McDowell preparing mechanism to continue 'bombast'?

Interesting argument in Daily Ireland on the weekend’s Progressive Democrat conference. It picks up on a line: “Time and again, the pair stressed their attachment not to the Irish nation or its citizens, but to the ‘state'”.

Butit also believes it has detected a whiff of McCarthyism in the Justice Minister’s speech:

In a disturbing escalation which may herald a 1950s-style political witch-hunt, McDowell warned of ‘well placed sleepers and collaborators, some of them pillars of society’. It may be, of course, that there is no cause for alarm, and that McDowell is merely seeking a mechanism to continue his bombast about the republican ‘menace’ even after the IRA issues a general order to disband.

What’s fascinating is that it takes as read that a general order is on its way (when is another question). It’s also surmising where the next political threat is to Sinn Fein is likely to come from. It may be that the ‘mechanism’ refered to is simply the Criminal Assets Bureau.

  • George

    Heard Michael McDowell on the radio talking about this. He said, paraphrasing here, that there seemed to be an effort by the “Provisional Movement” to create an “IRA Lite” which had decommissioned the heavy weaponry but remained lightly armed, but that the resolve of the two governments, the Irish in particular, had prevented this.

  • Snapper

    Isn’t it interesting that McDowell and co. were most vocal around the time of an election in the Republic, stayed silent while no elections loomed, and amazingly re-discovered their passion for all things Republican as another election appeared, only this time in the North.

    Call me a cynic – never!

  • Chris Gaskin

    Only one phrase describes that man, nutjob

  • Mike

    Snapper, I think what prompted McDowell’s latest anti-Republican passions were the bank robbery & murder – not the Westminster elections!!

  • Keith M

    Snapper, you’ve obviously not being paying much attention if you believe that McDowell has ever been silent on the threat that SF/IRA posed to this country. He has highlighted their involvement in criminality long before Ahern did. Given that the election cycles in the UK and Ireland are now two years apart and that assembly elections in N.I. came in betweeen, there has always been an election in the offing.

    The fact that crime figures are down and that McDowell is obviously upsetting the fellow-travellers in the Daily Provo, he’s obviously doing his job very well. How is that case that DI were taking again McDowell going by the way?

  • Snapper

    Mike,
    2 points – firstly, evidence. Where is it? I seem to recall that there was a clamour for photographic evidence for IRA decommissioning pre christmas, but mysteriously no such call for the biggest spoof bank heist in history. If evidence does exist I would have thought it would be a devastating blow against the provisionals, so why not produce it?
    Secondly, I sincerely hope the murdering scumbags who took Robert McCartney away from his family rot in hell. However, when was the last time Maggie McDowell gave a hoot about the good people of Short Strand or any other Republican area? The simple answer is never. This brings me back to my original argument. His motivation is the destruction of Sinn Fein.

  • kitty

    “His motivation is the destruction of Sinn Fein.”

    And the result may well be his own destruction- between his Sinn Fein Obsession and his refugee policies, Mc Dowell is fast becoming the most unpopular politican in the 26.
    I did enjoy his speech at the weekend-hilarious, the poor man is seeing Fenians under his bed.

  • kitty

    “well placed sleepers and collaborators, some of them pillars of society’. “

    I am tryng hard to remember the speech made by Adolf Hitler prior to the Jewish Extermination policy he adopted.It sounded quite like this one of the Ministers.

  • George

    Kitty,
    McDowell did one very clever thing in the last two weeks, changing his mind on the deportation of Olukunle Elukanlo and admitting he made a mistake.

    Went down well with a lot of people and showed he has a human side. The sight of that young man returning to cheering crowds at Dublin airport was accompanied by everyone thanking McDowell.

    He is as much secretly admired as he is hated.
    People in the Irish Republic are easily spooked by the IRA and many feel a lot safer with McDowell at the helm of Justice.

    Don’t be surprised if he tops the poll in D4 in the next Dail election.

  • Chris Gaskin

    “Don’t be surprised if he tops the poll in D4 in the next Dail election”

    Sometimes I depair with this country, but that’s democracy?

    You get what you pay for, you pay penuts and you get monkeys!

  • DCB

    George

    Good post. He is an astute enough politican.

    While he might get a little carried away in the rhetoric it’s not that he’s imagining the northern bank, the McCartnery’s, Gardi McCabe, and so on.

    Is it true that the Sindo is, as I thinnk it claims, Ireland’s best selling daily newspaper?

    Mind you the Irish Times is so dull that it could well be true.

