A SENIOR loyalist (rumered to be a member of the UVF) has been shot dead at his Co Antrim home has been named locally as David Murphy

UVF break ceasefire once again

It is understood that a neighbour discovered his body at the farmhouse on Church Road in Glenwherry, on the outskirts of Ballymena, at about 1pm on Tuesday.

On Tuesday night crme-scene investigators continued to examine the farmhouse

People in the area say Murphy had been involved in an altercation days before his death, when he was set upon by a gang of men.

In March last year he was released on bail charged in connection with a suspected extortion plot targeting a bank manager who was told to hand over £10,000. Murphy, described in court as a cattle and sheep farmer, was due to stand trial this year for blackmail and threats to kill.

In 2004 he was convicted of possessing a sub-machine gun, four pistols, ammunition and paramilitary-style clothing thought to belong to the UVF.

On Tuesday night crime-scene investigators continued to examine the farmhouse.
Police said: “Detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a man at a house in the Church Road area of Glenwherry.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding his death.”
Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan said the rural community are in shock.

“I would be calling on police to conduct a full investigation, not just into this man’s cause of death but also the circumstances leading up to the discovery of his body,” he said.

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

“Powell’s blunt racism made him an unwelcome member of the Tory Party but he found a welcome with the Ulster Unionists…”

Letters:

Powell’s blunt racism made him an unwelcome Tory member
The Irish News 11/02/2019

BBC Newsline (January 22) gave us a glimpse of MP Jeffrey Donaldson’s office. On the wall, opposite a portrait of Queen Elizabeth, was one of Enoch Powell.

The name might mean little to some today but 50 years ago it was impossible not to be aware of him. He was perceived by some to be a champion of the ordinary man and woman, but others feared him.

In 1968 he gave a widely publicised, carefully crafted and brilliantly presented address which came to be known as the ‘Rivers of Blood Speech’ in which he intoned, ‘like the Roman I seem to see the River Tiber foaming with much blood’.

His target was a government policy which encouraged Commonwealth immigration as an aid to post-war reconstruction.

Powell’s view was that the policy was bastardising the British race and its ultimate consequence would be racial conflagration. He wanted immigrants repatriated.

Tony Benn said at the time of Powell’s constituency, ‘In Wolverhampton the flag of racialism has been raised’.

The speech was replete with racial slurs and dubious assertions – ‘In this country in 15 or 20 year’s time the black man will have the whip hand over the white man’.

In the wake of the speech there were attacks on racial minorities. Skinheads roamed the streets crying ‘Powell! Powell!’ and ‘Get back to your own country’!

His ejection from the shadow cabinet brought striking dockers on to the streets with placards demanding, ‘Back Britain, not black Britain’.

Powell’s blunt racism made him an unwelcome member of the Tory Party but he found a welcome with the Ulster Unionists and was elected in 1974 as MP for South Down.

Donaldson, his election agent, said ‘he brought great intellect to our party’ and on Powell’s death he reflected, ‘our nation will mourn the loss of a true statesman who was held in very high regard’.

WES HOLMES
Belfast BT14

http://www.irishnews.com/opinion/letterstotheeditor/2019/02/11/news/powell-s-blunt-racism-made-him-an-unwelcome-tory-member-1548251/

With many thanks to: Seán Mac Conmara for the original posting.

UNIVERSAL CREDIT WORKERS QUIZZED OVER SCAM PROBE

Department accused of hushing-up allegations as police aren’t called to investigate allegations of Fraud

PROBE: The Plaza Building in Chichester Street, Belfast, are now under investigation

A MAJOR investigation has been launched after workers dealing with new Universal Credit were alleged to be directing payments into bogus bank accounts.

The Sunday World has learned bosses at the Department for Communities (DFC) have been left red-faced after they uncovered an alleged scam which saw payments going into fake bank accounts. We have learned that several people working on the controversial new benefit scheme in Plaza Building, Chichester Street, are now under investigation. The Sunday World has also learned that despite Universal Credit marking the biggest reboot of the benefit system in over 50 years the government had outsourced much of its running here to a temp agency. But we can reveal DFC is trying to hush-up the scandal and have so far not involved the police. One source told the Sunday World “Heads are going to roll because whatever way the system was set up it was vulnerable to attack.

