by Gabriel Donohoe
(This is a tribute to Michael Collins on the 92nd anniversary of his death and a speculation of what he might do if he were leader of Ireland today. It is a little long for the casual reader but the author hopes it stimulates discussion and debate as we try to find a way out of tyrannical governance towards a more equitable and benevolent way of living in this great land of wealth and abundance.)
“But we are led by the least among us – the least intelligent, the least noble,
the least visionary. We are led by the least among us and we do not fight…”
Terence McKenna, American writer and philosopher.
Ireland’s last three ‘leaders’, Kenny, Cowen, and Ahern, have steered the country into an abyss of desolation, debt slavery, and unpardonable loss of sovereignty. They have delivered the Irish people into poverty and ruin at the behest of the banksters while they themselves continue to profit from their duplicity. These so-called ‘leaders’ could be aptly described as corporate ‘Judas goats’, treacherous beasts who have betrayed their country for personal reward.
(Judas goats are animals that are specially trained to lead nervous sheep to the slaughter pen while their own lives are spared and they enjoy a pampered existence.)
Today, Irish people feel a rising contempt for these so-called leaders who have led society backwards into the same wretched feudalism that plagued Ireland nearly two centuries ago. The people are appalled at the retrograde movement back to 18th century totalitarianism where the rights of the individual count for nothing and the tyrannical State brutalizes its people with excess taxation and bankster-inspired legislation. The State demands compliance with threats of force.
The people are angered at the perceived lack of integrity in the three ‘leaders’ named above and in the self-serving political party system that spawned them. The Irish people, like many other peoples around the world, have come to despise all party politicians for their hypocrisy, greed, and deceit.
Having been so utterly betrayed by spineless, mercenary leaders, some Irish people wonder how the country might fare if a true leader of proven integrity like Michael Collins were in charge. Having once given his life for the nation he loved, would the young martyred hero, if he were alive today, lead his people to a freer, happier, and more prosperous Ireland?
That’s an interesting thought. But first, a quick review of some of the devastation inflicted upon the people by the three recent ‘leaders’ of Ireland. Then a look at how Michael Collins, if he were in charge today, might do things differently?
Bertie Ahern served as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland from 1997 to 2008. He will go down in history as the man who presided over the Celtic Tiger property bubble that laid the foundations for the current destruction of the Irish economy. Ahern will also be remembered as the man who secretly took large sums of money from businessmen and was implicated in a bribery scandal over tax designation of development lands at Quarryvale in Dublin.
Ahern could not account to the Mahon Tribunal (an enquiry into corrupt payments to politicians) for certain sterling and dollar lodgments to his personal account and failed to explain the origin of the equivalent of some €200,000 that passed through accounts connected with him. Ahern resigned in disgrace in May, 2008, his reputation in tatters.
Ahern was once described by his mentor, Charlie Haughey, as the “most devious, the most cunning of them all.” And Haughey would know; after all, didn’t Haughey himself ‘misappropriate’ huge sums of taxpayer money for his own personal benefit, as well as some €1.7 million in ‘donations’ from wealthy businessman, Ben Dunne. The shameless Haughey even stooped so low as to steal money from an account that was to pay for a liver transplant for his sick pal, Brian Lenihan, Senior.
And so, as cunning and devious as Bertie Ahern might have been, his avarice finally tripped him up in the end.
After Ahern’s fall from grace, Brian Cowen, Ahern’s Minister for Finance, took over the mantle of Taoiseach in May, 2008. As Minister for Finance, Cowen had been fast asleep while the property bubble inflated alarmingly. Now, as Taoiseach, his entire government snored, including a dozy Financial Regulator who was paid handsomely to keep a close eye on the liquidity and solvency of the banks.
