micro organisations fire-bomb stores in Newry

Incendiary devices believed to have been used in attacks on stores in Newry last night, completely destroying two stores and severely damaging others, have been attributed to “republican micro organisations” by Sinn Féin, according to the BBC, while the UUP have linked the timng of the attack to the 35th anniversary of internment, and the SDLP have described it as futile. Further report by the Press Association and by RTÉ and, according to the BBC report, there are ongoing security alerts in the area.Updated Confirmed the “republican micro organisations” quote from Conor Murphy’s statement in which he adds..

“I would call on those responsible for this incident to look objectively at the current political situation and to carefully consider your options. 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.

“This activity is wrong and should stop.”

And anyone with information about the attacks…?

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  • Low Country

    Destroy your own ‘city’ or trying to create fire damaged sales. Never understood the firebombing thing or bombing your own places. Don’t think these guys have much intelligence.

  • Miss Fitz

    Pete
    You beat me to this story, I hadnt heard anything until the news at 12, although I was in Newry at 10am!

    Apart from the fact that one of the devices was beside my office, and the other burned down my favourite store TK Maxx, I think this is beyond unacceptable.

    It’s crap, its inexcusable and nothing less than rigorous investigation and long jail sentences would ever be enough.

    This is not a blow for Irish Freedom, this is low-life vandalism and thuggery. If you commit a criminal act, you should be hunted down and treated as nothing else.

    Now excuse while I go to Newry and try to find my son.

  • Jo

    No doubt some republicans will find this less disgusting and unacceptable than the PSNI having the audacity to arrest people from Kilcoo in the next few days.

  • gg

    One wonders how this serves the cause of ending British rule in Ireland. It’s hardly likely that JB Sports in Newry is tactically essential for the administration of the ‘occupied six counties’. Can someone explain the point.

  • Carson’s Cat

    Miss Fitz
    “and the other burned down my favourite store TK Maxx,”

    I would never admit that…..

    Anyway, on to Conor Murphy. – It is good that he has finally come to a point where these kinds of attacks can be condemned. That at last is progress of a kind perhaps.

    “This sort of activity does nothing for this community”

    Did this kind of activity ever do anything for the community? I heard Davy Hyland on the 10am news this morning (rightly) waxing lyrical about the impact this would have on the local economy and the job losses etc etc. All correct and good.

    However, I did wonder if firebombs in the 80’s and 90’s didn’t have any effect on jobs. Those must have been different pro-community arson attacks which actually were designed to improve the economy.

    Anyway, lets not be churlish I suppose. Its opposition to arson for slow learners.

  • Davy Hyland’s condemnation of these suspected incendiary devices on radio Ulster was shallow, meaningless and massively hypocritical. SF is always going to be faced with criticisms like these when they venture to condemn the actions of those who have only the smallest level of support in their community. This is because, particularly in Newry, people will remember when the Provos were doing just the same things and it didn’t stop the likes of Davy supporting them.

    I remember when the Shinners were blowing up Newry businesses and even ridiculed and tried to demonise the SDLP for trying to make democratic politics to work by taking seats on NMDC! Thankfully times have changed. SF has followed in the footsteps of the SDLP but now they, like the rest of us, are subjected to this mindless violence. Whenever SF open their mouths to dribble their party PR spin of ”..call for these people to stop…, …they have little to no support…, …they are damaging their own community..” , people who remember the 60s, 70s, 80s and will recall what SF were saying and doing back then and the people of Newry will equate Sinn Fein with hypocrisy.

  • Carson’s Cat

    gg
    “One wonders how this serves the cause of ending British rule in Ireland. It’s hardly likely that JB Sports in Newry is tactically essential for the administration of the ‘occupied six counties’. Can someone explain the point.”

    Indeed – however, those responsbile might put forward the ‘economc viability’ argument. Make NI unsustainable and a drain on the UK economy etc etc.

    Precisely the same argument put forward by organisations who firebombed shops and bombed town centres for a couple of decades last century.

  • Miss Fitz

    Carson
    You asked what should people do if they have information?

    Yeah well.

    0845 600 8000

    No more excuses.

    Law and order now please, not when I’m told you’re ready for it.

