“We now realise that wasn’t a brilliant idea…”

Newshound transcribes a Sunday World report on the recent removal of a ‘women in struggle’ wall mural at Rockmount Street, Belfast, and its controversial replacement – an advert for Northern Property, a Falls Road-based estate agency.  From the report

Tony Donnelly, director of Northern Property, said his office had been inundated with calls about the mural’s removal. He said it had been taken down by Sinn Féin and his company had then erected its ad separately.

“We now realise that wasn’t a brilliant idea and the old mural will be reinstated in due course,” he said. Ex-prisoners have complained about Sinn Féin’s support for some property firms.

Donnelly confirmed that Northern Property advertised in the local Sinn Féin news-sheet and the company had attended a Sinn Féin fund-raising dinner in the Europa hotel.

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  • keano10

    And no doubt there are many other small local businesses who fund the coffers of other political parties here. The DUP perhaps being the most striking example.

  • Limerick

    keano10,

    I think that you have missed the point by quite a huge margin. The image of the struggling women sat above a mural of James Connolly who apparently really didn’t like landlords very much.

    It was replaced by quote: ” A mural depicting Uncle Sam saying ‘Landlords We Need You’ was then erected in its place by a local business. ”

    Pretty hilarious no? 🙂

  • northbelfastview

    All they need now in socialist west Belfast is the reincarnation of Peter Rachman, to arrive and Connolly will be spinning in his grave.

  • HeinzGuderian

    maybe Mooch can do a few photographs ?

  • Limerick

    Heinz,

    Unfortunately he has missed the boat. It might be an idea for him to spend a bit of time mooching around in republican areas. I’m sure there are plenty of other howlers to be discovered. For someone who is looking for them.

  • HeinzGuderian

    I have hinted at that before,Limerick. Unfortunately I was met with howls of derision ?

    Ho hum,I live in hope. 😉

  • edgeoftheunion

    Oh, now I realize, Mooch is the only photographer in the village.

  • Someone did blog the picture a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was MP.

  • oracle

    Yeah apparently Sinn Fein reps on their face-book pages are ludicrously trying to claim the original mural blew off in a storm.
    Wasn’t aware Belfast felt the full force of a hurricane or a tornado recently!
    Perhaps it happened when Gerry breezed out on his way to Louth, though Breen seems to have put the wind up the Shinners enough to get it replaced.

  • northbelfastview

    Capitalism is alive and well in West Belfast. Roll up roll up Landlords wanted.

    “The slump in home ownership is reported today as a bad thing. Many Conservatives, who believe that home ownership releases what the late Shirley Letwin called “vigorous virtues”, may agree. So might Labour, which came to regret its opposition to the Thatcher policy of allowing council tenants to buy their home”.

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/7201983/the-dangers-of-home-ownership.thtml

  • RyanAdams

    I think* it was Mark who put the image up originally a couple of weeks ago.

    As for Sinn Fein and socialism, I am aware of at least one multi-millionaire within the party who sought election to public office, co-incidentally in a notorious council somewhere in the Belfast suburbs …

  • Pete Baker

    “Someone did blog the picture a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was MP.”

    “I think* it was Mark who put the image up originally a couple of weeks ago”

    Guys,

    All the relevant images are linked in the original post. Including Mark’s post on the replacement advert.

    Just click through on the provided links…

    Sheesh.

  • Cynic2

    How many Shinners (on the old Average Industrial Wage of course) are now slum landlords in the West or in North Belfast?

    How many have houses for rent on the books of this company?

    Animal Farm!

  • Mick Fealty

    Limerick, HG, edgeoftheunion,

    Classic danger of man playing tactic, you become so possessed of of your idea that you ignore reality.

    Another interminable critic of Mooch’s did see this one and threatened to report Mark for putting the photo up in the first place.

    Well at least he was trying to be consistent.

    Try following the links next time you have a criticism to make? Try clicking ‘controversial replacement’.

  • Cynic2

    “Women in struggle” – priceless.

