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REPUBLICAN Martin Og Meehan has been expelled from a number of dissident-linked groups in Ardoyne amid allegations he “colluded” with loyalists.
The extraordinary allegations – which threaten his republican ‘career’ – emerged on Facebook after one of the groups released a statement about how the leading North Belfast republican was caught. The Sunday World understands convicted Provo Meehan was caught slagging off fellow republian rabble rousing Ardoyne community worker Dee Fennell to a North Belfast loyalist. Meehan was a founding member of (GARC) the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective, a community group which primarly opposes Orange Order parades going past Ardoyne shop fronts. Dee Fennell is now the leader of that group and semmingly not on the best of terms with Meehan. The situaton exploded last week when it emerged Meehan had been sending private messages via social media to a well-known loyalist about Fennell. And last Saturaday when Fennell found out he went stright round to Meehan’s house and demanded answers.
The result has seen Meehan expelled from (RNU) Republican Network for Unity, for whom he has been a spokesperson for eight years. A statment from GARC released on Friday night accuses Meehan of being found “guilty of collaborting and colluding with loyalists”. We have a copy of the statement although shortly after it was posted the GARC Facebook page appeared to have been taken down completely. The Sunday World tried to contact Martin Og Meehan last night but were unable to, however it’s understood that he is furious at what has happened and has strongly denied the allegations against him. GARC claim Meehan Og came to their attention last Saturday when a republican in Tyrone got into an online ‘debate’ with an Orangeman and loyalist from Ballysillan. During the heated discussion on Twitter the loyalist claimed that GARC was in disarray and was split. When this was challenged by the republican the loyalist produced privite messages sent to him by Martin Og Meehan claiming that GARC was in disarray and was split. When this was challenged by the republican the loyalist produced private messages sent to him by Martin Og Meehan claiming that GARC was split and that Dee Fennell was “hated in Ardoyne and needs to be taken down a peg or two”. Martin Og Meehan has been a leading republican voice in the North Belfast area for decades and was previosly in the the PIRA along with his father Martin Meehan who was the first man to be convicted of being a member of the PIRA.
With many thanks to: Steven Moore, The sunday World, for the origional story.
A WEST Belfast man has joined a South Armagh farmer in denying charges of addressing meetings on behalf of, and belonging to, or professing to belong to the PIRA.
The case against Padraic Conner Wilson (55), pictured above, at the top, of Hamill park, Andersontown, will be reviewed in the new year, as will that of Sean Geard Hughes (52), of Aghadavoyle Road, Jonesborough. Wilson denied four charges at his formal arraignment before Belfast Crown Court. They alleged that the two sets of offences were committed between January 1 and March 31 2005. Two of the charges accused him of having “addressed a meeting and the purpose of his address was to encourage support for a proscribed organisation, namely, the Provisional Irish Republican Army, or to futher its activities”. The other two alleged that at the time he was either a member of the PIRA or professed to be a member. Last Tuesday his co-accused, Hughes, denied four similar charges in that he also allegedly addressed two meetings (concerning the rape of Mairia Cahill), to promote the PIRA and that he “professed to belong to a proscribed organisation, namely, the Provisional Irish Republican Army”, or actually was a member.
With many thanks to: The Irish News, for the origional story.
•’DISGUSTED': Kate Nash, pictured below, sister of William Nash who was shot dead by the British Army’s Parachute Regiment on Bloody Sunday. Ms Nash has said she is disgusted after being told that many of the officers investigating the murders are to be laid off.
THE family of a young man shot dead and murdered on Bloody Sunday in 1972 is to take legal action against the RUC/PSNI amid concerns about a new unit replacing the HET (the Historical Enquires Team).
