Northern Ireland – a “putrid little state”?

It is to be expected that someone like Alex Maskey – carrier of the SFIRA bigotry virus – might refer in a Tweet to Northern Ireland as a “a putrid little state”, but a little more puzzling that a formerly respected commentator and SDLP veteran such as Brian Feeney would describe Northern Ireland as a “stinking political slum”. “Are these descriptions fair?” I asked myself. … Continue reading Northern Ireland – a “putrid little state”?

IRA Murders of Human Rights Lawyers & Judges

The IRA introduced into Northern Ireland the murders of members of the legal fraternity by shooting dead Resident Magistrate William Staunton, a Catholic, on the 11th of October 1972 as he drove his daughter, Sally-Ann, to St. Dominic’s convent grammar school on the Falls Road. Judge Staunton was shot in his car in front of his daughter, Sally-Ann, and her school friends. Visiting such trauma … Continue reading IRA Murders of Human Rights Lawyers & Judges

The IRA’s Youngest Torture Victim

While the IRA abducted, tortured, murdered and ‘disappeared’ many civilians in the course of its unnecessary murder campaign, its youngest torture victim was 15 year old Bernard Teggart from New Barnsley Crescent in West Belfast. The lives of Bernard and his identical twin Gerry had been disrupted two years earlier when their father, Daniel, had been shot dead by paratroopers in Ballymurphy in disputed circumstances. … Continue reading The IRA’s Youngest Torture Victim

An Open Letter Response to Harold Good

Indeed ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’, Harold, but deception is never blessed. Which voters in the referendum on the Belfast Agreement in May 1998 knew that there were secret deals with the IRA about OTR letters? Who knew about secret deals with the IRA about freedom to ‘house clean’ – that is, murder anyone the IRA felt was a threat to the peace deal? Who knew … Continue reading An Open Letter Response to Harold Good

Mary Lou McDonald – No Links to the IRA?

Martina Fitzgerald, RTE’s political correspondent, last Sunday published an analysis piece stating that Mary Lou McDonald “is a strong media performer and has no links to the IRA”. Who ever imagined that 20 years after the signing of The Belfast Agreement the IRA Army Council would still be drawing commentary?! Is it credible to declare that Mary Lou McDonald has “no links to the IRA”? … Continue reading Mary Lou McDonald – No Links to the IRA?

Brian Feeney Is Dead & Coffee with the IRA

  Brian Feeney is dead. What happens to sour former members of John Hume’s Social Democratic and Labour Party when they die? It appears they slowly decompose into the bigotry and insult of Alex Maskey, that jocular Tweeter who gave us the heart-warming description of Northern Ireland as “that putrid little statelet”. The departed Brian Feeney went further in an embittered “Irish News” article on … Continue reading Brian Feeney Is Dead & Coffee with the IRA

Legacy, the IRA and Victims Part II & Quiz

(Legacy, the IRA and Victims – Part I is here.) There is another aspect of so-called ‘legacy’ in Northern Ireland that all the ‘agreed legacy institutions’ will never address and that is the widespread help given to IRA murderers and bombers by the ordinary members of the nationalist/Catholic community – and for which there hasn’t been any admission or act of repentance, real or symbolic. … Continue reading Legacy, the IRA and Victims Part II & Quiz

Legacy, the IRA and Victims

You have to hand it to members of the IRA’s Army Council – they got away with murder, mass murder, mass-casualty anti-civilian bombings, institutionalized torture and murders, executions and disappearances of civilians – you name it, they got away with it. The IRA’s Human Rights’ atrocities have been quietly forgotten and the IRA’s leadership has stepped sideways into the Sinn Féin cash cow still holding … Continue reading Legacy, the IRA and Victims

I.R.A. – I Ran Away – Again

If there ever was a mural in Belfast in 1969 criticizing the IRA for its failure to ‘protect’ the Catholic population from attacks, there is no photographic evidence to prove it. It’s a neat story, however, and it might have been true. A truer story, though, is that the IRA is currently running away from a bigger Bogeyman – this time it’s running away from … Continue reading I.R.A. – I Ran Away – Again

Raymond McCreesh – IRA Volunteer – ‘Not a Criminal’?

Catholic churchman, Brian McCreesh, brother of IRA member Raymond McCreesh who later died on hugerstrike in somewhat disputed circumstances (Raymond is alleged in historical papers to have wanted nourishment in his final days, but was persuaded by his family to continue fasting to death) claimed that his brother was ‘not a criminal’. Raymond had certainly proven that he had an exceptional will to live. Cornered … Continue reading Raymond McCreesh – IRA Volunteer – ‘Not a Criminal’?