18 February 2006

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UNDER surveillance

Daily Ireland

BY Robin Livingstone

You have to think that if they can recruit blokes like Denis and get huge bugs into Connolly House they can do just about anything.

Sinn Féin party stalwarts are said to be singularly unconcerned by the fact that they’ve been infiltrated and bugged for God knows how long, as one told me from Rio de Janeiro and another said from a coal bunker on the outskirts of Drogheda.

I think they’re right to be unconcerned. Some months ago I discovered that every room in my house had been bugged over a period of some 18 months. I confronted my old pal, Chief Constable Hugh Orde, about the matter. Sadly, Hugh refused to hand over the entire transcripts, but he was good enough to slip me an A4 summary which was discussed recently at a staff meeting of the Joint Irish Section of the Joint Intelligence Committee chaired by the director and co-ordinator of intelligence at the NIO.

Target: Robin Livingstone. Male journalist. Extreme republican thought to be on the point of compromising and/or exposing our network of informers and agents provocateurs in west Belfast referred to hereinafter by the codename CIRA. Also believed to be an IRA quartermaster.

Room no 1 (reception/TV area)
Subject has clearly been trained in sophisticated anti-surveillance techniques as he continually lies vertically on the settee out of the scan of our pinhead camera and places the television remote control on his chest to run electronic interference on the sonar wave microphone. Subject is in habit of listening to music, especially at night and at weekends when regular and unidentified pops and cracks can be heard.

Please disregard our initial assessment which identified the noises as experiments in improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Acoustics experts have since told us they are wine bottles and beer tins being opened.

Room no 2 (kitchen/dining room area)
Subject has secreted a two-way radio in this quadrant in which he carries on one-way, sometimes exasperated and frequently hostile conversations with a number of his superiors with RoI accents who we have identified as 1) Marian Finucane; 2) Pat Kenny; 3) Des Cahill; 4) Vincent Browne. Suggest all four are terminated with extreme prejudice.

Penchant for international cuisine suggests that subject has travelled widely to training camps or on fund-raising missions: Old El Paso fajitas; Goodfellas pizza; chilli Pringles; Birds Eye chicken tikka. Also, the presence of HP sauce suggests he may have been involved at some stage with the England Department.

Room no 3 (bathroom and toilet)
Subject is in habit of singing in the bath/shower – particularly favours The Broad Black Brimmer and Sniper’s Promise. When exiting bath/shower sucks belly in and makes muscleman poses in front of mirror.

Voracious reader of seditious material while performing evacuations. Experiments frequently with facial disguises while shaving possibly in preparation for resumption of hostilities – left goatee beard on, for instance, but quickly removed it when children burst out laughing; tried three-inch sideboards and bandido moustache, but quickly removed them when children burst out crying.

Room no 4 (bedroom)
Subject is clearly an experienced and considerate lover whose lengthy nocturnal activities often necessitate a shift change for exhausted monitoring teams. Three female agents removed from operational duties after trying to contact subject without authorisation and on their own time.

‘Pillow talk’ information is unfortunately limited because heavy bass tones of Barry White songs on CD make satisfactory audio recording difficult; video images similarly unsatisfactory because bedroom is usually lit only by candles. Possible link with Tokyo branch of the Red Army Faction as subject favours mid-thigh-length silk Japanese dressing gown with bell sleeves and a dragon on the back. Subject is extremely ___ - ___ ___ and often ___ his _____ with –––––– or ––––different ––––– in a typical night. Frequently _____ his ______ exotic massage techniques are _____by his _______ who ________ amazed and eternally grateful (Transcription incomplete – message ends).

17 February 2006

City postal staff 'to end strike'


Striking Belfast postal workers have apparently decided to end two weeks of unofficial industrial action and return to work.

Royal Mail called on staff to end their action after it agreed to a review of employee relations.

A Communication Workers Union spokesman said the strike would be called off if there was a consensus amongst members that the proposals were acceptable.

About 200 strikers discussed the offer at Transport House in Belfast.

The union had said it wanted assurances from the company that it would not interfere with the independent body brought in to review employee relations at the firm.

It also said it did not want its members victimised when they returned to work.

On Thursday, the company said it had given the union the assurances it had asked for.

It said there was no longer any reason for the strike action to continue.

Workers at Tomb Street in Belfast began an unofficial strike on 31 January after staff alleged harassment by managers. Royal Mail denied the claims.

Mail deliveries have been disrupted, with Belfast the worst affected area.

Royal Mail has said mail sent from Northern Ireland to the Irish Republic was now being dispatched, although that mail posted to Britain and internationally was still affected by the strike.

On Monday, Royal Mail said it would allow a third party to look at future relations between management and employees if workers returned to work immediately.

The company's offer also required staff to agree to a 12-month ban on industrial action.

Royal Mail has said that it will take three to four weeks to clear up the backlog of post once the strike is over.

Customers needing more information and advice have been advised to contact the company's helpline number on 08457 740740.

MI5 Tried To Set Up Derry Bombing - Claims McGuinness

Derry Journal

Friday 17th February 2006

Martin McGuinness has alleged that a member of MI5 tried to coax loyalists into launching a bomb attack on his Derry home. The Derry republican says he is totally opposed to any lead role new legislation may give to the British security service in running informers and agents in the North.

The measures are expected to be contained in laws enabling the transfer of policing and justice powers to a future devolved administration at Stormont Mr. McGuinness has also claimed a considerable amount of work on policing and justice will still have to be done before his party can participate on the North's policing bodies. He said: "We are totally opposed to any MI5 role in intelligence gathering, let alone giving it the lead role. "In the circumstances of restored political institutions, we believe it should be the responsibility of the government in the North to deal with all of these matters. "Anyone who knows anything about the history of MI5 knows it has played a very negative role in events in the North over the past 25 years. "Indeed, I was informed at one stage that a member of MI5 tried to encourage a leading loyalist paramilitary to throw 30 lbs of gelignite through the window of a house I was living in in Derry. "The experience of MI5 among republicans has been very bad and I have to say anyone who thinks it is acceptable for MI5 to have a role in intelligence gathering is living in cloud cuckoo land." MI5 is expected to take over the primary responsibility from the PSNI for running agents and informers in the North in late 2007. In preparation for its role, the organisation is believed to be preparing to move to a new base at Palace Barracks in Holywood, Co Down.
The proposal has, however, been criticised by SDLP leader Mark Durkan who warned Prime Minister Tony Blair at a meeting in London this week that his party would oppose any role for MI5 because it will be unaccountable to the Policing Board or an Executive at Stormont. PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde has, however, defended the move, calling it a healthy split in responsibilities.
With Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain due to announce a new look Policing Board in April, there has also been considerable interest in whether Sinn Fein will take up the seats it has so far refused. However, as his party prepares to debate 37 motions on policing and justice affecting members on both sides of the Irish border at its Ard Fheis in Dublin this weekend, Mr. McGuinness insists there is still considerable work to be done. "In the negotiations that took place in December 2004 Sinn Fein outlined what was required," the party's chief negotiator said. "In the course of the coming days we are going to see the enabling legislation made public. That will have to be examined very carefully to see if it meets the needs of our constituents. "So there's still quite a lot of work to do. The publication of the enabling legislation on its own is not going to be enough to resolve differences. "There will also have to be crucial discussions between the Democratic Unionist Party, Sinn Fein and others about how we deal with policing and justice in the context of a restored Assembly. "There are a lot of ideas circulating as to how a department would work and how it would fit into the 10 ministries. We have our own ideas but we want to hear what the DUP and others have to say."

DUP 'Taking Control Of Political Calendar'- Says Durkan

Derry Journal

Friday 17th February 2006

Mark Durkan has accused the Irish and British governments of allowing the DUP to take "control of the political calendar." The Foyle MP's remarks follow his meeting with British prime minister Tony Blair at Downing Street on Wednesday.

Mr. Durkan told the 'Journal' last night: "Every time the governments say that they will not or can not set a date for restoring the institutions without a prior agreement, they are, in effect, telling the DUP that they will only restore them at a time and on terms that suits them. Of course, this isn't new. "The negotiations in late 2004 and the so-called Comprehensive Agreement by the two governments, the DUP and SF, told the DUP this as well. "That agreement involved returning to a shadow Assembly and things would have moved on only when the DUP was content. "Those who conceded this to the DUP, along with various changes to the Good Friday Agreement, did so claiming that the DUP was on for powersharing and North-South co-operation. "We argued the folly of this attitude by the two governments and Sinn Fein while they kept saying that the DUP was 'up for a deal'. Their mistaken attitude has fed the DUP's arrogance and I believe that even they are now starting to recognise this." The two governments, says Mr. Durkan, now need to let all the parties know that their talk of a "timeline" actually "means something more than idle spin."
He added: "They can't seriously continue to talk about a timeline while, at the same time, refusing to set a date for the restoration of all the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement. "Indeed, Peter Hain is sending dangerously confused signals when he talks of the government's determination to move things on while simultaneously arguing against a date for restoration and then indulging the DUP suggestion of just having the Assembly in shadow mode.
"Both governments need to tell the DUP that Unionism got an effective veto on the institutions while the IRA refused to decommission and continued its activities - but that this has now gone. "They can tell the DUP that, under the Agreement, there are some vetoes that they will have inside the institutions but that they no longer have a veto on those institutions." Mr. Durkan revealed that, during this week's Downing Street talks, he made it clear that the SDLP does not accept the Comprehensive Agreement, of December 2004, as the "road map" for the future. "We never agreed the changes to the Good Friday Agreement that the two governments and Sinn Fein were prepared to concede in that document. These include drive-by vetoes on the Executive authority of nationalist ministers, a gross departure from democratic inclusion, and the stymieing of North South co-operation. "The DUP seem to believe that it can take all those erosions of the Agreement as givens and still stall things now. "The two governments and Sinn Fein need to make it clear that the so-called Comprehensive Agreement is dropped and that their position has returned to the Good Friday Agreement proper."

