Photo of the day – “Graffiti on the walls…”

Mairia Cahill

Mairia Cahill visits recently painted (and hastily removed) graffiti in West Belfast.

Photo by Malachi O’Doherty

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  • mickyg7

    She hasn’t gone away you know

  • kalista63

    That’s a blog?

  • kalista63

    Firemen, you posted a blog on this site and the facts were pulled apart. Why didn’t you respond to the criticism and correction?

  • Cue Bono

    They are now writing on walls what they have been writing on the internet for weeks.

  • kalista63

    Are you going to tell us the source of this phrase, Firemen?

  • Dazzer Fury

    Yawn so boring beating a dead horse with a stick every week..

  • Cue Bono

    And people wonder why Sinners are held in such low esteem.

  • kalista63

    Has Mairia any issue with THE FACT that her new friend, Jim Allister, wouldn’t throw convicted multiple child rapist David Tweed out of his party but chose to let his party membership merely lapse?

    Yes, that’s whataboutery but it’s perspective and highlights her opportunity and hypocrisy.

  • Cue Bono

    Her hypocrisy? Is it a prerequisite for drone school that you have absolutely zero self awareness?

  • kalista63

    Is drone the new loyalist hasbara word?

  • kalista63

    What’s so offensive about the graffiti?

  • Cue Bono

    I wouldn’t have to explain that to anyone with any semblance of decency in them.

  • Jag

    I think Mairia Cahill now bores anyone who hasn’t a specific linked interest to the Republican movement’s treatment of criminality and abuse. She told her story, it was chopped up and analysed to death in the media and southern political circles. Frankly, it ran out of steam within a month, with no new angles emerging to sustain the story.

    I occasionally look in on Mairia’s twitter account which was adding followers at a rate of around 300 a day when the story broke on Spotlight. She’s now adding maybe two or three a day, and her twitter feed appears to have deteriorated to retweeting any old criticism of Sinn Fein. As a media product, she now bores me too.

  • Thomas Girvan

    That is so pathetic, it is barely worthy of a response.

  • Morpheus

    It is evident that the tragic case of MC has now been wrung dry of all political capital and I feel incredibly sorry for her and her family. I hope those who championed her case, including all those politicians who stood for the photo-ops and those who ignored equally tragic stories, don’t just walk away now when she needs support the most.

  • Zeno1

    That says more about the type of person you are than it does about the victim.
    Lack of empathy is one of the most striking features of people with a personality disorder. Even some animals have the ability to show empathy.

  • Zeno1

    If taunting the victim of a child abuser is OK by you, you have a problem.

  • Jag

    As a media product, she bores most people at this stage, though if Keir Starmer’s review throws up anything or if one of those alleged abusers turns out to have re-offended, then the story may grow legs again .

    Personal empathy is a different thing altogether, but I don’t know the woman personally and after her story disappears from the headlines, her plight becomes a drop in the ocean of human misery. I suppose it will remain a stick with which to hit the Shinners, but the opinion polls would suggest that stick is ever decreasing in size.

  • Zeno1

    “As a media product, she bores most people at this stage,”

    Now we are normalising our behaviour. “Everyone does it, it’s OK.”

    Republicans are ashamed of the people who wrote this. That is why it was removed. You can also assume they would be equally ashamed of people championing it on-line. Try thinking before you leap to the defence of SF. some times it does more damage than good and you will not be thanked for making all their supporters look like morons.

  • Jag

    Isn’t Mairia now living in Dublin? So, if the graffiti was removed “hastily”, Mairia must have gotten her skates on pretty sharpish to make it up north for the photo-op above. The graffiti is a bit tasteless, because it could be interpeted as meaning Mairia’s plight is of no interest or what she had to say wasn’t important, but the sentiment does, I believe, reflect majority opinion of Mairia as a media product.

  • Zeno1

    It was removed because it was an embarrassment to the Republican movement and their supporters.
    That part is taking a while to sink in with you. No surprise there.

  • Tacapall

    Your jumping in there with both feet Zeno assuming it was republicans who removed it, is that area not where the Cahill family live ? Im all for championing travesties of justice and exposing hypocrisy but while you can flog to death this particular tragedy yet ignore this it kinda tells its own story –

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11306575/Five-Westminster-paedophile-rings-probed-by-Scotland-Yard.html

  • Zeno1

    If the republican movement approved trolling Ms Cahill using graffiti , the gable walls of West Belfast would be covered in it.
    It embarrasses them as it would embarrass any normal human.

