Fire blankets for Catholics

The Police Service of Northern Ireland have decided to issue fire blankets to Catholic families in the North Antrim village of Ahogill to help protect them from ongoing arson attacks by British loyalists.

A PSNI spokesman told the BBC the action was “unprecedented”. However, it was taken after fresh intelligence suggested more attacks were imminent.

  • Brian conway

    Has there been any Unionist/Loyalist response to this?
    If so, I’d love to hear what it is.

  • chris

    interesting and unusual use of “British” George. Is that just to explain the entity to which they’re loyal or are we treating loyalists as part of the occupying forces now and no longer as the working class irish dupes of British capital?

  • cladycowboy

    Has this been ordered by the under-worked Special branch? The IRA has stated their war is over so they’ve put a few Catholics back on the blanket..

    …seriously, if i was a local Unionist councillor/politican i’d be very embarrassed and if i was one with half a conscience, i’d find it hard to sleep at night.
    Lets look out for the red faces and baggy eyes then shall we…

  • james orr

    Bizarre.

    The attacks are a disgrace and the people who committed them should be locked up. But this PSNI action will reinforce sectarian divisions in Ahogill, and will further terrorise the Catholic residents there.

    Can you imagine anything worse than a PSNI officer visiting your house and saying “Scuse me missus, our files state that you’re a Catholic. Here’s a fire blanket for you – our mole inside the LVF/UVF/UFF/UDA/RHC/OVs tells us the boys might be paying you a visit this evening. So check the battery in your smoke alarm and give us a wee ring if anything happens”??!!

    (Mind you, given the amount of damage shown on the pic on the BBC web site, a fire extinguisher – or two – might be more appropriate)

    Surely a long-term increased PSNI presence in Ahoghill is what’s required – plus a good intelligence network to identify the perpetrators and arrest them??

    J

    ps – perhaps every Orange Hall in a nationalist area should get a fire blanket as well? They’ve been known to spontaneously combust from time to time.

  • wtf

    chris, what a silly question. Have you got anything to say about the actual point of the blog?

  • Biffo

    “They’ve been known to spontaneously combust from time to time.”

    Thank God people don’t live in them.

  • fair_deal

    I honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this story. Never mind the Union flag or its new badge, the PSNI might as well hoist the white flag from its police stations.

    Even if the move was well-intentioned the PSNI making this statement means they might as well have put a sign in each of the gardens of these Catholic families saying ‘We cannot protect this family’.

    Endearing Protestants or Unionists to Republicanism – Lesson 1278a

    “the working class irish dupes of British capital?”
    False consciousness aka describe working class prods as morons.
    (I sincerely hope that comment was tongue in cheek)

  • chris

    it was fair-deal. there was a time when SF was a socialist organisation and applied a marxist analysis to the problems of NI. i’ve no idea what George’s sympathies are but I’d not seen the phrase “British loyalist” before so it intrigued me.

  • cladycowboy

    fair_deal

    What can the police do to stop it other than catch these animals after the event? They can’t prevent it happening anymore than they can prevent a burglary or a similar attack on a protestant occupied home in a catholic majority area. The blankets are necessary.
    They’ll only be able to get a hoult of it when locals give information to police and the unionist leaders make it untenable for these people to carry these acts out by making it a crime against all the people of the area to commit sectarian arson attacks rather than purely against the innocent victims.
    You may not like it but these terrorists are doing it in your name

  • IJP

    This is truly appalling.

    Could anyone even remotely explain why Loyalists persist with such disgusting behaviour?

    It’ll take more than sweet words and heaps of legislation to deal with a culture of violence now far too firmly entrenched in many communities.

  • George

    Chris,
    I called them that as they say they are British and loyalist. It helps explain the entity better than the single word “loyalist” to those not familiar with the situation

  • fair_deal

    Chris

    Fair enough.

    Clady

    1. Unionist parties and representatives have condemned these attacks.
    2. If the PSNI has information attacks will continue then they seem to be getting information from the local community. Or if it is from informers then it is time to get them to turn Queen’s evidence.
    3. The situation is serious enough that they should seek the support of the army to increase the presence of the forces of law and order. Ahoghill is not a big place.
    4. I can understand the issuing of blankets but the public announcement of it I cannot fathom.
    5. No one asked me whether I wanted anyone else’s house attacked. So NO it is not in my name.

