Danny Morrison’s Position

Danny Morrison outlines his position to Brian Rowan in today’s Belfast Telegraph:

“At the time of my visit to the prison on the afternoon of Sunday July 5, 1981, the British Government had yet to even formulate its position, never mind proposing a ‘deal’.”

This is quite different from what is already well documented, both by Morrison himself and in Ten Men Dead, as well as being verified by Brendan Duddy at the Gasyard Debate when he confirmed the content of the the FOI documents as containing the offer he relayed to McGuinness.

In 2006 and 2009, Morrison created a timeline of events, published in Daily Ireland and An Phoblacht, in which he wrote:

“5 July
After exchanges, Mountain Climber’s offer (concessions in relation to aspects of the five demands) goes further than ICJP’s understanding of government position. Sinn Fein’s Danny Morrison secretly visits hunger strikers. Separately, he meets prison OC Brendan McFarlane, explains what Mountain Climber is offering should hunger strike be terminated.”

The details of that offer are outlined in Ten Men Dead on pages 292-294.

According to him now, ‘the British had yet to even formulate its position, never mind proposing a deal’. What then, was his purpose in visiting the prison on July 5 under special arrangements made by the British?

The evolution of Morrison’s position is akin to the evolution of Bik McFarlane’s memory.

  • Decimus

    The speed with which Adams put out his ‘another myth busted’ blog is surely evidence of how very badly rattled PSF are by all of this.

    http://leargas.blogspot.com/

  • Pigeon Toes

    “The presumption will be to release all records but any document that can be shown to contain “information prejudicial to the effective conduct of public affairs in Northern Ireland or to the work of the Executive Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly” will be held back for 10 years longer.”

    Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/northern-ireland-exempt-from-end-to-30year-rule-on-documents-15049029.html#ixzz1i7uMc2QZ

  • Dixie Elliott

    “Another myth busted…”

    Adams needs to realise that we’re not talking about some scientific experiment carried out on TV, we’re talking about the lives of 6 brave men.

  • cynic2

    Poor Danny and all those like him.

    For years you struggle. You may even do you time. But still you believe. You believe in the cause. You self justify all the deaths. The murders. The Hunger strikers. You believe in your leaders. And your colleagues. You help construct the narrative that explains and justifies all this to the masses whom you meet every day.

    Then in 2011 it all starts to unwind.

    The sex scandals reveal a cancer of abuse at the heart of the movement and the cover ups.

    The Boston tapes start to reveal who actually was in the IRA and what they (and others ) did in the most atrocious of crimes that even now its hard to ignore or justify. And that you have all denied for many years.

    O’Rawe then exposes that 5 of the Hunger Strikers died in vain and without knowledge of a deal on the Table that might (probably would) have saved them. Their lives were sold for narrow, personal political advantage. The movement denies it. They call him all the usual names. And Darkie too – just a drunk of course.

    But then the Brits release the Cabinet papers and, surprise surprise, they show that it was true. They were sold out.

    And when you are all still reeling from all that, out of left field comes Smethwick. Totally unexpected. Unforeseen. Almost half the senior members of the Movement were touts, it’s said, and perhaps 30% of the rest as well.

    By now, even the thickest, most committed member of SF must be looking around and thinking WTF. All those years of, in effect, colluding with the Brits to wind down the war. All those ‘comrades’ who had other ‘friends’ as well.

    ANd now they still go on – though increasingly many of they must be asking ‘why’?

    PS isn’t Danny a major player in the “Bobby Sands Trust” set up to eulogise the departed.

    Given the recent revelations, was ever an organisation less appropriately named?

  • Decimus

    Just a footnote, but don’t these papers also reveal that both Adams and McGuinness were sitting on the ‘Army Council’ in 1981?

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    “Adams needs to realise that we’re not talking about some scientific experiment carried out on TV, we’re talking about the lives of 6 brave men.”

    As do those who, in a quite cynical and vindictive manner, have tried to manipulate the events of Sunday July 5th. Indeed the author of this piece has often referred to the ‘Adams Committee’. In a quite obvious attempt to damage Adams. In that context he and others are quite right in highlighting the myth that has indded been busted.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Another source of embarrassment for those who use SOON to back up their narrative is the fact that he is congratulated by the British for doing a good job and that he urges the British to adopt a hardline. I’m not sure it Eamon Mc Cann was familiar with that part of the process when he added his tuppence worth.

  • ranger1640

    As they say in Sinn Fein Circles “Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave, When First We Practice to Deceive”!

  • Decimus

    Pat,

    Brendan Duddy was encouraging the British to be more hardline?

  • Dina Shea

    @ Pat McLarnon You said: “As do those who, in a quite cynical and vindictive manner, have tried to manipulate the events of Sunday July 5th.”

    I have absolutely nothing to be vindictive or cynical about. So hopefully this will enlighten you.

    I was at Mass on Sunday, July 5, 1981 in America.

