Allister: Ex-terrorist gets to pick judges if justice devolved…

WITH Peter Robinson hinting that a resolution to the devolution of policing and justice on the way, Mick suggested that the issue was not when powers should be handed over, but to whom. However, Jim Allister isn’t as worried about who the Justice Minister will be as he is about the powers it will bestow on the First Ministers, specifically the deputy one, to make judicial appointments. Allister writes: It has long been a republican demand to overhaul and transform our British Judiciary. Devolving policing and justice gets their hands on these levers of power, because McGuinness then would have equal say with Peter Robinson in the appointment of our Lord Chief Justice, our Lord Justices of Appeal, our Attorney General and would also acquire powers over the removal of judges. Herein is the obscenity: that one who has boasted of his IRA leadership should get to have power over our judiciary. The IRA brutally murdered several judges, now, courtesy of devolving policing and justice their leaders would get to appoint and remove them!

  • Mick Fealty

    Right. That’s that thread gone then. I’m in a conference in London, so I don’t have time to cut the appropriate material. The idiot who made unsubstantiated accusations, will be dealt with in due course. And if I get time, will re-instate the thread minus the offending remarks.

    If people want to take liberties with our good offices here on Slugger, I suggest they start their own blog and do it there.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Who, what, where and when?

  • Mick Fealty

    Busy listening to a polar explorer who blogged at the North Pole now, later…

  • fionn

    darn, i should have read faster …


    Is this the homophobic thread? This link is further evidence that most Provos are sh-t lickers. No wonder God hates Ireland.

    I also see the narco terrorists of Farc were tricked into letting soem of their long term prisoners go. has Caitriona Ruane or any of the judge killers anythibng to say on that?

  • Steve

    I think we just figured out who

  • Dave

    There is probably about a dozen ‘idiots’ wondering which one of them is the culprit, including myself.

    If ’twas me, then I’ll point out that the Deputy First Minister’s involvement in conspiracy to commit murder re Frank Hegarty is public record, and was the case for the RUC’s Operation Taurus (abandoned because, as Martin Ingram pointed out, the Deputy First Minister is a “protected species”).

    Ian Paisley had this to say about it:

    [i]“Members should know for what type of people they are proposing to bend the rules.

    One of the saddest calamities in Londonderry was the death of Frank Hegarty, who was murdered on the instructions of Mr McGuinness.

    Mr Hegarty had worked for military intelligence and knew where some of the IRA’s most important arms and explosives were hidden in the Irish Republic.

    When the Irish police raided them the army, fearing that Mr Hegarty’s cover would be blown, pushed him away to England.

    Mr McGuinness then arrived on the doorstep of Rose Hegarty and told her that he wanted to talk about her son and how he could return.

    Twice a week for 13 weeks, Mr McGuinness dropped by, the family met him and they drank tea together.

    He assured the mother, Rose, that if Frank came home, he could sort the matter out and all would be well; a firm assurance for a mother’s heart torn about her son. She persuaded her boy to come home.

    A rendezvous was arranged by Mr McGuinness. Afterwards the body was found in a roadway in Tyrone, a bullet through the head.” [/i]

    Alfredo Scappaticci had this to say about the Deputy First Minister’s involvement:

    [i]“He is ruthless. I can say this unequivocally. He has the final say on an informer, whether that person lives or dies. If it is an IRA volunteer who admits it [informing] he is court-martialled. Only two key people on the Army Council – that is, Martin McGuinness and Gerry Kelly, who acts as Adjutant General-make the decision. If he is not an IRA volunteer, it is Martin McGuinness who gives the say-so. It just needs McGuinness, he has the final say. That is 100 percent. If McGuinness is not about, [E] gives the order.

    Hegarty was an affront. He [McGuinness] took it very personally. There is something quite wrong with his head. He talks to you very quietly, very softly, but he would think nothing about putting us [the three in the car] down. He would be praying in chapel one minute, go outside and think nothing about ordering a shooting. Before Hegarty was shot I knew about it. A friend of mine was to interrogate Hegarty, but McGuinness, [A] and [F] interrogated him. McGuinness ordered his shooting.

    Hegarty came back because he was given assurances that he would be safe. You think life is sweet when those assurances come from the top man – Martin McGuinness. He gave his word of honour. McGuinness told Frank and his family he would be taken over the border to meet three prominent people in the IRA Army Council. McGuinness was part of the Army Council who first interrogated Hegarty, court-martialled him and then ordered him to be shot. Inside the IRA it was known from the moment those guns were found that Frankie was ‘going for his tea’. That was it. He was a dead man. It’s not important who pulled the trigger. McGuinness wouldn’t dirty his hands with that.” [/i]

    If ’twasn’t me, then sorry for the repeat. 😉

  • joeCanuck

    Shame on SF for getting themselves elected. What is an unreformed naysayer to do?