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iplofallen
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Thanks again to Stockholm for posting this. I have taken it from the guestbook...


Irish News, 22 August 1991.

IPLO GOES ON THE RECORD

Q: What?s your response to the UVF murder of Martin O?Pray, one of your top activists?

A: Any response will be a measured one. Some people have expressed fears about the IPLO committing some sort of atrocity on a loyalist club and that kind of thing. That would suit the British propaganda machine.

Remember in the early 1980s when people in the leadership of the INLA-IRSP were killed ? when Ronnie Bunting and Miriam Daly were murdered ? our response was measured then. We targeted individual loyalists in the UFF and UVF.

That policy has been continued by the people who carried out the operations for the INLA back in the early eighties, we, the IPLO. We have targeted individual loyalists paramilitary leaders.

Martin?s murder must be seen in the context of the collapse of the Brooke talks and the British government letting loyalist gangs of the leash. We believe Britain is trying to set up republicans and encourage a climate of fear before it tries to cobble together a political settlement that will suit them here.

Q: The IPLO has had a particularly bad press over the last 12 month with allegations of drug running and collusion with loyalists, what?s your response to those charges?

A: Let?s look at the collection of so-called media experts who are saying these things. Where are they getting this information? From the RUC of course. That?s part of the British propaganda machine?s policy to discredit and criminalize us.

The reason for the bad press is that there is also a convergence of interest between the republican movement and state forces to marginalize the IPLO which is ironic.

Q: But what about those claims of drug running and collusion?

A: In the community we are known not to be involved in drugs.

It?s nonsense to suggest that. The RUC is adopting the Goebbels theory of the bid lie, spreading rumors and propaganda to cause conflict and confusion within the nationalist community.

As for collusion again, it?s the IPLO which has attacked loyalists. It was us who shot one of the Shankhill Butchers in a black taxi this summer. We have attacked loyalist paramilitaries more than anyone else. How could our member be sitting down with the UVF and UDA when we are actively involved in trying to eliminate these people?

Q: Your relationship with Sinn Fein and the IRA hasn?t exactly been harmonious lately.

A: On an individual basis the ordinary IPLO and IRA volunteer are basically the same. But the republican movement?s leadership takes an elitist position towards other organizations engaged in armed struggle against British rule.

Sinn Fein and the IRA believe they have the exclusive right to that struggle. We ay there are other anti-imperialist forces as well. Our organization believes in building a broad anti-imperialist front that would maximise these forces allowing a minimum programme for national liberation.

Sinn Fein talked about a broad front at its ard fheis in 1988 but has not acted upon it. We enjoy comradeship with some IRA volunteers but unfortunately at the moment their leadership adopts this elitist position towards the struggle. Report as: Spam Reply Delete Stockholm 05:47 AM on May 08, 2010 Q: Why then do you think the IRA killed Eoin Morley, someone closely associated with the IPLO, in Newry on April 16 last year?

The death of Eoin Morley came out of a local row in Newry.

I don?t believe it was the IRA?s policy to kill him. But we feel that the reason they claimed he was an informer showed they would not admit that they could not control certain people in Newry.

There is no way Eoin Morley was an informer. Informers are normally shot in the back of the head. Eoin was shot in the lower back.

But it?s dangerous to allow isolated incidents to develop into bigger confrontations. We believe all republican feuding is disastrous and the IPLO states that we will not unilaterally attack any other republican organisation.

Q: What about your strengths, numerically and logistically, at the moment?

Our organisation has never been stronger. We are having no problems getting recruits or support, as you could see from the large turn-out at Martin O?Pray?s funeral. Obviously we would not give numbers out. That would only help British intelligence.

But certainly suggestions by some so-called media experts that there are about 30 IPLO members are nonsense. We are much larger, tightly controlled and disciplined organisation.

As for arms, we have had a problem with logistics but we are starting to acquire what we need. Had we the back-up the IRA have we would have this place in complete turmoil.

Let me give you an example of this. Last year the IRA attacked a British army observation post with a heavy machine gun. There were no casualties although about 100 shots were fired and no doubt the propaganda value was great. But on the same night, the IPLO managed to shoot an RUC man and a British soldier in Newry with one M1 Carbine.

Our intelligence is second to none. We managed to uncover a number of RUC attempts lately to recruit people to spy on us.