Cowen was an embarrassment of a Taoiseach. As a national leader this short, over-weight, bespectacled endomorph, with heavy jowls and thick lips, certainly cut no Kennedy-esque figure but looked more like the Rick Moranis character in “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids”. His love of a pint was legendary and drunken photos of him appeared in papers and magazines across the globe, including one featured on Jay Leno’s ‘NBC Tonight’ show during which Leno described Cowen as a “drunken moron”.
On another occasion, RTE Radio’s ‘Morning Ireland’ conducted an embarrassing interview with a semi-drunk or hung-over Cowen in which he slurred his words and confused the ‘Croke Park Agreement’ (an agreement with public sector unions) with the ‘Good Friday Agreement’ (a major development in the Northern Ireland peace process).
Cowen was widely known by his nickname of “Biffo“. Hardly a term of endearment, BIFFO was an acronym for “Big Ignorant Fucker From Offaly“. According to certain international diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, many U.S. politicians agreed with this unflattering sentiment.
Then, under Cowen’s watch, a night of infamy and ruination for Ireland! On that night, September 29th, 2008, a number of brazen-necked banksters crept into Government Buildings under cover of darkness. They met with Taoiseach Cowen and his Finance Minister, Brian Lenihan, Junior, and alarmed them with tales of woe and the imminent collapse of the Irish banks. The banksters bewailed the dire financial situation which they themselves had brought about and demanded that their private businesses be bailed out with public money – for the good of the country, they said. They spooked (or enticed) Cowen and Lenihan into offering a blanket guarantee for all deposits and debts of Irish banks, exposing the Irish people to an outrageous and unsustainable risk of some €440 billion.
Writing about this shameful incident in a February, 2011, edition of the Sunday Independent, Daniel McConnell said:
“There is now no doubt whatsoever that that particular Monday will always be remembered as the day the Irish people were tricked into the greatest swindle in the history of this State.”
On that infamous night, Brian Cowen sold out the Irish people with one stroke of a pen and doomed future generations of Irish children to a lifetime of debt, a debt not of their own making but the debt of reckless banksters whose private gambling liabilities were unjustly and criminally foisted upon them.
On top of this, despite eleventh hour protestations to the contrary, Cowen tamely surrendered Ireland’s proud national sovereignty when he called in the International Monetary Fund and its rapacious partners, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, collectively known as the Troika. The Troika wanted Ireland’s insolvent banks bailed out so that they (the banks) could repay their huge debts to the Troika’s bankster pals in Germany, France, and the U.K. The Troika wouldn’t loan this money directly to the Irish banks because they mightn’t get it back. They wanted the Irish Government to borrow the money and then bail out their own bust banks. That way, the Irish public would be on the hook for the private liabilities of reckless banksters.
As the enormity of the loss of national sovereignty began to sink in, and the concomitant amount of unpayable debt stunned the Irish people, Brian Cowen became reviled across the land as one of the greatest traitors in all of Ireland’s history. His personal popularity dropped to record levels and the support for his party, Fianna Fáil, the proud creation of Eamon De Valera, plunged from being the largest party in the State to nearly the lowest with only 14% public support. In the ensuing general election of February, 2011, Fianna Fáil was routed, losing 51 of its 71 seats and its partner in crime, the Green Party, was obliterated, losing all of its 6 seats. It was the worst defeat of a sitting government in the history of the State.
Now enter the present Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny, whose party, Fine Gael, swept into power by a huge majority along with coalition partners, Labour, with a combined 113 seats out of 166. The new government owed not its success to any particular confidence or acclaim from the electorate but to abject anger and loathing for Brian Cowen’s outgoing government. In short, Kenny’s government came into office by default.
In three and a half years as Ireland’s leader, Enda Kenny has failed to impress. He is described by some as the most ineffectual head of state since Nero fiddled as Rome burned to ashes around him. Kenny’s government are all equal non-achievers, some of whom know more about fiddling than the decadent Nero ever did. (Just read the Irish papers about politicians’ fraudulent expenses claims, cosy arrangements with bankers over personal mortgages, inflated pensions and hidden golden handshakes, and all sorts of lucrative conflicts of interest.)