  • Jo

    Miss Fitz

    Just so you know you’re not alone, I thought that TK Maxx was brill as well, I got a lovely leather jacket there last year.

  • Carson’s Cat

    Miss Fitz
    Thanks for that – but I didnt actually make reference to your post execept for some shock at your love of TK Maxx.

    At least try to claim you paid full price for your ‘label’.

    Does do good cheap gear for skiing though.

  • smcgiff

    ‘Don’t think these guys have much intelligence.’

    Associating the word intelligence at all with these guys is a misuse of the term.

    Any idea if these stores forget to pay “protection”.

  • Keith M

    Ah those damn pesky “dissidents” again. Always handy to have someone to blame when you want to turn up the heat (pun intended).

    I must be be in a “glass half full” kind of mood today. I think that destroying a JJB store and thereby reducing the availabilty of tracksuits mightn’t be such a bad thing in a hole like Newry. In fact if there’s any of those dissident reading this site you may like to be aware that there’s a Lifestle Sports in the Buttercrane Shopping Centre.

  • Bog warrior

    At first glance i thought it was micro organisms….
    Continuity Irish Republican Amoebas?

  • spice girl

    quality post indeed:
    Davy Hyland’s condemnation of these suspected incendiary devices on radio Ulster was shallow, meaningless and massively hypocritical. SF is always going to be faced with criticisms like these when they venture to condemn the actions of those who have only the smallest level of support in their community. This is because, particularly in Newry, people will remember when the Provos were doing just the same things and it didn’t stop the likes of Davy supporting them.

    I remember when the Shinners were blowing up Newry businesses and even ridiculed and tried to demonise the SDLP for trying to make democratic politics to work by taking seats on NMDC! Thankfully times have changed. SF has followed in the footsteps of the SDLP but now they, like the rest of us, are subjected to this mindless violence. Whenever SF open their mouths to dribble their party PR spin of ”..call for these people to stop…, …they have little to no support…, …they are damaging their own community..” , people who remember the 60s, 70s, 80s and will recall what SF were saying and doing back then and the people of Newry will equate Sinn Fein with hypocrisy.

    this of course happens on a daily basis my dear friend!!

  • Urquhart

    “people who remember the 60s, 70s, 80s and will recall what SF were saying and doing back then and the people of Newry will equate Sinn Fein with hypocrisy.”

    I wish you were right Newry Republican, but alas, I fear you’re not.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    These cavemen need to be dragged kicking and screaming into 2006. This attack serves no political purpose and damages the economy of a nationalist/republican Newry – a community who these men purport to “defend”.
    The attacks “tick all the boxes” of a Continuity or Real IRA operation. i.e. the attacks are on the 35th anniversary of internment and they replicate incendiary device attacks last year by dissident republicans, namely the Continuity IRA (e.g. in Ballymena). CIRA and RIRA are small in numbers but both have hardline, experienced bomb-makers that deserted the Provos. However, most of these men, such as RIRA’s Sean Gerard Hoey are on remand or serving sentences in Maghaberry at present. In this case though, even the small motley crew membership of both organisations on the ground are capable of manufacturing simple but effective fire-bombs such as those in Newry…

  • Occasional Commentator

    Low Country: Destroy your own ‘city’ …

    Every town and city belongs to all of us. This would be just as nonsensical (or sensical if you’re that way inclined) as firebombing a Ballymena shop.

  • jone

    I got some beautiful Ralph Lauren purple label cashmere and skinny Notify jeans in Tk Maxx. A sad loss to skint dandies across the Fews.

  • Miss Fitz

    I’ve tried to rise above the TK Maxx discussion, as I am outraged by this act. We’ve all been silent too long, and we need to rage against it.

    But, having said that, I love the kitchenware in TK, and would spend hours in it, dandering about and looking at stuff. I remember being interviewed at home once by a glamorous UTV presenter, and when she admired something, I embarrassedly told her it was from TK Maxx. She grinned and said her jumper, boots and jeans were all from there too!

  • Moochin photoman

    Can u make incendiary devices from Kitchenware?