  • Antoin O Lachtnain

    It is true that Sinn Fein is the only party in Dail Eireann or Westminster that openly accepts paramilitarism as a legitimate political tactic. According to what the McCartneys say, Sinn Fein public representatives are directly involved in covering up a loutish murder. A senior adviser to Sinn Fein has had to give up his non-executive directorships because of a connection between a company he was involved with and money-laundering. Whether Michael McDowell cares about the people of the Short Strand or not, those are serious matters. It’s not surprising if the Minister for Justice is concerned about things like that happening in his own back yard.

  • DCB

    Antoin – it would be more than a wee bit negligent if he wasn’t.

  • George

    DCB,
    the “Sindo” is the largest selling Sunday broadsheet in Ireland and appears to be as popular with the famous “silent majority” as McDowell.

    Not to be mixed up with the largest selling daily broadsheet the “Indo”, many of whose journalists wouldn’t work for the Sindo because of its sloppiness and outrageous views.

  • Jimmy Sands

    Even those who dislike McDowell (and they appear well represented here) would have to concede that he wa on this bandwagon years before anyone else jumped aboard. It is the provos’ bizarre insistence n proving him right that has moved him centre stage.

  • DCB

    I didn’t think there was too much difference between the Sindo/Indeo – isn’t it all part of the bean barron’s empire

  • Levitas

    I think McDowell’s biggest fans are the Irish media circles who he schmoozes with in Dublin. He really isn’t half as astute or as “in touch” as he thinks he is, except perhaps with the Dublin 4 fat cats he knocks around with.

    His wearisome pronouncements are awaited with mild amusement within SF circles, because he does create a mini-Paisley effect.

    Sinn Fein are much more concerned with Bertie’s below the belt musings, which working class people do actually listen to, than McDowell’s OTT ravings.

  • George

    DCB,
    virtually everything is part of Sir Anthony’s (all bow meekly) empire but Indo journos like to highlight the difference between themselves and the Sindos that’s all.

    Levitas,
    I agree what Ahern says carries much more weight but many people are quite happy to have a “mad mullah” in justice just as they were happy to have rightwing McCreevy in Finance for 7 years.

  • Mick

    Levitas,

    “…most ordinary working class people know him as the “Mad Mullah” and thats how he is widely regarded, a mouthy ideologue who likes nothing better than enjoying the sound of his own voice. He is a notoriously pompous little prick who has in recent years become increasingly obsessed with the RA, like most obsessives he is pretty easy to spot”.

    Now, where exactly is the ball you were intending to play?

  • dotsy

    I live in D24 and many people here have alot of time for McDowell. I would certainly prefer to have him as my elected representaive than someone from Sinn Fein.

  • Paul Brannigan

    Well, that’s interesting “dotsy”, because Michael McDowell doesn’t run in Dublin 24 (which incorporates the large working class area of Tallaght, which McDowell probably never heard of and which voted in a Sinn Féin TD).

    He runs in the notoriously (but not by any means exclusively) posh bastion of West Britainism known as Dublin 4.

  • PatMcLarnon

    Thankfully for the asylum seekers and other less fortunates in society SF seem to be the lightening rod for this particular demagogue.

    Given the relative strenghts of both parties SF are well able to deal with anything thrown by Mr 3%.
    He cares for nothing but his own re-election and generates as much publicity as possible in order to achieve that objective.

  • Jimmy Sands

    Anyone who attracts this much venom from provisionals and their acolytes must be doing something right.

  • Levitas

    Hey Mick,when you say “ball not man” surely you can’t mean that we are not allowed a bit of personal invective against particularly irritating professional politicians who are really not so precious that they need your protective arm around their shoulder?… especially when the offending piece of invective is reproduced for all to read anyway two posts later? I don’t think McDowell needs too much minding!

  • Jimmy Sands

    I suspect Mick was merely paying you the compliment of assuming you had a point beyond mere abuse and that you might wish to share it.

  • dotsy

    Paul B

    I don’t see where I said he was ruuning for office in Tallaght. And you are correct Crowe was elected in D24. My point is that I and many of my friends live in D24 and agree with McDowells refusal to to ignore the criminality that PIRA engages in and the links between Sinn fein and PIRA. Anyone who thinks that only people living in D4 and who vote for McDowell agree with his views are wrong. Crowe may represent some of the people in Tallaght but he doesn’t represent me and many of my friends and neighbours.

  • kitty

    He is as much secretly admired as he is hated.
    People in the Irish Republic are easily spooked by the IRA and many feel a lot safer with McDowell at the helm of Justice.

    Secretly admired? If it is so secret how do you know he is admired? If it is true, who are these admirers- I see NO reflection of that in ANy coverage of the man. PD’s- 3%- how many can you claim admire him?