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LISBURN town council has voted that it “stands with Black Lives Matter”, but only after a UUP (Ulster Unionist Party) amended removed mention of the Black Lives Matter movement.
This is a triumph of the peace politics – higher standards will require a fundamental rethink. Among DUP objections to the original motion, proposed by the Alliance Party, were that Black Lives Matter is “anti-family” and “far left”. Abortion was also mentioned. Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council had a debate along similar lines. A half-forgotten but suddenly pertinent detail of recent history is that ‘identity politics’, for want of a better term, was imported into the North of Ireland from the early 1980s by unionist thinkers, for want of a better term. Their intention was to modernise our politics along American lines, with themselves as the religious right, or at least the conservative right. The notion continues tripping unionists up to this day, including those barely aware they subscribe to it.
With many thanks to: The Irish News and Newton Emerson for his opinion on ‘Black Lives Matter’ for the original posting.
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LOYALISTS have erected a banner on the Shankill Road attacking Sinn Féin Lord Mayor John Finucane. The banner targetting the party’s Westminster candidate appeared on the wall of an apartment block on the Lower Shankill early yesterday. Mr Finucane’s father, human rights lawyer Pat Finucane, was murdered by a Shankill-road loyalist UDA gang in 1989.
The poster, one of many that has been printed (with the help of Jamie Bryson & his UVF cohorts) features a picture of IRA bomber Sean Kelly, who has canvassed for Sinn Féin in North Belfast, is being linked to a wider campaign by so-called loyalists across the North of Ireland. ‘Ulster Says No – to an economic United Ireland’ (pictured below) have been appearing in towns and villages across the north in response to Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement that proposes regulatory arrangements including a border down the Irish sea.
Loyalists have also held a number of (Orange) town hall style meetings, from which the media have been mainly excluded. The well attended meetings have included senior figures from various loyalist paramilitary factions including the UDA, UVF and RHC.
The controversial banner (pictured above), targeting Belfast’s first citizen, who is challenging incumbent DUP MPS Nigel Dodds, pictured, for the north Belfast seat, is thought to be linked to the loyalist campaign.
Last week police were alerted to threats to members of UUP staff in north Belfast after the party’s new leader Steve Aiken said he would stand candidates in all 18 seats. The UUP later back-tracked and announced it would not be fielding a candidate in the constituency of North Belfast.
A loyalist source told The Irish News that the aggressive campaign against the Sinn Féin candidate would continue to keep the Westminster seat “in unionist hands”. Sinn Féin declined to comment on the development but it is believed legal action to force the property owner to remove the banner is being considered.
With many thanks to: The Irish News and Allison Morris for the original story
A man suspected of the sectarian murder of three children in Northern Ireland has been found dead in a river.
Raymond Parke was implicated in the killings of brothers Richard, Mark and Jason Quinn, aged 10, nine and eight respectively.
Parke, reportedly a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), never stood trial over the brothers’ deaths in a petrol bomb attack at their home in 1998.
A relative of the boys says he hopes the suspected killer “rots in hell”.
He was identified by getaway driver Garfield Gilmour, who was later convicted of manslaughter.
Parke, a father-of-two, was found dead in Coleraine on Thursday, shortly after his worried family issued an appeal for help finding him.
Police are not viewing his death as suspicious.
The three Catholic boys died after the bomb was thrown into the family home in Ballymoney, County Antrim, on July 12, 1998.
Their mum, Chrissie Quinn, survived after jumping out of an upstairs window, the Belfast Telegraph reports .
Brother Lee was not at home when the attack happened as he was staying with his grandparents.
The killings happened hours before a July 12 Orangemen parade in Portadown.
During the week it happened, there were 137 petrol bomb attacks on Catholic homes.
Gimour was jailed for 14 years for his role in the killings.
Giving evidence, he told the court that Parke and another man, Johnny McKay, had carried out the petrol bombing.
Parke was arrested, but never charged.
A spokesman from the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: “A post mortem has been carried out following the death of a man, whose body was discovered in the River Bann, Coleraine on Thursday 31st October.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”
With many thanks to the: Daily Mirror and Dave Burke for the original story
A Co Down man charged in connection with a brutal sectarian assault on a Catholic man in Kilkeel following a night out has been released on bail.
Gary Chambers (34), was charged with four offences arising from an attack on well-known contractor Paschal Morgan (pictured below with his partner) on July 14th this year. Mr Chambers from Sabbath Hill, Ballymartin, appeared at Newry Magistrates Court yesterday charged with inflicting GBH (grievous bodily harm) with intent, robbery, using disorderly behaviour in the Kilmorey Arms Hotel in Kilkeel and attempting to cause criminal damage to gates and doors of the hotel.
