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  1. Comment on RAAD interview on Newsnight prompts more questions
    on 24 June 2012 at 1:59 am

    RAAD, or Derry seems to be where Dublin was in the 1980s. Perhaps i’m wrong, but ‘heroin’ hasn’t hit the streets there so far. If not, then RAAD have done everyone in Derry a big favour. I’ve noticed in the course of this dialogue youse are having that no one has mentioned whether exactly people mean when they say drugs. In the 1980s when CPAD started in Dublin there was basically 2 drugs. Hash and heroin. Only a very small few were against the hash. The drug culture has evolved since then. Poly drug use is now the norm. Most CPs eventually came to the conclusion that RAAD have already reached-That they won’t be able to eliminate the drug problem. CPs actually approached dealers years ago and told them straight up, that they wouldn’t be selling drugs in the flats anymore. They just wanted the drug dealing itself removed from outside their front doors. Most CPs eventually through trial and error realized that NA was the best way forward. I’m not personally a big fan of NA, but perhaps one of the community workers could get in touch with NA with a view to setting up what’s called an Open NA meeting. The good news is that it’s free, and no one will have to stick their hands in their pockets.

    I gaurantee that most of the addicts are 15-25, early school leavers, and from council estates. The rest isn’t rocket science. If they don’t set up training centres and ‘courses for horses’ the problem will keep repeating itself. ‘The devil makes work for idle hands’ as they say.

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  2. Comment on After #Euro2012 is it time to think about a single Ireland soccer team?
    on 17 June 2012 at 2:15 pm

    JoeBryce (profile)

    17 June 2012 at 9:56 am

    No brainer. Works for rugby and for the churches. Will surely work for soccer.

    Of course it would work. That’s why those in control don’t want it. Politicans interfering in community organisations is a disaster for the clubs. Irish clubs have no input on the National stage so it would be an irrelevency to the clubs. The National teams could split the difference if they so wished. We could have Oireland and Northern Ireland could be called Uladh Béag. That way the clubs could work towards an all-island league. That way the National teams would eventually benifit from the kids coming through the ranks. ‘Til then they’re relying on bangers for the England B Team and the England C Team.

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  3. Comment on After #Euro2012 is it time to think about a single Ireland soccer team?
    on 15 June 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I’m actuall glad Spain hammered the English B Team 4-0.
    I hope Italy hammer them as well.

    If that team was Irish young Forrester would’ve been in the team. Fat chance of any Forresters coming through the ranks with chancers like Micheal D. in charge of clubs like Galway Utd. The Bertie Bowl will be empty for most world cup matches. I hope it falls apart from rust and weeds. I hope it ends up like Glenmalure Park. The greatest fans in the world? The greatest fans in the world are the ones who go out to watch the local kiddos on a sunday morning. The ones who go to watch the Bray Wanderers, the St Pats and the Cork Citys week in and week out- Without any hope of success. They’re the greatest fans in the world. Not the Oirish socceroos. Two different breeds. An All-Island soccer league, isn’t the same thing as an All-Island national team with the Ireland

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  4. Comment on After #Euro2012 is it time to think about a single Ireland soccer team?
    on 15 June 2012 at 7:03 pm

    JR (profile)

    15 June 2012 at 12:50 pm

    FIFA/UEFA would not be the problem. Almost every other sport has a single Irish governing body. There is only one problem and we all know what it is.

    One problem? Politicans like the Irish President Micheal D. are part of the problem. He’s the chairman of Galway Utd. In 2011 he suddenly became a socceroo…..Outta the blue like…..In his old age……?

    Galway Utd are no longer in the league. Watch the L.O.I. fall apart over the next five years. Chancers like that have nothing to offer the ‘beautiful game’ at any level. If they have what do they offer? This is the ‘sticks’ we’re talking about. Be under no illusions, they’d rather destroy the concept of an All-Island soccer league with All the clubs operating on a Co-Op basis, rather than allow anyone outside the Official Labour Party – SF Workers Party get a job kicking a ball up and down a pitch. Who’d pay Delaneys Mortgage, if it ever comes about?

    Comrade Eoin O’Broin is another chancer. Imagine coming into an area like North Clondalkin and sponsoring a club to put your own name on the jersey?
    Not Sinn Féin, but Eoin O’Broins Sinn Féin. The chap never kicked a football in North Clondalkin in his life.

    Who does Eoin O’Broin want Sinn Féin to go into power with? The L L Labour Party.

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  5. Comment on Johnston McMaster’s Overcoming Violence – Book Review
    on 15 June 2012 at 2:14 am

    The book traces the ‘roots of sectarian violence’ from the plantations, offering more sustained analysis of the events between 1912-1922. Here, McMaster examines how both Protestants and Catholics, using the religiously-informed traditions of covenant (the Ulster Covenant) and blood sacrifice (the 1916 Rising), constructed and justified a culture of violence. For him, Christian traditions on this island, as well as in Europe and North America, have been based on a ‘myth of redemptive violence’ that is a fundamental distortion of the gospel of Jesus.

