“they tarnish the name of Irish republicanism”

A representative of the self-declared Direct Action Concerned Families Against Drugs (CFAD) popped up on Talk Back today, praising their own “radical direct action”, and contesting Gerry Adams comments on Good Morning Ulster linking dissenting republican groups with “the drugs trade”. Those comments related to the weekend briefings by anonymous sources – either “senior figures within the mainstream republican movement” and/or, according to the BBC, Sinn Féin. Well, with the community “up in arms” about the level of crime, and now that “volunteers patrolling” isn’t as effective as it might once have been.. Not that there’s an ongoing “bid to exert control in nationalist areas in particular..” According to Brian Rowan in the Belfast Telegraph.

There is also a wider purpose to the Adams intervention and to the weekend briefing. It is the community being told from the very top of the Republican Movement that it is okay to talk to the police about this — that it is okay to provide information. The message is that this is not touting, or informing or any betrayal of republicanism.

Except that it’s couched within another message – that the “dissident” groups “are not about furthering the republican goals.”

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  • Kensei

    Except that it’s couched within another message – that the “dissident” groups “are not about furthering the republican goals.”

    And? Politicians engage in politicking and try to protect from attacks to their right.

    Shock! Horror! Scandal!

  • Dec

    Except that it’s couched within another message – that the “dissident” groups “are not about furthering the republican goals.”

    To quote yourself: “I wouldn’t worry too much about it.”

  • cut the bull

    Is it not a case of politicains blaming commuunity for creating the juice it may be stewing in due to a lack of information being fed to the RUC/PSNI which the people do not seem to be up to the job of civil policing.
    Maybe this is proof that SF jumped too early in relation to supporting the RUC/PSNI and the Criminal justice system as both seem unable to deliver any thing (see front page thursdays Andytown news) while SF seems unable to hold either the RUC/PSNI or the PPS to account, Its also a good time to shift peoples thoughts away from failure in the Irish Language Act, Sports stadium and even P&J;.

  • cut the bull

    sorry for the mistake should have read

    Is it not a case of politicains blaming commuunity for creating the juice it may be stewing in due to a lack of information being fed to the RUC/PSNI which the people of working class republican communities do not believe seem to be up to the job of civil policing.

  • Jimmy

    I smell a Rat of the provisional Republican kind here. It seems Provisional SF would like to dish the dirt on the dissidents as they have seen thier communities gone to the dogs due to the fact that they (PSF) in Government have achieved nothing for thier communities and nothing in policing and justice.

    Is thier any truth in the allegations that the dissidents are taking a cut? Is it pure propoganda and spin? PSF have been rumbled on many ocassions after all.

    BTW it was common knowledge that the Provos were getting up to 1 million punts of the Dublin drug syndicates during the troubles. Then again selective memory loss is a conveniant characteristic of the PSF leadership anyway.

  • Earnan

    Are drugs that big of a problem??

    Or is it just an issue brought up to score political points?

  • cut the bull

    The failure of community based political leadership, and bullshit from politicains that they are actually holding an unaccountable police force and criminal justice system accountable are the main problems.

  • cut the bull

    sorry again

    The ABSENCE of community based political leadership, and bullshit from politicains that they are actually holding an unaccountable police force and criminal justice system accountable are the main problems.

  • cynic

    Nice to see that SF are so behind this initiative that they haven’t even carried the story on their website.

    So what is going on here. Am I just suspicious that this comes out on the same day (and just before) the Education Minister’s seismic announcement that she’s issuing ‘guidlines’ (that schools don’t have to follow) and is, in effect admitting defeat and slinking away leaving post primary selection in chaos?

    A little bit of news management?