“Due to constraints on the nature of the funding…”

The News Letter reports that Sinn Féin have been forced to change the venue for a commemoration in Enniskillen of Provisional IRA hunger striker, Bobby Sands, after their original choice [reportedly] checked the conditions of their EU funding. 

Their original choice being the Clinton Centre, which was built on the site of a Provisional IRA bomb attack on Remembrance Day 1987 in which 11 people were killed and 63 injured – a twelfth victim died after 13 years in a coma.

From the News Letter report

A spokesman for the Clinton Centre said yesterday the event would have breached funding conditions.

“We have taken advice in relation to the funding conditions and as a result are not in a position to host activity by any political party,” he said.

“We have communicated this to Sinn Fein and as a result they have rearranged the venue for their public talk this weekend.”

Yesterday, Sinn Fein assembly candidate Sean Lynch also confirmed the venue had been changed.

“Due to constraints on the nature of the funding the Clinton Centre receives from Europe, they have informed us that they are unable to host events organised by political parties,” he said.

“We have therefore relocated this event to another venue and look forward to numerous events across Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Ireland and across the globe, which will be held to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike.”

Just as well they didn’t organise that event at the, similarly funded, Ti Chulainn Culture Centre in Mullaghbawn then…

But perhaps these are the kind of things Cardinal Séan Brady had in mind when he spoke at Police Constable Ronan Kerr’s funeral today

[Cardinal] Brady said people “should not glamorise the dreadful pain and sorrow of the past“. “Parents and grandparents, I beg you: plead with your children and with your grandchildren not to get involved with violence. [added emphasis]

“Never let them be deceived by those who say that Ireland will be united or the union made more secure by war.

“They are wrong. It is an illusion. Violence has nothing, absolutely nothing, to offer except misery and destruction.”

Mixed messages, much?

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  • The Word

    Cardinal Brady’s comments and pleas are consistent with the Church’s position during the Troubles.

    Sinn Fein’s are not.

    This notion of a “peace process” is bandied about as if to mean that there is a goal other than peace at the end of it.

    Peace is the goal and the way. The way will lead to the goal. This sends out a message that the deepening of peace is the goal for all involved.

  • Rory Carr

    Let me get this straight now –

    “Peace is the way and the goal. ” O.K. Got that bit (I think)..

    “The way will lead to the goal.” So peace (the way) will lead to peace (the goal) if we follow on from your first statement. Well…O.K. but why do we need peace as a goal if we already have peace in the form of a way?

    Then we have this: “…the deepening of peace is the goal for all involved.”

    How do we go about this “deepening” business? Could we not broaden it instead? Or lengthen it maybe? How about we just make it a wee bit taller? Or fatter (or is that the same as broader)? Do we deepen the way or deepen the goal? (As a Arsenal supporter you will understand why of late I might be happy to support any move to widen the goal).

    See? I’m getting confused now. This peace business is terribly complicated altogether. I may have to refer back to P.J O’Rourke* for a clearer picture.

    *Holidays in Hell

  • Pete Baker

    Rory

    Don’t feed the trolls…

  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    re. “glamorise the dreadful pain”

    I wonder if the boul Cardinal would be too keen on this either?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12966060

  • Mark McGregor

    Of course, one might suggest the claim from the Clinton Centre is total bullshit:

    http://www.sdlp.ie/ga/index.php/newsroom_media/newsarticle/fermanagh_tourism_key_to_economic_growth/

    http://www.sdlp.ie/index.php/newsroom_media/newsarticle/economist_john_simpson_to_speak_at_enniskillen_seminar_/

    Either that or they have already broken their funding conditions, at least twice, for the SDLP?

  • Rory Carr

    Nice one, Mark. It would be good if you were able to follow this up by asking the “spokesman for the Clinton Centre” to explain this apparent breach of their funding conditions on at least two occasions in order to accomodate the SDLP.

    I, for one (and I imagine Pete Baker as well), would be keen to hear his reply.

  • Mark McGregor

    Rory,

    I couldn’t be bothered with all that.

    I’m assuming the centre came under political pressure and buckled. SF seem to have allowed that and moved on without a fight.