    We need some lateral thinking here boys. Lets take a tangential approach with a new murial

    “Women in struggle …to pay the rent ……so come along to Northern Property where you can always find new a new hovel when you are evicted”

  • Cynic2

    Could it possibly be that the removal of the original political murial was a conscious decision and not merely a commercial one?

    First who owns the walland who are the Property Company paying for the right to post the murial there.

    Second, did DOE approve the use for this purpose ie was planning permission given?

    Third, could it be that some of the images on the wall were now a tad uncomfortable for some ‘leaders’ in the West of the City?

    Bin lids are so passe.

    Gibraltar? Well it was a long time ago?

    Riots? Depress property values and make the houses harder to rent out. And there’s always the danger that these days the dissers do them so much better

    A 1916 volunteer? We don’t want too many reminders of that of ‘a United Ireland in my lifetime’ guff

    http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/bob+dylan/the+times+they+are+a+changin_20021240.html

  • HeinzGuderian

    There wern’t andy links up when this was first blogged,than you very much !!!

  • Mick Fealty

    A Pete Baker post without any links? Shurely Shome Mishtake?

    No matter, you really did to do your research before you speak, and not go along with this kind of lazy man playing nonsense you all tired here. No need for apology. Just try to abide by (the spirit of) the rules in future.

  • HeinzGuderian

    If there had of been a link Mick,I would have clicked on it,no bother.

  • sonofstrongbow

    Allow me to say a word in defence of landlords in West Belfast. I have some rental property in the area, bought by my dad years ago (it’s a sort of family tradition to house the croppies, indeed I think there’s the remains of an old battering-ram in a barn somewhere).

    The houses are not slums and match properties elsewhere. They are certainly very affordable on the ‘average industrial wage’; DHSS supported or otherwise.

    Btw I don’t wear a top hat or have a moustache to twiddle.

  • Neil

    The houses are not slums and match properties elsewhere. They are certainly very affordable on the ‘average industrial wage’; DHSS supported or otherwise.

    Agreed (from someone who lives there). Surprising though it may be, us fenians are a fairly normal bunch. We don’t keep coal in the bathtub, we clean our homes and our children etc., all the usual stuff some above might associate with being a good dacent prod actually applies to us taigs too. Shocking really.

    As for any and all criticism directed at SF on this issue, I’ll agree with that too. Stupid move on their part. As for the ‘wind blew it down’ excuse – horsehit. Pretty sure I read, somewhere, that the women in struggle mural was built to be detachable from the wall and people had watched it being removed intact for storage presumably.

  • Munsterview

    Limerick : “…..Unfortunately he has missed the boat. It might be an idea for him to spend a bit of time mooching around in republican areas. I’m sure there are plenty of other howlers to be discovered. For someone who is looking for them…..”

    Limerick, how about you inviting him down to your neck of the woods to see some of the worst urban blight in these Islands ?

    Now with the North somewhat settled I am sure some readers will be nostalgic for the sight of armed response squads running around etc ?

    I am equally sure that the statue of Our Lady outside one of the ghetto churches wearing her usual black marker painted spectacles, beard and bra would appeal to the amusement of a certain mentality on this site !

    This would bring outrage if done by Orange bigots or vandals in a Catholic area in the North, yet in Limerick it is the norm with the Parish priest concerned personally forced to wash down the statue concerned two or three times a week for the last couple of years and no body gives a damm!

    Plenty for Mochin to turn a camera on down there. You extend the invite and look after the accommodation, I will look after his transport, I should be able to find a horse for him somewhere or the other !

  • Cynic2

    Neil

    I also have some experience of houses in North and West Belfast. And if you look you will see that my post is not attacking those who bring their children up in them (or don’t for that matter) but those who exploit the people who are most vulnerable and at the bottom rung of the housing ladder

  • Neil

    OK Cynic, thanks for the clarification.

  • Cynic2

    Neil

    By the way do you not keep the coal in the bathtub because the area is smokless now?

    🙂

  • Neil

    Nah dude, cleared it out a year or so back when we got the gas in. Good darts, cheap, clean and handy.

  • Cynic2

    Neil

    Ah …another example of inequality and oppression. We Prods had gas in the 19th Century!!