Slugger in The SBP

Lord Laird’s contribution to Slugger is reported, along with the rather surprising news that the deputy grand chaplain to the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland buys Lá “every day”, in this article by Anton McCabe: Irish-language newspaper Lá blames unionists for funding cuts

  • peteb

    Yes Slugger got a mention.. but the important piece of info in the report, IMHO, is that someone fimanlly got a response from the Andytown News supremo to the statement from Foras na Gaeilge, reported in the Sunday Independent (to the usual response from the usual suspects here) that the application wasn’t made correctly in the first place –

    Managing editor Máirtin Ó Muilleoir said he accepted Foras’s response that an application for grant aid was made under the wrong category, and that it was seeking another way to pay the money.

    So much for Lá conspiracy theory.

  • Oilbhéar Chromaill

    That still doesn’t explain the interreg delay and unionist pressure has been brought to play here.

    It’s also worth pointing out that the Irish News connection to the unionist pressure on Lá has now been exposed. Coincidentally the Irish News is trying to beef up its Irish language coverage with rehashed stories from the Conamara based weekly Irish paper Foinse. But leave that aside for the moment

    You can hardly blame Lá for believing that Foras na Gaeilge wasn’t being honest with them given that the newspaper was under attack from unionist inspired delaying tactics and, coincidentally it transpires, that Foras na Gaeilge was changing its mind about the fund which it had asked Lá to seek funding from. They still haven’t come up with an appropriate scheme for Lá to seek support from and one must ask when will they have such a scheme and if they don’t have such a scheme what are they going to do?

  • maca

    “Among Lá’s supporters is Irish speaker and deputy grand chaplain to the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland the Rev Eric Culbertson.”

    Maith thú a Eric. Good to hear that I reckon.

    OC
    “Coincidentally the Irish News is trying to beef up its Irish language coverage with rehashed stories from the Conamara based weekly Irish paper Foinse.”

    …surely rehased Irish is better than no Irish? 😉

  • Davros

    OC’s in a snit 🙂

    It’s also worth pointing out that the Irish News connection to the unionist pressure on Lá has now been exposed.

    Is he referring to the claims made by the ATN and rebutted by the Irish News that there were secret meetings to gang up against them ?

  • maca

    Davros,
    The only think I am confused about is Laird’s comments. Would that not perhaps indicate some degree of truth in what OC is saying?

  • Davros

    I’d like him to clarify what he means about the Irish News connection….

  • Mick Fealty

    Thanks for the acknowledgement Anton!

    Which reminds me that I should get the creative commons licence – a mind of copyright that encourages others to use the material, with the one stipulation that the authorship is mentioned.

  • Davros

    Mick that’s very like an Islamic Copyright I have seen in the past.

  • David Antsinpants

    Hilarious goings on in the Provo Business Post today as it COMPLETELY ignores the Colombia 3 story, leading instead with a 1-month-old comment from Michael McDowell that IRA criminality had ceased in the republic “leading up to the negotiations” (isn’t the real story here that McDowell is talking bollocks again?) Then there’s a colour piece about… the Castlereagh break-in. I mean, for f*ck’s sake, why so coy bhoys? Is it because the Provo Post’s very own Frank Connolly is the brother of Niall ‘Colombia 3’ Connolly – and was also caught at Bogota airport travelling on a false passport? Or do these Dublin-4 cod lefty meeja types just think nobody north of the Liffey will notice when they’re all caught with their pants round their ankles?

    Here’s a prediction straight from the beating orange heart of Donaghcloney – the Provo Post knows the Shinners have blown it down south and they are backing off fast. Expect a lot less arse kissing from these right-wing ranters in the happy new year, fellow North-West Britons!

  • maca

    “it COMPLETELY ignores the Colombia 3 story”

    David, has there been some developments or what exactly should they be saying about the Col 3?

  • David Antsinpants

    Has there been some development in this story since last Sunday? Are you taking the p*ss?

