It is with great regret that I announce the death of Gerry McKerr from Lurgan

Jim McIlmurray
Case Coordinator
The Hooded Men

Gerry was one of the original “Hooded Men” and had been active in the Republican movement, since the mid 1960s.

Gerry was arrested and interned on Monday the 9th of August 1971.Early on the morning of 11th August Gerry and the others were hooded and handcuffed, bundled into a truck where they were kicked and beaten, and brought to a helicopter.

After a flight of 30-60 minutes, they were pulled out of the helicopter, beaten and put into another vehicle, which brought them to RAF Ballykelly.

At RAF Ballykelly, Gerry’s hood was tightened and he was beaten badly before being taken into a room with a noise similar to “a constant roar of steam escaping a valve from a steam boiler.”

He was given another physical examination, stripped, and issued a pair of army overalls that were far too small. He was put into the search position against the wall, his feet bare on a slippery floor.

After a period of time, he was no longer able to hold himself up, fell and passed out. He awoke while being beaten around the kidneys. This pattern continued for days.

Gerry was eventually given a pair of boots and taken back to a helicopter, beaten all the way. He was transported to a place where he was served with internment papers; he felt some sense of relief that although the beatings continued, he was no longer subjected to the wall-standing and other techniques.

At Ballykelly, the torture continued. Gerry found it much more difficult to keep track of time. The interrogations became much more violent, as he was threatened, abused and insulted each time before being taken back to what he began to refer to as the “music room.”

He was told that he would never see his wife and children again if he did not cooperate. I recall Gerry telling me, his thoughts at the time were “Hell dare not be like this,”

After several days, Gerry was finally allowed to sleep, given a meal, and permitted to wash up before being taken to Crumlin Gaol.

At the Gaol, all of the men experienced an air of jubilation that they were still alive and free of the torture. Gerry called it “an absolute high.” In mid-October 1971, the Hooded Men were transferred from Crumlin Road to Long Kesh internment camp, where Gerry served as OC.

Gerrard McKerr was released from Long Kesh in 1975. The last year of his interment he was sick, developing a number of lumps on his neck for which he was given antibiotics.
Upon his release, he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

Two years later, his wife called him to the door; there were some men who were looking for him. Gerry, sensing trouble, grabbed the first man and slammed the door; the second man fired a gun through the door, hitting Gerry in the abdomen and groin area.

He believed the perpetrators were members of the Glenanne gang, to which nearly 90 murders in the Armagh area were attributed, including those of the Miami Showband.

Six weeks later, when he was getting ready to take his children to school, Gerry found a bomb planted beneath his car. Gerry moved his family from their home to a new house in the town.

I was with Gerry the moment we received the news the Irish government would request the European courts reopen the case of the Hooded Men. He was delighted and said “Justice, finally we will get justice”.

I will ensure that Gerry will receive justice. The case will continue in his honour.

Our thoughts are with his wife Eileen and children at this sad time. TAL32

With many thanks to: Richard Gaughan for the original posting

Jim McIlmurray
Case Coordinator
The Hooded Men

Flo O’Riordan and her son Fian Sean O’Riordan who were murdered by the British Army on 22nd March in 1972 on Cawnpore Street in West Belfast

Sean received a gunshot wound to the back of the head and died a short time later in hospital. He was thirteen years old and was the second eldest of six children.

I do not grudge them: Lord, I do not grudge
My two strong sons that I have seen go out
To break their strength and die, they and a few,
In bloody protest for a glorious thing,
They shall be spoken of among their people,
The generations shall remember them,
And call them blessed;
But I will speak their names to my own heart
In the long nights;
The little names that were familiar once
Round my dead hearth.
Lord, thou art hard on mothers:
We suffer in their coming and their going;
And tho’ I grudge them not, I weary, weary
Of the long sorrow-And yet I have my joy:
My sons were faithful, and they fought.

Seán O’RIordan, Na Fianna Éireann.(Aged 13) Today is his anniversary. He was shot dead in Cawnpore Street, on 23rd March 1972 by the British Army. Never forgotten by the people of Clonard.

With many thanks to the: James Connolly Association Australia for the original posting

Missing, Teeside Urgent missing alert Faith Wilks aged 15

 

Officers are currently trying to find missing teenager Faith Wilks who has not returned to an address in Stockton.

Police are worried about her whereabouts, this is the third time she has gone missing since her mum tragically died.

Faith, 15, is white, around 5’2” tall, with a pale complexion, blue eyes and dark blonde hair which is straight and in a ponytail.

She is believed to be wearing blue jeans, a burgundy padded coat with fur round the hood and white trainers.

It’s possible Faith may be in the Hartlepool, Thornaby or Stockton areas and we’d ask anyone who has seen Faith or who knows where she is to contact Cleveland Police via the 101 number, quoting Event 47053.

Faith if you are reading this help and support, is available we will simply call or text 116000 for free confidential advice.

If you are yourself sat reading this and thinking of running away from home please be assured help and support is out there for you.

Simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home ‘Missing people’ are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe.

Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential.

With many thanks to: Police Hour for the original posting

 

Eight UVF MEN CHARGED OVER POLICE PROBE INTO EAST BELFAST UVF DRUG RACKET

RUC/PSNI searching properties in East Belfast as part of probe into UVF

DETECTIVES from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force have charged eight men over an investigation into east Belfast UVF’s involvement in the supply of Class A drugs.

