Clifftonville football player and convicted pervert and sex offender should be forbidden to play as a professional Irish Football Leage player he is a convicted sex offender and should be treated as so. Let the bastard sign on the dole

Cliftonville drop Jay Donnelly after image conviction

Jay Donnelly admitted distributing an indecent image of a child

An Irish Premiership football club has dropped one of its most prominent players for a match this weekend after he was convicted of distributing an indecent image of a child.

Cliftonville striker Jay Donnelly had continued to appear for his club after the allegation emerged.

The 23 year old admitted the charge last Friday and will be sentenced in January.

A separate count of taking or making an indecent photograph was withdrawn.

The north Belfast club said it is “dealing with a very sensitive and delicate matter” in relation to Donnelly.

‘Difficult to resolve’
It said its committee had been “availing of advice from all parties involved, as well as support organisations” because it wanted to make sure it acted “correctly when dealing with legal and employment matters”.

“We assure all that this situation is extremely difficult to resolve and ask our supporters and indeed the media to please bear with us as we seek a resolution,” the club added.

“Having spoken to all parties and Jay Donnelly, it has been decided Jay will not represent Cliftonville Football Club in [Saturday’s] fixture with Dungannon Swifts.”

The club added that it had received legal advice not to comment further on the case.

Donnelly will not play for Clifton ville in their game against Dungannon Swifts

The Belfast Feminist Network was due to hold a protest against Donnelly’s inclusion in the team at Cliftonville’s Solitude ground on Saturday.

It has since called off the demonstration due to the club’s decision to drop the player.

‘Tackle misogyny robustly’
“We’re pleased that he’s not playing – that was our initial ask,” Elaine Crory from the organisation told the BBC’s Evening Extra programme.

But she said the club “could go further” by explaining what would happen next.

“Will he be playing in the coming weeks?” she asked.

“He won’t be sentenced until January so it remains to be seen what Cliftonville plan to do with him over the next couple of weeks and indeed into the future.”

Ms Crory said the Belfast Feminist Network sent a list of questions to the club about how it had handled the issue but did not get answers to all of them.

She called on all sports clubs to make sure they are “dealing with misogyny as robustly as they deal with sectarianism”.

On Friday, Cliftonville’s first team coach Neil Adair posted on Twitter that he had resigned from his role.

The Court Service has confirmed that Donnelly was convicted of one charge – distributing or showing an indecent image of a child on a date between June and October 2016.

Pre-sentence reports have been ordered before Donnelly, of Ardilea Drive in north Belfast, is due back in court early in the new year.

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the original story.

 

Imperva creates 220 cyber-security jobs in Belfast

This company seems to have set-up companies in Israel. So I don’t know what Israeli connection they have. BDS

A range of positions are being created across the company

A Silicon Valley cayber-security company is creating 220 jobs in Belfast.

Imperva is establishing a new base in the city and aims to create the jobs over the next three to five years.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered more than £1.4m towards the creation of the roles. The average salary on offer is more than £30,000.

Imperva already has bases in California and Israel, and the company said it was setting up in NI to “tap into the tremendous talent in the region”.

NI hub for cyber-security experts
There are a range of positions being created across the company and they will provide opportunities for graduates and experienced staff.

‘High-level education’
Yoav Cohen, from the company, told BBC News NI it had been liaising with the universities.

“We chose Belfast because of the large population of cyber-sec experts in the region, which is supported by high-level education in that field,” he said.

Chris Hylen, President and CEO of Imperial (center), with the company’s leadership team. Image Copyright © LIBBY GREENE/NASDAQ INC.

“We are working with Ulster University and Queen’s University and we have attended graduate recruitment fairs.

“We are living in a more digital and connected world and rely on apps and data on a daily basis.

“Imperva helps protect these applications from cyber criminals who seek to gain financial reward by extortion or selling our private data online.

“We are part of a group of successful cyber-group companies, which chose Belfast as the area in which they want to grow.”

The company said setting up in Belfast would allow it to support customers in Europe.

Alan Wilson, from Invest NI, said the Imperva move was the largest cyber-security investment into Northern Ireland so far.

“This has come on the heels of several other investors and they are coming for a reason – primarily because we have the best talent for cyber-security globally.”

Imperva’s project could have gone anywhere, he added, so Invest NI’s support of £1.4m was necessary to bring the jobs to Northern Ireland.

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the original story.

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Belfast firm in PM’s trade missiion to Africa

Pigs in field

Devenish focuses particularly on the pig and poultry sectors

Representatives from a Northern Ireland agriculture firm are set to travel to Africa with the prime minister on Tuesday.

Devenish, which is based in Belfast, is one of 29 businesses from across the UK involved in the trip.

The company makes animal feeds and nutritional products with a particular focus on the pig and poultry sectors.
Number 10 said the delegation will visit South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.

