**Lasair Dheag condemn the arrest of Irish republican activists Alan Lundy and Nuala Perry.**

Spokesperson Pádraic Mac Coitir said, “Alan and Nuala have been subjected to harassment and imprisonment over many years. It is clearly evident to see that the PSNI stop, search and raid the homes of activists on an almost daily basis, in a clear case of institutionalised political harassment. That force, confident that it can harass without fear of opposition from mainstream political parties, is again upping the ante.

“We understand that in Alan’s case, the crown has scraped together what can barely be called ‘evidence’, in an attempt to get another republican activist off the streets. Alan, being able to provide a full and clear alibi, was locked up anyway.

“There can be no doubt that the British legal system in Ireland, in cahoots with the PSNI and other legal ‘professionals’, are enacting a clear case of internment by way of remand.

“We regularly see the true face of the PSNI as they collude with unionist gangs and this policy is endorsed by some political parties and some politicians who were targeted by this very force when they were activists.

“We call on all right-thinking political groups and activists to voice their opposition to these heavy handed tactics and to demand these spurious charges be dropped.


With many thanks to: Lasair Dheag for the original posting

In the latest in a long line of State attacks on the Revolutionary Republican Party – Saoradh since our inception, National Executive member Alan Lundy was today remanded by a British Court in circumstances that legal professionals are describing as “unheralded”.

Alan was seized by Crown Forces late on Friday night who then subsequently invaded his children’s home and traumatised them. This has been a regular occurrence for a decade now.

The reason given for Alan’s arrest was that he was alleged to be involved in an incident at a drug house in the Ligoneil area earlier that evening. Alan denies this, as the already disclosed evidence proves.

In Court this morning Alan’s solicitor informed the magistrate, Fiona Bagnall, of the following:

– Alan has given an unequivocal alibi to his legal team, which has been provided to the court. This clearly accounts for his movements on the night in question.

– Just before the event, he is some 30 miles away at KFC at Castledawson roundabout. This is proven by the CCTV taken from KFC. Getting to Ligoneil would take at least 45 mins. It is a physical impossibility to get from there to the alleged incident at Ligoneil at the time it occurred.

– One of those in the Ligoneil drughouse describes the male wearing a beige bomber jacket, the other describes it as a black puffa coat. The female names Alan, whereas the male names him as ‘Marty’. The female who named Alan has given an account to the Crown Forces that she has never met Alan Lundy. The accounts are clearly contradictory and therefore the identification evidence should not be relied upon, particularly in the circumstances whereby Alan has provided a detailed alibi.

Despite all of the above, which should have been enough to see Alan released unconditionally, he has been charged and was this morning remanded to Maghaberry in a clear case of internment.

Saoradh Béal Feirste’s chairperson Dee Fennell commented, “Alan Lundy is yet again the victim of internment by remand having been previously interned a number of years ago after lies from a PSNI officer. Lies which were later retracted.

His family have now been victim to Crown Force harassment, intimidation and threats for decades, with his father murdered in a clear case of State Collusion in 1993.

These are nonsensical charges based on no evidence, and should be dropped immediately and Alan released.

The treachery displayed by those who have allowed themselves to be manipulated by the PSNI into falsely identifying Alan is something that the Republican Community will take a very dim view of.”

With many thanks to: Saoradh – Unfinished Revolution for the original posting

Man accused of burglary with gun says he was 40 miles away

A MAN charged with an aggravated burglary in North Belfast where a suspected gun was brandished claims he was at a fast food restaurant 4o miles away.

Alan Lundy is accused of being one of two masked men who forced their way into a house on the Ligioniel Road and asked the male and female occupants “where’s the gear”. The 39-year-old, of Thornberry Close in the city, appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday amid heavy security. He denies entering the alleged victims’ home last Friday night with intent to steal and having a firearm with him at the time. According to police, two men wearing balaclavas came through an unlocked door. Lundy was allegedly identified after his mask was pulled off, the court heard. A woman in the property also claimed a second, unnamed intruder held her in a headlock and made a gun gesture with his fingers.

Opposing bail, a detective sergeant claimed there was a risk of interference with witnesses. He said the alleged demand about the whereabouts of “the gear” may have been a reference to drugs. Darragh Mackin, defending, argued that his client has provided a detailed alibi. “He gave an account of his movements on the night in question, which ranges from being in a KFC a good 40 miles away, to traveling home and accessing WhatsApp and Facebook,” Mr Mackin told the court. Cell-site analysis and WiFi account details can be provided to show Lundy was messaging on social media rather than taking part in any burglary, it was contended. “This is a fundamental case of mistaken identity,” the lawyer added. Lundy was remanded in custody to appear again by video-link on March 15th. As he was being led to the cells he waved to nearly 20 friends and supporters in the public gallery.

