved CIRA is fighting amongst itself and those who were Geraldine’s comrades just a few short months ago are getting the ole ‘Traitor’ treatment – as she, Ruairi, Des and the lads are screaming about the ememies within

    Devoid of any ideas about how to actually achieve the republic she’s reduced to singing rebel songs outside DPP meetings. A kind of Orange Lil, onlly less colourful (‘Easter Lily Lil??)

  • Gaire O Dubhshlaine

    Unlucky Erb: Live From The Celtic Twilight. Having met Geraldine Taylor on several occasions, I suggest that it isn’t she that is oblivious to everything but the aptly named ‘Unlucky Erb’. It’s amazing what happens to the mind when the dole check doesn’t arrive and the pints can’t be purchased. There’s always Sterno, Erby.

  • Brian

    I have been living in the States for several years now and can tell you that I have met literally NO ONE involved in Irish American organizations who has ever expressed support for the dissident terrorist groups.

    In contrast to many who were sympathetic to the Provo’s, support for dissidents (CIRA, RIRA, etc) is few and far between over on this side of the pond.

  • Brian


    Rest assured, there is no ‘strong element’ supporting these groups. Only a few deluded souls living in the past, if anyone.