The move comes after the RUC/PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton revealed that a Legacy Investigations Branch will take over the work of the cold-case unit at the end of this month. The HET was set up in 2005 to review Troubles-related disputed murders by Crown forces. News of the new unit has been greeted with concern by relatives of people murdered in circumstances where collusion between the RUC/PSNI and loyalists is suspected or where members of the security forces are directly involved. On Friday night a sister of William Nash (19), who was one of the 14 innocent men shot dead when the British army’s Parachute Regiment (the Para’s) opened fire on an innocent civil rights parade through Derry in January 1972, said her family has lost confidence after police revealed that the majority of officers investigating the murders are to laid off. Kate Nash, whose father Alex was also shot and wounded on Bloody Sunday, said: “We were two years into a live investigation and suddenly they pull the rug from under our feet. “I have absolutely no faith in the justice system.” Ms Nash said she feels she has no option but to take legal action. “What other recourse do I have?” she said. “We are just treated with contempt. I am disguested by the whole mess.” The RUC/PSNI on Friday night refused to answer questions about whether the proposed Legacy Investigation Branch will include former members of the corroupt RUC and Special Branch. In recent weeks concerns have been also raised about police delays in handling documents to legal teams and families at inquests, as well as the purpose of PSNI information seminars for ex-RUC officers who may be involved in legacy cases. Solicitor Peter Corrigan, of KRW Law, said he has “grave concerns that the legacy unit has been put in place”. “It defeats the purpose and will not be able to deal with the police’s legal obligations,” he said. “The state has failed the Nash family for 45 years. “Basic investigation requirements have not been carried out in this case. There seems to be a hierarchy of investigations in relation to the past.”
With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News, for the origional story.
LAST NIGHT, for the second time in recent weeks, the children of Alan Lundy endured being trailed from their beds by armed and masked men from the RUC/PSNI. The RUC/PSNI were led by local so-called “community cop” Craig Mc Dowell.
These raids have now happened multiple times, causing severe distress to his two youngest children. Two years ago Alan was jailed for months on the lie of another so-called “community cop” before charges were dropped, depriving these children of their father for months.
While local youth and community workers choose to work with the RUC/PSNI, they often remain silent on the ongoing trauma that the RUC/PSNI cause on a regular basis.
Is there any chance of a collective, visible response from local youth community providers, asking for these vindictive actions to stop – in the form of protests involving young people, statements to the press or open letters? Or will the condemnation only come from GARC and/or Republicans themselves, as this issue continues to be ignored by the wider community!!!
With many thanks to: Dee Fennell, for the origional story.
The hungry, adaptable Shame Fein heading for serious leverage in the Dail have to fight their way out again from under an Adams controversy!!
THE ruthlessness of republicains was there for all to see this week, as well as confusion, even concern. Those polls showing Shame Fein voters in the Republic holding up well have to outweigh a rare drop in support for the party president, Gerry (who was never in the PIRA) Adams.
Internal analysts know the damage may take a while to soak through, but the picture has a stubborn sort of smudge. Despite his storm-tossed recent past and his fantasy farther-past, the father/grandfather figure at the helm has consistently rated as well as, often better than the other Dail leaders. Now the Gerry Adams factor has become more complicated. Shame Fein is resilient, for good reason. Handling the fallout from atrocities over decades taught the fore-runners of today’s machine-minders. Rule number one is still to stay whatever needs saying. Much as other parties but with the additional element that you expected to be disbeleved, indeed scorned. Rule number two used to be to then say no more. Today’s leaders abandoned that some time back, and as a result have talked themselves into various binds. The Adams public persona stood up well to early peace processing. Bearing, gravitas, withheld personality all contributed desirable seriousness, a touch of statesman to combat the scary PIRA reputation, reassurance that whatever about bombs under roads and taped-up bodies in ditches this person had leadership quality. These past few years leave that quality a touch shorn. The flippery of social media in senior hands, the triviality of blogging, rubber ducks, teddy bears, have arguably played into the shearing as much as the tragedy and ugliness of sexual abuse, the loss of credibility involved in denying PIRA membership. But when it came to everyday dealing with people beyond ‘the base’, the Adams touch always looked stodgy at best, bogus at worst, compared to that of his fellow leader: boyish Martin (J118) McGuinness grin, etcetera. No point in the enemies of republicanism miming nausea and recalling McGuinness, ruthless PIRA-boss. Playing a regular guy worked a treat.
