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14 years ago, I wrote a column in this space titled: “Naughty Mary Whist Yer Gob”. It concerned an inspiring book released in 2004: “The Road From Ardoyne, The Making of a President”. It’s a biography of Mary McAleese, first ever Irish Republic President born in British-ruled Northern Ireland. I don’t recall where I‘d heard of it; but looking back, it’s surprising I’d heard a whisper at all.

Mary Leneghan, oldest of 9 children, was raised in the Ardoyne, a poor North Belfast Catholic neighborhood that’s suffered many ‘pogroms’ by pro-British Orange mobs over the years. In 1969 when Mary was 18, the Ardoyne was attacked by Protestant mobs escorted by Royal Police (RUC) and armed “B-special” quasi-military police units. Entire blocks of Catholic families were burned out of their homes, and 17 residents shot. Mary’s father packed the family up and drove down to Dublin. They eventually returned, but had to flee a second time when Ardoyne came under repeated attack.

Ardoyne is home to Holy Cross School for Girls where, day after day during 2001 and 2002, Royal Police stood by while Protestant “neighbors” and members of pro-British UDA and UVF paramilitaries pelted Catholic girls and their parents with abuse, spit, bags of urine and fireworks as they walked their daughters to the grade school.  

I thought Mary’s book would be a great read, but Borders had never heard of the title, nor was it in their online search files. I had the same result at other American book chains. I asked my public librarian. “Never heard of it” she said, but came up with a single copy in the Illinois system, in the Irish collection at the U of I, Urbana. I had it sent up. I then asked Irish American News’ durable and dedicated book reviewer, Frank West, but it wasn’t on his radar then either. I called the Irish Consulate, Chicago, where the secretary contacted both consul and vice-consul. They’d heard of it and suggested I try Eason’s in Dublin.

On a trip over, I stopped at several Dublin booksellers, including Eason’s: Ireland’s large, venerable bookstore on O’Connell Street. They too had no idea the book existed. And Shannon had great stacks of bios by both Clintons, but McAleese could not be found.

Standing in major bookstores asking to buy a copy of a biography of, and by, the current president of the nation that you’re certain is in print, while eliciting confused, blank stares from staff and management- that was a strange déjà vu-like experience, like being in a time warp, or the TV series “Dark”, searching for an event that hasn’t yet occurred.

But, of course, it had occurred; and Mary’s biography had simply been “disappeared”. Apparently fiery attacks by armed police and Klan-like religious vigilantes were not fit for discussion, particularly by the country’s President. Nor was McAleese’s account of her time reporting for government-owned Radio Television Ireland (RTE) during the hunger strikes, a period she describes as “the most difficult, the darkest, the worst time of my life”. McAleese compared it to working for the East German secret police.

Former staffers claim that up to 15 members of the Workers Party or Official IRA held key positions at RTE. They were anti-Republican, anti-Nationalist, and courted the Unionist point of view in their programming. McAleese (in her diary): “RTE journalists…never did their research, never did their homework. They would come to Belfast and head straight for the bar of the Europa Hotel. They used to get their information, or a version of the information, from the RUC Press Office.” “H-Block coverage is biased at worst, misguided at best.”

I’m guessing Mary was warned her book had not passed imprimatur and had been indexed by powers greater than she. My calls to her staff at that time were not returned. I did find a few used and new copies at Amazon, all apparently emanating from 2 small UK booksellers, one at the British Parliament, one at the Scottish. UK leaders needed to be kept informed.

Years later I ran into someone connected with the biography and I was told “there were some problems” with the book’s publishing. I had camera gear with, and asked for an interview. The subject promised to return a half-hour later; but failed to show.

When I began broadcasting my Irish TV program in 1987, I soon discovered not only that news reports from Ireland are either censored or altered in the American press to toe the Crown line, but also how sensitive the powers on both sides of the pond are to any questioning of the official line. It dawned on me: that situation cannot be unique to the UK.

Many clandestine activities like surveillance of phone lines and street cameras have migrated from our former “mother” England over the years. We’ve suffered 4 years of a U.S. administration hobbled by a “Russia collusion” narrative fueled by fraudulent warrants and backed up by a Russia-oriented British spy. Even now the left has resurrected the debunked Russia theory to control the Biden-China alleged scandal.

Vandals, empowered by globalist corporations, including media, spent last summer rampaging across America, spreading nihilism in “peaceful” looting, burning, rioting, and leaving we taxpayers with a $2 Billion check to settle. Most all U.S. media now leans left; and the concentrated flow of misinformation increased exponentially in the final weeks of the presidential race. But, unlike the McAleese media blackout, there are some reliable sources that contradict the left’s line. Sadly, not many Americans choose to compare sources before deciding.

As of writing, the 2020 presidential race is pivoting into a dangerous, uncharted course. Journalist Tucker Carlson confirmed that incriminating files describing under-the-table quid-pro-quo deals and meetings with Communist Chinese leaders found on a laptop computer unequivocally belong to Hunter Biden, and they indeed sync with meetings his father Joe had with Chinese operatives. It appears to be a smoking gun. If that proves true, then short of a coup, many in Washington are in for an extended penance of sackcloth and ashes. Influence peddling, taking money from a foreign country, no less one as huge a threat to U.S. interests as Communist China, and while negotiating an end to creation of offshore military islands and the theft of American technology: it’s beyond the pale.

If he wins: Biden, will also have to deal with a divided party. The radical left will have an easy path to total control. If he loses, the radical wing will continue marching to dominate, or might even split from the party. Either way, the wheeler-dealers of the party and their big media enablers will find it harder to avoid serious scrutiny without total information lockdowns.

© 2020 Michael P Morley
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