INSPIRATIONAL TALKS ON MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS).

THE NORTH of Ireland’s biggest information event for people with multuple sclerosis (MS) is taking place on Saturday, September 12th from 10am to 3pm at Ramada Plaza, Belfast.

People affected by MS from accross the North of Ireland are invited to come along to hear about the latest MS research breakthroughs as well as inspirational talks from local MS campaigners Conor Devine and Catherine Doran. There will also be free complementary therapy sessions, information stalls and advice on local support services. The event is free and anyone with an interest in MS is welcome to attend. To register visit http://www.mssociety.org.uk/northernireland or call the MS Society on 02890 802802.
BRENDA MAGUIRE
Campaigns manger, MS Society, North of Ireland.

The last obscenity – Irish Republican News – Sat, Aug 22, 2015

http://republican-news.org/current/news/2015/08/the_last_obscenity.html#.Vdo6L7iCOc0

Shagging And Boozing Machine : The Pensive Quill

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Statement – Republican Prisoners Encourage Support For Anti-Internment March | IRPWA

http://irpwa.com/statement-republican-prisoners-encourage-support-for-anti-internment-march/

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THREE LOYALIST PROTESTS GET GO-AHEAD.

THE Parades Commission has given the go-ahead for three separate loyalist protests during a republican parade in North Belfast today.

Up to 150 people are expected to take part in the protests at Clifton Street during a parade linked to the Republican Network for Unity (RNU). The parade, organised to remember United Irishman Henry Joy McCracken, have been ordered by the Parades Commission to play only a single drumbeat as they make their way along Clifton Street to his grave at a nearby cemetery. Organisers say they expect up to four bands, 700 participants and 500 supporters to take part in the parade. There was serious loyalist rioting over several nights in the area in 2012 after a similar parade while republicans claimed they were jeered and attacked by missiles during last year’s parade. “The decision to once again allow three protests will put parade participants at risk of loyalist violence as seen in previous years,” he added. A Royal Black Institution parade due to take place along Clifton Street today is not expected to clash with the republican march.
With many thanks to: The Irish News.

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IRA-accused suffered heart attack in custody court told.

THE trial date of a Derry man accused of offences relating to murder bids on security force members has been postponed after he suffered a heart attack in custody, a court has been told.

Christopher O’Kane (42), of Woodland Avenue in the city was due to stand trial next month on a total of 17 Provisional IRA-related offences, including an attempt to murder a senior RUC officer more than two decades ago. Barrister Andrew Moriaty, defending handed into court a report from a consultant cardiologist into O’Kane’s current medical condtition. He

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#LabourPurge Or The Anyone But Corbyn Campaign

Originally posted on An Sionnach Fionn:

Given the willingness of Andy Burnham, one of several über-ambitious pols contesting the leadership of the British Labour Party, to destabilise the finely balanced peace in the north-east of Ireland while pursuing the votes of local BLP activists, I must admit to experiencing a small degree of schadenfreude at the very public troubles enveloping his organisation. The unexpected rise of Jeremy Corbyn, an old school left-wing Labourite who rejects the cult-like veneration of “New Labour” and the Blair years that formerly dominated the outlook of many in the party’s careerist hierarchy has turned an ennui-inducing contest amongst Blairite-clones into something far more interesting. His recent popularity has led to an internal purge of the party’s mushrooming membership by the upper echelon cadres, creating something of a spectator sport for politics-watchers in Britain and elsewhere, as this report by the New York Times aptly illustrates:

“Until this week, Grace Coles, a 24-year-old student in Wales, had never heard of Ken Loach, the great English filmmaker born five decades…

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Sinn Féin neutral in Republican presidential contest footage of Trump-Adams meeting emerges.

Sinn Féin declared itself neutral in the US Republican Party’s search for a presidential candidate after archive footage emerged of Donald Trump attending a fundraiser hosted by Gerry Adams.

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/That-time-when-Donald-Trump-attended-a-Sinn-Fein-fundraiser-with-Gerry-Adams-VIDEO.html

The video clips show campaign frontrunner Trump among the lauminaries at $200-a-plate lunch at an upmarket Manhattan hotel. The fundraising event took place in 1995 during Gerry Adam’s second post-ceasefire trip to the States. Mr Adams had been barred from entering the US until January of the previous year, when then-President Bill Clinton granted him a 48-hour visa – despite widespread protest from US and British officials. However, when he returned to the US a matter of months after the August 1994 ceasefire, the Sinn Féin (Shame Fein) leader had gained celebrity status. Those who turned up to show their support in person and with cash included Bianca Jagger, political activivist and author Tom Hayden, film-maker Michael Moore and ex New York mayor David Dinkins. “The charismatic Adams was greeted like a rock star – posing for pictures and providing autographs…. he received a kiss, a hug and some words of advice from Mick Jagger’s ex-wife,” Associated Press reported at the time. “He smiled and greeted a three-piece band playing traditional Irish music.”
From a podium flanked by Irish tricolours and with a sign behind reading ‘Sinn Féin, A Lasting Peace’, Mr Adams told the audience: “Today is a very historic occasion – I think the British indeed knew there were many friends of Sinn Féin here.’ He also gave Trump a special mention from the podium: “This is not the Trump Tower, but I think I would…” he said as he moved to shake hands with man leading the bid to be the next leader of the ‘Grand Old Party’. The video shows the Republican frontrunner wave to the room and receive a hearty round of applause and some whistles. Twenty years on, however, Irish republicans are less likely to publicise their association with the man who has grabbed the headlines in recent weeks due to alleged misogyny and racism. Asked if Sinn Féin (Shame Fein) supported the Trump’s nomination as a presidential runner, the party was non-committal. “We have no preference,” a spokesman said. “Who is next US president is a matter for the American people.” Notably, Mr Adam’s past friendships with Trump and Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn appear to give the Sinn Féin (Shame Fein) president unrivalled access to two potential world leaders.
With many thanks to: John Manley, Political Correspondent, The Irish News, for the orgional story.

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McGuigan Killing: PSNI Say IRA Did It But Didn’t Do It – Go Figure!

Originally posted on The Broken Elbow:

UPDATE ONE

In an updated statement from PSNI headquarters, Det Supt Kevin Geddes adds one significant sentence, which does little to clear up confusion surrounding his first statement.

The sentence is: ““Our assessment is that Action Against Drugs (AAD) is an independent group which is not part of the Provisional IRA. But it is also our assessment that some members and associates of AAD are, or were, members of the Provisional IRA.”

One possible translation: AAD is a group composed of dissident republicans and Provisional IRA members who may or may not still be members of the IRA. But the Provisional IRA itself has nothing to do with AAD or vice-versa. Confused? You bet.

The only thing we can be sure of is that the PSNI believes the Provisional IRA still exists, hence the sentence: “….some members and associates of AAD are, or were, members of the Provisional IRA.”

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The McGuigan Killing: Just What Is Wrong With RTE?

Originally posted on The Broken Elbow:

I turned on the RTE iPlayer on my iPad last night to watch the nine o’clock television news to see what coverage the national broadcaster was giving to the political crisis caused by the PSNI admission that the Provisional IRA had been involved in the slaying of Kevin McGuigan.

To my surprise, nay shock, there was not a single word or picture devoted to a story that has the potential to bring down the power-sharing government at Stormont and imperil not just the Good Friday Agreement but the peace process itself.

If proper news values had been applied, the story should have led the broadcast. But instead it was appallingly and completely absent.

So, last night I wrote to RTE public affairs to ask why and this morning the nice lady there sent me this reply:

We did not feature a report on the story on last night’s Nine O’Clock…

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