Oliver’s Porkies!! SF MLA’s abrupt and complete reversal of attitude, opinion and position on Cushendun Bomb claim.


Click on link above to listen to Q Radio interview. All links in green can be clicked to contributing pieces.


I was asked to do an interview for the Q Radio network yesterday to explain to listeners that no violence emanating from Republicans was evident in North Antrim. I was unaware of a contributing piece from Oliver McMullan who Under the headline, ‘Bomb Found in Coast Road’ (Ballycastle Chronicle Front page Thur 19th May) claimed:
“For anyone to leave an EXPLOSIVE DEVICE on one of the main roads in and out of the town is sheer recklessness and shows absolute disregard for the residents of this town and passers-by.”

Sensational stuff. I would have assumed that most people took an ‘EXPLOSIVE DEVICE’ to mean a bomb. Oliver repeats his sensationalist claims for the BBC under the headline

Bomb made safe after being found on Glendun Road

for Downtown Radio under the headline –
for Irish News under the headline –

Explosive device discovered in Cushendun ‘viable’, police say

even the Peterborough Telegraph reprinted Oliver’s deceit –

Bomb found in seaside village a viable device, say police

Despite the flummoxed attempts by Oliver to reel in the wilful and irresponsible deceit in his radio interview yesterday the explosive claims are still on his party website –

Mc Mullan slams those behind EXPLOSIVE DEVICE

But MLA Oliver re-evaluates his claims in the Q radio interview:
“Nobody said their was a bomb. There was a bomb component part was ah apparently found.”


The MLA’s abrupt and complete reversal of attitude, opinion and position is to be welcomed after being challenged. The question now must be posed, What is Sinn Fein & the sdlp hoping to gain from defacing the reputation of the people of the Glens? Why have reports all over Ireland and further afield claim there is bombs in the Glens of Antrim.No bomb or explosive device existed in the Glens last weekend.

The responsibility for peddling of these ‘whoppers’ rests first and foremost with the PSNI and the security agents of the British State. Given the back catalogue of collusion, use of agent provocateurs , misuse of the justice system, denial of inquiries, internment, shoot to kill and countless other punitive measures – it is not difficult to evidence the point that actions like those in Cushendun have more in common with British state operations than any threat from proud Republicans in the Glens.

P.S. No evidence backed up the MLA’s radio interview claims nor did the personal claims made against myself. As an aside, I was elected to serve the Glens Ward of Moyle in 2007. In 2011 I was elected to the Ballycastle Ward of Moyle and in 2014 I was elected to serve the combined wards of Ballycastle, The Glens and Loughgiel.



PSNI suspect device! 20,000 P45’S discovered in Stormont

No support exists in Ballycastle or the Glens of Antrim for violence. No bomb was discovered in Cushendun despite widespread media coverage to the contrary. SF the sdlp and the psni need to get off the community’s back in Ballycastle and the Glens.

The local community are demanding answers –
  • Why won’t police say what was discovered?
  • Why all the ‘cloak & dagger’?
  • Why is local constitutional nationalists attempting to frighten and criminalise the community in the Glens of Antrim?
  • Why are politicans reporting a bomb find in Cushendun yet no evidence of a bomb ever existed?
DESPERATE SF/SDLP using ‘dissident bogeyman’ to remove attention from their commitments to Tory Welfare

What sf & the sdlp failed to learn from last year’s incident in Ballycastle was no bomb existed there either.  In March of 2015, A vulnerable gentleman within the community told police he was going to leave a device at the police station in Ballycastle. A hoax operation, manipulated for widespread media coverage all over Ireland, reported ‘a viable explosive device’ in Ballycastle. Two army bomb disposal teams and a controlled explosion helped add to the theatrics.


PSNI suspect device! 20,000 P45’S discovered in Stormont

Every politician within Nationalism locally attempted to paint the picture that we had ‘evil dissident bogeymen’ within our midst in the Glens. After investigating, the PSNI Press Office relented and admitted the bomb was a half bottle of petrol lying in the middle of a concrete yard. What purpose did the reporting serve? More importantly, what damage was inflicted on the reputation of the people of Ballycastle and the Glens? Last weekend’s ‘discovery in Cushendun was likewise.

What is not beyond doubt-  These two parties need to remove attention from their commitments to 20,000 job cuts, their implementation of Tory Welfare reforms, their attacks on the poor and vulnerable, and their continued commitment to sectarian based politics.

The combination of MI5/PSNI attempts at manipulation of our media coupled to ‘willing lemmings’ in sf/sdlp ensures the truth is the first casualty. Tory controlled constitutional nationalism must abstain from making cheap political capital on the backs of the local community in the Glens of Antrim.


PSNI suspect device! 20,000 P45’S discovered in Stormont

No violent Republicanism exists in the Glens of Antrim but rising opposition to the Executive’s pro Tory austerity agenda is beginning to evidence itself. The incidents attempting to highlight the former seem like an attempt to obscure the later. -Cllr Padraig McShane