  • aquifer

    These sneaky shits seem to get away every time
    Sounds like time for a few SAS men in a hedge

  • beano

    If I may direct attention to another police cock up today, you have to wonder what they’re doing – Belfast isn’t exactly overrun with doughnut shops.

  • Fergal Reid

    Will they be doing some….policing too? Or is that it? A fire extinguisher or Armalite might come in handy in a pinch too!

  • lib2016

    ‘Sounds like time for a few SAS men in the hedge’

    …and you think this would reassure Catholics? (shakes head in disbelief)

  • levee

    Poor show from the cops. With SF/IRA being so darned quiet at the moment (overlooking the appeasement issue), why are the Loyalist boys being so bloody rowdy at the moment?

    No wonder the Unionists are being tight-lipped. Any more of this and the political pendulum is going to turn. All eyes will be on Unionism to stop this sectarian violence.

    Where is Paisley’s smugness when his community is causing trouble across the province?

  • Rethinking Uniuonism

    Did anyone hear the DUP mayor of Ballymena attempt to downplay the significance of the attacks on Radio Ulster and suggest that it had been nationalist politicians who had been responsible for stirring up a “certain element”. He did appeal for such people to think again, but it was hardly reassuring to Catholic families in Ahoghill. It was a performnce remininscent of Herbie Ditty at his best. Lets forget about civic leadership.. just ensure that one sticks up for one’s own side and all will be well…risible.

  • lib2016

    Somehow all this reminds me of the atmosphere around the time of Holy Cross. Unionists must know how those blankets and the need for them is going to reflect on the unionist people and their leaders, not to mention the effect it must have on the plans of any progessively minded younger people from their community.

    Yet scarely a bleat of protest compared to the posts on other threads.

  • martin

    lib 2016,

    Mc Dowell sure knows the right time to book his holidays–if he were here can you imagine the rant he would go into about Unionist terrorists!

  • Comrade Stalin

    I don’t know whether the police are being pragmatic, or if they are simply throwing in the towel. In that respect I agree with fair_deal.

    I’ve heard condemnations of the violence coming from some unionists, but unfortunately in time-honoured style the condemnations seem to be hedged by references to the march in Ballymena and other “excuses” which are “provoking” the problem. I wish our politicians would simply condemn violence outright rather than constantly try to make excuses for it.

    [BTW the march in Ballymena by some republicans there cannot be seen as anything other than an attempt at triumphalist behaviour, and seems almost to be daring the loyalists to respond. Technically the marchers do have the same rights to hold their demonstration as the Orange Order do, but why there ? And now ?]

  • Jacko

    Over the past few weeks I have heard a few reporters and a policeman put this latest spate of attacks in the context of the dissident republican parade planned for Ballymena.
    While in a cold detached way this may have indeed provided the latest excuse for these morons, it shouldn’t be alluded to at all, as it is only that – the latest excuse.
    Neither am I too comfortable with the “this does nothing for unionism” line – as if it might just be excusable if somehow it could be twisted to a unionist advantage.
    As a unionist let me say clearly – NOTHING CAN JUSTIFY IN THE SLIGHTEST THESE COWARDLY ATTACKS.

  • GavBelfast

    I heard the mayor’s blethering this evening and it was quite obvious that he was sorry for the plight of the Catholics of Ahoghill, but you just got the impression that he didn’t quite grasp their fear and how powerless and pathetic – practical in a way but pathetic nonetheless – the police response with the blankets is. The mayor should be showing true solidarity with his Catholic citizens – in much the way the Protestant church-goers did recently.

    You could tell that he would be much more exercised by the republicans parading.

    We’ve had plenty of evidence lately of the lack of calibre of our politicians across the region: just a selction – DUP as in this case, Sir Reg linking the London bombs to our suffering at the hands of republican (but apparently not non-republican) violence; SF discouraging people from going to the police about the rape of a child in west Belfast. It’s like a dreamworld of denial and hand-wringing.

    Honestly, it’s hard to resist the view that we have elected a bunch of political pygmies. They say you get the politicians you deserve, but I for one feel we deserve a whole lot better.

  • lib2016

    Bravo! Jacko

    ….and in the same spirit let me make it plain that I don’t condone republican violence. There is hope if people continue to reach across the barricades. Trite I know, but true.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Jacko, thank you. I agree : there is never any justification for any attacks of this kind, at any time, period, and anyone who knows anything about them should tell the police everything they know. I wish our politicians (on all sides) could just stick to those words.

