06 October 2005

IRISH REPUBLICAN INFORMATION SERVICE (no. 37)

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Date: 5 October\Deireadh Fomhair 2005

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In this issue:

1. Top Loyalist latest victim of feud
2. Man arrested over pipe bomb attack
3. Use of sniffer dogs in Six County prisons extended
4. GAA Victim Too Afraid To Display Colours Again
5. LVF rejects talk of dumping arms after Provo move
6. RSF stands alone
7. Catholics forced to endure gauntlet of abuse
8. Dispute at Irish Ferries
9. Collusion probe barriers
10. Add for British police is 'collaboration'
11. Belfast Council's £100k for 'sectarian' bonfires
12. RSF welcome release of Rossport 5

1. Top Loyalist latest victim of feud

THE UDA's former leader in east Belfast was shot dead on October 4. Jim Gray
was fatally wounded in a shooting incident in the Knockwood Park area of Belfast.
One early and unconfirmed report is that he was shot after answering a knock
to his door. In April Gray was stood down as UDA "commander" in the east of
the city. He was facing charges connected to the possession and concealment
of criminal property and money laundering. His assets had been frozen following
a Six County court order in April. Gray was shot and wounded in September 2002
in another incident, which the British Colonial police described as "loosely
linked" to the shooting dead of LVF member Stephen Warnock in Newtownards, Co
Down.

2. Man arrested over pipe bomb attack

A MAN was arrested on September 30 in connection with a pipe bomb attack on
the home of a couple and their three-year-old son.

The explosion in Carnany Drive, Ballymoney, Co Antrim left two pieces of steel
embedded in the living room. The RUC\PSNI said the man, who was detained following
a search in the area, would face charges of attempted murder. The family were
asleep when the device detonated at around 2.30am on September 29 on the windowsill
of their home.

RUC\PSNI Detective Inspector Nick McCaw said the crime was carried out by loyalist
paramilitaries and could have proved fatal. He confirmed two 5-inch pieces of
steel entered the living room and became embedded in the ceiling and sofa.

A car in the driveway was also damaged by the bomb, which sent debris hurtling
into the street. One bolt was found 50 yards away, next to a community centre.

The family were unhurt but have been left traumatised by their ordeal.

3. Use of sniffer dogs in Six County prisons extended

THE USE of sniffer dog in Six County prisons has been extended. Sniffer dogs
are checking inmates returning to Maghaberry and Magilligan prisons. The dogs
were initially used to check on visitors. The Irish Republican Prisoner Action
Group has highlighted the use of the dogs to deny visits to Republican prisoners.
In many cases the dogs have been manipulated by prison warders to sit beside
visitors indicating they are carrying drugs and thereby cancelling the visit.

4. GAA Victim Too Afraid To Display Colours Again

A TYRONE GAA fan whose wife's car was attacked in Newbuildings said she is too
frightened to display her county's colours again. Margaret Brown and her one-year-old
son were lucky to escape without serious injury after their car was pelted with
rocks as it drove through the predominately Loyalist village on September 25.
The mother and baby were among six motorists who have been targeted by sectarian
thugs in the village since Tyrone's All Ireland win.

Margaret Brown's husband, Sean, said that his London-born wife and his son were
left deeply traumatised by their ordeal. He revealed that she is no longer happy
to display any Tyrone colours in the car The car was singled out simply because
of a little miniature Tyrone jersey hanging from the rear-view mirror," he said.

"Margaret saw a couple of young fellas standing around as she drove into the
village and then the stones hit. She drove to safety before stopping the car
and contacting the police.

"My wife is English and has no experience of the Troubles or of being attacked
in this way. She is simply a Tyrone fan.

