Butchers Apron for Sheskburn House Ballycastle

 

 Unionism in all its forms, in Coleraine are set to propose flying the union flag on some buildings 365 days of the year. Included in the proposal is the desire to fly a flag from Sheskburn House in Ballycastle, riding rough shot over a 42 year policy of ‘no flags’ while Nationalist/Republicans held the majority. 

With this motion Unionism confirms that it is the most pathetic of all political nostalgias. While governance should be for the more enlightened, local government is full or ‘corner boys’ who only know bigotry before economic development or the enhancement of life-chances.  

In Unionism’s moral contentment, they enjoy an ease of conscience and the oafishness of a thug which together allows them to jack boot decisions to hurt others. To fly a flag in Ballycastle, a seat of governance that chose to fly no flags while it held a Nationalist/Republican majority for 42 years, will cause considerable hurt and pain to those who continued to put community relations first in the former District of Moyle.

As residents begin to learn of this proposal the anger and resentment is palpable here. But residents are also aware and take comfort in the fact that political Unionism aspires to nothing beyond the momentary consolations that this type of bigotry can offer. 

It is a matter of insecurity attached to an identity crisis, the bastardy offspring of the Empire, as a Freudian interpration may have observed of the child (Ulster Unionism) longing for the family (Britain) who had already rejected it and become embarrassed by its every word and deed……… It’s now time to laugh at the bastard.

My efforts will remain focussed on realising the potential of both on and offshore renewables and enhancing the tourism product to increase financial growth and job creation, Coupled with support for small indigenous businesses. 

I will also be working with others in the chamber to oppose this open display of hostility to the minority community in the Causeway Coast and Glens.

Tiochfaidh ár lá 

PSNI Handling UDA In North Antrim & Coleraine

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image1The PSNI, when challenged by the Irish News last week, refused to confirm or deny UDA involvement in two shootings in North Antrim the previous week after I informed the paper who was behind the attacks. They also refused to confirm UDA involvement to the Irish News regarding the murder of Brian McIlhagga who was viciously beaten and shot by the UDA in Ballymoney.Flag_of_the_Ulster_Defence_Association.svg 6a00d8341c500653ef00e54f30e5248834-800wiInstead they pre-empted the publication of the story by the Irish News, releasing their own statement on Wednesday evening claiming they suspected UDA involvement in the attacks. The PR stunt by the PSNI was to stave off accusations of collusion with senior members of the Security Services and the UDA.

Brian McIlhagga had his name attacked even in death. Suggestions of a drug dispute after PSNI briefed a beneficial and sympathetic publication on Sunday was to have the public conclude, sure its only a drug dealer. But the facts; Mr. McIlhagga stood up to support a female after abuse, insults etc were directed at her by a local UDA thug in Ballymoney. _80088972_brianmcillhaggaFor his actions, McIlhagga was beaten and shot. It was believed the beating was so severe it was that rather than the shooting which ended his life.

Many of you have asked me to publish the article that appeared in this weeks Irish News. Included is the opinion of the Irish News themselves. Click on the images for greater size and quality! I make the claim on the basis of the number of attacks carried out by the UDA, number of arrests, number of charges & number of convictions of UDA – NONE. I make the claim on the basis of information being passed to me by a source close to the heart of the UDA ( that information has proved accurate to a T) and I also make the claim as rank and file members of the PSNI locally, when challenged, say they are not allowed to intervene in certain types of crime committed by the UDA.

If we are serious about smashing the UDA murder gangs operating in North Antrim and Coleraine, it is essential we expose the links that sustain them.

The Irish News Opinion on North Antrim UDA

The Irish News Opinion on North Antrim UDA

Causeway Coast & Glens Council Introduction

SIGN OF THE TIMES
SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE ADMINISTERED FROM SHESKBURN HOUSE

IMG_9671So today the Causeway Coast & Glens Council (No puns about April fools) has arrived. Just something for those who are unsure, and feel free to ask any questions;
The gentlemen working at the council yard will continue to do so. Bins will be collected as per rota with no changes for the foreseeable future. Sheskburn House will continue as before with all the frontline services run from that facility continuing. If its births, deaths or indeed if anyone wants to get married, civil or otherwise, we can arrange that for you. downloadQuestions about any range of things will still be answered upon request by facebook pm, or emailing; mcshaneshar@aol.com or ringing 07828112129. Alternatively you can contact your local frontline service at Sheskburn. 02820762225.
I look forward to fully representing the people of Cushendall, Cushendun, Glenariff, Armoy, Loughgiel for the first time and of course, Ballintoy Ballycastle & Rathlin.
You will now have my attention for the next four years.

With a nod to today’s nonsense; Should any other nefarious attempts to dissuade me from my political path arise, I will of course overcome them and continue.

