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  1. Comment on Does Stormont care if Jim Wells breached the code (or just told an unpalatable truth)?
    on 25 November 2012 at 6:08 pm

    DC dropped a link in the previous page but didn’t post an extract;

    ” The DUP has been challenged to reconcile the appointment of a former loyalist paramilitary as a party officer with its refusal to talk to republicans who have turned away from violence.

    Nationalist and republican politicians last night (Sunday) questioned the selection of ex-UDA man Gary Blair, given the DUP’s stance on contacts with Sinn Féin.”

    “However, the DUP insisted Mr Blair had turned away from all forms of illegal activity and there was a “world of difference” in talking to Sinn Féin.

    In 1993 Gary Blair pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to aiding and abetting in the murder of Sinn Féin election candidate Malachy Carey.

    Mr Carey (36) was shot by the UDA in December 1992 as he walked along a street in Ballymoney, and died a day later in hospital.

    Blair was freed from the Maze prison under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in 2000, one of six Loyalist Volunteer Force prisoners released.

    It had been reported that by early 1998, he had moved to H-Block 6 in the jail, a wing controlled by the LVF.

    Two weeks ago he was elected as a party officer to the Ballymoney branch of the Democratic Unionist Party.”

    Does Wells act the hard man with Gary Blair?

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  2. Comment on Willie Flags Up An Interesting Question
    on 17 November 2012 at 7:46 pm

    In fairness Davy, nor did Rev. Wille Mc Crea. Funny that video of Wille and Billy keeps getting pulled

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  3. Comment on Willie Flags Up An Interesting Question
    on 17 November 2012 at 7:09 pm

    How a man that publicly said that no loyalists should ever have been in gaol got finance at all is a mystery

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  4. Comment on Willie Flags Up An Interesting Question
    on 17 November 2012 at 6:57 pm

    No doubt this threatening behaviour towards me will go unchecked

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  5. Comment on Willie Flags Up An Interesting Question
    on 17 November 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Dont Drink Bleach (profile) 16 November 2012 at 5:27 pm
    I wonder would Mick tolerate these kind of comments if they were being made about Pat Finucane’s wife or the relatives of the Derry Young Hooligans killed in 1972?

    Hierarchy of victims anyone??

    What in the name of good God!!!!!

    Not even a yellow for the latter of that post?

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  6. Comment on Frank McCoubrey comes in from the cold…
    on 14 November 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Well, a man could have been a member of the UDA until ’92 and not have seen the inside of a court for it because the state did not see fit to proscribe the sectarian gang until then.

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  7. Comment on The case for gay marriage (fails) in North Down…
    on 14 November 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Marriage is a human construct, not something established by nature. It can adopt its definition according to human understanding of the wonderful diversity of human creation.

    The usual hyperbole follows, such as incestuous marrIage but THAT IS against nature, and is a nonsense to drag up.

    I do think the mainstream churches need a massive look at the relevance of the Old Testament and how it should be regarded.

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  8. Comment on The principled barbarity that can happen in a “Catholic country”
    on 14 November 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I’m just stunned at the story. It’s like something from either a distant time or a distant country, not somewhere in western Europe.

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