  • maca

    In the last couple of days I mean. Any point them rehashing what has been covered in every other newspaper all week? I don’t think it would make sense that’s all.

  • David Antsinpants

    My beloved baby Jesus, you ARE taking the p*ss.
    Among the functions of a Sunday newspaper are:
    (a) furthering the anti-Israel media conspiracy
    (b) reviewing the week’s major stories in depth
    You might like to note that every other paper in Ireland today, north and south, featured the Colombia 3 story prominently, several on their front pages, with further reporting, analysis and comment. All except the Provo Post, which DIDIN’T MENTION IT AT ALL. Not once. Nada. Zip. Nothing.

    Don’t you think that’s a little odd? Especially with the brother of one of the Colombia 3 on the friggin’ payroll?

    I’m depressed by the low quality of distractions on offer here tonight. At least Prat McLarnon makes an effort.

  • maca

    Maybe you need to take a chill pill. Do you really have to take such silly things so seriously? Sit down, relax, have a cup of cha.

  • SBPReader

    Page Three:

    hyperlink

    Calls for Attorney General to make Colombia 3 decision

  • SBPReader

    Frank Connolly resigned from the SBPost in 2002.

  • maca
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  • David Antsinpants

    Cut it Out. A.U.

  • Fraggle

    David, did you make the mistake of trying to find the story on their terrible website? in future try actually getting a newspaper before you complain about what’s not in it.

  • David Antsinpants

    Well yes, that’s exactly what happened, as I attempted to explain in terms Ambrose didn’t appreciate.
    Obviously I wouldn’t actually BUY the Provo Post. God knows where any money you gave those people might end up.

  • Fraggle

    well, maybe in future you’ll limit your criticism to things you read in the online version rather than things you think have been left out

  • Oilbhéar Chromaill

    Is he referring to the claims made by the ATN and rebutted by the Irish News that there were secret meetings to gang up against them ?

    They acknowledged that the meetings took place and only claimed that in addition to meeting Sylvia Hermon and Lord Lard that they also met with SF and SDLP figures. They have not named these yet and it’s significant that the only politicos supporting their campaign were from the UUP ‘Simply British/Simply Not Irish’ Party.

    Even the Alliance Party has rowed in behind Lá with Deputy Leader Eileen Bell issuing a strong message of support. Which just goes to show what the Irish News will do to try and stymie the grand design of the Lá’s part owner, Nuachtáin, to publish the Daily Ireland.

  • Davros

    Your claims are at odds with their story OC and, no offence, but I know whose version I would trust.

  • David Antsinpants

    Well what the hell do you expect the Opus Deily News to do, eh? Sit back and let your Sinn Fein bosses scrounge a £5m handout to set up a direct rival? And how does this anti-unionist rhetoric (they met with unionists! traitors!) square with La’s supposed we-serve-both-sides honest Mr Funding Body ethos? Hasn’t Laird Lardass said he only wants a fair go for his own made-up sectarian secret code? Isn’t that what the agreement was all about? It’s all sauce for the goose Oliver old boy and nobody’s going to show much sympathy if your own goose gets cooked on a fire your mates have happily lit under everyone else.

  • maca

    “Hasn’t Laird Lardass said he only wants a fair go”

    No, that’s not all he said.
    He’s a very poor leader for a minority language.

  • David Antsinpants

    Yes I’m sure that’s not all he’s said and I’m sure it’s only 5% of what he meant, if not the direct opposite of what he really meant – but then that’s no different from the guff we’re hearing from the other side. Let’s put this in its basic terms – Sinn Fein wants its own daily newspaper and it wants the taxpayer to fund it – and it wants to call anyone who thinks this is outrageous an orange bastard, especially those who aren’t orange bastards and will therefore be called Lundies as well. It’s not a very edifying spectacle, is it?

