May 21 2019



Editors Comments 2 people up for the new chief of northern Irelands controversial police force the old ruc royal ulster constabulary now psni police service northern Ireland.

If we are trying to protect and be fair to both sides of the Irish Ireland northern Ireland British side of the argument then the police forces title needs changing. May be the Police force of Britain and Ireland.

You vote for the bully or the boutcher.


high profile Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boutcher

John Boutcher.

He Looks a good cop but I think hes more of a inquiry man.

Chief Constable Boutcher to lead Operation Kenova Investigation

Hang On Can you smell a rat ?

smell a rat. To suspect that someone is guilty of betrayal, deception, or causing a situation to go wrong. A: “They’re numbers don’t match up with the taxes they’ve paid.”. B: “Hmm, I smell a rat.”. He thought he could smell a rat when he saw John slinking away from the scene of the crime.


Surely its a conflict of interest to run a inquiry and be a chief constable of the corrupt force being investigated.

May be Mr Boutcher will resign from the enquiry or explain why he can still carry on we get hundreds of questions why isnt this being looked at why did he ignore my son my dad my evidence is this a nother enquiry scandal.

Will Arthur Rafferty Murder and his 79 year old son dying from asbestosis ever ever get justice and all the other families.

2 Simon Byrne ex Cheshire police. Ex Met Police A Bully but later not charged.

The Old boys club cleared him of bullying a female officer I’m sure the psni has female officers.

Jekyll & Hyde

Became the Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary in June 2014. The married father-of-two came to the force from his role as assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, where he was responsible for 32 London boroughs, the largest policing operation in the country. He has held roles including assistant chief constable for Merseyside Police in 2006 and deputy chief constable Greater Manchester Police in 2009.

ALLISON MORRIS 21 May, 2019 01:00 Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher.

A replacement for outgoing Chief Constable George Hamilton is expected to be announced this week after two days of interviews.

In what has been one of the most closely scrutinised public appointments in the PSNI’s history, the panel will be deciding on a shortlist believed to be made up of two senior members of the force and two officers from England.

Among them is thought to be high profile Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boutcher, currently heading up the operation Kenova investigation into the activities of the IRA agent known as Stakeknife.

Simon Byrne, former chief constable of Cheshire police, is also thought to be in the running for the £207,500 a year job.

Mr Byrne was cleared of all allegations of bullying in 2018 following a period of suspension, however, his contract with Cheshire police had ended by that stage.

Two serving PSNI officers, acting Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, are also said to be shortlisted.

Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher.

A preference for applicants to have served outside Northern Ireland was dropped from the list of desirable criteria in the selection process to allow serving PSNI members to apply.

Independent recruitment specialists were brought in from outside of Northern Ireland to oversee the appointment process following controversial comments made by Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald earlier this year.

Mrs McDonald was accused of undermining the integrity of the recruitment exercise when she said she did not have confidence in any prospective candidate from within the PSNI.

Her remarks in February prompted calls for the Sinn Féin representative to be excluded from the selection panel assembled by the Policing Board.

Simon Byrne, former chief constable of Cheshire police.

Those calls were resisted, with board members instead agreeing to introduce new quality assurance measures to safeguard the process.

Interviews will be carried out by political and independent members of the North’s 19-member Policing Board under its chairwoman Anne Connolly.

The Sinn Féin representative Linda Dillion, will be joined by John Blair of the Alliance Party, Ulster Unionist Alan Chambers, Dolores Kelly of the SDLP, and the DUP’s Mervyn Storey.

All the panel have had to undergo a stringent two day training process to ensure the appointment will be robust enough to stand up to any potential challenge.

The announcement as to who will replace George Hamilton when he retires in June is expected to be made on Friday evening.

May 12 2019

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Gerry Adams and GOD – Why the IRA hasn’t Repented

In 1971, there was a stand-off or virtual split for a very short time in the Derry Brigade of the IRA. Creggan and other units wanted a particular IRA man to be the new O.C. – Roddy – while the Bogside and Brandywell units wanted a different IRA man – Robby – to be the O.C. It wasn’t a stand-off that was likely to be … Continue reading Gerry Adams and GOD – Why the IRA hasn’t Repented

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The IRA’s Use of Torture

It is a strange quirk of history that the IRA’s early practice of extreme torture on its abducted and soon-to-be murdered prisoners occurred just as its political wing and proxies were protesting about the treatment of the very first internees back in 1971 who were later termed ‘the hooded men’. The IRA quickly developed its own hooded men and women who were not merely to … Continue reading The IRA’s Use of Torture

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The IRA’s Legacy of Lies

Gerry Adams’ Cult mantra of late has been: “the IRA has left the scene”. Not so, Gerry – virtually all IRA members and prominent leaders have been absorbed into Sinn Féin and there they remain under the new disguise of democratic politics without a shred of remorse, repentance, truth or integrity. Look around you, Gerry, at the many self-confessed IRA shooters and bombers known to … Continue reading The IRA’s Legacy of Lies

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IRA Prisoners – POWs or Terrorists?

Was the recently disbanded and self-styled ‘Irish Republican Army’ entitled to claim the term ‘Prisoners of War’ for its captured combatants? To qualify under the Third Geneva Convention, a combatant must be part of a chain of command, wear a “fixed distinctive marking, visible from a distance”, bear arms openly, and have conducted military operations according to the laws and customs of war. Since the … Continue reading IRA Prisoners – POWs or Terrorists?

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The Irish Language in Derry in the late 1960s/70s

I passed the dreaded 11-Plus examination in 1966 and was sent to St. Columb’s College ‘grammar school’ in Derry as a day-boy where students of the calibre of poet Seamus Heaney, singer Paul Brady, playwright Brian Friel and politician John Hume had lately preceded me. Two ‘dead’ languages were obligatory at St. Columb’s College in those years, Latin and Irish. By ‘dead’ I mean that … Continue reading The Irish Language in Derry in the late 1960s/70s

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Thomas Ashe Mellon III – the new Martin McGuinness

Much of the international reportage of 29-year-old Lyra McKee’s murder centred on descriptions of her as a ‘ceasefire baby’, a woman whose early years were brightened by what was promised to be peace during the post-Belfast Agreement period when the IRA movement was supposed to end all hostilities. Much of the international reportage of 42-year-old Thomas Ashe Mellon has centred on his leadership of the … Continue reading Thomas Ashe Mellon III – the new Martin McGuinness