Author probes sectarian murder of Newington mother sixty years ago


Guilty man walked free after instruction from Orange Order judges

The brutal sectarian stabbing of a Newington woman almost 60 years ago is the subject of a new book by an Antrim Road author.

Entitled: ‘Bloodstains In Ulster. The Notorious Case of Robert The Painter’

Tom McAlindon deviated from his normal subject of English literature to tackle what he calls the “terrible, terrible wrong had been done” in the collapse of the trial that became known as the gripping but notorious case of ‘Robert the Painter.’
The trial shocked people from Belfast because it tapped into the sectarian nature of the unionist state. And it was soon elevated from that of a routine murder to a show trial that split the community down religious lines.
In 1949 Minnie McGowan was in her home on Ponsonby Avenue when there was a knock on her door. She opened it to find a man named Robert Taylor asking to use her telephone. She let him in but immediately he became aggressive, grabbing her by the throat and choking her until she fell down where he then kicked and beat her. Minnie McGowan was then taken to hospital and the RUC arrived finding the house ransacked, a blood stained carving knife, and Minnie’s teeth lying on the ground.
The dying woman was conscious and was able to give a positive ID on who killed her - a painter from Meadow Street, called Robert Taylor. Taylor was arrested that day and bloodstains and hair were found on his overcoat which matched his blood group and the hair was Minnie McGowan’s.
The case engrossed Belfast because if Taylor was found guilty he would be the first person to hang in Belfast since 19-year-old IRA man Thomas Williams hanged in 1942.
Taylor pleaded not guilty to all charges and produced alibis that could account for his whereabouts that day. The jury were unable to agree and Taylor was sent for retrial in October 1949.
At his new trial Taylor again gave evidence but this time he could not convince the jury of his innocence and they found him guilty. He was sentenced to hang in November at Crumlin Road jail, but then the defence lodged an appeal against the conviction.
The outbreak of the conflict in 1969 caused a seismic shift in in Irish life, not least because all life became dominated with the unfolding events and everything was focused on the increasing spiral of violence.
But Tom McAlindon’s memories of the North are only from before the troubles, as this is when he left his native Belfast to start on his academic career. For this reason a court case regarding a grisly 1940s Newington murder, long forgotten by many, stayed with him and led him to complete a book on the case and make some extraordinary discoveries.
But what gripped the city was the revelation that a separation of the jury had taken place during the trial. On two nights while the jury was sitting they had gone by bus to Donaghadee and then Antrim. The judge had given permission for the jury to travel to Bangor for fresh air and exercise, but with orders that they were to be closely supervised and that they should at all time be kept separate from the public. However, the jury travelled on to Donaghadee where they made off in groups to spend time in the local pubs, walking in the area or visiting public cafes. On the second outing when they were in Antrim the jury visited a fruit shop and queued for their goods with members of the public. The blunder or otherwise led the judge to quash the Taylor conviction and release him immediately.
It is the fallout of this case that has stuck with Tom all these years and led him to write the book about Minnie.
“It happened when I was 17 or 18 while I was living on the Antrim road. Because I left Ireland in the fifties and went over to Cambridge and I didn’t experience all of the horrors of the 1970s 80s or 90s. As a consequence this very brutal murder stuck in my mind very vividly and has never left it. It seemed to me to be a very extreme and vivid case of the way sectarian politics made a mockery of justice and the law. Here was a man who was found guilty of a savage premeditated murder and the judge sentencing him said the sentence was based on conclusive, not convincing evidence. He got off on a technicality and couldn’t be tried again.”
Following his investigations, Tom McAlindon is convinced the collapse of the trial was engineered.
“It is very difficult to believe otherwise, and in fact the documents that I have unearthed in the Records Office point to the fact that the appeal court judges, both of whom were members of the Grand Lodge Committee of the Orange Order, now dead, were perfectly well aware of what was going on and the pressure on the judiciary was very strong. But I think it went from the ground up, right through the men of the jury and the RUC.
“It seemed to me an extreme example of what could go on. The unionist establishment had a complete control of the law.”
Tom McAlindon says that it is obvious the RUC disobeyed instructions.
“The jury was given very strict instructions that if they were to go out on a walk they were to keep together, two policemen at the front and two at the back, and this was because until 1976 there was a rule in Northern Ireland that a jury had to be kept together during the time of the trial.
“So they slept in the courthouse itself and had their meals there. This rule was stopped in England in 1946 but it continued in Northern Ireland for another 20 years.
“They had strict instructions to stay together, but as soon as they got to Donaghadee they got out and they broke up into four groups and with the police went in different directions.
“The second time they went out they went to Antrim and did the same thing – they broke up. The man (Robert Taylor) was sentenced to death on the Friday and low and behold on the Monday affidavits came from the jury and police saying in a very unashamed manner what they had done, which clearly infringed the rule.
“The appeal court judges had to quash the conviction. They said ‘by some strange accident’ and they are the very words they used, ‘by some strange accident, we don’t know how’. It’s laughable, but the problem is it happened at the very highest level of the judiciary and this is what is so appalling.”
Getting to the bottom of the case was something that Tom McAlindon says has been an invigorating experience for him.
“I found it very cathartic because I felt a terrible, terrible wrong had been done to that woman and I thought of her daughter, who left Belfast in disgust.
“I was able to track her down and she told me she left because she got on the bus shortly after Robert Taylor was released.
“There he was, sitting in front of her laughing and joking. She felt sick and left and very soon after (that) she disappeared. In fact people thought she was dead, but I was able to track her down and she helped me fill in any gaps there were and helped my understanding of the case,” he said.
Despite the interest in the book Tom says that it will be his one and only foray into the world of true crime and says he will now retire to read other books.
“This is totally different to anything I had done before and it will be my last book. I have too many books to read now I have retired,” he said.
“I want to spend the rest of my life reading good literature – that’s my seventh book so I am finished now writing. I am 73 now so I think I deserve some time off,” he laughed.

Bloodstains In Ulster is on sale now in local bookstores, published by The Liffey Press and priced £8.95.

As school roll numbers fall, Irish education bucks trend


There has been a steady rise in the number of children attending Irish-medium schools and that increase has been hailed as a huge success by the chair of the Irish education body Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta.

This year is again in line with a 30-year trend in growth rates in the Irish-medium sector, said Seán Ó Coinn, Chief Executive of Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta .
“We have growth this year of almost 10 per cent, a figure which is in keeping with the constant gains the sector is making every year.”
Mr Ó Coinn said parents were seeing the benefits of Irish language education.
“It is evident that an increasing number of parents are choosing Irish-medium education for their children.
“Their reasons for sending their children to Irish-medium schools are numerous. Some have cited the education benefits of a bilingual education, the unique teaching environment and, of course, the opportunity to become fluent in Irish while gaining a deeper understanding of Gaelic culture and heritage. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that parents are continuing to vote with their feet and are choosing Irish-medium schools. In the North Belfast area alone there are two Irish-medium primary schools and four nursery schools and we look forward to further growth.”
For information on Irish-medium education contact Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta on 90321475 or email eolas@comhairle.org.

Journalist:: Staff Journalist

Angry father blasts DUP for lack of support in his justice campaign


Ahead of a meeting with the Irish government a North Belfast man whose son was murdered by the UVF has blasted the DUP for failing to support him in his campaign for justice. But the DUP has rejected the North Belfast man’s claims.

Raymond’s son Raymond junior was murdered by the UVF in 1997. He was 22.
The murdered man’s father says he has been forced to seek help from nationalists and the Irish government because unionists have failed him.
“One party here in Northern Ireland has helped me and that is the SDLP. Now, what’s the next stage for the likes of myself from a Protestant background? The DUP have turned their back on us – they don’t call for the arrest of UVF people even after the amount of murders they have committed in their own community.”
The grieving father said the DUP still refused to meet him despite holding talks with nationalist victims.
“Ian Paisley met with the Finucanes, and I fully support the Finucanes and I hope they get justice because there was collusion there, make no mistake about it. But the Finucanes wouldn’t be DUP voters – Ian Paisley doesn’t have a problem with meeting that woman or her family and yet they refuse to meet me.
“The DUP named three people who were involved in the [Robert] McCartney murder and yet it’s not even that they refuse to name the people who murdered my son, but they refuse to call for the arrest of the murderers of my son.
“The UVF have murdered something like 30 Protestants from their ceasefire and Ian Paisley has yet to call for the arrest of a UVF leader.”
Raymond McCord says it is the failure of the unionist parties to address the issue of loyalist murders that has driven him and other families to seek help from the Irish government.
A spokesman for the DUP this morning rejected the claims.
“Raymond McCord has been in contact with a number of DUP MPs and they have facilitated meetings with him and facilitated meetings with the Chief Constable and others for him.
“The DUP wants to see justice for Raymond McCord and for all victims of terrorism and we are, as always, standing ready to assist victims in any way we can,” said a DUP spokesman.

Journalist:: Evan Short

Widow has no faith in inquiry


The wife of a man murdered over 30 years ago by the British army has said she has no faith that his killers will be brought to justice by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET).

