Black and Tans, including of course Charlie Flanagan, must be thanked for Sinn Fein’s success, according to the Song Writer Brian Warfield.

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The ballad writer who wrote ‘Come out you Black and Tans’ and coined the phrase ‘Up the RA’ has come out in defence of people’s right to talk and sing about the IRA.The 73-year-old frontman of the Wolfe Tones, Brian Warfield, cited his campaign — which got the infamous Come Out You Black and Tans song to number one of the Irish and English chartsagainst the RIC commemoration as a ‘factor’ in Sinn Fein’s success and Fine Gael’s demise.The author of 150 songs, one of which called Celtic Symphony coined the phrase ‘Up the RA’, attributed the recent David Cullinane controversy to him probably singing the song which features the infamous lyrics ‘Ooh ahh Up the RA’.Related: For all the election 2020 news, reaction and analysis, click HEREThe controversy was around a video that emerged on Monday of the Sinn Fein Waterford TD shouting ‘Up the RA’ and ‘Tiocfaidh ar La’ in what was understood to be a celebration of Sinn Fein’s successful election.

The Irish folk singer said that the RIC commemoration was a ‘big boo-boo’ made by the outgoing Fine Gael Justice Minister, Charlie Flanagan.

On Sinn Fein’s surge in the elections, Mr Warfield said: ‘I think it was fantastic. It is a great bit of change for the country. I think that Come out You Black and Tans played a good part in it as well.’

‘It was down to the campaign against the recognition of the RIC and the Black and Tans. I ran a campaign against that because I thought it was totally wrong. I think it was a great mistake on Charlie Flanagan’s part. It would be like the Jewish people acknowledging the SS and saying “they were only doing their job”.

David Cullinane wearing glasses: Sinn Fein Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane. Pic: Sam Boal/© Provided by

Sinn Fein Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane.  ‘I think it was interesting that you could have a commemoration and insult a lot of people who suffered at the hands of the RIC and black and tans.

When asked about how appropriate it was for Sinn Fein supporters to sing come out you black and tans in the count centre when it became clear that Dessie Ellis was going to be elected, Mr Warfield said: ‘They have every right to do it if they want to.

‘I remember Charlie Flanagan and others saying that “you can’t say IRA” and things like that. It says in that song “tell them how the IRA made them run like hell away”. What is wrong with that? That is the truth of our history. They did attack the black and tans and rightly so.

‘It is like, don’t mention the IRA but you can mention the Black and Tans. If you mention the IRA to the people who want to commemorate the Black and Tans, they go crazy.

Charles Flanagan wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: The Irish folk singer said that the RIC commemoration was a ‘big boo boo’ made by the outgoing Fine Gael Justice Minister, Charlie Flanagan. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins© Provided by

The Irish folk singer said that the RIC commemoration was a ‘big boo boo’ made by the outgoing Fine Gael Justice Minister, Charlie Flanagan. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins ‘The IRA are heroes in a lot of people’s minds whether it be going back to the war of independence or before that. These are very important people in the struggle for Irish freedom and we wouldn’t have a bloody Dail without them.

When asked about the recent controversy surrounding David Cullinane saying ‘Up the RA’, the balladeer didn’t flinch when he said: ‘Well, he was probably singing Celtic symphony which is where that phrase comes from.’

‘I wrote that song for the centenary of Celtic football club after they showed support for Irish hunger strikers in the 1980s.’

Although, the ballad singer did briefly admit that the IRA were at fault too: ‘The IRA were only part of the problem in the North of Ireland.

‘Look at the Glenanne gang, look at the Shankill butchers. There were two sides to it. How many people did the British army kill? You don’t hear that.’

Fred is bewildered by results of 2020 Election.  Well done Mary Lou McDonald; Pearse Doherty; David Cullinane, Eoin O’Broin, Padraig MacLochlann and so many more. Sinn Fein must thank Charlie Flanagan personally, and the other Idiots who were going to force the People of Ireland to sing the Praises of the Murderous Black and Tans.  Well Charlie, you got your Answer, “Fuck Off”, the cruel irony for you and your team is that you did SF a great Service.  Now Martin must make the Hard Decision, do you Respect the Vote of the people and Form a Government with SF and Whoever else is suitable. The country needs Stability, especially with Brexit coming fast and furious up stream.  Yet another NI Secretary of State Julian Smith, following a Boris Johnson Cabinet meeting bites the dust. 




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