Shane O’DohertyMay 6, 2019May 6, 20191 Comment

The Town That Loves the IRA So Well

It is no surprise in 2019 that Derry City nurtures the nascent IRA, as it nurtured the nascent IRA in 1969. In the late 1960s there was a certain novelty about the Civil Rights’ Movement in Derry because the Civil Rights’ movement had to be imported into Derry City from outside. There was a palpable feeling abroad in middle-class Derry that the Civil Rights’ movement … Continue reading The Town That Loves the IRA So Well

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The Strange Case of Witness ‘O’ at the Birmingham Pub Bombings’ Inquest

Witness ‘O’ gave what purported to be ‘evidence’ to the Birmingham Pub Bombings’ Inquest recently. There were some rather obvious inconsistencies in his strange tale. Firstly, he said he was on remand in Winson Green prison at the time of the Birmingham Pub Bombings awaiting trial on what must have been prior IRA bombing charges. He was billed as a convicted IRA bomber – so … Continue reading The Strange Case of Witness ‘O’ at the Birmingham Pub Bombings’ Inquest

Shane O’DohertyMarch 31, 2019April 1, 20191 Comment

Kieran Conway – Credible Witness at the Birmingham Pub Bombings’ Inquest?

Kieran Conway was billed as a former IRA GHQ Director of Intelligence who was willing to participate in the Birmingham Pub Bombings’ Inquest on various conditions: He would only speak via video link from an unidentified location (presumably in Dublin) hiding behind the Irish border he fought so hard to remove. He would not identify any living IRA volunteer related to the Birmingham Pub bombings. … Continue reading Kieran Conway – Credible Witness at the Birmingham Pub Bombings’ Inquest?

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Having cheerfully murdered members of the RUC, of An Garda Síochána and of the Metropolitan Police for some thirty years, it does not sit easily with the IRA movement to support police forces in general and its lumpen rank and file has never actually been converted to love for ‘peelers’. On January 29, 2007, at an extraordinary Ardfheis (party meeting) at the Royal Dublin Show, … Continue reading IRA vs PSNI

Shane O’DohertyFebruary 22, 2019February 22, 2019Leave a comment

Mary Lou McDonald – No Links to the IRA?

Martina Fitzgerald, RTE’s recently-axed political correspondent, published an analysis piece in July 2018 stating that Mary Lou McDonald was “a strong media performer and has no links to the IRA”. Is it credible to declare that Mary Lou McDonald has “no links to the IRA”? Forget all about embittered former SDLP commentator Brian Feeney writing in “The Irish Times” in August, 2015 that the IRA … Continue reading Mary Lou McDonald – No Links to the IRA?

Shane O’DohertyFebruary 19, 2019February 20, 20193 Comments

Open Letter to Professor Peter Finn, St. Mary’s University College, re Hosting the Hypocritical “Pat Finucane Annual Lecture”

Professor Peter Finn, Principal of St. Mary’s University College, Belfast. Dear Professor Finn, I was shocked at your decision to host in St. Mary’s University (Catholic) College the IRA movement’s “Annual Pat Finucane Lecture” where one could see prominently in the audience leaders of the IRA’s 30 year campaign of abductions, torture, extra-judicial executions, disappearances of civilians/corpses, mass-casualty anti-civilian bombings – in fact leaders who … Continue reading Open Letter to Professor Peter Finn, St. Mary’s University College, re Hosting the Hypocritical “Pat Finucane Annual Lecture”

Shane O’DohertyFebruary 12, 20192 Comments

Sinn Féin’s new Ethel Lynch Cumann in Derry and the Cult of Lies

The IRA movement’s Sinn Féin political front is built on a vast foundation of lies, really big lies. There are so many lies associated with the IRA/Sinn Féin movement that I wrote an entire Blog post about the most blatant ones – it may be read here. Derry/Londonderry [forgotten Londonderry already, Mary Lou?] is a locus of some of the grander lies at the heart … Continue reading Sinn Féin’s new Ethel Lynch Cumann in Derry and the Cult of Lies

Shane O’DohertyFebruary 2, 2019February 3, 20192 Comments

Paradoxes of the IRA’s ‘Armed Struggle’

Introduction The Provisional IRA breakaway movement was sprung from the largely Marxist-leaning IRA in 1969 which had reassessed Northern Ireland after the failed 1956-62 IRA “Border Campaign” and decided that class war and non-sectarian agitation might work better than armed activities which had so recently failed. [The Official IRA’s position dramatically changed when it had to compete with the Provisional IRA for young volunteers and … Continue reading Paradoxes of the IRA’s ‘Armed Struggle’

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May 12 2019

Relatives for Justice: ‘Time for Truth’ or ‘Time for Really Big Lies’?

It’s one thing for SF/IRA apparatchiks to live in deliberate denial and cover-up about IRA Human Rights’ atrocities – they choose to serve an iniquitous Sinn Féin/IRA party policy – but quite another thing for such calculated deception to brazenly work its way into the general population and into the realm of professionals such as doctors, solicitors, barristers, priests, etc. – citizens who are certainly better educated, better rewarded and who should therefore possibly live according to higher standards than the rest of us.

A typical Web introduction to the Relatives for Justice organisation might be the profile offered by the ICTJ website, The International Center for Transitional Justice in New York.

There, written by Sam McCann, RFJ CEO Mark Thompson’s story and motivation for his involvement with Human Rights are described and – we are told – it all began with the murder of Pat Finucane in 1989:

Mark Thompson discovers Human Rights in 1989

After mentioning also that Thompson’s own brother had been one of three men shot dead by soldiers subsequent to robbing a bookmakers in Belfast and while two were holding replica guns – which Thompson referred to as a “shoot to kill” British army policy – the profile continues:

Thompson refers to ‘a foundation of lies’

As an introduction to Human Rights’ violations in the Northern Ireland troubles, I would say that this “narrative” lacks something – in fact, it lacks so much that in my opinion it ranks as DECEPTION.

If I – as someone of a catholic/nationalist background – and a former teenage IRA volunteer and Sinn Féin member – were introducing a foreign audience to Human Rights’ violations in Northern Ireland – even if only by referencing attacks on the legal fraternity – I would have to start by demonstrating the universality and indivisibility of Human Rights and my narrative could absolutely never begin with the Pat Finucane murder in 1989:

  1. The IRA introduced into Northern Ireland the murders of members of the legal fraternity by shooting dead Resident Magistrate William Staunton, a Catholic, on the 11thof October 1972 as he dropped his daughter to St. Dominic’s convent grammar school on the Falls Road. The IRA shot him in front of his daughter and her school friends in his car and he died of his injuries three months later.
  2. On the same day, and at the time, the IRA also murdered Resident Magistrate Martin McBirney, a Protestant, at his home in his kitchen in front of his family. Martin McBirney was a prominent member of the Northern Ireland Labour Party, had married a Catholic and, while a barrister, had acted for the defence in civil rights’ cases and had represented Eamon McCann.