It will be Theresa May’s first visit to the continent since becoming prime minister in 2016.

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During the trip UK business leaders will build “new investment, trading and export ties” with emerging markets, according to Number 10.
‘Significant opportunity’

In a statement, Mrs May said she was “very pleased” Devenish are taking part in the trip.
“Devenish is an excellent example of the kind of forward-thinking company which is driving economic growth and prosperity both here in the UK and overseas,” she added.
Richard Kennedy, Group CEO of Devenish said Africa “represented significant opportunity” for his firm.

“We already have a presence in Africa which we are focused on growing, organically and through acquisition,” he said.

“It is important for us as both exporters and potential investors to build strong relations on the ground and this trade mission is a valuable opportunity to do so.”

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the original posting.

British Prime Minister Theresa May pondering to the DUP and ignoring the wishes of a majority of the ‘Six Countie’ electorite over Brexit and who voted to remain in the EU

Theresa May was speaking during a visit to the North of Ireland on Friday

The European Union must “evolve” its position on Brexit and not fall back on unworkable proposals regarding the Irish border, Theresa May has said.

The prime minister made the remarks in Belfast on Friday, during a two-day visit to Northern Ireland.

The issue of the Irish border has been the key sticking point in Brexit talks so far.

The UK and EU have agreed that there should be no hard border in Ireland, but are at odds over how to achieve it.

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Q&A: The Irish border Brexit backstop
The backstop solution is effectively an insurance policy – to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland if appropriate customs arrangements cannot be agreed by the EU and UK in time for the end of the transition period in December 2020.

The EU has proposed a backstop that would mean Northern Ireland staying in the EU customs union, large parts of the single market and the EU VAT system.

However, the UK said that would effectively create a border down the Irish Sea.

On Friday, Mrs May again repeated her opposition to that, saying: “The economic and constitutional dislocation of a formal ‘third country’ customs border within our own country is something I will never accept and believe no British prime minister could ever accept”.

She also said both sides in the negotiation “share a determination never to see a hard border in Northern Ireland”.

“And no technology solution to address these issues has been designed yet, or implemented anywhere in the world, let alone in such a unique and highly sensitive context as the Northern Ireland border”.

However, EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has questioned Mrs May’s plan for a future trade relationship with the EU, saying it could weaken the single market and create burdens for businesses.

Michel Barnier has asked the UK for clarification on its Brexit White Paper He said the UK’s Brexit White Paper, published on (Orange day) 12 July, opened, “the way to constructive discussion” but must be “workable”.

Mr Barnier questioned whether plans for a common rulebook for goods and agri-foods were practical.

Earlier this week, the government backed an amendment to its Customs Bill that would make it illegal for the North of Ireland to be outside the UK’s customs territory.

Mrs May said the EU’s backstop proposal would be a breach of the Belfast Agreement – and that her plan, agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers earlier this month, was the best way forward.

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If UK Govt don’t support current EU wording on Backstop in draft Withdrawal Agreement, then obligation is on them to propose a viable and legally operable alternative wording that delivers same result: no border infrastructure. Clear UK commitments were made on this in Dec+March.

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“What I’ve said to the EU is that the legal text they’ve produced is not acceptable, that’s why we proposed an alternative to that,” she said.

She said there now needed to be a renewed focus on EU-UK negotiations with “increased pace and intensity”.

The prime minister also met several of the political parties in Northern Ireland.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said the visit was “anything but reassuring”.

Arlene Foster called on the EU to show more flexibility in the negotiations around the Irish border

“In fact it’s now clear the British prime minister has come here to pick a fight with Ireland and to pick a fight with the EU,” Mrs McDonald said.

However, the DUP leader, Arlene Foster, defended the prime minister.

 

“What she has done is set out her agenda, that’s very important. She talked about working together to find solutions, and the need to work collaboratively,” she said.

Theresa May wants a backstop that would see the whole of the UK staying in the customs union for a limited period of time after the transition period – something the EU has said is unacceptable.

 

‘Do not accept that legal text’
Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley told BBC’s Good Morning Ulster programme the government was committed to getting a legal text for a backstop.

Earlier, the Irish Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) Simon Coveney tweeted that if the UK did not accept the EU wording on a backstop in the draft withdrawal agreement, they would have to propose an alternative that would deliver the same result.

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Reacting to his comments, Mrs Bradley said while the EU had put forward a legal text, “we do not accept it”.

“We’ve put forward a counter proposal and we’re now working on how we get a backstop that we are committed to delivering but it has to be a backstop that respects the integrity of the whole UK and does not put a border in the Irish sea.”

