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.”
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.”
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
The 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. Instead 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. For 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
So 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. Questions about any range of things will still be answered upon request by facebook pm, or emailing; email@example.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
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
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”.
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.
“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.”
At 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”.
“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.
“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.”