  • CavanMan

    same old hardline loyalist crap.Nobody cares anymore.just because your parties come out with racist and bigoted language(i.e Ian Paisley),doesnt mean the republican parties do.When was the last time you heard Gerry Adams call anyone an ”orange bastard” on National TV.David Antsinpants you really need to get out of that loyalist enclave more.

  • David Antsinpants

    Donaghcloney is hardly a loyalist enclave. Why do you assume that anyone who considers Sinn Fein to be a sectarian organisation must be lying in a pool of his own vomit outside a Rathcoole drug den? Isn’t that a bit hardline of YOU? You’re damn right though that nobody cares any more. Nobody cares any more for hardline loyalist crap and nobody cares any more for hardline republican crap, except for a handful of sad obsessives hanging around on the internet all day. No wonder Gerry knows his new newspaper will need subsidised all the way. Even Paisley never managed to launch a party propaganda organ despite numerous attempts to do so and I can’t see our Catholic compatriots forking out 50p a day for the party line when they can get it on the nearest gable end for free.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    When was the last time you heard Gerry Adams call anyone an ”orange bastard” on National TV

    I can’t remember, but I can remember the last time Martin Meehan did!

  • Davros

    CavanMan – when was the last time YOU heard Paisley refer to “Fenian B’s” ? I have never heard him use the word.

  • David Antsinpants

    Hell let’s be even blunter – the Daily Ireland scandal REVEALS the sectarian nature of Sinn Fein. Let’s recap – the provos go cap in hand to the British government for a hand-out and take it right to the British prime minister’s office where Blair’s top man Jonathan Powell gives them an under-the-table promise.
    Meanwhile someone from the Irish News meets two unionists at a briefing where this threat to undermine an independent nationalist voice is, naturally, discussed.
    The provo rags then go off on a furious rant about implying that the Irish News are the collaborators.
    So in short, Sinn Fein has no problem dealing with the Brits but is furious that other Irish Catholics might be even speaking to Irish Protestants.

    So who are the real republicans, eh?

  • CavanMan

    Davros
    I have never heard Paisley say the words ”Fenian Bastards”.He has however used the words Papists.im am not a Sinn Fein supporter by any strength of the imagination,but david antsinpants comments about Sinn Fein as a sectarian party are laughable.Sinn Fein attract protestants,catholics and lots of people of other religions throughout the island of ireland,the only requisite for membership,is the support for the british withdrawal out of Northern Ireland(and the creation of a 32 county independent socialist state).Can any of the unionist/loyalist parties claim such a a religious diversity as Sinn Fein?

  • CavanMan

    ahhh excuse the illiteracy. word* in the second line,and i*

  • David Antsinpants

    Oh for the love of the Jesus. Talking the talk isn’t walking the walk, you poor sweet political child. SF is a nakedly sectarian party – and you clearly aren’t a member, or you’d be only too well aware of it. Any amount of post-imperial socialist bollocks can’t disguise the lingering smell of – well, of the dead, frankly. You were probably still in short pants when the ethnic war was going on though, weren’t you? But that’s no excuse, because it goes on still by other quasi-political means. I now dare the better clued in shinner apologists on this board to defend the notion that Sinn Fein is a genuinely non-sectarian party and keep a straight face while they’re doing it.

    Or would talking to a unionist make them Lundies as well?

  • David Antsinpants

    PS: I can bet you a steak dinner that the SDLP and the UUP have a more religiously diverse make-up than the Shinners.

  • CavanMan

    David Antsinpants
    So you are an expert in Sinn Fein now?you dont know the religious denominations of the Sinn Fein members in the south.It may be all catholic in Northern Ireland.But in the Republic,There are protestants aplenty involved with Sinn Fein.You really should stick to commenting on topics you have some knowledge about.Btw the SDLP and the UUP have more religious diversity in Northern Ireland,however in an All-Ireland context..The ”Shinners” as you call them,have more religious diversity.

  • David Antsinpants

    Prove it.