WRAPS

“But the bosses want to keep the scandal under wraps because firstly there has already been enough bad press about the rolling out of the Universal Credit but secondly because they think they have been able to recover the missing money.” Last night a spokesperson for DFC refused to even confirm or deny if there was an investigation. With the department remaining tight-lipped it’s not clear if it’s civil servants or agency employees who are being investigated.

One well-placed source told us:”A lot of people are being investigated for fraud who have been employed through an agency to process Universal Credit.

“At least 70 per cent of the people processing Universal Credit are employed through an agency. This is a massive change to the benefit system and most of its being handed over to agency workers, I assume because from the Civil Service point of view they don’t have full employee rights.”

CLAIMANTS

The source says the allegations center around which bank accounts money was being paid into. But the fraud was not very well thought out, says another source, because employees at Plaza Building only handle claimants from outside the North of Ireland. “It’s being said some were paying themselves money and some were sending family members or friends money,” said the source.

“We don’t deal with the North of Ireland claimants so how did they think they weren’t going to get caught? As soon as a North of Ireland claimant came up it would stand out. It looks like they’ve done it for a week or two and got away with it and kept doing it. “We had heard they were under investigation before Christmas but the department wants this hushed up. It’s not being brought to police attention because they don’t want it in the media. 

“This is giving us all a bad name.” Despite being repeatedly asked for a detailed response the DFC refused to be drawn on the investigation. A spokesperson for the Department for Communities said: “The department continually monitors risks against the benefit system and takes action where it is appropriate, but does not comment on individual cases or investigations.” Universal Credit is the controversial new benefit which is currently being rolled out for new claimants throughout the North of Ireland. It will eventually replace the ‘legacy benifits’ of Income Related Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, and Child and Working Tax Credits. It is available to those both in and out of work.

PROBLEMS

Universal Credit was designed to simplify the benefits system, however it has been heavily criticised and plagued with problems since its introduction. This is not the first time the Plaza Building has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons. In 2013 a hidden camera was found by staff in a disabled toilet. It was discovered in a section of the building housing the Social Security Agency. The device had been placed under a sink in disabled facilities on the ground floor. Staff contacted police who took the camera away for investigation. And in 2017 the Sunday World revealed how someone had been smearing faeces on the walls of all the gents toilets. Damage was so bad an industrial cleaning firm had to be brought in to clear up the mess, as the cleaners refused to do so.

With many thanks to: Steven Moore & Roisin Gorman and The Sunday World for the EXCLUSIVE and original story.

Thanks to Anthony McIntyre’s Pensive Quill – For bringing this issue to the public attention and thus helping stop further desecration of the Holocaust mass grave in the once – grounds of the Dungannon, Co.Tyrone workhouse.

The Dungannon Herald newspaper reports that the planned further desecration of Dungannon’s workhouse burial ground has been halted. The newspaper’s date is not shown but it reports a meeting scheduled for 10Feb2019.

The article raises the question: will any planned memorial be truthful? Will it finally bear honest witness to the official murder of the workhouse’s inhabitants during the 1845 through 1850 Holocaust (and probably until the 1900-1920 repatriation to England of Ireland’s landlords), or will it be yet another obscene cover-up for the perpetrators? If the latter; if the monument fails to indicate that it was genocide perpetrated by the State, it will advertise to the world that the same genocidal forces still control Dungannon and the rest of Tyrone.

The fact that Ireland’s abundant and varied food production was removed by armed forces of the British government, starving much of the population to death, cannot continue to be concealed. It ought never have been concealed. No free people would permit such falsification of history; such support for genocide.

Chris and Mary Fogarty

P.S.: Tragic to relate, Ireland’s Royal Dail have mounted an expensive campaign, led here in the States by its Consuls General, to try to revive the old, discredited, “Irish famine” lie and its concomitant lie of “the stupid Irish whose inadvertent suicides improved the world’s gene pool.”
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“HOLOCAUST” REPORTS IN CORK EXAMINER IN 1845-1855
Sorted chronologically, from
<britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/search/results/1847-01-01/1850-12-31?basicsearch=holocaust

(The article headings are underlined here-below. The Cork Examiner referred to “Holocaust” in other contexts, also.)

