An Phoblacht, Vol. 4, No. 6
Organisation: Sinn Féin
Publication: An Phoblacht
Issue:Volume 4, Number 6
16 Marta 1973
Type:Publication Issue
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

14th August 2017

Many thanks to the person who forwarded this to the Archive.

This edition of An Phoblacht joins others in the Left Archive. It strongly reflects the approach of Provisional Sinn Féin during the 1970s and in particular during the period of Operation Motorman. Under the headlines ‘No Peace, Until British Troops Leave Ireland’ and ‘One Government, One Army’ it quotes PSF Vice-President Daithi O’Conaill as saying:

Relentless struggle against British rule is the only honourable course open to our people.

Various articles are contained within including one that in the course of examining the Gardai Siochana suggests that ‘what of the position in Ireland – a state which is fast vieing with Greece, Spain and the Soviet Union as a place where police hold sway’. And ‘the Gardai… it can fairly be said, are very rough indeed in the performance of their duty’.

Other pieces promote an IRA rocket launcher, point to British Army harassment and a page long article examines the place of education in ‘the Economic Democracy which SF aims to establish’.

The editorial under the heading ‘What We Want’ states that:

‘You often hear people say – what do they want – well… We don’t want white papers from England – what we want is a Declaration of intent of the British Government to get out of Ireland – we want the release of all Political Prisoners, North, South and Overseas – We want the Irish People to back this demand for full freedom – We want the Newspapers to act as Irish Newspapers and not as rags of England – We want the lies and slander to stop – We want the Specials to look for British Spies instead of unpaid Irish Patriots – We want work for the unemployed, we want homes for the Homeless – We want care for the old age people – We want care for the drop outs and Wino’s – We want a fair deal for all men and women – We want Free Education in every sense of the word – Free Books, Free Buses and if necessary Free Meals to all the children of the nation – We want one gate into Schools not one for the rich and one for the poor – WE WANT JUSTICE, INTEGRITY, and LEADERSHIP – and went the people of Ireland to have it as well.

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  • By: Starkadder Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:43:05

    Test Post.

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  • By: Starkadder Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:45:15

    Sorry, the spam filter seems to have eaten my my comments about this issue having a letter from a French SF supporter.

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  • By: roddy Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:21:52

    Were such “letters” not banned in their entirety until Charlie Haughey came up with his “Irish solution to an Irish problem”!

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:47:05

    In reply to Starkadder.

    Hmmm, can’t seem to find that. Can you recomment and I’ll try to see if I can save it.

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  • By: Aonrud ⚘ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:51:51

    In reply to WorldbyStorm.

    Looks like you made your comment on the attachment page for the cover image, Starkadder (

    Quoted below:

    Interesting to see a letter from a French citizen in this issue.

    There was a pro-Sinn Fein French magazine, “Irlande Libre” , listed in the Fortnight list of political periodicals.

    Left Archive: Directory of N.Ireland Political Periodicals from Fortnight Magazine, December 1985

    Has anyone studied the history of French views on the Northern Ireland issue?

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  • By: Joe Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:09:05

    In reply to roddy.

    You’re on top form Roddy :). But were they not available to you lot in the sorry six under the jackboot of perfidious Albion while us lot in the free 26 had to resort to clingfilm and other fixes under the jackboot of holy Rome?

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  • By: fergal Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:22:33

    Ah Joe- hang on a sec- if you were using clingfilm what were you wrapping your ham sandwiches in???

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  • By: Starkadder Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:11:39

    In reply to Aonrud ⚘.

    Thanks for that, Aonrud.

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  • By: Joe Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:38:12

    In reply to fergal.

    :). Always remember a funny cartoon when that clingfilm story came out in the Sunday World. A lorry is stopped by Customs (!) at the border. The Clingfilm logo is emblazoned across the container. The Customs man is talking to the driver… “It’s all for your own personal use?”

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