Marty McElkearney – TPQ

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INLA killer’s funeral told he helped find Disappeared vitim

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‘Key role’ in recovery

Mr Seamus Ruddy, who was one of the disappeared secretly buried by the INLA in France 2017

of murdered Ruddy’s remains

FORMER INLA prisoner Martin McElkerney “played a key role in the recovery of the remains of Disappeared victim Seamus Ruddy, mourners have been told. Several thousand people lined the streets of West Belfast’s Divis area yesterday as the coffin, draped in a Starry Plough Flag and flanked by a colour party of masked men, made its way to St Peter’s Cathedral.

Following Requiem Mass the cortège walked the three miles to Milltown Cemetery, where a much smaller gathering heard tributes. Among those to address the crowd was Strabane Republican Willie Gallagher, who said McElkerney “held senior positions” in the Republican Socialist Movement throughout his life.

Willie Gallagher, Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP),He said he had been willing to take on any any task and “despite medical difficulties at the time, stepped forward and helped bring closure to the Ruddy family – ending a sad chapter for us all”.

He said he had been willing to take on any task and ” despite medical difficulties at the time, stepped forward and helped bring closure to the Ruddy family – ending a sad chapter for us all”. The remains of Seamus Ruddy (32), from Newry, we’re found at Pont-de-l’Arche, near Rouen in northern France in May 2017.

He had been abducted in Paris in 1985 where he had been living with his partner and was murdered and secretly buried. It is believed he was murdered amid a dispute with INLA members about an arms dump. The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains eventually recovered Mr Ruddy’s remains following information provided by the INLA. McElkerney died in hospital last Friday following a shooting incident in Milltown Cemetery.

He was sentenced to three life terms for his part in an INLA bombing that killed Kevin Valliday (11), Stephen Bennett (14) and Lance Bombardier Kevin Waller (20) at the Divis Flats complex in West Belfast in 1982 and was released from prison in 2000 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Fr Gary Donegan told mourners that McElkerney “became aware that the choices he made in life had significant and lasting consequences for others, including his family”.

Criticism of ‘show of strength’ as thousands attend

Fr Gary Donegan, who is a friend of the family, said the ” loss of many friends in the conflict had a profound influence on Martin’s decision to get directly involved in what is euphemistically referred to as ‘the Troubles’.

“Those were sad and difficult times, and are hardly recognisable 21 years after the Good Friday Agreement which saw Martin released from Long Kesh after a decade and a half of incarceration. “Martin became aware that the choices he made in life had significant and lasting consequences for others, including his family.

“Following Martin’s death his organs were donated so that others might have life.” Among the mourners we’re representives from various Republican political groups. One of 13 children, Martin McElkerney’s family are well known in West Belfast, with Fr Donegan,

Fr Gary Donegan, pictured here in Ardoyne

pictured, paying tribute to his mother Eileen. “To witness the love of Eileen for her son Martin, and then to realise that God’s love is much greater, how can we not be in awe of God’s mercy in this sacred place that is St Peter’s,” he said. Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly, who is a brother-in-law of the deceased, attended the funeral and was joined by party colleague Carál Ní Chuilín.

MLA Carál Ní Chuilín attended the funeral along with Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly

After Requiem Mass the coffin, draped in a Starry Plough flag with a baret and gloves on top and flanked by an INLA colour party – some of whom wore masks – made its way the three miles from Albert Street to Milltown Cemetery. It stopped several times, including outside Costello House, the Falls Road headquarters of the IRSP, with whom McElkerney played a senior role right up until his death.

Police Land Rovers filmed the procession from a distance and a spotter plane, rarely used in the North of Ireland, circled overhead throughout the funeral. As the cortège reached Milltown a lone Piper played music before members of the IRSP gathered for a short oration at the INLA plot. By this stage the number of mourners had reduced to several hundred.

