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With many thanks to: Hugh Fitzsimons – éirígí
With many thanks to: Hugh Fitzsimons – éirígí
Oglach, Seamus McLaughlin was returned to Ardoyne for the first time in decades.
After being forced by the British government into one of the on-the-runs and into exile from his family and comrades by the hostile state of the British Government. He was waked at his ddaughter Hilda’s house in Butler Place in old Ardoyne, his funeral mass took place this morning at 10am today. Thursday 12th June 2014. Seamus was a lifelong Ardoyne republican Volunteer and committed republican who defended his district against British Imperlisom. As well as going on the offensive in Britain – courtesy of Whiterock Westrock.
With many thanks to: Stephen Murney, Èirigi
A NEWRY man on trial for publishing photographs of police officers on duty on his Facebook page has told a judge he would learn how to pixel late the faces of security force members in the future.
Stephen Murney (30) denies seven counts of publishing, collecting and possessing information likely to be of use to terrorists between August 2011 and July 2012. The prosecution has said the images were found on a computer togeather with two videos on an iPhone following a police search of Mr Murney’s Derrybeg Terrace home in November 2012 Judge Corinne Philpott on Monday rejected a defence application to dismiss the charges, after a lawyer had argued there was no case to answer. Giving evidence from the witness box, Mr Murney told his defence counsel Barry Macdonald that he worked as a public relations officer (PRO) for the Newry branch of republican group eirigi. “We are a responsible, non-violent, political party and we work towards a socialist republic,” he told Belfast Crown Court. “We do not support any armed group. We contest elections. Anyone who joins us must sign a declaration that they would not support violence.” The father-of-one said it was his job to photograph events in Newry relating to peaceful protests. He told the court he would then prepare press releases and post material on the eirigi website and his Facebook page. Asked why he had the photographs and published them, Murney replied that it was to record the event and also highlight “any PSNI harassment “. Judge Philpott asked Mr Murney: “Could you have blanked out their faces?” “I am not very good on the technical side of things,” Mr Murney said. Judge Philpott asked: “Are you going to remain as a PRO? “Yes,” Mr Murney said. Asked by the judge “Are you going to learn how to pixilate faces?”, Mr Murney said: “Yes. I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong. I didn’t think it would come to this.” Dismissing the defence application, Judge Philpott said photographs had been taken of PSNI officers without their consent as the Olympic torch passed through Newry city centre in June 2012 while they policed a protest in support of republican prisoners. “In the opinion of this court, the material found in this case could not be said to be innocuous,” she said. “Nor is it material that would be expected to be collected or collated by ordinary members of the public or found in their possession. “The fact that journalists or press photographers or some other group may have this material for a lawful purpose does not preclude it from falling within the category of material referred to in Section 58 (1) (a) and Section 58 (1) (b) of the Terrorism Act 2000. “In this case the accused took the photographs, he knew he had them and that they gave facial identification of police officers. “This material of its very nature would provide practical assstance to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.”
A NEWRY man on trial for publishing photographs of on-duty police officers on his Facebook page was released on bail on Tuesday after judgement was reserved in the case.
Stephen Murney, who has been in custody since November 2012, was granted bail due to the time already served while awaiting trial on the seven charges of possessing, collecting and communicating information useful to terrorists. Mr Murney, a public relations officer for the Newry branch of the republican group eirigi, had previously been granted bail. However, the 30-year-old Derrybeg Terrace, turned it down last April to stay behind bars after being told he would have to wear an electronic tag as part of the conditions. Belfast Crown Court had heard that the photographs taken between August 2011 and July 2012 were found during a police search of his home computer along with two videos on an iPhone. On Tuesday Mr Murney maintained that he beleived he was “doing no wrong” in publishing the unedited pictures, although he accepted that in two cases the faces of police officers had been “blanked out” on the social-networking page. He had told Belfast Deputy Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott that it would be too technical for him to pixellate the images but promised to learn the technique as he intended to remain a PRO for the party. On Tuesday Mr Murney said at the time one of the pictures was blacked out he “wasn’t too sure about the legitimacy of the photograph”. He said “different people were saying different things” to him about photographs and that he only remembered those two pictures being blanked out. However, he rejected a prosecution suggestion that when forced into a “tight spot you repeat the mantra: ‘I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong'”. The Newry man repeated that as a press officer for eirigi his job was to take photographs and to draft press statements. The photographs, he said, mainly concerned police harassment, particularly of himself. While he helped organise events in support of prisoners from paramilitary groups, Mr Murney denied directly supporting the prisoners. “I support the human rights of prisoners. It dosn’t mean I support their veiws,” Mr Murney who described himself as a “political activist”, said. Time and again during his cross-examination he repeated that he “did not believe I was doing anything wrong”, and that he was “surprised it got this far and ended up in court”. “In my view I had a reason to do it. I didn’t think I would be charged. I was doing it for a legitimate purpose,” he said. Mr Murney denied that he had created his Facebook page as “an open source for paramilitaries” to identify and target officers. He also rejected suggestions he had photographed and published his pictures to “wind up and annoy” the police, but said he regarded the PSNI as an illegitimate force. Judgement was reserved.
