Cui bono? Not those protesting for sure

Over a period of months a diverse group have been turning up at the gates of Magheraberry prison in support of republican prisoners.

The day after the most recent protest what was described as ‘an elaborate hoax’ bomb was found near the gaol.

The next day a similar device ‘later declared an elaborate hoax’ was found at Hydebank.

Of course this may lead to suspicions that republicans were involved in these hoaxes but given they have consistently complained of stop and searches on the way to prison protests it doesn’t seem likely anyone attending would have actually arrived with an elaborate hoax bomb.

The paramilitary force had set up checkpoints on all the roads leading to the jail and proceeded to stop and search republicans as they arrived.

If republicans don’t gain from these devices being left that could result in attempts to curtail protests at prisons, who could possibly benefit?

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  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Not THAT diverse though are they?
    Just the usual suspects.

  • Mark McGregor

    Not worth arguing about the word ‘diverse’ – it is relative.

    Easy deflection from the actual subject though – well done (again).

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    “Diverse” would be if only some of them were a bunch of losers.

  • Reader

    Mark McGregor: If republicans don’t gain from these devices being left that could result in attempts to curtail protests at prisons, who could possibly benefit?
    If Dissident Republicans understood the concept of ‘Cui Bono’ they wouldn’t *be* dissident republicans. In the absence of a strategy; attracting attention and causing bother are two of their fundamental aims.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Easy to dismiss MMGs post as a conspiracy theory too far. But I think it cannot be totally dismissed. Such things DO happen.
    And of course it would be a terrible infringement of the dissidents right to protest if it is actually true. Even if they are nutters and a waste of space. But my support for their right not to be inconvenienced has to be qualified by the knowledge that they are supportiive of inconveniencing people going about their lives in Keady, Newtownhamilton, Newry, Aughnacloy, Lurgan etc etc etc.
    Inconveniencing up to and including the murder of Constable Carroll last year.
    They might be presented as “diverse” but they are not diverse enough for even some to condemn it.

  • West Sider

    I hear a lot of those inside are chasing the rapture:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/10541488.stm

    Now what is that all about?

  • Mark McGregor

    WS,

    Do you think anything happening in Magilligan has something to do with republican prisoners in Magheraberry?

    Or are you deliberately attempting to muddy the waters on this blog?

    More dirty tricks (not even cleverly done)?

  • West Sider

    The truth will out, Mark.

    Remember those boyos caught trying to rob the bank at Twin Spires?

    They found drugs in the car.

    And what wing were they invited onto?

    I’ll leave it there.

    It’s good to know you give them the benefit of the doubt.

    You should lift the stone marked ‘dissident republicanism’ and check what’s lying beneath it.

    Maybe that would give Slugger the exclusives it craves, but never seems to attain.

  • Munsterview

    Lets all not forget here folks that explosive ingredients were purchased, prepared and viable bombs prepared by serving Gardai in Donegall. It is all there in the Judicial Enquiry into what became known as the Donegall Garda Corruption Scandal.

    The Detective Gardai concerned had in fact converted a garage into a bomb manufacturing factory!

    Gardai in collusion with their Northern Police counterparts planted the explosives which were then ‘found’. Commendations all round, promotions and of course lashings of overtime for all involved.

    We had an enquiry in the South, no charges for the unlawful manufacture of explosives etc, not even a loss of pensions for those involved down here!

    What of the Six-Counties and Police there? Any enquires arising out of the Southern Judicial findings ? Any police charged with collusion in placing explosives etc ? Was there a formal enquiry ? Were the commendations rescinded? etc, etc, etc!

    Is it beyond the bounds of possibility that serving police that co-operated with rouge police from another jurisdiction in planting viable explosive mix, without accounting for it, would have any difficulties in placing a hoax bomb ?

    I merly pose the question in the light of the facts as given !

  • Rory Carr

    West Sider’s story risks bringing that most misused of all of Marx’s sayings: “Religion is the opium of the masses” to a whole new level of misunderstanding.

  • Reader

    Munsterview: Lets all not forget here folks that explosive ingredients were purchased, prepared and viable bombs prepared by serving Gardai in Donegall. It is all there in the Judicial Enquiry into what became known as the Donegall Garda Corruption Scandal.
    And let’s not forget it was an attempted frame-up of an individual. How much sense does the current scenario make in that context? And do you really think the same people are doing the same thing 16 years later? That would be pushing their luck!

  • Republican infighting with more than a hint of ‘or else’ about it. So whats new here?

  • Munsterview

    One of the lessons that I have learned in four decades of dealing with systems or to be more specific; with the inadequacies and corruption of systems is that while personnel change, patterns of behavior remain the same.

    Corrupt and unaccountable systems shape those working within them to adapt unless these systems are changed !

    I have not heard of any fuss North of the border arising from the findings of the Donegall Garda Corruption Scandal. Nothing was changed in the South either, plenty of other Garda Commands with piles of allegations regarding corruption !

  • aquifer

    ‘Of course this may lead to suspicions that republicans were involved in these hoaxes.’

    Quite

    everybody else is getting ready to go on holiday