SUSPECT DEVICE!! 20,000 P45’S DISCOVERED IN CUSHENDUN

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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.

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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.

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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

Carrickmore Road Cannot Be Abandoned

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Glens Independent Councillor Padraig McShane says he believes Transport NI will make the correct decision in relation to attempts to have an abandonment order placed on a stretch of the Carrickmore Road.

Speaking this week before a meeting between Transport NI, objectors and the applicant for the abandonment order, Councillor McShane said;

“No reasonable grounds exist for the public body to walk away from this important stretch of highway.

“It serves a very important purpose and has done for many decades, indeed a few centuries. Give the archeological, historical and geological significance of the area it shall continue to do so for many more to come.

“Its importance to the local community alongside visitors to the area as a quiet and picturesque retreat and its ease of access for vehicular traffic for those with disabilities to enjoy the location, are also important considerations when making a decision on any notions of abandonment of a public road.

“While not wishing to preempt any outcomes, common sense would indicate a public body will not forgo the public interest on this application”.

Why Dungiven Matters to Ballycastle & The Glens

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If the new facilities were developed in Dungiven, it would reduce revenue (annual year on year) costs by £70,000 for the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council. That is £70,000 saved each year, largely due to energy efficiencies found in new construction methods. To put it in context. That is £70,000 per year over the lifetime of the centre, taken at an average 40 years. That equates to £2.8million saving for the rate payer in the district – less the £350,000 initial capital investment. I can not stress this enough.
What is holding back Dungiven is equally holding back development in Cushendall, the Glens, Ballycastle and Loughgiel. Each an area of historical inequality and underinvestment. 
The reality for the new government authority is plain. If they wish to invest to enhance community and sporting facilities, they are obliged to do so in Nationalist and Republican areas where that historic inequality will require a generation of investment to balance out with those Councils who delivered for one section of the community. The stats are backed up by countless workshops and research done within and outwith the Council.
For the Glens Ward (Rathlin Ballycastle Loughgiel Waterfoot Cushendun Cushendall) inequalities to be addressed, it is vitally important that a common sense and business like approach is taken to Dungiven to release additional capital for the future. Other more unpalatable avenues are open to us as Councillors to raise funds should sectarianism continue to be the final arbitrator.
I was pleased to be asked to speak at the debate on Dungiven sports facilities last night in the County Derry town.
At the public meeting, those Unionists opposed to investing in Dungiven give no logically compelling, deeply informed or rational reason for blocking a perfectly sensible business case. That speaks for itself.

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.”

‘Glens’ Domain Name Legal Challenge!

Independent Councillor Padraig McShane (pic) said that a proposal being considered by the Causeway Coast & Glens transition committee to remove the ‘Glens’ from the domain name was the beginning of a process aimed at stripping the political, cultural and economic identity of the people of Ballycastle and the Glens.

Independent Councillor Padraig McShane (pic) said that a proposal being considered by the Causeway Coast & Glens transition committee to remove the ‘Glens’ from the domain name was the beginning of a process aimed at stripping the political, cultural and economic identity of the people of Ballycastle and the Glens.

The transitional committee of the Causeway Coast & Glens super council will face a legal challenge if they vote to drop the ‘Glens’ from the Council’s domain name.  The warning came from Moyle Independent Councillor Padraig McShane, who went on to describe the proposed move as; “the beginning of a process that would lead to the introduction of ‘political and cultural apartheid’ in Ballycastle and the Glens”.

 
Councillor McShane has spent a number of months working with individuals from the tourism sector in the area. He advised them to take a ‘judicial review’ of any adverse decision emanating from the transition committee.
 
The Councillor stated;
 
“It is clear that Unionists in both Coleraine and Ballymoney are keen to rid themselves of the Glens badge in any future Council. But the reason to do so does not contain one logically compelling, deeply informed, or conceptually arresting argument”. 
 
Solicitor Michael Brentnall from Robert Murtagh & Co, representing an client from the Glens stated;
 
“If as Councillor McShane has indicated, the Causeway Coast and Glens transition committee intends to proceed with the omission of the “Glens” from the domain name of the new council, then the consequences will be clearly detrimental to our client. In this instance our client will have no option but to challenge such a decision through the courts.”
 
