Boundary changes would deny nationalist voters representation

MAJOR changes to proposed electoral constituencies will leave thousands of nationalists without representation, Sinn Féin has claimed.

The latest version of the proposal looks, unsurprisingly, a lot like the changes the DUP wanted.

MICHELLE O’NEILL – Sinn Féin’s leader in the North of Ireland: FIFTY years on from ‘One Man-One Vote’ the nationalist community again faces an appailling denial of equal representation under proposals to redraw electoral boundaries.

A map issued by the Boundary Commission setting out how its revised proposals differ from existing constituencues.

The new boundaries will disfigure and distort the electoral map. Represtation will be denied to thousands of nationalist voters and leave several constituencies without any nationalist representative at an assembly level. The proposals have emanated from a Boundary Commission review established in 2016 to reduce the number of constituencies from 18 to 17 in a fair and equitable way.

The commission initially produced a plan which achieved these objectives, but they were heavily criticised by the DUP because it stood to lose out electorally. The DUP submitted how it would like the new boundary map to look. This DUP proposal sought to maximise the number of DUP elected representatives and minimise the number of nationalists by manipulating (gerrymandering) electoral boundaries.

Then the DUP entered a pact to keep Theresa May’s government in power. Just six months after that deal was signed, the Boundary Commission produced new proposals. Sinn Féin warned the DUP would attempt to insert this issue into their negotiations with the Tories. It came as little surprise – the new proposals were virtually indistinguishable from the DUP’s. The Boundary Commission denies any deliberate gerrymander at the behest of the DUP and stress their independence.

Nevertheless, they do admit to radically altering their plan, as well as applying the controversial Rule 7. This rule is only available in the North of Ireland and gives the commission scope to go beyond the usual electorate quotas in any constituency. The Boundary Commission origionally ruled out its use, but changed this approach after the DUP argued for its implementation. The commission’s revised report overturned every key decision which underpinned their origional proposals, with-out offering any reasonable explaination why.

These changes are unjustifiable and must be overturned. Votes should be equal. Political representation should reflect the population in any given constituency. Instead these proposals effectively deny representation to thousands of nationalist voters. The use of Rule 7, the ‘gerrymander rule’, has allowed this to happen.

When the northern state was created, it was deliberately gerrymandered to try and guarantee a perpetual unionist majority. The last assembly election finally ended unionism’s majority status for the first time since 1921. Demographic changes also indicate a nationalist voting majority by 2022, the year these boundary changes take effect.

It seems the DUP would prefer to re-gerrymander constituencies to hold onto unionist control as long as they can. That is what their submission sought to achieve. The Boundary Commission’s revised proposals effectively produce the same result. It is not too late to change this. The commission is consulting on the revised proposals until March 26th.

Sinn Féin is urging people to register their objections to a plan which will have such an anti-democratic impact. Do so by logging onto or emailing,:

My party has also made a detailed submission setting out a number of proposals which represent a fair and equitable approach to boundary reform. If, as the commission stresses, they have not been unduly influenced by any malign intention from the DUP, then we expect our proposals to be reflected in their final revised boundaries.

With many thanks to: The Irish News and Michelle O’Neill Sinn Féin’s leader in the north. For the original story. 



Sinn Féin claims boundary changes would leave thousands of nationalists without representation

A map issued by the Boundary Commission setting out how its revised proposals differ from existing constituencies.

daithidb65 • Mar 13, 2018, 1:48 PMGerrymandering alive and well

windyfish • Mar 13, 2018, 6:54 AM
Gets in there before someone makes the « just like their Westminster MPs » comment

Iownthat • Mar 13, 2018, 8:12 AM
Them not going to London represents my disdain for the the union. They are representing me.

TFFTN • Mar 13, 2018, 7:14 AM
Now thousands of SF voters will be denied the chance to see their representatives continue to sit and do nothing!

VigiIance • Mar 13, 2018, 6:59 AM
Was thinking exactly that.

Sinn Fein have no right to complain about no representation when they don’t even take their seats lol.

I don’t see any seat changes from the last Westminster election arising from these boundary changes, Stormont is a bit harder to predict.

Edit – actually there will be a consolidation of Silvia Herman’s seat, if it doesn’t swing DUP it will be a 1 seat loss for the DUP at Westminster.

aodhmacsuibhne • Mar 13, 2018, 8:02 AM
Sinn Fein have no right to complain about no representation when they don’t even take their seats lol.

This is bullshit and you must know it, you can’t honestly believe that surely to god. Just because you don’t like the form of representation someone votes for doesn’t mean a free pass to deprive them of it.