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Newry Republican: “I remember when the Shinners were blowing up Newry businesses and even ridiculed and tried to demonise the SDLP for trying to make democratic politics to work by taking seats on NMDC! Thankfully times have changed. SF has followed in the footsteps of the SDLP but now they, like the rest of us, are subjected to this mindless violence. Whenever SF open their mouths to dribble their party PR spin of ”..call for these people to stop…, …they have little to no support…, …they are damaging their own community..” , people who remember the 60s, 70s, 80s and will recall what SF were saying and doing back then and the people of Newry will equate Sinn Fein with hypocrisy. ”

    Given the choice, would you rather they have the seeming of hypocrisy or the reality of a painfully static and consistant approach to achieving their goals?

  • Miss Fitz

    Dread
    If they hadnt blown up Newry and other parts of Northern Ireland in the first place, progress in accepting them as a legitimate party might have been slightly easier. Please, drop the crap. If you move from terrorist to statesman, its brilliant, bring on the process, but dont think the whiff of cordite ever completely dissipates.

    Mooch
    Well now, a coffee grinder used to be an essential piece of every bomb makers repetoire. We couldnt get one when we opened our restaurant here, and Bewleys said they didnt supply them as they were prime targets for stealing.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Miss Fitz: “If they hadnt blown up Newry and other parts of Northern Ireland in the first place, progress in accepting them as a legitimate party might have been slightly easier.”

    “If ifs and ands…” and all that, Miss Fitz. As I’ve said elsewhere, if Unionists were as interested in humans rights 40 years ago as they would like to seem to be now, this whole unpleasentness would likely have been avoided. We cannot change the past, any of us… all we can do is try to repair the present and design a better future… which will never happen with some of these wheezes.

    Miss Fitz: ” Please, drop the crap. If you move from terrorist to statesman, its brilliant, bring on the process, but dont think the whiff of cordite ever completely dissipates. ”

    Ah, but Newry Republican was not giving credit where credit is due, but jumped straight to whinging about cordite. If you want to teach a lesson or change a behavior, there is an importance to positive feedback, too. If all SF hears is the whinge of “That’s not what you said twenty years ago…”, progress will ultimately be impeded. I don’t mind the attitude “its about time,” since I agree – it *IS* about time. But, if there is going to be continual sniping about things that cannot be changed, its only going to reinforce the dissidents belief that *THEY* (the dissidents) are right and SF / PIRA are the dunces, thus creating a negative feedback loop — dissidents bomb, SF condemns, whingers whine, dissidents feel justified and bomb again. Cycle repeats.

  • Fanny

    “I’ve tried to rise above the TK Maxx discussion…”

    Never let it be said. Last year I bought a pair of shoes in Debenham’s for £65. When they wore out WAY too soon I bought an almost identical pair in TKMax for £20.

    However… didn’t arsonists burn down the bru (spelling?) office in Newry not too long ago? Could the culprits be related I wonder. We tend to bandy about the word “political” too often in NI, when in fact we actually mean lads with a little too much time on their hands.

  • Garibaldy

    Fanny,

    This looks like actual incendiary bombs rather than people starting fires, so probably not kids with petrol.

  • Miss Fitz

    Fanny
    IIRC the Bru was an entirely different matter. I think it was about 1994, and it may have been around the first Drumcree. It’s been rebuilt now, and is a fine building.

    I also seem to recall there may have been some involvement of an ethnic minority group in that incident, as they went on the rampage in the Buttercrane at the time as well.

  • londonderry_loya;l

    If this is a way to end british rule in ireland, it has failed pathetically!!

    Whoever is responsible, dissidants will be blammed, as the IRA are now good boys and wouldnt do anything like that!!

  • joe

    Miss Fitz, The Bru was burnt down in 1998. What do you mean when you say “I also seem to recall there may have been some involvement of an ethnic minority group in that incident, as they went on the rampage in the Buttercrane at the time as well” Have you any proof of this??? I think everyone knows why it was carried out – Drumcree – and who by. Don’t start blaming people who get a hard time off everyone else.

  • Miss Fitz

    Actually Joe, I was on the spot at the time, coming back from holidays and we got caught up in it. I dont have any written references from you, and I am not trying to cast aspersions, but I am an eye witness to seeing clearly identifiable individuals running in and out of the Crown Buildings site, and the site being ignited a short time later. A bus was set on fire outside my house the same evening, but was an unrelated incident. I recall those details, but would bow to a correction on the year it took place.