  • looking in

    I have to say that this is a bloody disgrace.

    I’d love to hear Orde justify this action, can you really believe that any of the scottish/english constabularies would take such action….”we think that facist extremeists are like to commit attempted murder on you, here have a fire blanket and a couple of AA’s for the alarm”

    As others have said – where is the UU/DUP response, I’m fed up listening the to tripe and propaganda that is “the greatest police force” etc, and before anyone jumps in about RUC-to-PSNI excuse – bollox to you – it belittles you – they totally fail sections of the community

    Following on from that – given that the explanation/precedent for the garnerville action was to prevent crime – FFS why are they not flooding the village tonight with the much vaunted home battalions of RIR and some PSNI. Again, Orde want to comment on that????

    Finally before I blow a fuse – WE are paying a fortune now to have dozens (hundreds?) of personal protection officers looking after the great, good and unneedy in the miniscule chance that they will be the target of assisination – you’ve all seen them – dapper dressed accompayinng said persons, or more likely the spouse, round M&S while the other officer keeps the Omega ticking over outside – for the fast get away – in case the ice cream melts or the tikka masala goes off – meanwhile others “officers” are back at the ranch looking after the house and yet more are off duty. It is a total scandal that were are still paying for this infalted security protection when ordinary decent people (RC/Prod/white/black/asian/african/nationalist/unionist) are being nightly attacked by thugs.

  • brian conway

    “Where is Paisley’s smugness when his community is causing trouble across the province?” Levee
    That’s my point.
    Where is the leadership in the Unionist/loyalist community?

  • brean

    that old historical adage springs yo mind, ” burn everyytinh Irish except their coal”

  • Denny Boy

    Comrade Stalin

    “Technically the marchers do have the same rights to hold their demonstration as the Orange Order do, but why there ? And now ?”

    And technically I have the right to walk down the street wearing a purple suit with yellow polka dots while singing Yankee Doodle, but of course I waive that right in the interests of sanity and decorum. You’d think republicans would come up with something more intelligent to offer Ballymena than a militaristic parade. Why not something more – dare I say it – cultural? An open-air theatre? A concert? An art exhibition?

    A military-style parade! What’s that about? To show the “loyalists” bent on burning Catholic homes that republicans are just as brain-dead as they are?

  • TAFKABO

    It’s so bizzare that it would be laughable if not for the murderous intent of the perpetrators.

    As a unionist I often get tired of all the comparisons made between unionists (yes, I’m calling the scum that are committing these attacks unionists, it wont help us to pretend otherwise) and the white south African regime during apardheid.

    But the the first thing I thought off when I heard that the police were handing our fire blankets was to imagine the police in the southern states of America handing out fire extinguishers in case someone stuck a firey cross on your front lawn.

    Never mind the fucking fire blankets, hand them some guns and ammunition.
    That’s gonna do a lot more good than a fuckin fire blanket.

    Every unionist that still feels shame at what happened to the Quinn children should be out on the streets protesting.

  • James Orr

    TAFKABO
    I think it was well established during the trials that the dreadful tragedy of the Quinn children was primarily caused by a drugs turf fall-out between their uncle and local UVF dealers, rather than “just” sectarian hatred.

    I’m still utterly stunned by this pathetic move by the PSNI – they may as well just wind up and go home. Just distribute the bulletproof jackets, guns and handcuffs throughout the population and we’ll police ourselves.

    And if Declan O’Loan had an ounce of sense he’d be going absolutely mental tonight to his Police Ombudsman wife – the PSNI have abandoned his constituents to a mob of thugs. Press-release platitudes won’t stop the petrol bombs igniting.

    J

  • TAFKABO

    “I think it was well established during the trials that the dreadful tragedy of the Quinn children was primarily caused by a drugs turf fall-out between their uncle and local UVF dealers, rather than “just” sectarian hatred.”

    I know the details of that case pretty well,and I accept that there was more than “just” sectarianism at play, but sectarianism did play a part, let’s not pretend it didn’t.

    As for the rest of your post, I agree entirely.

  • Yoda

    I think it was well established during the trials that the dreadful tragedy of the Quinn children was primarily caused by a drugs turf fall-out between their uncle and local UVF dealers, rather than “just” sectarian hatred.

    I can’t decide if this is apologism masquerading as fairness, or just a poorly made point.

