McCartneys will not stand in elections

The McCartney sisters have decided not to stand in any coming elections saying that they don’t want to be distracted from their campaign to get justice for their murdered brother.

  • Samjac81

    After running to America and meeting one of the most reviled people on this planet maybe its wise move on their behalf.

  • The Devil


  • The Devil

    What they should do is run a petition outside cityhall for a public inquiry into the murder of their brother.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    What’s the point? By then the Inquiries Bill will be law.

  • IJP

    A wise move by the McCartneys, not for the first time.

  • ulsterman

    A petition at the City Hall|!!!!!!!!!!!. Save the paper. The GFA let out of prison many vile murderers. While McCartneys death was sad the truth behind that pub meeting has not come out.

    The McCartney sisters should state the links that Robert had with those in the pub. To even think of standing in elections here anyway is a waste of time. Who wants to join a bigoted no hope, no power council like Belfast?.

    God Save The Queen.

  • PaddyCanuck

    Ulsterman, on a number of occassions you have alluded to the fact that you know rather more than many, about what happened in the bar, the night Robert McCartney was murdered. You have also intimated that your are in possession of the McCartney dossier.

    Please share what you know, enlighten us all, show us the dossier!


  • AW

    Difficult decision and I am not sure that it is the correct one. The problem they will have long term is maintaining their campaign. Time will pass memories will dim and new news stories will come along and this will all be forgotten and no one will be convicted. We have seen it all before.

    Hope I am wrong.

  • The Devil

    “share what you know” “enlighten us all”

    if ever someone proved the point that it is possible to write without knowing how to read you did

  • PaddyCanuck

    What are you on about\on?

  • The Devil

    cos the rest of the reading world knows what happened……………….

  • New Yorker

    Another instance of SF/IRA intimidation. And, who wouldn’t be intimidated? They murder people, afterall.

  • spartacus

    thankfully not at the rate of your own police force, new yorker.

  • New Yorker


    You apparently know nothing of the NY police department. How could one compare the NYPD with SF/IRA? The NYPD is a legal police force and thus legally accountable. The other a vicious vigilante good squad. Do you think it is OK that SF/IRA has the Catholic population of NI intimidated? You do not deny that the intimidation exists. A siple sentence from one of the leaders of SF/IRA and the McCartney’s decide in favor of their own safety. Nice state of affairs. A total blight on the Irish around the world. Thanks a lot.

  • ulsterman

    New yorker those in glass houses should not throw stones. There are many corrupt New York poicemen prepared to take bribes. Just how many people did the New York police kill last year. What about the awful racial tension that exist there. You stink of utter hypocrisy and sheer American bulls..t.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    The simple fact is they would have been comprehensively defeated in any election.

  • Henry94

    Any news on this?

    McCartneys say IRA has readmitted murder suspect

    The family of murdered Belfast man Robert McCartney have claimed that the IRA has allowed one the men it expelled over his role in the murder of Robert back into its ranks.

    The IRA expelled three members who they say were involved in the killing of the Short Strand father of two outside a Belfast bar. But now the McCartney family claim that one of them has been allowed to rejoin the IRA ranks.

    Paula McCartney accused the IRA of contradicting itself.

    “They have admitted that this person was indeed a criminal, they expelled him from their ranks because he was a criminal and now he’s been brought back in again,” she said.

  • ulsterman

    Why did she just not go one better and say that all three were readmitted to the IRA. Secondly the mate that was drinking with Robert and lived, what happened to him?. Is he not giving statements or could it be that if he did one would know the company that McCartney kept.

    Move on and stop giving them cheap publicity.

  • spartacus

    New Yorker:

    Wrong again. We’ve crossed paths out here before, and I’m now convinced that not only do you know very little about what goes on in the country you call home, but that you haven’t a clue about the city you claim to hail from (I’m guessing you’re actually in the burbs, but want to bask in the glow of the Big Apple). Not only do I know an awful lot about NYPD, but I’ve seen them in action, on more than one occasion, and I don’t think there is a more brutal, racist force on the face of the earth.

    What was that Springsteen song, ’41 shots’?

    ‘Is it a gun, is it a knife
    Is it a wallet, this is your life
    It ain’t no secret
    It ain’t no secret
    No secret my friend
    You can get killed just for living
    In your American skin.’

    Human Rights Watch says the following

    ‘Civil rights advocates in the city note…that there has been a cost to the new strategy, revealed by steady citizen complaints against more aggressive NYPD officers during the past several years and continuing impunity for many officers who commit human rights violations….
    Police abuse experts have wondered why [leadership] is failing to demonstrate…aggressiveness in dealing with officers before they commit more serious offenses. In August 1997, after the alleged torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima by police officers made national headlines and outraged city residents, the anti-crime record of the mayor and police department was tarnished. (etc. etc.)

    And then there’s this, from the UN:

    In recently released public summaries of letters sent to the U.S Government in 2003, the UN Commission on Human Rights expressed concern about violations of the human rights of peaceful anti-war demonstrators by the NYPD and Oakland PD.

    Now go off and clean up your own house before you lecture us any longer.

  • New Yorker


    Just noticed your juvenile post above. You get everything wrong. First of all, I do not live in the burbs, I live in Manhattan. The Louima murder was absolutely wrong and NYPD officers were brought up on charges. Five cops out of more than 37,000. That’s the difference between a legal police force and SF/IRA and loyalist vigilantes, legal police are accountable, vigilantes are only accountable to their godfathers. Can you address that point, you seem to want to avoid it. I know quite a bit about Ireland, probably much more than you. Why don’t you avail of the very good educational system? I recommend you study logic and Irish history.

  • spartacus

    I got everything wrong, New Yorker? _I_ did? The West African immigrant shot 41 times in front of his home by cops in the Bronx was named Amadou Diallo. The four officers involved were acquitted. Abner Louima, whom you refer to (incorrectly) above, was a Haitian immigrant sodomized with a broom handle in the 70th precinct station house. Three of the four officers involved in that case were acquitted. So much for your ‘accountability.’ Sounds to me like a ‘vicious vigilante goon squad.’ Someone above told you that those in glass houses should not throw stones. You should heed their advice. Plenty of injustice for you to devote your efforts to outside your own doorstep. Spare us the hypocrisy.

  • New Yorker


    In your previous post you quote Human Rights Watch and the case of Abner Louima. The Diallo case was also a heinous crime carried out by the NYPD. The NYPD has over 37,000 members. New Yorkers realize that there are some bad cops, but out of 37,000 we don’t think the number of bad cops is anywhere near 1%. You still have not answered my major points so I will assume you agree about the intimidation in the case of the McCartney sisters and the need to erradicate SF/IRA vigilante good squads. Step out from behind the somkescreen, the focus is NI and the behavior of SF/IRA and questions must be asked and answered.