McElkerney was sentenced to three life terms for his part in an INLA bomb that killed Kevin Valliday (11), Stephen Bennett (14) and Lance Bombardier Kevin Waller (20) at the Divis Flats complex in West Belfast in 1982. During the hunger strike years of the 1980’s. Willie Gallagher (pictured above) of the IRSP addressed mourners and criticised media coverage of his friend’s death, saying that far from being isolated he was surrounded by family and friends.

He also said there was not enough support for those struggling in a society transitioning out of conflict. Superintendent Lorraine Dobson on Thursday night said police had “a proportionate operation in place today which included the use of evidence gathering equipment”. “All evidence will now be reviewed by specialist officers and any offences detected will be investigated”.

On Monday a masked man fired a volly of shots in the air from an automatic rifle as McElkerney’s body was returned to his home in the Divis area of Belfast. A guard of honour was also formed in the street outside his home. Unionists have called for investigations into both the shooting and the funeral display, saying it appeared to be a “sinister show of strength”.

Ulster Unionist Party MLA Doug Beattie said: “You have to wonder if there is something else going on here and is this group sending a message that they are still here and still able to bring large numbers of people onto the streets.

“If this organisation is on ceasefire why are young men in the colour party? “There is clearly recruitment going on and that is very worrying. “I’ve written to both the Secretary of State (who won’t be in a job for very much longer) 😄😄😊 and the Chief Constable to ask for another updated security assessment of where these groups are in terms of activity.”

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Allison Morris (Security Correspondent) for the original story

Follow these links to find out more: https://seachranaidhe1.blog/2019/05/24/disappeared-victim-seamus-ruddys-funeral-takes-place/

(2) -: https://www.psni.police.uk/my-area/all-districts/belfast-city/

(3) -: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=697436330713188&id=1146451845485869

Man found guilty of carrying INLA flag at Easter

Sean Carlin, right, with Gerry Foster, IRSP

IN what is believed to be the first case of its kind, a Belfast court has found a man guilty of carrying a flag during an Easter Sunday parade on the Falls Road.

Last Friday, West Belfast man Sean Carlin appeared in Laganside court and was sentenced under the ‘Terrorism Act 2000’ and in particular with carrying an article, in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that he is a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation, charges he intends to appeal.

In 2017 during a traditional Easter Sunday commemoration on the Falls Road, a historical replica flag, based on a flag used by the Belfast Brigade of the Irish National Liberation Army during the 1980s, was unfurled by IRSP member Sean who then carried it during the party’s procession to Milltown cemetery.

The parade in question had been themed to honour in particular members of the Belfast Brigade INLA who had lost their lives when the IRSP came under attack after a split in the organisation in 1987.

While the replica Belfast Brigade INLA flag was clearly being carried in recognition of the sacrifice made by fallen members of that organisation, it was revealed in court that undercover police had observed Sean Carlin and earmarked him for arrest. He was later arrested from his home.

Speaking to the Andersonstown News Sean said: “Around six months after that particular parade I was arrested, I later received a summons to say I was being charged.

“I was up in court maybe three times before it went to contest. There were three cops who gave evidence against me, two undercover cops said they observed me on the day.

“We never questioned their evidence, we didn’t say it wasn’t me, we were arguing the context in which the flag was being carried, but they had a different view.”

Last Friday Sean was sentenced to four months suspended over two years.

“How do I know if I’m breaking that suspended sentence. I mean if I wear a badge or if I go to a parade am I breaking my sentence, it’s so vague and completely open for interpretation.”

A spokesperson for the IRSP said: “Every Easter in Belfast, tens of thousands of Irish republicans and socialists from all organisations march in Belfast’s Falls Road towards Milltown cemetery to attend the graves of Ireland’s patriot dead, many carrying the flags of military organisations who took part in the various campaigns against British rule in Ireland over the years.

“The IRSP are supporting Sean Carlin’s appeal against this blatantly targeted oppression of a republican socialist and the potential all out criminalisation of Ireland’s right to commemorate its patriot dead.

