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Homeless charity blocks money donated by the public to homeless hero

Pride's Purge

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Remember the story a couple of months ago about a homeless man – Mark Collins – who helped a desperate young woman when she was stranded in Euston over­night after missing the last train home:

Homeless man steps in to help girl left stranded after missing her train home

It was a such a touching story, thousands of people donated money – £13,000 to be exact – to help Mark get back on his feet.

But amazingly, Mark still hasn’t seen any of the money yet.

Mainly because a homeless charity working in the area – Safer Streets – recommended the money should be withheld from Mark and given to a homeless charity like themselves instead. On the basis that:

“Giving large amounts of money directly to someone with support needs could have been harmful”.

Safer Streets is a project run by a charity called Change, Grow, Live. Which until recently was called Crime Reduction…

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HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS CRISIS

Paddy Healy's Blog

Full analysis of Repossession Figures  further Down

Irish Times Report and Full Dail Record of Noonan Reply to Seamus Healy TD’s Call to STOP REPOSSESSIONS  Further Down

REPOSSESSIONS: NOONAN’S  MASTER CLASS–Paddy Healy

SPINNING TO MISLEAD ON REPOSSESSIONS IN THE DÁIL!

It is No Joke but Tommy Cooper Strikes Again! 

State Owned Banks, AIB, EBS,PERMANENT TSB, are seeking repossession of homes by court order throughout the country.

Seamus Healy TD  recently asked Minister for Finance Michael Noonan in the Dáil to instruct these banks to desist from this.

Mr Noonan refused and stated that  “In a very extreme situation, the issue is being handled reasonably well by the banks.”

In the course of his reply Minister Noonan quoted figures from a Central Bank report which stated that in Quarter 3(July, August, September)  207 properties were repossessed on foot of a court order. “The idea that tens of thousands of houses…

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John Mann Is Not A Hero. He’s A Bully.

Turning the Tide

On Thursday, Ken Livingstone made some remarks during a BBC radio London interview, which, unless you’ve been trekking in the Antarctic, you will have read or heard by now.

The perspectives on his comments are as many and varied as the people who hold them, from those who are deeply offended, to those who are adamant he said nothing wrong.

Many in the latter category, are honing in on the fact that some of what he said turned out to be factually correct. Others agree, but make the case that his impromptu – and some would argue uncalled for – history lesson was sparse on detail and lacking in context.

But whilst many hang their heads in despair as yet another bad news story for Labour dominates the headlines, there are those with an anti-Labour agenda who can barely conceal their glee. The fact that many in this camp are…

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100 Years on: The Republican Movement Remembers 1916

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downloadRepublican SINN FÉIN Poblachtach hosted their Centenary Commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising on April 23rd, 2016.  An estimated minimum of two thousand people assembled at the GPO following the march to that center of the Rising in 1916.

Organisations in attendance including the two Sinn Féin Colour Parties were Na Fianna Éireann and Cumann  na mBan led by a Piper and the Coatsbridge United Irishmen RFB.

getmediafile (1)The event was chaired by An Chomhairleoir Tomas O Curraoin.  The Proclamation was read by a member of the Colour Party.  The Roll of Honour was read by Colette Healy and Alan Byrne.  Wreaths was laid on behalf of the Leadership of the Republican Movement by John Hunt, a Veteran of the Republican cause of Limerick and Chicago.  John also delivered some inspiring words to those gathered at the GPO.  The main orations were delivered by Ard Chomhairle member John Joe McCusker and Uachtaran Des Dalton.

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Glasnevin’s 1916 Wall Of Shame

An Sionnach Fionn

In the final hours of the Easter Rising of 1916, from the evening of Friday the 28th of April to the morning of Saturday the 29th, soldiers of the British Army’s South Staffordshire Regiment, led by Lieutenant Colonel Henry Taylor, inflicted a terrible revenge for the would-be revolution on the civilian population of North King Street, a working-class district to the north-east of Dublin’s main thoroughfares. Despite their overwhelming numbers, firepower and the use of improvised armoured cars the United Kingdom’s forces had been thwarted in the area by a handful of units attached to the Four Courts Garrison of the Irish Republican Army led by Commandant Edward Daly, advancing no further than 140 meters into the insurgents’ lines after three days of fighting. Seizing civilian hostages in the warren of narrow streets, tenement houses and small businesses that characterized that part of the capital, from 6pm to 10am the troops proceeded to murder at least seventeen men and boys, wounding several…

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Will The Black And Tans Be Added To The Glasnevin Wall of Shame?

An Sionnach Fionn

Further on the divisive “Wall of Remembrance” unveiled in the historic grounds of Glasnevin Cemetery on Sunday, a monument which partly pays tribute to the members of the British Army and Police who lost their lives during the Easter Rising of 1916, the motivation behind its erection was clearly heralded by the Glasnevin Trust in a statement from its chairman, John Green, submitted to an Oireachtas committee in November of 2015. This includes a potentially troubling passage, highlighted below :

“…Glasnevin Trust has been working closely with the State in playing its part in the Decade of Centenaries. Glasnevin, true to its mission of serving people from all creeds, beliefs and walks of life, has been central to a number of State commemorative ceremonies. These have ranged from the commemoration of Irish men who lost their lives in the First World War to Collins and Griffith…

This work will continue right through the 1916 Centenary Commemorations with…

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British rule in Ireland may, owing to gerrymander, be ballot proof but it is definitely not bullet proof…

The Treason Felony Blog

I had written previously about David Fleming, who undertook several prolonged hunger strikes in 1944 and 1946, which had a severe impact on his health (and appear to have contributed to his early death in 1971). This month sees the 70th anniversary of his and Sean McCaughey’s parallel protests which ultimately ended in McCaugheys death and also shortened Flemings life. Against the odds (he was released from prison in 1946 on the assumption he was about to die), Fleming did survive until 1971, but what I had overlooked was one last tragic episode in 1947 that, in some ways marked the end of a chapter for the wartime era Belfast IRA.

And it was very much a sad one.

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Fleming had written to the Minister of Home Affairs in the northern government, Edmund Warnock, from ‘G.P.O. Dublin’, on 18th September 1947, stating that he “…was returning…

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UN passes resolution to ‘blacklist’ Israeli businesses

Behind The News

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today on Thursday to compile a ‘blacklist’ of Israeli and international companies who do business with Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

The resolution passed with 32 votes in favor, 15 abstentions and no votes against.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, condemned the vote, saying “when the UN marks Jewish business so that they can be boycotted it reminds us of dark times in the history. The Human Rights Council has turned into an accomplice of the BDS movement and its conduct is both anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic.”

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This is what the Human Rights Council chooses to debate while Europe is still reeling from a wave of terror attacks perpetrated by ISIS – the world’s worst human rights violator,” said Ambassador Danon.

“Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians are murdered and forced to flee their homes as refugees and they choose to condemn Israel…

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2016 Easter Statement from I.R.A POWs

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DSC01627Republican Sinn Féin National Colour Party Marching in 2015, Republican Sinn Féin fully supports the Republican POWs!

A Chairde,

It is with great honour and much pride that we address this statement to the people of Ireland on this the 100th year, that we celebrate our gallant leaders and comrades, who rose up to fight the foreign oppressor. Despite certain quisling narratives, our liberty is still denied and our people are still oppressed.

The current political parties of the two corrupt establishments enforced in our country, have a mandate and that mandate is to maintain the status quo of British Rule and increase the margin between the rich and poor.

We languish in captivity, as the symbolic representation of the continued legacy of armed resistance. We will never be accomplice to the signing of agreements or treaties, which are treason under the Irish Republic. We will only recognise the legitimate…

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