For example we uncovered one plot to use a west Belfast businessman to set up Martin O?Pray months ago. The man was offered �30,000 to set him up and another IPLO member.

From our internal investigation we also suspected a Twinbrook man of being involved in betraying an IPLO operation in north Armagh on April 18 last year in witch one of our volunteers, Martin Corrigan, was killed. Report as: Spam Reply Delete Stockholm 05:47 AM on May 08, 2010 Q: Are you trying to re-establish international contacts to get arms from abroad?

A: We can?t answer that question. Obviously we have people on the continent as you know from the arrest of one of our people in Antwerp last year. But we could not comment any further on that question.

Q: Your position during the 1987 INLA feud was that the organization be dissolved and a new group be formed out of the old INLA-IRSP movement. Given that the INLA is still operating in 1991, wasn?t that feud a failure on your terms?

A: From the perspective of 1986 the feud was unvitable. When we came out of jail following the collapse of the supergrass trails two of our people had been shot dead and two others had been wounded.

Gerard Barclay and Seamus Ruddy (killed in Paris) were both murdered by people we regarded as opportunists. We wanted to rid the movement of these people one of whom we know to be a police agent.

In fact we discovered plans they had to kill us when we got out of prison. Se we had to act against them. You can?t throw flowers at people who are shooting at you.

However, all feuds are disasters. We agreed through the mediation process that each organisation should go its separate way. That?s our position today. Perhaps in hindsight it would have been better calling the feud off earlier but since then the mediation agreement has been kept.

Q: Does the IPLO have a political programme as well as a military one?

A: We feel we come from the socialist republican stable of Irish history. We are the inheritors of James Connolly and the IRSP programme of 1974 when Seamus Costello founded the movement.

We believe in synthesising the national and class questions. And we give full support to the idea of abroad anti-imperialist front out of which would come a vanguard socialist movement. Even if the republican movement continues to adopt an elitist position we will continue our struggle. We have proved the pundits and the experts wrong who said we would fizzle out after about 12 month after the 1987 feud.

The IPLO has been in the progress of re-building our organisation over the last few years. Reports of our organisation?s death have been greatly exaggerated.


May 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM Flag Quote & Reply

irish32
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I never knew that the IPLO shot one of the Shankhill Butchers.  This was a great read.

May 23, 2010 at 3:39 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Shane Dundalk
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i remember this statement well i like the bit [you cant throw flowers] 

July 7, 2010 at 6:41 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Stockholm
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From the perspective of 1986 the feud was unvitable. When we came out of jail following the collapse of the supergrass trails two of our people had been shot dead and two others had been wounded.

Gerard Barclay and Seamus Ruddy (killed in Paris) were both murdered by people we regarded as opportunists. We wanted to rid the movement of these people one of whom we know to be a police agent.

In fact we discovered plans they had to kill us when we got out of prison. So we had to act against them. You cant throw flowers at people who are shooting at you.

Well put. Still people think and argue and advocate that drugdealing hoods started the fued. They might in a sense be right but Jimmy, Steenson and the other lads they now accuse were all inside when it all started...

July 10, 2010 at 9:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

iplofallen
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Stockholm, some people think the clock started ticking with the deaths of Ta Power and Jonh O'Reilly regards the fued. They would like to portray that this was the first act of aggression. I agree with you that the roots of the friction were set in place many years before this. Thanks again for posting these articles. It is great to get some of Jimmys writings preserved.

July 10, 2010 at 9:55 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Stockholm
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iplofallen at July 10, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Stockholm, some people think the clock started ticking with the deaths of Ta Power and Jonh O'Reilly regards the fued. They would like to portray that this was the first act of aggression. I agree with you that the roots of the friction were set in place many years before this. Thanks again for posting these articles. It is great to get some of Jimmys writings preserved.

You are spot on there. There was loads of bad temper and shit in jail but no one was killed. The killing started on the outside. When O'Reilly (rip) and Ta (rip) was killed it all had went to far already. Good men had died before them.

As I have stated before no one should have been killed. Some of Irelands greatest lost their lives. People on both sides of that feud are now very sad and regrets what happened. Kids on the internet should just know better!

Sad times in Irish history and just think of what would have been seen if the brave lads (on both sides) would have been around... instead of just die in madness times?

I still think the brits started it trough their agents, but no one knows...

July 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Greenfields
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Very interesting to read these posts,Thanks Stockholm

July 13, 2010 at 6:23 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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