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Date Posted: Sun, May 13 2007, 18:43:22 PDT
Author: From Derry Member
Subject: Re: INC's Activities
In reply to: From Derry Member 's message, "Re: INC's Constitution" on Sun, May 13 2007, 18:37:17 PDT

INC ACTIVITIES Feb 2000 - Jan 2003

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British Embassy Protest:
April 24th 2000: 84 years to the day and hour that the Easter Rising began. About 40 people participate at an Easter Monday picket at the British Embassy in Dublin organised by the INC, to protest at British governments unilateral suspension of Belfast Agreement institutions. Three newspapers reported the event.

Belfast Conference:
20th May 2000: A small INC delegation attended and participated in a conference entitled; "Republicanism - The Way Forward". The purpose was to discuss how "modern democratic republican government could come to Ireland". The proceedings were chaired by Belfast priest, Des Wilson - an INC member - and by Bill Rolston, and academic and political activist.

Orange Order "Bicentenary" protest:
28th May 2000: About 50 people participated in one of the most effective protests ever recognised by the INC. The protest was staged in opposition to the civic status that was being bestowed on the Orange Order with the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the "200th anniversary" of the founding of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland in Dawson Street, Dublin. INC placards carried the message; "Challenge Sectarianism - Don't Celebrate It". There was unprecedented television, radio and newspaper coverage of the INC protest. We completely overshadowed the event planned by the political establishment grouping that had foolishly extended an invitation to the sectarian Orange Order.

Orange Order Information Pack:
July 2000: Following our success in May at countering Orange propaganda, the Orange Order Information Pack was devised as a dramatic means to provoke debate and challenge the notion that the Orange Order is a benign organisation. The pack consisted of a covering letter, a the spoof "Orange Card", a leaflet entitled "The Colour of Bigotry", an article from one of our newsletters entitled "The Massacre at Dolly's Brae - Placing Drumcree in an Historical Perspective", Peter Berresford Ellis' pamphlet "Orangeism - Myth and Reality" and the Pat Finucane Centre booklet "For God and Ulster - an alternative guide to the loyal orders". All of this was placed in a large envelope that had an "Orange logo" printed on it, giving the impression that it might have come from the Orange Order, thus mocking the Orange Orders attempts to portray itself as a liberal but misunderstood organisation. Over 100 Orange Packs were sent to a variety of politicians and journalists. The pack received coverage in Ireland on Sunday, who credited the INC as being the only organisation that seemed prepared to counter Orange propaganda.

Limerick Controversy:
September 2000: The Irish National Congress took on the University of Limerick based "Irish Peace Institute" in a major controversy fought out in the pages of the Limerick Leader. The IPI, a secretive elitists grouping that is heavily in receipt of public funding, was accused by the INC of uncritically promoting Unionism and the Orange Order. The INC also accused the then chairperson of the IPI, of being a British Nationalist.

Issues Magazine:
September 2000: In a letter to the editor of Issues magazine, a Dublin based publication, the INC warned that it would organise a boycott campaign if Issues persisted in carrying recruitment advertising for the British Armed Forces. Members would be asked to donate £1 to the seller and refuse the magazine. No such similar advertisements have appeared in Issues magazine since.

Belfast Rally:
August 2000: INC members from Dublin, Limerick and Cork participate with banners at the 29th Internment anniversary commemoration march in Belfast.

Peter McBride:
January 2001: In a letter to the minister for Foreign Affairs, Brian Cowen TD, the INC stressed the importance of continued Irish government support for the family of Peter McBride, a Belfast teenager murdered by the British army in 1992, the INC letter also called upon the government to end so-called courtesy visits to the 26 counties by the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Derry March:
January 2001: An INC group from Dublin with an INC banner travel to Derry to participate in Bloody Sunday commemoration march.

H-Block Commemoration:
October 2001: INC members and supporters carrying a huge INC banner participating in the 20th anniversary commemoration of the 1981 hunger strike. The INC contingent was part of a 5,000 strong gathering in Dublin city centre

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