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Conor Maskey: “regardless of what the incident may or may not be…”

Mon 12 December 2011, 3:55pm

short BBC report notes that one man has been arrested and a vehicle seized after a shot was fired at a man in the New Lodge area of north Belfast this morning.  From the BBC report

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Little said the attack was “an extremely reckless act in a heavily populated area”.

He added: “We are investigating a number of lines of enquiry and I am keen to hear from anyone who was near the Antrim Road/Stratheden Street area this morning and who may be able to assist.”

But why does Sinn Féin’s Conor Maskey sound almost apologetic in his condemnation of the attack in “an area where some very good work was being done to try and stop anti-social behaviour, low level crime”,  in this UTV report?

Sinn Féin councillor Conor Maskey said he had “no idea whatsoever” why the shots were fired.

“I’m hearing locally that possibly two men approached another person and then whatever ensued from there, at least one shot has been fired.

“It’s obvious to condemn the use of any weapon, but specifically the firing of a gun, regardless of what the incident may or may not be, and that’s still to be made clear.”

[Was this attack "a little bit interesting", too? - Ed]  Possibly…

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Comments (10)

  1. quality (profile) says:

    Yawn, tenuous. Even for Slugger.

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  2. Jack2 (profile) says:

    Maskey, Maskey – the name sounds familiar.

    Any relation to the motability driver Alex?

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  3. Pat Mc Larnon (profile) says:

    He doesn’t sound almost apologetic at all.

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  4. sonofstrongbow (profile) says:

    Only down the rabbit hole in Shinnerland could firing a gun at someone equate to “antisocial behaviour, low level crime”.

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  5. firbolg (profile) says:

    So concern is expressed by the PSNI in relation to ‘an extremely reckless act in a heavily populated area’ . Of course it all depends on who is doing the shooting and indeed the bloggging. The PSNI opened fire on an unarmed man (running away) in the nearby ‘heavily populated’ Ardoyne area on March 15th 2007. Children were returning from school at the time. No concern was expressed then by the PSNI and or indeed by any of the usual suspects on Slugger – indeed not even an ‘apologetic condemnation’. Plus ca change….

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/police-closing-in-on-suspect-in-double-murder-investigation-13424299.html

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  6. alan56 (profile) says:

    ‘someone discharged a weapon so it has to be completely condemed’ ! fair enough. Strange use of language though. If the weapon had not been discharged………?

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  7. Cynic2 (profile) says:

    I blame the weather.

    Plays havoc with the control signal from Connolly House

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  8. USA (profile) says:

    Seems Baker is so keen to launch his daily attacks on Sinn Fein that he has now dispensed with the need to wait for some facts to emerge.

    Par for the course from this “blogger”.

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  9. Rory Carr (profile) says:

    But why does Sinn Féin’s Conor Maskey sound almost apologetic in his condemnation of the attack…”

    …and, more importantly, when did [insert name of target of your attack here] stop beating his wife?

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  10. 241934 john brennan (profile) says:

    This is a silly subject – too many unknowns.
    SF condemnations remain infinitely variable and depend on many things – who did the shooting-who was shot at – what are the respective politics of victims and perpetrators –who has territorial claims on the area, the protection rackets etc etc.

    Then there is the fixed or changed mindset of those called upon to comment. Some will never use the word “condemn” in relation to any republican activity (by definition some republicans can never be criminals, while others are ‘traitors’ for disobeying any order, whether that order is to ‘fire’ or to ‘ceasefire’.

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