Ardoyne woman Alice Logan, who was married to Eddie Sharpe when he was gunned down at his door by the British army in March 1973, said she would refuse to cooperate with any new probe led by the PSNI.
“How I am going to get justice if the state is investigating the state? I want no part or parcel of it, and I won’t be cooperating,” Alice said.
“33 years ago Eddie was murdered. All the evidence was there, but it was all covered up by the British army and the RUC. Why do they want to know now, 33 years later? It’s a political stunt through and through to me.”
The HET has been up and running for just under a month now and it has been tasked with revisiting over 3,000 unsolved murders from 1969 until the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
Justice campaign groups such as An Fhrinne, Relatives For Justice and the Ardoyne Commemoration Project (ACP) are against the idea of the state investigating the state.
Alice and Eddie got married in December 1965 and they had had four children together, one of whom died at birth. On March 12. 1973 Alice’s world changed forever.
“I remember the night Eddie was shot we were making the tea before we went to bed. It’s amazing I still remember every little detail.
“Eddie went out to the front door and he called me out to look at the moon. I said to him to hold on a minute. I was just setting down his tea to go out when the next thing I heard was a shot. I called Eddie’s name three times but there was no answer. I thought, he doesn’t hear me, so I went out to the front door and Eddie was lying there dead, with his hands still in his pockets.”
Eddie had been shot dead by a British army sniper stationed at a nearby observation post. The British army later alleged that Eddie was a gunman pointing a rifle at them from his garden. But at the inquest it was admitted that Eddie wasn’t a gunman.
Alice and her children never received an apology.
At the time, Holy Cross priest Fr Myles Kavanagh launched a civil investigation into Eddie’s murder.
It was later called off after eyewitness Sean Murphy was shot and the inquiry was deemed too dangerous to continue.
In the ACP’s book, Ardoyne: The Untold Truth, Fr Myles said he believed it was the Paras that shot Sean Murphy.
“The state was not amenable. (We) agreed that if witnesses were going to be shot then it couldn’t go on,” he said in the book.
30 years on, Fr Myles said he believed that people had to make up their own mind about the HET team.
He joined the parish of Holy Cross as a priest in 1961 – he turned 70 last November.
“There’s a lot of people who are over it, have already dealt with the past. For some people they desperately need it [the truth],” the Holy Cross priest said.
“It can be devastating to have to relive it when you don’t want to.”
ACP spokesman Tom Holland said an independent inquiry, separate from the British government, was crucial for victims.
And he labelled the establishment of the PSNI historical inquiries team as another British stalling tactic.
“The main issue for any victims group, or family, in deciding whether they should co-operate with or give support to the HET, is whether or not they believe the HET intends to fully deal with the issues of the past in an independent, objective manner,” he said.
“Our position on the HET is that it is at best a delaying tactic by the British Government in the absence of it facing up to its responsibilities on the truth recovery issue.”

Journalist:: Áine McEntee

Local bodies could be briefed on MI5's new Ulster activity

Belfast Telegraph

By Chris Thornton
17 February 2006

The Government has acknowledged a need for "local transparency" after MI5 takes the lead role in intelligence gathering in Northern Ireland.

In a discussion paper on the devolution of justice, that was published alongside Westminster legislation yesterday, the Government said it recognises that there is a crossover between intelligence about national security - which MI5 will handle - and organised crime, which police will continue to monitor.

The acknowledgement came as the Policing Board called for "clarity and reassurance" that progress made in intelligence safeguards over the past three years won't be reversed by the switch to MI5. The call followed PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde's remarks that he would object if he felt the handover to MI5 would deprive his officers of information they need.

In a nod to local transparency, the Government indicated local Ministers, the Assembly, Policing Board and Police Ombudsman could be briefed on MI5 activity.

"Even when policing is devolved, those with responsible for overseeing policing will need to understand how national security issues are handled," the Government paper said.

"The Government has consistently recognised the importance of local transparency, as has the PSNI Chief Constable, though it will not risk compromising information or techniques that would jeopardise national security."

Earlier this week, Sir Hugh Orde told Parliament's Northern Ireland Select Committee that he has "no difficulty" with the transfer of responsibility to MI5.

"But I would have huge difficulty if I didn't get back all the intelligence I need to fight crime," he said.

"I'm not going to sign up to a system in which that is not the case."

Yesterday members of the Policing Board were briefed about changes to the intelligence system by Assistant Chief Constable Sam Kinkaid.

In a statement afterwards, Board chairman Sir Desmond Rea said that members "were particularly concerned" that the enhanced role for MI5 could "reverse progress made during the last three years".

"Board members agreed that clarity and reassurance around this issue must be provided prior to any change being effected, and would continue discussions on this matter with the Chief Constable," he said.

Both the SDLP and Sinn Fein have objected to greater MI5 involvement.

Sinn Féin members gather for Ard Fheis


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More than 2,000 Sinn Féin delegates gather in Dublin today to debate 500 motions at the party’s annual Ard Fheis.

The ’Irish Unity and Equality’ theme will coincide with the 90th and 25th respective anniversaries of 1916 Rising and the 1981 Hunger Strikes in coming months.

Sinn Féin’s Dáil leader Caoimhghin O Caolain will deliver the opening address, followed by a speech by chief negotiator Martin McGuinness on the peace process.

Guest speakers in the RDS will include Micheal O Seighin of the Rossport Five group and Joanne Delaney, who was sacked from her job in Dunnes Stores in Crumlin because she wore a union badge.

Other invited delegates include members of the NUE-NGL political group in the European parliament and visitors from Portugal, the Basque country, Cyprus and Sweden.

Newly-elected representatives in last year’s Westminster and local elections, including Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy, will also receive a special welcome.

This weekend’s event will also be the first Ard Fheis since the IRA ended its armed campaign and decommissioned its weapons last year.

Sinn Féin said the wide-ranging motions reflected the high level of debate that is ongoing through the party.

Party president Gerry Adams will make his keynote leader’s speech on Saturday at 5pm.

Order to reconsider parade policy


The Parades Commission rules on contentious marches

The Grand Lodge of the Orange Order is to reconsider its policy on parades at a special meeting.

Despite unofficial contacts, and one meeting of individual members with the Parades Commission, the policy of the Order is not to engage with the body.

Many would like to change this, but that may depend on a government commitment to review the framework on which the commission works.

The meeting is to be held in Belfast on Saturday morning.

However, the last review of the commission three years ago changed little.

If a commitment to change was forthcoming, there could be some engagement prior to this summer's marching season.

Views at Grand Lodge are known to be diverse and any vote could easily go either way.


But it is understood there is a recognition that the make-up and approach of the new commission - which now includes two Orangemen - is very different from any that went before.

The Orange Order members of the commission are David Burrows and Don MacKay, who are members of the Portadown lodge which wants to parade along the Garvaghy Road - a mainly nationalist area.

Orangemen last walked down the Garvaghy Road from a church service at Drumcree Parish Church in July 1997.

However, the Parades Commission has since banned them from parading down the road following objections by nationalist residents.

The commission was set up in 1997 to make decisions on whether or not restrictions should be imposed on controversial parades during Northern Ireland's marching season.

New appointments, including Mr Burrows and Mr MacKay, were made to it in November 2005.



02/16/06 20:08 EST

Sinn Féin spokesperson on policing Gerry Kelly has welcomed the British government's introduction of an enabling bill for the transfer of powers on Policing and Justice to Northern Ireland.

Speaking today, Mr Kelly said Sinn Féin had been pushing strongly for the transfer of powers on policing and justice away from London.

"In negotiations with Sinn Féin in December 2004 the British government agreed to introduce this framework legislation as a first step. However the important detail of the powers to be transferred, what the best departmental model is and the timeframe involved are all issues which need to be worked out as a matter of urgency."

"The DUP amongst others need to be ready to discuss the detail on transfer as a core issue in setting up the interdependent political institutions agreed under the Good Friday Agreement," he said.

"Delays in dialogue need to cease and the DUP need to engage in the inevitable negotiations on these important matters now."

No probe for first victim

Daily Ireland

PSNI Historical Enquiries Team yet to investigate circumstances of Francis McCloskey’s 1969 death

By Connla Young

A new investigation into the death of a man regarded as the first victim of the Northern conflict has not yet begun, it emerged yesterday.
Almost three weeks after the launch of the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team investigation of killings committed during the conflict, the case of the first fatality has yet to be examined.
Francis McCloskey died after being beaten by the RUC in Dungiven, Co Derry, in July 1969.
Although the 67-year-old is regarded as the first victim of the conflict, the circumstances surrounding his death have yet to be investigated.
Differences have emerged between the PSNI and the Police Ombudsman’s office in relation to how cases involving people killed by the RUC should be examined.
This means that the investigation into those deaths has been held up indefinitely.
At a press conference held last month, representatives of the Historical Enquiries Team claimed that the case files would be dealt with in chronological order.
The PSNI was later forced to clarify that the first 100 cases to be examined excluded those people who had died as result of RUC actions.
Neither the PSNI nor the Police Ombudsman was able to say when the investigation into RUC killings would begin.
Lucy McCloskey, a neighbour and close family friend of Francis McCloskey, urged the HET and Police Ombudsman’s office to sort out their differences.
“An acknowledgment or an apology would make a difference,” she said.
“It would make a difference not just to the people of Dungiven but to people across the North.
“It would form part of the healing process, and there has to be a healing process if we are going to live together.
“My memories of Francis are that of a lovely man, a willing neighbour and a great help to my family.
“His death was a very grave injustice. And that extended to his sister Rose Ellen. He was the only family she had and she lived for many years after him and had to carry that pain until she died. She was the forgotten victim in all this.”
A spokesman for the Police Ombudsman’s office said: “A number of issues are still to be resolved and, at this stage, we are still in discussions with the Northern Ireland Office and PSNI about the transfer.”
A spokesperson for the PSNI confirmed that details of 48 RUC victims had been handed to the Police Ombudsman.
“The process of referring those cases to PONI [Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland] is the subject of discussions between HET and PONI. PONI’s acceptance of the cases is a matter for them.
“The relationship between HET and PONI is one of ongoing liaison through a structured process, which includes a protocol and memorandum of understanding. This ensures that both agencies can progress their independent and important work in a complementary fashion, especially in any cases where a process of parallel review may be necessary.
“It is important to clarify that, when reference was made to HET dealing with 100 cases in chronological order, this was intended to mean the first 100 cases which fall appropriately to be dealt with by HET,” said the PSNI spokesperson.
An inquest in 1970 into Mr McCloskey’s death found that the bachelor had suffered a fractured skull and torn artery.
His name was not included on the RUC’s official list of people killed in the conflict until the list was amended in 1995.