  • Keith M

    Moochin “Can u make incendiary devices from Kitchenware?” You obviously haven’t tasted my aunt’s curry.

  • offer it up

    The Bru was burnt in one of the early Drumcree years. There was also alot of tension in Newry around marching at that time. I wouldn’t like to contradict you joe, but I would say it was 1996. We happened to be living (temporarily) in the town at that time and I was on my school holidays (those were the days…)

    I seem to recall that a local unionist councillor got himself into bother by saying that Catholics had “burned their best house in town.” He denied the comments but it subsequently transpired that they had been tape-recorded.

    Anyway, the long and short of it is that last nights ‘escapades by the renegades’ was as futile as the IRA blowing up Newry for 20 years was. The only people that it hurts is working class men and women who depend those companies for employment.

  • offer it up

    Sorry – I meant to type 1997 for the year the Dole got the dint.

  • Dread Cthulhu :-

    ”Given the choice, would you rather they have the seeming of hypocrisy or the reality of a painfully static and consistant approach to achieving their goals?”

    I don’t believe my personal preference is relevant to this thread nor the point raised in my post, (though for the record it would lie with a peaceful society based on respect). There is no reason to be grateful, just because the playground bully has stopped taking our dinner money!

    …not giving credit where credit is due…
    To whom and for what exactly? Should we pat the playground bully on the back?

    …jumped straight to whinging about cordite….
    When people feel aggrieved, have they not the right to express an opinion? Are you suggesting that I am wrong to hold a view which is not sympathetic to the Provos? I know Newry and I know the people and I can assure you there are many of us who remember, all too vividly, the Provos bombing the hell out of the town. Great men of Ireland uniting catholic, protestant and dissenter!?! Wise up! They are self-serving gangsters, looking for an easy way to get their holiday home in Donegal.

    If you want to teach a lesson or change a behavior, there is an importance to positive feedback, too.
    You don’t say! And where exactly did you learn this blindingly insightful piece of psychology? Are you suggesting that if we don’t praise the bully’s good behaviour he might start stealing our dinner money again? You need to brush up on your armchair psychology

    But, if there is going to be continual sniping about things that cannot be changed, its only going to reinforce the dissidents belief that *THEY* (the dissidents) are right and SF / PIRA are the dunces…
    The Shinners murdered their fellow country men. They supported and tried to justify the murder of their fellow countrymen. If they want to be taken seriously they should realise when it is better for everyone, for them to say nothing. They are hypocrites as they have supported people who planted incendiary devices in the past but, all of a sudden, it’s wrong because they say it’s wrong!?! Did they listen when to all the people apposing them at the time? No. Are the dissidents going to listen to them? I doubt it.

    There are still those who think they have the right to take human life – to decide who lives and who dies. THIS is the cycle which repeats and it will continue until enough people realise that moderate peaceful politics is the way forward. Queue all the whataboutery comments….

  • slug

    Miss Fitz

    I agree with your sentiments. Thanks for blogging this.

    Ballymena was 18 months ago hit by dissident republican bombers, who turned out actually to live in Ballymena.

    See here

    B@st@rds.

  • These people are nothing but scum. Having worked in one of the premises which was burnt-down during my student years, I can vouch for the fact that the economy of Newry is dependent on such stores, with thousands of local people being dependent on their existence in the city for an income.

    The only people being hurt by this are the people of Newry.

    While we have local campaigners engaging in projects such as the ‘SDLP: A Greater Newry Campaign’ to attract greater investment in infrastructure and employment in the Newry and Mourne area, these unaccountable ‘republican’ idiots are doing their level best to destroy such efforts.

    It is incumbent on the people of Newry to support those who are fighting for a better city and surrounding area, and to force these idiots back under their rock.

  • Reader

    Well – just in case…
    Does Newry CRJ recognise the concept of ‘Political Status’?

  • Dread Cthulhu

    N.R.: “To whom and for what exactly? Should we pat the playground bully on the back? ”

    Let’s see… PIRA has dumped arms, PIRA punishment violence is down zero at last report (compared to 6 dissident and 19 Loyalist punishment attacks) and is, generally speaking, pulling a MacArthur and fading away.