[Here was all the template the loyalist paramilitaries needed later for the Pat Finucane murder at home in his kitchen in front of his family, but much more than this was provided by the IRA.]

  1. On the 16thof January, 1983, Judge William Doyle was murdered by the IRA as he came out of Mass in St. Brigid’s Catholic church on Derryvolgie Avenue in Belfast. Judge Doyle had offered a 72-year-old lady a lift home in his car and, as they both exited the church, two IRA gunmen fired at him. He was hit by six bullets in the chest and stomach. The 72-year-old lady with him was shot in the stomach and seriously injured.
  2. Sixteen months later, an IRA gunman again used the same Catholic church to attack Judge Tom Travers. One gunman shot his daughter, Mary, in the spine. She fell to the ground taking her mother with her. A second gunman shot him in the shoulder, knocking him to the ground. The gunman then stood over him and fired five more bullets into him – miraculously, he survived. The second gunman then put his gun to Travers’ wife’s head and pulled the trigger twice – the gun misfired both times. Mary Travers, however, died in her mother’s arms. The IRA’s intent was clear – to murder the judge and his entire family as well.
  3. On the 7thof December, 1983, the IRA shot barrister and law lecturer Edgar Graham in Queen’s University and, as the 29-year-old lay dying outside the campus library, cheering erupted in the students’ union as witnessed by Sylvia Hermon.
  4. On the 28thof April, 1987, the IRA murdered Appeal Justice Maurice Gibson and his wife Cecily by bombing their car at the border, with claims of collusion between the IRA and senior member of the Irish police, An Garda Siochana.
  5. Fifteen months later on the 23rdof July, 1988, the IRA attempted to repeat the border bomb tactic, this time intending to murder Catholic Justice Eoin Higgins, but instead murdered AN ENTIRE HILLSBOROUGH FAMILY returning from Disneyland in Florida, Robin and Maureen Hanna and their 6-year-old son, David. Again, there were allegations of collusion between the IRA and elements of An Garda Siochana.

How is it possible to introduce a Human Rights’ perspective concerning attacks on servants of the law in Northern Ireland without mentioning THE TEN MURDERS BY THE IRA before 1989 and by only recounting A SINGLE MURDER BY LOYALISTS in 1989? What absolute hypocrisy is this?

Print this out, Mark, and put it on your office wall

How, then, in the light of all of these IRA murders of members of the legal fraternity in Northern Ireland, and given the universality and indivisibility of Human Rights, does Thompson narrate only that “he knew about Finucane’s death and contacted the murdered activist’s family and longtime legal partner, Peter Madden” –  is Thompson kidding?

He didn’t know about all these other murders of legal practitioners – and civilians – and was somehow unmoved by the atrocities in which they were murdered by the IRA?

He then followed this ignorance by completely erasing these TEN VICTIMS from such an important narrative?

Mary Travers, civilian, murdered by the IRA, Mark

It appears abundantly clear to me that Thompson offers a wholly partial and sectarian Human Rights’ story to an international audience, one that never refers to the IRA and to its 1,700 dead victims and to its many many thousands of injured victims and associated Human Rights’ violations.

Looking to the RFJ website, I note that it recounts that on March 22nd, 2012, Mark Thompson got an opportunity to make a submission to The Helsinki Commission US Congressional Hearing – here at last, I thought, he will have rendered a full and balanced narrative on Human Rights’ violations in Northern Ireland, starting with the single greatest violator of Human Rights in the troubles, the IRA.

But no!

Unaccountably, Thompson only submitted evidence on three incidents: Loughlinisland, Sean Graham’s Bookmakers and Clonoe.

Thompson – totally blind to the IRA’s thousands of Human Rights’ atrocities

Most extraordinarily, neither the IRA nor any of its many thousands of Human Rights’ violations are mentioned anywhere in the submission – how is this even possible?

No reference to The Claudy bombings of civilians by the IRA, Mark?

No reference to The Bloody Friday bombings of civilians by the IRA, Mark?

No reference to the La Mon napalm bombing of civilians by the IRA, Mark?

No reference to The Birmingham Pub bombings of civilians by the IRA, Mark?

No reference to The Warrington bombings of children and civilians by the IRA, Mark?

No reference to The Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing of civilians by the IRA, Mark?

No reference to the Kingsmill slaughter of Protestant civilians by the IRA, Mark?

No reference to the IRA’s practice of sectarian murders of innocent Protestants across Northern Ireland, Mark?

No reference to the IRA’s institutional practice of torture on abducted civilians before their extra-judicial murders and disappearances of their corpses, Mark?

No reference to the IRA’s practice of deliberate murders of civilians, Mark?

No reference to the IRA’s enlistment of children into the IRA, Mark?

No reference to the IRA’s refusal to return the corpse of a fallen soldier, Captain Robert Nairac, Mark, making it the only terrorist organisation in Europe to withhold from burial a corpse of a captured, tortured and then murdered soldier?

No reference to the 120 women, girls and female infants murdered by the IRA, Mark, in the course of its ‘armed struggle’?

And – in such a prestigious setting as the US Congress, and duty-bound to offer precision of language – you refer three times to a location only specified as “the north” – without any further qualification? You’re in America and you make reference in a legal submission to a location only as “the north”?

Is this more of the calculated Sinn Féin slight to the people of Northern Ireland that pro-Sinn Féin republicans cannot now ever use the official name of the province, ‘Northern Ireland’?

It would stretch to breaking point the bounds of credulity to imagine that Thompson FORGOT about all of these most infamous IRA Human Rights’ atrocities – and therefore one can only assume that Thompson and his organisation are deliberately excusing from their shoddy Human Rights’ “narrative” the single greatest Human Rights’ violator in the Northern Ireland troubles – namely the IRA.

Just another of the IRA’s tortured/extra-judicial murder victims, Mark

And looking at RFJ’s various reports, in its 27 years of operation it has not managed to produce a SINGLE report on ANY of the IRA’s atrocities/Human Rights’ violations.

With regard to the “Time for Truth” march scheduled for February 25th, even The Irish News newspaper recorded as early as January 30th that:

“The majority of victims that have come together in the new group were bereaved through loyalist paramilitary or state violence.”

No surprise there!

The ‘Relatives for Justice’ organisation is narrating a deceptive Human Rights’ story of Northern Ireland [‘the north’] that entirely erases the IRA from the record.