Kenny is seen by many as a man of no vision, no integrity, and no charisma. It is whispered in political circles that whenever Enda Kenny is alone in a room, the room is empty. Lacking natural presence, Kenny’s public performances are wooden and simulated, like that of a puppet clown with a painted grin who bounces around erratically on his puppet strings.
Some time ago, Senator Marc MacSharry caused a storm in the Seanad (Irish Senate) when he referred to Enda Kenny as a clown who embarrassed the Nation by “clowning around Europe…acting like a clown,” and making a “circus ring of Government and the office of Taoiseach.”
MacSharry’s remarks arise no doubt from Kenny’s toadying behaviour at EU Council meetings where he is seen as a backslapping flunky when interacting with other heads of state. Irish TV viewers have cringed with embarrassment to see their national ‘leader’ having his hair patronisingly ruffled by the dwarfish Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France. Or seeing him trying too hard to be one of the gang by mock shoulder punching with Jose Manuel Barroso. Or seeing him licking the jowls of Angela Merkel like an eager-to-please Shih’ Tzu.
A primary school teacher by profession, Enda Kenny is totally out of his depth at managing the affairs of a country, albeit a small country like Ireland. His critics would say that he is more qualified to instruct junior infants in potty training than to steer a ship of state. After some 41 months in office he is already being given the dubious distinction as the Greatest Non-Leader in Irish history.
Kenny currently presides over a nation devastated by unemployment, emigration, and an austerity programme that has driven millions to poverty and despair, including shockingly high rates of suicide. More than 1,000 young people a week now leave our shores to find new opportunities in other countries. The morale of Ireland is in ruins and the spirit of its people utterly broken. The level of debt is unbearable and unpayable and is calculated to cripple Ireland for at least the next two generations.
Kenny’s government would claim that it inherited this mess from the outgoing government, and there is certainly some truth in that. However, Kenny and his cronies insinuated themselves into power through pre-election promises of change, justice, and complete transparency. They promised to undo all the wrongs of their predecessors and teach the banksters a lesson, such as jailing wrong-doers, capping bankster pay, refusing to pay unsecured bondholders, and so on. There was much bluster about “not another red cent” for the banksters and it’s “Frankfurt’s way or Labour’s way.”
But it was all lies.
Pat Rabbitte, the previous Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, shamelessly admitted on national television that it was all right for politicians to lie in order to get themselves elected to power. That speaks volumes about the integrity of these charlatans to whom we entrust the running of our country. But the big problem with these liars is that they don’t know when to stop. (Some very angry people are talking about privately suing these lying politicians for breach of promise, finagling public office through fraud, and false pretences.)
Consequently, the plight of the Irish people is much worse now than the hardship inflicted upon them by Brian Cowen’s outgoing calamity of a government. And yet Kenny’s perfidious new government continues to add to the nation’s misery with household taxes, property taxes, septic tank taxes, water taxes, broadcast taxes, and any other taxes the bankster barons care to push in front of them. Wholly oblivious to the economic hell and stress of the Irish people, Kenny jumps at every opportunity to serve the wishes of the de facto rulers of Ireland, the untouchable banksters and the corporate godfathers.
Kenny’s faithless cabinet is well exemplified by its finance minister, Bilderberger Michael Noonan. Noonan, against a wealth of expert advice both domestic and foreign, unaccountably persisted in paying billions of euro to unsecured bank bondholders. The Irish people were outraged and protested vociferously. But Noonan bald-facedly ignored the dissent of the electorate; he was obviously working on behalf of someone other than the Irish people.
Noonan was also behind a late night sitting of the Dáil (Irish Parliament) which pushed through the liquidation of IRBC (formerly Anglo Irish Bank) and hastily converted controversial Anglo promissory notes for €30.6 billion into national sovereign debt. The standing and legality of these dubious promissory notes might have been successfully challenged in Europe but Noonan inexplicably passed on the opportunity and instead loaded this questionable debt onto the backs of the already struggling taxpayers.