The ruthlessnees remains, of course. As it does in the DNA of the organisation both leaders have steered through past dual life into today’s supposed exclusive devotion to the practice of democratic politics. What a bad Adams idea that has been, the jokey repetition about an entirely unfunny outfit of ‘it hasn’t gone away you know.’ Although widened to supposedly fit just about any manifestation of republicanism, the phrase stayed freightened with old menace, yet here was someone revelling in it. Now he and they, the enterprise of his middle years, the hungry, adaptable Shame Fein heading for serious leverage in the Dail have to fight their way out again from under an Adams controversy, crude mis-speaks: self-harming? Legacy issues, he blogs, another phrase someone should take away from him, like the ducks. This time, the ‘legacy’ only dates back to 1997. The enemies help keep the Adams defence apparently united: unthinkable to give him the shove at the behest of Enda Kenny, the Sunday Independent, Micheal Martin. But this may be erosion under way, in full veiw of the unfriendly as well as the faithful. For ruthlessness this week (the second in command of the PIRA) the McGuinness contribution was hard to beat, old dog for the hard road that he is, as he suggested the time had come for the media to ‘target’ the ‘alleged perpetrator': the unspoken part of the sentence being ‘instead of my president’. So in a second, the blameless, acquitted person, Shame Fein had originally complained on behalf of, against the wrecking ball of Mairia Cahill accusation, became a non-person, a target. The other acquittees must surely have felt a draught. Outside the fold in a trice, dumped. How about that. In the welter of allegation, denial, half-apology and partial admission, some may have missed this devlopment. They may also have missed the dirty fight, down at trolling level, out in Twitter and blogospheres, where some stuck with the original line by having at the ‘complainant’, by ‘liking’ and ‘re-tweeting’. Appealed to by Mairia Cahill, Mary-Lou McDonald duly denounced. But it didn’t stop. An extra problem Shame Fein has now is the speed and slippperiness of social media. No doubt they want to close this episode down, but the internet seethes away. And Mairia Cahill is her own woman. Sense of duty is a quality in ruthless people that even those who loathe their ’cause’ can admire. Behind those unreadable Adams eyes, there might even be the germ of a thought: maybe, for the cause, it’s time to go. Before push comes to shove.
With many thanks to: Fionnuala O’ Connor, The Irish News, for the origional story.
‘The IRA remains willing to target state agents, paid or not, and will continue to do so while the denial of self-determination continues – The ‘IRA’.
THE paramilitary group known as the ‘IRA’ has threatened to target civilians who help or work for the security forces at suspected bomb scenes.
The threat came as the organisation claimed responsibility for two devices found in the north west earlier this month. It said it was responsible for leaving an “anti-personnel device” containing a “pressure plate” in Ballyarnett in Derry on October 12. An attempt was made to lure the RUC/PSNI into the area after a hoax report of a burglary at a vacant house. The group said the attack was aborted after police failed to attend the scene and it then gave bomb warnings to media organisations. It also admitted planting a device in the Ballycolman estate in Strabane last week, saying it “was to be triggered by trip wire”. It later emerged that a separate hoax device was thrown at police to lure other officers into the area. It was subseqently picked up and moved by a member of the public. Both bomb attacks were widely condemned for endangering members of the community. In a statement, the republican group’s ‘Derry brigade’ claimed that “in both instances the RUC/PSNI used members of the local community to survey the scene before attending themselves”. “This tactic by the RUC/PSNI is very deliberate and we take this opportunity to advise all members of our community, including community workers, to refuse in any and all circumstances any requests from the RUC/PSNI or local politicians to do the bidding of the RUC/PSNI in this or any other way. “We state categorically that any injury or death caused by the RUC/PSNI tactics will be solely their responsibility.” The group, which announced its formation in July 2012 after a merger between the Real IRA, Republican Action Against Drugs and Independent republican units in Mid-Ulster, added that it will target anyone who assists the RUC/PSNI. “The IRA remains willing and able to target and execute state agents, paid or not, and will continue to do so while the denial of self-determination continues.” Responding to the claim on Tuesday night, Superintendent John Magill insisted that those who “left the devices in residential areas should shoulder all responsibility for the danger they put all of the community in”. “Those who carried out these attacks showed callous disregard for the local community and the police officers who serve it. We are very fortunate that no-one was killed or seriously injured as both occurred in residential areas, living there at serious risk,” he said. “We are committed to providing a service across the North of Ireland despite the attempts of a small minority who attempt to kill officers serving their community who should be allowed to carry out their duties without the added pressure of misguided individuals intent on causing them harm.” Police also again appealed for information about the attacks. SDLP Foyle assembly member Colum Eastwood also said that while he would be critcal of police responses where appropriate, the “bottom line is that responsibility rests with the people who plant the bombs”. “In the Ballyarnett bomb, the device was left outside a house in an area filled with lots of children and we are lucky no-one was killed,” he said. “The idea that bombs are left near children is just madness and all responsibility lies with those who plant the bombs.”
