Canning pleads guilty on 2011 Easter Monday charges

The BBC has a report on the on-going trial of one of the three Londonderry men charged, along with Marian Price, in relation to a 32 County Sovereignty Movement Easter Monday parade in the city in 2011 – the charge is of managing a meeting in support of a proscribed organisation, the IRA.  And we have a conclusion to the judicial process for two of the accused – including Marvin Canning, the 51-year-old brother-in-law of Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness.  From the BBC report

The parade was organised by the 32-County Sovereignty Movement, and a speech was made by a masked man on behalf of the Real IRA and Oglaigh na hEireann (OnH).

The prosecution told the opening day of the Diplock, no-jury trial at Belfast Crown Court that the colour party, “attired in apparently military uniform”, had been taken to and from the cemetery in the back of a van driven by 51-year-old Marvin Canning.

Last week Canning, a brother-in-law of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, and from Galliagh Park in Derry, pleaded guilty to the same charge but walked free from court after his 10-month jail term was suspended for three years.

Pleading guilty alongside him was fellow Derry man Frank Quigley, 30, from Elmwood Road, whose nine-month jail term was also suspended for three years.

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  • Kevsterino

    Pete, I suppose your point in including the DFM’s name and title twice in this brief blurb is to make sure people are aware that Martin allows his brother-in-law to run at-large.

  • Pete Baker


    Mind-reading doesn’t work…

  • Kevsterino

    Pete, no it doesn’t. Why twice?

  • Pete Baker

    “Why twice?”

    You mean counting the longer quote from the BBC report?

    Perhaps I should just have edited that quote instead…

  • Kevsterino

    The repetition sticks out with the post being on the short side and all. It makes it look like emphasis on the family member of the one before the bar instead of the accused.

  • FDM

    Its the Pete Baker formula again…

    The campaign to smash Sinn Fein continues!

    Great post Pete.

  • Pete Baker

    “It makes it look like emphasis on the family member of the one before the bar instead of the accused.”

    You mean, instead of the one who pleaded guilty.

  • Pete Baker


    At the risk of repeating myself,

    Mind-reading doesn”t work…

  • Kevsterino

    Yes, that’s the one.

  • 6crealist

    Full disclosure of one’s family’s political links and allegiances is critical, Pete, I agree.

    Did Canning ever do any work behind the scenes on Sinn Féin websites?

  • Rory Carr

    You think this is embarrassing for the Deputy First Minister ? I once had a brother-in-law who openly supported Tottenham Hotspur (I ask ye !).

    US president, Jimmy Carter had a full brother who was a constant source of bad publicity and respected actor, James Booth had to suffer the terrible embarrassment of having disgraced politician, Tony Blair, for his son-in-law.

    There’s just no accounting for relatives.

  • Rory Carr

    Correction: James Booth should of course read Anthony Booth. Apologies.

    They are not related and so Anthony Booth should not suffer any embarrassment that James played an IRA officer in Joan Littlewood’s production of Brendan Behan’s The Hostage at the Theatre Workshop (1958) and later at the Wyndham Theatre.

  • @Rory,

    Most recent U.S. presidents have had brothers who were an embarassment–Clinton had Roger who was a cocaine addict and dealer.

    But I suspect that unlike with the McGuinnesses, the presidential brothers never had anything to do with the embarassing sidelines of their brothers.

  • Isn’t innuendo such a wonderful (political) tool. The sins not only of the fathers but more distant relatives too. We put up with too many mealy mouthed contributors.
    Yes, the DFM has admitted membership of the IRA in the past but enough time has passed that he deserves credit for his more recent contributions. Not, of course, that I am a SF supporter.