    If they playground bully stops being the bully and, in fact, speaks out against bullying, is it useful, by any meansure, to continually remonstrate him for past behavior? What practical purpose does it serve?

    N.R.: “When people feel aggrieved, have they not the right to express an opinion? Are you suggesting that I am wrong to hold a view which is not sympathetic to the Provos?”

    Hardly. Wheeze all you want. Whatever vents your spleen and gets you through your day. However, PIRA has, in the main, seen there is a better way. To complain about their entering politics and giving up the gun is just stupid — as I said, is your complaint there aren’t enough bombs? Would more things blowing up make them less hypocritical and more authentic?

    N.R.: “If they want to be taken seriously they should realise when it is better for everyone, for them to say nothing.”

    No good — if they *DIDN’T* denounce the bombs, the likes of you’d complain about that, too.

    N.R.: “They are hypocrites as they have supported people who planted incendiary devices in the past but, all of a sudden, it’s wrong because they say it’s wrong!?! ”

    I repeat, would you rather they “kept it real” and weren’t hypocrites? Should they have all simply committed hari-kiri, so you could be saved the spectacle of “reformed” militants?

    They almost *have* to take the lead in condemning these event, NR, since SF is under something of a microscope (although a sigmoidiscope would be the more accurate tool… there just isn’t a “comfortable” metaphor involving one of those…) If they do denounce the bombs we get you… but if they didn’t denounce the bombs, they would get you or someone like you, wondering aloud if SF/PIRA were in favor of the bombing, seeing as they didn’t denounce them — a classic Catch-22.

    I don’t disagree that its not the most consistant postion for them to hold — it just beats most of the alternatives.

  • Ulster36th1916

    The unionist towns of Portadown and Lisburn should benefit nicely from this latest blow for Irish freedom.

    Way to go micro-republicans.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    PIRA has dumped arms, PIRA punishment violence is down zero at last report (compared to 6 dissident and 19 Loyalist punishment attacks) and is, generally speaking, pulling a MacArthur and fading away.
    Excuse me if I don’t cheer with eternal gratitude because the sick minded PROVOS decided they weren’t going to risk my life and the lives of my families and friends! They were wrong to do what they did i.e. risk people’s lives. PROVO apologists like yourself seem only to resort to personal attacks. I can see your pitiful ”Wheeze all you want.” comment for what it is, a very feeble personal attack brought about by the absence of any real argument and, given the opportunity, un unwillingness to aid a better understanding of the PROVO thinking behind their past actions. Face Dread, the Shinners have to deal with the accusation of hypocrisy which is levelled at them. Now you can adopt a condescending tone to me and anyone else who criticises the Shinners, but ultimately it is an accusation that they will have to deal with.

    I agree that PIRA has, in the main, seen there is a better way. and I am only sorry it has taken them so long to see the error of their way.

    Nowhere did I ”..complain about their entering politics and giving up the gun…” You should take the time to read my post properly before commenting.

    ”if they *DIDN’T* denounce the bombs, the likes of you’d complain about that, too”
    Once again, I will overlook your pitiful attempts to condescend. Your inability to play the ball suggest a lack of argument on your part. Anyone reading this thread will form their own opinion. My point is that Conor Murphy, Davy Hyland and the rest of the Newry Shinners are hypocrites. Nobody likes hypocrites – least of all the voters. Wise up and get over the point that not every Irish Republican supports the Shinners/PROVOS.

    I repeat, would you rather they “kept it real” and weren’t hypocrites? Should they have all simply committed hari-kiri, so you could be saved the spectacle of “reformed” militants?

    I REPEAT, I don’t think my personal preference is relevant to this thread. For the record, a simple press statement condemning the actions of those who allegedly planted the incendiary devices would have been sufficient. But hey, why miss out on good photo ops? Both Conor Murphy and Davy Hyland made it in to Newry but you ever try an get hold of either of them in an emergency and they are nowhere to be seen. Now I don’t expect you take my word for it but I openly challenge anyone to try and get to see any of them… I can almost guarantee that it won’t happen. They will be busy in meetings all week! Try it for yourself! But just a minute…, come to think of it…., if they could have simply committed hari-kiri like you suggest… Maybe there is merit in that too? Just a thought!

