Action on Hall attacks

The NIO has announced proposals to change compensation laws in Northern Ireland to make it easier for community halls that are attacked to gain compensation. The Orange Order in particular has been campaigning for this change for six years and it was part of the DUP demand list. However, the scheme will benefit the full range of community halls. UPDATE The UUP’s Tom Elliott wants the proposals to go further.

  • halls

    Well thats not strictly true Fair deal, the scheme will not cover halls that are used in connection with sport or that have a commercial usage.

    ie. most GAA halls will not be covered plus any orange halls that have a bar will also not be included.

  • fair_deal

    halls

    It was a reference to make clear it was not solely for Orange halls but the full range of community halls (community halls as defined by rates relief).

  • joeCanuck

    This is a fair and good proposal.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    [i]Last year, however, there were 27 arson attacks on Orange halls and there have been three such attacks in 2008.

    Secretary of State Shaun Woodward said, “While they are viewed as sectarian in nature, this can generally not be proved.”[/i]

    So how do you prove something is sectarian then?

  • Delta Omega

    UMH – Apparently the Chief Constable needs to issue a letter stating that 3 or more persons were involved.

    I think this is a useful proposal but has the potential to be abused. Let’s just see how many halls (from both sides of the community) which are in need of repair, suddenly get burnt out in “sectarian” struggles.

  • Steve

    Wasnt atleast one of those halls vandalised byt a prod from the local?

  • RepublicanStones

    Call me cynical, but i’ve a funny feeling this proposal might increase such attacks……i wonder why????

  • RS are you implying that Orangemen are burning down their own halls?

  • truth and justice

    It would seem the DUP have delivered again, sounds like sour grapes from Tom Elliot

  • RepublicanStones

    Chekhov, never never never !

  • Are Orange halls a community resource? How many of them host Irish dancing, Irish language classes, GAA talks? If they do not support those things, they should not be subsidised. Lig sinn isteach.

  • darth rumsfeld

    Firstly we should note that this only applies to halls which are used by the wider community and have received rates reductions accordingly. This amounts to well under one quarter.

    Pity that malevolent little leprechaun Barry McElduff couldn’t wait for the facts before ranting about it being a blatantly sectarian measure. But as Steve’s post above shows, facts don’t need to get in the way of prejudice.

  • Dewi

    Darth – are you really at one with this stuff? Rejectionism surely don’t mean tolerating a abject sectarian (boring) body. Can’t you just argue the politics?

  • darth rumsfeld

    “Are Orange halls a community resource? How many of them host Irish dancing, Irish language classes, GAA talks? If they do not support those things, they should not be subsidised. Lig sinn isteach”

    Yes they are a community resource . They have held the following cross-community events in the past year-(list not exhaustive)

    Irish dancing (sorry to shoot down your baby point in flames)
    Scottish dancing
    Creches
    Poetry and creative writing classes
    Keep fit and yoga
    musical concerts-gospel and secular
    plays
    olde tyme dances
    badminton
    bowls

    They don’t hold “GAA talks”, whatever they are, because I suspect the GAA kight have their own premises for same. If these are having to listen to the thoughts of Joe Brolly, I rather think it’s rather humane of us not inflicting such talks on people

    Aw diddums, did I spoil your wee prejudiced point?
    Come back on slugger anytime, just make sure you actually know what you’re talking about