    If only it were that simple. Because ‘Protestants’ in ulster, or rather the six-counties are put into a neat little box which is called PUL-Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist, it doesn’t therefore follow that Republicanism falls into an equal neat little box called CNR- Catholic, Nationalist, Republican.

    1916 Blood Sacrafice-

    1916 had just as much to do with WW-I as it had to do with Irish gaining Irish Independence through a blood sacrafice. The so-called blood sacrafice is a bit more complex than being pawned off as the opposite to the ‘religiously-informed traditions of the ‘Ulster Covenant’. Most of the volunteers who fought and died in 1916 came from Dublin. Dr. Ann Mattews compiled a list of the Irish Citizen Army which showed that over 95% of the Citizen Army volunteers came from tenement houses. The Irish Citizen Army were formed in 1913 to protect Irish workers striking against the boss’s. The Cumann na mBán women would have been the wives, sisters, girlfriends and daughters of these men. The grestest motivating factor behind their decision to fight i 1916 was to prevent Irish men from being sent to the trenches as cannon fodder. It most certainly had nothing to do with ‘sectarianism’. 95% of the Irish volunteers sided with the home rulers and made a conscious decision to be used as cannon fodder, in the great war.

    As late as the civil war in 1922 we find ‘volunteers’ from the Republican side came mostly from the ‘working class’. Take Óglach Richard Towhig for example, of 1 Connors’ Buildings who was executed on 24-10-1922 and who was employed at the Inchicore Works of the Great Southern and Western Railway. His father had been Killed in Action in the First World War, which establishes a motive for his son to fight for The Republic, later on. Again, in December 1922, all the volunteers who were executed in Kildare would have been labourers and railway workers. It’s safe to say that their understanding of Nationalism, and their motivation for fighting would have been based on Land and Labour. And not on some vague notion of a blood sacrafice, or romantic nor cultural nationalism.

    Óglach Stephen White, Abbey Street, Kildare, Labourer.
    Óglach Joseph Johnston Station Road, Kildare, Railway Worker.
    Óglach Patrick Mangan, Fair Green, Kildare, Railway Worker.
    Óglach Patrick Nolan, Rathbride, Kildare, Railway Worker.
    Óglach Brian Moore, Rathbride, Kildare, Labourer.
    Óglach James O’Connor, Bansha, Tipperary, Railway Worker.
    Óglach Patrick Bagnel, Fair Green, Kildare, Labourer.

    It’s wishful thinking to suggest that the 1916 Rising was a ‘blood sacrifice’, and that it was ‘constructed and justified a culture of violence from ‘religiously-informed traditions’. The Catholic Church excommunicated everyone and anyone that fought on the Republican side. As late as the 1930s, iirc, Republicans were still being ‘cast out’.

    The ‘isms’ of Republicanism-

    Should we commemorate together? might we remember our painful past together, in order that we might walk forward together? No. Remembering together isn’t the way forward. Think about it this way- Should the buergeoise remember black ’47, the way they do? Or is it rather a form of abstract revisionism. It was after all the cottagier class who made the great sacrafice in 1847, and not the political class, or the buergeoise. Should everyone commemorate the 1913 Lock Out? No. Only the ‘working class’ themselves should commemorate the Lock Out. One would wonder why some are all so keen to commemorate these things now, all of a sudden. The political revisionism has begun in earnest. If a lie is told often enough it sometimes becomes the truth.

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  6. Comment on If you are looking for lemmings buy a Playstation
    on 1 June 2012 at 1:23 pm

    “The ‘debt laden mule’ is precisely that because of partition.”

    If you mean because it is missing the Protestant minority of the NE, I agree with you.

    I’m not a ‘christian’, but if I had to be a ‘christian’ i’d be a ‘protestant christian’….. I ‘get’ the ‘sectarianism’, but on the other hand I ‘don’t get it’. The same way I get ‘racism’, but I ‘don’t get it’.

    Shamrock Rovers need clubs like Linfield as cannon fodder to perform better in the Champions League. Linfield could use Cork City as cannon fodder for the Europa League.

    @Northern Irish Nationalists do not come across like that’s what they mean.

    I can’t speak for Northern Irish Nationalists as i’m from Dublin. The key to peace imo is the ‘prisoners’. All the ‘political prisoners’ need to be released first. Why are there still prisoners in 2012? In their eyes they’re either defending ‘The Republic’ or in some cases fighting for the re-establishment of ‘The Republic’. An All-Island vote would have removed the ‘motive’ in 1998. That’s what people were ‘fighting for’. The right to self-determination. The INC via the SDLP-FF-SF failed to deliver. Why? Because ultimately Fianna Fáil are part of the Business Class-Political Class who James Connolly described as Criminal Accomplices. They’ll always act in the interests of their ‘class’. I’d view the SDLP as being sandwiched somewhere in between FF and Labour.