  • Newry Loyal

    Personally I couldnt care if they bombed the whole of Newry, tis a shithole of a town. Miss Fitz was right about buttercrane and the ethnic minority looting buttercrane, i too witnessed it first hand. PS miss Fitz any chance of using you excellent camera skills to photo the pile of hunger striker shite that the town is currently plastered with, along with all the other luvely republican tourist (read terrorist) attractions ?. I asked u before, and u took me up wrong :(. im being serious if i had a digital camera i would. But i dont so i cant :/

  • barnshee

    when sf/ira bombed protestants out of Newry ( down from 20% to what 4/5% )there was not a peep from scumbags like Conor -(done for carrying bombs if my memory serves me right) Burn the shithole to the ground asap

  • wee jeffrey

    Newry Loyal certainly fits the stereotype of a modern day loyalist – sectarian, illiterate and keen to have a rattle at their new bogeymen-those dastardly ‘ethnic minorities’…

    come one, come all….

  • Nyuk City Res

    I agree, “come one, come all…. ” and that’s just the pholisophy behind the SDLP’s “A Greater Newry Campaign” which aims to attract greater inward investment.

    SDLP build Newry up.
    PROVOs blow Newry up.

    …and so the cycle continues…

  • wee jeffrey

    Pholisophy?
    Christ, it’s getting worse-even the intelligentsia of the SDLP can’t spell.
    Did someone burn down all the schools in Newry as well?

  • Nyuk City Res

    ‘Sorry wee jeff’ spelling was never my thing at school. I was far too busy pondering social philosophy. Please forgive my spelling errors, brought about by a feeling of urgency – I don’t want to stay in the same place for too long in case I start to smell something burning!

  • wee jeffrey

    aside from spelling, witty repartee is evidently not your thing either, NYUK

  • Moochin photoman

    Keith M,
    i had considered ure aunts curry but i didnt want to talk shite……thought i’d leave that to someone else.
    Seems i didnt have to wait to long judging by some of the later posts!

  • wee jeffrey

    talking shite, Moochin?

    I refer you back to your original post(number 12)

    Oh how I long to produce such a scintillating piece of political analysis…………..

    Your astute and profound observations clearly set the tone for the subsequent debate.

  • Pete Baker

    Guys

    Let’s avoid the thread descending into tit-for-tat name-calling..

    Play the ball!

  • Moochin photoman

    “witty repartee is evidently not your thing either”

    Methinks he doth protest too much!

    These incendiaries are a disgrace and a seriously misguided attempt by a minority of our society who wish to drag us all down with them.
    We can only hope that whoever they are, “Feral lil fecks”s or dedicated terrorists, that they get their just desserts. Their actions and beliefs are not needed by any of us.

  • aquifer

    How long do we have to wait before the next gang of political no-hopers join the arson and mayhem trail. If the equal rights for all sentient species, communists, esperanto speakers, goths, punks, etc all cotton onto the media’s love affair with burnt plastic and hopeless romantics we won’t have a shop left in town.

    This is just bandits with big mouths and nothing useful to say hijacking bandwidth.

    You may feign anger, you may even kill.
    Your day never came, it never will.

  • Miss Fitz

    few wee photos of the damage on http://www.flickr.com/photos/missfitz

    Newry by-pass remains closed tonight, and there is a very visible police presence in the town. I noted a lot of activity around St Colman’s College, which is a bit strange for the time of night.

  • bewildered

    …a simple press statement condemning the actions of those who allegedly planted the incendiary devices would have been sufficient. But hey, why miss out on good photo ops?

    This is the new hazy green styled politics of the SF Press Machine. When the PROVOS were blowing up Newry they were trying to secure a UI, when others are blowing up Newry they are just damaging their own community. And the difference anyone?

  • Michael

    Stupid idiots. I’m not saying it’s ok to bomb anywhere, but why didn’t they go to 25 miles down the road and burn spurcefield, maybe then some logic could bederived from it. This is absolutely senseless wanton vandalism from about 40 disenfranchised provos with ample time on their hands. It just fucks things up for the people of Newry. And now that the bypass is closed, the volume of traffic on the Dublin Road where i live is going to make sleeping difficult tonight…. 🙁

  • Rory

    It should perhaps be noted, just for the record, that the RAF no longer bomb Dresden, Hamburg and other German cities in order to ensure the survival of British capital over German capital. That particular war has finished. An agreement between warring parties was reached. As so recently in Ireland.