Squattle69 • Mar 13, 2018, 8:07 AM
Hermons not gonna have that seat for much longer.

Bloodshart-Hero • Mar 13, 2018, 7:43 AM
Thank God they’re finally saying something about this. The blatantly gerrymandered borders proposed by the DUP and adopted pell-mell by the Border’s Commission harkened back to the days of Unionist government oppression that I thought were long behind us.

Here’s a cool Belfast wallpaper for your smartphone if anyone is interested.

Ship looks like it’s airborne from Crawfordsburn this morning

Fucking hell, what a shite day!

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Follow this link to find out the complete breakdown of how the Boundarie changes effects the nationalist communities in the north:







Former UUP chairman and chairman of LCC David Campbell resigns from party

Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) was launched on 13th October 2015. With the full backing of the UDA, UVF and Red Hand Commando and was also the group which give it’s full backing to the ten recently elected Unionist DUP Westminster MP’s

David Campbell Chairman of LCC (Loyalist Communities Council).

A former chairman of the Ulster Unionist Party has resigned from the party and accused it of “political mismanagement and amateurism”.

David Campbell had been a party member for 35 years, and served as former leader David Trimble’s chief of staff.

Mr Campbell is also chairman of the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC).

At the launch of the LCC (Loyalist Communities Council) pictured here with three Commanders of the UDA.

The organisation became part of a major controversy during the last election after it endorsed some unionist candidates.

The flag of the LCC (Loyalist Communities Council) but as you can see by by the flag, there’s not much on it to do with the Nationalist community.

The endorsement was rejected by both Robin Swann, the current UUP leader, and his predecessor Mike Nesbitt.

Mr Campbell issued a hard-hitting statement, carried in Friday’s News Letter.

‘Electoral dynamic has changed’

Mr David Campbell Chairman of the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) who backed all ten DUP Westminster MP’s who are now endorsing the Tory/DUP next Westminister government.

Speaking to the BBC’s Talkback programme, he said the final straws for him were the UUP’s reaction to the LCC’s endorsement of unionist candidates and the “failure to consider a proper electoral pact with the DUP”.

The writing on the walls in the Loyalist Communities it speaks for itself really.

“My personal view is that the party has gone past a tipping point, we did have a period before where we had no MPs before, but we had a strong assembly party,” he said.

“I think the electoral dynamic in Northern Ireland has changed irrevocably following the Sinn Féin success in the pre-emptive assembly election.

“That is pointing to two largely hegemonic parties in respect to nationalist and unionist communities and it is the prime reason that voters flocked to the DUP in this [general] election.”

‘Traditional conservative’

Leading members and Commanding officers of the UDA, at the launch of the LCC back in Oct 2015.

Mr Campbell said there had been a drift away from traditional Ulster Unionist values, with former leader Mike Nesbitt and others declaring themselves liberal unionists.

“The typical Ulster Unionist voter is a church-goer who would be largely traditional conservative in their outlook and they were being presented with, in some cases, candidates espousing a very different view on serious moral issues,” he said.

“The comfort I take in the electoral decline of the Ulster Unionist Party is that the DUP has moved largely exclusively onto Ulster Unionist policy through their acceptance of the agreement and the subsequent power-sharing arrangements and the drift of Ulster Unionism into the DUP.

“I think in the eyes of the average unionist elector the DUP is largely what the Ulster Unionist Party once was.”

When asked if he thought the DUP was now the only viable party of unionism he said: “Undoubtedly, and that’s clearly [a view] shared by the electorate.”

Ulster Unionist councillor David Browne said he did not agree that the party was finished.

“I do believe that the party has changed drastically from the party I joined around 35 years ago and I do agree with some of the comments he made around the previous leadership,” he said.

“Robin Swann is only in the job and in fairness to him I though he’s done a reasonably good job.”


Follow these links to find out more about the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC):

The Homepage of LCC:

The Statement released to the Loyalist Communities by the LCC:

With many thanks to the: BBC NI for the original story.From the se

Gerry Adam’s claims Stormont’s return key to a United Ireland ?

But real republicans know Sinn Féin signed away our rights to a United Ireland in 1998.

I think ‘ Our Gerry’ should take those blinkers off. Is he having a laugh?

Gerry Adams has dismissed speculation that Sinn Fein had lost interest in Stormont as his newly-elected MPs headed to London.

The Sinn Fein president argued that devolution provided “a strategic route” towards a united Ireland.

26+6=1 – United Ireland.

On the first day of a two-day visit, the seven republican MPs had a series of meetings, but continued the tradition of staying away from the House of Commons chamber.

There was speculation the group might meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, although there was no confirmation yesterday.