    I wouldn’t have any time for the Labour Party, but I would have time for the politics of the now defunct Socialist Labour Party.

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  7. Comment on If you are looking for lemmings buy a Playstation
    on 1 June 2012 at 11:56 am

    @I have read enough comments on this site to discern that nationalist see unionists in two vague camps….

    Imo there’s very little difference between a member of Fine Gael and the Ulster Unionist Party. Both will be quite content to advocate for a return to the Commonwealth. Fine Gaels Brian Hayes actually had a meeting with the UUP not that long ago and i’m sure they must have discussed this at some level. Do Fine Gael represent Wolfe Tones Republicanism in the 21 Century?
    Darren Scully, Fine Gael Lord Mayor of Kildare-’I wouldn’t help a black african’, 2011. He’s still a member of Fine Gael. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny didn’t even discipline him.

    @Tone rallied many a protestant dissenter in his day with the promise of better times from under British rule.

    Wolfe Tone:’Our Independence must be had at all costs.

    “To unite Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter under the common name of Irishmen in order break the connection with England, the never failing source of all our political evils, that was my aim”.

    “If the men of property will not support us, they must fall. Our strength shall come from that great and respectable class, the men of no property”.

    What ‘unionists’ are advocating when they say that -’Episcopal, dissenter, protestant, catholic, atheist, black or white what links unionists together is the belief that Northern Ireland’s future is best within the United Kingdom.’ is something entirely different.

    @That is a fundamental and unalterable fact and to replace it with the debt laden mule of the Republic will not be something that is in the minds of many a nationalist never mind Unionist….

    I’d argue that in a Socialist Republic someone like Martin McGuinness would have been a football manager at a club like Derry City and Gerry Adams would have been a barman on a half decent wage. The ‘debt laden mule’ is precisely that because of partition.

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  8. Comment on “RAAD was founded in 2008 by members and recent ex-members of the Provisional IRA in Derry…”
    on 10 May 2012 at 9:34 pm

    seamus60 (profile) says: 10 May 2012 at 12:57 pm Antoin. Fair play to the people who worked the backsides off for this when even under threat.

    @Fair play to the people who worked their backsides off….

    Better wo(men) than i’ll ever be that’s for sure.

    @when even under threat….

    I remember when i was a teenieboppper letting a shout at the ‘joyriders’ outside me front door.A few women appeared with bricks and said ‘son,get outta the way’……

    The Joyriders stayed away for a few nights.

    @ Groups like this merely move their so called professionalism on to a new subject when funding is under threat.

    Funding?What Funding?The Concerned Parents Against Drugs began in the 1980s Because There Was NO FUNDING.Them people hadn’t a pot to piss in.Nothing.No Resources.Their homes were used as Detox Centres.Their attitude was simple-’You want to get off drugs? There’s a bed’.Why did they do it?Because it was the right thing to do.They didn’t get paid and nor did they want to be paid for what they were doing.They got nothing but abuse for it.

    ‘Community anti-drug activism appears to have waned due to fatigue’-Dr Marianne Breen, Ph. D.

    This is the only passing,fleeting acknowledgement these people ever got for their troubles,on an official level,that i ever heard of.

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  9. Comment on “RAAD was founded in 2008 by members and recent ex-members of the Provisional IRA in Derry…”
    on 10 May 2012 at 1:31 pm

    J Kelly (profile)

    4 May 2012 at 5:05 pm

    THe issue here is not who these people were once connected to or not, some of them were also members of the IRSP as was Eamonn McCann, but what are they at now. They are a bunch of self serving criminals who tax alledged drug dealers and criminals and the entire political spectrum in Derry oppose them bar a few dissidents.

    Oh,but it is an issue ‘who’ they were connected too.If it wasn’t why throw the name of the IRSP into the mix?

    The Original Concerned Parents had a democratic way of dealing with allegations by The Community about senior reps ‘taking backhanders’ in ‘big brown envelopes’.
    For example: If i was an alleged Drug Dealer-Or ‘If’ i was ‘Taxing Drug Dealers’ I would have been given an opportunity at a local Community meeting to explain myself to my Community.

    Lets say i came from South Inner City Dublin and i was directly connected to the PIRA and allegations were made that i was ‘taking back handers off a scum lord’ then i’d have the chance to defend myself,and by extension my ‘associates’. If i was taking ‘backhanders’ and i couldn’t defend myself,well that doesn’t look too clever does it? What would it say about the PIRA in South Inner City Dublin as a whole?

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