Councillor Padraig McShane continued;glens-of-antrim
 
“For a short time I entertained the misguided hope that political Unionism, both in Coleraine and Ballymoney, might rise above what has distinguished Unionist politics on this island. But it is clear from the latest move that, ‘The Green Glens of Antrim’, from Glentaise in Ballycastle to Glenariff in Waterfoot, are a shade too green for some Unionists.
 
“Ballycastle and the Glens are steeped in Gaelic tradition and culture. The fusion of language, music and sports will make up an integral and desirable part of any new political considerations for local government. Councillors in Ballymoney and Coleraine must begin to embrace the area and look upon it as the asset it is.
 
“And decision made by the members of the transition committee must be morally sound. If the wish is to disenfranchise an entire area because of its political or religious makeup, then I can confirm that legal repercussions will accompany any and all those decisions both now and in the future.
 
 
 Councillor McShane finished by suggesting;
 
“The old order and the undiluted power that was accorded to it is being erased from the pages of time. Those Councillors who incubate a desire to return to the ‘failed political model’ of the past should avail of the opportunity to retire.

Cushendall Beach. Commitment Secured Following Onsite Meeting

The Beach in Cushendall will be reinstated in a matter of weeks and contractors will be on sight tomorrow morning to assess the damage and prepare a programme of works.
In 2011 Moyle District Council invested £160,000 on environmental improvements in the Glens. The main project in the scheme was the improvements at Cushendall Beach including new paths, lighting, picnic areas and environmental enhancements.
The Councillor who proposed the scheme in 2010, Independent Padraig Mc Shane, said he was devastated by the damage to the Beachfront in Cushendall.
The Councillor said;
“After consultation in 2010 with the community in the Glens we identified several projects of work, chief among them the beach at Cushendall. I was fit to identify funding from the Rural Development Programme in conjunction with securing a commitment from my colleagues in Moyle Council to invest in the scheme.
“I spent quite some time in the Glens on Friday and to see the damage to the beach was disappointing. I have addressed the need to have the significant damage assessed and repaired as quickly as possible. In addition I have already hosted a meeting with some of the senior management team and other colleagues in Moyle District Council on site to plan a coordinated response to the devastation.
The Councillor continued;
“The Glens has suffered severely at the hands of mother nature over the last twelve months. Glenariff Forest Park suffered considerable damage in March of last year and is only beginning to receive a definitive response from the Forestry Department. The repairs to the beach at Cushendall will require a more expeditious response from Moyle District Council.”

Chicago School in Search of Casement

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Murlough Bay & Casements final wish that he be layed to rest there.

A group of school kids from the city of Chicago paid a recent trip to the unfulfilled resting place of Roger Casement in Murlough Bay. Oak Park High School in Illinois was on a fact-finding mission in North Antrim last week to unearth the secrets of Irish Republican leaders from the nineteenth and early twentieth century.  

Moyle Independent Councillor Padraig Mc Shane received a request from the school to facilitate a visit to the historic site and to introduce pupils to the life of the local Republican leader.

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Roger Casement

 
Councillor Mc Shane said;
 
“Casement was not drawn from the archetypical background of Irish Republican leaders of his era but his humanitarian actions at the behest of the Crown in highlighting first, the slave labour of the indigenous people of the Belgian Congo and later, theabuses against the Putumayo Indians of Peru ensured his rejection of Imperialism and his Anglo-Irish identity in favour of simply – Irishman.
“His attempts to procure arms for the Easter Rising in 1916 saw Casement charged with treason and hanged in Pentonville Prison, London. His executioner, John Ellis, said of Casement: ‘He was the bravest man it ever fell to my unhappy lot to execute’.
The Councillor continued;
“I hope the area can continue its links with the school and we have more opportunities to work with groups in the future. As well as learning about political history the young adults enrolled at the James Joyce summer school in University College Dublin and had the opportunity to delve into Ireland’s rich vein of literature”.IMG_8583
The main organiser, Brendan T. Lee, an unrepentant Irish Republican from the South side of Chicago, said of the pupils;
“They researched Casement and other Irish historical leaders and presented in groups in a pre-trip seminar. They then connected the map to the landscape while in Antrim. It was a transformative experience for the pupils.
“We hope to continue our links with the people of Moyle and the Glens and we look forward to returning in the future”.

