THe IRA’s own Bloody Sunday?

From a very different prespective, Derry based activist and writer Eammon McCann sees no irony in the concurrence of Bert McCartney’s murder and Bloody Sunday (sound file). Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

Nothing comes from nothing?

Bruce Arnold writing in yesterday’s Sunday Independent reckons that the IRA’s secret, illegal and wholly unaccountable self investigation will satisfy no one but its own support: The IRA has owned up publicly. It has made some attempt to deliver on promised expulsions, conceding ‘involvement’, but leaving unresolved what the McCartneys want in terms of justice. Having killed their victim and seriously injured his friend, members of the organisation then destroyed the evidence of the crime. The IRA would have done … Read more

Four weeks on

The Guardian carries extensive coverage of yesterday’s public rally in Belfast in support of the McCartney family – including a timeline of events since the murder. One of the articles also notes Paula McCartney response to “a whispering campaign against the family” – “Robert’s murderers were the ones who damaged Sinn Féin so let’s keep the blame where the blame belongs.”As well as the family’s rejection of the version of events included in the IRA statement, there’s also a brief … Read more

Sinn Féin “in the red”

Another interesting report in the Irish Times, Sinn Féin in the red for the first time in years. According to Sinn Féin’s Finance Director, Dessie Mackin The party’s accounts for the year 2004 will be published in April and will show that it is “in the red for about €400,000” – that’s the party’s head office accounts, which for 2003 showed a surplus of €271,358, and for 2002 recorded a surplus of €188,639.Some detail of SF’s Head Office accounts, and … Read more

“Liestown, where the inhabitants always lie”

Another article worth paying attention to, from John Waters in the Irish Times – whose previous IT article, back in January, on the thawing consciousness of Irish society is looking more and more prescient. This time his focus is on Sinn Féin’s credibility problemThe article deserves to be read in full, so I’ll resist the temptation to excerpt isolated lines or paragraphs, but I have added emphasis – Sinn Féin’s credibility problem – John Waters My daughter and her friend … Read more

Complex manoeuvring or Chaos within Republicanism ?

In a thoughtful article in the Sunday Herald, Rebel Hell, Ed Moloney suggests that the Northern Bank robbery was another crafty tactical move to force the hand of the IRA that was knocked off track by the unforeseen savage and barbaric murder of Robert McCartney.Moloney remembers that Adams manoeuvred the ranks of the IRA, who were unaware of his long-term aims, along the path of his peace strategy by allowing them to use the human bomb tactic which put the … Read more

A two-way process

The Waterford-born Professor of Irish History Roy Foster, who also has written a two-part biography of WB Yeats, had an interesting article in Saturday’s Guardian Review – Indomitable Irishry. Using a forthcoming exhibition at the National Potrait Gallery in London Conquering England – Ireland in Victorian London, from a phrase by George Bernard Shaw, as a springboard, he leaps into a discussion on the history of artistic, literary, dramatic and political influence exercised in London by Irish incomers – a … Read more

Waking up to waste… at last?

THE NI Affairs Committee has strongly criticised the Government for its belated efforts to meet EU targets on waste recycling. This could mean a fine of £180 million – and guess who pays? Looks like we’re nowhere near ‘waking up to waste’. In fact, we’re still fast asleep. UTV Internet reported: Chairman Michael Mates, said some years ago Northern Ireland was the first part of the UK to develop a waste management strategy in response to EU directives setting out … Read more

THe IRA's own Bloody Sunday?

From a very different prespective, Derry based activist and writer Eammon McCann sees no irony in the concurrence of Bert McCartney’s murder and Bloody Sunday (sound file). adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using … Read more

Storm in a tea cup? [sorry]

They get a choice of tea or coffee? adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using this spam-proof link if you really need to, and Slugger is @sluggerotoole on Twitter. But above all, remember, Play … Read more

Sinn Féin "in the red"

Another interesting report in the Irish Times, Sinn Féin in the red for the first time in years. According to Sinn Féin’s Finance Director, Dessie Mackin The party’s accounts for the year 2004 will be published in April and will show that it is “in the red for about €400,000” – that’s the party’s head office accounts, which for 2003 showed a surplus of €271,358, and for 2002 recorded a surplus of €188,639. Some detail of SF’s Head Office accounts, … Read more

Nothing comes from nothing?

