Moyle Equality Legacy Laid Waste in 120 Days of Supremacy In New Causeway Coast & Glens

Introductions. Councillor William Blair TUV Councillor Aaron Callan UUP Alderman Sam Cole DUP Councillor George Duddy DUP Alderman John Finlay DUP Alderman William King UUP Councillor James Alexander McCorkell DUP Councillor Alan McLean DUP Alderman Alan Robinson DUP

Some of the Members of the Causeway Coast & Glens who endorsed the Policy on flags: Councillor William Blair TUV Councillor Aaron Callan UUP Alderman Sam Cole DUP Councillor George Duddy DUP Alderman John Finlay DUP Alderman William King UUP Councillor James Alexander McCorkell DUP Councillor Alan McLean DUP Alderman Alan Robinson DUP Councillor Boyd Douglas TUV.

The euphoria combined with great expectations of a new brighter future are dead. Murdered by 100 days of unadulterated bigotry and old fashioned supremacy. For the people of the former District of Moyle, a council set up in 1972 to cater for that wild untamed fenian element that lives on the North Antrim Coast stretching largely from the village of Waterfoot through Cushendall, Cushendun, Carey, Armoy Glen and down into Ballycastle, it is the new and invigorated recalibration of the Orange State.

Moyle’s birth and very existence was down to the fact that Coleraine, Ballymena, Larne and in particular, Ballymoney’s ‘old school’ Unionist dominated representatives refused to countenance taking such a large base of the Nationalist  population. It’s political makeup could have tipped the balance of Unionist preeminence in each of the respective old legacy Council areas.

So Moyle, with the smallest population of 17,000, was little over half the size of the second smallest, Ballymoney with 32,000 and one of the largest geographical areas, battled its way from 1972 to March 2015 to provide for its ratepayers. With a low population base and no major industries it survived on a shoestring budget. It was fortunate in its geographical makeup with the Giant’s Causeway, the rope bridge, the Glens and of course Rathlin.  It battled hard to provide for all.

Now here’s the rub;

Moyle relied heavily on funding opportunities and voluntary organisations to make the ratepayers money go further. Officers became experts in obtaining funding of 80% 90% and up to 100% to finance projects that were simply out of their budget. Quay Road playing fields & synthetic turf, Ballycastle, Glenariff Forest Park, Millennium Park Bushmills, new sand based soccer pitch Dundarave, Changing facilities Dundarave, the Cottage Wood in Cushendall etc etc etc. Landscape schemes were applied for and funded at 100% right along the coast etc. The GAA in the area removed a massive burden from ratepayers, providing their own facilities, growing developing and working in close proximity with the Council to promote health and wellbeing.

Before Moyle Council ended, an Equality Impact Assessment concluded that on the basis of Services delivered in the community and sporting sectors, the ‘green Bantustan’ up beside Scotland had over delivered in the Causeway Ward (Unionist), and under delivered in Ballycastle while the Glens ward (the greenest of them all) needed serious investment and had been neglected. The message in these stats was that Republicans in Moyle had went out of their way to provide leadership and support the Unionist minority in the area.

No flags, emblems and a service delivery mechanism that supported everyone. It allowed everyone to adopt and foster their own identities, to feel equal. Those decisions manifested into strong community relations in the Glens and Ballycastle. It’s no accident that sectarianism is almost unheard of. There is no proliferation of flags and public bodies like schools, churches and voluntary groups work together without recourse to the question of one’s religion.

In contrast, Ballymoney Council chose to fly its Union Flag 365 days of the year. The community jumped on board following the lead. There is hardly a lamppost in the Town and most of the surrounding villages that flags don’t adorn. It’s only serious rival in flag proliferation, Coleraine, another legacy council. The two areas are bywords for sectarianism. A fundamental religious leadership applying the lowest common denominator to a population, drawn largely as those same political leadership might see it, from a lower caste.

The problem with the promotion of supremacy and the ideology that sees a young turk with a flute have the ability throw his arms apart and declare, ‘We are the People’ is its grotesque consequences. It’s no accident that the placing of one identity above  others allows for the dehumanising of an entire people.  The ideology allows those same people to burn 3 children in their beds in Ballymoney. It allows for the kicking to death of a father in Coleraine. It also generates enough hate for a ninteen year old to blow himself up in the pursuit of doing likewise to his catholic neighbour.

It does not end there. Those who make decisions to the detriment of the community over flags are the same people who are entrusted to make decisions for the benefit of the entire community on matters of business, finance, community development, infrastructure and wellbeing.

We have a stark choice as a community. We collectively face down the supremacist ideology espoused by those granted enough power by Stormont to create their own little Orange State on the North Antrim Coast. We also work together to maintain the relations carefully fostered over generations or we pass the area off into some horrible abyss.

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Supremacist Council Picks A Fight They Must Lose

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Legal proceeding have begun as a collective think-tank of republican activists, business men leaders & community leaders held meetings to address the Causeway Coast & Glen’s Council decision to fly the Union Flag in Ballycastle. Last week the new Super Council in Coleraine adopted a policy that will see the Union flag being hoisted on […]

Joy Riders Assualt Young People Opposing their Antics.

  
Glens Independent Councillor Padraig McShane accused the PSNI of hiding while joyriders wrecked havoc in Ballycastle last weekend.The councillor said a week of joyriding at night time culminated on Saturday night with assaults on innocent bystanders who had objected to the practise. 
The Councillor continued;
“A PSNI vehicle, purposely it would appear, avoided coming into contact with death riders who raced through Ballycastle for hours on end last Saturday night. 

  

“At one point while burn-outs were happening in the Diamond the police stopped, turned and slowly made their way back to the sea front in an effort to avoid contact with the criminals. 


“An altercation took place after young people objected to the death racers. When several car loads of death riders landed in the Diamond area and assaulted innocent bystanders. One man suffered a broken nose while another young man was knocked unconscious requiring several staples to a gaping wound on the head.
The Councillor finished by saying;

“Given recent events, tensions are running high in the town of Ballycastle. If, as it would appear, the police are not up to dealing with death riders a ground swell of public opinion, Particularly among young people, would advocate dealing with the matter outside of the PSNI’s remit.”

Dervock Chapel & how the UDA continue to be the Tail that Wags the PSNI & Unionist Dog 

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Dervock Chapel

 
Loyalists have again raised a union flag in the grounds of a catholic chapel in Dervock during the lead up to the twelfth.Causeway Coast and Glens Independent Councillor Padraig McShane has hit out at political unionism and the PSNI when he stated;

“The hate involved in the raising of this flag in the grounds of a chapel stems not from the perpetrators themselves – who seem incapable of even the most basic of rational and simplistic of thought processing -but the clearly identifiable lack of political leadership in North Antrim and East Derry. The area continues to be the focus of racist and sectarian anti-Catholic and anti Irish sentiment both,in the local Council chamber and from some elected representatives from the Unionist community in the Stormont regime.


“Negative verbal musings from Unionist leaders on the Irish language, Gaelic Games, the identification with being Irish or Catholic all help to manifest the hate we see before us in Dervock.  

flag Errected by Loyalists at the gates of the tiny Catholic Church in Dervock. the church has been attacked and vandalised in the past with windows smashed and graffiti sprayed on the exterior

“Furthermore, the PSNI have gone into hiding suggesting it is not a hate crime because no one reported it as such. The same incident was reported last year and yet no action was taken against the perpetrators who were actually in conversation with the PSNI while erecting the flag in the grounds of the chapel.

“I would call on anyone with any clout in the Unionist community, from the PSNI to the churches to civic society to begin to show leadership instead of pandering to UDA elements in the area.”

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”.