With the MPs in the UK capital, Mr Adams was in Dublin, where he urged incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to get more directly involved in the negotiations aimed at restoring devolution.

Mr Adams also firmly denied that his party’s focus had shifted as a result of the Brexit vote.

What has Stormont got to do with a United Ireland Gerry?

Gerry Adams (TD) President of Sinn Féin

“The focus has to be on plan A, which is to get the institutions in place, that is our focus and we would like to think it will be the focus of the incoming Taoiseach,” he said.

“We want into the institutions, because that is what the people desire, that is what the people voted for.

“But also because we think, strategically, that is the way to a united Ireland.

“The way forward is not to be in a vacuum, to have stagnation, the way forward is to have that forum working on the basis on which it should have been established.”

Meanwhile, the smaller parties have complained that the Stormont talks to restore devolution are failing to gain momentum. The first round-table session involving all five parties and the British and Irish Governments is not expected until tomorrow.

The lie’s sorry “untruths” being peddled by the BBC. If you really believe their ‘false news’ then you need to open your eyes to the truth.

That leaves just a fortnight until Secretary of State James Brokenshire’s “immovable” deadline of June 29, after which a decision must be taken on the return of direct rule.

This wite-up appeared in the Irish News today. From a Unionist point of view. Written by Newton Emerson.

Inter-party meetings, mostly involving officials, continued yesterday but the focus of interest had shifted to the talks in London between the Conservatives and the DUP.

Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan is also expected to be absent today because of events surrounding the incoming Taoiseach in Dublin.

Back in Belfast, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said there was “deep suspicion and concern that a public deal between Theresa May and Arlene Foster might be accompanied with a private, grubby back room deal which none of us will get sight of for years to come”.

“It is in the interests of all our people that we are given full transparency. It is also the only way to address the public’s suspicion and concern,” he insisted.

Alliance deputy leader Stephen Farry said the lack of an all-party round-table until Thursday at the earliest “doesn’t inspire confidence”.

Most of the parties have met Mr Flanagan and Mr Brokenshire since Monday, but Mr Farry said: “There remains no impetus. We need people to step up to the plate, and do so without delay.

James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (North of Ireland). Sinn Féin asking: “how can he be independent to chair talks in restoring Stormont.

“The consequences of not doing so are too severe.”

Meanwhile, UUP leader Robin Swann said seeking an independent chairperson for the talks was “futile”.

Nationalists have complained that Mr Brokenshire cannot be an “honest broker” because his party is seeking a deal with the DUP at Westminster.

Mr Swann said: “We have a few short weeks to restore devolution. Let’s not waste any more time dancing around on the head of a pin.”

With many thanks to: BBC for the original story. 


Helen Deery I dont care who said what or when the MoFD does NOT have permission to display my brother Manus Deery in any way,shape,or form please have the good grace to take his image out.

This is the picture which Helen Deery wants to be removed

Barney Stinson
Barney Stinson You legally don’t have image rights over your brother. And if you did it isn’ta thing of ‘backsies’ as waines say.

This is the British Army soldier who who was shot dead by an IRA sniper during the Derry clashes.

Helen Deery
Helen Deery Are you for real, here you can see the blatant abuse of my wee brother for monetary gain iv already said they don’t have permission from any member of my Family to portray his image in any way we find it not only hurtful but immoral to align him with the very same regiment that murdered him, its my strong opinion they are in breach of article 8 of the human rights act ” a right to family life ” but what astounds me more is the many sf people commenting on my families decision, how dare yous when yous never once supported us in our campaign to clear his name , in fact at the 39 anniversary of Bloody Sunday March ,when i tried to put his banner behind the Ballymurphy families Martina Anderson ( surrounded by SF ) to me to move to the back of the Bloody Sunday March thats how much they thought of Him , shame on them damned shame

The British soldier who murdered Manus Deery.

Helen Deery
Helen Deery By the way whats Backsies mean, iv never heard of it.

Helen Deery

Rhonda Lynn Murray
Rhonda Lynn Murray Anyone’s pants on fire over there?

Maureen Kilroy
Maureen Kilroy Why don’t you publish them in their entirety

Micky Rigney
Micky Rigney He should have been a jockey he rides that many populace horses.
I wonder what People before profits voters in Irish St. Will make of their protest at the Museum.
Then again like their principles them voters are a fantasy

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A vote for the DUP tommorow is endorsing Terrorism and support for Loyalist Paramilitaries of the UDA & UVF and the future of the North of Ireland !!!

UDA-Linked Ulster magazine urges support for four DUP candidates and urges its members not to support Ulster’ s Alliance Party &


A recent photograph of Jackie McDonald, commanding officer of the paramilitary UDA – laying a wreath on behalf of the UDA.  As two UDA members salute Jackie their leader as he marches back to where he was standing.


