Court victory for Raymond McCord against NI SoS over Border Poll

 

Raymond McCord (right) with his solicitor (left) Ciaran O’Hare of McIvor Farrell Solicitors.

A victims campaigner has won High Court permission to pursue legal action over the holding of a border poll in Northern Ireland.

Raymond McCord was granted leave to seek a judicial review of the British government’s alleged failure to implement a policy for calling a referendum on Irish unity.

A judge ruled he has established an arguable case that the current discretionary arrangements are unlawful.

With his challenge now advancing to a full hearing later this year, Mr McCord insisted he wanted to remove any possible political abuse of the constitutional issue.

He said: “It’s about taking the green and orange out of the decision, and that’s how it should be.”

The staunch unionist is mounting separate challenges in Belfast and Dublin over the current provisions for going to the public.

His case against the British administration questions the legality and transparency of the provisions for holding a border poll.

Under the 1998 Good Friday Agrement a referendum can be called if the secretary of state believes a majority of people in Nothern Ireland no longer want to remain part of the United Kingdom.

Mr McCord, an outspoken critic of loyalist paramilitaries since a UVF gang beat his son Raymond Jr to death in 1997, is not pressing for such a poll.

But the Belfast man believes authority for calling such a significant ballot should not rest with one individual.

He claims the current criteria is too vague and undermines the Agreement.

It was confirmed in court that the British government’s position remains the same since Karen Bradley took over from James Brokenshire as secretary of state.

No opposition was raised to Mr McCord being permitted to continue his challenge to the alleged lack of policy.

The judge, Sir Paul Girvan, held: “I’m persuaded there are legal arguments there which justify the granting of leave.”

The verdict means Mr McCord has now secured the legal right to press ahead with cases in both jurisdictions.

He has already been granted leave at the High Court in Dublin to take proceedings against the Irish State, Taoiseach, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Attorney General.

Following the latest determination in Belfast he described the holding of a border poll as the biggest decision since Northern Ireland’s formation.

“As it stands it’s left at the discretion of one person, a politician who doesn’t live here,” Mr McCord said.

“It’s open to abuse and we need a policy set in stone so that it can’t be abused by any political parties for political gain.”

His solicitor, Ciaran O’Hare of McIvor Farrell law firm, also called for clarity and transparency.

“At this juncture, it appears that the decision whether or not to hold a poll is at the whim of one person and the public have no insight whatsoever into the decision making process,” Mr O’Hare said.

“My client is looking forward to the full hearing of his case, which will be one of the most important constitutional cases that have ever come before the court.”

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the origional story.

As Theresa May just said “We will form the next government. With the Conservative & the Ulster Unionist party”

Don’t vote these two fools into government!

Theresa May & Arlene Foster, a very dangerous leaision which could end ‘power sharing’ in the North of Ireland (Northern Ireland). Between Sinn Féin & the DUP. If the Tory’ s do, do a deal with the DUP, then Sinn Féin could pull out of talks as: “They don’t trust The Secretary of State for (Northern Ireland), North of Ireland. And can claim he favours the DUP over Sinn Féin in the talks to restore power to Stormont and can not be mpartial during upcoming negotiations.

Two Terrorist Supporters elected as MPs Emma ‘Little’ Pengelly (MP) and Gavin Robinson (MP).

Emma ‘Little’ Pengelly MP endorsed by the UDA and her father was a gun-runner into the Northof Ireland (Northern Ireland).
Gavin Robinson (MP) endorsed by the UDA. Ulster Defense Army. A Loyalist grouping in the North of Ireland (Northern Ireland).

And now talk of Sinn Féin talking of taking their seats in Westminster to defeat the Tory party and try and stop Brexit.

