Trouble after Lurgan arrests rumbles on

Mick wasn’t wrong when he initially noted that accusations of taping of laywer/client conversations at Antrim’s serious crime unit was worth keeping an eye on. The lawyers for the 4 men arrested in Lurgan following the discovery of bomb components on Wednesday are seeking assurances that their conversations will not be monitored – although their questioning will go ahead. Meanwhile, as the BBC also report, there has been further disruption in the area with the railway line at Lurgan still closed after masked men drove a van onto the track and set it on fire. Update Of the 4 arrested two charged, two released

  • Comrade Stalin

    It’s taking an awfully long time for our local politicians to come out and condemn either the attempted bombing, or these subsequent riots clearly designed to deflect police resources from pursuing the would-be bombers ..

  • Pete Baker

    Not sure that’s entirely accurate for all parties, Comrade.

    As this extract from an earlier BBC report notes

    SDLP assembly member Dolores Kelly said she believed that police had foiled a major attack.

    Ulster Unionist assembly member Samuel Gardiner said: “This is an excellent piece of work by the PSNI and serves as a timely reminder that we must normalise society here by getting the assembly working as soon as possible.”

    Sinn Fein assembly member John O’Dowd said: “This sort of activity does nothing for this community and is an attack on the peace process which is supported by the overwhelming number of people on this island.”

    Although I would agree that some of those comments fall short of your suggested condemnation.

  • Rubicon

    I can’t see where this ‘defence’ is going – if indeed it is a defence. Those arrested should of course be afforded privacy in their defence consultations. There are very good reasons for this privacy to be protected.

    I suspect the point being made here may be more political than legal – at least I hope it is.

  • Nice to see O’Dowd condemn this latest barbarism from the good people of that part of Lurgan. I wonder how he feels about the IRA assassin who brutaly shot two young RUC Constables dead in the centre of Lurgan. Another example of violence not paying????

    The truth is that there is an element of the population of Lurgan who have no respect for law and order, who delight in causing mayhem, and who are indulged by the PSNI. The rule of law must apply everywhere and YES – that even includes the republican ghettos in Lurgan.

  • Carrier

    “The truth is that there is an element of the population of Lurgan who have no respect for law and order, who delight in causing mayhem”

    Maybe what they have no respect for is British control over part of Ireland. Not a new sentiment in this country really.

  • Pete Baker

    Rubicon

    I’d suspect the challenge is of the ‘here’s a legal loophole we may exploit later’ type, now that the challenge to the questioning of the suspects has been dismissed, that is.

    Carrier

    It’s not about which parliament holds jurisdiction.. it’s about the implementation of that jurisdiction – but you know that already.

  • Who

    Helis out tonght with spot lights so alls not quiet yet.

  • mourne

    “The truth is that there is an element of the population of Lurgan who have no respect for law and order, who delight in causing mayhem, and who are indulged by the PSNI.”

    How true, the loyalist pipebomb attack in Lurgan during the week seems to be a continuation of the lvf/uvf drug war that has rages in loyalist estates in the town for the last few years.

    It seems that many of these drug pushers are indulged due to their former relationships with the special branch.

  • Who

    Pipe bomb found in the Taghnaven area this morning.

  • Snuff Box

    Who

    Didnt I tell you Taghnevan was as bad as Kilwilkie. lol!

    I see also that Brian Kelly was released last night and that Dara McKenna was charged.

    The arrest of Brian Kelly is puzzling. A respected business man with not much to gain and an awful lot to lose from this caper. It would seem that the police have got this one badly wrong. Or is there something that I’m missing?

  • Who

    If given a choice i would live in Taghnaven before Kilwilkie any day, Hoax bomb in Taghnaven and they riot in Kilwilkie 🙂

  • Who

    Mr Kelly wouldn’t have time to say hello to you let alone make a bomb.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Maybe what they have no respect for is British control over part of Ireland. Not a new sentiment in this country really.

    Carrier, they are rioting because an attempt to destroy property and kill people was stopped by the police (excellent work PSNI, BTW). Can you run past me how this fits in with your point about British control and Ireland ?

    The bottom people planning this attack have no mandate and no support. What gives them the right to wage war on anybody’s behalf ?

  • sean

    David Vance

    “The truth is that there is an element of the population of Lurgan who have no respect for law and order,”

    Perhaps it is better if you differentiate between law and order and those who believe they administer it in Lurgan. For like many people I believe in law and order but not Lurgan PSNI especially when it’s concerning anything to do with ‘political crime’. How ever many new recruits there are the old boys are still about. Maybe it has something to do with this.

    http://www.serve.com/pfc/rosemary/security.html

  • Comrade Stalin

    The efforts by republicans contributing to this thread – to deflect attention away from the fact that a significant attempt to destroy life and kill people was stopped – is very telling indeed.

    This bomb could have been another Omagh. In what way does British rule or the killing of Rosemary Nelson excuse such violent methods ? Who gives anyone the right to make this call ?

    Shame on you all. Stop apologizing for this bloodthirsty murdering and get on board with the rest of us.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Looks like the chuckies don’t have an answer to this.

    Ah, there’s David Vance. David, I saw a communist dictator being entertained in the lawn of the White House and I immediately thought of you and what your reaction would be. Isn’t that charming ? I’ve no doubt that you’ve got some excuse or other about how having a tyrant in charge of a an aggressive, violent, and rights-abusing regime in talks with GWB is a worthwhile exercise