A Sinn Fein mayor has been slammed for lauding an IRA terrorist convicted of killing a young mother in a firebomb attack in his own council area. Sean Bateson, mayor of the predominantly unionist Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, paid tribute to hunger striker Thomas McElwee on social media, hailing him as “brave”.McElwee, from Bellaghy in Co Londonderry, was arrested after a premature explosion in an IRA attack in 1976 which cost him the sight of one eye.When he died on hunger strike he was serving 20 years for a Ballymena incendiary bomb attack in which 26-year-old Yvonne Dunlop was burnt alive in her clothes shop.On the anniversary of his death on Sunday, Mr Bateson posted pictures of a memorial service for McElwee in Bellaghy, tweeting: “Remembering Óglach Thomas McElwee in Bellaghy on his 38th anniversary.“Oh gallant South Derry you are forever blessed. In the struggle for freedom you have given your best. There’s Hughes and there’s … [Read more...] about Sinn Fein mayor slammed for calling IRA bomber ‘brave’
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The Boris road show arrived in Belfast last week and, to much indignation, we had the contrast between the evening dinner for the DUP and, one assumes, a cup of tea and digestive for everyone else. In this festival of ironies one does wonder if the 10,000 shipyard workers following Paisley in 1974 ever thought his party would end up dismissing their successor’s appeal with a shrug and a casual reference to market forces? Even more improbably, that it would be a Sinn Féin leader, chasing a cheap headline, who would support them. There may well be a Westminster election in the near future. What will they do? FRANK HENNESSEY Democracy isn’t something Britain can take down from shelf Once upon a time in a land not too far away there lived a prime minister called Edward Heath who – because the economy was struggling – wanted to join the EU. France’s president Charles de Gaulle denied Heath as long as he could, saying that if Britain were admitted they … [Read more...] about Does Sinn Féin have the ability or desire to seriously engage?
DUP: Sinn Fein must 'face up to reality' for Stormont return BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Sinn Fein must "face up to reality" and "step away from narrow shopping lists" if Stormont is to return, a DUP MP has said. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/dup-sinn-fein-must-face-up-to-reality-for-stormont-return-38355553.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article38355542.ece/87198/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_f3c47240-f04f-434d-8d61-b46f0c3157cb_embedded2591360 Email Sinn Fein must "face up to reality" and "step away from narrow shopping lists" if Stormont is to return, a DUP MP has said. Gavin Williamson made the comments after meeting with newly-installed Secretary of State Julian Smith at Stormont on Monday. The Northern Ireland Secretary was meeting with political representatives as he gets to grips with his new role after replacing Karen Bradley last week. Speaking in Londonderry last week Mr Smith said he would "push as hard as I possible can" to ensure … [Read more...] about DUP: Sinn Fein must ‘face up to reality’ for Stormont return
Politicians need to respect voters Leanne Wood’s condescending letter in Friday’s Western Mail is a smear against the intelligence and motives of Brexit voters. My grandmother hurled a brick at Oswald Mosley when he came to Liverpool. My grandfather fought with the International Brigades. He illegally smuggled Jewish children into Liverpool when they were fleeing from the gathering storm and actions of German fascists. He served in the fire service during the Liverpool Blitz. Hitler’s bombs destroyed his dockland home and radio shop. By the age of 10 my mother had been bombed out of two homes. Post-war Liverpool was a mass of bomb sites and crumbling housing. So my grandparents, their two teenage children, two married children, spouses and we two grandchildren were squeezed into a tiny two bed terrace. Food was rationed until 1954. I’m proud of my heritage and support Brexit because of it. Self-determination; a democracy that vests sovereignty in the people and … [Read more...] about Western Mail letters: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Seamus Mallon was driving home one night in 1975 when his car radio picked up a police despatch of a shooting in a townland near the Co Armagh village of Moy. "That's Dinny's place," he thought. Arriving on the scene, his worst fears were confirmed. Lying dead in the driveway was his close friend Denis Mullen, the first Catholic to get a job with the ambulance service in Dungannon, and, like Mallon, active in the SDLP. Sitting beside Dinny's body was his three-year-old daughter in her nightdress. Mallon says it's an image that "will stay with me for as long as I live on this earth". Mullen had been murdered by loyalists, probably from the notorious Gleenane Gang. A Shared Home Place, the first book by the 82-year-old former MP, SDLP deputy leader and Deputy First Minister of the inaugural Assembly after the Belfast Agreement, is peppered with similarly dreadful memories of evil. On another occasion, he recalls two young RUC reservists, Snowdon Corkey and Ronnie Irwin, being murdered … [Read more...] about Eilis O’Hanlon: Seamus Mallon, an honest Ulsterman