No excuse for wanting Westminister to legislate on the North

This letter appeared in The Irish News today 21/8/2018

The Irish Daily Mail and The Journal reported on Provisional Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald asserting the idea of Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth of Nations must be discussed.

Commonwealth of Nations

Can Provisional Sinn Féin not see that joining a free trade association, free trade is a criterion for Commonwealth membership, with 53 other entities would leave the Irish Free State’s market open to economic dumping? Are they unaware that farmers in EU nations are reliant on the common agriculture policy subsidies due to the economic dumping made possible by the EU’s free movement of goods and services?

In any case why would a party with a largely Irish nationalist base want to join a free trade association headed by no other than Elizabeth SaxeCoburg Gotha? Why would a party claiming to be Irish Republican want to join a free trade association of former British Empire colonies?

In the Commonwealth only Britain, India, Canada, Australia, Nigeria and South Africa have a higher nominal gross domestic product than the Irish Free State. The aforementioned nations, along with Pakistan, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Singapore are the only Commonwealth nations with higher gross domestic product purchasing power parity than the Irish Free State.

Only Bermuda has a higher nominal GDP per capita than the Irish Free State in the Commonwealth. The Falklands, Singapore, Bermuda and the Isle of Man are the only Commonwealth entities with a higher GDP purchasing power parity per capita than the Irish Free State.

The idea of the Irish Free State rejoining the Commonwealth of Nations is not the only questionable issue they have raised recently. In the pursuit of legally recognised same-sex unions in this part of Ulster, Provisional Sinn Féin has called upon Westminster to legislate for gay marriage in the six counties. Regardless of where one stands on the social issue there is no excuse for people who claim they’re Republican while calling for Westminster to legislate for any part of Ireland.

With many thanks to: ÉAMONN MACGRIANNA Belfast, BT11.

Everyone’s a winner in a United Ireland

The economist David McWilliams in December 2017 showed that in the last 60 years incomes in the south have grown by a factor of 20 while here in the north they have grown by 5.

UNIONISTS regularly complain that no one advocating Irish unity ever presents a case for the economic advantages of unity.

Other UNIONISTS say the Irish Republic couldn’t afford the north, couldn’t pay to maintain the standard of living here and even, couldn’t pay the welfare Benifits people here are used to. Most of these objections are based on complete ignorance, some on received prejudices about the south which were out of date a generation ago. All of them are nonsense.

The fact is that there are several presentations demonstrating the economic advantages of Irish unity in one form or another but when they are published they are either ignored or pooh-poohed as, ‘following the Sinn Féin agenda’ or ‘playing into the hands of Sinn Féin’. You’ve heard that refrain ad nauseam. No Unionist have ever seriously examined any of the arguments, probably because, as Peter Robinson reminded them last week, they prefer to stick their heads so far into the sand that only their feet remain visible.

The latest, and so far most valuable economic report, was compiled by Paul Gosling and Pat McArt. Typically, it received little coverage. Derry-based Gosling, a well-regarded economist and no wild-eyed republican, laid out his case at the West Belfast Féile last week to precious little notice.

It comes in two parts. First, a century of partition has impoverished the north and secondly, it will take years of investment and economic restructuring by an all-Ireland government with EU subsidies to raise the standard of living here and rescue the north from the certain basket case that Brexit will guarantee for it thanks to the DUP propping up this demented British government.

First the deleterious effects of partition. It has reversed the North’s position as the most prosperous part of the island. In 1920 the greater Belfast area, with Belfast the biggest city on the island, produced 80 per cent of Irish industrial output. Now the Republic’s economy is four times the size of the North’s and its industrial output is ten times larger. Exports from the Republic are 17 times those from the north. Last year economic growth here was 1.4 per cent compared to 4.9 per cent in the Republic. Average income in 2017 in the south was €39,873 compared to €23,700 here. It’s true higher living costs in the south blunt that difference but that far from wipes out the disparity where a worker in the south is paid half as much again as a northern worker, more if you add in the fall in the value of the pound since June 2016.

The economist David McWilliams in December 2017 showed that in the last 60 years incomes in the south have grown by a factor of 20 while here they have grown by five. Welfare payments in the Republic like the equivalent of Job Seekers Allowance or the new draconian Universal Credit system are more than twice as high as here. Those are just a few figures to illustrate the failure of partition which prevented the north developing its own appropriate economic policies separate from those London dictated.

In the event of unity the north would immediately return to the EU. Gosling argues that the EU will assist in restructuring costs as it did with German unification after 1990. The European Investment Bank would play a key role supplying cheap borrowing to develop an integrated Irish economy. Britain would be responsible for all pension, redundancy and much restructuring costs since the huge public sector in the north has been paying into both state and occupational pensions and indeed the whole population has been paying into state benefits. This arrangement would continue until at least 2050.