Inmate welfare group to meet prison bosses

Daily Ireland

Connla Young
from 13/02/2006

A group representing republican prisoners is to meet prison service chiefs to discuss rising tensions in Maghaberry Prison.
Representatives of the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association have said the meeting on Wednesday was arranged to address complaints raised by republican inmates held in the Co Antrim prison’s Roe House unit.
Prisoners have complained in recent months that they are being harassed by prison staff.
It is understood several prisoners have complained of being physically attacked when taken to the prison punishment block, which is not covered by closed-circuit television cameras.
Other prisoners have complained after being put through numerous body searches, including strip searches.
One prisoner recently complained that he had been searched 42 times in one week.
An ongoing point of contention for prisoners at Maghaberry is the cancellation of open family visits at the last minute.
Prison authorities often attempt to justify this practice by claiming that sniffer dogs have detected illegal substances on visitors.
As well as facing rigorous searches, prisoners in Roe House are monitored through CCTV and listening devices.
Marion Price, a spokeswoman for the prisoners welfare group, said conditions were intolerable for prisoners in Maghaberry.
“We were told, once prisoners were segregated in 2003, there may be teething problems with the new regime but, once staff got used to it, things would relax.
“But that didn’t happen, and staff use the system to harass prisoners.
“The fact is people are being beaten up and continually harassed. Prison staff are not supposed to wear emblems or badges but they do.
“Also, they are supposed to cover up their tattoos but they don’t. For prisoners, it’s a hostile environment and we want to find a solution before the situation escalates.
“We will talk to anybody in trying to improve conditions for prisoners,” she said.
A prison service spokesman declined to comment ahead of this week’s meeting.


Ballymena News

16 February 2006

A ROW is brewing between Sinn Fein and the DUP over flags and emblems at Ballymena Council.
Ballymena Sinn Fein Councillor Monica Digney has said if the Union Jack and portrait of the Queen are to be kept in the Council chamber, a symbol of nationalist identity must be placed alongside them.
If no nationalist flags or symbols are to be displayed, said Cllr Digney, the existing flag and portrait should be removed.
DUP man Roy Gillespie has said he will resist any attempts to remove the Union Jack and the Queen's Protest, and will stand firm against what he calls 'republican stirring'.
Cllr. Gillespie who in the past fought to stop the Queen's portrait being covered in the Council chamber, said there would never be a Tri-colour flown alongside the Union Jack in the seat of local government.
Cllr Digney's comments come as the Council prepares to complete an EQIA (Equality Impact Assessment).
She said: "After my appointment to Council last year I immediately raised with the Council the issue of inequality within the Council Chamber.
"The display of a portrait of the British Queen alongside both the Union Jack and the Unionist state flag reflects the identity of the Unionist community but there is nothing in the Chamber to reflect ratepayers of a nationalist/republican persuasion.
"This Council is run using the money of ratepayers from across the entire community, not just one particular political or religious persuasion, and Council must take steps to address this. The Council must subscribe to either Equality or Neutrality when it comes to issues like this and I would expect the Council's EQIA to reflect that.
"The Council must take steps to improve its image in terms of equality and tackling the issues of flags and symbols would be an all-important first step.
"I was elected on the commitment that I would combat inequality whenever or wherever I come across it and I have already opened a case with the Equality Commission regarding this.
"Be rest assured that if Unionist Councillors are in any way found wanting in terms of resolving this issue that I will not hesitate in taking this case all the way."
Incensed, Cllr. Gillespie responded: "If the Union Jack and the Portrait of our majesty were taken down, I think the majority of people would be offended, that is my personal opinion.
"I have always stood for the flag of our nation for which so many men gave their lives. I will be totally opposing any changes."
The DUP representative was equally unimpressed by the alternative: "There is no way that we can have the tri-colour the flag of a foreign state flying in our Council chamber. Nationalists and Catholics are treated just the same as everyone else in Ballymena. They enjoy the same benefits.
"Cllr. Digney is just trying to stir up tensions like she has been doing in Ahoghill and Portglenone. She is a British subject just like me and the rest of the people living in the Borough."
The Equality Impact Assessment on Flags and Emblems is due to be completed by the end of March. The consultation documentation was issued by Ballymena Borough Council on February 6 and the closing date for responses is February 24.

16 February 2006

Webstats4u malicious?

On all three of the SAOIRSE32 sites, I have had a site tracker from Webstats4u, formerly Nedstat Basic. Today I noticed these huge malicious pop-up pages whenever I clicked on two of the sites. I am not 100% positive, but I believe they were coming from the Webstats4u site tracker--the tiny blue box icon--so I have removed it from the Blogspot and the Blogsome sites. It does not appear to be causing a problem on the Livejournal site yet. If you are still seeing the blue site tracker icon or experiencing the pop-up 'iLead' page, clear your cache and reload. Hopefully this will solve the problem--or you can view the site at Livejournal for awhile. If I notice a problem there, I will remove that site tracker also. Sorry for the hassle.

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Frazer and Ahern march to the same tune

Daily Ireland

Jude Collins

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usFor harassed Dublin drivers, it's probably the last thing they need, but inside the next couple of weeks the capital's main thoroughfare will be blocked off to facilitate the sound of marching feet on two separate occasions. Both events will draw a considerable number of onlookers, both events will feature heavily on the television news, and both will evoke strong feelings North and South.
The first, to take place later this month, will be organised by Willie Frazer. Like many people in the North of Ireland, Willie lost relatives during the Troubles and this has motivated him to organise some 1,000 unionists on a march through O'Connell Street and up to the gates of Leinster House for a rally. He hopes Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, can be persuaded to take part.
The march, Willie says, is to commemorate victims of Northern violence, and relatives and friends of all victims are welcome. But since Ulster and Union flags will be carried and a couple of Orange bands will lead the march, it's a safe bet that Pat Finucane family members or Bloody Sunday victims' relatives will not be part of the parade.
Willie argues that his march should be allowed to take place, since the South claims to be a democracy; besides, the southern state needs to know that northern unionists resent the South's meddling in their affairs. Those opposed to the Frazer march argue that it is selective about the kind of victim it is prepared to commemorate, it will be led by bands from an anti-Catholic organisation, and that its sole aim will be to irritate and intimidate.
People will make up their own mind which side has the better of the argument, but certainly negative southern reaction so far shows a selective sense of outrage.
When similar marches occurred in places like Portadown and Bellaghy and the Lower Ormeau, the people of the South tended to shrug and wonder aloud why northern nationalists couldn't manage to live and let live – sure it'd all be over in 20 minutes.
Now that a similar march is scheduled for Dublin, the phone-ins are hopping with the sound of angry voices denouncing the idea of Orange bigots marching where they're not wanted.
Instructive or what? When agitation and conflict are happening ‘up there', it's easy to urge sweet reasonableness in response. When the drums come thudding up to your own door, what looked in the distance like an interesting cultural custom becomes alarmingly like a case of coat-trailing.
The second march will be at Easter and will involve some 2,000 soldiers of the Irish army marching past the GPO. This will be organised by Bertie Ahern and will aim to commemorate the sacrifice of those who led the 1916 Rising. The Fianna Fáil leader believes that the events of that year belong to no single group or party, and so he has decreed that a military parade, left dormant for decades, be resumed.
Again, the planning for this march has provoked differing responses.
Some agree with the Taoiseach that the nation owes a debt to the men whose sacrifice led to the creation of the southern state. Others, like the soft-spoken Senator, David Norris, argue that to honour these men is dangerous, since they engaged in violence and they might provide a bad example for others.
On the face of it, the two marches have little in common, other than happening along O' Connell Street. Willie says he's concerned to honour unionist victims of republican paramilitarism and wishes to demonstrate the depth of unionist feeling. Bertie says he's concerned to honour republican victims of British militarism and wishes to demonstrate the depth of nationalist feeling. Couldn't get much more opposite than that.
But look a bit closer and more important similarities start to show.
Willie Frazer's feelings for what he calls ‘innocent relatives' is probably genuine, particularly since he would include himself among them. But if you have innocent relatives, then there must be such a thing as guilty relatives, and in Willie's book, that's the families of people who were in some way involved with republicanism and were shot dead by the British security forces. They got what they deserved.
And when the Orange bands go thudding down O'Connell Street it will be to drive home that got-what-was-coming-to-them sub-text as much as it will be a commemoration of unionists killed during the 30-year Northern conflict.
There's a sub-text to Bertie's Easter parade as well. On the face of it, it's a formal salute on the 90th anniversary of 1916 to those who fought and gave their lives all those years ago. Who could quarrel with that except maybe the peace-loving Senator Norris? But, of course, Bertie didn't get Charlie Haughey's ‘most cunning, devious', etc, description without having earned it. In this case, like Willie Frazer, there's no doubt a part of Bertie that is sincere: he does want to celebrate the sacrifice of Pádraig Pearse and his followers.
But there's another part of him that, like Willie Frazer, wants to draw distinctions. Willie wants to distinguish between victims, Bertie wants to distinguish between combatants.
In particular, the Taoiseach wants to distinguish between the republican violence in pursuit of political ends that characterised 1916 and the years that followed, and republican violence in pursuit of political ends in the North that characterised the early 1970s and the years that followed.
Bertie would have liked my late mother-in-law. Upset by yet another Northern headline, she would sometimes sigh and say “Ah, the old IRA – now they were nice”.
But even as he's keen to break any suggestion of a thread running from 1916 to present-day politics, Bertie is aware that something profound is happening throughout Ireland, and if he and his party don't take account of it they could pay a heavy price, starting in the next election.
Bertie knows, just as Enda Kenny knows, and Pat Rabbitte knows, and Mark Durkan knows, that there is a tide of nationalist sentiment rising throughout this island, one that as recently as ten years ago would have been unthinkable, and that shows no sign of subsiding.
Bertie/Enda/Pat/Mark, and their allies in the media, have done and continue to do as much as they can to turn it back, but it's becoming increasingly obvious the damned thing's got too big.
And that's the sub-text of Bertie's planned parade on O' Connell Street this Easter. On the face of it, Bertie, like Willie, is doing no more than honouring those who gave their lives in an honourable cause. But behind the scenes of official celebration, a sense of suppressed consternation prevails. Bertie knows that Fianna Fáil has a choice.
It either learns to ride this wave of nationalism that is coming, or it drowns. What looks like an O'Connell Street saluting stand is really a FF surf-board.

