The State-Sanctioned Murder of INLA Volunteer John Morris

Statement from the International Department of the Irish Republican Socialist Party

A Chairde, “Volunteer Morris did not die as a result of an exchange of shots between the Gardai and himself.”  So explained the Irish National Liberation Army regarding the execution of one of its volunteers from the South Dublin Brigade. We know this statement to be true, because INLA Volunteer John Morris did not have a loaded weapon in his possession, was offering no resistance to the Gardai, and because forensic tests demonstrate that he was shot in the back of the head from a distance of not more than two metres. That isn’t called a “shoot out.” It is called an execution ˜- it is called “murder.” Such a killing demands justice, but justice has thus far been denied.

The Gardai claimed that Volunteer John Morris pointed a gun directly at them and that they fired in what they believed to be self-defense, but John Morris was shot in the back of the head. Who will hold the Garda accountable for these lies?

The three Gardai who killed Volunteer John Morris testified from behind a screen, their identities masked – nameless assassins of the ruling class, who determined that the life of one member of the Irish working class wasn’t worth as much as the 900 punts the INLA was attempting to obtain to support the struggle for national liberation and socialism. Who will ensure that these killers are brought to justice?

Who will tell the truth? Who will mourn his death? Who will lament this needless killing? Who will speak out for what is right? Who will hold those responsible to account?

We know who will not do so. The capitalist courts, the capitalist Dail, the capitalist media, the capitalist class – we can expect no justice from them, no truth from them, no remorse from them, no concern from them. From them we can expect only this -˜ that they will protect their own interests to the peril of all else. For everything else, we must look to ourselves. Working people must always look to ourselves.

So it is fitting, that this monument has been erected by the Irish Republican Socialist Movement to the memory of a young man from Tallaght who was murdered in cold blood by the armed thugs of the ruling class. It is fitting that a movement of the Irish working class should erect this memorial, so that the truth will be told and our sorrow will be known.

It is fitting that it should erect this monument to point the accusing finger at the killers of John Morris and to testify to our pride in the selfless dedication to his class he showed. We are done asking the ruling class for what they will never give. If we want justice, Irish working people must look to themselves for it.

The comrades of the Federation of Irish Republican Socialist Committees Abroad and the staff of the International Department of the Irish Republican Socialist Party offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of INLA Volunteer John Morris. Moreover, we convey the sentiments of socialists and anti- imperialists from around the world, who have expressed their solidarity for our fallen comrade.

Remember him with Pride.

Source:  International Department of the Irish Republican Socialist Party

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