“We are seeking to gain the support of all commemorative organisations in Ireland and would deeply appreciate the support of all comrades in raising awareness of an example of gross political oppression and cultural censorship.”

With many thanks to the: Belfast Media Group and Brónach Ní Thuama 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Any Taig Will Do’. Courts Call Bullshit On Paramilitary Crime Task Force.

Tarlach MacDhónaill is scathing of a PSNI scam in West Belfast.

RUC/PSNI Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton.

Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton was once literally a ‘Bobby’, patrolling the Lower Falls area of West Belfast and getting to know, no doubt, all the main names of the ‘underground’ world in that district.

In all likelihood then, the well-groomed PSNI golden boy knew full well, that none of those arrested in his old stomping ground on September 30th, (one of whom was charged with possession of a large amount of Cocaine) had any connection to the Irish National Liberation Army.

Yet Bobby Singleton now leads the PSNI’s ‘Paramilitary Crime Task Force’ which has been granted £25 Million over the period of five years as part of the Fresh Start Agreement, such figures demand results or at least the perception of results.

In a bizarre sequence of events on Tuesday last, charges against three Belfast men of ‘Conspiracy to rob a Boojum burrito bar’ were shot out of the sky by a Judge at first hearing due to the absence of that most basic Judicial requirement called evidence. One of the three was then remanded on a separate charge of possessing Cocaine with intent to supply. £140 000 worth of Cocaine.

The Irish Republican Socialist Party then released a statement in which they stated their belief that the PSNI had concocted a ‘sham charge’ against all three men and in so doing had dragged “two unconnected individuals into the dock, alongside a person separately charged with possession of Cocaine”, all in an attempt to create the impression of a collective conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in West Belfast.

In a PSNI press statement released on the morning of the arrests, Singleton had claimed that his force had been involved in an operation ‘focused on the criminal activities of the Belfast INLA.’ It succeeded in creating banner headlines and no doubt gave large sections of the public the general impression that the Belfast INLA was somehow and somewhere involved in the supply of Class A drugs.

Such an allegation would have had an obvious negative impact on the IRSP in West Belfast. Some weeks earlier their activists had made the front page of the local Andersonstown News for smashing a Cocaine supply operation in the same Divis area in which the latest Drug find in question had occurred.

Within that article, concerned parents of several local youths (victims of a predatory West Belfast drugs ring) claimed to have turned to the IRSP for help as they had (in their own words) ‘absolutely no faith’ in the PSNI.

The IRSP clearly believe now that Bobby Singleton has attempted to smear Republican Socialism in the Divis area by wrongly implicating the INLA in the very activity that the party were claiming to successfully oppose in the absence of local support for the PSNI – Drug dealing.

Their theory holds (at the very least) as much credence as the conspiracy charges which Singleton unsuccessfully tried to put before Judge Fiona Bagnall during his now doomed operation. The pressure which his ‘Paramilitary Crime Task Force’ no doubt comes under to be seen ‘balance the books’ following months of high-profile actions against Loyalist paramilitaries, gives further weight to IRSP suggestions that in the absence of genuine Republican ‘Paramilitary Crime’, Bobby Singleton has instead taken an ‘Any Taig will do’ attitude towards the latest wave of arrests and raids on their members houses and offices. Indeed, what better Taigs to raise headlines with than suspected supporters of the INLA?

It was highly unusual, indeed unheard of for any Judge to summarily dismiss allegations of the PSNI in a remand hearing allegedly involving Anti-Good Friday Republican ‘Paramilitaries’. It may indeed be the first case of its kind since 1998.

Yet the PSNI, until now, have relied upon both a compliant judiciary and a compliant press to create and promote narratives that they wish to be accepted in the public eye, the IRSP’s rebuffing of Bobby Singleton’s grandiose claims is unlikely to attract any mainstream press interest whatsoever and the IRSP will no doubt suffer negative public perceptions as a result.