Jude Collins is an academic, writer and broadcaster. His latest novel is Leave of Absence (TownHouse, £6.99; €9.99)

Post strike spying claims


The postal strike took another bitter twist yesterday as workers accused Royal Mail of taking photographs and collating files on striking staff.

Two postmen, who wish to remain anonymous, contacted the Andersonstown News this week to voice concerns for their safety in the light of claims that files were being created containing personal details, including photographs, of the strikers.

“We were informed by an impeccable source in the Tomb Street building that dossiers were being created on those considered to be militant," said one postman.

“We were told this by someone we trust 100 per cent but we know that Royal Mail will, and must, deny this because it is illegal.

“This is just another form of the bullying that lies at the crux of the problem. The climate of fear that the management has created is shocking, people are wary and frightened about talking to the media, but we need to get our side of the story out."

The second postman said an agreement must be made in order to avoid further industrial action in the future.

“We are by no means a radical workforce, we are quite the opposite actually. Our work is a race against the clock, everyone gets the job done as quick as they can, it's for everyone's benefit but the situation is being made difficult due to the attitude of some members of the management.

“These issues must be resolved before we go back, the management want to break the union so they can steamroll through their procedures unhindered. We cannot and will not let that happen."

Royal Mail dismissed the men’s allegations saying the claims were “patently not the case.”

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Did Wales create first terrorist prison camp?


Darren Devine
Feb 16 2006
Western Mail

WALES 'pioneered' Guantanamo-Bay-style prison camps with a detention centre used to hold the men who went on to win the Republic of Ireland's independence, it was claimed yesterday.

About 1,800 Irishmen were held at the Frongoch camp near Bala, in North Wales, including figures who would go on to play key roles in the Republic's first Government.

The author of a new book on the camp points to parallels between the treatment of Irishmen imprisoned at Frongoch after the Easter Rising rebellion of 1916 and the terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay.

Welsh broadcaster and journalist Lyn Ebenezer, whose book Fron-Goch and the birth of the IRA is being launched in Ireland later this month, said, "In Frongoch they were there without charge and without trial as in Guantanamo. Of the 500 in Guantanamo only 10 have been charged.

"Another interesting connection is that at Guantanamo the detainees have turned to hunger strikes, which also happened at Frongoch.

"In 1916 there were as many as 200 on hunger strike in Frongoch."

Among those imprisoned was Michael Collins, who later negotiated the settlement with the British authorities that led to the creation of the Republic.

Instead of crushing the sprit of those detained, Frongoch effectively became a university for nationalists from all over Ireland and reinvigorated their opposition to British rule.

Mr Ebenezer believes Guantanamo, as was the case with Frongoch, contains a mix of radicals and apolitical prisoners who were simply caught up in the US's war on terror.

At Frongoch, those indifferent to politics were radicalised by their closeness to so many leading Irish nationalists and Mr Ebenezer believes Guantanamo may be similarly counter-productive.

"There were men at Frongoch who had nothing to do with the Easter Rising, but they were all thrown in together and they then became sympathetic to the movement.

"There must be a few in Guantanamo with no connection with terrorism. Some will have been together there for four years - that's long enough to generate a hell of a lot of hatred.

"At Frongoch the longest anyone stayed for was seven months."

Frongoch started life as Wales's first whiskey distillery, but when the company folded the building was later converted to a prison camp for German soldiers captured during the First World War.

When they left, the men who orchestrated the Easter Rising took their place in January 1916 and most of these were released around seven months later, with only a hard-core remaining.

The men held at Frongoch were members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, but they would later rename the organisation the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Mr Ebenezer said the prisoners attracted the sympathy of local Welsh people, but throughout the rest of Wales they were viewed, as in England, as terrorists.

"All the research I've done shows they were treated very fairly by local people, who deplored the way they were treated by the British.

"But as far as the rest of Wales goes the reaction was exactly as it was in England - even trade unionists turned against them and regarded them as terrorists."

During the 1930s the prison camp at Frongoch fell into dereliction, with some of the buildings sold off to local farmers.

Ironically, relatives of those imprisoned there returned in the 1950s - but not to see the site of their forebears' imprisonment.

Instead, the Irish who arrived 40 years later came to work on the controversial Llyn Celyn reservoir, which was created after the tiny Gwynedd village of Tryweryn was drowned.

1916 Items Up for Auction

Irish Voice

By Mairead Carey

THE only original copy of the Irish national anthem is to go under the hammer in the coming weeks, in an auction of memorabilia from the Easter Rising of 1916.

A typewriter belonging to Michael Collins, a Tricolor said to have flown over the GPO during the Easter Rising, and the telegram from the British government announcing the formation of the Irish free state are also up for grabs.

So too are poignant letters from the leaders of the rising to their loved ones, written the night before their execution.

Among them are a letter from Thomas Clarke to his wife Kathleen, and a letter from fellow rebel Sean McDermott to the mayor of Limerick.

Auctioneers believe that the written copy of the anthem “The Soldier’s Song” or “Amhran na bhFiann” will fetch between ¤800,000 and ¤1.2 million and is likely to go to a bidder outside the state.

The song was written by Peadar Kearney on two pieces of paper nine years before the rising but was popularized by the 1916 rebels. It was chosen as the national anthem in 1926.

Despite the recent attempts by the Irish government to reclaim the spirit of 1916 from the Republican movement, there has been no indication that it will pay for the items to be kept in this country.

The auction, to be known as the “Independence Sale,” will be jointly hosted by James Adam and Sons and Mealy’s Auctioneers in the James Adam salesrooms in Dublin during the week of April 12, which coincides with Easter.

“This sale is unique in every respect. No sale of such national importance has ever been held before, and we imagine it won’t be matched for a long time after,” said Stuart Cole, director of James Adam and Sons. “Many of the items consigned for auction are one-offs.”

Adams set to be denied St Patrick’s Day visa


16/02/2006 - 14:34:04

Political sources in the United States have said they expect Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams to be denied a fundraising visa for St Patrick's Day.

Sinn Féin has applied for a visa that would allow Mr Adams to attend a fundraising function in Washington on March 16.

However, US sources say the chances of him securing the visa are remote.

Mr Adams decided not to attend a similar function last year after the Bush administration barred him from fundraising due the IRA's alleged involvement in the Northern Bank raid and the murder of Robert McCartney.

Decision not to interview suspects 'probably political'


16/02/2006 - 15:35:26

The decision not to interview four key suspects in the murder of a Dundalk forestry worker 30 years ago was probably political, a judge said today.

Seamus Ludlow (aged 47) was abducted by loyalist paramilitaries in Co Louth and shot dead on May 2, 1976, but gardaí never interviewed the suspects identified by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) 18 months later.

At the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Judge Henry Barron was asked if this decision had been taken because of the volatile situation at the time.

“I think the reality is that it was probably political,” he replied.

Committee member Senator Jim Walsh suggested that while he did not agree with it, one possibility was that the Government did not want the loyalist suspects interviewed because it might inflame republican sympathies.

In his report into Seamus Ludlow’s death, Judge Barron said it was most probable the decision not to carry out the interviews with the Northern Ireland-based suspects was made by former Garda Commissioner Laurence Wren, then head of the Garda C3 security section.

The two Garda detectives who received the information from the RUC in 1979 never received authorisation from C3 to travel across the border again to follow it up, despite the fact that two of the suspects were in prison and readily available for interview.

Judge Barron told the committee he stood over his report’s conclusion, despite strong denials from Mr Wren that he had any involvement in the decision.