CC&G Council – Tiocfaidh ár lá

Cavlan – Principled Republican During A Lifetime of Struggle

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Today the wider Republican family, and in particular the people of Loughgiel lose one of the best. Anita Cavlan​ a principled and partisan free Irelander has retired from local government. First elected to Dungannon Council in 1985 she endured both physical and mental abuse from Unionist colleagues with attacks carried out on her as the Irish Republican Army progressed the war. Later she moved to enhance the struggle in North Antrim where she was duly elected to serve the people of Loughgiel in Ballymoney Borough Council. The abuse continued but a lifetime of struggle coupled to a Republican ideology ensured her enduring strength of character remained.

I’ve enjoyed a political life with Councillor Cavlan by my side, helping advising and collaborating on issues of local, regional and national importance. A friend and comrade that I have held in the highest esteem. Her bold step in 2012 to stand up for those who needed a voice witnessed her leave the establishment party and go Independent. I include one of the most thoughtful and enlightened resignation interviews by Anita.

Síocháin agus beannacht mo chara
https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/cllr-anita-cavlan-resigns-from-sinn-fein/

Dark Forces Behind Ballycastle’s Imaginary Bomb???

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Scenes Produced for Dramatic Effect In Ballycastle Last Week

No Republican threat exists to police or anyone else in Ballycastle. The Police and politicians locally have acted disgracefully in the last week attempting to portray some kind of threat in Ballycastle. The Police have sullied the good name of Ballycastle, attempted to spread fear and worry in the community and local MLA’s and Councillors have attempted to capitalize on that manufactured fear.  I am calling for full disclosure on what was meant by the term ‘viable explosive device’ following last weeks fictional discovery at Ballycastle barracks.

Given a cigarette lighter is a viable explosive device, so to a nuclear warhead, what on earth is the people of Ballycastle to make of the sweeping claims by the security apparatus and opportunistic politicians in the area.

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Constitutes a ‘viable explosive device’.

What level of threat did the so called device pose? Was it that of a box of matches or was it ten pounds of semtex? Nowhere else in the world uses the – deliberately ambiguous – term, ‘viable explosive device’. A cursory glance at google will confirm this.

Let us be crystal clear. No threat exists to police in the area. No threat of violence should exist to anyone.Given personnel continue to drive about in ‘soft skin vehicles as opposed to armoured vehicles and continue foot patrols its safe to assume the police also believe no threat exists. Given also that houses less than twenty feet from the police station were not evacuated, it is safe to assume that at no time did police or army technical officers ever believe a serious threat to property or life existed.
The two constitutional Nationalist parties alongside Jim Allister have continued to promote the ‘selective condemnation industry’ for party political gain. A race to release preexisting mundane statements without looking for answers to some fairly fundamental questions has brought a pointed and contemptuous discourtesy on the people of Ballycastle. A look at Police budgets, downgrading of personal in Ballycastle and ultimately a threat to close the barracks may have more in relation to last weeks events than some abstract military threat. More to follow.
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Storming Ministers To Face Court Action Over Dalriada Closure

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Protestors gather at Dalriada Hospital Ballycastle

A Multiple Sclerosis sufferer is set to take the Health Minister to court for closing Dalriada hospital. The user contacted Independent Councillor Padraig McShane following last weeks public meeting where the Councillor outlined the case for MS clients to judicially review the Minister’s decision.

Councillor McShane said;

“A client has contacted me regarding the prospect of judicially reviewing the Health Minister’s decision to close Dalriada Hospital. The Minister has been put on notice regarding this impending action and it is now a legal matter.

“Speaking with the Client it is clear his human rights alongside his right to lead as normal a life as possible are being seriously transgressed by the Minister’s decision.

“I would encourage other users to investigate the possibility of taking a review. We will continue negotiations in the immediate future and if the client wishes, he may also include the Finance Minister in the review owing to the incompetence of the Executive’s mismanagement of budgets”.

Club Will Continue to go from ‘strength to strength’

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A councillor in Ballycastle has said a club that was vandalised with sectarian graffiti will continue to go from strength to strength as he emphasised the positive aspect of being a Gael.

Independent Councillor Padraig McShane who sits on the development committee of the McQuillans GAC in Ballycastle said;
 “The club has gone from strength to strength in the last number of years. The modern facilities have been promoted to the number one county ground as Casement Park undergoes redevelopment. Gaels locally are proud the venue played host to County league and Championship fixtures in the last few months when the hurlers of Cork, Offaly and Wexford all paid a visit. image (2)
“McQuillans have a zero tolerance to racism or sectarianism. Members are drawn from all backgrounds. A team of volunteers will gather and remove the damage this evening because the club has a magnificent place within the community.”

Easter Week 1916 Proclamation Youth Debate

1916proclamationAt four minutes past noon on 24 April 1916 the proclamation to the Irish people was read from the steps of the General Post Office (G.P.O.) on Dublin’s O’Connell Street by Patrick Pearse.