The Loyalist Communities Council has the backing of the three main loyalist paramilitary organisations, the UDA, the UVF and the Red Hand Commando
An umbrella group which has the backing of the three main loyalist paramilitary organisations has warned unionists not to vote for the Alliance party.

The Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) was launched in 2015.

A recent photograph of the paramilitary group that Jackie McDonald is commander-in-Chief, marching through Belfast in full-paramilitary regalia.

In a statement, it said that “any unionist who votes for the Alliance Party is driving a nail into the coffin of the union”.
The Alliance Party has strongly rebuked the LCC position, calling the statement “absurd”.
The loyalist community council has the backing of the Ulster Defence Association, the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Red Hand Commando.
The LCC also said no party has done “more to undermine the Britishness of Northern Ireland, and foment community mistrust and division than the Alliance Party”.
It called for a maximum turnout by unionist voters and endorsed four specific candidates.

One of the group’s endorsing four senior members of the DUP, the UFF, Ulster Freedom Fighters an illigegial paramilatay group. Banned in the North of Ireland and responsible for the murders of dozens of innocent Catholics because of their religion. They are an armed paramilitarary group, very well known in the North of Ireland. To be an umbrella group (the armed wing of the UDA) for the UDA.

They are Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott in Fermanagh and South Tyrone, the DUP’s Nigel Dodds in North Belfast, the DUP’s Gavin Robinson in East Belfast and the DUP’s Emma Little Pengelly in South Belfast.


Tom Elliot (MP) endorsed by the UDA-linked magazine, The Loyalist.

In the first two constituencies, the candidates mentioned are the only unionists running, but in the other two seats the DUP faces competition from the Ulster Unionists.
Alliance ‘satisfied’

Emma ‘Little’ Pengelly (MP), whose father was involved in gun-running for Loyalist paramilatary’s. Endorsed by the UDA.

In a statement, the Alliance Party said: “In sharp contrast to the DUP, who appear content to accept the endorsement of paramilitaries, Alliance is satisfied to accept their rejection of our principled and consistent stand for the rule of law and against all terrorism.

Nigel Dodds (MP) endorsed by the UDA.

“This absurd statement shows not only the dearth of political analysis within loyalist paramilitaries at this time, but highlights clearly which parties are really willing to take on and challenge paramilitaries, and which are happier to chase and foster their support.

Last but not least, Gavin Robinson (MP) endorsed by the UDA.

The Loyalist Communities Council was launched in 2015 with the assistance of Tony Blair’s former Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell
In Monday night’s UTV election debate, both Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill and Alliance’s Naomi Long challenged the DUP’s Nigel Dodds to reject the endorsement of a group linked to loyalist paramilitaries.

A recent photograph of Nigel Dodds (MP), when he atteended a loyalist riot with police in North Belfast. Where numerous police officers were injured. Looking a bit ‘worst for wear’ being held up by two loyalist rioters on 12th July riots. Endorsed by the UDA. Ask yourself this question ” Would you trust the DUP”?

Mr Dodds replied that his party had always opposed paramilitarism.

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme on Tuesday, the DUP’s Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said.

Jeffrey Donaldson (MP).

Jeffrey I do not seek, nor does the DUP seek the support or endorsement of any paramilitary organisation, and we reject any such endorsement.

The Ulster Unionist Party leader, Robin Swann, said: “The Ulster Unionist Party is a party of law and order.
“We have not asked for the support of paramilitary organisations nor do we want the backing of organisations still engaged in paramilitary or criminal activity.”
On social media, former Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has clarified that he has not asked for and does not accept the LCC’s statement of support.
Mr Nesbitt was not one of the candidates mentioned in the group’s election statement.
Tony Blair’s former chief of staff Jonathan Powell played a part in setting up the LCC.
Mr Powell described the formation of the council as the “last best chance” to include loyalists left behind by the peace process

With many thanks to: UTV Northern Ireland, for the original story.

BBC forced to clarify claims about Pengelly’s father after candidates’ TV clash!

WESTMINSTER  Westministor ELECTION 2017.

Sinn Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and DUP’s Emma ‘Little’ Pengelly. Clash on TV’s ‘The View’ on the BBC.

THE BBC had to issue a clarification at the end of it’s flagship programme after Sinn Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir made claims about DUP rival Emma Little Pengelly’s father.

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

The pair clashed on The View during a debate between South Belfast candidates for next week’s Westminister election broadcast from St George’s Market on Thursday night. In a heated exchange, Mr Ó Muilleoir refused to appologise for mentioning Mrs Pengelly’s father Noel Little after she urged the Sinn Féin MLA to condemn IRA bombings.