Bruce Arnold writing in yesterday’s Sunday Independent reckons that the IRA’s secret, illegal and wholly unaccountable self investigation will satisfy no one but its own support: The IRA has owned up publicly. It has made some attempt to deliver on promised expulsions, conceding ‘involvement’, but leaving unresolved what the McCartneys want in terms of justice. Having killed their victim and seriously injured his friend, members of the organisation then destroyed the evidence of the crime. The IRA would have done … Read more

"Liestown, where the inhabitants always lie"

Another article worth paying attention to, from John Waters in the Irish Times – whose previous IT article, back in January, on the thawing consciousness of Irish society is looking more and more prescient. This time his focus is on Sinn Féin’s credibility problem The article deserves to be read in full, so I’ll resist the temptation to excerpt isolated lines or paragraphs, but I have added emphasis – Sinn Féin’s credibility problem – John Waters My daughter and her … Read more

Four weeks on

The Guardian carries extensive coverage of yesterday’s public rally in Belfast in support of the McCartney family – including a timeline of events since the murder. One of the articles also notes Paula McCartney response to “a whispering campaign against the family” – “Robert’s murderers were the ones who damaged Sinn Féin so let’s keep the blame where the blame belongs.” As well as the family’s rejection of the version of events included in the IRA statement, there’s also a … Read more

Complex manoeuvring or Chaos within Republicanism ?

In a thoughtful article in the Sunday Herald, Rebel Hell, Ed Moloney suggests that the Northern Bank robbery was another crafty tactical move to force the hand of the IRA that was knocked off track by the unforeseen savage and barbaric murder of Robert McCartney. Moloney remembers that Adams manoeuvred the ranks of the IRA, who were unaware of his long-term aims, along the path of his peace strategy by allowing them to use the human bomb tactic which put … Read more

Belfast gets boost…

UP to 4,000 jobs could be created in a £14 million Belfast city masterplan announced by the Government today. The focus is on two major retail outlets and regeneration of the Cathedral and Castlecourt areas. I hope promises that public spaces will be improved and independent retailers will be looked after don’t turn out to be hollow – as they own many of the premises which will be torn down to make way for the new outlets. Social Development Minister … Read more

Daddy’s boy..?

ANNE Cadwallader interviews Ian Paisley Jr in Daily Ireland. She finds many parallels between him and his father, who Junior will always be defined against, but are they really such comparable personalities? One interesting note is how Ian Jr doesn’t deny reports that he wrote his father’s “sackcloth and ashes” speech, which some have said scuppered last year’s political deal.In response, Paisley says: “That is a widely held view out there. I do my job. It if attracts adverse publicity, … Read more

Scotland’s secret shame…

PANORAMA tonight (BBC One, Sunday, 27 February 2005, 22:15 GMT) takes a look at Scotland’s ‘secret shame’ – sectarianism. It asks if Old Firm rivals Rangers and Celtic have done enough to combat bigotry on the terraces. Are some fans just 90-minute bigots, or is the problem so serious that First Minister Jack McDonnell right to convene a summit on sectarianism? Meanwhile, “the Catholic church has called on Scottish police forces to conduct a Northern Ireland-style religious audit of their … Read more

Three down, two to go

It was close, far too close.. and some might say Ireland were lucky to get the win.. but it was a win!. Two tough games still to come – France, at Lansdowne Road, on Saturday 12th March.. and Wales, in Cardiff, the week after. Pete Baker

‘A lesson governments would be foolish to overlook’

The excellent Newshound has this article by Ed Moloney from Ireland on Sunday. Whether the movement he notes is a ‘momentous step’, or a sideways shuffle, is a matter of interpretation. But his conclusions, and recommendations, are worth noting.Those final paragrpahs indicate that he clearly believes that any talk of an IRA split is only talk. And, more importantly, he notes that it was the public pressure, in support of the McCartney family, that forced the IRA to take the … Read more