Just one of 21 civilians murdered by the IRA in the Birmingham Pub bombings, Mark

Sinn Féin – the biggest apologists for and deniers of the IRA’s Human Rights’ violations and now a hybrid party containing all of the IRA’s victim-making leadership and membership and current IRA Army Council members – was all over the so-called ‘Time for Truth’ march.

Sinn Féin MLA Emma Rogan announced plans for the march.

Sinn Féin victims’ spokersperson [that would be, “non-IRA victims’ spokesperson”, obviously] Linda Dillon expressed in the Sinn Féin/IRA newspaper, An Phoblacht, that the march was largely aimed at getting legacy funding released.

An Phoblacht couldn’t have been clearer:

“Relatives of people killed by the British state and their allies in unionist death squads are calling on people across the country to join with them on Sunday 25 February for the Time for Truth march and support their campaigns for truth and justice.”

So, the ‘Time for Truth’ march was a lie in the sense that it was certainly not ‘Time for Truth’ from the IRA about its many thousands of Human Rights violations, but merely time for truth for “relatives of people killed by the British state and their allies in unionist death squads”.

How much more EXCLUSIVE could you get within the Human Rights field?

How much further away from support for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights could you travel toward a pitifully partial and sectarian view of Human Rights by RFJ and its pro-Sinn Féin allies?

Even the aforementioned New York ICTJ on its website later admitted that:

“Organisers of the march had urged victims from across the community to attend, however, many of those represented were mainly from the nationalist community and their loved ones killed by security forces or loyalist terrorists.”

It would be unthinkable in any other country that unapologetic, unrepentant victim-makers – persons who participated in massive Human Rights’ violations – could ever join most comfortably and unchallenged in a Human Rights’ protest.

Gerry ‘The Bolt’ Kelly and comrades celebrate past violence

However, at the so-called ‘Time for Truth’ march, unashamed and boastful convicted IRA members such as Gerry ‘The Bolt’ Kelly and Caroline Cullen/Caral ni Chuilin were able to walk proudly alongside Sinn Féin apologists for IRA Human Rights’ violations such as Michelle O’Neill, John Finucane, Alex Maskey, Deirdre Hargey and many others.

What kind of pro-Human Rights, pro-victims’ protest makes victim-makers and anti-Human Rights convicts feel comfortable and unchallenged?

Child victim of the IRA’s Warrington bombs, Mark

At the absolute least, it would have to be noted that this particular march was a TOTAL CORRUPTION of the universality and indivisibility of Human Rights and a pro-IRA demonstration in full knowledge of the IRA’s victim-making history.

One victim, Colin Worton, whose 24 year old brother Kenneth was murdered by the IRA at Kingsmill, commented in The Belfast Telegraph that he ‘wouldn’t have felt comfortable’ attending the march because it was ‘hi-jacked by Sinn Féin and the republican agenda’:

“Anybody that has been a terrorist and a victim-maker, to say they are representing victims is odd, it’s strange. How can they say they are representing victims when they have made victims?”

Well, Colin, it doesn’t take even a low pass grade in a legal degree to work that out, which brings us on to one of the more bizarrely hypocritical aspects of this wholly sectarian march – namely, the letter penned by 50 so-called “human rights lawyers” and published in The Irish News newspaper.

In December of 2017, a letter appeared in The Irish News signed by 200 ‘influential figures’ and ‘northern nationalists’ calling upon Republic of Ireland Fine Gael Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, ‘not to abandon the north’.

In February of 2018, another letter appeared in The Irish News this time signed by only 100 members of nationalist ‘civic society’ – the numbers were dropping – calling on Varadkar to support a bill of rights in Northern Ireland – on this occasion, Sinn Féin was ‘outed’ as chainmailing around Ireland to garner support for the letter.

Sinn Féin outed as garnering support for civic letter to the press (Irish Times)

So by the time the 50 ‘human rights lawyers’ [yawn, the term is so abused it is failing to carry any meaning anymore] had signed a letter supporting the so-called ‘Time for Truth’ march, numbers, interest and the efficacy of such letters had all dropped off.

“Human Rights’ Lawyers” (eh?) support the partial, sectarian ‘March for Truth’ (Irish News)

I have to admit that I was shocked that 50 legal professionals would publicly support a march whose organisers can so easily and clearly be shown to ignore the IRA’s thousands of Human Rights’ abuses and violations – and effectively to exonerate the IRA by refusal ever to document and investigate its Human Rights atrocities or to seek the prosecution of its Army Council leaders.

I have to admit surprise that the said legal professionals would publicly highlight their support for a sectarian march – one that could easily be shown to have full Sinn Féin and IRA support.

Why surprise?

Well of course because trumpeting support for a march that exonerated the IRA’s victim-makers and associated Sinn Féin apologists for IRA Human Rights’ atrocities calls into question the integrity, honesty and neutrality of such lawyers and they seem entirely unconcerned about even the possibility of being regarded as supporters of past IRA violence and victim-makers.

Kevin Winters, with the gold tie

Having descended from Mount Olympus and parked their Bentley, BMW and Mercedes motor vehicles in safe city centre parking, these scions of Druidic Ireland would have rubbed shoulders with the rude plebeians of Sinn Féin and the IRA as they clutched their nosegays ever closer to their nostrils.

In this descent into crude party politics, these letter signatories open themselves to the same slings and arrows that affect those of us who live in lowly places – but, when they are subsequently subjected to fairly ordinary scrutiny on Twitter – what is the reaction?

Why – having sought to know for a short time how ordinary folk live and breathe and debate and get trolled on social media – one or more of them pen(s) a legal letter of complaint, this time a legal letter or letters to Twitter complaining that s/he/they have been subject to unfair scrutiny with regard to Human Rights and support for the IRA.

Human Rights’ Lawyer(s) fight for Truth & Freedom of Opinion

Winters, Madden, Finucane and all these other self-proclaimed ‘human rights lawyers’ SELF-PUBLISHED their names in public, in a newspaper, in online editions of that newspaper and effectively in hundreds of social media outlets that then referenced their published letter.

One or more of them – so puffed up with bristling pride that s/he/they find it unacceptable and unconscionable that a mere citizen should ever have the temerity to reference them on Twitter and question their integrity on grounds that are so blatantly obvious that a mere victim, untutored in the law – or a mere citizen such as myself – only a little tutored in law – should question their integrity, which they have themselves opened for scrutiny by supporting a partial march solely for the rights of – to quote once more An Phoblacht – “relatives of people killed by the British state and their allies in unionist death squads”.