  • kyle

    “I think it was well established during the trials that the dreadful tragedy of the Quinn children was primarily caused by a drugs turf fall-out between their uncle and local UVF dealers, rather than “just” sectarian hatred.”

    James

    The Quinn children just happened to be the unlucky family during the sectarian attacks which swept the area during the Drumcree protests.

    Loyalists had tried to burn other catholic families to death in the Carnany estate in Ballymoney during that particular week.

    Several Catholic families managed to survive this dreadful fate and moved out of the area under police escort.

    If it hadn’t been the poor Quinn children it would have been some other families children.

  • Mark_Baxter

    These attacks need to be condemned by prominent unionist politicians and quickly. The scum that are visited this terror on their innocent catholics neighbours need to be stopped as soon as possible. If any of them read this site all I can say is “Not in my name”!

  • brean

    Mark
    your indignation is laudable but if you look at what happened in the past i.e. the pograms og the 20’s, 30’s and more recently in ’69 where was the unionist condemnation then. A leopard never changes its spots!

  • reality check

    protestants in ahoghill should be f***ing ashamed of what their village has become.the onus is on the dup with their power on ballymena borough council to put an end to this nazi like behaviour by loyalists.the ethnic cleansing of catholics must end at once.Blair and Aherne are you listening?

  • BogExile

    You’ve largely got the police force you asked for. Emasculated, politically correct, focused on quotas not quality, obstructed and micro managed by a plethora of ‘rights’ obsessed quangos. Result: a demoralised and inept though politically ‘sound’ construct which cannot protect the public.

    The sub-humans persecuting Catholics in Ahoghill in any other jurisdiction South or West of here would have been dealt with long ago. I’m ashamed to share the same genes let alone religion of these revolting guttersnipes.

    Any Unionist of any stripe with half a brain can see that tactically (let alone morally) any equivocation over total, outright repudiation of the sectarian sewer rats committing these crimes will be a disaster in the making.

  • reality check

    i’ll wait to see what the newsletter says.Surely even they must call for this disgusting anti catholic campaign to cease.

  • Alex

    I am spitting tacks about this – not so much about the self-defeating viciousness of the (dis)Loyalists, but the floppy police response. I’d suggest the friendly constable stuff his fire blanket up his arse, and fetch a lead pipe.

  • Jacko

    “I think it was well established during the trials that the dreadful tragedy of the Quinn children was primarily caused by a drugs turf fall-out between their uncle and local UVF dealers, rather than “just” sectarian hatred.”

    I wouldn’t say “primarily” at all.
    Any row there might have been probably only saved the child killers from having to go through the eeny-meeny-miney-mo on which Catholic family to attack.
    Sum total: a family of youngsters burnt to death in their home primarily because of their perceived religious beliefs by bastards that probably couldn’t even spell religion.

  • crusader

    im embarrassed to call myself a protestant after these latest goings on.these thugs aren’t defending the union or the protestant religion.i refuse to call them protestants,mindless scumbags would be better.Sir Edward Carson would be turning in his grave if he saw the gross intolerant and polarised state ulster has become

  • hummer

    Were unionists this embarressed when Catholics had no civil rights.

  • TAFKABO

    “Were unionists this embarressed (sic) when Catholics had no civil rights.”

    When was that?

    I don’t recall a time when catholics had no civil rights.
    Besides, it’s unfortunate that you are so unable to see that Unionists today are genuinely enraged and angered by these attacks.
    God forbid that someone takes away your victimhood status.

  • G

    As you have widened the issue to a historical one would you care to talk about the condemnation given by the republicans over the years?

    “A leopard never changes its spots” — were does that leave us with the recent IRA statement then?

  • G

    brean,

    As you have widened the issue to a historical one would you care to talk about the condemnation given by the republicans over the years?

    “A leopard never changes its spots” — were does that leave us with the recent IRA statement then?

  • circles

    I just wanted to add that I sincerely welcome the condemnation for these attacks and the support for the victims coming from unionist posters.
    OK maybe the odd one does add a wee bit of whataboutery (which is completely out of place here) – but most are spot on.

