Saturday, 25 April 2015



Manus Deery: Family angry after coroner suspends inquest

Manus Deery, 15, was shot dead in the Bogside in May 1972
Manus Deery, 15, was shot dead in the Bogside in May 1972

The sister of a Londonderry teenager shot dead by a soldier in the Bogside 40 years ago has said she is angry that his inquest has been suspended.
Earlier this year, Attorney General John Larkin ordered a new inquest into the death of 15-year-old Manus Deery who was killed in 1972.
On Thursday, it was suspended along with 14 others by Northern Ireland's senior coroner John Leckey.
Mr Leckey said Mr Larkin may have exceeded his powers.
Helen Deery said the family was given fresh hope when it was announced in June there would be an inquest into her brother's killing.
"We were delighted and so were the witnesses because they were given the opportunity to stand up and tell the truth," she said.
"It was our chance to lay him to rest but that has been denied now as well.
"As a family we are gutted, it has been postponed for 40 years, why any longer?"
Helen Deery questioned why John Leckey decided to postpone the inquests.
"I don't think he had the right to do that at all. These inquests should have been done 40 years ago.
"What do I tell my grandchildren? Are we second-class citizens still and where is the peace process?

"We had great hope in the summer when we heard there was going to be an inquest.
"It was brilliant for the family, but now again that has been pulled away from us. It seems to be a stalling process.
"I would ask John Leckey to overturn his decision, it is a disgrace. "It shouldn't be within his power.
"He can't deny an inquest into the killing of a 15-year-old boy."
Manus Deery, 15, was shot dead in the Bogside in May 1972.
The Army maintains that a soldier in a lookout post on Derry's walls fired at what appeared to be a gunman about 200 metres away, missed, and that the ricochet fatally injured the teenager.
His family have always disputed the Army's version.

Friday, 24 April 2015


Low Intensity Operations is a controversial, prophetic book, on the conduct of modern warfare. Published in 1971 and written by Frank Kitson while working with the British Ministry of Defence, on how the army should deal with insurgency operations. Its propositions evolved into the massacre of Bloody Sunday and the death of 10 Irish Hunger Strikers imprisoned in British Occupied Ireland. To understand how the British deal with revolutionary resistance, to their Occuption, one must read Low Intensity Operations. It is still being used in Occupied Ireland today, particularly within the Prison, in collaboration with the DUP/Sinn Fein Adminstration at Stormont, using embedded British Agents, using Dirty War tactics,to break Irish POWs, as they attempted with Bobby Sands and his comrades.

These Dirty War tactics, are also being used today in the conveyor belt system, that is interning by remand, numerous other innocent Irish republicans, attempting to exercise Free Speech and other peaceful methods of protest, against the British Police State. Currently, there is unrest again today, with the POWs being abused again and currently in lockdown, as a result of provocation, by the British Agents adminstering injustice and provocation as per their DirtyWar manual. This is occurring daily for the last twenty years, since the signing of the Pseudo Peace Process, which in reality was a consequence of Sinn Fein's surrender,to Dirty War tactics, followed by their collaboration in the pstchological torture of the POWs and sanitizing, Political Internment by remand. The Pedo Poachers, have become the Gamekeepers for British Occupation in Ireland. According to an anonymous whistleblower within Sinn Fein, they discussed with Tory leaders, while dining in Buckingham Palace with the Queen, the implementation of draconian austerity measures, along with the logistics of eliminating any politcal opposition, with expanding Political Internment, after the current election.

Of course in any type of Democracy, none of this would be possible, without a compliant, corrupt media. Irish Blog asks you to make a stand against the Irish Presstitute Media. We often complain about the mainstream, corporate media, but few of us are actually prepared to work to challenge the disinformation and lies, that has led to so much needless human suffering on the Island. We know what the problem is, but most of us are complacent. We prefer to leave the effort, to bring about positive, change, to others. We each must take responsibility. Quality information is a key part of personal and community empowerment. We must seek it out from reliable sources, without a commerial or exclusively, self-serving political agenda, and share it with others, to empower our communities and defend ourselves against economic and political treason, by those whom we elect. 

