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  1. Comment on [Late] Friday thread: What is a community?
    on 7 March 2014 at 6:40 pm

    You can hear Dominic expand on this and other topics in the free online course from Queen’s on ‘Identity, conflict and public space’. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/QubMoocs

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  2. Comment on “Just to confuse matters, some elements of the tale of the On The Runs appear to have been hidden in plain sight.”
    on 2 March 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Ian,
    it was on one of the Radio Ulster reports earlier in the week. I didn’t know McG had said otherwise, however I wouldn’t be presuming anything where the NIO is concerned.

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  3. Comment on “Just to confuse matters, some elements of the tale of the On The Runs appear to have been hidden in plain sight.”
    on 2 March 2014 at 12:28 pm

    IanR,
    but that would be at odds with what we’ve already been told i.e. that every name on the list was eventually cleared. Therefore either McGeough’s name was taken off the list or he was arrested before it was processed.

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  4. Comment on “Just to confuse matters, some elements of the tale of the On The Runs appear to have been hidden in plain sight.”
    on 2 March 2014 at 11:51 am

    Sorry lads in your rush to ‘get Kelly’ yiz are all overlooking the significance of the fact that McGeough wasn’t arrested until 4 years later. It’s quite possible there were 215 other letters like the one the NIO allegedly sent in 2003 and there was a process underway to deal with each case.

    The crucial information that’s required here is whether or not Gerry McGeough was one of the names supplied to the NIO. We know that all of the cases brought to the NIO were cleared to return eventually, so either (i) McGeough’s name was never on the list (ii) his name was on it and was taken off (iii) it was on the list but not processed before his arrest.

    Given the conversation between the two of them in 2000 it likely that McGeough was on the list at that time. Culpability will lie in discovering which of the other two scenarios is most accurate. The only thing that is clear here is that Arlene Foster knew in 2010 about the letters.

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  5. Comment on #ShinnersList: “…old hatreds have not been buried. The old injustices have been replaced by new ones.”
    on 1 March 2014 at 8:18 am

    I’m sorry but “#ShinnersList” – really? As poor attempt at social media curation or engagement as you’ll ever see unless of course you’ve absolutely no interest in hearing what the “Shinners” have to say.

    #HashTagFail

    #GoodExamplarMaterialForNextSocialMediaConsultancyGig

    :-)

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  6. Comment on Robinson threatens to quit over Hyde Park
    on 26 February 2014 at 1:21 pm

    In light of their disastrous handling of the Hass and flegs it certainly gives the DUP a chance to stake a claim for the moral high ground. If Robbo had a Westminster seat to fall back on we might believe him but there’s no way on God’s green earth he would forgo the income and perks.

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  7. Comment on Downey case and the uncomfortable facts of our Peace Process re-emerge in a different light
    on 26 February 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Are the DUP seriously expecting us to believe they didn’t notice 180 odd former OTR republicans back living openly north of the border? Really, even after half their top table sat alongside Sammy Brush at Gerry McGeough’s trial when he also mentioned the letters?

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  8. Comment on Learning from history: “there was a chance to work things out in a different direction and it wasn’t taken…”
    on 13 February 2014 at 7:01 am

    The fact that Versailles WAS a shameful peace with no propagandising about it visibly cuts across any comparison based on the contrary.

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  9. Comment on Northern Ireland dog food infiltration known about seven years ago…
    on 12 December 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Excuse and OT but I see from the Queen’s University Moocs page (https://www.facebook.com/QubMoocs) that Chris Elliot and his Institute of Golbal Food Security will be offering a free course in the new year.

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  10. Comment on Donaldson: “No doubt the people of the Republic will continue to shun those who seek to make excuses for cold-blooded murder”
    on 6 December 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Anyone for explaining where this hands in the air waving a hanky stuff came from? The IRA at the time said he was killed in the car and the body subsequently removed from the car to be searched. As for Donaldson, pah, he has his own matters to address before mouthing off:

    From the report:
    “1.358 It is clear from Mr Donaldson’s evidence that when he named Mr Corrigan in the House of Commons as having worked for the IRA the only source he had was Mr. Keeley/Fulton. It is also clear from his evidence that although Mr Donaldson took steps to confirm that Mr Keeley had been a British Agent he took absolutely no steps to verify Mr Keeley’s
    account. In these circumstances, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that Mr Donaldson acted, at best, irresponsibly and, at worst, disgracefully in naming Mr Corrigan under parliamentary privilege and thereby placing his life at risk. This is aggravated by Mr Donaldson’s own evidence that he named Mr Corrigan to bolster his call for the establishment of a public inquiry. ”

    Save us the faux outrage Donaldson you’re as transparent as that hypocritical cretin everyone compares you to.