Now as the picture shows it’s now time for an Ulster Border Poll ! The so-called NIMFNI can’t argue with that. The green shows how much of the border Sinn Féin hold. Don’t believe the lies peddled by the Northern Ireland’s Home Secretary of State James Brokenshire (North of Ireland), there is no such place called (Northern Ireland), James Brokenshire, he is a lier and a fraud. He is ‘NOT’ telling the English electerate the whole truth truth.
Gerry Adams (T.D.) And President of Sinn Féin
James Brokenshire (on the left), Secetary of State for Northern Ireland (North of Ireland) not trusted by the Catholic community in the North of Ireland. With Theresa May (middle) and leader of the DUP, Arelene Foster, on the right

Arlene Foster now holds the playing cards but there is still two very difficult questions for her answer. “How can she work both deals”

Arlene Foster standing side by side with a terrorist’s daughter, Emma ‘Little’ Pengally, whose father Noel Little, a convicted gun-runner into the North of Ireland. In France but you won’t see that on the news. BBC, (False News).

(1) In the negotiations Here in the North of Ireland. Where there is no government?

(2) In the negotiations in England where the Tories are “up shit creak without a paddle.”?

The Loyalist Terrorist magazine who endorsed the DUP and threatened to shoot anyone who voted for the Alliance party. The Alliance party went to lose its only seat in Westminster.

She even went on to speak in Irish using the words “Sin É” pronounced in English as (Shin A) meaning “That’s it”.

Jackie McDonald, Commander-in-Charge of the UDA. Who Arlene Foster meet only days after a brutal murder was carried out by his organisation the SEA UDA.

This could not only force another re-election in the North of Ireland, but also another re-election in England, Scoland & Wales.

It would be a complete disaster for the Conservite’s and the DUP, here in the North of Ireland (Northern Ireland). The English people as a nation need to watch their backs. Don’t trust a Tory and don’t trust ‘The DUP’!

The Headlines in the News Letter. One of the best selling Protestant newspapers in the North of Ireland (Northern Ireland).

In 2015, The DUP built it’s election campaign around the idea that that it’s MPs might be Kingmakers at Westminster. Their posters bore the a the slogan “More Votes. More Seats. More Influence. More for Northern Ireland”. When David Cameron won his majority, that strategy was quietly forgotten.

Arlene Foster, The Kingmakers. If the English trust this party. Only God can help them. Would you trust her?
Theresa May, Prime Minister for England. Would you trust her?

“While I was writing this it was confirmed that the DUP has reached a deal with the Tory party. A DUP Source said: “We want there to be a government. We have worked well with May. The Alternative is intolerable. For as long as Corbyn leads Labour, We will ensure there’s a Tory P.M.” was written in the: The guardian, Newspaper.

The Tories are now in very serious trouble the backbenchers are unhappy WIth the ‘New collation between the tory’s and the DUP.

Boris Johnson (left) and Teresa May (right) could be facing a leadership challenge.

But come on be honest, by you looking at a picture like that (picture below). Would you trust Boris Johnson? Honestly? because I wouldn’t.

Boris ‘The Fool’ Johnson, showing everyone how English he really is. Would you trust him to run a country?
Alliance Party leader Naomi Long who lost its seat in Westminster. After UDA loyalist terrorists threatened to shoot anyone who voted for them.

All 18 of the North of Ireland’s MPs have been confirmed with the SDLP and UUP losing their seats at Westminster.

Tom Elliot, who lost his Westminster seat to Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew M.P.

The final result came in Fermanagh and South Tyrone where the UUP’s Tom Elliottlost to Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew M.P.

Michelle Gildernew Westminer M.P. Fermanagh and South Tyrone, who took the seat of Tom Elliot (in the Purple).
The SDLP who lost there seats in Westminister.

Former SDLP Party Leaders Mark Durkan, Margaret Richie and Alasdair McDonnell were toppled in Foyle, South Down and Belfast South.

Former SDLP Party Leaders (from left to right) Alasdair McDonnell, Margaret Richie and Mark Durkan. Who all lost their Westminster seats.