“It must have been made by the most senior member and that was Mr Wren,” he said.

Labour TD Joe Costello said that, in his opinion, this failure to interview the key suspects meant there had never been a proper murder investigation by the gardaí.

The four suspects named in Judge Barron’s report – Paul Hosking, James Fitzsimmons, Richard Long and Samuel Carroll – were arrested in the North in 1998, but the DPP there decided not to prosecute them because of insufficient evidence.

Judge Barron said he would have liked to have seen the RUC files on the Ludlow murder while compiling his report, but this was not possible because he got no co-operation from the British authorities.

Independent TD Finian McGrath asked him if there were any other avenues for the committee to investigate.

“It’s an awful long time ago. That’s the problem. Everything seems to suggest that four men were in public bars in the state (on the night of Ludlow’s murder). At the time, if photographs were shown to people, they might have identified them,” said Judge Barron.

The family of Seamus Ludlow, who have travelled from Dundalk to attend each committee hearing, are calling for a full public inquiry into his murder.

They are set to give a public statement through their solicitor, James McGuill, at the final committee hearing next week.

Judge Barron’s fourth and final report into bombings in Dundalk in the 1970s is within a week of completion, but its publication may be delayed to see if the names of those allegedly responsible can be included.

Northerners ‘unwelcome’

Daily Ireland

Ahern ‘buckles under pressure’ - Taoiseach capitulated to Fine Gael and Labour pressure and shelved plans to let North’s MPs take part in Oireachtas debates, claims Sinn Féin

by Senan Hogan

The Taoiseach has caved into opposition pressure and abandoned plans for an all-Ireland Oireachtas forum involving Northern MPs, Sinn Féin said yesterday.
Sinn Féin had called for the North’s 18 Westminster representatives to be allowed to take part in all-party debates on specific issues relevant to their constituencies.
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, the party’s Dáil leader, yesterday said that Taoiseach Bertie Ahern had capitulated on the issue as a result of pressure from Fine Gael and the Labour Party to shelve the proposals.
“This is a capitulation of the highest order and it undermines Mr Ahern’s ability to adequately stand up for the rights of all citizens on the island of Ireland,” he said.
Mr Ó Caoláin said Mr Ahern now wanted to water down his proposals to let MPs appear at Oireachtas committees. This limited MPs to the same billing as dozens of lobby groups, the Sinn Féin TD said.
Mr Ahern earlier told the Dáil that several political parties had difficulties with the original proposals, which had been recommended by the Oireachtas all-party committee on the constitution in 2003.
The Taoiseach denied that he was abandoning plans to let Northern MPs have a role in Oireachtas debates.
“I’ve listened to what everybody has said and I’ve taken account of the views of all the parties.
“I accept that several parties have reservations about the proposal so I’m currently considering those responses and have an opportunity to come back with a different proposal.
“It’s obvious that the House will not agree to anything other than Northern parties coming to the committee to make normal presentations and discuss issues in committee. That seems to be what the end point is, so I will come back with that suggestion,” said Mr Ahern.
Mr Ó Caoláin told the Dáil that Mr Ahern’s revelation alarmed him.
“I am disquieted, to say the least, that you are now considering something which is much less than the thrust of the committee’s recommendation – namely, an accommodation involving existing committees outside the Dáil chamber, which amounts to the same access that any lobby or interest group can avail of,” he said.
Mr Ó Caoláin said several communities – not just nationalists and republicans – in the North had been given the false hope that the proposal would become a reality.
“It is absolutely reprehensible that the Taoiseach now appears to have caved into the partitionist demands of Fine Gael and Labour.
“This is an appalling capitulation by the Taoiseach and raises serious questions about his integrity on this very important issue,” he said.
However, Mr Ahern said he hoped his amended proposals would be in line with the all-party committee report and consistent with the Good Friday Agreement.
“I’m not abandoning it and I don’t intend to. I have to take into account the views of the parties. I don’t intend to abandon it,” he told the Dáil.
Speaking at a small protest outside the Dáil after the Taoiseach’s remarks, Mr Ó Caoláin said the matter would be raised at the Sinn Féin Ard-Fheis in Dublin this weekend.

Sectarian thugs go on rampage in the Shankill

Belfast Telegraph

OAPs fearful after homes attacked

By Claire Regan
16 February 2006

Pensioners living in a tight-knit Protestant community last night spoke of their fear after a group of thugs went on the rampage, shouting sectarian abuse and attacking homes.

Windows in four homes belonging to elderly and disabled residents in Boyd Street, in the Lower Shankill area of Belfast, were smashed when a group of young men and one woman attacked them with traffic cones at around 2.30am yesterday. correct

At least one car was damaged and several front doors had visible boot marks where the youths had tried to kick them in.

Police have confirmed they are treating the incident as sectarian after the hooligans were heard shouting "Orange b******s" and "Up the 'Ra" as they made their way along the street.

William Hood (60), who suffers ill health, has lived in the street for 38 years.

He had to get his living room window replaced yesterday after a traffic cone was hurled through it, smashing a lamp, destroying a set of blinds and damaging a table.

He said residents have to deal with abuse from people walking through the street at night on a regular basis.

He said: "We are absolutely sick of this happening. This is a very quiet area and we just want to live here in peace.

"But this is happening nearly every day now. We've had enough. There must be something the police can do."

Neighbour Edward Carson and his wife Elizabeth, both aged 59, were woken by "shouting and barging" outside.

"They threw a cone at the front window but luckily the window didn't smash. When I went out the next morning, I noticed a large dent on my car where the door had been kicked at," Mr Carson said.

"They then smashed in the front window of the woman's home next door. It's pathetic."

DUP MLA Diane Dodds visited residents whose homes were attacked.

She said it was believed the group were coming from the city centre and used the street as a short cut on their way to the Carrick Hill or New Lodge areas.

"This is a very vulnerable community because of its proximity to the city centre and this has been happening on a fairly regular basis. These residents, many of whom have lived here for a very long time, shouldn't have to put up with this."

People reject asbestos dump


by Francesca Ryan

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usHundreds of people turned out yesterday for the protest against a proposed asbestos dump in the heart of West Belfast. (Photo: Mark Jones - Daily Ireland)

Politicians, community representatives and families who have lost relatives to asbestos-related diseases stood shoulder to shoulder at the rally outside the offices of Grove Services Group. They heard Sinn Féin councillor Paul Maskey promise that West Belfast would not stand by and let the dangerous substance be stored in this community.

Anxious parents, concerned pensioners and children listened intently as Councillor Maskey reaffirmed his commitment to getting the plans shelved.
“We will not allow this to happen in Andersonstown. If this application is given the go-ahead, it will act as a green light for other companies to do the same across Belfast."

Local environmentalist Terry Enright and Sheila Smith, who poured out her heart to the Andersonstown News a few weeks back about the experience of losing her father to mesothelioma, also spoke at the protest in the Kennedy Way Industrial Estate.

“The large turnout today shows the deep concern the people of West Belfast have about these plans," said SDLP councillor for the area, Tim Attwood.

“It is just incredible to think that the planners have agreed to an asbestos dump so close to a large housing estate, a nursery school and business park.

“It is probable that asbestos will be transferred from across the North to here.

“Reports have shown that there is a high risk of asbestos escaping from bags being transported to the dump, and a medium risk of the deadly dust escaping during manual handling by plant workers. This is totally unacceptable.

“There are serious problems with planning decisions being taken here, there are obvious health concerns involved and public protest appears to be the only way to oppose this application.

“I would encourage people to continue to get involved to see these plans killed off."

Sean Paul O'Hare, Director of Féile an Phobail, added his support to the campaign.

“I am here to show my opposition to plans for an asbestos storage facility here in West Belfast," he said.

“We have long been trying to make positive contributions towards making the area a better place – a facility like this contributes nothing and is a negative factor.

“The people here today are sending a clear message that this asbestos facility isn't welcome in West Belfast."

Terry Enright of the Black Mountain Environmental Group said the plans were the latest “in a litany of abuses".

“The turnout here is great and people need to keep up the momentum, they need to be writing away and telephoning those who are making these irresponsible decisions.

“People are voicing their concerns about the impact on health and on the environment but they are basically being ignored. In my eyes, this is just the latest in a litany of abuses against the people of West Belfast.

“The planners need to be held accountable for their decisions."

Councillor Maskey told the Andersonstown News last night that he was very pleased with the turnout.

“This is only the first protest of many, we plan to keep this up for as long as is necessary, we cannot stand by and let this happen.

“People have shown enough concern to come out here today, for many it is their lunch hour but they wanted their voices to be heard and hopefully now Grove Services will listen."

Councillor Maskey, along with representatives from Andersonstown's Link and Tullymore community centres, will be meeting with Grove Services’ Managing Director, Dougie Sloan, today.

“Mr Sloan asked to meet with us on Thursday, to me this is an exercise in PR because the media spotlight is on him. Today's rally was a success in that it brought us to the meeting table. Grove had stonewalled everyone until the last minute, they thought we wouldn't pull the rally off but we did and this is a good result."

Responding to Mr Sloan's claim that Grove will only be handling “low-grade" asbestos, Councillor Maskey said: “At the end of the day, asbestos is asbestos and it only takes one speck to be inhaled to lead to a potential fatality. If this application is given the go-ahead, Grove can bring in the high-grade stuff in the following week and there is nothing that anyone will be able to do.

“This is just one of the points we will be discussing with Mr Sloan on Thursday."


