This is Maria Bailey, she is a FG TD in Dublin…

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RUC/PSNI reiterate commitment to tackling ATM crime after thefts

TACKLING ATM crimes have been and remain a priority, the Police have said.

Any local information pass it on to your local Bobbie in the RUC/PSNI, we can’t find them ourselves but with your help we can take them down. Even local information to our local primary school can help. All local community information would be very most helpful!!!

A spate of ATM thefts have taken place throughout the North of Ireland, with notable incidents locally in Carrickmore, Cabragh, Fintona and Killyclogher, near Omagh. A police spokesperson said they have carried out 41 searches across the North of Ireland, recovering over £51,000 and making 15 arrests. As a result of these arrests, detectives have now charged five men in relation to ATM thefts in Fintona, Antrim and Tully Road, Nutt’s Corner and also charged two men for other offences and possession of criminal property. Six of these men have been remanded in custody. Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Evans, Head of Criminal Investigation Branch, said: “I would like to thank the public for their help as these arrests and charges demonstrate the positive result of the community and police successfully working together to tackle this crime.

“However, in no way does this mean we will become complacent. We continue to focus on doing everything we can to catch those responsible and prevent further thefts of ATMs. Local policing teams continue to patrol areas at night which could be vulnerable to an attack and detectives remain dedicated to investigating the thefts that have taken place. “I would again appeal to the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or unusual activity, such as people or vehicles loitering in areas close to ATMs.

“This remains a key priority for us. The idea that ATM thefts are a victimless crime is simply wrong as these attacks cause untold loss and disruption to people, business and whole communities, in terms of the loss of very expensive machinery, delays in production, damage to the local economy. If you hear machinery late at night or in the early hours please call us on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if you think a crime is in progress. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111. “I would also appeal to anyone who owns or uses heavy plant machinery – please take every possible step to secure and immobilize your machinery. If criminals cannot steal diggers and other similar machinery, they cannot tear out ATMs. “I would appeal to anyone who has any information which could help us apprehend those responsible to contact detectives on 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800555111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

With many thanks to the: Tyrone Courier for the original story

Sinn Fein say ‘no place for guns on our streets’ after paramilitary display for INLA killer McElkerney

Shots are fired in west Belfast in honour of INLA leader Martin McElkerney

“Durkan defends the undefensible” British Army ‘bravery’ motion

Mark Durkin MP
Foyle MP Mark Durban has refused to apologize for saluting the “bravery” of British troops in Afghanistan, including members of the Parachute Regiment

The SDLP MP signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) at Westminster just days after the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

The motion reads: “That this House salutes the bravery of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan and records with sorrow the deaths of . . “ before listing the names of British soldiers killed in the country.

Mark Durkin on the right

Linda Nash, sister of 17 year-old Alex Nash who was shot dead by British paratroopers on Bloody Sunday, called on the former SDLP leader to withdraw his support for the motion. “I am totally shocked. I will tell you who the brave men were; my father and the other brave men who went on that march and then went to the aid of the dying. I would never say that any soldier could be classed as brave,” she said.

Defending his stance, Mr Durkan said he signed the motion as a way of subverting the ban on reading out the names of British troops killed in the Afghan war.

“I have not allowed my own very strong views in relation to what the British army have done in the North of Ireland to blind me,” he explained.

The Foyle MP also said he has sympathy for the British soldiers killed in Afghanistan. I am not going to say I am not sorry when someone has died in uniform,” he added.

With many thanks to the: Derry Journal for the original story

Senior gardaí corruption case gardaí freed without charge!

A SUPERINTENDENT and a rank-and-file garda arrested as part of a corruption probe within the force have been released without charge.

They have been the subject of CAB (Criminal Assets Bureau) probes (Image: Collins Photo Agency)

Both officers, who were arrested on Thursday morning along with a Garda inspector, have been suspended from duties. The garda inspector was released on Thursday evening and also suspended from duties. The superintendent was arrested on suspicion of the unlawful disclosure of garda information. The inspector was detained over suspected drugs offences and the garda was held on suspicion of conspiracy to prevent the course of Justice. Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said: “An Garda Siochana is fully committed to investigating any alleged wrong-doing or corruption involving Garda personnel, and will work with other relevant agencies in doing so.

“As this is a live and ongoing investigation, it is not appropriate to make any further comment at this time.” The arrest operation was led by the Assistant Commissioner for Special Crime Operations, John O’Driscoll. It involved the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI) and the Garda National Drugs & Organized Crime Bureau (UNDOUBTEDLY). Speaking in Dublin on Thursday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described the arrests as serious. “I haven’t received a briefing from the Minister of Justice on that so I don’t know the background to it, but obviously it’s a serious development,” Mr Varadkar said.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Cate McCurry for the original story.

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Tory MP: Robert Nairac was my captain and a gentleman, he should be honoured

Captain Robert Nairac in Belfast before he was abducted and executed by the IRA in South Armagh

Captain Robert Nairac in Belfast before he was abducted by the IRA in South Armagh.

An MP whose commanding officer was murdered by the IRA has called for Parliament to mark his death amid a row over draft proposals on the prosecution of Armed Forces veterans.

Sir Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead) paid tribute to Captain Robert Nairac in the House of Commons as a number of MPs spoke about reports saying plans to block prosecutions against ex-military personnel would not apply to the North of Ireland.

