Sectarian graffiti daubed near West Belfast Caterpillar plant

The sectarian graffiti was daubed on a wall close to the former FG Wilson plant

fg wilson graffiti Springfield Road

UNION chiefs last night branded sectarian graffiti daubed close to a major industrial plant in west Belfast as a “reprehensible attempt to divide workers”.

The slogan ‘FG’s loyalist not welcome’ appeared on a wall of the Caterpillar plant, a former FG Wilson base, close to the Springfield Road on Monday.

While the graffiti appeared to have been painted over by yesterday morning, there was strong condemnation last night of those responsible.

Susan Fitzgerald from Unite trade union said: “The sectarian scrawl written on a wall outside the Caterpillar site in Springvale has been designed to intimidate and divide workers – it cannot and will not be allowed to succeed.

“Workplaces are the one place in Northern Ireland where people come together across the sectarian divides.”

She added: “Unite stands full square against sectarianism and intimidation and the disgusting graffiti at Springvale today. Anyone that threatens a hair on the head of any one of our members is an enemy of our union”.

Jackie Pollock from Unite said it had contacted political leaders from DUP and Sinn Féin to “seek to clam the situation”.

“This sectarian slogan is a reprehensible attempt to divide workers and will not be allowed to succeed,” he said.

“Unite represents this workforce and they stand united against those who offer nothing positive.”

Alliance assembly member Stewart Dickson said it was “disgraceful”.

“This type of graffiti was designed to intimidate one particular section of our community when entering a certain area,” he said.

“But it has absolutely no place in our society and will not be tolerated.

“Those behind this graffiti are not representative of the vast majority of people, who will rightly find its message abhorrent.”

DUP MLA William Humphrey said: “Sectarian graffiti designed to intimate workers from the PUL community and deter them from working or seeking employment at Caterpillar’s west Belfast plant.

“Previous attempts to intimate Protestant workers at the plant failed. This will also fail.”

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood said: “There is no impediment to anyone in this city working in west Belfast, regardless of their religion, ethnicity or their background.

“Workers in this part of Belfast have enough to contend with without turning on each other along sectarian lines.”

With many thanks to: The Irish News


This letter appeared in the Irish News today Jan 1st 2018

SECTARIANISM is built into the northern state. That is how it was designed by the British in the early years of the 20th century.

They deliberately chose six of the nine counties of the traditional province of Ulster as there were to many ‘Taigs’ in the whole nine counties of Ulster. In the six north-eastern counties, they thought, there would be more certainty of maintaining a majority in favour of the union with Britain, especially if the majority unionist population felt they were receiving special concessions and able to control all aspects of civillian and political life.

The Good Friday Aggreement in 1998 was intended to be a new beginning involving the Dublin government as well as the London government, with a unionist/nationalist power sharing local assembly.

The power sharing arrangement in Stormont collapsed when the late Martin McGuinness resigned because of the DUP and their unwillingness to accept the principle of equality. They wanted to hold on to the sectarian state.

In 2006 a majority in England and Wales, voted to take the UK out of the EU. That move was supported by the DUP even though a majority in the six counties voted to remain.

That presented the prospect of a return to border controls. People in border communities protested and the Dublin government, along with the EU officials, have stood firmly against any return to border controls in Ireland. It is hoped that they will continue to stand firm against the unionists and the British.

This sectarian state must be dismantled instead of being strengthened, which would happen if the Brexiteers get their way.

With many thanks to: Fr Joe McVeigh Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

Anti-Catholic/Muslim Britian’s First Jolene Bunting due in Belfast court today

Britain’s First Jolene Bunting is due to appear in a Belfast court today over a video (see below) and a hate speech made outside an Islamic centre in Belfast.

Ms Bunting is an elected TUV councillor and sits in Belfast’s City Hall


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Sectarian Rangers fan admits threatening to kill former Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

Vile Sectarian photograph posted online by Rangers fans’ of former Celtic Captain Neil Lennon.

A man has admitted to making threats against Hibernian manager Neil Lennon.

A RANGERS fan has admitted to threatening to kill Co Armagh-born Hibernian manager Neil Lennon.

Sean Cowan, of Johnstone, Renfrewshire, pleaded guilty to threatening Mr Lennon, from Lurgan, at Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday.
The 54-year-old wrote he would get a gun and shoot the former Celtic captain and manager in the head after Lennon cupped his ears in celebration during Hibs’ win at Ibrox.

He posted the comments on the Facebook page of Rangers fan site Follow Follow on August 12, following Hibs’ victory.
“Somebody give me a weapon and I will shoot this little terrorist c**t in the head with impunity,” he said.
“I’m serious. I would. I can get one, not a problem.
“Police Scotland are probably all over it now though. I have previous for firearms so I’m expecting a chap soon.”
Cowan later deleted the messages but was arrested after a witness took screenshots of the messages and passed them to police.
He will be sentenced next month.

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