    The only thing really demonstrated is how easy it’ll be to find a political activity in an EU funded project if people really want to start that zero sum game.

  • The Word

    RC

    True law is right reason in agreement with Nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting… And we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or an interpreter of it. And there will not be different laws at Rome or at Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and for all times, and there will be one master and one ruler, that is God, over us all, for He is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge.

    De Republica, Cicero

    Peace means staying within the law as defined above. The law says that man should not do evil or justify evil by implying that it serves a purpose. Often the republican in believing that evil serves good is saying that we taught the unionists and the British a lesson. But to the unionists and the British the lesson that is learned is that they are in danger in going further.

    Republicans obeying the law will explain the reasons why they undertook violence and in so doing will send out the signal that not only that it failed, but that they have learned why it failed.

    Why did it fail? It failed because it was designed to exercise power, not achieve unity, and obviously so.

    So trying to draw me into an explanation of how Irish unity will be achieved sends out a signal of a lack of understanding that would make your question more humble. I can’t reward that signal because it is simply the case that the question implies a lack of faith in the law that leads to peace.

  • between the bridges

    whatever your views, i assume anyone with common sense would see, that this event in this location, would upset/offend/puzzle many …akin to al-Qaeda, holding a seminar on Omar Abdel-Rahman at ground zero..

  • Zig70

    in the beginning was word and word was with God and God said ‘You wah? Lost me again’.

  • Alf

    “The News Letter reports that Sinn Féin have been forced to change the venue for a commemoration in Enniskillen of Provisional IRA hunger striker, Bobby Sands, after their original choice checked the conditions of their EU funding.

    Their original choice being the Clinton Centre, which was built on the site of a Provisional IRA bomb attack on Remembrance Day 1987 in which 11 people were killed and 63 injured – a twelfth victim died after 13 years in a coma.”

    The Sinners really take their Unionist outreach programme seriously don’t they. Unbelievable.

  • The Word

    Danny Morrison tols us that the Republican Movement would come “to power” “in Ireland” with the ballot box in one hand and the armalite in another.

    That notion has been proven wrong. Why? Because if you were not part of that violence, with its unrelenting evil, expressing evil to absolute perfection, you would know how profoundly disturbing that ideal was.

    It was in the nature of the violence, with its apparent lack of any respect for law of man or God, that meant that the participants were aware that they were doing something that was not only usurping unionist power, but undermining the essential unity of the people.

    The Unionists have an ugly tradition but asserting that violence would beat them in some sense was to lose the point of this situation. The point is that it proves that violence pays the tidy sum of eternal unhappiness. Killing Unionists simply proves that the people doing the killing are unaware that the goal is happiness, and that has been spectacularly proven, and that there arrived a situation where two competing unhappinesses were killing to prove that they were the legitimate bearers of unhappiness.

    There’s a lot to work with in terms of getting this conflict over the line. A conceptual psychologist will hardly deny that the Marching Season is an expression of unhappiness, an unhappiness that results directly from the natural reaction to the Plantation of Ulster.

    Some will say that the conflict was God-caused and can only be resolved by divine intervention.

    Repentance deepens the peace. That cuts both ways. To unionists peace means accepting that they are not happy and seeking first happiness. To republicans it means acknowledging that the war aims were evil and that this empowered a lot of people who were unhappy to think that their unhappiness lay in the unhappiness of others. I’m mean that in the sense that they sought human suffering and in the sense that they sought to adore the unhappiness of their opponents with their claim to power.

    This is of course partly a theological argument presented by virtue of the knowledge that this conflict can only be resolved by God.

  • Pete Baker

    Mark

    From the Impartial Reporter

    Reacting, a [Clinton Centre] spokesperson told this newspaper: “A number of political parties including Sinn Fein have in the past used the Clinton Centre for a variety of events without any comments being received by the Centre. The Centre had been contacted following a news article and advised to check the conditions of funding that had been received by the Centre. We have taken advice in relation to the funding conditions and as a result are not in a position to host activity by any political party. We have communicated this to Sinn Fein and as a result they have rearranged the venue for their public talk this week,” he said.