Sectarian intimidation, Limavady style

  A picture can say many words, and indeed this picture tells the story of an intimidation campaign in Limavady town against nationalists. The linked story provides more details about loyalist activities in the town, but for sheer brazen sectarian intimidation it’s hard to beat erecting a Union flag above a Sinn Fein office.

  • PaddyReilly

    I don’t think intimidation is quite the right word. They don’t look frightened to me.

  • Joe Bloggs

    Of course when a protestant farmer’s sheep are sprayed green, white and orange in Tyrone it’s ‘just a bit of craic’…..

  • To be honest I almost feel sorry for unionists in Limavady.
    Nice wee loyalist planter town developed and maintained to keep the likes of me out.
    What could possibly go wrong.
    Indeed ….Limavady Town DEA has 3 unionist and 2 nationalist seats. (64% against 36%)
    Gin and tonics all round…..
    Except for the unfortunate fact that Brenbradagh DEA has 4:1 for nationalists and Bellarena 3:2 for nationalists.
    And when all was added up last Counting Day and maybe the next Counting Day, that could well be the case again.
    So hardly intimidation.
    More like a bit of a laugh for the bully boys.
    But the last laugh is next week.

  • Chris Donnelly

    No, Joe, that was intimidation as well- plain and simple.

    Fitz
    Of course you’re right about the demographics of the wider council impacting on the elections but this sends out a message of intolerance of ‘the other’ which is anything but subtle.

  • ranger1640

    We hear so much, as to how the shinners are grown up and have confidence in their own position. However given the chance the shinners are Embarrassed by Nothing Offended by Everything. Hardly a people comfortable in their own skins, and with the disaffections to the increasingly main stream alternative IRA.

  • Chris Donnelly

    Ranger
    I’m struggling to comprehend how your post is relevant to the issue raised here.

    Perhaps this scenario will help.

    Imagine if, in a majority nationalist town, the offices of a unionist party had an Irish tricolour erected above them. Now what message would that send to you?

  • pippakin

    ” but for sheer brazen sectarian intimidation it’s hard to beat erecting a Union flag above a Sinn Fein office.”

    Unless its hanging a SF poster near the war memorial in Enniskillen.

    Looks like business as usual to me. Its time both sides grew up.

  • Gadgets sister

    Woah there…

    Rumour has it in Limavady that dissidents were involved in this by way of a tongue in cheek jab at the shinners and to embarrass on the mouth of an election. And sure why not? British Ministers administering British rule in the North and all that…

  • Wabbits

    Maybe the Shinners put it up themselves to attract a bit of a sympathy vote or to encourage the proper form of outrage that will get their voters out on polling day.

    It wouldn’t be the first time something like this has “mysteriously” happened to their candidates in the run up to an election when all through the rest of the year they aren’t touched at all. Remember O’Dowds auld jallopy that was only worth the scrap value got petrol bombed and somebody with poor vision petrol bombed the wall outside Mitchel McLaughlins house ! Both incidents at election time.

  • Cynic2

    I am amazed that those who spend so much time eulogising murderers and boasting of their great campaign that has taken them so close to unity (sic) are intimidated by one flag probably put there by drunks – or by some supporters keen to herd the green sheep into the ‘right’ electoral pen. Still, MOPEry beats murdering people.

  • Sinn Fein Colr. Anne Brolly:

    “If whoever put the flag up putside our office wants to forge an alliance or get closer to Sinn Fein we welcome that,” she said. “Of course we don’t know if that was the intention, but if it was, we welcome it.”

    Think it’s unlikely, but isn’t that a camera just on the right there? Should help you identify them and ask pose the question directly.

  • qwerty12345

    While we are talking about Fermanagh Pippakin – funny how that poster in Enniskillen got so much coverage yet the burning (by loyalists) of a Sinn fein office in lisnaskea (80% nationalist town) a while back got practically none.

  • pippakin

    qwerty12345

    No its not funny but it is typical as are the flag, the poster and the fire. As I said its time both sides grew up.

  • The Word

    Chris

    “No, Joe, that was intimidation as well- plain and simple.”

    Intimidation or interpretation?

    Little Irelanders and all that!

  • vanhelsing

    I dunno looks kinda funny to me:)

    Pippakin got it right,
    “…but for sheer brazen sectarian intimidation it’s hard to beat…hanging a SF poster near the war memorial in Enniskillen”

  • Cynic2

    qwerty12345

    Were the Loyalists arrested? Convicted?

    If not could it be the dissers? I know that wouldn’t fit the current SF meme but it seems an option?

  • sdelaneys

    Had I driven past and saw that flag on the S.F office I would have assumed it was S.F’s next step in the Peter and I saga and in showing how thoroughly loyal they have become in pursuit of ‘the process’.

  • Fraoile

    Priceless picture!!

  • vanhelsing

    Cynic2 – Were the Loyalists arrested? Convicted? If not could it be the dissers? I know that wouldn’t fit the current SF meme but it seems an option?

