Mother of Hunger Striker to stand in Derry

UPDATE: Some craic on Talkback today – Gerry McGeough (Ind Rep) vs John O’Dowd (SF). Now online here (opens player).

Also in The Irish News, the family of George McBrearty, [who] died when he was involved in a shoot-out with soldiers, said they were “deeply disturbed” by Sinn Fein plans to endorse the PSNI. “We believe that if Sinn Fein support the RUC/PSNI, then not only do the ideals of our volunteers remain unfulfilled, they will be reversed. Despite their assurances that the families of dead volunteers would be consulted, we find that this ‘consultation’ on policing is meaningless if you don’t adhere to the leadership-driven strategy.”

Mother of INLA hunger striker to stand if elections go ahead
By Connla Young

The mother of INLA hunger striker Patsy O’Hara said she will stand as an independent candidate if assembly elections go ahead later this year.
Peggy O’Hara said she is opposed to Sinn Fein’s policing strategy and confirmed she is to stand on an anti-PSNI ticket in Foyle if assembly elections planned for March get the green light.
The 76-year-old grandmother’s announcement came just hours after Sinn Fein confirmed the party will hold a special ard fheis on policing on January 28.
Mrs O’Hara said she decided to put her name forward in memory of her son Patsy, who died after 61 days on hunger strike in May 1981.
“Patsy would have been against this,” she said.
“I was there for years and years when Patsy got lifted and was taken out in his bare feet by the police.
“A lot of people, including young people, have the same opinion as me.
“No-one has come to me and asked me what I think of the policing debate.
“I am standing in memory of Patsy if the elections take place.”
Meanwhile, Socialist Environmental Alliance member Eamonn McCann said he has no intention of withdrawing from any future assembly race.
Reports had indicated that anti-PSNI republicans were set to rally around the Derry campaigner if the March elections go ahead.
Any such support is now expected to shift to Mrs O’Hara.
“We will be putting most of our emphasis on water charges and the non-payment campaign,” Mr McCann said.

Plans ‘disturb’ family of IRA man
By Claire Simpson

The family of an IRA man killed by undercover British soldiers in Derry in 1981 have voiced opposition to moves to support the PSNI.
George McBrearty, a married father-of-three from the city, died aged 23 when he was involved in a shoot-out with soldiers from the 14th Intelligence Company.
In a letter to The Irish News the mother, sisters and brothers of Mr McBrearty said they were “deeply disturbed” by Sinn Fein plans to endorse the PSNI.
“We believe that if Sinn Fein support the RUC/PSNI, then not only do the ideals of our volunteers remain unfulfilled, they will be reversed,” their letter states.
“Despite their assurances that the families of dead volunteers would be consulted, we find that this ‘consultation’ on policing is meaningless if you don’t adhere to the leadership-driven strategy.
“Indeed, it is now clear that far from conducting meaningful consultations, the Sinn Fein leadership has been systematically dishonest with the republican base.”
In the letter, Mr McBrearty’s family make an appeal to republicans to “carefully consider the implications for republicanism of supporting a political party that is now attempting to legitimise the continuation of British rule in Ireland, something that we as a family believe our son and brother would never have given his life for”.
Yesterday Sinn Fein’s aim of persuading grass-roots republicans to support the PSNI were dealt another blow when a former election agent said he intended to stand as an independent republican candidate in the planned March assembly elections.
Paul McGlinchey, a brother of murdered INLA leader Dominic McGlinchey, said Sinn Fein’s stance on policing was “a step too far”.
He said republicans who opposed Sinn Fein’s policy intended to put forward candidates in at least 13 constituencies.
Mr McGlinchey, who left Sinn Fein last month, was released from Long Kesh in 1985 after almost 10 years.
Last night a founding member of the Provisional IRA denied rumours that he would stand as one of the candidates.
John Kelly confirmed he would not stand but said he had been approached.
Republican Sinn Fein president Ruairi O Bradaigh condemned Gerry Adams’s party yesterday when he spoke at a commemoration to remember the IRA volunteer Fergal O’Hanlon.

  • Ingram

    Hi,

    So much for comical Pat and NO dissent.

    This internal Republican debate is very interesting,keep up the good work.

    Ingram

  • You men had some good operators and political thinkers in the 70s and 80s right through to Gino in the 90s.

    Yeah, cutting people’s fingers off shows a real touch of class.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    The ill thought out nonsense being espoused by a collection of anonymous sock puppets would lead me to believe that if this is all these people have to offer then the election will be very east indeed.

  • Rory

    Maura

    I think you are up to a bit of false stirring darlin!

    The SAA story is bollix and I know that for a fact because that issue was levelled against them the day Marty Mc came down.

    The McGlinchey family have served the movement well over the years from Dominic to Sean to Paul and the sons today! There is no wings available in South Derry – We never had Angels

    why don’t you tell the PSNI!