    During the homily the priest celebrating the Mass asked those in the congregation who were supporting the hunger strikers to write letters to our elected representatives and urge them to use their offices to end the hunger strike immediately. He said “my brother priests in Ireland are saying they believe the men who are dying don’t know why they’re dying.”

    We were shocked as this particular priest was always supportive of the hunger strikers.

    After Mass, a few of us waited for the priest to come out of the sacristy so we could get more details.

    The details were simple: The priest said the men were being used for votes and information was being withheld from them.

    He went on to convince most of us to support getting those men off the strike.

    We understood the urgency as we knew that Joe McDonnell would die soon. We just didn’t know how soon.

    Understand?

  • Carrickmoreman

    Cynic: Adams was so damaged by the sex scandals and Price sister/McConville leaked story that he…was elected in the Republic.

    Oh, the damage!

  • Dixie Elliott

    Ah Pat the knives are now being directed at Brendan Duddy’s back…

    But surely Martin McGuinness described Duddy as “an honourable man” in the Irish News 28/09/09 in regards to his role?

    And wasn’t he [Duddy] the middleman between PIRA and the British from the early 70s until the 1994 ceasefire and maybe later?

    Never mind Eamon McCann, if this is so, then surely the IRA needs to ask itself how it could have used such a person over the years?

  • Dixie Elliott

    I thought the defence of Scap as being innocent of touting by certain people was rather embarrassing for them myself.

    Didn’t some even blame ‘dissident journalists’ ffs?

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Dixie,

    you seem to want to adopt an a la carte approach to the revelations contained in the documents. You adopt the same stance with Adams and Morrison. When it suits they are liars, yet on occasions their words are adpoted as pillars of the truth. Not very consistent on your part.

    As it is the papers do state quite clearly that SOON encouraged the British to adopt a hardline.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Re the angle that Morrison has had to change his narrative.

    On 5th March 2005 Richard O’Rawe wrote in ‘Daily Ireland’ the following about Danny Morrison:

    “This man went into a meeting with the families on July 28th with the Mountain Climber offer in his back pocket and yet he didn’t think the families should be made aware of the offer. Why did he do that?”

    Richard subsequently admitted he was wrong when it was pointed out that Danny Morrison had collapsed at Joe McDonnell’s funeral and was taken to hospital in Dublin with hepatitis and was in Cherry Orchard Hospital, Ballyfermot, on July 28th. Ooom, Rusty, it would seem that Richard has had to change his story, doesn’t it?

  • Dixie Elliott

    “As it is the papers do state quite clearly that SOON encouraged the British to adopt a hardline.”

    Then see above regarding McGuinness and PIRA.

    As for Adams and Morrison they can’t even get their stories straight; thats why I use them…

  • Dixie Elliott

    March 2005..

    “Richard subsequently admitted he was wrong when it was pointed out that Danny Morrison had collapsed at Joe McDonnell’s funeral and was taken to hospital in Dublin with hepatitis and was in Cherry Orchard Hospital, Ballyfermot, on July 28th. Ooom, Rusty, it would seem that Richard has had to change his story, doesn’t it?”

    You had to go back to 2005 to a time Richard admitted he was wrong about Morrison being somewhere he was not to dig up as proof he changed his story.

    He hasn’t been forced to change anything he said regarding the July 5th offer has he?

    He hasn’t been forced to change from there wasn’t an offer to there was one to there wasn’t one again. Has he?

    Keep digging Pat; but mind the sewerage pipes….

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    “He hasn’t been forced to change anything he said regarding the July 5th offer has he?

    He hasn’t been forced to change from there wasn’t an offer to there was one to there wasn’t one again. Has he?

    Keep digging Pat; but mind the sewerage pipes….”

    Well he hasn’t changed anything since he changed his tune from the comms originally sent out in 81, so that was quite a belly flop in itself.
    Keep flogging the horse Dixie but it has become abundantly clear that the British were waiting on formulating an offer once Morrison came out of the camp. All the granstanding in the world cannot undo that embarrassing fact.

  • Dixie Elliott

    I’m not flogging any horse Pat I’m turning this laptop off for the New Year’s eve.

    I’ll leave you to echo Adams’ contradiction of Morrison and Bik.

    By the way you didn’t answer me regarding the ICJP either Pat. I’ll take it you can’t shall I?

  • cynic2

    ” Adams was so damaged by the sex scandals and Price sister/McConville leaked story that he…was elected in the Republic.”

    Yes. And what that says about the morality of Republican voters is truly shocking

  • Mick Fealty

    Guys, just keep it civil as you can. It’s been an interesting couple of days that’s not exactly been anyone’s best day. Have a recording of a three way bet Bik Danny and Richard on this. Will see if I can share ove next day or two.

  • Los Lobos

    @Carrickmore man, when the truth comes out (as it most certaintly will) about the cynical manipulation of the hunger strikers that took place in the H Blocks 30 years ago, will you at least have the grace to admit that the Provos (headed by Adams) were compromised at every level, including the level who were running the H Block committee on the outside? Running Northern Ireland three decades later with the DUP was probably not what the dying men envisaged as they starved themselves. Oh the damage!