"She has since taken down the miniature jersey and does not want it to go back
up again. She is too concerned More than £1300 worth of damage was caused to
the door, bonnet, roof and window of the vehicle in the attack.Sean Brown, from
the Glebe, was in Croke Park for the match when his wife phonedjust before
throw-in to tell of their ordeal.for our family's safety." He hitout at the response
of the DUP's Foyle MLA, Willie Hay, who said displayingTyrone flags and emblems
in cars provoked people in Newbuildings.Sean Brown said: "I think that is a ridiculous statement. The GAA is a non sectarianorganisation. People can display Liverpool and United stickers in their carsand not get attacked so why are innocent GAA supporters singled out? It's timefor people to move on and for politicians to stop making the GAA out to be sectarianwhen it is not. "I think the comments from the DUP are ridiculous," he added.

Sean Brown also accused the British Colonial police of ignoring his wife's plea
for help. He claimed she has still not been contacted by them six days after
reporting the attack.

Meanwhile the GAA responded on September 29 after the DUP said that a spate
of attacks on GAA fans was partly due to the organisation being perceived as
"sectarian". Derry County GAA chairman, Seamus McCloy, denied the claims by
the DUP's William Hay, made after a series of attacks on drivers with Tyrone
emblems inside their cars passing through the unionist Newbuildings estate en
route to Strabane.

Police now say that six cars have been attacked in the village since the Tyrone
football side's victory over Kerry at the All Ireland final on September 25.On
September 25 Margaret Brown and her one-year-old son were pelted with stones
as they sat at traffic lights in the village. In an earlier incident just days
before another woman's car displaying the Tyrone flag was singled out for attack
in the same spot.

Seamus McCloy hit back at the DUP: "We are a non-political and non-sectarian
organisation. GAA is the biggest sport in Ireland. Sport is sport is sport,and all
people are welcome. People should be allowed to display whatever emblems
they want."

5. LVF rejects talk of dumping arms after Provo move

WELL-PLACED Loyalist sources on September 30 poured cold water on speculation
of a decommissioning move by British-backed Loyalist death squad the LVF in
response to the disposal of Provo arms.

It was reported that the death squad founded by assassinated Loyalist chief
Billy Wright could resurrect plans to dump arms following the announcement on
Provo decommissioning on September 26.But a source close to the LVF Portadown-based
Pastor Kenny McClinton, said he had heard nothing about such talk, and firmly
rejected the report.

He also indicated that the LVF is adopting a cautious approach to recent developments.The LVF has been embroiled in a feud with the UVF this summer. Four people were murdered by the UVF in July and August.

6. RSF stands alone

RESPONDING to claims made by Nell McCafferty in the Derry News, Richard Walsh,
Derry, Assistant PRO, stated "Nell McCafferty claimed in her column (Derry News
3/10/05, p.9: 'An open invitation') that 'there is often dual, triple and cross
membership between the IRPWA, the 32 County lot, and the (sic) RSF.' These claims
are entirely without foundation.

"Republican Sinn Féin states categorically that nobody within our organisation
is also a member of the IRPWA or 32-County Sovereignty Committee, nor are members
of these organisations eligible for membership of Republican Sinn Féin - RSF
stands alone.

"This has always been our position, and indeed an Ard-Chomhairle resolution
put to last year's 100th Ard-Fheis of Sinn Féin stated 'That this Ard-Fheis
reiterate our opposition to political broad fronts which serve to dilute the
national objective as expressed in the 1916 Proclamation.' The resolution was
carried."

7. Catholics forced to endure gauntlet of abuse

CATHOLIC WORSHIPPERS were forced to run a vicious gauntlet of sectarian abuse
as they attended a blessing-of-the-graves ceremony in Co Antrim on October 2.

Dozens of loyalist protesters gathered close to Carnmoney Cemetery in Newtownabbey
on the outskirts of north Belfast as hundreds of Catholics gathered to hold
their annual Cemetery Sunday service at the multi-faith graveyard.

A group of loyalists held a demonstration earlier in the day and this passed
off peacefully. However, loyalists returned in the evening to hold a second
protest. Dozens of grieving relatives were forced to miss the start of the service as
loyalists threw a blockade across the O'Neill Road, which leads to the final
resting place of hundreds of people from every denomination.

Fr Dan Whyte, parish priest at St Bernard's Church on the Antrim Road in Belfast,
led the annual prayer service. He confirmed that Catholics attending the cemetery
had been abused as they prayed for their dead relatives.