    Do not make statements that you can not entirely back up as the local former brigade staff have already exhausted all avenues with regards to the allegations you make!

    The other source you talk about would also want to be careful as we have fair Idea who he is down here.

    More deflamatory remarks that you can not back up and you would be well advised to tell SPIKE and co to stop the PR machine driving this nonsense Girl!

  • Harris

    Micky

    ” but i do agree with his taking an oppositional stance in stormont and standing up for republican principles the main one being british withdrawal. it will certainly liven things up. i don’t see sinn fein having a strategy beyond ‘whatever it takes to get votes’ and do not see how what they are doing really brings us closer to a united ireland.

    Some say the Sinn Fein strategy is to simply get the institutions up and running with strong north/south input, and having the DUP equally committed to those institiutions.

    And if the dissident groups eventually decide to reengage with physical force, so be it.

    Sinn Fein will be entrenched in democratic institutions north and south, while dissident republicans continue their goal of removing the British presence.

    Could be a win-win!

  • Rory

    You men had some good operators and political thinkers in the 70s and 80s right through to Gino in the 90s.

    Yeah, cutting people’s fingers off shows a real touch of class.

    Sammy Morse

    I think its right up there with human bombs, robbing banks and shooting Robert McCartney

    Dont you Sammy Boy????

  • micky

    harris,,,Some say the Sinn Fein strategy is to simply get the institutions up and running with strong north/south input, and having the DUP equally committed to those institiutions.

    how does that bring us closer to a united ireland, what i see is that allows the unionists a stronger tie and the ability to keep us tied to the uk, do you not think the unionist bloc will use those institutions to maintain the union. at best you would have a continual draw that is always destined to tilt in unionism’s favour. as we have already seen happen sinn fein is as comfortable with the trappings of six county power as the sdlp and do not look to be able to pull themselves out of that funnel, they are well sucked into it and only going further to the centre of it.

    also i wonder why you are so flip about dissidents engaging in physical force, if we have learned anything from the last lot of years certainly it has been that physical force is not the answer.

    but a confident, fresh and vibrant political movement that is not compromised as sinn fein have beome can be a real alternative. we have tried the adams way it is time to try new ways.

  • Frustrated Democrat

    A fascinating 5 pages of reading.

    It all boils down to the final spasms of the violent republican model, they are yesterday’s men and women and have been since 9/11, the movement has no where else to go.

    Violence and oppression are of the 20th century, conciliation and peace are the new revolution.

    Welcome to Stormont and self governance inside the UK and EU.

  • Harris

    Micky

    “how does that bring us closer to a united ireland?”

    Sinn Fein engagement with unionists via their democratically elected mandate within the isntitutuions (north & south), will allow them to continue their united Ireland agenda from a peaceful standpoint. There will be no more roadblocs or unionist veto that will prevent them from achieving their goals. And of course unionists will attempt to block any progress on their goals, but with continued north/south influence and cooperation, it’s just a matter of time.

    On the other hand, and not that I condone this, the dissident groups can continue their agenda, completley unattached to Sinn Fein’s democratic approach. Hence the win-win.

    The previous two-pronged (Ballot box & Armalite)approach by republicans will have no bearing on future actions by dissident republicans.

  • maura

    THE FOLLOWING IS A PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST FOR RORY AND THE DISSIDENTS:
    “I think you are up to a bit of false stirring darlin!

    The SAA story is bollix and I know that for a fact because that issue was levelled against them the day Marty Mc came down.

    The McGlinchey family have served the movement well over the years from Dominic to Sean to Paul and the sons today! There is no wings available in South Derry – We never had Angels

    why don’t you tell the PSNI!

    Do not make statements that you can not entirely back up as the local former brigade staff have already exhausted all avenues with regards to the allegations you make!

    The other source you talk about would also want to be careful as we have fair Idea who he is down here.

    More deflamatory remarks that you can not back up and you would be well advised to tell SPIKE and co to stop the PR machine driving this nonsense Girl! ‘

  • Rory

    Maura

    I know how hard it must be to take the fact that your we PROVO dreamland is a horrible mess full of tramps who preach politic’s!

    If this is the best response you can make to some heart stopping shit that has been poo pooed well I win this battle darlin!

    It is hard to believe that people in FST have bought the Provoline but your a star!

    The Tyrone Brigade have sold out never thought I’d see it – Wee puppets on a string to the GHQ mob and the Brits!

    You are a mixed up wee girl arn’t ya!

    Go back to the mob in the City and take the soup along with them – Remember not to tell them that Gerry McG used to float your boat! – Or you might end up being added to the list of there outcasts like me!