In my opinion, all 50 of you have brought discredit upon yourselves and any resulting scrutiny of your behaviour you have also brought upon yourselves by publishing your names in a newspaper without once referencing the single greatest Human Rights’ violator in all of Northern Ireland’s troubles – the IRA.

The IRA caught with their FARCs down associating with narco-terrorists in Colombia

You do not even recognise the irony that your threatening letter(s) to Twitter contradict the very freedom of expression you yourselves exercised in supporting the pro-Sinn Féin, pro-IRA march.

Sinn Féin and the IRA – once upon a time opposed to censorship…

[If you are a trainee solicitor, solicitor, trainee barrister, barrister or a lawyer or ‘human rights lawyer’ or new Sinn Féin activist and are affected by the revelation that the IRA has committed many thousands of Human Rights’ violations and that these have been covered up by RFJ and Sinn Féin, don’t hesitate to contact The Samaritans and to read one or more of the following:

May 12 2019

The IRA’s Legacy of Lies

Gerry Adams’ Cult mantra of late has been: “the IRA has left the scene”.

Gerry Adams with Alfredo Scappaticci of the IRA’s ‘nutting squad’

Not so, Gerry – virtually all IRA members and prominent leaders have been absorbed into Sinn Féin and there they remain under the new disguise of democratic politics without a shred of remorse, repentance, truth or integrity.

Look around you, Gerry, at the many self-confessed IRA shooters and bombers known to you and to us all in high-level positions in Sinn Féin, convicted of multiple murders, shootings, bombings, escapes, extraditions – they haven’t gone away, you know.

Gerry & Martin welcome the release of the 4 Balcombe Street Siege London bombers

In Spain, while ETA is similarly claimed to have “left the scene”, ETA leaders are nevertheless facing charges of ‘crimes against humanity’ for a small number of bombings and murders, a fraction of the IRA’s ‘crimes against humanity’ bombings and murders – the claim that ETA “has left the scene” is dismissed as entirely irrelevant in Spain.

In case you don’t understand the legacy of lies you are undertaking to lead in the new hybrid SFIRA movement, Mary Lou and Michelle, here are some of the bigger ones:

For instance, in 1971 the IRA had lied about the entirely unnecessary death of 16-year-old IRA Volunteer Jim O’Hagan in a shooting incident in the Waterside. The truth of what happened to Jim O’Hagan was never told to the people of Derry and the truth of the irresponsible nature of the organisation that took his life was covered up.

It was rumoured that Jim did not accept a “direct order” from a fellow IRA volunteer who put a gun to his chest and pulled the trigger – the bullet went right through him. His teeenage comrades (now effectively his murderers) basically scarpered and left him to die after informing some adults nearby.

Jim O'Hagan
Jim O’Hagan, murdered by the IRA

Jim O’Hagan died shortly afterwards. He had called to my home in Clarendon Street the previous day and chatted with me for some time.

When covering up scandals like that involving Jim O’Hagan, the IRA used mendacious phrases such as “killed in action” and “died for Ireland”…


Martin practices shooting with a Luger pistol

The IRA denied armed activities by Martin McGuinness and other IRA volunteers on Bloody Sunday in January 1972 – this was a lie. McGuinness and a very well-known Stanley’s Walk quartermaster were seen by many people breaking into the rear of Duffy’s Bookies with a view to attacking British soldiers in William Street.

Duffy’s Bookies’ building overlooked British soldiers on Bloody Sunday

McGuinness had a Thompson machine gun (used the previous Thursday evening to kill 2 RUC officers on nearby Creggan Hill) while his comrade had explosives in his possession. The attack was aborted.

IRA volunteers with knowledge of this action were silenced.

McGuinness lied on oath to The Bloody Sunday Inquiry when he stated that he had left the IRA in 1974 – everybody in the IRA and Sinn Fein knows very well that he never left the IRA.

McGuinness’ lies about his IRA membership died here

McGuinness’ tombstone had the last laugh on this matter when it recorded for posterity in Irish that he was ‘Volunteer of the Irish Republican Army’ – he was that to the last and never gave his many victims the restitution of Truth about why their relatives were murdered.

Child victim of the Abercorn restaurant bombing by the IRA

The IRA denied the Abercorn restaurant bombing in March, 1972 – this was a lie. Two young women were killed and 130 people were maimed or injured.

The IRA denied the Anderson Street bombing in the Short Strand in May 1972 – this was a lie. Eight persons were killed – four IRA volunteers and four civilians.

The IRA denied the Claudy bombings in July 1972 – this was a lie. Nine civilians, including children, were killed.

The IRA denied murdering and “disappearing” Jean McConville and at least eight other victims between December 1972 and 1981 – this was a lie.

The IRA began around this time the practice of torturing victims in order to force confessions from them before murdering them. Torture and murder of civilians are contrary to Geneva Conventions, but the IRA Army Council didn’t care.

IRA torture and murder victim dumped on the border

The IRA denied the booby-trap bomb murder of 9-year-old Gordon Gallagher in Creggan, Derry, in February, 1973 – this was a lie.

Gordon Gallagher
9 year old Godon Gallagher

For a time, the Derry Brigade attempted to blame the British Army for arming the bomb before it was eventually forced to admit the truth.

The IRA denied hanging Paddy Joe Crawford in Cage Five of Long Kesh in June, 1973 – this was a lie. Crawford, an orphan, was alleged to have ‘broken’ during police interrogation and to have given information.

If the IRA had decided to hang all of the IRA prisoners who broke during interrogation, at least half of the Long Kesh population would have merited execution.

The IRA denied shooting 14-year-old Kathleen Feeney in Derry in November, 1973 – this was a lie. Not only did Martin McGuinness’ Derry Brigade lie about shooting her, it went on to fancifully claim to have shot and killed the British soldier who had allegedly shot her. All lies.

14 yrs old Kathleen Feeney

The IRA lied about the abduction of German industrialist Thomas Nedermayer in West Belfast in December 1973. Mr. Nedermayer was the Managing Director of Grundig and was also the German Honorary Consul to Northern Ireland.

After ransom attempts and other deals failed, the IRA beat Niedermayer to death (that’s right, they didn’t shoot him) and ‘disappeared’ his body in a shallow grave in an illegal dump in the Colin Glen area of Belfast. His skeletal remains were not found until 1980.

A series of tragedies struck the Niedermayer family in subsequent years, possibly making for the saddest reading to come out of the IRA’s campaign of murder. Niedermayer’s wife, Ingeborg, and his two daughters, Gabrielle and Renate, all committed suicide in later years, as did Gabrielle’s husband.


