Saturday 19 January 2019

Gerry O'Carroll: Surely that's my royal invitation?

IMAGINE my surprise. Three envelopes come popping through the letter box.

That's it, I thought.

Just like BOD and Amy I've got an invite to the royal wedding.

What will I wear? How much will the wife's attire set me back?

How will I manage small talk with the royals. Will I bring up the centuries of occupation -- or just avoid the question altogether? Probably best to avoid the issue.

All the big questions.

At least, I thought, we will have one other Irish couple to shoot the breeze with at the reception afterwards. BOD and Amy seem like a nice couple.

Then I opened the envelopes.

One was the astronomical ESB bill. The other was about my credit union loan. The third was a plea for a vote for Sinn Fein/IRA man Martin Ferris.

Well, it was a cold morning and I needed something to start the fire.

Like IRA pal Gaddafi, it's time for Adams to be sent packing

WITH less than 48 hours to go, Grizzly Adams must be questioning his decision to stand in the General Election.

Since he threw his hat into the ring, his campaign has been dogged by controversy, with his murky past dredged up time and time again. And rightly so.

What has done most serious damage to his election attempts are his risible denials of IRA membership, assertions that have at this stage made him a laughing stock to right-thinking people.

After a litany of awkward questions, Gerry Adams must be wondering what else can be coming back to haunt him.

In a strange twist of fate one of Sinn Fein and the IRA's old pals, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, is now back in the news.

The deranged tyrant -- Gaddafi, not Adams -- witnessed his goons murder hundreds of Libyans, submitting them to summary executions, a favoured tactic of the IRA, coincidentally.

Unfortunately for Adams, the timing of all this could not be any worse. Back in the Seventies and Eighties, Gaddafi supplied at least three shiploads of arms and explosives to the IRA.

These lethal "gifts" included the deadly explosive Semtex, a product which became synonymous with the Provos' relentless and bloody bombing campaign in the late Eighties and early Nineties.

The contemptuous alliance between Adams's Provo pals and Gaddafi led to the deaths of hundreds of innocent men, women and children. It only ended when the fourth shipment was intercepted.


Just as the IRA murders of Jean McConville and Louth farmer Tom Oliver have come back to haunt Adams, so will his association with the tyrant Gaddafi.

Adams proudly declared last week: "I have never distanced myself from the IRA and I never will."

That comment reminded me of the statement by his pal Brendan 'Darkie' Hughes that nothing could take place in Belfast during stages of the Troubles without Adams' consent.

Despite his bluster and qualified denials, Adams cannot conveniently shake off his past life, like a snake shedding his skin.

The IRA's murder of Jean McConville has come back to haunt him, and he has threatened to sue this newspaper for reporting the McConville family's claims that he was dancing on their mother's grave by running in Co Louth.

The McConville matter is one of a number of issues hanging over the Belfast man.

His lobbying for the release of the killers of Det Garda Jerry McCabe was beneath contempt. Likewise, I can personally not forgive and forget the murders of garda colleagues who were killed by Adams's pals in the IRA during the Troubles.

Separately, his comments that he had no knowledge of the 2005 IRA heist on the Northern Bank -- one of the biggest bank raids in UK history -- was also risible.

Adams and his shadowy ilk have paid lip service to democracy in Ireland, contemptuously labelling our Republic "the Free State".

When voters enter the polling booth on Friday they should remember the chilling words of Adams, who warned, after the IRA ceasefire, that "they haven't gone away you know".

The people of Co Louth, of this Republic, have the power to send Adams back to Belfast, where he belongs, without a place in the Dail. I sincerely hope they avail of it.

Busy Kathryn is running RTE all by herself ...

I NEVER considered getting a personal trainer, but after watching Operation Transformation I might just do.

The success of the show -- which winds up tonight -- is due in no small part to Kathryn Thomas.

The Carlow girl appears to be running RTE on her own these days, sometimes covering John Murray's radio show in the morning, Winning Streak on Saturday night, and hosting Operation Transformation during the week.

While some of her male colleagues pull in huge salaries to sit in their studios, Kathryn is out there running through the mud with the punters. It's all enough to inspire me to get off the sofa and try a few exercises myself.

Missing Fallon file claim is disturbing

AN ALARMING claim has been made by the son of murdered Garda Dick Fallon (below) that the file into his dad's killing has been lost.

I remember well the shooting of Garda Fallon following a raid in the city centre in 1970.

It was one of the most traumatic events in my career as a young garda. I vividly recall hearing the news that he had been murdered, as the first garda victim of the Troubles, shot dead by a renegade Republican splinter group. I stood in a guard of honour as the coffin passed through Dublin, draped in the Tricolour.

A number of men were later tried and acquitted over the shooting, but, despite this, the case remains open.

The entire matter has been seen as a somewhat murky event, and the lack of a conviction in the case has only added to whispers of the conspiracy theorists.

The case is therefore ready made for a cold case review, to investigate the matter once and for all.

But the latest claim, by Dick Fallon's son Finian, is alarming and disturbing and will only add to the anguish and disappointment of the Fallon family.

Frankly, it beggars belief that an investigation file relating to the murder of a garda officer is missing.

Is this the importance the State attaches to the lives of officers on the frontline, confronting armed robbers?

It doesn't matter if Garda Fallon was killed in 1970, or yesterday, the fact remains a capital murder took place and now the case evidence has been mislaid. This must be a source of real concern to the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and to whomever will soon take the post of Justice Minister.

An urgent investigation into this matter is now required.

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