Remember, despite leaving the EU Britain will have to pay billions for its own EU civil servents’ and MEP’s pensions for decades. Finally, Britain needs to address the infrastructure investment in roads, water, sewage, health and rail. Gosling is not alone in producing economic proposals which demonstrate that Irish unity will be beneficial to all on the island but particularly to the north which lags at the bottom of European growth charts. He is not alone either in having them ignored by governments and UNIONISTS.

With many thanks to: Brian Feeney and The Irish News for the original story.

Nine men face terror trial after MI5 bugging operation in Newry

The nine defendants appeared at Belfast Crown Court on 28 June, 2018

Nine men are to stand trial in Belfast next year on terrorist-related offences arising from an M15 secret bugging operation.

All nine defendants appeared at Belfast Crown Court today, where they each denied charges dating back to 2014.

The terrorist charges – including membership of an proscribed organisation and conspiracy to possess firearms – are linked to a series of meetings held at a house in the Ardcarn Park area of Newry, which were recorded on listening devices hidden in the property.

A previous court hearing was told the recordings picked up suspected dissident republicans plotting to target police and members of the judicary over a period between August and November, 2014.

After each of the nine accused entered ‘not guilty’ pleas to all charges levelled against them, Mr Justice Colton was informed by a senior prosecutor that the trial is expected to last up to eight weeks, and a trial date of February 4, 2019 was set.

The Judge then told the nine defendants they were being released on continuing bail. They are:

Patrick Joseph Blair (62) from Lassara Heights in Warrenpoint. He has been charged with, and denies, 15 offences ranging from providing instruction or training in the making of an improvised explosive device to others, and membership of a proscribed organisation namely the IRA, to conspiracy to possessing explosives.
Seamus Morgan (62) from Barcroft Park in Newry, who faces a single charge of IRA membership between August and November, 2014
Colin Patrick Winters (47) from Ardcarn Park in Newry. Amongst the nine charges he faces is providing a property for the purposes of terrorism, received instruction or training in the making or use of explosives for terrorism, and conspiracy to possess explosives.
Joseph Matthew Lynch (77) from Hazel View in Belfast, who has been charged with 12 offences. These include IRA membership, engaging in the preparation of terrorist acts by attending a meeting at Ardcarn Park, and conspiring to possess firearms and ammunition.
Liam Hannaway (48) from White Rise in Dunmurry, who is being tried on 13 offences, including providing instruction or training in the making of an improvised explosive device to others, collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists, and conspiring to possess explosives with intent
John Sheeny (33) from Erskine Street in Newry, who has been charges with six offences. These include receiving training in the making or use of explosives for terrorism, IRA membership, and attending a place used for terrorist training.
Joseph Pearce (48) from Clogharevan Park in Bessbrook, is facing two counts of collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists
Kevin John Paul Heaney (44) of Blackstaff Mews in Belfast, who has been charged with belonging to the IRA between May 2013 and November 2014
Terence Marks (57) from Parkhead Crescent in Newry, who faces two counts, namely IRA membership between August and November 2014, and receiving terrorist training in October 2014.

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the origional story.

 

Junior McDaid House Facebook Page Closed Down at behest of Sinn Féin

Just to let friends know the Junior McDaid House Facebook has been ‘unpublished’ this morning, citing a speech given at a protest outside the Sinn Fein HQ in Derry on Tuesday as the reason.
‘Coincidentally’ at the time of the protest on Tuesday, one of our members tried to ‘go live’ via Facebook but to get a message of ‘Unable to go LIVE’ and ‘you have been blocked from using this feature.’
Fascism is alive and well.

With many thanks to: Peadar Gearóid Chaomhánach

LAWFULL REBELLION AGAINST CORRUPT GOVERNMENT’S AND PARTIES

So for all the corrupt political parties out there, it is us the people who can get rid of Governments that clearly take away the rights of it’s people. The British and Irish Governments clearly have breached article 61, time for a clear out as money and wealth is the only importance on politicians minds. Homelessness, Austerity, Internment of innocent people, corrupt institutions governed by the Crown and no justice for victims of war crimes the list go on

With many thanks to: Marianne Collins – Irish Republican Martyrs in Ireland.

The British Sinn Féin party are getting closer and closer to taking their seats in Westminister

The Sinn Feign party are getting closer and closer to taking Westminster seats. Co-operating with British Lords select committees is not abstentionism. https://t.co/BGO3Wy1mOr

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd tells the British House of Lords committee that if they need their Irish passport forms signed Mickey Brady MP is their man #Brexit #IrishPassports @JohnODowdSF @MickeyBradySF https://t.co/XACWI6Wc60

Check out @sinnfeinireland’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/sinnfeinireland/status/958727821525966848?s=09

With many thanks to: Saoirse Éireann for the origional story.