Archive for the ‘Unionism’ Category
An RTÉ “This Week” Story contains dramatic warnings :
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TRANSCRIPT: Fran McNulty reports on further developments relating to the Boston College Belfast project
Why Was Billy Stobie Charged With Pat Finucane's Murder?
I should first of all disclose an interest in this story. As they say in the country where I now live, I have a dog in the fight.
Billy Stobie was a valued source of mine and not only did I harbor the loyalty towards him that journalists should always show their sources - in our case to the extent that I fought and successfully defeated a Scotland Yard subpoena seeking the notes of our conversations which were sought to buttress his criminal prosecution - but I also liked him despite his all too evident flaws.
Or what quality does this select band of states share?
Andorra, Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mali, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Mongolia, Paraguay, Sao Tome and Principe, Sweden, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Vatican City?
Here is a link to the unsurprising answer :
And Union Jack wavers wonder why they provoke ridicule :
Not seen much on British TV because this
piece was deemed a potentially anti-monarchy satire and so was not promoted too much in the UK.
The Journal.ie writer did not mention regarding the brilliant sketch “Dinner For One”: Freddy Frinton was an anti-fascist who blocked the screening of his sketch in Germany for 30 years.
And finally, Hitler comments on the Union Jack fluttering in Belfast :
By Ed Moloney and Bob Mitchell
In the wake of the de Silva report on the Pat Finucane assassination there has been a renewed interest, at least on the part of obsessives like ourselves, in the origins of British military intelligence operations in Northern Ireland. By coincidence BBC Panorama also has a documentary in the pipeline, postponed recently for some unexplained reason, on the Military Reaction Force (MRF), the prototype intelligence group established by the British Army's counter insurgency guru, General Sir Frank Kitson.
UPDATED 14.05 EST
STATEMENT BY ED MOLONEY ON THE DE SILVA REPORT - Dec 12th 2012
In his report on the murder of Pat Finucane, Sir Desmond de Silva has this to say in relation to the RUC’s role in encouraging the UDA to target the solicitor (Par 73):
"The critical issue, in my view, was to determine whether RUC officers had been involved in inciting loyalists in custody to attack Patrick Finucane.
Corrected 14.40 EST
Correction - December 27th 2012 - The Force Research Unit member we identified as Peter Charles Jones from the two photos taken of the unit was in fact a soldier called Kevin Dodds. He was/is a friend of another well known special forces soldier, Charles Pettifer, a former member of the SAS who married Tiggy Legge Bourke, friend of the late Lady Diana Spencer and nanny to her two sons.
UPDATED DECEMBER 7th
It remains to be seen just which UDA plot to kill the Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams it was that leading UK barrister Sir Desmond de Silva was referring to when he sent a message to the Louth TD this week warning him that details of the plot would be revealed in his 500-page report into the UDA's killing of Belfast solicitor, Pat Finucane which is due to be published in the coming days.
Book Launch – Ireland in the World Order, written by Maurice Coakley – Thursday September 20, 7.00pm, Teachers’ Club 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1
Invitation to a Dublin launch of a new book :
Ireland in the World Order, written by Maurice Coakley
Andy Storey will launch the book
Thursday September 20, 7.00pm, in the
Teachers’ Club 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1
Feel free to bring a friend
Ireland in the World Order examines Ireland’s development from the medieval to the modern era, comparing its unique trajectory with that of England, Scotland and Wales.
Maurice Coakley focuses on key elements that contributed to Ireland’s development, examining its bloody and violent incorporation into the British state, its refusal to embrace the Protestant Reformation and failure to industrialise in the 19th century. Coakley considers the crucial question of why Ireland’s national identity has come to rest on a mass movement for independence.
Cutting through many of the myths – imperialist and nationalist – which have obscured the real reasons for Ireland’s course of development, Ireland in the World Order provides a new perspective for students and academics of Irish history.
About The Author
Maurice Coakley lectures in the Journalism and Media Studies faculty of Griffith College, Dublin.
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Lord Ken Maginnis of Fermanagh Resigns from Ulster Unionist Party Because of a “Ladder of Bestiality”
Lord Maginnis, a former Fermanagh Unionist MP, has walked out of the Ulster Unionist Party after a row about his anti-gay prejudices. His public comments included a baffling reference to a “ladder of bestiality” – we are in the dark on whether Ken ascends or descends this stairway? Perhaps the pictorial guide will aid us all (thanks to Liam McQuaid).
http://m.midulstermail.co.uk/news/local/progress-yes-change-bernadette-devlin-mcaliskey-1-4177025 This is a very sharp interview – highly recommended.