  • Tacapall

    Well other equally disturbing cases of rape and murder covered up by powerful people in government seemingly isn’t embarrassing to the likes of Firemen and Slugger so once again Zeno, have you any actual proof other than your own assumption republicans removed the graffiti about Mairia Cahill ?

  • Zeno1

    “but while you can flog to death this particular tragedy yet ignore this it kinda tells its own story -”

    That is pathetic. Have we reached the bottom of the barrel so soon?

  • kalista63

    I’d have thought republicans removing the graffiti would have been a positive thing.

  • Sp12

    Mairia Cahill, the Tim Parry of rape victims.

  • Zeno1

    Do you mean there is a link between the 12 year old child murdered by the IRA and an IRA sex abuse victim?

  • Sp12

    Yes, the fact that you immediately know who I’m talking about. But for example if I was to say ‘Louise o’Keefe the Stephen McConomy of rape victims’ i dare say 99% of people who have to go off to google.

  • Zeno1

    I don’t think anyone can be expected to know all rape or murder victims. If there was graffiti saying either of those two victims were “boring” I would be condemning the trolls on that as well.

  • Sp12

    Well no, not every victim. But perhaps a woman who proved in court that she was sexually abused and then went on to take the Irish State to the ECHR and successfully had the state found guilty for failing to prevent her abuse and that of hundreds of others. Louise waited months for a meeting with Enda following her public request for one, unlike Mairia who had a face to face within a few days of the spotlight programme.
    Mairia should go back to court, lay out her evidence, and if found guilty, her abuser should be punished.

    If Cameron met an alleged victim of Cyril Smith within a few days of him or her making claims and at the same time kept proven victims of a Conservative politician waiting months for a meeting then people would justifiably ask if he actually cared about child abuse or if he just wanted to score political points.

    The whole sorry episode demonstrates one thing quite clearly, that abused women and children have been arranged into a hierarchy depending on their usefulness to politicians. But perhaps the Firemen and Unionists will prove me wrong by publishing a few interviews and promising to bring up the issue of the women who claimed to have been abused in East Belfast children’s homes by soldiers homes in the ongoing political negotiations.
    There’s a local female MP who seems to be doing her best to bring this issue to the fore, but for some reason no one in the media or the political class cares.

  • Thomas Girvan

    So, are you supporting her or not?

  • Jag

    That was always the concern Morheus, that fair weather politicians and media would sidle up to Mairia to exploit her plight for their own political and editorial or commercial ends. Three months after the story broke (and unless some new angle emerges), the politicians have indeed wrung it dry and will no doubt refer to it in future, but if you believe the opinion polls, overall it has had no effect on the SFers (that’s difficult to conclude of course because SF doesn’t act in a vacuum and their competitors are slipping on banana skins all over the place).

    It’s to be hoped when the fair weather crowd has withdrawn, that Mairia does have people around her whose concern is for Mairia.

  • Cue Bono

    Again this is why republicans are held in such low esteem. The girl was allegedly raped by a Provo Godfather and was then forced to sit through a mock trial with her alleged rapist who got away Scot free. To normal people the story would be about feeling deep pity for the victim, hoping that she will get justice and feeling nothing but abhorrence for the political figures who let her down, and who are now slyly attacking her.

    For republicans though its all about the opinion polls. What sort of brutalised mindset leads people to behave like that?

  • Cue Bono

    Your issue is that Mairia Cahill and Tim Parry got too much media attention. Disgusting.

  • Sp12

    No, that’s clearly not my issue, but by all means keep that anger flowing, it’s a trusted calorie burner apparently.

  • Cue Bono

    It clearly is your issue. They rate too highly on the ‘hierarchy’ for your liking.

  • Sp12

    Loyalist debating 101.
    Deliberately misunderstand, then get angry, then sign off with a word that displays your anger. Preferably one starting with the letter D.

    Disgusting!
    Disgrace!
    Despicable!
    Discombobulating!

  • Cue Bono

    Dickhead.

  • Zeno1

    The whole sorry episode demonstrates one thing quite clearly, that abused women and children have been arranged into a hierarchy”

    Well SP12 obviously a person such as yourself would do no such a thing, so you support Ms Cahill……… right?

  • Sp12

    Yes, I support her, she is after all an alleged victim of rape. I hope she finds the strength to go to back to court and if found guilty her alleged attacker should be sent away for a long time. She deserves the same support as any alleged victim.