It has been brought to the attention of Belfast 32csm that the much needed mental health facilities at the Everton Centre in Ardoyne are to be closed due to a lack of funding…….
Facilities like this are s necessity in the Ardoyne area which has a substantially high number of people with mental health issues, as do many working class communities. We totally condemn the closure of such services due to the lack of funding whilst at the same time British security forces including MI5, Special Branch,
SAS and the unreformed RUC are receiving millions of pounds of tax payers money to harass and oppress this small republican community. With the closure of Everton Centre many patients will have to travel to different unfamiliar facilities, in many cases these facilities are based in the heart of loyalist areas which would inevitably cause even more distress and anxiety.
Over the next few weeks we would ask everyone to highlight this issue and hopfully bring an end to the closure of this much needed service and show that we all support mental health treatment right across the board.
With many thanks to: Conchobhar Óbreaslain – 32 County Sovereignty Movement :
‘Several factors are used in determining admissibility into Canada, including involvement in criminal activity, in human rights violations, in organised crime, security, health or financial reasons – Canada Border Services Agency spokesman.
THREE high-profile anti-agreement republicans are expected to be deported from Canada after being refused permission to enter the country.
The chairman of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, Francie Mackey, was amoung the men detained as they tryed to enter the country on Wednesday. It is understood prominent Belfast spokesman Martin Rafferty and Louth-based member Peter Fitzsiomons had also travelled across the Atlantic to take part in a six-day speaking tour. Republican sources have confirmed all three men were detained shortly after their flight from Dubin touched down at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. It was unclear last night exactly why they were turned away from Canada. A former Shame Fein councillor in Omagh, Mr Mackey was held in a local detention centre overnight before being placed on a flight home yesterday. His travelling companions were detained in local prisons and were expected to be placed on the same flight. The 32 County Sovereignty Movement was originally called the 32 County Sovereignty Committee and was formed by Shame Fein members opposed to the party’s political direction in 1997. It has in the past been linked to the Real IRA, which formed a merger with republican groups in Derry and Mid Ulster in 2012. A spokesman for the Canada Border Services Agency last night said it would not “confirm nor deny the entry of any individual” but it takes “it’s border and national security responsibilties very seriously”. “All persons must demonstrate they meet the requirements to enter and/or stay in Canada,” he said. “Several factors are used in determining admissability into Canada, including involvement in criminal activity, in human rights violations, in organised crime, security, health or financial reasons.” When asked if the 32 County Sovereignty Movement is banned in Canada, the spokesman directed The Irish News to a list of banned organisations on which the group did not appear.
With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News, for the orgional story.
32 County Sovereignty Movement members remove an RAF banner from a hoarding in Derry city yesterday.
An RAF recruitment billboard in Derry’s Brandywell area has been torn down by dissident republicans.
The large RAF Royal Air Force Reserves recruitment billboard was erected at the junction of Lone Moor Road and Foyle Road in recent days. Members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement (32CSM) pulled down the billboard – which faced drivers entering the city from Co Donegal – yesterday afternoon. However, as they were doing so, representatives of the company which erected the poster arrived to remove it as well after they were contacted by the SDLP. Police filmed the removal of the poster from a discreet distance. 32CSM spokesman, Gary Donnelly claimed people living in the Brandywell area were furious that the billboard was erected. “This is a complete insult to the people of the Brandywell. It’s also a disgrace that it should have been put up within yards of the route of the Bloody Sunday march, particularly at this time of the year with the anniversary coming up,” Mr Donnelly said. Derry SDLP spokesman Emmet Doyle said such posters could cause hurt and distress in some areas. “A number of peope have been in touch to say how disgusted they are and how they find the poster deeply offensive, especially given this time of the year in the lead up to the anniversary of Bloody Sunday,” he said. Stangford DUP MLA Jonathan Bell criticised the SDLP veiw. “The RAF has a proud distinguished history of service and recruits people from all parts of the Uniited Kingdom regardless of their political beliefs or religious persuasion and rightly so. “Many will find it bizarre if the SDLP is opposed to RAF jobs being advertised. Such a stance suggests they have forsaken any semblance of commitment to a shared future and equality let alone fair employment.”
With many thanks to: Seamus McKinney, The Irish News.
‘This classically is a case which calls for an answer from the person who knows whether he was on that march or not – Sir Declan Morgan.
A DERRY man given a suspended jail sentence for being the masked flag bearer in a republican parade was never properly identified, the Court of Appeal has heard. Lawyers for Patrick John McDaid argued that experts in facial mapping and image comparison techniques were not certain he had been the man pictured in a balaclava.
