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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week August 30, 2015

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

Garibaldy is having trouble with the internet (which by the by is almost the definition of some of our interactions here, isn’t it?) so to get the ball rolling, how about this from Jim Cusack which is almost hallucinatory in its strangeness:

A former senior garda, involved almost all his life in fighting the IRA, outlined a few years ago what he thought the Provisionals’ plans for assuming absolute power in Ireland would entail.


He pointed to IRA documents that had become public over a decade ago referring to what it termed “TUAS” – “tactical use of unarmed strategy”. This, he believed, was what would be the “likely” way forward. They (the IRA), he said, will bring down the power-sharing government in the North, precipitating a crisis and, in parallel, undermining and replacing the existing party political structure in the ’26 Counties’.
With power in the South and a crisis on its doorstep, this garda – who was held in very high esteem by colleagues – thought the Provos would then institute some form of ’emergency’ government in the Republic, doing away with the need for elections and democracy and the establishment of a single-party state.

Just like that – eh? Apparently so. And the contemporary relevance?

Up until last week, this view of the Provos’ seditious plot to overthrow the legitimate government of the Republic would have been firmly placed by a large constituency of politicians, senior civil servants and media people as the fantasy of some kind of old-fashioned loony.

Only up until last week?

More contributions gratefully accepted.


1. Michael Carley - August 30, 2015

I thought TUAS was Tactical Use of ARMED Struggle.


WorldbyStorm - August 30, 2015

Wasn’t it the first initially, and then it was said to be the ‘armed’ version and so on and so forth…


Michael Carley - August 30, 2015

Having a google I have found Tactical Use of Armed Struggle and, later, Totally Un Armed Strategy.


eamonncork - August 30, 2015

TUAS maith leath na hoibre.

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2. Tawdy - August 30, 2015

Well we can only expect more of this shite as we head down to the election level.

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3. fergal - August 30, 2015

Sounds very credible to me- alright it’ s only one person’s opinion but still- but I’m surprised that Jim forgot who will fight to the bitter end to preserve democracy-the speculators, bankers, multinationals, the media etc.
On a serious note this ex- Guard is somes like some mystic oracle or sage- I hope Jimbo does a special on his predictions every week.
I’m off down to paddy Power’s to get a price on a Ra takeover of north and south…for Easter 2016???


WorldbyStorm - August 30, 2015

it’s a sure thing!


4. Michael Carley - August 30, 2015

And it’s not in the Sindo, but in the spirit of the feature, Tony Blair’s even more stupid statement of the decade:

Anyone listening? Nope. In fact, the opposite. It actually makes them more likely to support him. It is like a driver coming to a roadblock on a road they’ve never travelled before and three grizzled veterans say: “Don’t go any further, we have been up and down this road many times and we’re warning you there are falling rocks, mudslides, dangerous hairpin bends and then a sheer drop.” And the driver says: “Screw you, stop patronising me. I know what I’m doing.”


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5. Que - August 30, 2015
6. shea - August 30, 2015

think he is talking about his tactical use of unarmed struggle document. confusing alright.


7. dublinstreams - August 30, 2015

they are really gunning for Noirin O’Sullivan who really didn’t say anything different to anyone else about the status of the IRA


EWI - August 30, 2015

The Phoenix claims that this is a personal vendetta started when she clamped down on Garda leaks/fantasies to the Indo and elsewhere, robbing them of whatever the fairytale of the week is, and maybe making them work for stories for the very first time in their lazy hack existences (noteworthy that Cusack’s exposé of the PROVO MASTER PLAN relies on a retiree).


8. baalthor - August 30, 2015

But the senior guard in the Oirish Daily Mail says the remaining Provos are just a bunch of fat gangsters who couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag … who to believe !!


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