Meet the new boss/securocrats?

Off the record briefings are a feature of political life here and elsewhere, so éirígí complaining over being victim of one is nothing new. Sinn Féin redefined a word to describe British state forces involved in giving such direction to the media – ‘securocrats‘. However, while SF previously bemoaned nameless and/or unaccountable sources giving briefings against them it seems the finger is being pointed firmly back at them over similar tactics. Mick previously noted SF were briefing against ‘dissident’ journalists they felt weren’t towing the line. Now Tony Catney of the Republican Network for Unity has claimed SF are stating he is a leading member of the RIRA and says this has been confirmed by journalists – a claim he absolutely refutes. Similarly Rab Jackson of éirígí has raised SF making unsupported claims that his group was involved in the riots at Ardoyne – again something absolutely refuted by that group. Also, an Ardoyne man, a member of CFAD, arrested, then released, in front of an invited media audience claimed as he was dragged from his home that his arrest was due to allegations from senior members of SF. These issues are also addressed by Anthony McIntyre over on the Pensive Quill.

So have SF fully adopted the ‘securocrat’ tactics they previously raged against?

  • dunreavynomore

    Mark,
    I for one truly believe that S.F. are the new ‘securocrats’ and have witnessed their activities throughout sth Armagh ranging from whispering campaigns about a number of people to setting thugs on others to abusing their positions on policing boards. Incidentally,. very recently one of their ‘heroes of the struggle’ hit a man suffering from cancer and almost blind .He regretted it quickly, though, when he was smartly thumped himself by a bystander who in common with many felt that enough is enough.

  • Anonymous

    http://archive.wbai.org/ – see Radio Free Eireann, Sat 18 July, 1.00 pm especially from 07:00 onwards. Brilliant stuff, includes an interview with Tony Catney.

  • Unbelievable

    Proof? Since when do republicans, of any shade, believe what the Sunday papers say?!

  • joeCanuck

    towing toeing the line

  • aquifer

    Propaganda has to be persistent to be successful. It never had to be true for everyone.

  • cynic

    Mark

    Shock….horror ….if you think that the Shinners have only now adopted these tactics, where have you been for the last 20 years?

  • ranger1640

    Well, well, well it seems now that Sinn Fein/IRA have come in form the cold and are now part of the the British establishment in Northern Ireland. They find the restrictions on dealing with so called dissidents within their electorate base is difficult to put down. Oh how times have changed.

    Because the armed wing of the Sinners can’t go out and remove these dissidents they are finding this festering score is starting to infect places the sinners can’t scratch. If the sinners are so right in their politics, why so you worry about these micro groupings (there words).

  • “Meet the new boss/securocrats”

    It seems the securocrat pool is likely to get larger:

    “The significance of a common EU and US security area is that it is preconditioned on an internal security agenda, moreover one that is realised at the European level and has already sparked a bidding war for who can get the most information on the movements of Europe’s citizens.

    “By 2014 the European Union should make up its mind with regard to the political objective to realise a Euro-Atlantic area of cooperation in the field of freedom, security and justice with the United States. Furthermore, it deems that Home Affairs issues should be linked with the Union’s external relations in the political as well as technical dimensions; this is a major challenge for the internal security of the European area,” says the report.” source

  • Comrade Stalin

    If the sinners are so right in their politics, why so you worry about these micro groupings (there words).

    It might be something to do with the micro groupings attempting to kill civilians, or worse, attempting to goad the loyalists into kicking this whole thing off again.

  • I agree with Mark, Shock….horror! My experiences with Sinn Fein is minor compared to others but it just goes to show how far they’ll go to stop people critising them. Examples: During the West Belfast Festival, 2002 my exhibition was removed from the main entrance of St. Mary’s College, Falls Rd because two cartoons showed Sinn Fein in a bad light. I then had the same two cartoons stolen from an exhibition in Conway Mill, Falls Rd the following month. (This was the first time in the history of Conway Mill that this ever happened to an artist!) And after five weeks as the resident cartoonist for the Daily Ireland I resigned voluntarily because negative Sinn Fein cartoons were unacceptable to management. I could go on but I’ll leave it for another day.
    http://kennedycartoons.com

  • just asking.

    JCC

    Are you anti SF because they refused your cartoons? Maybe they were simply no good, and were rejected?

    Does your politics rest on whether or not your cartoons are acceptable for publication?

    *incredible!*

  • Tut Tut JCC! If I was anti-Sinn Fein all my cartoons would relate to them. As for not getting published why don’t you check out my website and see for yourself. Isn’t impartiality ‘incredible!’

    http://kennedycartoons.com

  • just asking

    If I was anti-Sinn Fein all my cartoons would relate to them.

    Yes but, I resigned voluntarily because negative Sinn Fein cartoons were unacceptable to management. is about negative sf cartoons being unacceptable, not the others.

    My experiences with Sinn Fein is minor compared to others but it just goes to show how far they’ll go to stop people critising them

    That doesn’t sound like you are pro SF.

    And after five weeks as the resident cartoonist for the Daily Ireland I resigned voluntarily because negative Sinn Fein cartoons were unacceptable to management. I could go on but I’ll leave it for another day.