In September 2003, Fr Whyte was the victim of a loyalist death threat after
he slammed a loyalist campaign of intimidation against a Catholic church.
"I am disappointed by this. It's a big cemetery and I was at the other end of
it so I didn't know this had happened until people came up to me at the end,"
he said.

"I thought everything had gone peacefully and with dignity, and that would have
made it two years running without incident. A number of people were not able
to get to the cemetery in time for the beginning of the service because they
had to take a detour," he said. "People praying at the O'Neill Road end had
to endure a sectarian verbal assault, which is bad enough in ordinary circumstances.
But when you are trying to say your prayers, it's unacceptable and beyond anybody's
pale. I don't think there were any loyalist paramilitaries or responsible community
leaders involved in this. It's the cannon fodder we saw on the streets a couple
of weeks ago - youths and women who have nothing better to do, people who have
lost their way." Fr Dan Whyte added.

A similar blockade of the cemetery in 2003 resulted in serious rioting between
loyalists and the RUC\PSNI.During that incident, several vehicles were hijacked
and set on fire. Unionists had earlier blown whistles and jeered as Catholics
prayed over the graves of their loved ones.

Fr Whyte postponed the Cemetery Sunday service in September after loyalists
rioted following the Orange Order parade of September 10. The parade had been
rerouted from a predominantly nationalist area of west Belfast's Springfield
Road.

"I was fairly relaxed in the run-up to this and, as a gesture; I postponed our
celebration on the weekend of September 18. I didn't want to be calling out
large numbers of people and, in my innocence, I thought that sort of gesture
would be returned," he said.

8. Dispute at Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries on October 3 agreed to go back into talks with the trade union
SIPTU which will be mediated by the 26 County Labour Court on the issue of their
proposed enforced redundancy of workers within the company in order to make
way for migrant workers, on rates of pay, well below the statutory minimum wage.
These workers would be expected to work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week.
Many of the employees that had signed up to the redundancy package have now
withdrawn their signatures saying they signed under 'duress'. A meeting of SIPTU
members in Irish ferries voted unanimously on October 2 to reject the company's
plans and called on management to negotiate with the union.

Irish Ferries had given the workers until Monday October 3, to reach a decision
on accepting their 'voluntary redundancy scheme' or face cuts in pay of up to
50% in some cases and the removal of their legal entitlements to annual leave
or even days off including weekends. The Company offered the workers six weeks
pay for every year they worked but if they did not accept that by Oct 2 the
company would withdraw that offer leaving the workers with just the two weeks
statutory redundancy.

Until strike action was threatened by SIPTU the company had refused to negotiate
or allow any third party intervention. It also refused to consider a recommendation
that the option of a 5% salary cut for Irish Ferries directors and senior managers
be examined.

9. Collusion probe barriers

JUDGE PETER CORY has said that a British state agency had withheld documents
from his inquiry team investigating allegations of British state collusion with
Loyalist death squads. The Canadian judge was giving a rare public address at the annual meeting of the Irish American Unity Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 1.

"When I thought the report was ready, I wrote to all the security agencies again
and asked: 'Have you given me everything?' As a result, I got a whole bunch
more [documents] and had to add an addendum," he said.

Judge Cory said he had had to observe stringent security measures while examining
documents held at New Scotland Yard relating to the 1989 murder of human-rights
solicitor Pat Finucane. "Documents led to other documents. Some places were
extremely difficult. Some would even deny they exist. One lady from an agency
left her purse behind when delivering documents and, when I called her number
to tell her, the first question was: 'How did you get this number?' Then they
said: 'We don't exist and anyhow, we don't know her.'

"MI5 were more difficult. If I made notes, they had to see them and ensure they
accompanied me until they were put in the safe," he said. "I never went anywhere
on their premises alone. Even if I went to the john, they came with me - the first time that had happened since kindergarten."

