Posted by: irishhungercomm | August 14, 2011

Ireland Reaching Out

Subject: Ireland Reaching Out

Dear Delores,

My name is Bill Fahey.  I sent you a contact message this date concerning Ireland Reaching Out, which was a story on the website Irish Central. It is a good idea to encourage the Irish Diaspora to return to Ireland and research their family history.

A large part of that history is the Great Hunger, 1845-51.  Over 1 Million of our family ancestors died of starvation and related diseases while vast amounts of food were shipped out of Ireland. Our family ancestors, who were the victims, are in many unmarked and neglected graves throughout Ireland. These conditions should be corrected to show respect and honor our families.

I am sending you a ” Report by AFri,on Famine Graveyards”.  I hope it will help you and other groups in educating the Irish Diaspora about their family histories. These Hunger Graveyards should be visited by all who are seeking information about their families. They should be included in any tour trips in their area.

Thank you,

Bill Fahey

You can contact our website for information and help with your project.




    FRANCIS A. BOYLE is a leading American
    expert in international law. He was
    responsible for drafting the Biological
    Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the
    American implementing legislation for the
    1972 Biological Weapons Convention. He
    served on the Board of Directors of
    Amnesty International (1988-1992), and
    represented Bosnia-Herzegovina at the
    World Court. He served as legal adviser to
    the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle
    East peace negotiations from 1991 to
    1993. In 2007, he delivered the Bertrand
    Russell Peace Lectures. Professor Boyle
    teaches international law at the University
    of Illinois, Champaign and is author of,
    inter alia, The Future of International Law
    and American Foreign Policy, Foundations
    of World Order, The Criminality of Nuclear
    Deterrence, Palestine, Palestinians and
    International Law, Destroying World Order,
    Biowarfare & Terrorism, Tackling America’
    s Toughest Questions, The Tamil
    Genocide by Sri Lanka and The
    Palestinian Right of Return Under
    International Law. He holds a Doctor of
    Law Magna Cum Laude as well as a Ph.D.
    in Political Science, both from Harvard


    Francis A. Boyle



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    Dedication Irish America

    Introduction The Irish Republic

    Chapter 1. The Decolonization of Northern Ireland

    Chapter 2. Putting Britain’s Colonial War in Ireland
    on Trial in the United States

    Chapter 3. Preserving the Rule of Law in the War Against International


    Chapter 4. Free Joe Doherty – Ireland’s Patriot, America’s Prisoner

    Chapter 5. Opposing the U.S.—U.K. Extradition Treaty

    Chapter 6. Advocating the MacBride Principles on Northern Ireland

    Chapter 7. Sparing Robert John MacBride

    Chapter 8. The “Potato Famine” Was British Genocide

    Conclusion United Ireland




    During the past three decades, Francis Boyle has dealt with some of the
    most difficult problems created by Britain’s continued military occupation of
    six northeast counties in Ireland:

    Proving that the “Potato Famine” was really British genocide against
    the Irish;

    Britain’s obligation to decolonize Northern Ireland;

    I.R.A. resistance and Joe Doherty;

    the anti-Irish U.S.-U.K. Supplementary Extradition Treaty (1986) and
    U.S.-U.K. Extradition Treaty (2006); and

    the MacBride Principles on Northern Ireland; the Great Grandson of
    Major John MacBride; etc.

    The book concludes with a legal and human rights framework for
    establishing a United Ireland where all Irish can live in peace with justice
    for all irrespective of their differences.

    This book is required reading for Irish Americans, people living in Ireland,
    and the Irish Diaspora around the world.

    Foreign Minister for the Republic of Ireland,
    Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army


    from “Putting Britain’s Colonial War in Ireland
    on Trial in the United States

    It is always a nice little academic exercise for some professor to write and publish a
    scholarly article that analyzes with clinical detachment a highly complicated and
    extremely emotional mixed-dispute involving international law and international
    politics along the lines of the previous chapter. It is quite another thing for that
    professor then to go into a United States Federal District Court on behalf of a
    defendant being prosecuted by the United States government for alleged
    involvement in “international terrorism” and present that scholarly argument under
    oath and subject to cross-examination by an Assistant United States Attorney under
    the auspices of a hostile United Stated Federal District Judge. The courtroom has
    always proven to be the “acid test” for any professor’s scholarly opinion. If the
    professor can withstand withering cross-examination by the U.S. government’s
    attorney and repeated hostile interruptions and questioning by the U.S. government’s
    judge, then that is a pretty good indication that he must know what he is talking
    about and, most importantly, that what he has to say is true. After all, the adversarial
    nature of U.S. courtroom proceedings is specifically designed to bring to light the
    truth so that justice might be administered on the basis of truth. At least that is the
    theory of justice here in America.

    This chapter sets forth a blow-by-blow account of what happened in a United States
    Federal District Court when we put on trial Britain’s colonial war in Ireland in order to
    defend a group of Irish citizens from prosecution by the United States government for
    allegedly trying to purchase military weapons–including and especially a Stinger
    missile–that were allegedly intended to be used by the Irish Republican Army to
    shoot down British military helicopters in Northern Ireland at one of the most intense
    moments in the conflict over there. The reader should get an excellent idea of what
    happened in Federal Court when I presented the arguments set forth in Chapter 1 on
    behalf of their Defense. You are free to draw your own conclusions about the validity
    of what I had to say. But this slightly edited courtroom transcript certainly makes for
    compelling reading.

    Britain’s colonial occupation Army had established military outposts right near the
    non-demarcated “border” between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland that I
    had already tried to tour myself in 1986. The I.R.A. had been so successful in its
    military operations in these “border” areas that it had cutoff the capability of the
    British Army to supply those outposts by ground transportation. So Britain had to
    supply these Army outposts by military helicopters. At all times relevant to these
    proceedings, American Stinger missiles were proving their deadly efficacy in
    Afghanistan where the United States government had provided them
    to the Mujahideen in order to shoot down the Soviet Union’s military helicopters
    prosecuting their criminal invasion, occupation, and war against Afghanistan and its

    In this case, the basic theory of the Defense was that like the Soviet Union in
    Afghanistan, Britain was fighting an illegal anti-colonial war in Northern Ireland and
    therefore that the I.R.A. had the perfect right to use military force in self-defense
    against military targets, including and especially by employing Stinger missiles. This
    Defense was built upon the theoretical analysis set forth in my then draft working
    paper The Decolonization of Northern Ireland, that is reprinted as later finally revised
    and published as set forth in Chapter 1 above. Throughout this entire prosecution the
    United States government was working at all times in full cooperation with the British
    government–“our great and noble ally.”

    The Federal District Judge was extremely hostile to the Defense and did everything
    possible to shut it down. Furthermore, while the proceedings were taking place, the I.
    R.A. was conducting major military operations against Britain that exerted a highly
    deleterious impact on these legal proceedings here in the United States. Heavy-duty
    security measures were imposed at the courthouse that were specifically intended by
    the U.S. government to exert a negative emotional effect upon the jury. Yet, it was
    well-known that as a matter of policy the I.R.A. did not launch military operations
    anywhere near, in, or upon the United States of America, being its greatest source of
    foreign support.

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