But more recently, the Kenny Government’s most despicable action against the people who elected them was to close a loophole in the law that prevented the banks from seizing family homes en masse. Now, with the passing of a new bankster-friendly Eviction Bill, “The Land And Conveyancing Law Reform Bill, 2013”, Kenny has unleashed predatory banks to fall upon the people like hungry wolves and repossess family homes by the thousands. To any remaining sceptics out there, this act of treachery, more than anything else, demonstrates quite clearly just who these political whores are working for.
Ahern, Cowen, and Kenny are the last three taoisigh, or should we say ‘three stooges’, to have led Ireland over the past 17 years. When we look for essential leadership qualities of vision, integrity, competence, communication, inspiration, and patriotism, they each fail the test miserably. These three impostors have presided over an economic and social collapse not seen in this country since the so-called ‘Famine’ of some 169 years ago.
When we look back down the years to the formation of the state in 1922 we examine a list of those taoisigh who sat in the driving seat before our three latest misfits: Bruton, Reynolds, Haughey, FitzGerald, Lynch, L. Cosgrave, Lemass, de Valera, Costello, and WT Cosgrave. None of these leaders stand out like 20th century notables such as Mandela or Kennedy or Gandhi or Ataturk. Mostly, they were an adequate bunch who put in a workmanlike effort, but nothing spectacular or anything above your common, everyday garden variety taoiseach.
Certainly some of them have had their moments, like de Valera’s War-time response to Churchill over the latter’s threat to re-invade Ireland in order to get his hands on Irish ports, but generally they were an uninspiring lot as taoisigh. How many young people today remember any of them but the most recent?
A True Irish Leader
Therefore, we have to go back almost 100 years, as far back as the Irish War of Independence (1919-21) to find someone who meets all the criteria of a true leader, a real statesman. And in that war for national independence we find such a man, a man who stands head and shoulders above all the rest, literally and figuratively – the formidable Michael Collins, known, loved, and admired as “The Big Fellow”.
Most people in Ireland, and quite a few abroad, are familiar with Michael Collins. This familiarity comes from stories handed down by those who fought at his side, newspaper & magazine articles, and books by Rex Taylor, Frank O’Connor, Margery Forester, Ryle Dwyer, Tim Pat Coogan, Meda Ryan, and others. And who hasn’t yet seen Neil Jordan’s 1996 film, “Michael Collins”, with Liam Neeson playing the eponymous hero? Or the excellent, controversial documentary by Kenneth Griffith, banned by the IBA in 1973, “Hang Up Your Brightest Colours”.
In his short life of less than 32 years, Michael Collins was a TD (Teachta Dála, or Member of Parliament) representing Cork South in the First Dáil of 1919, Director of Intelligence for the IRA, Minister for Finance, and latterly Chairman of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Irish National Army. Also, as President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, he automatically became the de jure President of the new Irish Republic.
The Rising And War Of Independence
As a young officer of the Irish Volunteers, Collins fought alongside Patrick Pearse and Joseph Plunkett in the General Post Office in the Easter Rising of 1916. When the rebellion was put down by the British, Collins was arrested and came close to being executed along with Pearse and Plunkett and Connolly and the others.
During the War of Independence which followed the Rising, Collins risked his life daily in the prosecution of the war against the British. There are many stories of his audacious behaviour and of hair-raising close encounters as he cycled openly around Dublin. Collins was the ‘most wanted’ man in Ireland, with a huge price on his head, yet he brazenly rubbed shoulders with British soldiers, Royal Irish Constabulary, and the notorious Black and Tans as he directed a guerrilla war against the Saxon oppressors.
