The “Top Secret” Press Release

One has to admire the sheer chutzpah of Brendan McFarlane. He was in Saturday’s Irish News trying to pass off a 1981 press release as a secret comm reflecting the personal viewpoint of Richard O’Rawe.

Mr McFarlane said yesterday he would break five years of silence by producing secret IRA comms written by Mr O’Rawe during the Hunger Strike in which he accused the British government of trying to prolong it.

The first first two lines of the original comm read: “LETTER TO PRESS ^ EVERYONE RECOGNISES THAT” and is signed “REPUBLICAN P.R.O. H-BLOCKS”.  (It is also reproduced in its press release form by the H Block Information Centre.)

McFarlane also tries to convince people that he is revealing brand-new information, even though Danny Morrison tried the same trick back in 2006 with the exact same comm. (It didn’t work then, either.)

McFarlane pretends that this is the first time he has spoken about the issue in 5 years. Is this because he hopes everyone’s forgotten what he said to Brian Rowan in June 2009? To wit: “And I said to Richard (O’Rawe) this is amazing, this is a huge opportunity and I feel there’s a potential here (in the Mountain Climber process) to end this.”

O’Rawe breaks it down:

“What is it about this that Bik doesn’t understand?
“Perhaps he should ask his colleagues in the Sinn Fein leadership what is the difference between public statements and private reality.
“After all, for years they told us that the IRA would never, ever decommission, yet in private preparations were being made to do just that.”

Just because Dear Leader can get away with pretending the past never happened doesn’t mean everyone else can.

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  • Dixie Elliott

    The above post stretches credibility to the limits…

    The Brits held out according to fin until Carron won the by-election then conceded that was on offer to ensue there was no future Hunger Strike.

    Surely anyone with brains would have conceded earlier to ensure that the SDLP would stand against SF and ensure they didn’t get a propaganda victory at the polls?

    Ah but no, according to fin they helped Carron won the election first.

  • Tina

    Fin, thanks for the compliment though I’m sure rusty may not see it that way except perhaps being amused but not surprised at your detective skills. The prisoners, despite indicating to Hugh Logue, were never in a position to compromise to the ICJP without Adams’s approval through Bic. Why do you think Bic listened to Logue for two minutes before going to sleep? Adams was never going to allow the ICJP/SDLP to get any credit for ending the strike due to their eyes on Fermanagh/South Tyrone. The Brits knew Adams and not the ICJP had the power to end the strike thus no point in the NIO going in and standing over the offer as Adams was still negoiating the ‘tone’ with the FO right up until Joe died when, according to Adams, the negations came to an abrupt halt. Both parties thought Joe had a few more days.
    Maybe when Gerry gets the time he might answer why he told the hunger strikers in late July that there was no movement whatsoever and nothing was on the table. In saying that I thought this thread was about Bic’s porkies/amnesia/alzheimers condition about the ‘secret’ comm that was never revealed before despite Bangers revealing the same one a few years ago and being rubbished then too. Why do you think he and Bangers tried to pull the wool over everyones eyes? A bit of lack of co-ordination on their part.

    I’d suggest reading O’Rawe’s book for the answers you claim to seek fin and pass it on to rory as he’s busy reading Dan Brown at the minute-sort of tells doesn’t it.