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

Mr Little was a founder of Ulster Resistance. In 1989 he was arrested in Paris in connection with a plot to exchange a missile stolen from Shorts for South African guns. The weapons sought were destined for the UVF, UDA and Ulster Resistance. After spending two years on remand, he and two others received suspended sentences and fines.

‘The Loyalist’ UDA Propaganga Magazine, endorsing DUP’s Emma ‘Little’ Pengelly. For her “hard work the DUP have been doing in the community for everybody”.

The well known and often bought magazine “The Loyalist” is mainly bought and sold wihin the loyalist community of North & West Belfast. Only to members of the UDA & UVF. Facing criticism from Mr Ó Muilleoir, she accused him of hypocrisy and urged him to condemn IRA acts of violence including the 1996 Manchester bombing. In response, Mr Ó Muilleoir said: ‘I wasn’t sure what point of this conversation I would get to mention your father, Emma, who when my father was being discriminated against working in the Harland & Wolff, was bringing in guns into this country which led to the slaughter along the Island.”

On the far left, former DUP leader and member of the “Ulster Resistence” ex-DUP leader Peter Robinson. Third (on the right), Mrs ‘Little’ Pengelly’s father, Noel Little.

Mrs Pengelly interacted: “I’m going to stop you there.

His name was raised after Mrs Pengelly defended her Westminister candidacy being endorsed in a magazine connected to the UDA-linked Ulster Political Research Group. Alliance’s Paula Bradshaw called on Mrs Pengelly to publicly reject the endorsement.

Mrs Pengelly said the DUP has “clearly called for the UDA to go away, and all paramilitary organisations”. She added that the article in The Loyalist endorsed her because of the “hard work the DUP have been doing in the community for everybody”. Facing criticism from Mr Ó Muilleoir, she accused him of hypocrisy and urged him to condemn IRA acts of violence including the 1996 Manchester bombing.

Mrs Pengelly interjected: “I think its absolutely appalling for Máirtín to sit there and just say that. Because I think when Máirtín goes back to his group meeting of the MLAs from Sinn Féin and he looks left and right and he sees people in his party that have committed horrendous crimes, and I want him to think how would you feel, how would you feel, if their children – who had no responsibility for the actions of your colleagues – had to sit in a studio and hear abuse like you have given me. It’s a lack of respect, it is wrong and I am going to call you out on that.”

Asked by host Mark Carruthers if he wished to apologise, Mr Ó Muilleoir said: “I will not apologise for bringing up the question of Noel Little who brought in guns to this country. “But if Emma had any self-respect, she would not be trying to lecture other people on the terrible conflict we have been through. “You are the last person, to be lecturing.”

Mrs Pengelly said she has “clearly condemned all paramilitary violence”. At the end of the pre-recorded TV programme, a BBC continuiy announcer said: “We have been asked to point out that Noel Little was never convicted of arms importation to the North of Ireland. “He was given a suspended sentence and fined in a French court for his part in an intelligence plot.”

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

“Sinn Féin don’t accept partition, they just seek through different means than physical force republicanism.

Steve Tarrant says:

“Sinn Fein don’t accept partition, they just seek through different means than physical force republicanism. But Gerry is not convinced unless the bullets and the bombs are flying. Which would be fine if you were the one caught up in the gun fights you’d like to see return to the North, but it’s poor form to question the intent of people who were (certain Sinn Fein members).”

Sinn Féin accepted partition when they signed the GFA. They accepted the Loyalist veto over a united Ireland. And turned on the hold out Republicans with an appalling campaign of assassinations and beatings to force acceptance of the GFA. The story was reported in mainstream media at the time; Mo Mowlem’s “family discipline” correctly called the “Michael Collins moment” in that famous piece of graffiti.

Same as Michael Collins in the Civil War, and Fine Gael, Fianna Fail after 1927, the Officials/Workers Party after 1969. They entered the Stormont power sharing Executive to impose austerity in alliance with Ian Paisley’s DUP.

And called on their followers to grass up Republicans to the RUC/PSNI.

It is not a question of reverting to the “bullets and bombs flying” but refusing to accept the legitimacy of the Northern Ireland state and mobilising mass opposition to that by revolutionary means which aims to overthrow that state and unite Ireland with the support of the working class in the south to overthrow that colonial state, likewise a neocolonial imposition by British imperialism. And that can only be done with an internationalist perspective in conjunction with a revolutionary upsurge of the British and international working class.

With many thanks to: Gerry Joseph Downing.