Judge Cory said his report on the Pat Finucane killing, the first report to
be finished, had been taken out of Britain by the Canadian High Commissioner
in a diplomatic pouch and given to the Canadian secret service for safekeeping.
The Cory reports recommended public inquiries into the killings of Robert Hamill,
Rosemary Nelson, Pat Finucane, Billy Wright and RUC superintendents Harry Breen
and Bob Buchanan.

Judge Peter Cory has condemned British efforts to limit the scope of the Pat
Finucane inquiry as "intolerable" and said he could not imagine "any self-respecting
Canadian judge accepting an appointment to any inquiry constituted under the
new proposed act".

Judge Cory said the inquiries legislation proposed by the British government
was much weaker than the 1921 Public Inquiry Act. He said it would create an
"intolerable Alice in Wonderland situation" where those being investigated could
veto the inquiry.

10. Add for British police is 'collaboration'

IN A STATEMENT on October 2 the PRO of the Willie Stewart/Joe Conway Cumann,
Republican Sinn Féin, Dundalk said:

"An edition of the 'Argos' newspaper (Dundalk) on or around September 13, 2005
carried an advertisement encouraging readers to apply for positions in the RUC/PSNI.

"Republican Sinn Féin in Dundalk are disgusted that the editor of the Argos
felt it appropriate to attempt to legitimise an unacceptable police force that
continues to be the face of British occupation on the ground in the Occupied
Six Counties.

"The PSNI, like the RUC before them, continue to harass nationalists and Republicans
in the Six Counties and any attempt to legitimise them should be seen for what
it is - collaboration with a colonial police force!"

11. Belfast Council's £100k for 'sectarian' bonfires

Unionist councillors have voted to give £100,000 in funding to loyalist bonfires,
despite the burning of posters of nationalist politicians and an effigy mocking
nationalist suicides. Earlier this year Belfast City Council choose eight loyalist
areas to take part in a pilot project to encourage better management of July
11 bonfires.

The scheme followed concerns about an increase in the number of bonfires in
2004. Further concerns were raised over the health impact of thousands of tyres
being burned and the presence of Loyalist gunmen at the events.
A council report into bonfires at the eight funded sites has found:

· UVF gunmen took part in a 'show of strength' at Pitt Park in east Belfast

· An effigy mocked suicides of nationalist men in Ardoyne on the Westland bonfire
in north Belfast

· election posters of nationalist candidates and SDLP deputy leader Alasdair
McDonnell were burned at Annadale, south Belfast

· there were multiple burnings of Irish tricolours and erections of loyalist
paramilitary flags

· There was also a UDA show of strength at a non-funded bonfire at Ballysillan
in north Belfast.

The cost of the scheme included council funding of £48,000 and £60,000 in repair
costs. But despite receiving nearly double the number of bonfire complaints
compared to 2004, unionists have voted to go ahead with funding for even more
loyalist bonfires next year.

12. RSF welcome release of Rossport 5

In a statement welcoming the release of the Rossport 5 on September 30 RSF Vice
President Des Dalton said: "Republican Sinn Fein welcomes the release of the
Rossport 5 on September 30 and salutes the moral courage and leadership they
displayed during their 94 days of imprisonment. The very fact that they served
one day in prison is an indictment of a state, which is willing to jail its
own citizens at the behest of multi-national oil companies, whilst it places
the safety and welfare of its citizens solely in the hands of these same companies.

"The release of the men does not mark the end of the campaign as they themselves
have always pointed out; it merely marks a new phase in it. Firstly the gas
extracted from the Corrib gas field must be refined off shore. Secondly, the
Irish people must get a return economically from any exploitation of Ireland's
natural resources. Under the present arrangement with Shell and Statoil no royalties
will be paid and only 10 per cent tax, the norm is at least 25 per cent. This
arrangement must be renegotiated on terms that will have real benefit for the
Irish people. It is thanks to the Rossport 5 and their community that what amounts
to the theft of Ireland's natural resources by successive 26 County administrations
has been put centre stage". RSF also took part in a national rally in Dublin
on October 1 attended by up to 3000 people to support the demands of the Rossport
community; the rally was addressed by the released men. (Full report October
SAOIRSE)

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