Last-ditch response from GSG

“Our premises are not in a densely populated area. We are situated in the middle of an isolated, off-road industrial estate”.
Dougie Sloan, Managing Director,
Grove Services Group

by Francesca Ryan

Yesterday morning, just hours before the planned protest rally at the offices of Grove Services Group, the company's Managing Director, Dougie Sloan, finally contacted the Andersonstown News.

Mr Sloan said he was moving “to allay public concern" about the proposals for an asbestos storage facility at his Andersonstown premises. In fact, he issued a general statement to the media and has still failed to answer all the questions we put to him 38 days ago.

Grove Services had remained silent despite being pressed by the Andersonstown News, amongst others, to answer a number of questions relating to the security precautions to be taken to contain the potentially deadly asbestos fibres that will be stored at Blackstaff Way if the application is given the green light.

Mr Sloan said in his statement that he had been unable to comment until now as the application is still with the Planning Department but said he wanted “to put the record straight” on what he admits is “a highly emotive subject".

“The company would not contemplate or do anything that would endanger the health of our employees, or the health of the public,” said Mr Sloan.
“We will only be dealing with the very lowest grade asbestos: asbestos sheeting from roofs, the lining of chimneys, even old PVC tiles from kitchen floors.

“It's called bonded asbestos: it's already sealed in. This is not limpet or friable asbestos, which is classified as the highest risk."

Mr Sloan refuted allegations that his company were putting financial profit before the health of those living and working in West Belfast.

“We plan to undertake this work because the government has failed to provide adequate facilities elsewhere," he said before countering claims that his company, and the proposed asbestos site, are situated in a densely populated area. “Our premises are not in a densely populated area. We are situated in the middle of an isolated, off-road industrial estate.

“Any storage at our premises off the Kennedy Way will be temporary, not permanent. And how fast or frequently it will be transferred to Scotland for disposal will depend on the volume collected. We don't know that yet."

The Andersonstown News has reported that a security assessment carried out by Grove Services themselves in the summer of 2004 revealed that there was a “high risk" of the escape and ingestion of asbestos fibres due to either the rupture of asbestos bags during carriage to or from a vehicle, a vehicle accident or a fire in the vehicle.

“The application has to factor in all worst case scenarios. That is required by legislation,” reads the statement

“It has to cover all asbestos types, even though we will be dealing solely with the bonded, sealed variety: the lowest risk category.

“In the planning application, we have committed ourselves to taking all steps humanly and technically possible to guarantee the safe and secure collection, storage and transportation of asbestos.

“The material will be transported and stored in enclosed steel containers which exceed all the requirements of industrial, Health, Environmental and Transport laws.

“This covers air-proofing, weatherproofing, fireproofing and vandal-proofing." Mr Sloan was eager to stress that he understood why the community was concerned and emphasised that, as far as he was concerned, locals would not be put at risk.

“We understand and respect the concern being expressed in the community. That is why we have taken all the steps outlined in this statement.

“Our health and safety record is exemplary. If we had any major concerns about this latest development we would not progress with what we see as providing a service to the community.

“I stress again: we would not contemplate or do anything that would endanger the health of our employees, or the health of the public."

UN report calls for Guantanamo closure


16 February 2006 12:22

The United Nations has published its report on the United States detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and said the facility has undermined international law.

The document charges that the US treatment of detainees violated their rights to physical and mental health and in some cases amounted to torture.

About 500 people are currently imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay many of whom were detained in Afghanistan more than four years ago.

The UN's Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Novak, says the US should give all inmates a proper trial or free them and close down the camp.

The authors of the report also call for the prosecution of US officials who may have been involved in torture.

The United States has already responded to leaks from the report, rejecting the findings as 'baseless assertions' and pointing out that its authors had never visited the prison.

Ahead of the report's publication, the most senior UN human rights official said there was little alternative to closing the detention camp.

Louise Arbor, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, said some of the inmates there had been held for so long that even a greater involvement from the US judicial system in their cases would not be enough to undo the damage.

Police suspect attack linked to Devlin murder


16 February 2006 11:34

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usPolice in Northern Ireland are investigating a link between a petrol bomb attack in west Belfast this morning and the killing of a local man, Gerard Devlin, earlier this month.

The device, which failed to ignite, was thrown at a house in the Ballymurphy area at around 4.30am. A bin was also set on fire.

Yesterday, two windows were broken in the same area.

Mr Devlin, a 39-year-old father of six, was killed as he called to collect his children from Whitecliff Parade in Ballymurphy two weeks ago.

Four people have been charged with his murder.

MI5 tried to set up bombing: McGuinness


16/02/2006 - 10:49:16

A member of MI5 tried to coax loyalists into launching a bomb attack on Martin McGuinness’s home, he alleged today.

As the British government prepared to publish legislation enabling the transfer of policing and justice powers to a future devolved administration at Stormont, Sinn Féin’s chief negotiator any lead role it may give to MI5 in running informers and agents in the North.

He also claimed a considerable amount of work on policing and justice would still have to be done before his party could participate on bodies designed to hold the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to account.

Mr McGuinness said: “We are totally opposed to any MI5 role in intelligence-gathering, let alone giving it the lead role.

“In the circumstances of restored political institutions, we believe it should be the responsibility of the government in the North to deal with all of these matters.

“Anyone who knows anything about the history of MI5 knows it has played a very negative role in events in the North over the past 25 years.

“Indeed I was informed at one stage that a member of MI5 tried to encourage a leading loyalist paramilitary to throw 30lb of gelignite through the window of a house I was living in in Derry.

“The experience of MI5 among republicans has been very bad and I have to say anyone who thinks it is acceptable for MI5 to have a role in intelligence-gathering is living in cloud cuckoo land.”

MI5 is expected to take over the primary responsibility from the Police Service of Northern Ireland for running agents and informers in the North in late 2007.

In preparation for its role, the organisation is believed to be preparing to move to a new base in at Palace Barracks in Holywood, Co Down.

The proposal has, however, been criticised by SDLP leader Mark Durkan who warned British Prime Minister Tony Blair at a meeting in London yesterday that his party would oppose any role for MI5 because it will be unaccountable to the Policing Board or an executive at Stormont.

PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde has, however, defended the move, calling it a healthy split in responsibilities.

With Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain due to announce a new look Policing Board in April, there has also been considerable interest in whether Sinn Féin will take up the seats it has so far refused.

Republicans will not participate in the board because they argue police reforms have not gone far enough despite their endorsement by the Catholic Church, the Irish and US Governments and the SDLP.

They have also accused elements within the PSNI of authorising and mounting politically-motivated policing operations against republicans.

Sinn Féin has long argued for legislation committing the British government to the transfer of policing and justice powers from Westminster to Stormont.

However as his party prepared to debate 37 motions on policing and justice affecting members on both sides of the border at its annual conference in Dublin this weekend, Mr McGuinness said there was still considerable work to be done.

“In the negotiations that took place in December 2004 Sinn Fein outlined what was required,” he said.

“In the course of the coming days we are going to see the enabling legislation made public. That will have to be examined very carefully to see if it meets the needs of our constituents.

“So there’s still quite a lot of work to do. The publication of the enabling legislation on its own is not going to be enough to resolve differences.

“There will also have to be crucial discussions between the Democratic Unionist Party, Sinn Féin and others about how we deal with policing and justice in the context of a restored Assembly.

“There are a lot of ideas circulating as to how a department would work and how it would fit into the 10 ministries. We have our own ideas but we want to hear what the DUP and others have to say.”

Law 'may help revive NI assembly'


The government is to unveil legislation which could lend fresh momentum to Northern Ireland's political process.

The Northern Ireland Bill will enable the secretary of state to transfer policing and justice powers to local politicians if he deems it appropriate.

Political Development Minister David Hanson is due to hold talks at Stormont with some of the parties.

He will focus on possible changes to the rules of any future Stormont Assembly.

Devolved government at Stormont was suspended in 2003 following allegations of a republican spy ring at the Northern Ireland Office.

The new bill is expected to make new provisions for the devolution of policing and justice powers so that a speedy transition could be made once the assembly reaches agreement on the matter.

The bill will also deal with the funding of political parties and a number of other measures.

BBC NI's political editor Mark Devenport said the Northern Ireland Bill could be described as an "Uncle Tom Cobbley and all" law.

The prime minister will not visit NI next week

"Ministers have loaded measures to cover a wide range of topics into the bill in order to avoid having to seek more time at Westminster," he said.

"The bill will enable the secretary of state to transfer policing and justice powers to local politicians when he deems it appropriate."

It is believed that a discussion paper will set out various models, including the possibility of two ministers from different parties sharing the responsibility.

Sinn Fein has demanded this bill, but the DUP appears negative about the details.

On party funding, it is thought the official watchdog body, the Electoral Commission, will have to be informed about donations.

Unlike the rest of the United Kingdom, Irish citizens resident abroad will be allowed to give money to parties in Northern Ireland.

It is understood there are measures to provide an all-Ireland electricity market and to allow a future assembly to borrow more money.

There is also a measure offering the secretary of state flexibility to call a snap election.

On Wednesday, Downing Street sources told the BBC that a planned visit to Northern Ireland next week by Prime Minister Tony Blair had been cancelled.

The sources said after meeting the DUP, UUP and SDLP on Wednesday, "Mr Blair was developing an idea of the direction in which the government should go".

It is understood Mr Blair wants to meet Sinn Fein and reflect on the views of all the parties before making a speech.

Why Ireland is unfree

Irish American News

Chris Fogarty
February 2006

**Via The Blanket

As this column reports news that the rest of the news media cover up, corrections of fact remain warmly welcome and will be included in the following month’s column. So far, none — after ten years..