04May1846: ​Landlord and Tenant Holocaust (other text not given)
07Aug1846:​The Whigs Landlordism is this moment all rampant, and all powerful for evil, and sacrifices its victims in holocausts. Individual rights is omnipotent, social wrong universal in Galway. We are told that the celebrated Mr. Gerard is again exercising…
22Jan1847:​The Speech. “…holocausts laid at your (unk). Shall men be dimmed to death for no crime, and then receive posthumous immortality for their patience?
“ ​Deaths in Bantry. …holocausts of humanity…
25Jan1847:​The Close of the Workhouse the holocaust, as the writer powerfully exposed it, offered at the shrine of political economy.
17Sept1847​The Holy Cross Demonstration……sanctified, and the world and the world’s laws went on as if there were no tenant martyrology written in red – as if no peasant holocaust had ever smoked upon Tipperary altars? We have said this much because the Evening Mail and its Correspondent are loudly…
01Oct1847:​Banquet to John Reynolds, Esq., M.P. in the Rotundo…We behold one million of our people – yes, one million of them have been offered up a holocaust to the accursed union (hear, hear) and possibly the lives of two million more may be offered in the present year that…
03Jan1848:​Town Council – Saturday Yes, million and a half of Irish people perished, were smitten and offered up a holocaust, whose blood ascends to throne of God for redress…
19Nov1855:​The Ministry …add to the Holocaust.
For other contemporaneous usages of Holocaust” see this book’s Glossary.
“HOLOCAUST” REPORTS IN CORK EXAMINER IN 1845-1855
Sorted chronologically, from
<britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/search/results/1847-01-01/1850-12-31?basicsearch=holocaust

(The article headings are underlined here-below. The Cork Examiner referred to “Holocaust” in other contexts, also.)

04May1846: ​Landlord and Tenant Holocaust (other text not given)
07Aug1846:​The Whigs Landlordism is this moment all rampant, and all powerful for evil, and sacrifices its victims in holocausts. Individual rights is omnipotent, social wrong universal in Galway. We are told that the celebrated Mr. Gerard is again exercising…
22Jan1847:​The Speech. “…holocausts laid at your (unk). Shall men be dimmed to death for no crime, and then receive posthumous immortality for their patience?
“ ​Deaths in Bantry. …holocausts of humanity…
25Jan1847:​The Close of the Workhouse the holocaust, as the writer powerfully exposed it, offered at the shrine of political economy.
17Sept1847​The Holy Cross Demonstration……sanctified, and the world and the world’s laws went on as if there were no tenant martyrology written in red – as if no peasant holocaust had ever smoked upon Tipperary altars? We have said this much because the Evening Mail and its Correspondent are loudly…
01Oct1847:​Banquet to John Reynolds, Esq., M.P. in the Rotundo…We behold one million of our people – yes, one million of them have been offered up a holocaust to the accursed union (hear, hear) and possibly the lives of two million more may be offered in the present year that…
03Jan1848:​Town Council – Saturday Yes, million and a half of Irish people perished, were smitten and offered up a holocaust, whose blood ascends to throne of God for redress…
19Nov1855:​The Ministry …add to the Holocaust.
For other contemporaneous usages of Holocaust” see this book’s Glossary.

Follow this link to find out more: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

€800 million: Ex-garda is behind biggest maritime drugs bust in history

‘It’s a huge loss financially and operationally to people involved in the flow of cocaine’

The former garda who leads Europe’s “first line of defence” against drug smuggling has described last week’s seizure of cocaine worth €800 million in the Atlantic as the largest maritime drugs bust ever.

In 2018 Michael O’Sullivan’s agency, the EU-funded Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Maoc), helped seize about €1.5 billion of cocaine destined for Europe.

Just over a month into 2019, it has almost matched that amount. Within the space of two days last week intelligence from Maoc led to the seizure of more than €1 billion worth of cocaine from ships crossing the Atlantic from South America.

The biggest of these seizures occurred on Friday when police in the small island nation of Cape Verde received information from Maoc that the ship Eser was carrying the drug.