The Nedermayer human rights’ atrocity was masterminded by Brian Keenan, the IRA’s GHQ Quartermaster and pal of Libyan Dictator Muammar Gadaffy. Keenan was later the IRA’s Chief of Staff and is celebrated by the IRA and Sinn Féin.

Mary Lou McDonald spoke with Keenan in Fairview Park in Dublin in tribute to the IRA’s WWII Chief of Staff, Sean Russell, a Nazi collaborator who organised a bombing campaign in England in 1939 on behalf of his Nazi Intelligence controllers.

Dublin City Council statue honouring Nazi collaborator Sean Russell

The IRA denied murdering alleged informer Kenneth Lennon in Surrey in April, 1974 – this was a lie. False rumours were spread that Lennon was killed by Special Branch police and these lies made their way into books and reports for years.

The IRA denied the Birmingham bombings in November, 1974 – this was a lie. 21 civilians were killed and 182 were maimed and injured.

Victim of the IRA Birmingham Pub Bombings

The IRA claimed it would court martial and execute identified Birmingham bombers – this was a lie.

Mick Murray, Birmingham Pub bomber – not disciplined nor executed by IRA

Mick Murray, one of the bombers who was captured and imprisoned for conspiracy to cause explosions, was treated as a hero upon his release and return to Dublin, Ireland. He was employed as a van driver for the IRA’s newspaper, An Phoblacht, and got a eulogy in the same paper after his death.

Self-confessed Birmingham Pub bomber Mick Hayes in his jungle fatigues in Dublin

Another of the bombers, Mick Hayes (‘Jungle Jim’) , was not captured and continued to make and plant bombs for the IRA for years. Claims of courts martial and punishments were just lies. The IRA did absolutely nothing to help the innocent and wrongly-convicted Birmingham Six.

In July 1975, the IRA lied about torturing, murdering and disappearing 22-year-old Eamon Molloy who was alleged to have been an informer in its Belfast brigade. Molloy’s remains were secretly disinterred and returned in a coffin 24 years later by the IRA following its belated admission that it had murdered and disappeared him.

Eamon Molloy, murdered by the IRA

In November 1975, the IRA lied about torturing, murdering and disappearing 17-year-old Columba McVeigh who was originally from Donaghmore, County Tyrone, but was abducted from his flat in Dublin. Columba was one of the youngest teenagers ever to have been regarded as an informer by the paranoid Provos. His corpse still has not been found.

Columba McVeigh, ‘disappeared’ by the IRA

The IRA denied the Kingsmill massacre of 10 Protestant civilians in January, 1976 – this was a lie.

Kingsmill – the IRA’s massacre of 10 innocent Protestants

Kingsmill was a nakedly sectarian massacre of innocent Protestants, part of a campaign of IRA murders of innocent Protestants allegedly to counter UDA/UVF attacks on Catholics.

The IRA falsely claimed it would never stoop to sectarian murders and ignored the fact that relatives of innocent Catholics murdered by loyalist paramilitaries wanted no such retaliatory murders in their name.

Jeffrey Agate, MD of Du Pont, popular Derry businessman

Martin McGuinness denied knowing who murdered innocent Protestant businessman Jeffrey Agate, MD of Du Pont, in February, 1977 – this was a lie. His leadership position within the IRA since the early 1970s meant that he not only knew the shooters, but that he was one of the IRA leaders who authorised the shocking murder.

Joanne Mathers with 2-year-old son, Shane

Martin McGuinness denied knowing who murdered 29-year-old mother and census collector, Joanne Mathers, in April, 1981 – this was a lie. Again, McGuinness knew very well who pulled the trigger and was one of the IRA leaders who gave permission for her murder.

The crazed gunman shot the unarmed woman in the neck and grabbed her census forms before running away. Virtually everybody associated with the Derry Brigade of the IRA knows who murdered Joanne and they all keep the mafia-style ‘omerta’. Keep up the integrity, lads – it’s all for Ireland.

The IRA denied shooting Irish Prison Chief Brian Stack in Dublin in March, 1983 – this was a lie. Gerry Adams was able to magically create a meeting between Brian Stack’s family and an IRA leader in 2013 during which the IRA leader not only belatedly admitted Brian Stack’s murder, but claimed that one of the shooters was ‘disciplined’ – this was also a lie.

Frank Hegarty’s body

Martin McGuinness denied luring alleged informer Frank Hegarty home to Derry in May 1986 and promising his mother, Rose, that he would not be harmed – this was a lie. McGuinness was so involved in the Hegarty murder that he had a Guardian journalist, Peter Murtagh, removed from the Hegarty home and told him outside that ‘the interview is over’ in an act of intimidation of the press. McGuinness continued to lie about the Hegarty murder until his own death.

Martin McGuinness denied knowing the murderers of civilian prison instructor, Leslie Jarvis (shot dead after a psychology class at Magee College) and of two police officers murdered shortly afterwards by a booby-trap bomb in a briefcase similar to that of Mr. Jarvis – this was a lie. He certainly knew the team that carried out the triple murder and was one of the IRA leaders who authorised the attack.

Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing

The IRA denied triggering the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bomb in November, 1987 – this was a lie.

A false story was spread that the bomb was triggered by some unknown British Army security radio device before the truth had to be admitted.

The bomb murdered 12 people and maimed 63.

The IRA denied the Tullyally bombings in Derry in December, 1987 – this was a lie. Two of three bombs exploded in a largely Protestant housing estate, killing an elderly Catholic pensioner. The Derry Brigade of the IRA had planted the bombs near homes of persons suspected of being members of the security forces and when the ‘job’ went wrong, Martin McGuinness denied responsibility and cynically blamed British Army or loyalist paramilitary ‘dirty tricks’ attackers. Lies on top of lies.

Detective Garda Jerry McCabe lies dead in his police car

The IRA denied the murder of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe in County Limerick in June, 1996 during a botched robbery of a ‘cash in transit’ van – this was a lie. Gerry Adams later developed a convoluted distancing explanation for the robbery – the IRA Army Council had not authorised it, but a lower-level commander had authorised it.

This did not explain the gunmen spraying the Garda car with automatic weapon fire contrary to alleged IRA Army Orders and killing McCabe and injuring his Garda colleague, Ben O’Sullivan, who was shot 11 times but survived.

In August 2001, three years after the signing of The Good Friday Agreement, the IRA denied sending two of its GHQ engineering/explosives experts – James “Mortar” Monaghan and Martin McCauley – and its Cuban-based Sinn Fein representative to Latin America, Niall Connolly, to Colombia to engage in training of the FARC narco-terrorists.