    Superb 🙂

  • ayeYerMa

    Recognising that the UK flag should fly in the UK and not the divisive and foreign RoI one that they used to adorn their offices with is a big step for Sinn Fein, and has made me reconsider that they really are a party of peace and not a party that simply pushes its own idealistic form of romantic jingoism. So glad to see them wanting to integrate the Irish people under the St. Patrick’s Cross, rather than their usual stirring up division and calling it “equality”.

    [Comments edited for breach of Slugger Rules.]

  • between the bridges

    seen the flag on the day and laffed, seen the green sheep on news and had a chuckle, so am I a bigot or a twisted individual that requires help….?

  • Drumlins Rock

    Maybe the first floor has a different tenant who is a unionist?

  • pippakin

    DR

    Surely not! that would be so, normal…

  • JR

    I would take this as a bit of craic to be honest. No damage done, just take it down and put the tricolor back up. I laughed when the DUP website was translated to Irish. I laugh at this.

  • ben_w

    Seems pretty harmless to me as far as “intimidation” goes. Certainly it speaks to a failure of empathy and historical perspective to say “for sheer brazen sectarian intimidation it’s hard to beat erecting a Union flag above a Sinn Fein office.” This is a rag-week style prank compared to the status quo ante.

  • DC

    A beautiful partnership.

  • AGlassOfHine

    Put there by dissers,to highlight shinner hypocrisy at administering British Rule at Stormont.
    A laugh,yes. The last laugh next week ? Not sure about that. But I am sure the shinners will continue to administer British Rule at Stormont !

  • abucs

    In the end it just means more votes this week for Sinn Fein.

  • Zachariah Tiffins Foot

    I like the flag. Much more pleasing to the eye than the tricolour option.

    What is offensive is the naming of the building after a pedophile. Now that does warrant a protest.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    surely the big camera beside the fleg would have picked something up lol.

    In fairness, no damage was done and no individual as such was targetted. For example, if they’d painted the door red, white and blue I’d be more concerned.

    Hopefully just a bit of ‘friendly banter’.

  • andnowwhat

    What is offensive is the naming of the building after a pedophile. Now that does warrant a protest.

    Zachariah Tiffins Foot

    What does the Joss Cardwell Centre have to do with this?

    RE the picture, it’s a stunt. Raised a wee smile. I’m sure the flag is lying out the back in the wheelybin

  • Zachariah Tiffins Foot

    Pedants of the world untie!

  • joeCanuck

    Hopefully just a bit of ‘friendly banter’.

    That’s it exactly, someone having a bit of a lark. I find it quite funny and don’t see intimidation.

  • That’s right, Joe. Much like a preelection stunt, which reminds me while we’re discussing limavady, Has our old pal londongreg lost his tongue. He’s the DUP security spokesman but was totally silent on the death a month ago of Ronan Kerr, and hasn’t been seen in debate since.
    Much more sinister was the attack on the canvassers in the Waterside here, from Eamon McCann’s party by a crowd of bigots in Nelson Drive. They know his party is neither nationalist or republican so the only conclusion to draw was that it was sectarian.

  • separatesix

    One union flag is not intimidation, when compared with the hundreds of republican emblems flown in the unionist populations faces, along the Ballyquin road, is this part of Sinn Fein’s idea of their “Ireland of equals”

  • separatesix

    I’m pretty sure most people on Nelson Drive are angered about this attack, people before profit is anti-sectarian after all. I dare say the residents there feel under siege and victimised by Irish republicans and that’s what lead up to the incident

  • separatesix

    Great pic! maybe Eirigi put it there to discredit Sinn Fein’s participation in the devolved institutions.

  • separatesix

    I recall Catriona Ruane years ago saying we should have all flags up, so what’s the problem?
    I think Ireland would be dull if it was all the same green and gaelic, what’s wrong with a bit of diversity.

  • separatesix

    There’s no way a unionist person put the flag up maybe roman catholic children did it, or an election stunt to discredit loyalists.

  • joeCanuck

    Sign up here for idiotic conspiracy theories, from both sides. It’s an amusing lark; nothing more.

  • Reader

    madraj55: They know his party is neither nationalist or republican so the only conclusion to draw was that it was sectarian.
    Because they knew the party was neither nationalist or republican but were sure it was Catholic?
    I think it was a bit daring for you to attempt to read the minds of the attackers. Not surprising that the only thing you found there was what you were looking for.

  • jojo

    I can tell you for a fact that this was a mixed religion group that was attacked

  • Stu DeNimm

    Intimidation? Cheeses, it isn’t a Molotov Cocktail, it’s piece of damned cloth with the wrong symbols on it. It ought to to stay up for a while in respect for the audacity of whoever put it there.

    And, I will raise a glass tonight in honor of the patriotic sheep of Tyrone.

  • CharlieMcCarthy29

    …the audacity of whoever put it there…

    Yes, quite daring and funny.