(In contrast to Collins’s front line activities, de Valera spent most of the war in the United States on a money raising tour. This is not to suggest that de Valera was a coward. He certainly wasn’t, as is evidenced by his exploits as commander of the rebel forces at Boland’s Mill in 1916. De Valera’s battalion inflicted half the British casualties of the Rising and de Valera was later sentenced to death, but this was commuted to imprisonment because of his status as an American citizen. In this contrast between de Valera and Collins we see the former as an astute, calculating political animal and the latter as a direct, guileless unswerving servant of the people.)
When the British suddenly offered a truce, de Valera, President of the Republic at that time, sent Collins and others to London to negotiate a treaty while de Valera stayed at home. The Irish delegates were invested with plenipotentiary powers, i.e., they were authorized to make binding decisions on behalf of the Irish Government. De Valera, the wily old fox, knew that the Irish delegation would never achieve its objective of a 32 county Republic and if there were to be any recriminations or blame handed out in the aftermath no one could point the finger at ‘Dev’.
Collins reluctantly went as a delegate to the Treaty negotiations saying that he was a soldier, not a statesman. Besides, he said the British would now know what he looked like if hostilities were to break out again.
De Valera’s caginess soon proved well-founded and, after a marathon session with the best negotiators the British Empire could produce, all that the Irish delegates could get was a 26 county ‘Free State’ with 6 Northern counties to remain under British rule. The new Free State was to be a Dominion with allegiance to the English king while Northern Ireland would be a partitioned autonomous entity within the realm of the United Kingdom.
The news was greeted with anger and dismay in Ireland. Collins, however, felt that the Treaty would give Ireland the “freedom to achieve freedom”. When the British had handed back the Irish ports and vacated all their garrisons, then would Ireland be in a much stronger position to declare a 32 county Republic. Furthermore, it had been agreed that a Boundary Commission would give an opportunity to large Nationalist areas like Fermanagh, Derry, South Tyrone, South Armagh, South Down to opt out of Northern Ireland and join the Free State. Collins and the others believed this would render the remaining Unionist controlled pockets unviable as an economic entity.
Civil War And Death Of Collins
But de Valera rejected the very treaty he had personally empowered his plenipotentiaries to negotiate. Dev himself led the chorus for “32 counties or none!” The country became bitterly divided, with even family members at each other’s throats. Collins, Chairman of the Provisional Government, tried desperately to unite the ‘Anti-Treaty’ and ‘Pro-Treaty’ factions of Sinn Féin, but to no avail. Inevitably, a vicious Civil War broke out at the end of June, 1922.
Collins gave up his responsibilities as Chairman of the Provisional Government and became Commander-in-Chief of the National Army. Just a mere 7 weeks into the Civil War, General Collins travelled to Cork against the advice of his colleagues, declaring flippantly, “They wouldn’t shoot me in my own county.” It is believed that the reason Collins journeyed to Cork, which was largely held by Anti-Treaty forces, was to meet secretly with Republican leaders in order to bring the Civil War to an end.
Tragically, on the evening of 22nd August, 1922, Collins’s party was ambushed at Béal na mBláth, the ‘Mouth of Flowers’, and the “Big Fellow” was shot dead. His body was taken back to Dublin where it lay in state for three days in City Hall. His funeral was attended by 500,000 people, about one fifth the population of Ireland at the time.
After Collins’s death, attitudes on both sides hardened and the Civil War descended into a bloody cycle of slaughter, reprisals, and atrocities. The Free State authorities began executing Republican prisoners at an alarming and sickening rate. One of those executed was Erskine Childers, secretary-general of the Anglo-Irish Treaty delegation. His crime? He had in his possession a Spanish .32 calibre semi-automatic pistol given to him by his good friend and former comrade, Michael Collins.
Two weeks after the Childers execution, on December 8th, 1922, the Free State executed four Republican prisoners, heroes from the War of Independence; Rory O’Connor, Liam Mellows, Richard Barrett, and Joe McKelvey. Minister for Home Affairs, Kevin O’Higgins, signed Rory O’Connor’s execution order despite them having been good friends and O’Connor having been best man at O’Higgins’s wedding the previous year. The following March in Ballyseedy, Co. Kerry, the depravity of the Free State troops reached a new low when they tied nine Republican prisoners to a landmine and detonated it. They then machine-gunned the badly wounded group, killing eight of them.