The three travelled on false passports and spent five weeks in a FARC-controlled zone before their arrest. An American Embassy explosives’ expert, Anthony Hall, had tested possessions of the three for explosives and confirmed traces of five different high explosives including nitro, tetril, HMX (high melting explosive), TNT, and ammonium nitrate. Colombian witnesses claimed the three had been regularly seen in FARC territory since 1998.

Sinn Féin get behind their boys caught with their FARCs down in Colombia

Sinn Féin denied that Connolly was its representative in Cuba – this was a lie. Sinn Féin later admitted that Connolly was indeed a party representative.

Alex Maskey suddenly volunteered information to the press that both Monaghan and McCauley ‘had left Sinn Féin’ – thanks, Alex, but it’s ‘Mortar’ Monaghan’s alleged membership of the IRA Army Council and McCauley’s alleged expertise in the IRA GHQ’s Engineering Department that’s at issue.

The three were ultimately convicted and sentenced to 17 years imprisonment, but had already fled the country and returned to Ireland, impervious to an outstanding Colombian arrest warrant.

Gerry romancing the Right in the US while the ‘boyos’ romanced the Left in Colombia and Cuba

In 2002, Gerry Adams refused to give evidence to a US Congressional hearing into links between the IRA and FARC and his right-wing Republican party friend, Congressman Peter King, stated that innuendo that the IRA was involved in narco-terrorism was ‘damaging to the peace process’.

SFIRA were caught with their pants down playing to the right wing in America and to the left wing in Cuba and Colombia. There are too many SFIRA lies to fit in this article.

The IRA denied the Northern Bank robbery in December 2004 – this was a lie. Who has been benefiting from the tax free £26.5m pension fund? Come on, Gerry, use your magic ability to find out for us.

Come on Gerry, find out for us who’s spending the dosh…

The IRA denied the murder of Robert McCartney in Belfast in January, 2005 – this was a lie. The murder became a severe embarrassment in the United States for a time during the ‘peace process’ before it was smoothed over.

Robert McCartney’s family hit a home run – SFIRA don’t want bad press in the US…

The IRA denied the murder of Paul Quinn in October, 2007 – this was a lie. Quinn wasn’t just murdered, he was beaten to death to the point that there was hardly an unbroken bone in his body. This was a lesson to anyone in South Armagh who might oppose the IRA during the ‘peace process’.

The IRA’s Army Council personnel – Martin McGuinness and others – began denying membership and leadership of the IRA and knowledge of countless IRA human rights’ atrocities – these were and remain barefaced lies.

The Leaders and the Leaders

The Pat Finucane Centre has managed to avoid enquiring into any of the thousands of IRA civil and human rights’ violations while Sinn Féin spouts about a ‘rights-based society’ for all.

So, Mary Lou and Michelle, you might begin your reign by dealing with the IRA’s legacy of lies as outlined above by acknowledging them and apologising for them also.

Stop celebrating murder and those who practiced it.

Just a few more soldiers murdered on the IRA’s long and bloody road to – Stormont
May 12 2019

The Town That Loves the IRA So Well

It is no surprise in 2019 that Derry City nurtures the nascent IRA, as it nurtured the nascent IRA in 1969.

In the late 1960s there was a certain novelty about the Civil Rights’ Movement in Derry because the Civil Rights’ movement had to be imported into Derry City from outside.

There was a palpable feeling abroad in middle-class Derry that the Civil Rights’ movement and People’s Democracy were infiltrated or led by communists – and dreaded university students were widely held to be the foolish bearers of revolutionary communism and Trotskyism.

Strange bedfellows…

There was zero historical interest in Derry in pacifist protest or pacifism in general and even less in communism’s various visages.

I well remember Catholic Nationalist homes discussing the potential communist threat provided by Eamonn McCann, Bernadette Devlin and their hangers-on.

This was the era of The Cold War and spies and The Berlin Wall.

Tales of a Soviet Russian submarine that landed weapons in Lough Swilly were around in 1970 and 1971. I heard both republicans in Donegal and British Army persons in Derry discussing this at the time.

I met Donegal businessmen in Letterkenny and Falcarragh who had earlier been requested to collect monies to pay for the weapons – they later gave me a left-over £500 to be brought into Derry to pay for IRA activities – Pat Dawson of Letterkenny and Paddy Kelly of Falcarragh, ever aided by Neil Blaney’s brother Harry.

Derry had only ever given rise to the lumpen and paralysed Nationalist Party led by Eddie McAteer, whose Belfast-based brother, Hugh, had been Chief of Staff of the IRA.

John Hume beside tall white-haired Eddie McAteer

The elderly Nationalist Party was going nowhere even if it had been offered somewhere to go. It was devoid of strategy.

Derry City warmly embraced the transfer of protest from the Civil Rights’ movement to the IRA when the youthful face of Derry Brigade IRA Adjutant Martin McGuinness was televised.

Derry’s daily TV Drama was beginning here…

Having been given a taste of IRA actions in 1970 and 1971, Derry’s sleeping underbelly was willing to embrace a daily televised IRA campaign (which it had decidedly rejected 15 years earlier when the IRA’s ‘Border Campaign’ failed to garner support) in preference to a relatively boring Civil Rights’ campaign.

The IRA movement could not tolerate a situation where its would-be teenage volunteers – whom it required to fight its cause – would be brainwashed and diverted from the true IRA struggle by foreign notions of pacifism…

The IRA attack 72 hours before Bloody Sunday on policemen on Creggan Hill – which killed two police officers, one Catholic and one Protestant, and led by Martin McGuinness firing his favourite weapon at the time, a Thompson machine gun – was the IRA’s definite marker that the upcoming Civil Rights’ March was not going to be allowed to be the cutting edge of anything.

Thompson machine gun – more lovely than the SDLP…

As for Derry City’s years of protests seeking the truth of what paratroopers did on Bloody Sunday – this search for truth was never applied to the IRA.

Derry people weren’t interested in Truth, but only in piecemeal truth insofar as it niggled The Brits.

Martin McGuinness and a well-known Stanley’s Walk IRA volunteer were never hounded for the truth of what they were doing after they broke into the rear of Duffy’s Bookies armed with a Thompson machine gun and explosives during the march.

Front of Duffy’s Bookies’ building overlooking British soldiers

Many people witnessed this activity, including other ‘off duty’ IRA volunteers – friends of mine – who were shocked at the breach of the generally understood IRA promise not to engage in actions during Civil Rights’ marches.

