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The Fascist Origins of Fine Gael in the 1930’s – Manus O’Riordan – one of his last posts.

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Manus O’Riordan, who died unexpectedly on Sunday September 26, was always writing and publishing. This was one of his last Facebook posts – it is re-published here in his honour.


W.T. Cosgrave , Fine Gael Fascist and President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State 1922-1932.

These photos show the first Vice-President of Fine Gael, W.T. Cosgrave, in dress suit, with the first President of Fine Gael and Blueshirt leader, Eoin O’Duffy, and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alfie Byrne, at a November 1934 Blueshirt / Fine Gael rally in the Mansion House.

Heil Willie!

On February 28, 1934, voicing his opposition to the Fianna Fáil Government’s Wearing of Uniforms (Restrictions) Bill, the Fine Gael TD and future Taoiseach John A Costello proclaimed in Dáil Éireann that “the Blackshirts were victorious in Italy and the Hitler Shirts were victorious in Germany, as, assuredly, in spite of this Bill and in spite of the Public Safety Act, the Blueshirts will be victorious in the Irish Free State”.

Or, as Encyclopaedia Britannica describes the first Fine Gael Taoiseach:

“John A. Costello, in full John Aloysius Costello, taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland from 1948 to 1951 and from 1954 to 1957. A prosperous lawyer who had served as attorney general, he owed his selection as taoiseach to a coalition of several parties (including his own Fine Gael) and prominent independent politicians united in opposition to Eamon De Valera’s Fianna Fáil.”

Death Notice; Funeral and Wake Details; Tributes :ál-manus-o-riordan-glasnevin-dublin/470919.

A view from Madrid during the crisis

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From the Cedar Lounge Revolution Site : Jason O’Toole, well known in this parish, has a piece in the Mirror about the situation in Madrid where he’s currently based. Troubling is the word … Madrid is eerily like a ghost town since being put on a near-total lockdown nine days ago.

But the deafening silence has been broken every single night by Madrilenos – as locals are called – taking to their balconies at 8pm to applaud the doctors and nurses on the front lines saving lives.

It provides only light relief to Spain’s 47-million population is only allowed to leave home for work, buy food or visit the pharmacy.

A view from Madrid during the crisis

The story is dark. We also learn that every evening Madrilenos emerge from their homes to sing and chant, supporting each other and health workers battling the CoronaVirus.

Another story from the Spanish State is very grim reading, and we should prepare ourselves for similar events in Ireland

“Spanish Military Finds Dead Bodies And Seniors ‘Completely Abandoned’ In Care Homes”

With more than 39,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,800 deaths as of Tuesday, Spain is the second hardest-hit country in Europe

Last week, one privately owned home in Madrid reported 20 deaths and 75 infections, claiming it didn’t have adequate material to take care of the sick residents and dead bodies.

Spanish army troops disinfecting nursing homes in Madrid found some residents living in squalor among the infectious bodies of people who authorities suspect died from the coronavirus.
Manu Fernandez/AP

Written by tomasoflatharta

Mar 24, 2020 at 8:01 pm