This can often be simple to create, sometimes made complex to share, with modern censorship technology, but we must try, for our own sake and others, to have balance, in the Age of Self. The Irish Presstitute Media, are engaged in the deception and exploitation of our people and abuse of our resistance activists. We must also resist, in a peaceful broad front, while still keeping our own particular identity or parties identity, to the fore, along with our demands, in street protest. We must call our media and elected political collaborators to account, and boycott tactically in solidarity. In the event of British State violence, we must defend ourselves by any means necessary. With persistence, we will liberate ourselves, our island and together determine our own future, free from outside interference and oppression.

Thursday, 23 April 2015


British Weaponized Ignorance in Ireland, since the signing of the Pseudo Peace Processs twenty years ago, without a Truth & Reconciliation element, is now almost complete, with the internment of the Chairperson of The Irish Anti-Internment League, Dee Fennell earlier this week. This current reality in Ireland, with the possible exception of Social Media and just a couple of journalists, being the exception, in the Irish mainstream media. The threat of political internment, assassination, coupled with self-censorship, has sucessfully, hidden the harsh reality of Ireland, from the World. Coupled with a ruling undemocratic Junta, of the bestial Orange Order and pedophile Sinn Fein, the absence of a dialectic, guarantees an explosion of violence, that will make the troubles of the last 45 years, comparatively, seem like a storm in a tea cup. The article below from the British Guardian, demontrates this clearly.

Belfast ‘shamed’ after university cancels Charlie Hebdo conference

Northern Irish author Robert McLiam Wilson criticises Queen’s University Belfast after it calls off discussion of the killings in Paris for security reasons

Charlie Hebdo commemoration
 Flowers and pens in Paris commemorate the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in January, in which 12 people were killed. Queen’s University Belfast has cancelled a conference on the shootings, over security fears. Photograph: Michael Bunel/Michael Bunel/NurPhoto/Corbis

An award-winning novelist has said he is ashamed of his native city because of the decision by Queen’s University Belfast to cancel an academic conference on the Charlie Hebdo massacre for security reasons.
Robert McLiam Wilson, the Paris-based author of Ripley Bogle and Eureka Street, described the cancellation of the event in the face of an unspecified security threat as “not cowardice or surrender. It is part of a long defeat in an unfought war.”
McLiam Wilson, who writes for the French satirical magazine, said he could not believe that a city like Belfast that had endured decades of violence would call off the conference.
Speaking from his home in Paris, the author, who was born in west Belfast, said: “I am feeling a touch of shame today. Cancelling such an event in the face of putative menace in a city that endured a 30-year torture of self-immolation seems worse than pusillanimous. Belfast? Seriously? This is not the city I remember. This cancellation says, with trumpeting clarity, that there is no debate because there can be no debate. There is a big boat that can’t be rocked.”
He added: “Charlie Hebdo is anti plenty of things. But it is not anti-Arab or anti-Israeli or anti-immigrant. No one gets more grief than Front National leader Marine Le Pen and loopy rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy. If you speak French, it’s pretty hard to deny what Charlie really is. It is, monotonously, rigorously and sometimes unamusingly anti-arsehole. I am beyond proud to write for Charlie. And not, today, so proud of the city of my birth.”