Gerry Adams & Co. (A & Co) - patriots or traitors? You decide: “by their fruits ye shall know them.” Here are their fruits.

Denis Donaldson, top Sinn Fein (SF) operative and head man at SF’s Stormont Castle offices, was a key Adams confidant for more than three decades until being “outed” last month. On RTE television he admitted being a paid operative for Britain’s MI5 for at least the past two decades. How did MI5, through Donaldson, get SF to front for the reimposition of British rule in Ireland? If A & Co were not complicit with Donaldson how could they have possibly failed to notice the new Brit policy that MI5 was imposing on Occupied Ireland? After all, the treason was inescapably obvious for years to the casual observer even here in Chicago.

Michael Flannery. As far back as 1986 this New York life-tong supporter (RIP) of Irish freedom, spotted A & Co as traitors and permanently severed ties with them. He also resigned from A & Co’s subservient Irish Northern Aid (INA) and re-established the Friends of Irish Freedom (FOIF) in the U.S. The FOIF supported the SF’rs who had not sold out. These were (are) led by the O Bradaigh family. Dathi O Connell (RIP) et al who still operate as Republican Sinn Fein (RSF). At that time I was of the opinion that the split of SF in Ireland would not cause splits in Irish-America (IA) if we were careful. Flannery remained faithful to republicanism until his death in his 90s. A & Co attempted to marginalize him for rejecting the sell-out and exposing it.

A & Co. Alienate the US. In 1989 at INA’s national convention in Toledo, Ohio, Donaldson’s predecessor (Brian O’Donnell), was SF’s rep in the US. He managed to alienate nearly everyone present. In retrospect, that is probably why he was sent to the States. Chicago INA officers told O’Donnell that they were finished with SF and INA. Soon thereafter they allied with the true, RSF and joined Flannery’s FOIF, leaving behind a rump INA in Chicago that continued to tout Adams (perhaps still does). Donaldson, upon his replacing McDonnell as A & Co rep in the US, continued their policy of rancor and division in NY. He removed the officers of the Irish People newspaper and put Atty. Martin Galvin in charge of it. Not long thereafter A & Co replaced Galvin with McDonough and Boyle. Later they, too, were removed. Some time later the Irish People, rish republicanism’s main voice in the US, died. It is now clear that A & Co killed it.

A & Co. Oppose Truth about the Irish Holocaust. This truly shocked us. When an “Irish Famine” book was being promoted in east coast cities from Boston to Miami, its author was met by groups demanding that she stop covering up the Food Removal. The groups (I came to know some of them) distributed to the author and attendees copies of my Mass Graves of Ireland; 1845-1850 pamphlet. The distributors were physically attacked; not by Brits or KKK members, but by A & Co. affiliates. One such person whose group also destroyed boxes of pamphlets identified herself as Padraigin Newell, leader of A & Co’s support group at George Mason U. Newell stated that she was an officer of A & Co’s SF and was acting as such. This was borne out by her associates.

Adams’ Visit. While in the US Adams wrecked IA’s clout in Washington. The damage seems to be permanent. Prior to Adams’ visit IA had some 150 congressmen on our side after years of careful cultivation. Here is how Adams wrecked us politically. Hoping for the best re his impending US visit IA had lobbied for a visa for him. But then we noticed that it was the pro-Brit pols including Kennedy and Moynihan who postured as pursuing the visa. Upon Adams’ arrival he snubbed the 150 congressmen who had supported Irish republicanism. He thanked the half-dozen or so pro-Brit congressmen and gave them the photo-ops and political credit for the reduction of violence in Occupied Ireland. By this means he betrayed IA and the 150 congressmen who had been supportive of justice and freedom for Occupied Ireland.

Politics is a rough business; pols had rightfully expected recognition for standing with IA. Having received nothing but insult from Adams and IA’s news media as reward for their support for IA, they obviously decided that it’s too dangerous to ever again support issues such as the MacBride Principles, the Birmingham Six, or freedom for Joe Doherty. (In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s IA had the support of four powerful politicians known as “The Four Horsemen”. They were Sens. Ted Kennedy and Dan Moywhan, House Speaker “Tip” O’Neill and NY Gov. Carey. But after Bloody Sunday in 1973 the Brits, alarmed by the international and, in particular, US outrage, began a campaign of subversion of IA political support. We don’t know the means used, but within months all four “Horsemen” turned against us and never again voted in favor of justice for the Occupied Irish.)

Adams’ Escorts during his Chicago visits were two MI5/FBI moles. In a letter we handed to Adams in Kroch & Brentano bookstore on LaSalle St we alerted him that one of them was a mole (we didn’t know the other was also a mole at the time). In retrospect it is revealing that Adams did not replace them.

Adams and “Terrorism.” In that same letter we begged Adams to use his media moment to win America for Ireland by making it clear that the Brits are the terrorists. For example, of the 174 children murdered in the post-1969 phase of the struggle, all but twenty of them were murdered by British forces. In case he didn’t have the homicide facts on his tongue-tip we also handed him a copy of Sutton’s undisputed An Index of Deaths from the Conflict in Ireland;1969-1996. But on network TV that night and others, Adams smirked his acquiescence to being labeled an “ex-terrorist” by show hosts. Only he can explain why he thus used his media moments by abetting Britain’s Big Lie and falsely incriminating as unreconstructed “terrorists” all who had not sold out with him.

Activists Replacement. Having wrecked IA’s political effectiveness by alienating the 150 supportive congressmen, Adams further marginalized IA activists. He, with hidden help, set up groups whom he fraudulently credited (accepted by the imposters) with the years of successful lobbying and organizing that the actual activists had performed. IA’s corrupted news media participated in the build-up of the imposters and recorded their visits to the White House as if they were legit. Not a one of the imposters had ever supported the cause or won over a politician. Many of them had actively opposed our efforts; but now, like A & Co, they posture as the political activists.

“Achieving Peace.” A & Co and the pro-Brits around them point to M15’s Good Friday Agreement as having delivered peace to Occupied Ireland. They don’t dare to even mention justice seeing that the Brits are again torturing republicans as in pre-Hunger Strike days. As to “peace,” they depend on the news media to keep IA disinformed and unaware that the homicide rate in Occupied Ireland peaked way back in 1972 and has been on a sharp decline ever since and had dropped to small numbers well prior to A & Co’s sell-out.

War Crimes Trials? There won’t be any. The reason? Nearly all of the mass murders and other war crimes were perpetrated by Brit forces. A & Co’s sell-out made the Brits the winners, and winners never try themselves for war crimes. The Brits always got the news media to blame atrocities on the IRA but the truth always prevailed, usually within days. “Terrorism.” Reasonably well-informed people know, despite the news media, that British forces were the terrorists in the Anglo-Irish conflict - they always were, throughout history. But to the extent that the public depended upon the news media for their “takes” on Occupied Ireland, they were misled into believing that the terrorists were Irish.

Article 2 and 3 of Ireland’s Constitution. These were the prominent two articles that laid permanent claim to all of Ireland’s national territory and adjoining seas. It is hard to believe, but they were rescinded under the Good Friday Agreement that A & Co were sent to the US to promote. The sixty-seven pages of the Good Friday Agreement were filled with baffle-gab, contradictions and aspirational posturings. There was only one-third of a page of clear language that was not contradicted elsewhere. It was the language that rescinded Articles 2 and 3 thus giving Ireland’s Six Counties to Britain. That is what Ireland voted on when they were told to “Vote Yes For Peace.” Adams was not alone in promoting this unprecedented reduction of national territory. It is hard to believe, but the Irish gov’t were full participants in it.
A United Ireland has always been the goal of Ireland’s patriots. Britain had proved over the centuries in Ireland that rule--by-murder is its permanent policy. Now Adams claims that reunification is his goal, too. He had better first explain how his successful campaign to abolish Articles 2 and 3 advanced that goal.
Martin McGuinness, Adams’ partner, was the subject of a radio show last weekend.

By phone, NY Radio Fee Eireann show-host John McDonagh told me that last Saturday his show featured ex-MIS mole Martin Ingram. Ingram has gone straight and is now blabbing on his ex-handlers, On air he reported that McGuinness’ Brit handlers protected him from prosecution for the earlier murder of a Brit spy; and that the reason for protecting McGuinness was to enable McGuinness to continue doing the more important work of winning the war for Britain and securing the Six Counties for it. Radio Free Eireann can be heard live each Saturday at 12:30 to 2 pm Chicago time at www.wbai.org or recorded on www.irishfreedom.net. 1t is tragic about McGuinness. Many doubted that Adams had sold out, not because they trusted Adams, but because they trusted McGuinness, and they believed that Adams could not have sold out without McGuinness noticing it.

Denis Donaldson and Martin McGuinness, now both positively exposed as Brit agents were not as noticeably sell-outs as Adams was in his public actions. Adams’ own deeds nailed him. The other two could have continued operating for M15. But to be innocent they would also have to be considered blind to not have noticed Adams’ deeds.

Sad World! All that danger and death! All those dead hungerstrikers! All now betrayed. A victory turned into ignoble defeat. Those three were the undisputed leaders of Sinn Fein, a once-proud party of patriots, now destroyed. But the 32-County Sovereignty Movement continues as does Republican Sinn Fein. They are not likely to be bought by anyone. Who are the terrorists re Occupied Ireland? See www.terrorismireland.org.

Which Brit Reg’t starved your relatives? See www.irishholocaust.org. Reach me at 312 664 7651 or fogarty@ix.netcom.com.

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