In Foyle, Sinn Féin’s Elisha Mc Callion won by 169 votes after a recount.

Elisha Mc Callion Westminster M.P.

But that’s the position  the 10 newly returned MPs are in, despite Arlene Foster predicting it did “not look likely” at the campaign outset. And latter saying “It would be difficult to do a deal”.

Follow these link to find out more about the DUP: http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/ulster-israel-dup-ally/

Would you really trust any of the two of them? The former leader of the DUP & former Westminster M.P. Peter Robinson (who had no choice but resign) over the NAMA scandal where his son was taking bribes under the table. Along with the new leader of the DUP and now part of the new team to lead the British Tory government! The English must be on drugs? Our Therasa May is!

The DUP party has been criticised in the past for sharing platforms with representatives of loyalist paramilitaries.

Former M.P. For Westminister Rev William McCrea.

In 1996, former MP Rev William McCrea stood at Portadown rally alongside LVF leader Billy Wright (pictured below).

Former Westminister M.P. meeting LVF’s leader murderer Billy Wright nicknamed (King Rat) who was murdered in prison by members of the INLA.

The ruthless paramilitary group, which split from the UVF in 1996, was responsible for high-profile murders including the killing of Catholic taxi driver Michael McGoldrick.

LVF (Loyalist Volunteer Force), Guard of Honour watching over Billy Wright as he lies dead in his coffin. After being murdered by members of the INLA in the H.Blocks. Of Long Kesh.

In the mid-1980s the DUP also had close links with Ulster Resistance, set up in response to the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

Billy wright, nickname (King rat). Leader of the Loyalist LVF and responsible for dozens of murders across the North of Ireland.

The group was launched in 1986 at a rally in the Ulster Hall in Belfast addressed by then DUP leader Ian Paisley.

Ulster Resistance, which Noel Little, father  Emma ‘Little’ Pengelly, was a leading founder.

Peter Robinson, who at the time was his party’s deputy leader, was later photographed at another Ulster Resistance rally wearing a beret.

Former Leader of the DUP Peter Robinson on the left. Pictured here with Noel Little, third from the right and father of recently elected Westminister M.P. Emma ‘Little’ Pengelly.

The party cut ties with the group in 1987 when members were linked to arms finds.

The UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force) a Protestant/Loyalist, illegal, banned in the North of Ireland. Who have very close ties with the DUP.

The father of the DUP’s Emma Little Pengelly, who has just won the South Belfast seat, is Noel Little, a Co Armagh loyalist and founder of Ulster Resistance.

Noel Little, one of the founding members of Ulster Resistance and father of recently elected Westminster M.P. Emma ‘Little’ Pengally. And convicted gun-runner.

Little was one of three men arrested in Paris in 1989 in connection with a plot to exchange a missile stolen from Shorts for South African guns.

Above: former DUP leader Peter Robinson, second left, with Noel Little, fourth from left, at an Ulster Resistance rally.

After spending two years on remand the trio received suspended sentences and fines.

UFF (Ulster Freedom Fighters) a breakaway group and also claimed murders on behalf of the UDA.

The weapons they sought to procure were destined for the UVF, UDA and Ulster Resistance.

Arlene Foster Leader of the DUP pictured here with one of the Leaders of the UDA. Commander Dee Stitt.

In 2014 the DUP and other unionist parties were also criticised for joining the UVF-linked PUP in signing up to a ‘graduated response’ following the banning of an Orange Order parade in Ardoyne, north Belfast.

Ardoyne, North Belfast, notorious for Orange Order and Catholic rioting. Nearly every 12th of July.

The ‘graduated response’ later failed to materialise after the PUP, TUV and Ukip withdrew their support for the pan-unionist group amid allegations of “betrayal” over parading.

In June 2017 Arlene Foster was criticised over meeting a UDA leader just days after a breakaway faction of the paramilitary organisation was linked to a brutal murder.

Jackie McDonald, Leader of the UDA.