The PSNI and Gardaí (Irish police) stand exactly on the border in Belleek, County Fermanagh, ahead of Theresa May’s visit
The Shadow Secretary of State, Tony Lloyd, told the BBC Labour had always been “very clear” that the UK should be part of the customs union.

EU and UK negotiators have been meeting in Brussels this week to discuss the border issue.

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Friday’s speech in Northern Ireland marks the prime minister’s first major attempt to sell the Chequers agreement since it was reached by her cabinet earlier this month.

She is due to tour other parts of the UK over the summer in an attempt to persuade businesses and citizens of its benefits.

Both the UK and EU are stepping up preparations for a “no deal” Brexit.

The two sides insist it is not what they want – and that reaching a deal by the autumn is still very much on the cards.

But they have yet to agree how their final relationship will work, with key issues around cross-border trade unresolved, and the UK’s official departure date of 29 March 2019 fast approaching.

The Republic of Ireland will remain within the EU and Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar has said his government is making contingency plans for “the unlikely event of a no-deal hard Brexit”.

Mrs May also addressed the impasse at Stormont.

Northern Ireland has been without a government for 18 months, after power-sharing between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin collapsed.

She added that until devolution is restored, the government would fulfil its responsibilities but warned interventions from Westminster were “no substitute” in the long-term.

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the original story.

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Remember Máire Drumm Today – Murdered by loyalist thugs on 28th October 1976

Remember Máire Drumm Today – Murdered by loyalist thugs on 28th October 1976

Máire McAteer was born in Newry, Co Down on 22 November 1919 to a staunchly Republican family. Máire’s mother had been active in the War of Independence and the Civil War.

Máire enjoyed physical exercise, and was involved for most of her life in camogie (the female form of hurling).

Máire met James Drumm, whilst visiting Republican POWs, and they were married in 1946. When the IRA renewed the armed struggle in the late 50s, James was again interned without trial from ’57 to ’61.

Volunteer

In 1940 Máire joined Sinn Féin. She was also a Volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Moreover, Máire actively involved in the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s, and worked vehemently on efforts to re-house the thousands of nationalists forced from the homes by unionist intimidation.

During her work as a Civil Rights activist, Máire became an eloquent speaker. She spoke on Republican principles and human rights issues at many rallies and protest meetings. She would eventually be elected to the Ard-Chomhairle of Sinn Féin.

Target

Because of their dedication to the Republican Movement, Máire’s family was continuously harassed by the government of the occupying force, as well as by loyalist intimidation. At one point her husband and son were interned at the same time. Her husband, James, came to be known as the most jailed Republican in the six counties.

Máire was also jailed twice for ‘seditious speeches,’ once along with her daughter. Máire was one of the 30 female prisoners at Armagh Women’s prison, who participated along with their male comrades in 1980 to regain political status. The women went on a work strike, and later participated in their own version of The Blanket Protest. Because they were allowed to wear their own clothing, they used their own garments and items (namely, berets and black skirts) which most reflected IRA uniforms as a form of protest against criminalisation, and as a statement that they were indeed political prisoners. They also participated in the No-Wash Protest, and three of the women went on Hunger Strike.

After her release Armagh prison, raids on her house by so-called security forces escalated, and she and her family were under constant threat of death. Finally the constant strain took its toll; her health began to fail and she was admitted to Mater Hospital, Belfast. On 28th October 1976, as Máire lay in her hospital bed, loyalist thugs walked in and shot her to death. The scum who murdered her were both dressed as doctor’s and wore white coats (per Kevin Patrick Meehan whose father was a close friend of Maire’s and attended the hospital after the shooting).

One of the most-quoted excerpts from Máire Drumm’s speeches is:

“The only people worthy of freedom are those who are prepared to go out and fight for it every day, and die if necessary.”

And my favourite one is “We must take no steps backward, our steps must be onward, for if we don’t, the martyrs that died for you, for me, for this country will haunt us forever.”

Máire Drumm’s daughter Máire Og Drumm was in Armagh Gaol when her mother was murdered. For the book “In the Footsteps of Anne: Stories of Republican Women Ex-Prisoners,” she wrote, “I remember the morning after mammy got shot. The PO came in and said she was ‘sorry.’ She remembered her being in and told me she could have understood it if she had been shot when making a speech somewhere but not the way it happened when she was a patient in a hospital. She said, ‘We always found her to be a lady. She had her complaints, but we had great respect for her.’ Even now, talking about it, it’s like it happened to someone else.”

The prison only allowed Máire Og Drumm one-day leave and by the time she got there, her mother’s coffin had already been closed: “so I never got to see her” she wrote, adding that she was late getting back to gaol; and when she explained why, the brits who stopped the car said, “Well it’s not the end of the world” in reference to her mother’s death!

—Ní Dhochartaigh

With many thanks to: Gréine Ni Dhochartaigh – Ireland’s Own.