Tuesday, 13 January 2015


You can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time and almost all of the Irish, all of the time - Abraham Lincoln & Irish Blog

Martin McGuinness, like Gerry Adams is a religious zealot and a teetolaler. Unlike Gerry, whose father was well known, indeed infamous, we don't know who Martin's father was. Martin was an apprentice butcher. After the British massacre of Bloody Sunday on January 30th, 1972, a lot of young men from the south of Ireland, travelled up to Derry, to volunteer for the IRA. When they asked which IRA they were dealing with, Official or Provisional, the stock answer was, arragh, what does it matter. Martin Mcguinness was the person a lot of volunteers dealt with, when joining the IRA.

Under Martin's command, many atrocities happened, which were own goals, discredited the IRA and lost the considerbale support. Enniskillen and the Claudy massacres, are the best known examples, while later strapping drivers into lorries, carrying bombs to explode, brought further discredit to the IRA under McGuinness's orders. This man is the leader of British Sinn Fein today, in the loyalist parliament of Stormont. McGuinness, along with his enforcer Gerry Kelly, have both called on the Irish population, to join them as informers, to the British occupation in Ireland.

Prior to the death of the 10 hunger strikers in 1981, this writer was told by an IRA colleague and friend of Martin McGuinness, that a deal had already been done with the British, to end the armed struggle, in return for giving them a political platform instead. It naturally follows, that the subsequent 10 deaths, wer sacrifices made, which were simply used, to give British Sinn Fein, the initial electoral breakthrough, among the Irish working class, that led to them assuming power in the loyalist, Stormont junta of today and also on the threshold, of taking power in the south of Ireland, with British help.

The last time such an event happened in Ireland, was when the British helped the fascist Blueshirts, take power in the form of Fine Gael in the south, which led to the summary execution, without trial, of 77 of their former comrades in the IRA and a civil war that was particularly brutal. There is no reason to believe, that it will be any different on this occasion. It is simply a question, whether the will form a coalition with the fascists in the south and repeat history, by reintroducing internment without trial or execute working class activists along with their elected representatives or if they will be a little more subtle or underhand and undermine the present uprising from within, as they did the Civil Rights movement in the north.

They have already engaged in summary execution and along with their fellow political travellers, enforce draconian censorship in their corporate media, in both parts of Ireland. Along with their British agents and trolls, trawling platforms, such as Facebook, they ensure articles such as this, receive minimum exposure, complaining to moderators and Facebook, to prevent distribution. This is compounded by micro fascist groups, like astroturf 1916 societies and other British counter political groups engaged in fascist censorship, based on the bloody censorship of Charlie Hebdo with other counter gang activity. You can help defeat this by sharing this article and blog with your friends if you agree with it's contents.

Martin McGuinness
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Martin McGuinness
Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland
Assumed office
8 May 2007
First MinisterIan Paisley
Peter Robinson
Preceded byMark Durkan
Minister of Education
In office
2 December 1999 – 14 October 2002
First MinisterDavid Trimble
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byCaitríona Ruane
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Mid Ulster
Assumed office
25 June 1998
Preceded byOffice Created
Member of Parliament
for Mid Ulster
In office
1 May 1997 – 2 January 2013
Preceded byWilliam McCrea
Succeeded byFrancie Molloy
Majority15,363 (37.6%)
Personal details
BornJames Martin Pacelli McGuinness
23 May 1950(age 64)
DerryNorthern Ireland
Political partySinn Féin
Spouse(s)Bernadette Canning
(2 sons/2 daughters)
ReligionRoman Catholicism
WebsiteOfficial website
Sinn Féin profile
James Martin Pacelli 

McGuinness(Irish: Séamus Máirtín Pacelli Mag Aonghusa;[1]born 23 May 1950) is an Irish republican Sinn Féin politicianwho has been thedeputy First Minister of Northern Irelandsince 2007.[2] He was also Sinn Féin's unsuccessful candidate forPresident of Ireland in the2011 election.[3][4][5]

A formerProvisional Irish Republican Army(IRA) leader, McGuinness was the MP for Mid Ulster from 1997until his resignation on 2 January 2013.[6][7]Like all Sinn Féin MPs, McGuinness practisedabstentionism in relation to theWestminster Parliament. Following the St Andrews Agreement and the Assembly election in 2007, he became deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland on 8 May 2007, with theDemocratic Unionist Party(DUP) leader Ian Paisley becoming First Minister. On 5 June 2008 he was re-appointed as deputy First Minister to serve alongside Peter Robinson, who succeeded Paisley as First Minister.[8] McGuinness previously served as Minister of Education in the Northern Ireland Executive between 1999 and 2002.