There are many who believe that had Collins been alive he would never have allowed any of these vile executions. Throughout his life he was utterly dedicated to winning freedom and self-determination for the Irish people, and latterly to unifying the factions split by a bitterly divisive Treaty. His driving vocation and passion was to serve the greater good of all the people of Ireland, and to this end he sacrificed his young life.
Michael Collins As Irish Leader In 2014
The Civil War and War of Independence are now behind us and the questions of these bloody conflicts are left to historians and students to debate. But there are certain questions that one hears with growing frequency these days: “What would Michael Collins make of Ireland’s present slide into austerity and financial slavery? How would he feel about our despicable politicians tossing away our national sovereignty, the holy grail for which he fought and tragically gave his life?”
These are indeed enigmatic questions.
Let’s suppose that we could travel by time machine back to 1922 and teleport Michael Collins back to our present time. And let’s suppose the Irish people gave him an unconditional mandate to turn around the country from the hardship and desolation that our present leaders have inflicted upon us.
What would the Big Fellow do?
The first thing Collins would do is to study all available information on Irish affairs since 1922, paying special attention to the financial crisis and its origins in the last decade. He would be particularly fascinated by 21st century technology, especially the Internet. We know that Collins would absorb the information rapidly, evidenced by his development of an Intelligence network that proved much superior to that of the British during the War of Independence.
And he would gather advisers around him, independent experts in fields of economics, law, health, education, agriculture, energy, engineering, and so on. These would be people with no ties to corporations or special interests, people of integrity and proven ability, and individuals willing to think ‘outside the box’.
The second thing he would do is to shed his general’s uniform and gun. He would know that unlike the war with the British, Ireland’s current enemies would not wear uniforms and speak in foreign accents. The majority of them would be home-grown and they would be working from within to undermine their country. They would enjoy positions of power within the apparatus of the state and they would be working not for the people but for the Money Power and its subordinate special interests.
Michael would be well aware of the writings of Roman philosopher and politician, Marcus Tullius Cicero, thanks no doubt to his ardent headmaster, Denis Lyons, and might well have the following quotation foremost in his mind:
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
Collins is quoted as saying in “Michael Collins In His Own Words” (edited by Francis Costello, Gill & Macmillan, page 99):
“Our strength as a nation will depend on our economic freedom, and upon our moral and intellectual force. In these we can become a shining light to the world.”
And, on page 102:
“The strength of our nation must be the strength of the whole people. We need a political, economic and social system in which our material, intellectual and spiritual needs and forces will find the fullest expression and satisfaction.”
The paragraph above would be the theme of Collins’s leadership. And, as would be his modus operandi when he were last alive, the Big Fellow would throw himself into his work with great energy and dedication.
Collins Takes On Ireland’s Powerful Enemies
All his life, Michael Collins was a man of action. And he would act immediately if given the job of taking Ireland out of its present morass and returning the country to contentment and prosperity. His first declared action would be to confront the greatest and most ignominious enemy that ever preyed upon Ireland and its people.
No doubt many of Michael’s advisers and staff would ‘helpfully’ direct him to the homes or workplaces of the directors of the commercial banks who were in positions of authority before and during the banking collapse. But Collins would shake his head and say that although these miscreants were high on his list they were not Public Enemy Number One.
His staff and advisers would then nod their heads and cough politely and say that they would provide transport and security personnel if he wished to arrest and question the key political transgressors, in past and present governments, who were largely responsible for Ireland’s woes. Again Collins would shake his head and say that while these malefactors must be answerable for their actions there was a much larger and more sinister villain he would need to deal with first.
