NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE
The Celtic League has written to the Irish Government to condemn the recent bi-lateral agreement reached between Ireland and the United Kingdom covering military training.
The issue was the subject of a resolution agreed at the recent League AGM in Dublin .
In the letter to An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. the Leagues Director of Information says there are still many unanswered questions surrounding crimes committed by the British Army or their surrogates in Ireland during ‘the troubles’, not least British Army involvement in the horrendous Dublin and Monaghan bombings.
The text of the letter is set out below:
“An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, T.D.
Office of the Taoiseach
Upper Merrion Street
30th April 2015
At its AGM held in Dublin on the 10th – 12th April 2015 the Celtic League considered the recent agreement concluded between your government and the United Kingdom covering military training. The following resolution was adopted and unanimously supported by delegates from all six Celtic countries who were present at the meeting:
“a) This AGM of the Celtic League opposes the attempts by the Irish and British governments to deepen military ties, under whatever guise. While good relations with the ordinary English population should be cultivated, links with the political, security and military establishments (some of whom have still to answer for their crimes in Ireland in recent decades) should be shunned.
b) Reminds the Irish government that its use of British Army training facilities in the past such as the (now closed) British Staff training college at Camberley, Surrey, resulted in the bizarre situation that the Irish military personnel were trained at a facility which trained and informed the British military’s counter-insurgency policy in the six counties. That policy it is now known to have led to loss of innocent civilian lives on both sides of the six counties border.”
The text of the resolution is self explanatory but I would remark Taoiseach that we find it ironic that your government should have entered into this agreement when the United Kingdom still refuses to be open and transparent about the activities of its military forces in the North during the troubles.
I note for example that just days after we adopted our resolution it was reported that the British government had once again refused to release information on the Dublin/Monaghan bombings to you.
As you are aware it is well within the bounds of probability that these bombings were organised by the specialised British army units working out of various bases in the North. The so called ‘14th Field Security and Intelligence Company’ since claimed by military insiders to have at the time colluded with loyalist paramilitary’s in several outrages including bombings and murders on both sides of the border.
Indeed the counter insurgency ‘mantra’ of the British Army with which you government now has a joint military agreement was based on the use of ‘pseudo-gangs’ of the type which perpetrated the horrendous attacks in Dublin and Monaghan. It was taught in their staff colleges and very likely still is!
J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information”
Related link here.
J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
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