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the original story




Sir Jim Ratcliffe: UK’s richest man and ardent Breixiteer is moving to Monaco

Billionaire said Britain would be ‘perfectly successful’ outside of the EU, but is now opting to leave

Ineos fonder Sir Jim Ratcliffe is prominent Brexit supporter

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s wealthiest man and a key Brexit backer, has decided to leave the UK and live in Monaco.

Despite his previous claims that the UK would be “perfectly successful” outside of the European Union (EU), the billionaire has chosen to leave the country of his birth and move to the principality, whose residents do not pay income tax, on the Mediterranean coast.

Sir Jim, founder and CEO of the chemicals giant Ineos, was named as the richest man in Britain in this year’s Sunday Times rich list, with an estimated fortune of £21bn.

Before the 2016 referendum, Sir Jim made it clear he supported Britain’s exit from the bloc and claimed that the UK would prosper if it did.

“The Brits are perfectly capable of managing the Brits and don’t need Brussels telling them how to manage things,” he told The Sunday Times. “I just don’t believe in the concept of a United States of Europe. It’s not viable.”

While Ineos will remain headquartered in London, two of the company’s other top executives, Andy Currie and John Reece, will join Sir Jim in Monaco, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Motivations for their relocation have not been made clear, but Sir Jim has previously complained about Britain’s tax regime. Ineos moved its headquarters to Switzerland in 2010 for four years to cut its corporation tax bill.

Monaco is also known for its advantageous tax regime.

Earlier this year the wealthy Conservative Party donor Lord Ashcroft was criticised for urging “ambitious” British companies to relocate to Malta at the end of the Brexit process.

He said the island would be a “superb location for UK companies needing an EU base”.

Labour MP Ian Murray said: “Lord Ashcroft is selling our country down the river.

“He backs a Brexit that will devastate jobs and the economy at home while at the same time trying to flog the benefits of low tax Malta to companies fleeing the mess he and his chums have made.”

Sir Jim owns 60% of Ineos, which makes sales of around 60 billion US dollars (£46.6 billion) a year and employs around 19,000 people

Last year documents released by Friends of the Earth revealed Ineos had lobbied the government to roll back environmental regulations if the UK were to leave the EU.

An Ineos spokesperson told The Independent: “Ineos is committed to its business base in London and plans to remain headquartered in the UK for the foreseeable future.”

With many thanks to: The Independent for the original story

First it was the “Dissidents” now it’s a rival security firm!! Grow up Leo, it was the people !!!!

Opinion: First it was the “Dissidents” now it’s a rival security firm – Grow up Leo, it was the people of Roscommon who fought back

In the latest twist in the “investigation” into KBC thugs being driven out of a repossessed home in Roscommon, a rival security firm is now being blamed for the beating they received.

Attempts to pin the midnight raid on the “Dissident IRA” have proven to be foolhardy as local people literally laughed at the suggestion. Now, unbelievably, there’s a suggestion that a rival security firm attacked the KBC thugs because they didn’t get the contract to terrorise the elderly siblings on behalf of the foreign lender in front of the Gardai last week.

If anything, this crackpot idea only makes things worse for the Government. Are we now to believe that a licensed security firm carries out midnight raids on other firms because they want to drive them out of business in the same way that Dublin drug dealers operate?

Not to mention the bails of hay which they must be carting around with them to block roads with…

Maybe Leo Varadkar and Drew Harris might instead concentrate on investigating two serious assaults which occurred last week as three elderly siblings were terrified in their own rural home, it shouldn’t be that hard even for them, after all we have extensive day time video evidence and there was even a number of Gardai standing ideally by watching it all happen.

In case you haven’t seen it Leo, here is again.

With many thanks to: The Liberal for the original story


Ian óg Paisley complaints process ‘confidential’

Ian óg Paisley 2016 holiday to the Maldives was the subject of a BBC Spotlight investigation last month

The Parliamentary Standards Commissioner has responded to two politicians who called for DUP MP Ian Paisley to be investigated over a complimentary holiday to the Maldives.

But SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and Sinn Féin MLA Phillip McGuigan have told BBC’s The View programme they have been warned against revealing the details of the correspondence as they could be in breach of parliamentary privilege.

Under the new complaints and grievances scheme at Westminster the Standards Commissioner is no longer allowed to reveal details of inquiries, including naming MPs under investigation.

The information will only be made public once the investigation is completed.

“Its a disgrace, I think this is MPs protecting themselves and I think the rule needs to change,” said Mr Eastwood

He added: “I don’t see how it serves the democratic interest at all.”

The changes were introduced last year to make it easier for those reporting allegations of harassment and bullying to come forward.

But controversially, they also cover other investigations into MPs accused of breaching the Westminster code of conduct

The former chair of the Parliamentary Standards Committee Sir Kevin Barron opposed the move in the House of Commons.