Bobby Singleton is aware of this uneven power dynamic. He (and MI5 who command the Police service of which he is a part) is also aware of the growing support which a rejuvenated IRSP are gaining in communities such as Divis and the Lower Falls, the product of a wave of local, national and international political activities which the party has recently undertaken in what can be described as a ‘Peace Process’ of their own liking.

This is not the first time that the ‘Paramilitary Crime Task Force’ has used such broad stroke tactics against the Republican Socialist Movement. During the past year in both Derry and Belfast, targets of seemingly Bona Fide Policing operations have been arrested and had their homes searched simultaneously to members of the IRSP, with following far stretched press releases enough to brand the operations in questions “Investigations into the Criminal activities of the INLA”.

A modus operandi is being firmly established as are twin aims, the undermining of a political movement which the state has hated since its inception and (Just as importantly for Bobby Singleton) the public perception of a crack down on Irish Republicans, as opposed to ‘just Loyalists’.

Had the individual arrested for possession of Class A drugs been charged and remanded alone, it would have been viewed publicly as just another drug arrest in West Belfast. Yet a few more Catholics in the back of police cars, along with the right type of press briefings, were all that were needed to make this a political publicity coup for the ‘Paramilitary Crime Task Force’.

All the usual pieces of the Jigsaw were in place for Bobby Singleton in this instance. Wth the headline already floated by the Press, all that was required was the rubber stamping of a Judge and the appearance of an INLA criminal clampdown would be complete. In most cases the PSNI can rely on such rubber stamps without question.

Unfortunately for Bobby Singleton, it appears that a feisty female Belfast Judge had other ideas and put the requirement for evidence before the prominence of one department’s financial and political agenda.

Bullshit was called on the political antics of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force, and now inevitable questions around abuses of power, abuse of public funds, possible sectarianism and blatant lies told to the West Belfast community, will increasingly come to the fore.

➽Tarlach MacDhónaill is an activist with the North Belfast IRSP.

With many thanks to the: Anthony McIntyre and The Pensive Quill for the original posting.

 

 

IRSP accuse Thatcher of ordering INLA men’s murder

INLA member Noel Little

THE IRSP has claimed that two members were killed as part of a wider campaign against the party which was backed by the British government.

The party spoke out after it emerged that Tory MP and Advocate General for Northern Ireland, Jeremy Wright QC is due to rule on whether there should be a new inquest into the death of INLA member Noel Little (45).

Ronnie Bunting was a Protestant Irish Republican and Socialist

He was shot dead with fellow INLA man Ronnie Bunting (32) at a house in Downfine Gardens in the Andersonstown area of west Belfast in October 1980.

The double murder has been veiled in mystery amid claims that members of the SAS may have been involved, although the UDA later claimed responsibility.

The two men, who were also key members of the IRSP, were shot dead less than a year after Tory MP Airy Neave was killed when an INLA booby-trap bomb exploded under his car at the House of Commons in London.

After Mr Neave’s death several high profile figures linked to the IRSP and National H-Block Committee were shot dead or injured.

A senior figure in the Conservative Party, Mr Neave was a close ally of then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Mr Wright will now make the inquest decision after a certificate transferring the case from the north’s attorney general John Larkin QC was issued by secretary of state Karen Bradley.

Earlier this week a Northern Ireland Office spokeswoman said: “The secretary of state is satisfied there is material held by the UK government relevant to the decision whether to open a fresh inquest, which is national security sensitive.”

The spokesman added that: “The advocate general is an independent law officer in the same way as the attorney general for Northern Ireland: he will make a decision independent of government.”

IRSP spokesman member Willie Gallagher said he believes the decision to target the party could have come directly from Margaret Thatcher.

“The overall combination of events and circumstances in that period led the IRSP to the conclusion that British soldiers acting under direct political orders, and assisted by willing stooges within the UDA and the RUC, conducted what was a campaign of murder against our party,” he said.

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the origional story.

Óglach Micky Kearney – Belfast Brigade, Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).

