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Date Posted: Sat, Oct 28 2006, 16:48:51 PDT
Author: Press Officer-CR vets
Subject: Re: Letter sent to CR Vets
In reply to: To; STORMONT-WATCH 's message, "Letter sent to CR Vets" on Mon, Oct 23 2006, 16:29:53 PDT

>This letter did not carry the name or the address of the writer, when forwarded it to the CR Vets office by E-mail. It was also sent by Email to three editors of nationalist newspapers, who no doubt will publish it in the very near future. A name and address, we are told by one newspaper, was added to the correspondence.

>A Chara,
>
>A few moths ago, at a well attended weekly
>members-only meeting, the former AoH president claimed
>that he did not impose a ban on civil rights veterans.
>Strange, only one voice challenged him on that issue.
>That person, a civil rights veteran, was
>“in-the-dock”, but his appeal for justice, I’ve
>learnt, seems to have fallen on totally deaf ears. Was
>this a Kangaroo Court? I and several others have been
>asking ourselves this question over recent days. It
>would seem so. No one at the top table broke ranks and
>there no other critical voice raised. All, apparently,
>accepted the last president’s word as gospel, or
>should that be Papal Bull.
>
>Caught in the rain, a few weeks ago, I went into a
>library determined to sort out the facts from the
>fictions. I shared what I unearthed with several
>friends, including members of the AoH. They all felt
>that I should write to the local papers fearing that
>if I did speak up at a future meeting I too might be
>accused of bringing the Order into disrepute and be
>banned from its premises. That surely is a sorry state
>of affairs within a supposedly Catholic/Nationalist
>organisation that should be upholding its proud motto:
>Brotherhood, Truth and True Christian Charity.
>
>The Derry Journal of Tuesday 4th March, 2003, page 3,
>quotes the last president: “They will never use this
>hall again”. The Derry News two days later, page 15
>reported: “[stating his name] reiterated his
>determination that the civil rights veterans would not
>be allowed to use the hall again.”
>
>I feel angry because I don’t like being misled. I feel
>no member of the AoH or the general public should also
>be misled. Successive management committees have let
>this controversy fester for almost four years now.
>There’s an old saying, ‘Justice delayed, is justice
>denied’, but there’s another one that comes to mind,
>“The truth will out in the end”.
>
>Your astute readers will understand why I am
>withholding my name. If the current management
>committee think they can continue to bury their heads
>in the sand, then it is they who are bringing the
>Order into disrepute. If they do not act in the manner
>expected of them, no doubt other readers, even better
>informed than myself, may have a lot more to say in
>the days ahead.
>
>Let Justice be done, and be seen to be done!
>
>Who’s Civil?
>Who’s Right?

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