Thought you all might be interested in this:

The Garda Siochana Retired Members Association wishes to erect a memorial to the RIC, including the Black and Tans apparently. To see the full article please read the link below and when you are finished please see a letter on this post sent by James Langton that he sent to the RGA.

Retired gardai to honour RIC

Sunday November 20 2011

“RETIRED gardai are seeking permission from the Government to erect a monument in Glasnevin Cemetery to 500 members of the Royal Irish Constabulary, including the ‘Black and Tans’, who were killed by the IRA in the War of Independence.”

James Langton has sent a letter to the Garda Siochana Retired Members Association. It is as below:

“Dear Sir/Madam,

I read the article “Retired Gardai to honour RIC” Sunday Independant 20-Nov-2011 and was horrified at its content. To erect a monument to the RIC, DMP and more so, the Black and Tans is an outrage, and what is even more outrages is the fact that the majority of the people who they murdered on Bloody Sunday in Croke Park, lay scattered throughout that cemetery in unmarked graves, all except one, in the very graveyard that you want to erect a monument to the forces that put them there.

One only has to look at the new book “Revolution” by Pádraig Ó O’Ruairc, page 133, to see their brutality in its most barbaric. Beneath two horrific photos of the open coffins containing the corpses of Patrick and Harry Loughnane is the following script: The bodies of IRA members Patrick and Harry Loughnane, who were killed by D company of the RIC Auxiliary Division in November 1920. These photographs were taken at their wake at the Hynes farm, Dungora, near Kinvara, Co. Galway. The Loughnane brothers were arrested in daylight at their family home in Shanaglish on the 26th Nov 1920. Their partially burned and mutilated bodies were discovered in a pond near Ardrahan on the 5th Dec 1920. The two brothers were tied to the back of an RIC lorry and forced to run behind it until they collapsed from exhaustion and were dragged along the road. Both of Patrick’s arms, legs and wrists were broken. His scull was fractured and there were diamond shaped wounds carved into his torso. Harry’s body was missing two fingers, his right arm was broken and nearly severed from his body. Nothing was left of Harry’s face except for his chin and lips. A doctor who examined the bodies stated that the cause of death was “Laceration of the skull and the brain”.

Lets not forget the sacking of Cork City, Lets not forget the sacking of Trim, Lets not forget the sacking of Balbriggan and the murders that took place in these places to name just a few. In Balbriggan the RIC took two men from their barracks, James Lawless and Jim Gibbons and bayonetted them before shooting them dead. There were hundreds of reports of misbehaviour on a smaller scale. The late Lord Longford wrote of Tans torturing captured republicans, “cutting out the tongue of one, the nose of another, the heart of another and battering in the skull of a fourth”. Another observer reported: “They had neither religion nor morals, they used foul language, they had the old soldier’s talent for dodging and scrounging, called the Irish ‘natives’, associated with low company, stole from each other, sneered at the customs of the country and drank to excess.”

The Catholic cardinal of the day called them “a horde of savages, some of them simply brigands, burglars and thieves”. Similar denunciations came from within the armed forces, their commander, General Frank Crozier resigned in 1921 because they had been “used to murder, rob, loot, and burn up the innocent because they could not catch the few guilty on the run”. In this instance, its reputation is not based on any republican propaganda and exaggeration, since there is no dispute that “the Tans” killed and destroyed on a large scale. Nor did they make any secret of their ferocious reprisals. When a Tan was killed in Cork, they burnt down more than 300 buildings in the city centre and afterwards proudly pinned pieces of burnt cork to their caps.

A British Labour Party commission reported that it felt feelings of shame at witnessing the “insolent swagger” of the Tans, whom they described as “rough, brutal, abusive and distinctly the worse for liquor”.

Appalled and Saddened

James Langton.”

Is it the case that there are no grave headstones to these men?, or is it that they wish to erect a memorial to them? Every man deserves a headstone, no matter who they are, but a memorial  is made to honour and remember.

We would like to hear opinions and thoughts on this matter.