Republican Sinn Féin President arrested

Apparently it’s “in relation to an illegal parade” in Lurgan on 23 January this year.

There are denials that the hijackings and reported shots fired in Lurgan this evening are connected to the arrests.  From the UTV report

Josephine Hayden from RSF said the government has failed on promises to phase out strip-searching at jails.

“There was a march planned for tonight to highlight the condition of prisoners in Maghabbery and Des was coming to speak at that,” Ms Hayden told UTV.

“The RUC pulled us in on Banbridge Street and arrested him because they said he attended an illegal march here in January. They need to leave him alone.

“There was an agreement to phase out strip searches, but they’ve completely and utterly reneged on that, absolutely and completely.”

Ms Hayden said the arrest is not linked to violence that has erupted close to the police station on Wednesday evening.

But, evidently, there are illegal parades, and then there are illegal parades…

Update  From today’s BBC report

The president and vice president of Republican Sinn Fein have appeared in Craigavon Magistrates Court accused of organising an illegal parade.

Des Dalton, from Atheny, County Kildare, and Fergal Moore from Monaghan, are charged with arranging and taking part in the parade.

The march was organised in support of republican prisoner Martin Corry in Lurgan in January.

Both the men were released on bail to appear again in September

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  • Cynic2

    ” the arrest is not linked to violence that has erupted ”

    ….of course not

  • AntrimObserver

    An illegal gathering, hmm…

    So, has ANYONE been charged for the ILLEGAL gathering of 100s of loyalists recently, you know the ones who went on to attack the police and nationalists homes in Short Strand?

    And if anyone is charged, will they be getting the same sentences that the Ardoyne rioters got?

    Or is ‘justice’ simply only meted out to republicans?

  • Nunoftheabove

    What’s the maximum penalty for attending/organizing an illegal parade and/or is there any meaningful case law to call on for this – does anyone know ?

  • Dearbhla

    I agree AO. Have been asking myself the same questions. Been reading the papers ever since waiting for the days and days of mugshots of rioters and….nothing. Also been asking why Marian Price had her license revoked and thrown back into jail for holding a piece of paper and these loyalists can organise a violent attack on people and property in Short Strand and walk away scot free and then get a presidential visit!! Matt Baggot says he is suportive of them losing their licenses… Hello Mr Baggott its your job to arrest them first!!!

  • Pete Baker

    Guys

    Pay attention to the detail.

    In particular the other illegal parade linked in the original post.

  • Brian

    They should lock them all up together, loyalists and republicans. Anyone who still uses violence. Let them fight to their hearts content…no strip searches needed

  • Pete Baker

    Update From today’s BBC report

    The president and vice president of Republican Sinn Fein have appeared in Craigavon Magistrates Court accused of organising an illegal parade.

    Des Dalton, from Atheny, County Kildare, and Fergal Moore from Monaghan, are charged with arranging and taking part in the parade.

    The march was organised in support of republican prisoner Martin Corry in Lurgan in January.

    Both the men were released on bail to appear again in September

  • sdelaneys

    Have a look at this, it’s good for your giggling bones.

    RSF LEADERS NOT DETAINED IN SIX COUNTIES
    Contrary to some claims the President and Vice-President of
    Republican Sinn Fein have not been detained by police in the
    Six Counties, a spokesman for the party said today.
    Joe Lynch, from Limerick, the editor of Saoirse Nua said that
    both Seamus O’Suilleabhain from Broadford, and Paddy McKenna
    from Newry remain in place working for the advancement of
    Irish Republicanism.
    Any claims that they are being detained by police are untrue,
    and we view with concern the fact that people rejected by
    the majority of RSF continue to masquerade as Republicans,
    he said.
    The fact is the majority of the organisation rejected a
    small rump of old women and hangers on and this was
    done in a formal and democratic manner according to
    the rules of Irish Republicanism.
    While two men from this discredited grouping around
    Ruairi O’Bradaigh may have been arrested, the fact is
    they are not involved in the mainstream Republican
    Sinn Fein organisation.
    O’Bradaigh and his sidekick Dalton full well knows that
    the real leadership of the entire Republican Movement has
    moved on and bypassed them. They leadership is now discredited,
    corrupt and increasingly Stalinist as it becomes irrelevant to the
    ongoing struggle for Irish freedom

  • between the bridges

    sd. cheers for that! comrade wolfie smith would be proud of that speech…

  • Toastedpuffin

    Dearbhla, the use of mugshots to identify the Ardoyne rioters was criticised by the NIPB Human Rights & Professional Standards Committee, so is perhaps unlikely to feature in future riot ID attempts

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12283066

    http://www.nipolicingboard.org.uk/index/theboard/the-committees/content-humanrightsprofstandards.htm

  • Brian

    Wait, is there more than one RSF?

    How many times can the same group split? Does it just go into eternity?

    It’s like dozens of old Socialists/Marxists/Leninists parties, none of whom would ever get more than .1% of the vote but all hated each other passionately

  • Brian

    The People’s Front of Judea

  • Cynic2

    Splitters!!!

  • bumper14

    It seems that Republicans can flout the law and have as many illegal parades ,even to the extent of having their children brandish weapons, as they like and the PSNI continue to ignore their criminality . The wanton destruction in Craigavon that has been going on for months now has resulted in practically zero arrests. Contrast this to the disgraceful treatment of the Rev Mervyn Gibson who was interviewed by the PSNI over the playing of Hymn tunes on the Lower Newtownards Road!
    When one considers the fact that after hundreds of Nationalists went on a hate filled rampage at Ardoyne causing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage, last Twelfth,injuring scores of Police and to date only about thirty have been arrested ,you could be forgiven for thinking that Republican thugs are above the law.

  • Nunoftheabove

    bumper14….notwithstanding the 2*RSF people’s arrest ?