Rising to make a point of order, he said: “42 years ago in the early hours of that morning, a brave British soldier who was from 3 Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was abducted by the IRA.

“Captain Robert Nairac was my captain, a gentleman that in the boxing ring broke my nose, the first person to have done so.

“We still do not know what happened to him. This country owes a great debt to our soldiers in the North of Ireland, and particularly those who have given the utmost for their country.

“Mr Speaker do you think there is any way that I can mark 42 years of Captain Robert Nairac giving his life for this country and for the peace of the North of Ireland?”

His tribute was echoed by Tory MP and former army officer Bob Stewart (Beckenham), who said Captain Nairac had received a George Cross posthumously, after being “tortured heinously” by the IRA.

He said he had “died in an incredibly gallant way and I agree we should recognise the great gallantry of this man”.

In reply, Commons Speaker John Bercow said he was “very open to the idea of recognition in the way that he suggests”, and called for Sir Mike to visit him to discuss it further.

But it led to further points of order, with the DUP’s Gavin Robinson (Belfast East) saying that he sought assurances from the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox earlier this year that any proposal to protect veterans from prosecution would “apply equally across the UK”, and that he was told it would be “plainly wrong if it didn’t”.

So he said he was “perturbed” to read that plans will not apply to Northern Ireland, saying: “It shows scant disregard for people the length and breadth of this United kingdom who stood to protect our interests, our values and our democracy.”

Tory James Grey (North Wiltshire) asked whether any bill which excluded Northern Ireland could be amended to out it back in, with Mr Bercow agreeing in principle, saying “with very few exceptions bills are amendable”.

And fellow Conservative Richard Drax (South Dorset), another ex-military officer, called on the Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley to make a statement to the Commons on the matter.

Gavin Robinson MP
Legal protections for military veterans must apply equally across the UK, says MP
He added: “This pursuit of our armed forces, our veterans, 200 of them for things allegedly done many, many years ago is totally unacceptable and it must end forthwith.”

With many thanks to the: Belfast News Letter for the original story

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Legacy of Troubles brings ‘real challenges’ to island relations – Donaldson

Brexit and centenaries will bring ‘five years of difficult discussion’, says DUP MP

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson said: ‘We need to get to a place where we agree that there were things that went wrong and should never have happened and we move on’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times


Relationships on the island face “real challenges” if the legacy of the Troubles is not dealt with as people commemorate “very difficult centenaries” in the coming years, DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has said.

The unionist politician told the 58th British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, meeting in Co Wicklow, that his party was “absolutely committed” to restoring Northern Ireland’s devolved government, suspended since 2017.

He said there was a need for the North’s political institutions to be reformed and for a “joined-up approach” to deal with “our troubled past” and move towards the “ultimate objective” of the peace process: reconciliation.

The country was going to have “five years of really difficult discussion and debate alongside dealing with these very difficult centenaries,” he said.

“We do need to move beyond retribution, beyond the point where we are in some cases, and maybe on both sides, trying to rewrite the narrative of the Troubles,” said Mr Donaldson, speaking at the assembly at the Druid’s Glen resort.

“We need to get to a place where we agree that there were things that went wrong and should never have happened and we move on, not that we forget the past because the victims are there, but we have to move this beyond where we are now.”

Irish and British parliamentarians met at the assembly for the first time since the killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry last month. In an emotive final debate on “recent political developments,” they spoke positively about the impetus her death might bring to restore Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government.

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Lord Malcolm Bruce, the British Liberal Democrat politician, said the 65 per cent rise in support for the Alliance Party in Northern Ireland’s council elections earlier this month showed a “pulling together of the centre” but warned that the opportunity and mood for change “could easily evaporate”.

He said that he had visited a secondary school in Derry where every single student in a class of final-year students put their hands up when asked if they saw violence returning to the streets of the city.

“That was a few months ago. I’d like to think that things are a little bit more positive but it took the death of a journalist for that to happen,” he said.

Labour TD Joan Burton urged UK politicians to use the cross-party discussions on Brexit to pause and consider the potential for violence and what the UK leaving the EU could mean for Northern Ireland.

“The impact of a bad Brexit on the island of Ireland is a real risk; it does empower people who still believe in guns and bullets and violence and bombs to step out of the shadows,” she said.

British Labour MP Karin Smyth, the party’s shadow Northern Ireland minister, went further, warning of the risk to democratic structures “across these islands,” saying that “everything is now moving”.

She attributed the drive for Brexit to the loss of faith in democracy and how people do not feel that they have say over basic services such as education and health.

“Brexit will not end in three weeks or in six months. It is a long-term process and something we are not addressing,” said the MP who voted to remain in the EU in 2016.

Pro-Brexit Conservative MP Martin Vickers told the assembly that the idea that a second referendum would resolve Brexit was “a complete myth”, He said his constituents were angry that Brexit had not been delivered and warned against using a new prime minister as “an opportunity to go back to square one”.

“The anger and frustration is building up. We have got to bring it to a conclusion,” he said.

Lord Reginald Empey, former UUP leader, praised Ms McKee’s work, recalling her research on the murder of a Ulster Unionist MP for a book and visiting an Orange family from Co Armagh to write about how they celebrated July 12th.

“Here was a young woman prepared to look beyond the narrow confines of her particular background but was prepared to look at a wider picture,” he said.

With many thanks to: The Irish Times and Simon Carswell in Newtownmountkennedy for the original story