The villain he’d have in mind is the one responsible for virtually all of Ireland’s ills and whose furtive position of power must be ended post-haste. This villain is responsible for operating private money systems for public use, for imposing debt slavery on the entire nation, and for unlawfully controlling the government, the courts, the media, and academia by stealth and deceit. In fact, this villain has long had its corrupt, controlling finger extended into every pie imaginable.
Who is this arch villain?
The Central Bank of Ireland… And its governor and senior staff.
The Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) is professed to be owned by the Minister for Finance on behalf of the Irish people. But this is a distortion of the truth. The CBI, along with almost all central banks in the world, is owned or controlled by a handful of powerful international bankster families. We have this from many sources, including the famous insider, Professor Carroll Quigley, who spilled the beans in his book, “Tragedy And Hope”.
We also have an impressive video presentation by the late Joan Veon, an international journalist of high repute, “When Central Banks Rule The World,” which can be found within this Fools Crow article, Click here
One of the world’s biggest central banks, the U.S. Federal Reserve, has now been exposed as a private corporation owned by the stockholders of the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks and their member banks. In fact, the ‘Fed’ was actually declared a private corporation by Judge Poole in the case Lewis v. United States, 680 F.2d 1239 (1982). See details and Ellen Brown’s article and more and more
As for the Central Bank of Ireland, it came into being as a result of the Central Bank Act of 1942. During the 5th Stage debate of the Central Bank Bill (July 17th, 1942) Deputy J M Dillon asked some very pertinent questions that were swept under the carpet by Frank Fahy, the Ceann Comhairle (Speaker of the Lower House), and Seán T. O’Kelly, the Minister for Finance.
Dillon asked why the liabilities of the Central Bank should fall upon the people of Ireland when the credit money issued by the Central Bank would become the private property of the merchant bankers. Dillon objected to this arrangement and, on behalf of the Irish people, claimed ownership of the credit money issued by the Central Bank. He was overruled. In a disgraceful vote, with only 5 deputies present in the Dáil, the Bill was passed. (Note the huge parallels here with the passing of the U.S. Federal Reserve Act in the dead of night, on December 23rd, 1913, with only a handful of congressmen present.)
Consequently, today, all the credit money issued by the Central Bank of Ireland is the private property of the joint stock banks, the merchant banks. This is a secretive and criminal arrangement to which the government and the law courts are willing parties. See “Who Owns The Central Bank of Ireland?”
Undoubtedly, Collins’s first act would be to proceed immediately to Dame Street in the centre of Dublin. He would march up the steps of the Central Bank of Ireland and stride all the way straight to the Governor’s office, brushing aside secretaries and security personnel who might try to stop him.
Collins would lean over the desk of the startled Governor, look him directly in the eye, and tell him that he was under arrest and would be questioned about financial crimes of mass destruction against the Irish nation. Collins would also insist that the Governor make a phone call to his de facto boss in the House of Rothschild in Frankfurt and inform him that the Irish people would no longer be their debt slaves, that they were now taking back control of their own economic destiny. A similar call would be made to the President of the European Central Bank.
From his study of the current ‘banking crisis’, Collins would be well aware that it was the Governor of the Central Bank who undermined the Fianna Fáil/Green Government when he announced on national media that Ireland would be getting an IMF ‘bailout’ of tens of billions of euro – before the government itself had apparently come to a decision. Finance Minister Lenihan admitted on BBC Radio that the European Central Bank (through its Irish stooge, the Central Bank of Ireland) had forced the bailout on Ireland.
Further, the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland was accused by leading economist Morgan Kelly of making the “costliest mistake ever made by an Irish person” and is the man singularly responsible for Ireland’s economic disaster. Kelly goes on to accuse the Governor of deftly slicing off Finance Minister Lenihan at the ankles.
Now isn’t that awesome power for an unelected pen-pusher? Michael Collins would be well aware of the identity of this puppet master orchestrating events behind the curtain.