McDaid is seeking to overturn his conviction for managing a meeting in support of a proscribed organisation. The 43-year-old, then of Beechwood Avenue in Derry, was sentenced in May to 16 months in prison, suspended for three years, after a judge decided he was ‘Man X’ carrying an Irish tricolour at the front of the march. A seven-strong, masked colour party had headed a parade close to republican graves in the City Cemetery in Derry on Easter Sunday 2011. The commemoration, organised by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement (32 CSM), involved a speech being made on behalf of the Real IRA and Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH).
As well as the photographs and facial mapping evidence, the judge in the non-jury trail in BelfastCrown Court heard how police later seized a document which purported to be minutes of a meeting to organise the march. It included the reference: ‘Colour party – McDaid to get people sorted’. But judges in the Court of Appeal were told on Tuesday that nothing more than a surname was found. Kieran Mallon QC, for McDaid, also challenged the strength of the evidence from an expert who noted striking similarities in the lips and eyes of his client and Man X. “It’s our contention there was not established any form of meaningful identification,” he said. “On balance he cannot say the accused and Mr X were one and the same person, primarily because there was no statistical database against which he could test an individual with that type of eye colour or lip shape.” Lord Chief Justice Declan Morgan, sitting with Lords Justice Girvan and Coghlin, drew his attention to two other strands of the prosecution case: McDaids name being on the organising document and his participation in previous events. Mr Mallon accepted there would have been clear suspicions, but contended this fell short of proof. Sir Declan then alluded to McDaid’s failure to give any evidence at trial. “This classically is a case which calls for an answer from the person who knows whether he was on that march or not,” he said. Judgment in the appeal was reserved.
POLICE have a banded a planned Supreme Court challenge to a ruling that stop, search and question operations involving a former IRA hunger striker and a brother-in-law of Martin McGunness were unlawful.
“Anyone ever stopped and searched under Section 21 of the Stop and Search Act,
Seek legal advice and sue the PSNI/RUC
It was ilillegal and you are entitled to claim against our
so-called great unbiased police service – TAL32.
Senoir judges in Belfast have been told an appeal by the cheif contabe and secretary of state in the cases of Bernard Fox and Marvin Canning was no longer being persued. Both men are now to press ahead with claimes for damages againt the PSNI/RUC, with Mr Cannings ‘ lawyer disclosing he has been stopped more than 100 times. Eariler this year the Court of Appeal held there was a lack of adequate safegards against potental abuse of system used under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007. Mr Canning, from Derry, said the stop and question powers were incomppatible with his right to privacy under Euorpean law. The 55-year-old, who is related to the deputy first minister through marriage, alleged that officers were sometimes oppressive and confrontational. He denies any involvement in terrorism but confirmed he is a member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, stating it is not an illegal organization. Police had rejected claims that powers under the act were arbitrary used against him.
A similar judicial rreview challenge was brought by Mr Fox, who took part in the 1981 Hunger strike at the Maze Prison, and his companion Christine McNulty. The Belfast man served more than 20 years in prison for offences including possession of explosives before being released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Police stopped a car he and Ms McNulty were travelling in near Camlough, Co Armagh in March 2011. Their vehicle was searched for munitions, while an officer allegedly took Ms McNulty’s handbag and went through the contents. Mr Fox denies any invovement with dissident republican activities. Police argued that the power was not intended to be used randomly but rather on the basis of threat. Lawyers in both cases successfully overturned a previous High Court decision that no violation under the European Convention on Human Rights had occourred. In the Court of appeal ruling Lord Justice Girvan identified the absence of a code of practice for stop and question operatins under Section 21 of the act. The legal framework pending the introduction of an effective code dies not contain the kind of safeguards against potential abuse or arbitrariness, he held.
Although ammendments have been made to the section dealing with stop-and-search actions, the court ruled in favour of Mr Fox and Ms McNulty based on the situation at the time. Counsel for the chief constable and the secretary of state was expected to attempt to appeal the verdicts at the UK’s highest court but both pulled out at the last minute. However, Tony McGleenan QC on Friday told the Court of Appeal: “I have received instructions this morning that we are not to pursue the appliction for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court in either the Fox or McNulty cases.” Following the notification Mr Canning’s solicitor Paul Pierce of KRW law said: “In veiw of the decision by the chief constable and the secretary of state to abandon the appeal, it now confirms the ruling that the stop and search powers used by police were unlawful. “The fact that a code of practice has now been introduced does not remeady the unlawful use of these wide-ranging powers.” “Our client will now be pursuring a claim for damages, having been subjected to these stop and search powers in excess of 100 times.”