Greater accountablity to follow IRA move?

This is clearly tagged for Sinn Fein in Derry, but it seems that the party is going to re-structure to allow for more bottom up decision making, though the report is very short on detail.

  • Mick

    This has occured in most of the Comhairle Cheantair’s already.

  • Pete Baker

    Just a couple of quick questions, all somewhat rhetorical.. why would IRA decommissioning bring about a restructuring of Sinn Féin in Derry to “place more emphasis on collective leadership and as well as collective decision making processes”?

    And, given this is reportedly a decision by “the local party”, is this an isolated case? Or will every area see similar local restructuring of Sinn Féin?

    Or, perhaps Derry is a special case?.. which would leave Sinn Féin as, to coin a phrase, not even a party of equals?

  • Glen Taisie

    “more bottom up decision making”

    Hopefully this will prevent a repetition of the OTR and super 7 debacles.

    Adams knew!!!!!!!!

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  • Paul Rea

    It will be good if it is true. But according to all those sympathetic to the party it was always grassroots driven.

  • DerryTerry

    This actually happened last night (Monday)and on Radio Ulster either yesterday or last Friday there was a report including an interview with Paul Maskey saying it had taken place in Belfast.

  • Pete Baker

    From the article –

    “the local party decided to have a review of its structures and its operation within the city” he [SF’s Raymond McCartney] said.

    “The review culminated in a proposal for a restructuring of the Comhairle Cheantair so that the membership could become more involved in the decision making process.”

    But the story – being promoted in the comments above – is that each local party organisation reviewed it’s own local structures and operations and each local party organisation came to the same local decision?

    Gotta love that collective mind.

  • Paul Rea

    Derry Terry, did Maskey not say that SF were carrying out a recruiting drive in West Belfast aimed at getting more Protestants and ethnic minority members?

  • heman

    Have to laugh at the BBC attempting to make an issue of Sinn Fein recruitment in Andersonstown- obviously a frustrated local dissident – or possibly Attwood-ite- had this brainwave after recieving the bulletin through the door.

    It is only right that Sinn Fein continue recruitment. Indeed, they remain the only party I can think of that has ever even attemtped open recruitment in an active manner.

    The story should have been- why has no one from the SDLP ever been around the doors to recruit new members??

  • DerryTerry

    Paul, there was talk about a recruitment drive in Andersontown, apparently much to the presenters amazement, and the recent restructuring the Belfast Executive.

  • Glen Taisie

    No-one should underestimate Sinn Fein’s ability to attract new members.

    After the capture of ex-orange order and ex RUC man Billy Leonard the party were forced to decommission their “Disband the RUC” posters as they featured an armed RUC man wearing an Orange sash.

    Billy as recent disclosures have proven was not the only member to have worked for the enemy. But he is the only member to have served on the District Policing Boards.

  • alfredo

    we should take what ‘chris gaskin’ says seriously, after all he’s a member of sinn fein’s blog monitoring committee and therefore knows all about sf’s internal doings!

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Sounds to me like some grassroots members haven’t been entirely happy with some leadership judgments, or maybe its the degree of influence some individuals have. Especially of the SF/HMG variety.

  • we should take what ‘chris gaskin’ says seriously, after all he’s a member of sinn fein’s blog monitoring committee and therefore knows all about sf’s internal doings!

    LOL

    Sounds to me like some grassroots members haven’t been entirely happy with some leadership judgments

    Not true Gonzo, Sinn Féin is always looking at ways to improve the party. Last year we put a new constitution in place.

    Sinn Féin is never static on these issues.

    or maybe its the degree of influence some individuals have. Especially of the SF/HMG variety

    You have been spending too much time with Ingram

  • bigwhitedove

    I thought the link was about SF restructurig, it appears to me that every time gaskin or McLarnon make a contribution now they are being hectored as being part of a “SF blog conspiracy” I would like to see the moderators take some firm action on this one as Alfredo is definatley playing the man, and trying to discourage posters from a republican perspective.

  • I think its funny BWD

    It is the most cost effective committee we have( don’t have if you live in the real world)