    Five weeks? Thats an awful lot of experience. Didn’t you iron out what was acceptable and what was not before you took the job?

    Are you not saying that others (like TC) have had bad experiences of SF, and that you too, since they rejected your cartoons have had a bad experience, due to them not publishing your stuff, and some thief nicking your wares?

    It’s hardly the same thing.

    I remember buying a T shirt from the SF shop on the FAlls Rd, and the dye run, so I know how you are feeling.

    Your axe grinding is muddying the waters of a legitimate complaint .

  • knoxer

    Which paper do you supply your cartoons for now,JKC?

  • cynic

    Lesse majesty is a terrible crime ….but at least tehse days it isnt a capital offence any more. Now they just try and kill your career

  • Five weeks? That’s an awful lot of experience. Didn’t you iron out what was acceptable and what was not before you took the job?

    I would have been stupid not too and the experience comes well before the Daily Ireland! The written agreement with the editor was to do the story of the day. There was nothing in the small print to suggest that any single party was exempt from criticism. As for some thief nicking my wares, it was very clear to me who was responsible. One hour before the launch of Conway Mills 20th Anniversary celebrations a delegation of political representatives from West Belfast (not the SDLP) visited the complex and I was told by a very reliable source that they weren’t happy with the two cartoons on show, again! 15 minutes before the launch the cartoons disappeared. Obviously I can’t prove anything but anyone with a bit of sense will know why and who did it.

    Knoxer, for the past three years I’ve been working for the Irish Herald in San Francisco and the odd media outlet in between.

    http://kennedycartoons.com

  • just asking

    The written agreement with the editor was to do the story of the day. There was nothing in the small print to suggest that any single party was exempt from criticism.

    Then why did you not seek a legal soloution? If they were in breach of their contract, and you simply walked away?

    it was very clear to me who was responsible. One hour before the launch of Conway Mills 20th Anniversary celebrations a delegation of political representatives from West Belfast (not the SDLP) visited the complex and I was told by a very reliable source that they weren’t happy with the two cartoons on show, again! 15 minutes before the launch the cartoons disappeared. Obviously I can’t prove anything but anyone with a bit of sense will know why and who did it.

    Sounds like a plausable theory, did they issue a fatwa? These two cartoons which you say shinner high command didn’t like went walkabout before the launch? No back up copies? I can see how the high command would look down their noses, and speak over their shoulder to a minion, ‘get rid of those two cartoons or else’, and they simply disappeared up the back of the SF functionary shirt, and who then backed out of the building, walking backwards so as not to draw attention to the hump on thier back.

    Knoxer, for the past three years I’ve been working for the Irish Herald in San Francisco and the odd media outlet in between.

    So it didn’t damage your career then?

    People in employment situations have all sorts of situations John, most of us find our way through, but a bad experience with an employer and two of your cartoons vanishing is hardly evidence that SF are tyrants or thieves.

  • Anonymous

    “just asking” = “Brownie”?

    Now Gerry, instead of trading petty insults shouldn’t you be focusing on saving your party from annihilation in the 26?

    Michael, keep the flag flying for Strabane and keep up the great work.

  • ‘Just asking = Brownie’….that explains it. End of discussion!

  • just asking

    Just asking = Brownie’….that explains it. End of discussion!

    Brown stuff John from you.

  • Charles Schultz

    John Kennedy (Cartoonist, no less- to give him his full moniker) appears to be full of ‘I could have been a contender’ self-pity, blaming the Shinners on his declining ‘career’.

    ‘It was all downhill after the Daily Ireland’-which says it all really…..

  • says it all

    No Paul Quinn = Sinn Fein IRA says it all.

  • Rory Carr

    Let us please look at the reality here. The one person who is being most seriously traduced in this whole affair is Gerry Kelly who, on the basis of third party hearsay via the ever reliable embitterment of Anthony McIntyre, has been accused of ‘felon setting’ which as Mick Hall, the utopian socialist, happy as ever to jump into join any criticism of Sinn Féin regardless of its merits, has at least correctly identified as a badge of great shame in Republican circles.

    That the Chinese whispers against Gerry Kelly set upon the air by McIntyre should now be wafted on a little further by Mark McGregor is the real issue here.

    The current miseries of eirigí and “Real” and “Continuity” IRA members and supporters are of their own making as are the miseries they inflict and intend to continue to inflict upon the rest of the hapless citizens of Ireland for whom clearly they have no regard whatsoever.

  • I’m still here Mr. Schultz, the Daily Ireland isn’t! – The End

    http://kennedycartoons.com

  • Mr Schultz

    ‘I’m still here Mr. Schultz, the Daily Ireland isn’t! – The End’

    Yeah, you’re a legend in your own lunchtime, John.

  • IRIA

    Being a member of Eirigi seems like convenient cover for militant dissidents. I assume security sources are investigating who else “recently left” Eirigi?

  • RepublicanStones

    Seems like the Shinners are happy to play the Marshal Pétain role.

    (P.S Getting namechecked in the Sunday Times now Mark….ooooohhhhh !)