    There are of course always some confused, backward elements within both British and German societies who are unable to come to terms with that. As with them these groups in Ireland constitute a severe nuisance but cannot impede inevitable progress.

    And cheer up, Miss Fitz, think of the additional Fire-Sale reductions when T=Maxx springs back.

  • Garibaldy

    Fire sales. Funny how there were always incendiary attacks during the run-up to Christmas

  • Let’s wise up

    The depressing thing is that if this blitz had happened in a predominatly Protestant town, the equicovation we’ve seen would have been replaced with ‘ah but’ and ‘nonetheless, while we are denied are rights’ etc.
    As it is, the defenders of this action merely seem aggrieved at the ethnicity of the town targeted.

  • harpo

    ‘I’m not saying it’s ok to bomb anywhere, but why didn’t they go to 25 miles down the road and burn spurcefield, maybe then some logic could bederived from it.’

    Michael:

    What ‘logic’ could have been derived from it if they had burned shops at Sprucefield instead?

    I don’t think ‘burn shops in Prod areas’ counts as logic, do you?

  • NCR-

    The thing is, the SDLP will continue to work for the people of Newry, regardless of what idiots like this try to do to derail attempts to encourage investment and job creation.

    The ‘SDLP: A Greater Newry & Mourne’ has a core set of goals, consistent with what the SDLP has been fighting for since the days of the civil rights movement. In the 1970s and 1980s, the party’s activists dodged the provo bullets and bombs in Newry to work at bringing a better future for the people of the area- they will continue to dodge the bullets and bombs of the provos’ bastard offspring nowadays to advance that work, regardless of whether these idiots burn down places of employment and attempt to wreck all efforts the SDLP makes at promoting the area. Every firebomb or bullet through the post in Newry merely doubles the commitment of local activists to bring about a better and more stable future for all the people of Newry, South Down and South Armagh.

  • tiny

    Seems that everytime the dissidents score a hit it ‘bounces’ the shinners a little further along the path to being a ‘normal party

  • T.Ruth

    It amused me to listen to some of the people rushing not so much to condemn the act of bombing of the Newry stores but pointing out how it cost jobs, did not help the peace process, and how the perpetrators had so little support.

    When I stopped smoking after forty years I never felt that I had the right to condemn those who smoked-my own involvement meant I had forfeited that right.

    Those who have over the years engaged in terrorism should be the last people to condemn anyone. The hypocrisy of Sinn Fein knows no bounds.

    Thankfully this most recent expression of the darker side of Republican political and cultural attitudes did not cause multiple deaths like PIRA did with its sectarian attacks at Kingsmills,Oxford Street,Shankill Chip Shop,la Mon et al.
    T.Ruth

  • Newry Loyal

    Wee Jeffery

    “Newry Loyal certainly fits the stereotype of a modern day loyalist – sectarian, illiterate”

    lol, Jeffery, please expand how you can determine in 1 post i am sectarian and illiterate ???

    ps before you answer i ask to to be sure you *really* know what illiterate means.

    “Pholisophy?
    Christ, it’s getting worse-even the intelligentsia of the SDLP can’t spell.
    Did someone burn down all the schools in Newry as well?”

    That poster made a typo and u attack him too ?!?!, wee man, it really looks as if you have no valid point to make and are just attacking posters on spellings (ps have u nvr heard of internet slang you noob ??)

    wee idiot more like

  • Michael

    Yes Harpo, I’m afraid that is logic, albeit a twisted logic. I’m just trying to see it from the perspective of the idiots that thought it would be good to go around setting shops on fire in an overwhelmingly nationalist city. That was my point, not that i support the burning of shops in a predominatly ‘proddy’ area. 🙂

  • The thing is, the SDLP will continue to work for the people of Newry, regardless of what idiots like this try to do to derail attempts to encourage investment and job creation.

    I fully agree El Mat’. A point well made. This is, afterall, what the SDLP is known for (unlike the self-serving actions of some other parties…)

  • Occasional Commentator

    According to the BBC, this has been claimed by the Real IRA. Do they have secret codewords and so on, or could anybody claim an action for the Real IRA?