National Hunger Strike Commemoration 2012

    • Sunday, 5 August 2012
    • 14:00 until 18:00
  • Dungiven Co. Derry
  • Join us for the 31st annual Hunger Strike Commemorative march and rally which takes place this year in Dungiven Co. Derry at 2PM. Main speaker Michelle O’Neill MLA.


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Charges against Marian Price dropped

Marian Price charged over murder of Massereene soldiers

22 July 11 14:21

Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey

A prominent republican has been charged in connection with the murders of two soldiers in Antrim in March 2009.

Marian Price – also known by her married name Marian McGlinchey – has been charged with providing property for the purposes of terrorism.

The charge is related to the murders of Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey at Massereene barracks.

On Friday, a lawyer said no new evidence has been produced to link republican Marian Price to the charge.

He said the 57-year-old was first questioned 18 months ago about allegations of supplying a phone.

Peter Corrigan also said a legal bid will be made to have the case against her thrown out as an abuse of process.

She was charged by summons earlier this month, a relatively new process in Northern Ireland, rather than at court on Friday.

The soldiers were shot dead outside their base as they collected a pizza delivery.

Two men are due to stand trial accused of their murders later this year.

Ms Price, who is also known by her married name Marian McGlinchy, is in custody following the revocation of her release on licence.

She was convicted for being involved in the IRA bombing of the Old Bailey in 1973, but has been critical of Sinn Fein in recent years.

Three witnesses

She was expected to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court for a preliminary enquiry on Friday.

But she was not produced after it emerged that her defence team want to cross-examine three witnesses, including two senior detectives, as part of their challenge to the case against her.

A date for the day-long committal hearing is expected to be fixed next month.

Mr Corrigan told the court an abuse of process application will also be mounted.

He said: “The defendant was originally questioned in relation to these matters in November 2009. That’s 18 months ago.

“No new evidence has been adduced since that date.”

The solicitor detailed how his client’s previous release from prison was subsequently revoked by the secretary of state.

He claimed the allegations which formed part of the new charge against her were linked to that decision.

A hearing into the revocation of her licence is due to take place in August, the court was told.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall ordered that the case be listed again for August 5.

At that stage Ms Price is expected to appear via video link…..


Photographs of PSNI officers ‘found on hard drives’

Londonderry Magistrates Court The accused appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court
Photos of police officers were found on computer hard drives and other media devices during a search of a house in Londonderry in 2011, a court has heard.

Appearing at Londonderry Magistrates Court was Gerard Francis O’Donnell, 52, a taxi driver from Strangford Park.

He denies collecting or making digital or video recordings of police officers contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000.

The defendant was released on his own bail of £1,000 to appear in court again on 25 February.

The defendant replied “definitely not guilty” to committing the offence when his home was searched on 20 June of last year.

A detective constable told District Judge Barney McElholm that the defendant had admitted posting the photographs and images of officers on the 32 County Sovereignty Movement‘s website.

As part of his bail conditions Mr O’Donnell has been banned from using recording devices outside his home, except when at recognised sporting events.

He was also ordered not to attend any illegal public meetings and to report to the police twice each week.

26 guilty over Ardoyne illegal protest

Twenty-five men and one woman have been found guilty of staging an illegal sit-down protest at a contentious Orange Order parade on Twelfth of July in 2010.

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Identification evidence was held to be strong enough to convict them all of obstructing lawful activity in public by demonstrating at the annual march last year.

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Fines of £400 were imposed on each of them.

Nine defendants also found guilty of resisting arrest received additional £200 penalties.

A 27th accused was acquitted after challenging claims that had been recognised at the scene on the Crumlin Road, near the Ardoyne shopfronts in north Belfast.

Deputy District Judge Neil Rafferty said the protest was likely to have led on to later rioting by others in the area.

He said: “It certainly was the match that probably lit what became utterly disgraceful and disgusting and sickening acts of violence in this particular area.”

The charges were defended with residents and campaigners claiming they were involved in a peaceful sit-down protest which did not breach a Parades Commission determination.

Two separate bodies operating in the area have been linked to protests against the parade: the Crumlin Ardoyne Residents’ Association (CARA); and the Greater Ardoyne Residents’ Coalition (GARC).

The demonstration at the centre of the case was said to have been led by GARC.

During a four-day hearing at Belfast Magistrates’ Court video footage was played in an attempt to identify defendants.

It showed those sitting on the road chanting “peaceful protest” at riot squad officers facing them.

Police witnesses also claimed they could pick out participants, some of whom were from Derry, from photographs taken on the day.

Amid heavy security for his judgment today, Mr Rafferty described the PSNI operation at the stand-off as an example of “softly softly policing“.

Although police batons were seen to be raised in parts of the footage, the judge said he did not see anyone being struck.

His comments provoked an outburst of laughter from defendants packed into the public gallery.

They were warned that any further outbursts could result in them being held in contempt of court.

At one stage, after being told one defendant lived near Omagh, Mr Rafferty commented: “There was a worrying feature that some people travelled great distances to be insulted.”He also stressed that, according to police, the accused were not involved in violence which broke out later in the area.

But he added: “In any civilised society the right protest is respected,” he said.”Lawful protest is an important means by which citizens can display their displeasure or concern regarding an event.”With it also comes a responsibility to act lawfully.” Outside the court GARC representatives issued a statement claiming the sit-down protest had been a peaceful expression of the right to live free from “sectarian harassment”.

The Coalition claimed its representatives faced “trumped-up charges” but vowed not to be silenced.

It further alleged that the “sham of a trial” showed police bias and the willingness of the Parades

Commission to allow sectarian parades through unwanted areas.

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