Lo spietato killer lealista che sparò sulla folla al cimitero di Milltown durante i funerali dei Gibraltar Three resta in carcere: lo ha deciso oggi la Corte d’Appello
Nessuna attenuante, anzi “numerose aggravanti”, come ha fatto notare il giudice della Corte d’Appello, Declan Morgan: fallisce così il tentativo del killer lealista di veder ridotta la sentenza a 30 anni a cui fu condannato dopo la strage di Milltown.
Stone aprì il fuoco sulla folla riunita per i funerali di Mairéad Farrell, Séan Savage e Michael McCann, uccisi a Gibilterra dalla SAS il 6 marzo 1988. Mentre la terza bara veniva posata a terra, il killer iniziò a sparare all’impazzata e a lanciare granate, finché riuscirono a disarmarlo: tre le vittime – Thomas McErlean, John Murray and Kevin Brady – e più di cinquanta i feriti.
“La motivazione degli omicidi era politica, e il killer ha agito con l’intento di incutere terrore al…
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Some uncomfortable reading in the New York Times newspaper for Ireland’s Neo-Ascendancy elites as the author Tana French reveals the psychology of our broken republic:
“Ireland’s population is just over half that of New York City’s. Our ruling class — including many of the politicians, bankers and property developers who wrecked the economy — is a tiny community, interwoven by friendship, marriages, education, sports and financial transactions to a degree that would be unimaginable in a bigger country. That interweaving has created a safety net that won’t let any of the ruling elite fall. If you’re a banker and your golf buddy’s kid wants to be a banker, then it doesn’t matter if the kid is an idiot, or if he kills cats for kicks: you’ll take him on, and you’ll keep him on.
For many of these people, action and consequence don’t apply; their lives are mapped out from…
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Von: PrisonerHungerStrikeSolidarity <email@example.com>
Gesendet: 20:41 Montag, 29.Juli 2013
Betreff: “MAN DOWN!” (PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE ALERT! Week of July 29-August 4, 2013)
“Man Down!” That’s the cry prisoners shout to the guards when a man needs immediate medical attention. The guards at Corcoran State Prison did not respond to
the cry, and hunger striker Billy ‘Guero’ Sell died on July 22, 2013.
The Corcoran prison officials allege that Billy Sell committed suicide.
Prisoners tell a very different story…
“Man Down!” shouted hunger strikers to the guards in San Quentin’s notorious
prison within a prison, the solitary confinement Adjustment Center on Death Row.
Four of the hunger strikers were not drinking water, as well as refusing all food.
Fortunately, these Adjustment Center prisoners are still alive. But, to
this day, the Warden has not met with the hunger strikers to address
their just demands.
In this fourth…
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Public fund Stormont office jobs
MORE than half the DUP‘s Storming team use taxpayers’ money to employ family members in their offices. According to the assembly’s register of interests 22 of the party’s 38 MLA‘s have relatives working for them.
The figure is twice as many as all other parties combined. The total wage bill for MLAs‘ relatives working at Storming has been estimated at £500,000. In the wake of the expended scandal at West minister rules were introduced allowing MPs to employ one family member. No such rules exist at Storming. DUP finance minister Sammy Wilson, who has never employed a family member, defended the practice. “Provided people can do the job then there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be employed,” he said last night.”It happens in every walk of life and it’s not regarded as nepotism there so why should it be regarded any different in political life?” However, N121 assembly member John McCallister said the high number of relatives working for MLAs could give the public the wrong impression. “I’m sure many of these family members who work for MLAs do a very good job but unfortunately it does little to enhance the image of us politicians,” he said. “The perception that nepotism is rife can only further damage politicians in the ppublic’s minds.”
The register shows four Ulster Unionists, three SDLP, two Alliance and one Sinn Fein member have given jobs to their family members or relatives of other MLAs, while TUV leader Jim Allister employs his daughter as a part-time secretary and researcher. Among those employed at Stormont or working on behalf of MLAs include DUP leader Peter Robinson’s daughter and daughter in-law, foformer UUP MLA Billy Armstrong is employed by his daughter Sandra Overend, while employment and learning minister Stephen Carry employs his wife. The recruitment process for party workers is not governed by Fair Employment law, so in effect assembly members can employ anybody they wish. Mr McCallister said he was glad rules had been introduced at Stormont which forced MLAs to reveal which members of their family they were employing. “It’s difficult area to regulate but it’s much better now that assembly members must declare where they are employing family members or relatives of other party representives,” he said.