Four men aged 22, 27, 29 and 38, who were arrested during a search by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force yesterday (Friday 22 March) in the Greater Belfast and Ards areas have been charged with a offences, including being concerned in the supply of a Class A controlled drug.

All four men are due to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court this morning Saturday, March 23 for a first remand hearing.

Four other men arrested yesterday, aged 32, 47 and two both aged 48, have also been charged with being concerned in the supply of a Class A controlled drug and are due to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on 18th April.

A ninth man, aged 34 and who was also arrested yesterday, has been charged with unlawfully obtaining of/disclosure of personal data to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on 18th April.

As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service

A 32-year-old man arrested yesterday on suspicion of possession of a Class A controlled drug with intent to supply has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

A 40-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B controlled drug, intimidation and improper use of electronic communications has been released to be reported to the Public Prosecution Service.

With many thanks to: Belfast Daily for the original story

In the early hours of this morning 23-3-2019

A large convoy of Garda squad cars had to be drafted in to Castlerea town in Co. Roscommon from surrounding towns some as far as 20 miles away to deal with a serious incident where up to 100 drunken Gardai had to be taxied home after a party to celebrate the shifting of the bundling Garda Supperintendant Seamus Boyle from Castlerea to his original home area of Granard. Boyle has overseen a calamitous and chaotic peroid at Castlerea Garda area including 12,000 euros going missing from Castlerea Garda Station, the early retirement of 2 Gardai on full pension and gratuetys because they were caught on CCTV. cameras shoplifting every day over a peroid of 6 mounths in a shop that had observed them at this behavour for more than 2 years before hand, he also over saw serving Garda officers beating the shit out of 3 local men in 2 different incidents where all 3 men recieved sever injuries and had to be hospitalised, he over saw the illegal Strokestown eviction where a number of men were seriously beaten by U.D.R. ex- shoot to kill British soldiers while the McGann family were been evicted out of their dwelling place in the absent of a warrent or a court order, he also presided over the assault of several people who attended court in the area by serving members of the Gardai and the theft of property belonging to some of those people. These squad cars that are payed for and belong to the Irish tax payers were used this morning as private taxes while single women in the Castlerea area are frightened half to death in their beds of a man who is driving around the town at night drunk out of his head and knocking on their door uninvited looking for sex, this drunkard is in the pay of the department of Justice and has been quite forceful while at the doors of some of his victims YET NO CHARGES OR CONVICTIONS FOR HIM! As every one is equal in the eyes of the law I think that any time some one gets drunk now they should be intitled to ring the Gardai in Co. Roscommon and request a squad car be sent around to take them home safely and free of charge, please share and comment, thank you for reading.

With many thanks to: Pat Cannon for the original posting

Irish Republican Socialist Movement Monument Erected in Derry Cemetery

*ON THIS MONTH*
March, 2000.

The impressive granite sculpture of an Irish National Liberation Army volunteer with a rifle, dressed in combat clothing, scarf, beret and dark glasses, standing guard over the graves of fallen members of the IRSM.

It was commissioned by the Irish Republican Socialist Party.

Unionist leaders, of course, were not happy, and demanded it to be removed.

Defending the monument, Fra Halligan, a member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party’s executive denied the statue was offensive.

“It is a sad day when the dead, who themselves are victims of British imperialist murder, are demonised even in their graves,” he said.

The monument was considered appropriate for the site, the republican socialist plot for counties Derry and Tyrone, he said.

“We think it is a very fitting tribute to all the hunger strikers and members of our movement who have given their lives.”

With many thanks to the: Irish Republican Socialist Movement for the original posting.

Netflix’s gripping new documentary depicts one of the most horrific massacres of The Troubles

Collusion, murder, and the search for justice. An essential watch.

On 31 July 1975 ,five people were killed, including three members of a beloved Irish cabaret band, The Miami Showband, on the A1 road at Buskhill in County Down.

The attack was perpetrated by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a loyalist paramilitary group.

The band was travelling home to Dublin late at night after a performance in Banbridge when their minibus was stopped at what appeared to be a military checkpoint.

Guest on BBC show reveals behind the scenes information on ‘how incredibly stupid the show’ is

Gunmen in British Army uniforms ordered them to line up by the roadside. At least four of the gunmen were soldiers from the British Army’s Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), and all were members of the UVF.

Two of the gunmen, both soldiers, died when the time bomb they were hiding on the minibus exploded.

The murders were later described as “the day the music died” because the band members were from both sides of the religious divide. To compound the grief and pain, The Miami Showband were completely apolitical and were extremely popular with fans from both communities.

Here’s what the official synopsis states: “Ambushed by Ulster loyalists, three members of the Miami Showband were killed in Northern Ireland in 1975. Was the crime linked to the government?”

The documentary will examine the search for justice while examining allegations of collusion between the British Army and the killers.

ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre is available to watch on Netflix from 22 March.

ReMastered: O Massacre da Miami Showband | Trailer Oficial Legendado [Brasil] [HD] | Netflix

Clip via Trailers Netflix 1 DAY AGO Netflix’s gripping new documentary on The Troubles is an extremely powerful watch PAUL MOORE

Follow this link to find out more: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_Showband_killings