  • Gerry & the peacemakers

    I would like to ask the traditional republicans when did you reject the SF line? Was it at ceasefire, GFA, decommissioning or policing? Also as you are 32 county republicans will you bring your argument to the 26 counties in the general election?

    Also Paul McGlinchy has said the assembly election is a referendum on SF – therefore will they accept the answer of Northern nationalists in that election?

    Rory – you keep asking what did the volunteers die for? Well primarily to defend their areas and to give the rest of us a better future. When my parents were young they were denied their nationality, when I was growing up I wore my Irishness as a badge of resistence, my children are simply Irish.

  • Rory

    Maura

    Come on Girl Iam waitin!

  • marty (not ingram)

    So far on numerous threads the course taken by dissident posters has been to troll, shout down and generally take the piss out of SF supporters, members etc. Gerry McGeough essentially did the same thing on Talkback.

    At this rate boys you’ll increase the SF vote, if this is representative of the republican alternative.

    By the way – I loved that line about the INLA having had some great operators – as the Portadown News might have put it, “How kidnapping dentists secures a 32 County Socialist Workers Paradise”.

  • We are now witnessing the last stifling cries and splutters of all those dishonourable Irish who ludicrously and shamefully thought an armed campaign would serve any good.

    Their particular brand of “republicanism” is drying up like a puddle on a hot summer’s day and, when Gerry finally morphs SF in to the SDLP, the Nationalist community will be able to speak with one voice.

  • Liam Boyle

    J Kelly,

    if that is your real name and of course it isn’t! just to clarify from one Derryman to another – its a bit disingenous to state that Gary Donnelly’s votes went 50% back to Sinn fein. Please remember that whilst one SDlp candidate had been narrowly eliminated, the other two were elcted and thus Donnelly’s transfers could go nowhere else. Having witnessed the transfers well in excess of Donnelly’s number 2s were ging to Clifford, Ramsey and Boyle in that order.
    Also, is it true that SF is bracing itself for the loss of 35% of its support in MArch??

  • Rory

    Moderator

    Whats the problem has Maura Resigned from PSF?

  • Liam Boyle

    Oooops,

    apologies for the awful spelling. 100 lines for me!!!

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    Enough of the back and forth regarding posters here. Stick to the politics, and not the tittle tattle. If you can’t debate the politics without making it personal, then don’t post. – Moderator.

  • Joe Romhar

    “How kidnapping dentists secures a 32 County Socialist Workers Paradise”

    or burying women on beaches will secure human rights for all

  • time will tell

    Great news indeed that Patsy’s wee mammy is standing against this bunch of no good sticky hoodlums, they lined their pockets with Brit gold and raped the wealth of the republican movement to fund their lavish lifestyles…… they are dirt that needs to be destroyed

  • maura

    THE FOLLOWING IS A PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST FOR RORY AND THE DISSIDENTS.

    ‘Maura

    I know how hard it must be to take the fact that your we PROVO dreamland is a horrible mess full of tramps who preach politic’s!

    If this is the best response you can make to some heart stopping shit that has been poo pooed well I win this battle darlin!

    It is hard to believe that people in FST have bought the Provoline but your a star!

    The Tyrone Brigade have sold out never thought I’d see it – Wee puppets on a string to the GHQ mob and the Brits!

    You are a mixed up wee girl arn’t ya!

    Go back to the mob in the City and take the soup along with them – Remember not to tell them that Gerry McG used to float your boat! – Or you might end up being added to the list of there outcasts like me! ”

    And that ends the party political broadcast for this evening.

  • Rory

    Maura

    Change the record you dirty little provo slapper!

    No fresh bollix to talk or is the PSF helpline closed til the morning?

  • Rory

    Time will tell

    Great news indeed that Patsy’s wee mammy is standing against this bunch of no good sticky hoodlums, they lined their pockets with Brit gold and raped the wealth of the republican movement to fund their lavish lifestyles…… they are dirt that needs to be destroyed

    You forgot to mention that this was while standing at Gravesides crying crocodile tears whilst also speaking to MI5

    Lets get it all out the table:-

    Theives, Robbers, Hoods, Touts (I bet donaldson wasn’t on his own)

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    Alright, you two, don’t make me get out the hose. Enough. – Moderator

  • marty (not ingram)

    Would the last person to leave Slugger please turn off the light?

  • Maura

    Change the record you dirty little provo slapper!

    Rory, you are totally out of line!!!

    Mod/Mick

    Is this the way every thread is going to go until the 28th or indeed the 7th March

  • Rory

    Chris, Mod & Mick

    The SAA allegations are nonsense and nearly got someone killed the last time they were made and found to be untrue!

    I apologise for my reference but not to her!

    The allegations she makes are off the cuff tittle tattle and only the representation of what levels the PSF will sink too!

    She wants to withdraw the nonsense now!

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    This thread is now locked.