The novelist has been living in Paris for more than a decade and has written three books in English. Eureka Street was adapted for BBC television in 1999 and is partly set in the Holylands district close to Queen’s University. McLiam Wilson has also written a television documentary on paramilitary punishment attacks in Belfast and recently recorded an essay for Radio 4 about his love for Paris in the aftermath of the attack by two gunmen on the Charlie Hebdo offices in January, in which 12 people were killed.
A conference to discuss the implications of the attack on the magazine involving academics, novelists, journalists and commentators was due to take place at the Queen’s University institute for collaborative research in the humanities in June.
The institute claimed that the university’s vice-chancellor, Patrick Johnston, had cancelled the event because of the security risk and concerns for the university’s reputation.
An email circulated by the institute this week said: “The vice-chancellor at Queen’s University Belfast has made the decision just this morning that he does not wish our symposium to go ahead.
“He is concerned about the security risk for delegates and about the reputation of the university.”
On Wednesday, Queen’s University denied that the cancellation of the conference had anything to do with academic freedom.
A spokesperson said: “As part of managing the health and safety of the institution it is a requirement for all major events to have a full risk assessment completed prior to them going ahead on the campus. Unfortunately, the proposed symposium organised by the institute for collaborative research in the humanities did not have a completed risk assessment and as a result the institute has cancelled the event.
“This issue is not related to academic freedom and Queen’s continues to uphold the importance of academic freedom in a world-class institution and has demonstrated this over many years.”
However, locally based writers have joined McLiam Wilson in condemning the cancellation.
The Irish poet and playwright Damian Gorman, who has taught at Queen’s University, said: “While I’d like to, I don’t believe in the absolute freedom to do or say whatever you want to wherever you want. I wouldn’t, for example, defend someone’s right to light up in an oil refinery – literally or metaphorically.
“But, in saying that, I just don’t understand why Queen’s won’t have a conference looking at the Charlie Hebdo attacks in the round. Is that not the sort of thing universities are for?”
The award-winning Belfast-based Irish blogger Alan Meban accused the university of being influenced by commercial considerations.
“QUB has outposts internationally and perhaps there are fears for the security of staff and students. However, QUB’s reference to ‘reputation’ in their cancellation implies a worry about their ability to attract funding from overseas investors, particularly international students who pay premium fees.
“We need our universities to stand up for learning, reflection and free speech, rather than being bound up by bursars and budgets,” said the author of the Alan in Belfast blog.


Whose Side Are You On?

March 05, 2015

Dee Fennell is a republican and community Activist from Ardoyne, and Chairperson of the Anti Internment League. He has been interned this week for exercising his right to Free Speech in British Occupied Ireland. Below is a piece he wrote a month ago on the Anniversary of Bobby Sands, who died on Hunger Strike. 

Since yesterday was the 34th anniversary of Bobby Sands embarking on Hunger Strike, I have been reflecting on the sacrifice that he and others made. Not just those who gave their lives on hunger strike, but others like Seán Bateson who also died in jail at a very young age. Others like Paddy Kelly died as a direct result of prison administration neglect, deliberately exacerbating their illness.

But also the sacrifices that all Prisoners endure. The final months with a parent, the new births, the family occasions. The victories of their GAA club, or other sports clubs. The loss of youth. The opportunity to start a family, or their contact with their children being restricted to letters and visits.

I lifted Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh's book Language, Resistance and Revival and came across the following quote from Mandela:

The challenge for every prisoner, particularly every political prisoner, is how to survive prison intact, how to emerge from a prison undiminished, how to conserve and even replenish one's beliefs.
Jail struggle is not a legacy issue. Jail struggle goes on today. If you want examples of people emerging from jail undiminished then think of Alex McCrory. Of Neil Hegarty. Of Scotchy Kearney. Of Ta Mc Williams. All of whom are currently in jail, having served previous terms of imprisonment.

Mandela's quote, from 1994, finishes by saying:

prison is designed to break one's spirit and destroy one's resolve. To do this the authorities attempt to exploit every weakness, demolish every initiative, negate all signs of individuality. When others who have emerged from jail describe men like those I have mentioned as "criminals", ask yourself - have they emerged undiminished? Were their beliefs replenished or reconditioned? Ask yourself are they siding with political prisoners, or are they siding with the "authorities."

Then ask yourself, whose side are you on?