With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News, for the origional story.
The trouble continues at the house on the hill ‘Stormont’ !!!!
THE DUP has been accused of lacking the will to share power after it effectively blocked a deal to elect the assembly’s first nationalist speaker.
The post was promised to Shame Fein as long ago as 2007 but the DUP has refused to honour the agreement, pointing to an apparent U-turn by republicans on welfare reform. The need to elect a new speaker arose after last week’s resignation of Foyle MLA William Hay, due to ill-health. In 2011, following the last assembly election, the DUP and Shame Fein made their support for the deal public, with Mitchel McLaughlin widely expected to succeed Mr Hay. However, it is understood that many DUP MLAs are opposed to the idea of Mr McLaughlin – or any Shame Fein MLA – assuming the speaker’s role. In yesterday’s vote, which also saw deputy speakers John Dallat of the SDLP and Ulster Unionist Roy Beggs nominated by their respective parties, DUP members abstained, meaning the votes failed to achieve the necessary cross-community support. Peter Robinson has called for the speaker’s appointment to be dealt with at the all-party talks which begin later this week. Until a successor for Mr Hay is elected, Mr McLaughlin will act as a principal deputy speaker, along with deputies Mr Dallat and Mr Beggs. Shame Fein MLA Caitriona Ruane blamed the DUP for the failure to elect Mr Hay’s successor. “The refusal today to honour that deal by refusing to back Mitchel McLaughlin raises serious questions about DUP sincerity in any negotiations process,” she said. Ms Ruane said Shame Fein had refused to endorse the alternative candidates because it would have meant the party accepting “DUP bad faith”. “These institutions were set up on the premise of power sharing and the latest decision by the DUP to pull out of this deal highlights that they are still not up to the task of sharing power,” she said. Alliance leader David Ford criticised the DUP’s falure to endorse Mr McLaughlin’s election and said the party was seeking to “politicise” the speakers office.”This is not the first time that Peter Robinson has broken his word, nor will it be the last, but now the assembly will be left in limbo as we continue without a speaker,” he said. “The DUP should have honoured that deal that they made in 2011.” Ulster Unionist Robin Swann said the DUP’s failure to honour the agreement was evidence of the “poisonous Shame Fein coalition”. The SDLP, however, blamed Shame Fein for the failure to elect the assembly’s first nationalist speaker after the former’s nomination of Mr Dallat. Leader Alasdair McDonnell said Shame Fein had placed “party politics before priniple”. “The culture of cosy deals and back room politics has and continues to fail everyone who voted for this assembly,” the South Belfast MP and MLA said. “The fact that Shame Fein would rather see no speaker rather than someone from the nationalist community who is not of their choosing is unbelievable.” DUP MLA Arlene Foster said her party would not stand by while Shame Fein have broken agreements. “Every action or inaction will have an opposite reaction or inaction,” she said.
With many thanks to: John Manley, Political Correspondent, The Irish News, for the origional story.
Failure to elect speaker exposes chasm
THE position of speaker in the Stormont assembly is regarded as largely symbolic.