The DUP leader spoke with Jackie McDonald at a community office in the Taughmonagh area of south Belfast on Tuesday during canvassing ahead of next week’s general election.

Jackie McDonald UDA Chief

In February, before Assembly election, he urged voters to get behind Mrs Foster saying her “experience and dedication has helped bring about stability and prosperity.

Today’s look at what’s going on. By Claire Simpson. The Irish News….
The price the Conservatives will have to pay for getting into bed with the DUP is far from clear. But certainly concessions will have to be made.

What voters in Britain make of Tory ‘kingmakers’

This was tweeted by former Conservative Chancellor George Osborne and is quated as saying on the BBC “May is a dead woman walking”.

GIVEN how dear the DUP holds the union with Britain, relatively few people in the rest of the UK are familiar with the party and its policies.

As it became apparent on Friday that Theresa May planned to form a government with Arlene Foster’s party, social media was filled with contributors offering insights into Westminister’s ‘Kingmakers’.

Notably, in the relatively liberal social climate of England, Scotland and Wales, the DUP’s  conservative world view was highlighted in mostly pejorative terms.

Here’s a sample: Singer Paloma Faith tweeted: “DUP = awful: anti abortion anti LGBT rights anti woman’s rights and don’t believe in climate change. Very modern (sniff)”.

Left-leaning economist Richard Murphy, who has previously been vocal in his opposition to devolving corporation tax power’s to Stormont, said on Twitter: “If I had to choose a party to have undue influence over government the DUP would be the last barring UKIP. They’re a nightmare of prejudice.”

Environmentalist and Guardian columnist George Monbiot highlighted the links between the DUP and UDA, which just days ago added its voice to the Loyalist Communities Council statement urging voters to back Mrs Foster’s party at the polls. “I trust that The Daily Mail will now devote it’s first 13 pages to the #DUP’s associations with terrorism,” he tweeted.

Veteran Journalists and Channel 4 News anchorman Jon Snow tweeted: “One of the most extreme politicial entities in the British Isles, the 10 MPs of the DUP, is to wag the tail of Mrs May’s minority government.”

Former Liverpool footballer Stan Collymore posted an article from The Irish News which bore the headline ‘Arlene Foster has no regrets after being pictured with UDA Commander [Dee Stitt].

■DUP WHO?: The Photograph of Arlene Foster with Dee Stitt was commented on by footballer Stan Collymore on Twitter.

Under it the Talksport contributor wrote: “Come on Dacre and Murdoch and Hopkins and Robinson and Tories. Where’s your outrage now?”

Belfast-born former ITN foreign correspondent Andrea Catherwood tweeted: “Wait until you hear DUP’s views on homosexuality. They make Tim Farrin look like Peter Thatchell.”

Nick Timothy, one of Theresa May’sKay’s closest advisers. The man who really runnig Britain. Resigned at the weekend.

Some, however, such as columnist Polly Toynbee misinterpreted the DUP’s priorities. “DUP top priority will be soft border, saving Good Friday agreement and free movement across boundary. That absolutely rules out hard Brexit,” she tweeted.

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill. Both resigned at the weekend.

Follow these links to find out more on the DUP: https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/44770/The+DUP+racist%2C+homophobic%2C+anti+abortion+bigots+with+a+history+of+violence

Follow this Link to find out more on the Alliance Party: https://ansionnachfionn.com/2017/02/28/the-socialist-party-anti-austerity-alliance-the-confederation-of-the-british-isles/

Follow this Link to find out more: https://www.thedetail.tv/articles/brexit-theresa-may-and-the-ulster-plantation?utm_source=mailinglist&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=165-brexit-theresa-may-and-the-ulster-planta

Follow this Link to find out more: http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2017/06/01/news/arlene-foster-criticised-after-meeting-uda-leader-days-after-loyalist-murder-1041833/

With thanks to the: BBC, Irish News,