Collins Takes Control
Collins would close the Central Bank and take all senior Central Bank officers into custody for questioning, as well as previous Governors. Also, he would round up colluders in the Department for Finance, ministers and senior civil servants, and collaborators elsewhere in government. All bank assets would be seized on behalf of the people as well as assets belonging to individuals found guilty of treason or of defrauding the Irish people. This would include the operating of government, government departments, law courts, and other public bodies as private corporations trading for profit.
In place of a central bank, Collins would set up a National Bank which would issue money debt-free and interest-free, based on the value of goods and services provided by the people of Ireland. This bank would offer interest-free house loans in order to provide every family in Ireland with a home of their own. Terms could be extended to 50 years or more and no one would be evicted. The National Bank, acting for the people of the nation, would hold an interest in the house until it was finally paid off.
Monetary reform would be along the lines proposed by the American Monetary Institute and which was put before Congress by Representative Dennis Kucinich as the NEED Act 2011 (HR 2990)
Most of the apparatus of government would be dismantled. Social services would be largely abolished; instead of dole, sickness benefit, etc., a dividend would be paid to every Irish adult and child so that they would have a regular, basic income to cover mortgage/rent, food, heat, and energy. This derives from the ideas of C H Douglas and his system of Social Credit. See here
Political parties would be abolished. The current party whip system has the appearance of democracy but is designed to handpick and control which individuals get elected. The party whip compels them to give their first allegiance to the party rather than to the people who elected them.
Collins would suggest that communities elect representatives who would act under the terms of a binding contract. These representatives would have to vote in accordance with the wishes of the community that elected them. If they voted against the wishes of the community, or failed to properly fulfil their function, they could be recalled by the community immediately and replaced with another representative.
Policy would be set by the people, acting from the ground up, and not have it foisted upon them from the top down. All important decisions such as bailouts, wars, and so on would be decided directly by the people. In this high tech age of the Internet we can easily have instant communication and the people can make their views felt at short notice.
In further restoring full sovereignty to Ireland, Collins would have the people vote again on all treaties and involvement with the EU. The idea would be to end EU laws from superceding Irish law and to take back control of our own lands, seas, and a fishing industry that was devastated by venal politicians.
Collins would also look upon the First Dáil of 1919 as the legitimate system of government for Ireland.
Sweeping reforms would include the following:-
- All judges to be dismissed and only those of proven integrity to be re-appointed. All judges, barristers, and solicitors to be educated in Natural Law, Common Law, Brehon Law.
- The original Irish Constitution would be restored to eminence.
- Gardai would re-train as “peace keepers” and would no longer be statute enforcers or revenue collectors for the banks.
- The dealings of the Land Registry in their bias towards the banks would be investigated. Also, a return to allodial title for property owners would be initiated.
- Income tax and most other taxes would be abolished as they would be unnecessary under the new monetary system.
- The pharmaceutical industry would come under scrutiny and its ties/bribes to individuals and public bodies would be investigated. Alternative health modalities would be encouraged and given a level playing field.
- Innovative engineers and scientists would work on ways to tap into Free Energy which is abundant and infinite in the world. The works of Tesla, Keshe, and other pioneers of free energy would be unearthed and studied. Coal, oil, gas, fracking, and drilling would become redundant.
- Local communities would be encouraged to grow their own food, using permaculture, aquaponics, and other organic methods. GMO products and experimentation would be banned. Any planes caught spraying or laying chemtrails would be intercepted by the Irish Air Force and forced to land or be shot down.
Committees and advisers would look at other areas including, but not limited to, Education, Media, The Cosmos, Space Travel, Man’s Spiritual Nature, Technology, and The Arts.
If we all desire these things enough, and are willing to put sufficient effort into achieving them, then we can all bring forth a new, happy, prosperous land, a veritable land of milk and honey.
We may not have Michael Collins in the flesh to show us the way, but he is very much with us in the Spirit.