School in Firing Line following Ministerial visit

A Primary school principal in Coleraine has claimed that his school has been the target of attacks on four occasions in recent weeks by loyalists following a visit to the controlled primary school in Coleraine by Education Minister, Catriona Ruane. John Platt, Principal of Millburn County P.S., claimed that ‘certain people’ wanted to “send a message that we can make life difficult for you” after he had invited the Sinn Fein Minister to the school. He went on to state that he expected four stolen laptops to be returned to the school in the coming days after the matter had been ‘resolved’ by local community leaders.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    After the sucessful deployment of Gardai in South Armagh this could be another one for them to hone their cross border skills.

  • PeaceandJustice

    I can understand how people would be annoyed at a member of Sinn Fein IRA coming to their school – especially as some of the families associated with the school may have lost loved ones as a result of Sinn Fein IRA death squads.

    However, it doesn’t justify any criminal actions and I trust that the situation will be resolved in the coming days.

  • ohyeahyeah

    if their loved ones were members of the british forces then they knew the rules. its hardly a reason to intimidate children, but then thats a loyalist thing, isnt it

  • PeaceandJustice

    ohyeahyeah – “if their loved ones were members of the british forces then they knew the rules.”

    What rules are those? That Sinn Fein IRA are murdering terrorist scum? What great heros – shooting people in front of their family including their children. You must be very proud. I’m sure you will have great luck in life.

  • cut the bull

    People who attack schools are sad bastards who prove by their actions that they are going no where in a hurry.

  • cut the bull

    Peace&Justice;I can understand how people would be annoyed at a member of Sinn Fein IRA coming to their school – especially as some of the families associated with the school may have lost loved ones as a result of Sinn Fein IRA death squads.

    Your understanding of this is strange as it could open up all kinds of sad possibilities.

    Imagine, if Republicans/Nationalists decided to attack buildings or premises, which may be visited by the first Minister or the Finance Minister who were both high ranking members of the Ulster Resistance movement, a paramilitary group which has never indicated any intention of even contemplating a ceasefire.

    Furthermore this group was involved in the importation of large amounts of South African weaponary which was used in multiple murders.

    This would not be justified and it would be hard to attempt to rationalise it by giving it credence by saying it would be understandable.

  • PeaceandJustice

    To ‘cut the bull’ – you can’t compare Sinn Fein IRA with Ulster Resistance. The DUP members involved in UR left the organisation due to the issue of arms. If you want to compare crude numbers, just look at how many people Sinn Fein IRA killed. The DUP talked about defending Ulster from SF IRA attacks. Sinn Fein IRA went out and murdered people.

    You obviously can’t read as I said earlier “it doesn’t justify any criminal actions and I trust that the situation will be resolved in the coming days.”

  • cut the bull

    P&J;I can read perfectly.Now dont be acting up.

    The DUP members who were and probably stillare involved with the Ulster Reistance movement can be compared to any other combatant or semi-combatant who was involved in the last thirty years of trouble/war/coflict call it what you like.

    An ex mayor of North Down was involved in a UVF protection racketand was actually given bail by a kind hearted judge, so he could attend a council meeting therefore not losing his seat on the council.

    http://www.uhb.fr/langues/Cei/chron93.htm

    The admission by the late David Irvine that DUP councillors were actually ex UVF members

    http://www.irishelection.com/08/sf-accuse-dup-of-hypocrisy-on-violence

    So come on fella give your head a shake, members of the DUP were up to their arm pits in the shite of the last thiry years.

  • cut the bull
  • Turgon

    This sort of foolish and immoral attack needs to be roundly condemned for a vareity of pretty obvious reasons.

    It is illegal, immoral and of course utterly stupid as staeling things and intimitading teachers will affect the children rather than Ms. Ruane. It is also extremely poor politics. As ever loyalist paramilitaries (I think we can presume it was them) demonstrate that they are second to none in their ability to damage the unionist cause.

    There was a way to protest against this event. It would have been to complain to the headmaster, the board of governors etc. If they had not listened it could have been brought up at the PTA meeting. Now to make an issue out of this will be seen as supporting the immoral and criminal acts of others. Yet again the loyalist paramilitaries have let down the unionist population both morally and politically. As I have said before they have never achieved anything of any merit whatsoever for unionism and have caused it much damage.

  • Pete Baker

    It’s worthwhile focussing on the detail in the linked report.. which opens with this line

    “Loyalists have been accused of burgling a state primary school four times in the past month..”

    Burgled.

    4 times. 4 laptops missing.

    That might suggest that they’ve returned each time to steal the replaced laptop.

    Other than the timing there isn’t actually anything to link it to the visit by the Education minister – anymore than, for example, the removal of flags.

    But what is of note is the reference in the report to those ubiquitous ‘community leaders’.

    “He said he expected four stolen laptops to be returned within days.

    The issue has been resolved by community leaders, he said.”

    Ah, yes. speaking to those with influence in the community..

    Or, indeed, “it was a mistake to organise a meeting without talking to people in the local community..”

    It’s what happens when you practice paramilitary politics.