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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Sinn Fein’s Breakthrough Brings a United Ireland Closer Than It’s Ever Been


It’d be fair to say that Sinn Fein’s historic electoral breakthrough in the recent elections to Northern Ireland’s devolved Assembly legislature took almost everyone by surprise, including them. With this breakthrough, Sinn Fein (English: “We Ourselves”) just shattered the veto of the ruling Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for the first time since the inception of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998, along with the province’s power-sharing government, as part of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought an end to three decades of conflict known as the Troubles. The new Assembly elections were held after Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness resigned from his post as Deputy First Minister in protest at the refusal of the Assembly’s First Minister, the DUP’s Arlene Foster, to step down over a financial scandal surrounding a botched renewable energy scheme that she helped to set up and which is set to cost taxpayers in Northern Ireland up to 480 million UK Pounds (34.48 billion Roubles. 4.04 billion Renminbi. 38.84 billion INR. 584.06 million USD. 786.76 million CAD. 774.31 million AUD. 547.21 million Euros).

Yet though this particular scandal and Foster’s intransigence may be the proximate cause of the bad feeling between Sinn Fein and the DUP, various unresolved political and sectarian issues emanating from the Troubles also lie at its heart. For many unionists both inside and outside the DUP, political parity with Sinn Fein (and the Irish Republicans and the Catholic communities they represent) has always been anathema. It has been this way ever since the partitioned British statelet of Northern Ireland began in 1921, out of the negotiations that ended the Anglo-Irish War of 1919-21. Northern Ireland’s Catholic minority, cut off from the Catholic-majority Irish Republic south of the border, saw succeeding generations denied the same civil rights as the Protestant majority in the province.

The modern conflict, the Troubles, erupted in the late 1960s when a mass civil rights movement… non-violent, non-sectarian, and peaceful… emerged in Northern Ireland to demand those civil rights for Catholics still denied justice and equality when it came to housing, employment, and political representation. When the movement began to win concessions from the British government, the Protestant majority began to feel their dominant position and status under threat, resulting in a wave of sectarian-inspired attacks on Catholic communities in Belfast. The need to defend Catholics from this campaign of terror saw the birth of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA), colloquially known as the Provos, in 1969. Attacks on the civil rights movement continued into the 1970s, culminating in Bloody Sunday in January 1972, when soldiers belonging to the élite British Parachute Regiment shot and killed 17 unarmed protesters in Derry during a mass march for civil rights. This event effectively destroyed the province’s non-violent movement for civil rights, while at the same time increasing support and recruitment to the PIRA.

Roughly 3,600 people died during the Troubles, with thousands more maimed and injured. All sides in this conflict committed atrocities. It’s high point, its apogee, was the 1981 Hunger Strikes, in which ten Republican prisoners at the specially-built prison facility just outside Belfast, the H-Blocks, starved themselves to death in protest at the British government’s removal of their status as political prisoners. The man who led the Hunger Strike and was first to die, Bobby Sands, achieved international fame and recognition. The likes of Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela (and others like them around the world) lauded Sands for his courage and stance in the cause of national liberation. His detractors dismissed and continue to dismiss Bobby Sands as a terrorist, however, along with his comrades. This polarisation is still entrenched in Northern Irish politics up to the present day, one evident in the current spat between Sinn Fein and the DUP over the position of Arlene Foster.

Another important factor in Sinn Fein’s remarkable electoral breakthrough is the party’s opposition to Brexit. A majority of people in Northern Ireland voted to Remain in the EU during the UK-wide referendum on the issue, held in June 2016. This was no surprise considering that the province has benefited significantly from the UK’s membership of the EU in the form of agricultural and various other subsidies. Brexit throws up the issue of the border between British-controlled Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, which remains part of the EU. The prospect of what is currently an open border being changed to a hard border as a result of Brexit gave rise to serious concerns north and south of the border over a peace process that is far from impervious to such significant political and social shocks. Ultimately, Sinn Fein’s growing political success and influence in Northern Ireland is a testament to the party’s strong opposition to Brexit and a political vision that is far more progressive and compelling than any offered by their unionist opponents and counterparts. It also places the question of a united Ireland firmly back on the table.

John Wright

Sputnik International



Sunday, 26 June 2016

Sein Fein Calls for all-Irish Unity Referendum in Northern Ireland



On Friday, Sinn Fein chairman Declan Kearney, leader of Northern Ireland’s largest Irish nationalist party, stated:

A British vote to leave the EU intensifies the case for a vote on whether Northern Ireland should leave the UK. This outcome tonight dramatically changes the political landscape here in the north of Ireland; we’ll intensify our case for the calling of a border poll on a united Ireland. As a direct result, the British government forfeited any mandate to represent the interests of people here in the north of Ireland, in circumstances where they dragged the north out of Europe because of a vote to leave.

24 June 2016

Huffington Post


Sunday, 2 February 2014

Ireland Pulled a Collective Cringe Muscle Watching Pussy Riot on the Saturday Night Show

00 cringing woman. 02.02.14


Last night’s Saturday Night Show was…something. Guests included Marty Whelan, a debate on homophobia, and the first European interview with Pussy Riot members. Whoa. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alyokhina from the Russian feminist punk group {it’s no such thing… punk DIED twenty years ago: editor} spent time in prison following a protest against Putin in a Russian Orthodox church in 2012. Now, free and campaigning for change, surely it would be gripping television? Well, not exactly. Nadezhda’s husband Peter had the laborious task of translating questions stretching to what prison was like and what they thought about Madonna. Twitter couldn’t cope with the tension. The physios will be jammers today with all the sore cringe muscles across Ireland.

Click on the link below for some hilarious Tweets on it all…

2 February 2014

Nicola Byrnes



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Monday, 26 March 2012

26 March 2012. Some More Fine Tuning On l’Affaire Jillions…


I just got this:

My understanding is that he’s living in or near Syosset now.

This opens up still more questions. Why doesn’t oca.org give his actual address? Why isn’t there an actual Syosset residence phone number listed? Has Jillions quit his job with the Uniate impostors and cut all ties with them? After all, they’re the sworn enemies of Christ’s Church… as Anthony Bloom (no “Traditionalist” he) said, “Rome seeks not dialogue, repentance, nor true unity. She seeks Unia. She seeks to devour Orthodoxy”. True words! Present-day Galicia is our future as far as B16 is concerned… why should we cosy up to our bound and sworn foe, or take his miserly pittance as Jillions does/did?

I don’t trust Rome. In 1912, what became the Republic of Ireland was 12 percent Protestant. Today, in 2012, it’s 3 percent Protestant. Ethnic cleansing, dontcha know! That’s why I liked Pope Shenouda. The Armenians and Copts want reconciliation with Orthodoxy and are willing to work for it honestly. In fact, we’re quite close to a real thoroughgoing CANONICAL and True Orthodox reconciliation. Fallen haughty Rome, the Church of Apocalypse 17, has no interest in “reconciliation”… or in considering her many grave errors (such as papal supremacy, papal infallibility, condemning artificial birth control, mandatory clerical celibacy, and her acrid and un-Apostolic stance on divorce and remarriage (but the well-heeled can buy a declaration of nullity)… the Uniates slavishly echo its hubristic twaddle enthusiastically, fancy that).

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 26 March 2012

Albany NY

The Latest Intel Department:

Jillions is bunking in with his brother-in-law Eric Wheeler, but his family’s still in Ottawa. Garklavs hasn’t moved to Parma yet, but the buzz says that it’s going to happen soon.


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