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015


With the internment of the Chairperson of the Irish Anti-Internment League, Dee Fennell, and the privatization of Irish Water, neither our rivers or speech, are any longer free. In fact a monkey in the US, has more Civil Rights, than an Irish person in Occupied Ireland, almost 45 years after the start of the Civil Rights Campaign there. Certainly with regard to Habeus Corpus and Free Speech, this is the case, as both articles below, demonstrate. I have been banned today myself, despite not being affiliated, to any political group, by Facebook, because British Agents are both censoring and carrying out a campiagn of harrassment, with numerous complaints to Facebook and group managers there. Irish Blog is being slowed by intranets, to the point, some people give up on access. However, there are still the faithful, for which I am grateful. I ask you, to please share the posts and pictures, particulery related to Political Internment and Censorship in Ireland. beir bua, brionOcleirigh


Statement by the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton

The arrest, detention charges and remand for Dee Fennell speech in Lurgan Easter Sunday is an attack on the fundamental right to have and express a political opinion as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights UN and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.This is a stark warning that both the British and the 26 counties states are determined to silence anyone who dares to question the status quo or express their opposition to British rule and partition. Last August the Minister of Justice of the 26 counties announced draconian new laws designed to silence and imprison Republicans for expressing a political opinion. Now the Stormont regime is moving along the same path. These measures can also be extended to cover all forms of political dissent, whether political, social or economic. People need to be warned against this and say it.Bodies of civil and political rights must protest against this gratuitous attack on the human rights of Irish citizens. When the centenary of the 1916 Rising fast approaching, it is obvious that the British puppet regime in Stormont is trying to silence the Irish Republicanism and take underground. Such coercive methods have failed in the past as this effort will also fail. Fin / Crioch

Apes are people too? NY judge grants human rights to chimpanzees

Published time: April 21, 2015 17:02
Reuters / Yves Herman
Reuters / Yves Herman
Chimpanzee and human DNA differ by only about 1 percent – but should chimps be given human rights? A US judge said "yes" on Monday, ruling that apes held at a New York university are covered by the same laws that let humans challenge their detention.
New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe said a pair of chimpanzees held at Stony Brook University are covered by a writ of habeas corpus – a legal principle that lets people challenge the credibility of their detention. The duo, named Hercules and Leo, reside at the university for research purposes.
The lawsuit against the university was originally filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project in December 2013, in an attempt to free Hercules, Leo, and two other chimpanzees living on private property.
The courts threw out the suit, but the group has been appealing ever since, receiving a victory on Monday after convincing Jaffe that the apes are sufficiently intelligent enough to be covered under habeas corpus.
The verdict has allowed for a Stony Brook University representative to be ordered to appear in court to provide a legally acceptable reason for detaining Hercules and Leo. That hearing has been scheduled for May 6.
During the hearing, the university will respond to a petition by the animal rights group which argues that Hercules and Leo should be set free and moved to a sanctuary.
“The NhRP (Nonhuman Rights Project) has asked that Hercules and Leo be freed and released into the care of Save the Chimps, a sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, Florida. There they will spend the rest of their lives primarily on one of 13 artificial islands on a large lake in Ft. Pierce, along with 250 other chimpanzees in an environment as close to that of their natural home in Africa as can be found in North America,” the Nonhuman Rights Project wrote on its website.
However, it remains unclear whether the chimps will actually be freed.
Richard Cupp, a law professor at Pepperdine University, cautioned against reading too much into the ruling.
“The judge may merely want more information to make a decision on the legal personhood claim, and may have ordered a hearing simply as a vehicle for hearing out both parties in more depth,” he wrote in an email to Science. “It would be quite surprising if the judge intended to make a momentous substantive finding that chimpanzees are legal persons if the judge has not yet heard the other side’s arguments.”
Regardless of whether the apes are granted personhood after the hearing, the group says it plans on using the ruling as precedent in future cases.
“This is a big step forward to getting what we are ultimately seeking: the right to bodily liberty for chimpanzees and other cognitively complex animals,”Natalie Prosin, executive director of the Nonhuman Rights Project, told the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
“We got our foot in the door. And no matter what happens, that door can never be completely shut again.”
A similar ruling was made in Argentina last year, with orangutans being granted the status of “non-human persons” with legal rights.
However, the verdict contradicts a separate New York ruling made just four months ago, when a court stated that a chimpanzee is not legally a person and therefore not entitled to human rights.