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  1. Comment on “there was a ‘culture’ in the Northern Ireland Office not to prosecute Republicans…”
    on 6 April 2014 at 3:46 am

    cont ….

    Fishers of men by ” Rob Lewis ” ( Philip Campbell Smith ) was another book written by an ex FRU member which HMG tried to ban .

    Revelations in the book confirm certain CNR conspiracy theories …..

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  2. Comment on “there was a ‘culture’ in the Northern Ireland Office not to prosecute Republicans…”
    on 6 April 2014 at 1:23 am

    Reader ,

    I appreciate your honest attempt to clarify my sweetness and light post ….I don’t think anyone at this stage believes everything was sweetness etc . Your right in your assertion that SOS and I disagree to the extent of what happened in the dirty war . I read a book in the early 90s written by Martin Dillon called The Dirty War ( as I’m sure did alot of people ) which I found quite disturbing . Many books have been written since and information has been released documenting a much more dirtier war . Horrer stories on both sides .

    I’ve been on this site long enough to accept that some opinions will never change regardless of evidence presented ( by both sides ) and until both governments come clean , this will never change …….which is a shame because before I started reading this site and others like it , I had a preconcieved idea of what ” the other community ” was like . This has changed for me over the last few years although I feel the two governments ( esp the British one – surprise surprise ) have most to answer for .

    I don’t want to end my post finger pointing Reader …so enjoy the rest of your weekend .

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  3. Comment on “there was a ‘culture’ in the Northern Ireland Office not to prosecute Republicans…”
    on 4 April 2014 at 7:40 pm

    SOS ,

    Perhaps you didn’t get enough sleep or didn’t reflect maturly before you reponded to my post because I clearly stated that I didn’t think everything was sweetness and light .

    Why you then based part of your post on the complete opposite of what I wrote is quite peculiar .

    With regard to State actors etc , I doubt either of us will ever agree . Until all the books are opened you say orange and I say green …. the rest is just conversation .

    Enjoy your weekend !

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  4. Comment on “there was a ‘culture’ in the Northern Ireland Office not to prosecute Republicans…”
    on 4 April 2014 at 1:32 am

    SOS ,

    Inconsequential to you perhaps however you’re a law upon yourself on this site . Whatever you say goes regardless of any facts put up by any poster .You’re never wrong and revert to a sectarian agrument at the drop off a hat . There must be some kind of record you have set for the use of the word ” mope ” .

    Would you prefer if I made a victim up to make my point . Aren’t you always accusing the CNR community of imagining things and using false stories to garner support .

    I don’t think all cops / soldiers are / were bad apples . I’m not however deluded enough to think everything was sweetness and light .

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  5. Comment on “there was a ‘culture’ in the Northern Ireland Office not to prosecute Republicans…”
    on 3 April 2014 at 10:35 pm

    SOS ,

    I wouldn’t say Robert Hamill’s family would agree with the first part of your 5.24 post .

    I would say they’d find your tosh sauce recipe rather tasteless .

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  6. Comment on “there was a ‘culture’ in the Northern Ireland Office not to prosecute Republicans…”
    on 3 April 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Baxter’s claims re Omagh will / are being used to discredit him already .

    Although the thought of a cold war style green ” bat phone ” with it’s red light flashing being installed in the halls of Downing Street , where Gerry can ring and suggest / hint / demand the release of Republicans ( and anti GFA ones at that ) is sure to get on some nerves .

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  7. Comment on GAA concludes a lucrative deal with Sky Sports…
    on 2 April 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Seems to have touched a nerve alright . Don’t see many documentaries / live events on the various SKY owned channels about parades ( only joking ) .

    The talent amoung GAA players who could have made it as professional soccer / rugby players must be interesting . I remember Kevin Moran truning pro after winning a couple of All Irelands to play for Man Utd . If he didn’t come off after spilting his or his opontents’ head open , he was being sent off for breaking a limb ( Dalglish’s jaw comes to mind ) or bleeding through a bandage . They didn’t know what to make of him .

    Maybe some of our friends accross the water could learn a thing or two about playing an amateur game for the love of it and not for the money or fame …….. says a Man Utd fan .

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  8. Comment on So what’s a LetsGetAlongerist, and what’s not?
    on 1 April 2014 at 10:38 pm

    From memory the term was first coined by FJH around four years ago after attending numerous Conflict Resolution Seminars / Party Conferences where ( correct me if I”m wrong ) vol au vonts and bullshit were the order of the day .

    To me the term / expression is defeatist and cynical and was probably made in jest by FJH while in early retirement and not invovled with the SDLP . The author of the thread makes the point about ” What’s wrong with getting along ” and most normal people would agree .

    Most people who achieved anything worthwhile look ( intentionally or not ) for recognition for their work and maybe that’s what FJH was hinting at . Eames / Bradley got a mention , can’t really remember any others .

    If you start off thinking something isn’t going to work …….. it won’t .

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  9. Comment on Robinson threatens to quit over Hyde Park
    on 26 February 2014 at 6:33 pm

    The OTRs issue just like decommissioning was fudged . Everybody who was anyone at the time knew how big a deal the OTRs were . Of course there was a deal . That’s what makes politics tick . There was no way men with egos like Blair / Mandelson / Powell etc were going to let this legacy opportunity pass by .

    I wonder how Liam Averill is holding up …..

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  10. Comment on Cunningham changes plea on Northern Bank robbery money-laundering charges
    on 18 February 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Curiousity killed the cat Joe lol …. Are you asking if the “dissidents ” were involved in the Northern Bank job ?

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