  • darthrumsfeld

    Those latest PSNI measures in full

    1. Fire blanket and smoke alarm
    2. 7 day bus pass and map to Dunloy if that doesn’t work
    3. Large tin of whitewash to try to cover scandalous passivity at Garnerville, Ahoghill etc etc
    4 Brass neck fitting to Chief Constable’s uniform
    5.Focus group chaired by Dennis Bradley to enable shamed peelers to get in touch with their sensitve side

    Here’s a revolutionary thought – why not scoop a few of these pondlife and intern them by remand for a few months? And while we’re at it round up those pathetic spides in their DIY Provo outfits from last night’s insult to music in Fisherwick gardens until they promise to learn some tunes?

  • Bored

    Reality Check and others – did you see the Newsletter this morning? A derisory three line entry at the bottom of page two noting the handing out of fire blankets at the end of a piece which (wait for it) prattled on incessantly about the Republican parade in Ballymena.

    Nice.

  • hummer

    “I don’t recall a time when catholics had no civil rights.”

    Ah ok then as long as we had some.

  • james orr

    For the record the “just” in inverted commas in my 12:48 was for ironic emphasis – certainly not an attempt to suggest sectarian hatred didnt play a role. I have 3 children. I have no idea how distraught I’d be if I were in that situation.

    Glad to see new thread which says that the PSNI will leave “no stone unturned” in the search for the Cloughmills attackers. So why not in Ahoghill?

    Perhaps Ahoghill Catholics should move to Cloughmills as the standard of policing seems better there? >:-(

  • IJP

    TAFKABO

    I have no doubt that the average Protestant in the street is as outraged about such attacks as the average Catholic in the street.

    However, most of those Protestants in the North Antrim area elected Unionist representatives. What are those representatives doing about this disgraceful issue?

  • TAFKABO

    “However, most of those Protestants in the North Antrim area elected Unionist representatives. What are those representatives doing about this disgraceful issue?”

    That’s a fair question, and I support you in your search for an answer.

  • brean

    hummer
    Read up on the Penal Laws!!

  • eastofthebann

    The UUP representative for the area today condemned these attacks in the strongest terms:

    “Ahoghill and Harryville attacks must stop immediately”

    Robert Coulter MLA said:

    “There is no justification whatsoever for sectarian attacks. People have a right to live in their homes, safe in the knowledge that they are secure and free from intimidation by mindless thugs.”

    And on the attacks on Harryville Church:

    “Every person living in this country has the right to worship. There is nothing more sacred than expressing ones religious beliefs. I would urge those responsible to stop these attacks immediately and call on the police to ensure that the area is regularly patrolled.”

    (The full statement is on the front page of the UUP website)

  • brean

    Platitudes are meaningless. What we require from Unionist politicicns now is concrete action. Someone should hit Paisley on the head with a brick to bring him to his senses.

  • DavidH

    brean: that old historical adage springs yo mind, ” burn everyytinh Irish except their coal”

    Not as old as Jonathan Swift’s remark: “Burn everything English except their coal” – later a slogan of the United Irishmen newspaper.

  • reed

    “The UUP representative for the area today condemned these attacks in the strongest terms”

    That was quick !!

  • D’Oracle

    Whats a “british loyalist” and why are they burning peoples houses in Antrim??.

    Is it known if the local PSNI aware of these “british loyalists” and what are they doing about it?.

  • reality check

    the newsletter put unionist spin on again.claimimg unionism had to endure a lot of republican provacation.thats right.oh wait its absolute bollocks as usual.no protestant homes and churches were attacked.they didnt mention the attack of catholic homes in suffolk street on the night of the republican parade.mervyn storey led the protest with masked thugs waving uda flags.the dup condemn loyalist paramilitaries?!!

  • real world

    These attacks are a complete and utter disgrace and it is up to the leadership within the Unionist community to take a pro-active stance in ending them. Condemnation is not enough. For the record the first attack on Harryville chapel happened long before there was any mention of the the Fisherwick parade and as such I believe that tying the two together is erroneous.
    I attended the parade on Tuesday and I was really impressed with the behavior of those in attendance. There was asolutely no drunkedness, there was no confrontation with the police and aside from a brief spell in the middle when it was believed that the loyalist mob had broken the police line and was about to enter Fisherwick there was no engagement what so ever with the protestors. Indeed even during this there was no one insult or comment thrown at the protestors. Once the parade finished the crowd dispersed quickly and peacefully unlike the loyalist protestors.
    As to the tone of the parade can I just say that it was no more militaristic than the anti-internment parade held in Belfast on Sunday and it was entirely predictable that once it became clear there would be no violence the SDLP had to find something to criticise.Given that Sean Farren is a highly educated man I would have thought that acting as the clothes police was little beneath him but maybe for next year’s parade the SDLP could sit with the organisers and agree on a dress code. SDLP, SF and DUP representatives were able to walk unhindered through Fisherwick throughtout the entire parade so they obviously did not feel inimidated -something I don’t believe would hold true if a SF or SDLP rep tried to walk through a loyalist parade.

