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Anna Corrigan is laying into Minister Zappone.
Anna tells Zappone this is not a matter for her department. This is a matter for Justice.
This is about illegal adoption, Anna Corrigan says.
I have two brothers missing, says Anna.
Anna Corrigan to Minister Zappone: “This is a spider web and it spreads out all over Ireland and you Minister are terrified of it. Tuam is only a microcosm. If we get Tuam right, everything else follows.” #Tuambabies
JP Rogers: “Minister, you are being very badly advised. What special legislation was brought in to exhume the bodies in the Magdalene Laundry in Galway, in Dublin?”
Adrienne Corless: “if there was a motorway being dug there, there would be no legal problem to excavate.”
Tom Ward: “We are the people who were born in that bloody goddamn home. We want everyone of them babies taken out of there and buried daycent.”
Izzy Kamikaze is describing the Victorian sewage system of cesspits in Tuam. She says a much greater area of ground needs to be excavated than has been sampled.
Incredible contribution from @IzzyKamikaze. Hairs on the back of the neck. A passionate voice for justice. Massive applause.
Mary Moriarty is describing the scene she saw when she fell into the Tuam cesspit in the 1970s. Rows and rows of little bodies wrapped in cloth. “I could not believe that religious people could do something like that.”
Mary Moriarty: “When I was given my newborn son, he was wrapped in the same clothes I saw those babies wrapped in. I swear on my oath what I saw. They should be dug up and given to their relatives.”
Elderly resident says DNA analysis would take 20 years and “experts” say the babies can’t be identified. Angry response from the floor.
Resident says she doesn’t see why anyone had the right to deny the human rights of the relatives and the #tuambabies.
Katherine Zappone does not look happy. Overwhelming reaction from Tuam people in audience is that they want excavation and DNA analysis.
I asked the Minister if a body was found in my garden, would the Guards ask how I felt about their investigating it, or would we just say an old Mass instead. She answered me in what I could only describe as complete and utter waffle.
Katherine Zappone says she is pleased that some people who do not share the majority view were heard.
As far as I’m aware, of a gathering of maybe 200 people, the vast majority of them Tuam residents, only two spoke against exhumation of the #tuambabies.
If the purpose of tonight’s meeting was to create a false equivalence between those who want exhumation and DNA analysis in Tuam and those who favour saying a Mass and covering up the #TuamBabies story, it backfired spectacularly on @KZapponeTD and/or her advisors.
Out of nearly 200 people at tonight’s meeting, only two speakers said they oppose exhumation. It is very clear now that the vast, vast majority of people in Tuam are as saddened and horrified as we all are at the thought of denying justice to the #TuamBabies and their relatives.

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Oct 4, 2018
It's Woody Guthrie's anniversary.

In 1950, Woody moved into the Beach Haven Apartment complex in Brooklyn, becoming a tenant of one Fred Trump.

Trump had availed of federal grants to build that complex, grants which were contingent upon his accommodating Black veterans of WWII
Trump took the Government's money and then refused to allow any Black tenants in Beach Haven.

When Woody discovered this, he was incensed.

In a white heat of rage, he wrote:
"I suppose
Old Man Trump knows
Just how much
Racial Hate
he stirred up
In the bloodpot of human hearts
When he drawed
That color line
Here at his
Eighteen hundred family project."
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Oct 3, 2018
On the morning of the 7th of June 1996 in the Co Limerick village of Adare, heroic Irish soldiers, acting under the authority of the legitimate Government of Ireland, attempted to liberate vital funding and – in the course of their duties –
were forced to open fire upon cowardly agents of the traitorous Free State government, killing one.
If you don’t recall it quite like that, there’s a good chance you’re an establishment stooge or – like me – an FF/FG/Labour lackey. It may even be possible you’re Endangering The Peace Process.
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Aug 20, 2018
My friend Dave "Rookie" Roche, who’s in his mid-nineties, tells a great story about the famous Fermoy poet and full-time alcoholic Jack Devine standing outside Tommy Baker's barber shop one Sunday morning long ago as the car with the loudhailer on the roof drove past.

"The cream of the country?" says Jack. "More like the cunts from the creamery."
Another time Jack was sinking pints above in the Forge one night when Doctor Hanley started rubbing Jack's considerable belly.

"Tell us, Jack,” he said, “when is it due?"

"Oh, any day now, any day."

"And tell us, Jack, what will you call it?"
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Jul 29, 2018
Heard a story about a friend of mine, a Garda now retired. Almost universally liked, he was a notorious soft touch. Under pressure from the Super, he was sent out to the main road with the speed gun. Sure enough, everyone he caught turned out to be a friend with a sob story.
Coming to the end of his shift, he had let off half the parish with cautions and still had no tickets issued. Around the bend came a D-reg car, absolutely bombing it.

“Well, said my friend once the car had stopped, “Amn’t I glad to see you. I’m waiting all day to catch you.”
“Sorry about that, Guard,” replied the Dub, “”but I got here as fast as I could.”
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Jul 27, 2018
I attended secondary school in the 1980s. In my first week, standing against a wall on the peripheries of a school concert, a boy said something to me and I replied to him. A teacher ran at me and punched me in the stomach. #liveline
I remember sliding down the wall, the back of my head hitting off a radiator as I blacked out. That was my introduction to a place infected completely by a culture of bullying, a place where violence seemed to seep from the walls.
Corporal punishment was outlawed in Ireland in 1982, but nobody told some of our teachers. One ancient relic, an algebra teacher, offered an amnesty to boys who had failed to complete his daily tests. Three wallops of his cane to the hand if you owned up, six if you didn't.
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Jul 23, 2018
Tuam now. #tuambabies
Katherine Zappone says she is in Tuam for “one more chance to hear your views”.
“It’s my hope that you accept that I come here tonight in good faith.
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