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  11. Comment on “Do you know what Nelson Mandela’s jailers used to call him?”
    on 6 December 2013 at 2:30 pm

    “Do you know what Nelson Mandela’s jailers used to call him, towards the later stages of his incarceration? They called him, “Mr. Mandela”.”

    Maybe that was kind of like Mick’s RUC Guide to Surviving the Conflict in South Armagh mentioned on another thread – they didn’t want to provoke him for fear of a bullet in the back of the head. While we’re on the subject, do you know what Thatcher called him:

    “that grubby little terrorist”

    Brendan Behan is having the last laugh on us all.

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  12. Comment on Judge Smithwick finds there was indirect evidence of collusion between Garda(i) and the IRA
    on 4 December 2013 at 2:45 pm

    @cynic2
    “The other was a religious nut who believed it was okay to frequently take his own car through a hostile war zone ”

    So it was all his own fault then. Tell me, are you a professional scumbag or have you been specially trained for the role?

    Hey don’t shoot the messenger, I’m only repeating what Suzanne Breen wrote about him. I thought you guys loved her round these parts:

    http://goo.gl/agmoAi

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  13. Comment on Judge Smithwick finds there was indirect evidence of collusion between Garda(i) and the IRA
    on 4 December 2013 at 1:31 pm

    “At the end of the day two elderly unarmed police officers were murdered by a heavily armed nationalist murder gang who knew they would be there. Such was their “war”.”

    One of which according to RUC Special Patrol Group and UVF member John Weir was supplying weapons to the Glenanne Gang who were responsible for almost one hundred sectarian murders.

    The other was a religious nut who believed it was okay to frequently take his own car through a hostile war zone without taking even the most basic precautions because he thought “God would protect him”. – Gerry’s laissez-faire comment is pretty generous comment in those circumstances.

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  14. Comment on Judge Smithwick finds there was indirect evidence of collusion between Garda(i) and the IRA
    on 3 December 2013 at 9:28 pm

    “They need to be charged and tried.”

    Maybe you missed the bit which said there was no direct evidence of collusion – can hardly charge someone on no evidence now – thankfully the courts are a little more stringent in reaching conclusions than Smithwick.

    Also is no one going to mention the different definitions of “collusion” used north and south?

    Nothing more than a spineless sop to the Brits on behalf of unionism.

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  15. Comment on Gerry Adams: A modern day Richard III who never explains and never apologises…
    on 2 December 2013 at 10:38 am

    Cackle Daily,
    here’s something that might lift the boredom of these threads. In the days before the last election in the south, the same journalist in the same paper confidently predicted “Baron Adams” would not get elected:

    http://goo.gl/wafFv1

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  16. Comment on AG Statement: No tools for bringing to account those who have committed offences against the state…
    on 20 November 2013 at 2:11 pm

    “No tools for bringing to account those who have committed offences against the state…”

    No? I expect Gerry McGeough will be surprised to hear that. Meanwhile we have 30 year inquests into sanctioned state killings in north Armagh and state forces dodging the inquest into the murder of a pensioner in east Tyrone.

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  17. Comment on This is how Gerry Adams reported his brother’s abuse to social services (it’s quite something)
    on 11 October 2013 at 1:29 pm

    @Dixie Elliott
    “The confusing thing about this is, when Aine went to the RUC in 1987 she says they tried to recruit her as an informer.

    Aine was willing to have her father arrested and charged with rape and abuse, why didn’t they go ahead and use the unquestionably valuable propaganda against Gerry Adams?

    OK so Liam was living in Buncrana but the RUC could have asked to have him extradited thus at least using the publicity against Gerry whether or not they succeeded.

    But they didn’t they tried to recruit Aine. Strange to say the least.”

    I think we can all see what your trying to insinuate Dixie. However Aine was still an minor and so anonymity would have been maintained and publicity minimalism. So not strange at all…

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  18. Comment on Henry Patterson on ‘Could Dublin have done more to stop the IRA’
    on 15 September 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I’m sure “Dublin” could have done more to combat the IRA but they had no incentive or reason to do so. The British very clearly picked their side by organising various unionist militia, colluding in murder, interning innocents without evidence or trial, massacring protesters, as well as robbing banks and committing bloody murder in the south.

    The southern government did enough to stop themselves getting dragged into the conflict in the north without fatally destabilising their own state. That the likes of Henry Patterson and other establishment apologists believes they should have done more says more about them and their deliberate blind spots which ignores contemporary context in order to ride their own baseless hobby-horse. Patterson would surely have had the Irish government set the fuse for Dublin and Monaghan themselves, while reinforcing the Paras in Derry and summarily executing it’s own citizens, rather than turning a blind eye to others doing so.

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