When it docked, officers found 9.5 tonnes of high-purity cocaine, worth, Mr O’Sullivan estimated, about €800 million.

“You would be a long time running around in individual countries trying to seize that amount,” Mr O’Sullivan, a former assistant commissioner, told The Irish Times from his base in Lisbon on Monday.

It’s so big that several transnational organised crime groups would feed from it and quickly disseminate it across Europe
“If you get one tonne, you are delighted with life. The biggest seizure Maoc was involved in in the past was five tonnes. That was the motherlode. So 9.5 tonnes is the double motherlode.”

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The 11 Russians on the boat when it was boarded remain in custody.

Criminal gangs
Mr O’Sullivan believes, due to its size, a group of international criminal gangs must have been behind the haul. “Huge amounts like that require a lot of money upfront. In order to put in that type of money, in all probability it was a consortium.

“Once it comes on dry land it wouldn’t be the property of one person. It’s so big that several transnational organised crime groups would feed from it and quickly disseminate it across Europe.”

I suppose you could say we’re the first line of defence in stopping drugs coming to Europe
There is “no doubt”, Mr O’Sullivan said, that some of the cocaine was destined for Ireland. He would not be drawn on which Irish gang might be bringing it in but security sources say only the Kinahan group would have the resources and influence to be involved.

Mr O’Sullivan served as an assistant commissioner in the Garda until 2017 when he retired to become chief executive of Maoc, which was set up 11 years ago to co-ordinate anti-drug smuggling measures across European countries.

The agency receives intelligence and passes it on to individual country’s naval, customs or police forces. Each of the seven member states assigns at least one liaison to the organisation. Ireland has two, one from customs and one from the Garda.

“I suppose you could say we’re the first line of defence in stopping drugs coming to Europe insofar as we try to have the vessel intercepted out in the Atlantic before they make land.

“For example, you would talk to the Spanish liaison man who would talk to the Spanish navy and they would run it from there. It’s whoever has assets in the area is the bottom line.”

He said there was no competition between nations about who gets to make the bust. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the Irish or English or whatever, it’s about intercepting it before it gets to Europe.”

Mr O’Sullivan conceded shipments like the Eser haul make up only a tiny amount of the drugs crossing into Europe. However, the seizure will still make some people’s lives very difficult.

“I’m not saying there’s going to be a drought or anything but it’s a huge loss financially and operationally to people involved in the flow of cocaine.

“They’ve lost a fortune; it has caused them huge problems. And if we weren’t around to do that, they’d have a free run.”

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

Backstop explained and reasons for it

YOU wouldn’t know it from listening to some Tory MPs but the backstop has been a constant thoughout the torturous Brexit negotiations.

◼The first time the term ‘backstop’ appeared in relation to Brexit was back in the December Joint Report of 2017, when the EU and UK unveiled their draft deal. Up until that point the expression was only familiar to baseball fans and referred to a protective fence behind the batter.

◼The backstop is a contingency or insurance measure to keep the border open in the event of no free trade agreement post-Brexit. Otherwise there is a threat that different trade and customs regimes on either side of the UK’s only land frontier with the EU will result in checks on goods.

◼It proved controversial from the off, as the original proposal floated the prospect of “regulatory divergence” between the North of Ireland and Britain -an ‘Irish Sea border’ which the DUP and fellow Brexiteers found unpalatable. Nonetheless, the UK and EU agreed that the backstop was needed, with both signing up alongside pledges to maintain cross-border cooperation, support the all-island economy and protect the Good Friday Agreement.

◼while the prospect of the North of Ireland being treated as discrete from the rest of the UK is anathema to the DUP and other unionists, business groups saw advantages to the ‘best of both worlds’ scenario. In addition to their ideological opposition, unionist concern centered on the fact that EU would be making the rules but that the UK would have no direct representation in Brussels. Arlene Foster has also claimed any such arrangement would be “economically catastrophic for the North of Ireland”.

◼When the draft withdrawal agreement was published last February it effectively put the December Joint Report into legal terms. But Mrs May, conscious that her minority government was being propped up by the DUP, said ” no prime minister could ever agree to it” as it threatened the constitutional integrity of the UK. There are also concerns that the backstop potentially has no end date and that the UK could not unilaterally withdraw.