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Sir Kevin said the names of MPs under investigation should be made public in most cases
“Because we introduced the issue of bullying and sexual harassment, they decided they would anonymise these types of inquiries, which was fine,” Sir Kevin told The View.

“What we didn’t agree with was to anonymise investigations under the current code of conduct.”

He added: “If anyone is in breach of the current code of conduct, not through sexual harassment or bullying, their names should be in the public domain.”

The Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone also expressed concern at the move describing it as a “retrograde step” in an newspaper article.

“She was adamant that she should be able to put people’s names in the public domain like she has done in the past and, don’t forget, she only puts those names out there if evidence is given to her,” explained Sir Kevin.

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Kathryn Stone was appointed as the parliamentary commissioner for standards in July 2017

Sinn Féin’s Phillip McGuigan said the process needs to be more transparent.

“In my correspondence I alerted the parliamentary commissioner to the media coverage of Ian Paisley and his family holidays to the Maldives and the allegations that were put into the public domain at that time,” he said.

He added: “In my opinion, those were worthy of another investigation.”

The changes to the complaints and grievance process were voted through last July – on the same day Ian Paisley apologised in the House of Commons for breaching the rules on paid advocacy over two holidays to Sri Lanka.

Mr Paisley did not vote for the changes.

He was due to meet the standards commissioner to discuss the allegations around his trip to the Maldives.

A BBC Spotlight investigation broadcast in December suggested Mr Paisley was given the holiday in the Maldives months after advocating on behalf of its government.

The programme examined whether the MP should have declared the trip in 2016.

Mr Paisley said he paid for part of the holiday and the rest was paid for by a friend.

The North Antrim MP did not reveal the identity of this friend. He said the friend was unconnected with his work and has received no benefit as a result of his work.

Mr Paisley, his wife and two sons stayed at the resort in the Maldives for six days in the autumn of 2016.

Months before, Mr Paisley and two other politicians had visited the Maldives.

At the time, international organisations including the UN were criticising the country’s government over human rights abuses.

Mr Paisley argued against economic sanctions.

The BBC’s The View will be broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland at 22:40 GMT on Thursday, 31 January 2019.

With many thanks to: BBCNI and Enda McClaferty NI Political Correspondent for the original story

Margaret Thatcher statue ‘needs 10ft-high platform’ to keep out of vandals’ reach | London Evening Standard



England voted ‘best nation in the world’ by people who’ve never been anywhere else


Martial law plans being prepped to pervent riots after no-deal Brexit

PM Plans to introduce a martial law to prevent unrest in the event of a chaotic no-deal Brexit are being looked at by the country’s top planners. The civil service are ‘prepping’ for all possibilities including putting troops on the streets of UK cities to stop rioting over food shortages.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the move on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

Armed soldiers could be a regular sight under martial law

Legislation being looked at by Brexit planners would give ministers the power to impose curfews, travel bans, confiscate property and deploy soldiers where necessary. Asked if a martial law would be introduced, Mr Hancock said: ‘Of course the Government all of the time looks at all the options for all circumstances.’ He added that it was not ‘the focus of our attention’. Whitehall officials are looking at how to use powers available under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to stop civil disobedience after the UK leaves the EU.

The Act could be put in place after Britain leaves the EU, according to The Sunday Times. A source said: ‘The over-riding them in all the no-deal planning is civil disobedience and the fear that it will lead to death in the event of food and medical shortages.’

A Downing Street spokesperson said: ‘Respecting the referendum decision means leaving the EU. ‘The PM has said that there will be disruption in the event of no deal, but as a responsible Government we are taking the appropriate steps to minimise this disruption and ensure the country is prepared.’

Theresa May has promised to deliver Brexit

Labour MP and Best for Britain campaign supporter, David Lammy, said plans for a martial law showed Brexit was ‘a full-blown crisis’. ‘The Government is recklessly drawing up plans for a colossal act of self-harm,’ he told The Mirror.

‘The idea that the Government has any mandate for this catastrophic scenario is ludicrous. ‘The Leave campaign promised a stable new trading relationship with the EU after Brexit, not total isolation and soldiers in our airports.’

David Lammy MP wants a second referendum

Earlier this week Prime Minister Theresa May shocked some MPs by claiming ‘social cohesion’ would be affected if Brexit does not go ahead, which some commentators claimed was short hand for rioting in the streets.

The government is seeking to extend MPs’ working hours in order to get Brexit legislation completed before the scheduled withdrawal date of 29 March.

Parliament’s February recess will be cancelled, and MPs will have to start earlier and finish later on sitting days. MPs will debate and vote on May’s Brexit ‘Plan B’ withdrawal deal on Tuesday.

With many thanks to: Metro.co.uk for the original story