None of the facts surrounding the charges were opened in court yesterday but it was reported at the time that Mr Morgan (48), a father -of- two, was attacked on the Greencastle Road as he walked home from the hotel.
He was left with brusing to the front of his brain, shattered eye sockets and cheekbones and a suspected broken Jaw. Mr Chambers was released yesterday subject to a series of bail conditions. He is due back to court on November 27th. In court yesterday Darren Duncan, defending, told District Judge Eamonn King he was consenting to the prosecution seeking a six-week adjournment.
Freeing Mr Chambers on his own bail of £250, Judge King told the defendant it was important that he understood the “whole pile” of bail conditions as any breach “could result in you being held in custody until the matter is delt with”. Due back to court on November 27th Mr Chambers must reside at his home address, observe a curfew, not to consume or have alcohol or be on licenced premises, is barred from contacting his alleged victim or any witnesses and is prohibited from entering Kilkeel, save for a few hours on a Sunday when he can visit his grandparents but he must be accompanied by his mother “at all times”.
With many thanks to: The Irish News and Connla Young for the original story
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The mother of a six-year-old boy who picked up part of a denoted pipe bomb has described the people who left the deadly device at her home as “vile human beings”.
It is understood the device could have been left at the property at Curlew Way in the Waterside area of Londonderry two or three days prior to its discovery.
Some residents recalled hearing a loud bang, but didn’t associate it with anything sinister.
The 26-year-old woman, who lives in the house with her six-year-old son and two-year-old twin daughters, had been away from the house for a few days and had just returned.
Too terrified to be identified, the woman explained how her son picked the detonated device up and showed it to his grandmother, who lives next door.
She said: “The children were out in the garden playing and my son showed this piece of copper with jagged bits to my mother.
“He came into me with it. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew it looked dangerous because of all the jagged edges so I took it off him and put it up away out of his reach.
“I didn’t think for a second it was a pipe bomb, but I was talking to my mother and that’s what she thought it might have been.
“It was on my mind and it was after I put the three children to bed that I decided to ring the police who came out. It was then we found out it really was a pipe bomb.
“My son has no idea what it was and I am never going to tell him. I don’t want him frightened.
“I am still shaking at the very thought of what could have happened to him. I am sickened to think that some kind of a vile human being would do that.
“When I think of what could have happened to my son it makes me angry, but I am scared to be here now too. I haven’t stopped thinking about how much danger we were in.
“Why would anyone do this to us? I am a mother with three young children. It is disgusting.”
The woman suspects the attack was sectarian, as she has Catholic friends.
“I want to leave, I don’t want to live somewhere where it isn’t safe to have Catholic friends and Protestant friends because I can’t think of any other reason why someone would attack me,” she said.
Police investing the attack described it as “reckless”. Detective Inspector Michael Winters said: “Our enquiries are at an early stage. However, it appears the device had detonated prior to it being lifted by the young boy.
“While this was not a live device, the fact a young boy found it and lifted it shows the blatant disregard by those responsible for leaving it there. It was completely reckless.
“I also want to take this opportunity to remind the public if anyone comes across anything suspicious, please call police immediately.”
There was widespread political condemnation of the attack and appeals for information to be passed to the police.
DUP Foyle MLA Gary Middleton said: “People in this area are angry that once again a young family has been targeted in this way because this is a very close community and an attack on one is an attack on everyone.
“It is particularly sinister in that this device was found by a six-year-old boy who was put in danger.
“At that stage the device had already exploded but the child would not have known that.
“We are very lucky we are not dealing with a real tragedy here because these devices have the capability to cause serious injury or death.”
SDLP councillor Martin Reilly is supporting the woman in her quest to be re-homed.
He said: “I spoke to this young mother who has been very badly shaken up by this incident. That was such a terrifying ordeal for her and there is no justification for putting a deadly device at the home of a young family.
“This isn’t the first time we have had an explosive device left in a built-up area. At the end of March we had an explosive device left at a home in nearby Montgomery Close.”
Sinn Fein councillor Sandra Duffy, who chairs the Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership, added her condemnation.
“It is clear that whoever carried out the attack had absolutely no concern for people living in the area and their only aim is to try and exert coercive control of the people residing there,” she said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Strand Road on 101, quoting reference number 2084 of 21/05/19.
With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph and Donna Feeney for the original story