It’s a role bestowed on a member who commands a degree of respect across the benches and who, when the occasion demands, is capable of rising above party political allegances. The recent tributes paid to former speaker William Hay from the nationalist side of the house demonstrated that despite often open hosility towards the DUP, the Foyle MLA was well regarded by political opponents and fulfilled his role with the required impartiality. But whereas the praise for the departing speaker reflected a chamber united, the failed attempt to elect his successor has instead highlighted division – both between parties and internally within the DUP. It is widely acknowledged that as far back as 2007 the DUP and Shame Fein made a pact that would ensure Mitchel McLaughlin succeeded Mr Hay as speaker. The two parties spoke explicitly about the arrangement in the assembly in 2011, though many critics saw it as further evidence of a carve up between Stormont’s two biggest parties. In recent months, however, the DUP’s appetite for a shame Fein speaker has warned signiflcantly, with some of the observers suggesting many of the party’s MLAs were completely averse to the idea. So it appears that instead of risking the humiliation of being overruled by a large element of its assembly team, the DUP instead chose to abstain from yesterday’s vote. It justified its stance by pointing to shame Fein’s failure to honour the deal it apparently made last year over welfare reform. The DUP would now like to see discussions about the speaker’s role on the ever-expanding agenda of the forthcoming all-party talks. Falure to replace Mr Hay as speaker is unlikely to affect the workings of the assembly – its dosen’t do a great deal anyway – and Mr McLaughlin continues to hold the office of Principal Deputy Speaker. Neverthless, the failure to reach agreement is bound to furtuer undermine public confidence in an insitution that is meant to be based on power-sharing.
With many thanks to: John Manley,The Irish News.
DISSIDENT Republican group (ONH) Oglaigh na hEireann has said it will continue to disrupt the instillation of boundary boxes by NI Water, saying the boxes are being laid in preparation for the intruduction of domestic water meters.
Contractors carrying out work in Glen Parade and Glen Crescent in West Belfast downed tools last Thursday after being threatened. NI Water have said the workmen would not return until they are “assured it is safe to do so” adding that the safety of staff is paramount. ONH said that while “there is no direct threat to workmen we will not stand by and allow the boundary boxes to be installed. “They are the mechanism for the introduction of water meters and a future Stormont water tax to working class families,” the group said. Shame Fein MP Paul Maskey has condemned the threats and said that it should be lifted immediately. “The people of west Belfast won’t accept vital public services being held to ransom by a handful of malcontents”, he said.
With many thanks to: The Irish News.
SOPHISTICATED bugging equipment has been found in a car owned by a prominent Co Tyrone republican.
The suspected listening device and tracker were recently discovered in the Cappagh area by the former republican prisioner. The man, who did not want to be named, said he believes the devices were fitted to his vehicle by MI5 or the PSNI. The equipment is believed to be among the most sophisticed ever discovered in the North of Ireland. It is claimed the high-tech bug was found fitted to a rear wheel arch of the car by several powerful magnets. What is thought to be a tracking device was discovered under the opposite wheel arch. During the Troubles the Cappagh area was an IRA stronghold. It continues to be a republican heartland. The suspected listening device appears to consist of a transmitter and an external microphone. It is claimed the equipment had the capacity to monitor conversations inside and outside the vehcle. The device was attached to 12 long-life batteries which were taped together. When opened it is understood the device contained a circuit board and a Vodafone Sim card, suggesting it may have used the mobile phone network to transmit conversations and other data. As well as having a serial number, the suspected tracking device also had a series of letters scraped into its casing and appeared to be battery-powered. The owner of the car said republicans continue to be closely monitored in Co Tyrone. “As republicans in this area we are being monitored by drones, high-tech sophisticated cameras and listening devices,” he claimed. “We are asked to accept and endorse the PSNI/RUC and MI5 while their dirty tricks department are working on a daily basis to monitor republicans and their families, while our former colleagues in Shame Fein are asking us to endorse the British military strategy which for years was used to kill republicans.” On Thursday night UUP MLA Tom Elliott defended the use of surveillance against the “ongoing threat from terrorist groups and organised criminal gangs,” ( by criminal gangs he must be talking about the UVF and UDA and LVF because apparently they are not terrorists). “Electronic surveillance has proven effective in disrupting the activites of such groups and has undoubtedly saved innocent lives in the process,” he said. “The Ulster Unionist Party believes that the securiy forces should have access to a very wide range of resources and tactics in order to combat criminal gangs, and this includes electronic surveillance.”
With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News, for the origional story.