◼Last July’s Chequers plan proposed a close relationship between the UK and the EU, while addressing the vexed issue of the border through a “facilitated customs agreement” that would remove the need for customs checks. However, its publication saw several high-profile figures, including Brexit Secretary David Davis and foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, resign from the cabinet. Michael Barnier suggested the UK was seeking to “cherry pick” elements of the single market ahead of the EU rejecting Chequers in September.

◼The Withdrawal Agreement signed off in November, which included the backstop, was heralded by Mrs May as a deal that “delivered for British people” and set the UK “on course for a prosperous future”. The prime minister told MPs that the best way to ensure the backstop was never needed was ” to get the future relationship into place” before the end of the post-Brexit transition phase in December 2020.

◼As Sabine Wayand, the EU’s deputy chief negotiator, said earlier this week, the British government had significant input into shaping the backstop and it was its preference for the whole of the UK to remain in the customs union rather than having a specific arrangement for the North of Ireland. However, failure to get the necessary support in parliament for the withdrawal agreement has forced Mrs May to seek an alternative time-limted backstop.

◼With less than 60 days to go before B-day on March 29th Mrs May is looking to reopen negotiations with the EU, seeking a “significant and legally binding change” to the backstop proposal. The EU has said it will not change the legal text already agreed.

With many thanks to: John Manley Political Correspondent and The Irish News for the original story

Post Offices run out of Irish Passport forms

Uncertainty over Brexit is driving demand for Irish passports in Northern Ireland, with some post offices running out of forms, officials say.

Post Offices across Northern Ireland were called by the Irish Passport Service on Tuesday to be told more forms would be delivered.

One Post Office manager described the current demand as “crazy”, adding that it was driven by fears over Brexit.

Belfast’s central Post Office ran out of the forms on Friday.

Branch manager Irene Edgar said the demand was huge.

“High demand, especially in the last few weeks, means there is a stock and delivery issue,” she said.

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The Post Office in the border town of Strabane in County Tyrone has no forms, despite ordering them three weeks ago.

Branch manager Christine McNulty said the demand was “completely crazy”.

“People are afraid, that’s why they want their Irish passports, fear around Brexit,” she said, when asked why the demand was so high.

Each application for a standard 10-year passport costs €80 (£71).

‘Massive’
The branch manager of Bangor Post Office in north County Down, said whilst they still have forms they are running low, describing the demand in recent weeks as “absolutely massive”.

“It is Brexit, people don’t know what is happening and they want to be prepared,” she said.

When will new forms arrive?
The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs says application forms have been dispatched to Post Offices in Northern Ireland that operate the Passport Express Service.

“All Post Offices should be re-stocked by tomorrow or Thursday at the latest,” said a spokesperson.

“There has been a general increase in passport applications in recent years which is due to a number of factors, including a growing population and an increase in travel abroad.”

The number of applications from Northern Ireland increased last year by 2%, from 82,274 to 84,855 – and is up from 53,715 in 2015.

Amanda Lamberton said her Rossdowney Park Post Office in Londonderry’s Waterside had a lot of forms at the moment although they did run out last year.

“We are at the border as well so we would always have had a lot coming because of the Irish passport,” she said.

“But there has been an increase in British passports as well, oddly enough.”

The government warned that Britons travelling to the EU after Brexit may need to make sure their passports have six months left to run.

Irish passport holders will retain EU travel benefits after Brexit

In Newtownards, County Down, the Post Office said it still had forms, although demand had increased – especially from entire families applying for Irish passports.

Post Office branches in Crossmaglen in south Armagh, Armagh City and Ballycastle in north Antrim still had forms but said that there had been a high demand in recent weeks.

Can I get an Irish passport?
You can claim an Irish passport (or Irish citizenship) if:

You were born in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland before 1 January 2005
You were born in Ireland after that date but your parents were British or Irish citizens
Your parents or grandparents were Irish citizens born in Ireland, even though you were born elsewhere
Several other exemptions apply for those resident in Ireland for extended periods, adoptions, children of refugees, and other special circumstances.

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the original stoy