Sinn Fein to announce ministers this week?

According to Suzanne Breen in the Tribune yesterday, they are most likely to be Catriona Ruane, John O’Dowd and Conor Murphy. Ringing the changes for a new generation? Murphy is the only one of those with a past significantly tied to the IRA. Interestingly, she also reports that “the Provisional IRA is considering disbanding its Army Council in an effort to secure Sinn Féin’s peace deal with the DUP”. There’s nothing apparent from the outside that would compell the IRA to make such a move. But if it were to be made before re-engagement, perhaps Devenport’s question was not so stupid after all.

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  • Henry94

    Her guess is as good as anyone’s I suppose. But she was complaining before the election that Sinn Fein wouldn’t talk to her. Now they are telling her everything?

    Pass the salt please.

  • fair_deal

    “There’s nothing apparent from the outside that would compell the IRA to make such a move.”

    1. To ensure Policing and Justice devolution happens sooner rather than later?
    2. To grab big headlines during the RoI elections and undercut a major platform of attack by other parties?

  • Ruane and Gerry Kelly will be made ministers.

  • interested

    SF just announced team.

    Gildernew in but O’Dowd out.

  • graduate

    Interesting that Guildernew is in, she’s been notable by her low profile for the last while after her gaff on radio ulster.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    The names in the Breen article are the same batch that have been doing the rounds for quite some time.
    Interesting that she had no inkling that Kelly and Gildernew were in the frame, seems republican sources aren’t what they used to be. Though when you point out just how piss poor jornalists(sic) like Breen are you are accused at playing the man.

    Note for future reference, Breen doesn’t have any republican sources and other than re-hash other journoes stories isn’t very good.

  • smcgiff

    “the Provisional IRA is considering disbanding its Army Council in an effort to secure Sinn Féin’s peace deal with the DUP”.

    To secure the peace deal? Perhaps, or just the removal of unionism last windmill.

    It would be seen as even more clever if (when) some Neanderthal does something in the name of “Republicanism”. No IRA Council – No IRA – No connection to SF.

  • Ian

    Since they’re doing a dry run of d’Hondt, wouldn’t it make more sense to see what ministries each party will end up with before deciding who to appoint as ministers? i.e. match the personalities to the ministries.

    It looks like Gerry Kelly won’t be on the Policing Board – Alex Maskey to take his place?

  • hotdogx

    Ah why does everybody have to be so negative!
    If the army council is to be disbanded its great news full stop even if there are other reasons behind the move.

    smcgiff completely agree with you, it will leave unionism with nothing to cry about! Paisley will be forced to play ball, how will the rest of the hardline DUP take this?

  • Yokel

    4 into 3 posts or is there a junior minister plan?

    Or… is Gerry the nomination for the future Justice ministry that he has no chance of getting? If anyone deserves something for the times he’s been compromised by Adam’s negotiation, its Gerry Kelly.

    Former bomber too, perfect bogeyman for some unionists.

  • Yokel

    I forgot, Marty gets DFM….oops.

  • susan

    Ian, according to the official SF statement, Alex Maskey is indeed replacing Gerry Kelly as spokesperson on Policing and Justice:

    http://www.sinnfein.ie/news/detail/18495

  • Yokel

    I bet they stick Gerry in somewhere that gets unionist all hot under the collar…oh the horror!

  • SuperSoupy

    Not only does Breen get the SF ministers wrong with her ‘sources’, she even manages to get the DUP ones wrong after they already announce them.

    Talk about piss poor.

    And this site takes her other ramblings seriously?

  • minsisters

    Radio just reporting that SF have got Education, Regional Development and Agriculture as their Departments.

    Remarkable fight-back from Gildernew who was being written off after her election gaffs.

  • mickhall

    Pat,

    If what you say about Ms Breen is true in that she has no republican sources, what does that say about SF. Are they playing the NL game in that they refuse to talk to journos who write critical articles. Surly, like it or not she is a prominent journalist in the north so would it not be better to keep her in the picture.

    It always amuses me that SF is willing to give time to hostile journos from across the Irish sea, but has a pecking order of locals.
    I realize human nature comes into play and few of us like doing a favor for someone who returns it by s h i t i n g on us, but is it the best policy if your aim is a more open society.

    Its the old empty chair dilemma.

    best regards

  • DUP: Finance, Environment, DCAL and Trade and Enterprise.

    Sinn Féin: Education, Agriculture and Regional Development.

    UUP: Health and Employment & Learning.

    SDLP: Social Development.

  • Pat and SS:

    Can we take your personal attacks on the writer and your silence on the speculation over the disbandment of the Army Council as an indication that she’s actually on to something there?

