TWO Derry dissidents caught with a rifle will be released before the end of the year having served the bulk of their sentence on remand.
Michael Anthony Taylor (45) known as Tony, of Bishop Street, and Mark Anthony Kerr (26), of Carrabane Walk, pleaded guilty in January at Belfast Crown Court to possessing the Magnum rifle with intent to endanger life almost three years ago. Taylor, a former Provisional IRA prisoner had been under surveillance by police in the run up to his arrest. He was sentenced to seven years, with three years spent in custody and four on licence after his release. He is due for release in August having served time on remand. Kerr also pleaded guilty to possessing a length of commercial detonating cord in suspicious circumstances on the same date on Tuesday, August 2 2011. He was sentenced to six years, with half in custody and half on licence. A prosecution lawyer told Judge Corinne Philpott QC that police stopped a red Peugeot 406 which was being watched by police, Kerr, was wearing white gloves. A search of the car revealed a red holdall bag containing a semi automatic Remington Model 597 Homady Magnum 117 rifle (pictured above). The court heard that unknown to both Kerr and Taylor, police had mounted a covert surveillance operation that evening and both men were being closely followed by police officers both on the ground and in the sky above Derry.
The prosecuting lawyer said that Taylor was observed going into the Abercorn Bar and as he left aerial police watched him walking down the hill. Taylor was later seen by police talking into the passenger window of Kerr’s Red Peugeot car. Police then moved in, arresting Kerr at the car, and Taylor was detained a short distance away. A search of the car revealed a metre-long length of detonating cord which contained PETN explosives inside. The judge was told Kerr had no relevant criminal convictions. However, the lawyer said that Taylor was jailed in 1995 at Belfast Crown Court for an explosives offence. The court heard that on January 27, 1994, Taylor was seriously injured in a bomb explosion in Derry. The force of the explosion knocked down a wall and in a follow up operation police recovered a Mark 16 mortar and fins which appeared to be the process of “setting it up to be fired” when the bomb detonated prematurely.
With many thanks to: The Irish News.
Originally posted on An Sionnach Fionn:
The Official Languages Act of 2003 is one of the few pieces of legislation in Irish law that guarantees the (deliberately limited) rights of Irish-speaking citizens when dealing with the government of Ireland. It ensures that a minimum standard of Irish language and bilingual services are provided by most (though not all) public bodies. In fact, as we have seen, the emphasis is on the “minimum” and report after report has shown that the majority of government departments ignore or otherwise circumvent the regulations laid out under the act. Technically this is illegal. In reality much of the political establishment in Ireland is willingly complicit in fostering this culture of institutional discrimination by the State towards its Irish-speaking population.
Back in 2012 I predicted that it was only a matter of time before the Fine Gael – Labour coalition government “gutted” the Official Languages Act of any meaning as part of their wider policy of targeting Hibernophone citizens and communities. The legislation is positively loathed by a number of anglophone Fine Gael and Labour TDanna, while many more are simply apathetic on the matter. So we now have the revelation of exactly that proposal in a government document leaked to the Irish Times newspaper:
Originally posted on Vox Political:
Like it or not, politics in the UK is far more nuanced today than it has been at any time in the last 100 years. How can it be anything else? All the main political parties are trying to occupy the same, narrow, centre-right ground.
Even so, one man has emerged as the pantomime villain of British politics: Iain Duncan Smith.
Originally posted on Pride's Purge:
(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)
I’ve written before about how few things annoy me more than UKIP members pretending to support free speech when in fact they’re mostly just a bunch of old-fashioned authoritarians.
So not much surprise from me to find out the party is trying desperately to ban a satirical comedy show because it has the audacity to take the pee out of them:
Originally posted on Pluto Press - Independent Progressive Publishing:
‘In September, Scotland chooses between two, and only two, futures. One preserves the British state, in its current form, for the foreseeable future. The other dismantles three centuries of Union, and with it, the United Kingdom’s world-power pretensions. There is no third way; and progressives across Britain must opt for the risks of independence over the guarantees of the status quo.
Many leftists insist that changing constitutions will not change society. This view has an honourable heritage, and deserves due respect. But ignoring the obstacles in British democracy, which pull debate rightwards regardless of public opinion, presents major problems. Contrary to prevailing myths, British people are not conservative. A recent Yougov poll showed Britons are 12-to-1 against NHS privatisation; 67% in favour of a public Royal Mail; 66% backing rail nationalisation; and 68% for nationalising the energy companies. But no party represents these views: not now, and not in any Westminster future. Hence, systems, not voters, make UK politics right-wing.