REPUBLICAN group Eirigi is to field candidates in this year’s local government elections on both sides of the border. The Anti-Good Friday Agreement party is expected to stand 10 candidates.
Formed in April 2006, the ‘socialist republican’ party is oppossed to Shame Fein’s political strategy. Although the party has yet to finalise its candidates, it is expected to contest a seat in West Belfast where it polled more than 2,000 votes during local government elections in 2011.”For the first time in a generation citizans from Antrim to Wexford will have an opportunity to vote for a genuinly revolutiony socialist republican party,” party chairman Brian Nesson said. “These elections will mark another important milestone in the building of a vibrant 21st-century century Irish socialist republican movement.” In a year statement Mr Leeson said said there has been little movement towards a United Ireland in recent years. “Fifteen years after the signining of the Good Friday treaty it is evident that it is no more a stepping stone to a free Ireland than the 1922 treaty that preceded it. “More than five years after the collapse of the private banking system, and all the promises of change that followed that momentous event, it is clear that the socio-economic status quo remains unchanged.”
With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News.
Eirigi in Newry has claimed that police provocation caused the riot in Newry’s Camlough Road last night.
A police spokesman told Newry Times that officers were attacked with stones, bricks and petrol bombs while they dealt with a suspicious object in the area. Eirigi spokesman Stephen Murney however, dismissed this and instead pointed the finger of blame on the PSNI for ‘creating and provoking a serious riot situation in nationalist areas.’
Speaking to Newry Times, Murney stated, “Under the guise of an alleged ‘security operation’ the PSNI, accompanied by the British Army, arrived in force and proceeded to surround and seal off the Derrybeg and Carnagat areas. Dozens of armored PSNI land-rovers, armored cars, jeeps and British army lorries kept these areas under siege and at one stage two PSNI helicopters kept the local population under surveillance.”
He continued, “éirígí activists from these areas received numerous reports from residents concerned at the heavy handed actions of the PSNI and were at the scene immediately to ensure the safety of their communities. As we have seen numerous times in the past couple of years the British forces have a history of provocation in situations like this and this instance was no different.”
Murney’s interpretation of the riot situation differs greatly from the PSNI explanation. Murney explained “While engaging with the community we witnessed several armored land-rovers driving at speed towards a group of young people who had gathered to watch what was happening. This deliberate attempt to intimidate and provoke the community created a riot situation in which stones, paint and petrol bombs were thrown, with various media reports stating a PSNI member was injured.”
“The blame for this trouble lies squarely with the PSNI who spent their time goading and driving armored land-rovers directly at young people. éirígí activists remained in the area until the British state forces withdrew, leaving the local community to pick up the pieces and clear the destruction left behind by actions of the PSNI.”
He added, “These communities are no strangers to Crown Force repression and have been to the fore in resisting this repression over the years. If the PSNI aren’t harassing residents in these areas by using stop and search legislation and house raids they are provoking our local youths to create riot situations such as this.”
Clonmel Town Hall
The Labour Party intend to hold a celebration to commemorate 100 years since the foundation of their party in Clonmel on the weekend of May 26 and 27. The Labour Party was founded by James Connolly and Jim Larkin, men committed to the ordinary people of Ireland. It was their intention that the Labour Party would protect the interests of the workers against capitalism.Today however the Labour Party is implicit in some of the harshest austerity measures Ireland has ever seen, working alongside Fine Gaelin a right wing government and destroying the lives of those very people who Connolly sought to protect. The current Labour Party bears no resemblance to the party founded 100 years ago.This is not strictly an éirígí event, other Socialistgroups will be there also . We would encourage all those who are opposed to this government and their austerity measures to come along to this protest and let their voices be heard. Would James Connolly and Jim Larkin have supported Austerity ? We know the answer ! Lets let the Labour party know .There will be a plaque unveiling on the 27th of May, in Clonmel Town Hall by Eamon Gilmore, thats when the protest will take place, not sure of the time yet but will let you know in advance .