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Date Posted: Sat, Dec 16 2006, 20:35:23 PST
Author: Letter sent to 3 nationalist newspapers
Subject: Re: Allegations against Derry AOH
In reply to: Richard 's message, "Kagaroo Court" on Fri, Dec 15 2006, 16:25:06 PST

>KANGAROO COURT-The following signed letter was sent to The Irish News, Derry News & Derry Journal, but at the request of leading Civil Rights veterans never appeared. This action has caused friction within the CR Vets network, and is only published AGAIN on the WATCH, at the request of four voluntary CR workers. We totally agree with their jutified protest, and hope that Irish and Irish-American Hibs will take note, and act according to their alleged motto: Brotherhood, Truth and True Christian Charity, or has that also been swept aside because of the OTT scribbligs of one Sunday tabloid hack, as opposed to communications supportive of the CR Vets received by the Derry Division AOH, since March 2003, from leading Catholic clergy, prison chaplains and prominent nationalist politicians, including the leader of the SDLP et al?

Letter to 3 nationalist newspapers!!!!!

BELOW: N.B. Original embargo from the CR vets' central workstation to hundreds within their own network, including the Irish Anti-Partition League, which we now re-publish without any apology to workstation staff or the AOH, or whoever!!

Message within their own extensive network:

>This letter should not be re-circulated for at least
>the next 7-10 days, for reasons we will explain later.
>BUT in the meantime you are entitled to know its
>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 was 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?
>Name and address supplied

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