With many thanks to : John Manley, Political Reporter, The Irish News.
Email: J.manley@iiris news.com
Whose wages do taxpayers pay?
- Jonathan Bell employs his wife as a part-time secretary and researcher; employs Peter Robinson’s son as constituency manger and the DUP leader’s daughter-in-law as a part-time secretary.
- Paula Bradley employs her cousin as part-time office support.
- Gregory Campbell – jointly employs fellow MLA George Robinson’s son as a researcher.
- Trevor Clarke employs his wife as a part-time clerical assistant.
- Jonathan Craig paid his brother-in-law consultancy fees for design, update and maintenance of website.
- Sammy Douglas employs his son as a researcher.
- Gordon Dune employs his son as a researcher.
- Alex Easton employs his wife as a part-time clerical officer with typing duties.
- Paul Frew employs his wife as a full-time personal assistant and researcher.
- Paul Girvan employs his son as a part-time researcher.
- Brenda Hale employed her brother-in-law to refurbish her constituency office.
- William Hay employs his brother-in-law as an office manager in his Derry constituency office.
- William Irwin employs his daughter as a full-time office assistant.
- Nelson McCausland employs his nephew as a constituency worker.
- Ian McCrea employs his wife as a secretary and his brother-in-law as a researcher and personal assistant.
- David McIlveen employs employs his father as a part-tme researcher.
- Michelle Mcllveen employs her brother as a researcher and office manager.
- Adrian McQuillan employs sister-in-law as a full-time researcher, aunt as a part-time assistant secretary and jointly with two other members, employs a nephew of George Robonson as a researcher.
- Robin Newton employs his son as a resarcher/constituency worker and wife as a secretary/office manager.
- George Robinson employs his son as an office manger and personal assistant and jointly with two other members, employs a nephew as a researcher.
- Peter Robinson employs his daughter as office manager.
- Alastair Ross employs his sister-in-law as a constituency case worker.
- Jimmy Spratt employs his wife as a part-time manager.
- Alex Attwood employs his brother as a constituency assistant
- John Dallat employs his wife as an office administrater
- Pat Ramsey employs his wife as a driver and his wife’s nephew as a parliamentary assistant.
- Roy Beggs employs his wife as a part-time secretary.
- Leslie Cree employs his wife as a part-time researcher.
- Joanna Dobson employs her sister one day per week as a clerical officer
- Sandra Overend employs her father Billy Armstrong, a former MLA, on an ad-hoc basis to undertake advisory and constituency work.
- Stephen FCarry employs his wife as a senior researcher.
- Korean McCarthy employs his son on a part time basis for general office duties.
- Fra McCann employs a nice of Paul and Alex Maskey as a personal assistant.
- Jim Allister employs his daughter part-time as a secretary and office manager.
THE IRISH NEWS
Pro Fide Patria
Time to end jobs for boys culture
AT A time when the ccredibility of our devolved structures has been increasingly called into qquestion, it may not come as a complete surprise to find that so many DUP MLAs insist on using public funds to employ family members in their offices.
Our investigation today has established that more than half of the members of the DUP’s assembly group have given posts to relatives of eleceted representives, with the total figure twice that of all other parties combined. Although no-one is suggesting that any rules have been broken, the thinking which leads to the selection of partners, children, ccousins and even in one case a parent is still striking. Jobs of all kinds are very hard to come by these days and ordinary voters may well think that attractive opportunities in the managerial, secretarial and research sectors both at Storming and constituency level should go to the best available candidate. Indeed, progress over fair employment has taken decades to achieve and it is reasonable to expect that MLAs should set a positive example to the wider community in this respect. However, cynics will have noted how clear it is that sharing a name or a blood line with a DUP politician provides a huge advantage when it comes to filling in an application form. After all the uproar over the special advisers, when it emerged that some parties could be handing out key portions offering enormous salaries provided by the tax payer in almost complete secrecy, this is another damaging episode. The main problem with appointing special advisers and other party posts is the almost total lack of transparency and accountability which surrounds the entire process. If journalists from The Irish News and other outlets did not persistently ask questions of the authorities and frequently receive hostile treatment as a result, important information would never enter the public domain. Politicians who are operating in previliged circumstances should remember at all times that they are spending our money and the least we can exexpect is that they should tell us exactly what they are doing with it.
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