Contents [hide]
1 Provisional IRA activity
2 Chief negotiator and Minister of Education
3 St Andrews Agreement and deputy First Minister
4 2011 Irish presidential campaign
5 Resignation from the House of Commons
6 Personal life
7 See also
8 Further reading
9 References
10 External links

Provisional IRA activity[edit]

McGuinness has acknowledged that he is a former IRA member but claims that he left the IRA in 1974.[9] He originally joined the Official IRA, unaware of the split at the December 1969 Army Convention, switching to the Provisional IRA soon after. By the start of 1972, at the age of 21, he was second-in-command of the IRA in Derry, a position he held at the time of Bloody Sunday, when 13 civil rights protesters were killed in the city by soldiers of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment.[10][11]

During the Saville Inquiry into the events of that day, Paddy Ward claimed to have been the leader of the Fianna, the youth wing of the IRA at the time of Bloody Sunday. He claimed that McGuinness and another anonymous IRA member gave him bomb parts that morning. He said that his organisation intended to attack city centre premises in Derry on the same day. In response, McGuinness said the claims were "fantasy", whileGerry O’Hara, a Derry Sinn Féin councillor, stated that he and not Ward was the Fianna leader at the time.[12]

The inquiry concluded that, although McGuinness was "engaged in paramilitary activity" at the time of Bloody Sunday and had probably been armed with a Thompson submachine gun, there was insufficient evidence to make any finding other than they were "sure that he did not engage in any activity that provided any of the soldiers with any justification for opening fire".[13]

McGuinness negotiated alongside Gerry Adamswith the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland,Willie Whitelaw, in 1972.

In 1973, he was convicted by the Republic of Ireland's Special Criminal Court, after being arrested near a car containing 250 pounds (110 kg) of explosives and nearly 5,000 rounds of ammunition. He refused to recognise the court, and was sentenced to six months imprisonment. In court, he declared his membership of the Provisional IRA without equivocation: 'We have fought against the killing of our people... I am a member of Óglaigh na hÉireann and very, very proud of it'.[14]

After his release, and another conviction in the Republic for IRA membership, he became increasingly prominent in Sinn Féin, the political wing of the republican movement. He was in indirect contact with British intelligence during the hunger strikes in the early 1980s, and again in the early 1990s.[15] He was elected to theNorthern Ireland Assembly at Stormont in 1982, representing Londonderry. He was the second candidate elected after John Hume. As with all elected members of Sinn Féin and the SDLP, he did not take up his seat.[16] On 9 December 1982, McGuinness, Gerry Adams and Danny Morrisonwere banned from entering Great Britain under the Prevention of Terrorism Act by William Whitelaw, by then Home Secretary.[17]

In August 1993, he was the subject of a two-part special by The Cook Report, a Central TVinvestigative documentary series presented byRoger Cook. It accused him of continuing involvement in IRA activity, of attending an interrogation and of encouraging Frank Hegarty, an informer, to return to Derry from a safe house in England. Hegarty's mother Rose appeared on the programme to tell of telephone calls to McGuinness and of Hegarty's subsequent murder. McGuinness denied her account and denounced the programme saying "I have never been in the IRA. I don't have any sway over the IRA".[18]

In 2005, Michael McDowell, the Irish Tánaiste, claimed McGuinness, along with Gerry Adams andMartin Ferris, were members of the seven-manIRA Army Council.[19] McGuinness denied the claims, saying he was no longer an IRA member. Experienced "Troubles" journalist Peter Taylorpresented further apparent evidence of McGuinness's role in the IRA in his documentaryAge of Terror, shown in April 2008.[20] In his documentary, Taylor alleges that McGuinness was the head of the IRA's Northern Command and had advance knowledge of the IRA's 1987 Enniskillen bombing, which left 11 civilians dead.
Chief negotiator and Minister of Education[edit]

He became Sinn Féin's chief negotiator in the time leading to the Good Friday Agreement. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996 representing Foyle. Having contested Foyle unsuccessfully at the 1983, 1987 and 1992 Westminster elections,[citation needed] he became MP for Mid Ulster in 1997 and after the Agreement was concluded, was returned as a member of the Assembly for the same constituency, and nominated by his party for a ministerial position in the power-sharingexecutive, where he became Minister of Education. One of his controversial acts as Minister of Education was his decision to scrap the 11-plus exam, which he himself had failed as a schoolchild.[21] He was re-elected to the Westminster Parliament in 2001, 2005 and 2010.

In May 2003, transcripts of telephone calls between McGuinness and British officials includingMo Mowlam, the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's Chief of Staff, were published in a biography of McGuinness entitled From Guns to Government. The tapes had been made by MI5and the authors of the book were arrested under the Official Secrets Act. The conversations showed an easy and friendly relationship between McGuinness and Powell. He joked with Powell about Unionist MPs while Mowlam referred to him as "babe" and discussed her difficulties with Blair. In another transcript, he praised Bill Clinton to Gerry Adams.[22]

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