I'm all for freedom of speech and all and I think the paper should be allowed say what they want, as long as they're not advocating killing anyone directly in the paper. The C.I.R.A is an illegal organisation in this country; membership obviously results in prison sentence if you're caught. But Real Sinn Fein, or Republican Sinn Fein as they now call themselves - another split I think - in their paper, Saoirse Nua, have pictures from the C.I.R.A at a training camp on the front page, as well as the C.I.R.A posing with the paper on the back page.
I purchased their last edition out of curiosity (if Stalinists and Maoists had a paper for 1 50, I'd buy it to see what they were saying, I don't support them) which contained statements from the C.I.R.A in Cork about sorting out drug dealers (can't remember if there were death threats). It was radical to say the least and I was taken back a bit. But I saw their latest edition yesterday and bought it and well, it went even further. The cover, as already mentioned, had the C.I.R.A posing at a sniper camp. The pictures were sent anonymously, so it says. The paper inside was not as radical as the last edition in terms of what was written, but the front cover of the paper was quite mad, when you see it walking down O'Connell street on a news stand:
Should this paper be allowed? The editor is Joe Lynch, who was charged before of being in the I.R.A. Eight charged with IRA membership - National News - Independent.ie. I think it should be allowed, but I mean, given the editors history and what the paper is promoting, should it be at least warned to not carry statements by the C.I.R.A? I don't get how an illegal organisation in Ireland is allowed carry statements in newspapers edited by men charged with I.R.A membership before? Doesn't seem to make any sense.
I presume that the editors have been questioned and all before by the Guardai, but still, are some of you happy with this being sold on the streets of Dublin? It goes further than anything by Republican Sinn Fein in Saoirse and the last edition had a letter from a man who openly admitted that violence was the only way to get the Brits out.