  • reality check

    so ian paisley jnr is complaining about the paramilitary uniform,he should try looking at loyalist bands in b’mena.drunken supporters carrying uvf/uda flags,provoking catholics.people such as billy mccaughey advocating uvf murals and flags in the town and the uprg making bogus claims about attacks on protestants.yes paramilitaries are a problem in b’mena though it’s the loyalist sort ian

  • real world

    I also think it is worth mentioning that during the speeches made at the end of the evening the biggest round of applause was not for any anti-Protestant, Loyalist or British remark but rather in praise of the young Presbyterians who helped clean up Harryville chapel. Hardly militaristic…

  • rusty

    Is Paisley senior dead ?

    Why has the mp for the area been unavailable for comment ?

  • Baluba

    I am appalled by the attacks in Ahoghill, simply disgusted, but please do not use the term ‘ethnic-cleansing’. Arlene Foster referreed to ethnic-cleansing in Fermanagh/Tyrone at West Belfast Taks Back recently too and it is ridiculous.

    I am a republican and I am well aware of the porgroms etc, however, there has never been ethnic-cleansing in Ireland. The closest we come to it is the famine, but again I wouldn’t use that term.

    What happened in Rwanda was ethnic-cleansing, what happened in Bosnia was ethic-cleansing, what happened in Nazi Europe was ethnic-cleansing. There has never been ethnic-cleansing in Ireland. Please do not irresponsibly use this term.

  • Baluba

    ‘pogroms’ – please get me a spell-checker to handle this bent and convoluted tongue, i beg of you

  • kitty

    ‘But the the first thing I thought off when I heard that the police were handing our fire blankets was to imagine the police in the southern states of America handing out fire extinguishers in case someone stuck a firey cross on your front lawn.

    Never mind the fucking fire blankets, hand them some guns and ammunition.
    That’s gonna do a lot more good than a fuckin fire blanket.

    Every unionist that still feels shame at what happened to the Quinn children should be out on the streets protesting. ‘

    There IS Hope! Excellent blog, TAF.
    I did see today, on the lucnhtime news, some protestant clergy on their knees scrapping paint off the Harryville church. Well done to them.
    But where was the PAPA DOC family in this expression of condemnation for the attacks?

  • D’Oracle

    Whats a “british loyalist” and why are they burning peoples houses in Antrim?.

    Why are “british loyalists” loyalising in not-Britain?

    Fireblankets are a sick or joke response ; either PSNI takes these BNP tourists down pronto or we are back to the failed state scenario- fire-blankets are not a serious or acceptable response in 2005 EU policing to pyromaniacs – tourists or otherwise -even if the blankets are not infected with smallpox.

  • The Binlid

    “The police know who these people are and they should be given the power to go in and arrest them.”

    Would this line seem familiar to the DUP.

  • bertie

    I don’t know the physical layout of this place and I normally cringe at dogoodery but if anyone was organising a human shield of unionists/prods and a bus was leaving Enniskillen to that end I would be on it.

  • BogExile

    Bertie,

    I’d be on it with you but we might get stoned at Coleshill 😉

  • Áth Eochaill

    As someone who is close to this issue, i can honestly state that this activity has been ongoing for months if not years in Ahoghill village.

    Many families have moved out (or have been forced to move out) due to the increasingly hostile environment that faces Catholic residents.

    It has gotten to the point now that the only ones left there are mostly all OAP’s – what kind of sick ba5tard5 feel pride in trying to force OAP’s out of the home they have occupied most of their lives?

    It is true to say attacks have increased as a direct result of the Republican rally in Fisherwick, however there is a lot more to the problem than that single issue.

    Think of the countless incidents in the past;

    Local GAA club fire-bombed several times
    Catholic shops in Ahoghill village fire-bombed
    Buses transporting juvenile GAA teams to games stoned in the village

    The sooner these pond-scum are locked up or outcast by their peers the better for all before someone is actually killed. [Rant over]