Take that (Mulley makes a bad call?)

As the north of Ireland’s twitterati attempt to trend #notinmyname the undisputed king of Irish social media says:

Ah yes, a hashtag on twitter, take that Omagh murderers

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  • Mac

    Who?

  • vanda

    I’m glad I don’t understand twitter.

  • Mark McGregor

    Mac,

    Damien is a pretty key figure in Irish social media circles. He would rip the arse out of anyone that made a similar disgusting remark.

    He runs/ran the Irish Blog awards, the Irish Web awards, the Irish Social Media awards and mainly sells training on how to use social media.

    I don’t think a social media specialist could have fecked up worse!

  • TAFKABO

    Hashtags are just a way of people speaking collectively on Twitter. No one suggested that speaking or commenting on Twitter was going to have any more effect on the murderers than speaking or commenting on Slugger or elsewhere. It takes a special kind of cynicism to piss all over a natural human response to express hurt and anger at a time like this.

  • vanda

    If Jimmy Carr had tweeted it would it have been funny?

  • Mark McGregor

    TAFKABO,

    ‘It takes a special kind of cynicism’

    Damien’s cynicism is special and usually top, in this instance it was inappropriately early and instinctively nasty.

  • Drumlins Rock

    Mark, you may have noticed that Mick has closed the comments on the Omagh thread as things were becoming emotional, understandable on both counts, it would be easy for many of us to say things we later regret in these circumstances.

    I hope this thread is not an attempt to sidestep Micks control, although the alternative that your biggest concern relating to this evenings news is a petty hashtag is possibly worse.

  • Mac

    “Damien is a pretty key figure in Irish social media circles. He would rip the arse out of anyone that made a similar disgusting remark.”

    It’s twitter, like all social media it’s 99% shilling and 1% guff.
    More importantly, 100% ignored and irrelevant to the fellahs that planted the bomb.
    Perhaps the fellah is just being honest, social media is primarily for selling you stuff, the rest is just speaker’s corner.

  • vanda

    Twitter is for the self-obsessed and for journalists who haven’t the talent or the wit to go find a story for themselves.

  • joeCanuck

    Well, Vanda, I’m not a twitterer although I do follow a few including Eamonn Mallie. It’s pretty good to see Peter Robinson has started; perhaps we’ll get to know him a bit better. Hope Martin McGuiness follows with some tweets.

  • vanda

    Why’s it good to see Peter Robinson twittering? Does he say anything of value or is it just yet more fodder for journos who can’t be arsed to have something to file? That’s assuming it’s PR who’s actually generating the tweets.

  • socaire

    British policeman killed in Ireland. Plus ca change?

  • Henry94

    He was an Irish policeman socaire. He was in the police service as a result of an agreement between the people of Ireland about how we will address our differences. He was serving the whole community with the support of the community.

    Condemnations will cut no ice with the people who did this of course but we must condemn anyway because the act is vile. We must also ensure we help the police to catch the murderers in any way we can and we must carry on with the normal politics people have voted for.

    #notinmyname

  • joeCanuck

    Vanda,

    As I said, perhaps we’ll get to understand our politicians a bit better. Robinson has only tweeted twice so far; give it time. Don’t be so negative right off the bat. If someone is masquerating under his name, i’m sure he’ll let us know.

  • Mick Fealty

    Henry,

    It seems to me that that’s the real political territory of this incident. I am not convinced though that the leadership of such organisations are prepared to properly engage on that ground.

    In terms of their longevity, I think that puts real limits on their political half life, even if it won’t prevent them from taking more lives.

  • Mr Crumlin

    Socaire – plus ca change? Grow up and challenge yourself to think outside your narrow viewpoint.

    As a Republican I totally and utterly condemn this killing – murdering Irishmen will not unite Ireland.

    The people of Ireland voted for a historic compromise.Those who believe they know what is best for Ireland, more than the people of Ireland, need to think long and hard about where they want to take us. For it is not into a truly united Ireland.

    I’ve said it many times when you have violence without a strategy – it is simply murder. Violence is the option of last resort – when all other routes have been exhausted.

    There is no security solution – any calls for a clampdown must be resisted. The only way the dissident groups will end their violence is through utter and total rejection by the republican community – thats what happened with the Border Campaign.

    So as a member of the Republican community – my message is loud and clear. I reject the actions of those republican groups using violence – I urge them to argue their viewpoint and explain why they think SF is wrong in a peaceful and democratic way.

    Put your viewpoint to the people of Ireland and let the people decide.

  • good blog on icedcoffee about the use of hash tags on twitter……

    http://icedcoffee.ie/2011/04/02/omagh-bomb-2011-ronan-kerr-and-twitter-hashtags/

  • socaire

    Thank you for your comment, Mr Crumlin. I did not express an opinion. One death is one too many but I find the crocodiles on this site nauseating. They say their piece and then get into the real meat of political point scoring. And Henry, all policemen in this shithole that calls itself a state/country/nation/region/province are employed and paid by the British Govt ergo are British policemen. Be they RC, Dissenter or Muslim, it has no bearing.. Time is obviously not yet right to pretend that we have moved on to a normal society where the police have no enemies but the Saturday night drunks.

  • lamhdearg

    socaire
    so everyone employed and paid by the british gov are british, a lot of british people here then, are nurse’s in the royal all british nurse’s? are they legit targets if they say help care for the police officer’s that survive the bomb’s?.

  • “When Perowne gets caught up in the backwash of the demonstration, he views the proceedings with similar disdain: Not in My Name goes past a dozen times. Its cloying self-regard suggests a bright new world of protest, with the fussy consumers of shampoos and soft drinks demanding to feel good, or nice.” – Ian McEwan

  • Henry94

    Time is obviously not yet right to pretend that we have moved on to a normal society where the police have no enemies but the Saturday night drunks.

    Their enemies are our enemies. Defying the will of the people of the island is opposite of republicanism. It’s fascism. We don’t have agreement on the constitutional position but we have overwhelming agreement on means. Nobody has to like the agreement. But if you take up arms against it you are a traitor to the people of Ireland.

    all policemen in this shithole that calls itself a state/country/nation/region/province are employed and paid by the British Govt ergo are British policemen.

    Are people who are paid by American companies Americans? No matter what you think a PSNI officer is as entitled as anyone else on the island to consider themselves Irish. You have veto on that.

    The dissident violence is not about politics. It doesn’t even have a theory on how it can achieve a unite Ireland. All it claims is that violence can prove there is no normality. The violence is its own justification. That’s not republican. It could be applied to anything. You could “show” the euro isn’t accepted by blowing up cash machines. It would be just as senseless.