World Heritage Centre Hosts Palestinian Refugees.

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The Visitors centre at the Giant’s Causeway is a world away from Aida, a Palestinian refugee camp near Bethlehem that houses 5000 people in an area just two hundred meters long by four hundred wide. Staff at the world heritage site on the North Antrim Coast played host to a visiting delegation of young people […]

PSNI Refuse to Remove UDA/UFF Flags

 

 

An Independent Councillor has echoed the call from residents in Mosside to have paramilitary flags removed from the village. UDA and Ulster Freedom Fighters flags adorned numerous lampposts in the village and one UDA flag has been hoisted on a flagpole at the entrance to Community Walk beside the Council’s community centre.
 
Councillor Padraig Mc Shane made the call following a meeting with several residents on Friday night. After the meeting he said residents were fed up with those who continued to besmirch the image of the village and the paramilitary flags were unrepresentative of the vast majority of those who live in Mosside.
 
Councillor Mc Shane said;
 
“It is no surprise that Mosside is in a state of decay with business closing and dereliction rife. Given the village sits on a main arterial route it should be booming. The bully boys who erect the ‘standards’ of murder gangs and who hold the community to ransom through intimidation, fear and violence must be faced down if the village is ever to recover.
 
“The community is aware of who is behind the erection of the UDA flags. Several feral gangs exist in the North Antrim area marking out territories and inflicting their malaise on the community.”
 
The Councillor is calling on the Housing Executive, the Council and the PSNI to all play their part in the removal of paramilitary flags in Mosside.
 
“To date the issue of illegal flags has seen the UDA tail wag the PSNI dog. The PSNI removed paramilitary flags last year in Ballyclare and following sustained rioting, apologised to the criminal gangs for having upset them. It is now time for them to stand up for the honourable members of the community in Mosside and not only remove the flags but remove the criminal elements off the community’s back.
 
In response the PSNI released a statement saying no flags would be removed until a new approach to emblems and other contentious issues was agreed at Stormont.
 
Councillor Mc Shane responded;
 
The statement from the PSNI is lamentable. It sends out a clear message to the community that they have been abandoned and left to the decree of criminal gangs. It may be worth reminding the PSNI that the act of flying these flags is not contentious but illegal and that in fact, they do have to do something about it.
 
“The PSNI may have ultimate responsibility but they are not alone. If Council or the Housing Executive have flags on their property they must also show support to the community and have them removed forthwith.”
 
 
 
 
 

Everyone Welcome to Palestinian Refugees Youth Group Visit to Moyle

971464_546267655409054_1301678931_nIn a tiny and vastly overcrowded space, measuring less than 200 meters by 400 meters, nearly 5,000 Palestinian refugees live in Aida Refugee Camp near Bethlehem. Some youth from the refugee camp are due to visit Moyle this week as part of the Moyle Twinning programme. On Friday a cultural presentation alongside a presentation on the history of youth growing up in one of the most overcrowded and hostile environments on earth will take place at 9pm in Sheep Island View Hostel, Ballintoy.
Independent Councillor Padraig Mc Shane from the organisers, ‘Antrim to Gaza’ said;
 
“We believe tolerance is integral to different groups relating to one another in a respectful and understanding way. The18 project will be used to develop understanding of cultural diversity through traditional dance and interactive discussion centring on human rights, justice and equality.
“Everyone is welcome to the presentation and we look forward to introducing the youth of Aida refugee camp to aspects of our own culture also.”
The night will  include traditional Palestinian dancing alongside Irish Dancing. Two short 8 minute films on life in Aida Camp alongside a photographic exhibition with interactive discussion on life in Palestine. Light refreshments will be available and admission is free.
PLEASE CONTACT SHOULD YOU REQUIRE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON 07828112129
 
THIS EVENT IS SUPPORTED BY Moyle District Council Good Relations Programme 2013/14