Micky Kearney, aged 33, and a father of five, was from West Belfast and was highly respected among his comrades in the Republican Socialist Movement.

Micky had been an active Volunteer within the INLA and a committed Activist with the IRSP since joining the Movement. After a spell in Prison, he was released just before Christmas 1986.

https://johnfcaba.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/inla20kearneycampbell20-20new20barsnsley20parade2020061.jpg

Upon his release from Gaol, Micky immediately reported back to duty with his local INLA Unit. The loss of Micky was hugely felt by all who knew him.

http://irishistory.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/oglach-kearney-assassinated-by-iplo-on.html?m=1

With many thanks to: Cara O’Shay.

Police probe online paramilitary images

POLICE are investigating after an image was posted online showing a masked man apparently firing shots in tribute to a Socialist Republican in west Belfast.

“The final salute to comrade Harry O’Hara” – IRSP.

Photographs posted on Facebook by the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) – the politicial wing of the Irish National Liberation Party (INLA) – show masked men posing on a street with a picture of Harry O’Hara. Mr O’Hara, from Norglen Drive in the Turf Lodge area, died on February 28th and was buried in the City Cemetery earlier this month following Requiem Mass at Holy Trinity Church. Among death notices expressing sympathy at Mr O’Hara’s passing was one from “Connor Hughes, Cogús Republican Prisoners” in Maghaberry Jail.

West Belfast – INLA

The IRSP’s Belfast branch posted photos on Facebook of a “final salute to comrade Harry O’Hara”. It said “Harry was a loyal republican socialist and he will always be remembered with honour and pride by the Republican Socialist Movement” (RSM). The images show masked men dressed in paramilitay-style uniform posing beside candles and a photo of Mr O’Hara (copy of picture above). In one, a member of the group raises a gun above his head in a firing motion.

The images have been condemned by SDLP councillor Tim Attwood, who represents the area on Belfast City Council. “These are scenes which belong in the past. There is no excuse for masked gunmen on the streets of our city, no matter what the context,” he said. “This was a reckless act and should be roundly condemned.” A RUC/PSNI spokeswoman said: “Police are aware of footage on social media showing shots apparently being fired by a masked man in west Belfast. An investigation is under way.”

With many thanks to: John Monaghan, The Irish News, for the origional story.

Fallen Comrades of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement (IRSM)

I.R.S.M

Emmanuel Gargan

Volunteer – Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 21 March 1987

Emmanuel Gargan, age 25, was killed in a South Belfast pub by an Irish People’s Liberation Organisation gunman in retaliation for the INLA’s execution of IPLO leader Gerard Steenson on March 15th. Gargan had survived two earlier attempts on his life by the IPLO, and was still on crutches from the second attempt when he was killed.

Kevin Barry Duffy
Volunteer – Irish National Liberation Army
Assassinated on 21 March 1987

Kevin Barry Duffy, age 20, was killed in Armagh City by the Irish People’s Liberation Organisation in retaliation for the INLA’s execution of IPLO leader Gerard Steenson on March 15th.

The IPLO was a counter-revolutionary group formed by individuals who had resigned or been purged from the IRSM, who then came together to attempt to destroy the IRSM.

Gargan and Duffy were both involved in the INLA’s efforts to defend itself and the Irish Republican Socialist Party from the IPLO’s attacks.

They died as they lived: as Republican Socialists. Remember them with honour and pride.

Source: Strabane IRSP

With many thanks to: Irish Fenian Brotherhood.

From the Irish Workers Voice, May 1935.

It’s not true to say that no one spoke out about the Catholic Church the Communist Party of Ireland most certainly did. The CPI called for a public inquiry into the goings on in Artane industrial school in 1935. The Irish Workers Voice is now called the Socialist Voice here us a link to the latest edition

http://www.communistpartyofireland.ie/sv/index.html

With many thanks to: Dublin Distnct – Communist Party of Ireland

Hundreds gather for Declan McGlinchey’s funeral in Bellaghy – The Irish News

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