  • George

    If Sinn Féin want to get into power in the Republic one of two things have to happen:

    – The IRA Army Council steps down

    РSinn F̩in divorces itself completely from the IRA

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    mickhall,

    it matters little what she was or is briefed on, Breen has had a very hostile SF agenda for some time. Her rosy article on the Notor’s simply, because they had a go at SF, just before they filletted Devlin is still amusing to this day and damns her reporting skills far more than anything I say.

    mick,

    the personal attacks on the ability and integrity of the journalists merely highlight the fact she was wrong on the ministerial team. Given that, why lend any credence to the rest of the article? As for the speculation, as always, those in the know aren’t saying and those not in the know write for the likes of the TRibune.

  • Yokel

    George.

    Or both.

  • I BELIEVE FREDDY & PAT

    Don’t worry, Pat, no one is holding your belief that Scappaticci is not a tout against you. Well, that’s a lie.

  • SuperSoupy

    Mick,

    Personal attacks?

    I point out she has got both the SF and DUP ministers wrong despite one already being in the public domain.

    I then question her other claim as being of equal value – a rambling.

    You can take that how you want, you’ve already completely misread and misrepresented a quote from McGuinness today so I can hardly expect anything but equal spin applied to my comments here.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    ‘Don’t worry, Pat, no one is holding your belief that Scappaticci is not a tout against you. Well, that’s a lie.’

    Even though you are trolling at least have a read at the archives and get the facts right.

  • George

    Yokel,
    no, one or the other. If the IRA turns into what Paisley once called an “old boys’ association” then there would be no need for a divorce.

  • Yokel

    Depends what the establishment down there want George.

  • SS,

    There’s a correction on that other story. Still waiting for a clarification from you on your suggestion that Pete has got everything wrong. 😉

  • SuperSoupy

    Mick,

    Hyperbole. I’m sure he has got something right.

    Breen is on 2 from 3 wrong in this piece so far. To question her other claim isn’t a personal attack it’s following the form and proven inaccuracy of the body.

  • Record Keeper

    Pat McLarnon and Soupersilly

    Pat,
    You claimed that “The names in the Breen article are the same batch that have been doing the rounds for quite some time”
    This means that everyone got them wrong does it not? I mean they couldn’t have been doing the rounds and not have been in print otherwise that would mean that they were doing rounds in close Republican circles which would make tatters of you assertion that Suzanne Breen has not got republican connections or sources.

    You also added as a throw away remark “Interesting that she had no inkling that Kelly and Gildernew were in the frame” may I be so bold as to point out to you master Pat that neither had you or Supersilly because you have been warned before about not being trusted is that not right Pat, and for that record just to keep you and Soupersilly up to date one of the selections was more a last second than last minute thing, it was that close.

    Supersilly,
    “Not only does Breen get the SF ministers wrong with her ‘sources’, she even manages to get the DUP ones wrong after they already announce them”

    Really perhaps you can show us all on Slugger where the DUP announced their minister and when, now lets see the Tribune is a Sunday paper so for her to get them wrong after the DUP announced them they would have to have been in the public domain before Saturday lunchtime, tell me Supersilly what site will I find the DUP team announced on to verify your claims that the announced them before Saturday lunchtime.

    “And this site takes her other ramblings seriously?”

    Why not? everything she has written has been proved correct and extremely accurate even after Sinn Fein lies and bullsit spreading the Truth came out and verified Breens version of events.
    This all stems from Breen breaking to the world the story of the “Dissappeared” were the Provisional IRA under the leadership of Adams took women and boys away before torturing them murdering them and hiding the bodies for decades.
    After this story anyone who wanted to get ahead in Sinn Fein had to show an unquenchable thirst of hatred for Suzanne Breen is that not correct Supersilly?

    Pat,
    “those in the know aren’t saying and those not in the know write for the likes of the Tribune.”
    Wow I wasn’t aware that Pat wrote for the Tribune, because he certainly isn’t in the know.
    BTW Pat try reading the Archives and you will find where the entire SF representatives on this site denied that Stakekife even existed.

    Supersilly
    ” Breen is on 2 from 3 wrong in this piece so far.”
    A
    ccording to Suzanne Breen in the Tribune yesterday, they are most likely to be Catriona Ruane, John O’Dowd and Conor Murphy.

    The words “most likely” are a clue here for slow learners like you, that is that there is always a possibility that they won’t be chosen, now please let me know if I’m going too fast for you and your other alias Pat because we wouldn’t want to lose you AGAIN.

    Ruane will be a Minister as will Murphy so thats 2 from 3 correct not “2 from 3 wrong” as you incorrectly stated but hell when has truth ever mattered to a Sinn Fein member eh? and you will find that the last person that Breen mentioned John O’Dowd has recieved a major promotion within the party.

    So could the little Sinn Fein election workers like Pat try and stick to facts instead of SMEAR and truth instead of LIES

  • Henry94

    Record Keeper

    I don’t recall seeing a single post in your name before.

    It seems there are fewer people than ever posting under consistent usernames.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Record Keeper / troll

    Zzzzzzzzz.