Last week a debate organised by Independent Councillor Padraig McShane for young people explored the message of the Rising and the subsequent aftermath. A focus on the Proclamation and the Good Friday Agreement, there parallels and their differences!

Commenting on the events of Easter Week and the 98th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising Moyle Independent Councillor Padraig McShane said the most potent weapon in the history of Ireland remained the Easter Proclamation to the Irish people.

 

The Councillor said;

 

“Ignoring that leaden and almost perfectly ductile phrase, ‘peace’, which was used to sell the Good Friday Agreement on a weary population, the 1916 document – considered by many scholars and academics to be a political watershed – was so advanced and ahead of its time that when stood beside the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, it makes the later look dated and mundane.

 

“Even today its greatest virtue would be a genuine peace removed from the curse of sectarianism.

 

“Among the many strategic aims and objectives of the document, ‘the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland; that the form of government was to be a republic; a guarantee of “religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens”, the first mention of gender equality and a promise to cherish “all the children of the nation equally”.1916pic

 

“It was these aims coupled with a clearly defined will to govern – ‘oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government’ – that spell out the terminal danger to the Empire from which Ireland sought to free herself.”

 

Acknowledging the need for – yet the shortcomings in the Good Friday Agreement  – young people from North Antrim suggested;

 

“The overarching difference between the aims of Proclamation and the Good Friday Agreement remained stark. The proclamation envisaged a nation of equals not dependent on colour creed or class while the Good Friday has clearly defined the ‘statelet’ and it’s people as separate and distinct.

Another noted;

“Today’s political governing is based on religious make up and runs entirely contrary to the aims of the 1916 document.”

Councillor McShane concluded that young people had a tangible grasp on the differences contained within the documents.

“While the Good Friday Agreement has been used to cement political strength for favoured individual outcomes in association with her majesty’s government, it remains indisputable – the will of the 1916 proclamation would best serve the people of Ireland as a unit.”

Pandering to Sectarianism Costs Moyle Thousands.

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A proposal to withdraw funding of £33,000 from a soccer pitch in Bushmills caused uproar in Moyle District Council. The Council had planned to invest the money on pitch improvements to allow Bushmills the chance for promotion in the soccer leagues.
 
But following a request for additional funds to facilitate a bonfire Independent Councillor Padraig McShane requested,  
 
“The money is withdrawn until such times as the Council could satisfy itself there would be no more criminal damage at the football facility in Dundarave”.
 
Councillor Padraig McShane made the proposal after recommendations for additional money came to Council following a meeting with the Bushmills  Bonfire Review Committee. The recommendations included an option to move the pitch at an additional cost of £27,500.Image
 
After receiving confirmation that damage had been caused to the facility in the past and the clean-up had cost the rate payer considerable money year on year, Councillor McShane said he could not allow rate payers money to be spent on facilities that are continually being destroyed.  
 
Councillor McShane said;
 
“The bonfire review committee and local Councillors had to come to their senses. A normal society could never justify spending public funds in the full knowledge that it would go up in smoke.Image
 

He continued;

 
“Political representatives locally are unwittingly developing communities which aspire to nothing beyond the momentary consolations of material contentment. Apologies are made for naked sectarianism and the destruction of public property in the pursuit of a fictional culture.
 
“Common sense offers us the chance to reject this type of practise despite everything in local politics urging us to tolerate this behaviour. It took twenty minutes and sustained reasoning to convince colleagues of the merits of withdrawing this funding in Council.
 
“The sheer abnormality of spending ratepayers’ money on facilities we know are going to be burnt on the 11th night can only be comparable with funding the purchase of white crosses, a can of petrol and a box of matches for the Klu Klux Klan.”

taitneamh a bhaint as naomh Pádraig

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Here come the Rebels

If it’s traditional and Irish you want on St. Patrick’s weekend, then here’s two events not to be missed.

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Moyle District Council in association with Causeway Coast Arts is proud to present local band Fonn the traditional/folk outfit will be accompanied in an amazing double bill by PITAK from Guadeloupe at the Marine Hotel this Friday March 14th @7:30pm. Tickets £6/£5 (conc).

Fonn husband and wife team Catherine and Michael Snads.

Fonn husband and wife team Catherine and Michael Snads.

Fonn comprise Aoda Jeffries joining the husband and wife team of Catherine and Michael Sands. Last year they played with Afresh, an Afro-beat, reggae, Jazz outfit while this year they deliver alongside PITAK who are playing Creole Soul music from Guadeloupe. mailto:http://www.feileafrica.com/pitak.html

It’s one of two events not to be missed this St. Patrick’s weekend. The other of course is the visit of the ‘Rebels’ to Ballycastle. It’s fair to say Antrim are struggling a little in this year’s league but it ain’t often we get Cork Hurlers up to the North Coast. Throw-in 2pm at Páirc MacUílín