Since the IRA occupation of the Bogside, Brandywell and Creggan, Derry’s streets have been paved with IRA lies.

After Bloody Sunday, it might be imagined that Derry would have forever become a monument to Civil Rights’ pacifism in honour of the marchers murdered that day, but in fact that was never going to happen.

Bloody Sunday monument in Derry

Derry had a taste of the IRA way and preferred it.

The real antagonism between the IRA leadership and the Civil Rights’ movement is captured in a ‘Guardian’ press report from Belfast when IRA members forcefully crashed a Civil Rights’ platform and took over the meeting.

“invaded the platform and took over the meeting”

The IRA later did everything it could to stamp out the movement of women and mothers that became known as The Peace People – anybody remember Mairead Corrigan-Maguire and Betty Williams and their ill-fated Nobel Peace Prize cash? The IRA intimidated the Derry Peace People leader – Margaret Doherty – out of her home in the Bogside…

The Peace People – not a music band

The IRA even discussed murdering another Bogside resident, local Member of Parliament and SDLP leader John Hume…

Derry people gave the impression for many years of believing in John Hume’s creed that no political aim was worth a single drop of blood or a single human life, but that was just another lie.

As soon as it became possible to vote for those virile IRA persons who had made their contribution to the IRA’s campaign of mass murder of civilians – without even counting the number of police or soldiers murdered – Derry people gave a handsome electoral reward to the men and women of murder, largely dumping the impotent and pacifist SDLP party that had operated without guns, bombs or murder – “Thanks for everything, John, but no thanks.”

John Hume Dumped
Sorry, John, but make way for the IRA…

If Martin McGuinness and comrades HAD murdered John Hume for alleged ‘collaboration’ with the British government, it would not have affected the numbers of worshippers who pressed around McGuinness’ funeral in Derry to touch the Mafira leader’s coffin.

Derry – IRA All The Way…

Derry march for the Victims? – No, for the Perpetrator…

Having had the opportunity to speak to thousands of students around Europe in recent years, I find many that many of them can recall Derry/Londonderry as the site of one of the IRA’s most infamous attacks – the Human Bomb attack involving Patsy Gillespie who was chained to a car bomb and ordered to drive it to an army checkpoint where Derry IRA volunteers – including a member of a well-known republican family – set off the bomb by remote control, blowing Patsy Gillespie and a number of British soldiers to fragments.

Patsy Gillespie and wife – before the IRA ‘Human Bomb’ atrocity

The IRA members involved in Patsy’s murder and mass murder generally have settled into bourgeois businesses and landlordship in Derry warmly supported and admired by locals.

There is no campaign by conscientious Derry citizens to boycott the businesses of IRA members who engaged in mass murder of their fellow civilians over 30 years.

Not even a boycott on social media…

None of the foreign students recalls the IRA’s deliberate murder of 29-year-old Joanne Mathers in the Waterside as she was making some extra money for her young family collecting census forms.

Joanne, one of McGuinness’ many victims

The IRA Volunteer involved deliberately shot her through the neck at close range in full view of witnesses and then ran away in service of the IRA and Martin McGuinness.

He was recognised by local people in the Waterside who could not publicly identify him for fear of being murdered themselves by the IRA as informers.

No-one recalls the IRA’s sectarian murder of unarmed Protestant Jeffrey Agate, MD of Du Pont, whose company gave some of the best paid jobs to Derry.

Jeffrey Agate, another civilian victim of Martin McGuinness

The IRA murdered Jeffrey in a short-lived ‘anti-capitalist’ strategy which was dumped as quickly as Martin McGuinness had adopted it following a national outcry.

If the IRA volunteers who murdered unarmed civilians Joanne Mathers and Jeffrey Agate were ‘outed’ in Derry today, it would not harm their popularity at all – Derry people will lap at the IRA trough in perpetuity.

There is a bedrock of sullen, dour and unshakeable support for IRA actions that infects many and it is this stored energy that feeds new young IRA volunteers in 2019.

People have regularly expressed to me that the Patsy Gillespie Human Bomb horror must have been the final nail in the IRA’s coffin in Derry – surely locals would never again offer support to the IRA movement after such a terrible Human Rights’ atrocity carried out by IRA volunteers well-known in the republican community and authorised by Martin McGuinness?

I’m afraid that History has shown that Derry people will always vote for IRA murderers over Victims, regardless of how many Human Rights’ atrocities perpetrated by the IRA.

For a city marked by Bloody Sunday, it is extraordinary that Derry loves the IRA so well which, in total, committed the equivalent of 121 Bloody Sundays worth of murders in its campaign of needless gunning and bombing to achieve – an abstentionist Stormont…

Bishop Edward Daly used to be beloved of Derry people – he who was famously photographed going to the aid of a victim on Bloody Sunday and waving a white handkerchief at paratroopers still firing their rifles.

The then Fr. Edward Daly – opponent of all violence

Bishop Edward was a fearless opponent of any form of IRA paramilitary display in a catholic church and famously took a stand against Martin McGuinness and the IRA on this matter and banned all IRA paramilitary displays from churches in his diocese.

Two years after Bloody Sunday, Bishop Edward Daly officiated at the funeral of his former St. Columb’s College friend, Derryman and Catholic Judge Rory Conaghan, murdered by the IRA in Belfast on the same morning that the IRA murdered Protestant Resident Magistrate Robert McBirney also in Belfast.

In his homily at the funeral Mass, Bishop Daly said the following:

 ‘The death we mourn today is not just the act of an individual but of an organisation. Before it took place, there was in all probability a meeting, a discussion, a decision taken and a man designated to do the deed. Can any member of such an organisation feel free from the guilt of this crime?

Surely the murders of Judge Conaghan and Mr. McBirney must bring home to us the fact that our country has now reached a state where it can afford only one division, the distinction between those who believe in such deeds and those who do not.

Too many people who call themselves Christians offer passive support to organisations that, in their inner hearts, they know are directly opposed to the mind and teaching of Christ.

Perhaps these deaths may help to unite all people in our community who are prepared to take a public stand for Christian values.

They cannot kill us all.

The difference between Unionist and Nationalist pales into insignificance when one is faced with this kind of savagery where a man is sent to his death at breakfast by a teenage gunman. It would be better to die confronting evil than to live and condone it.’

Bishop Edward Daly repeatedly told me over the years that he would never believe Martin McGuinness over Rose Hegarty in relation to McGuinness’ false promises that alleged informer Frankie Hegarty would not be harmed by the IRA if he returned to Derry.

McGuinness got Frankie back to Derry, then to Buncrana in Donegal, then to interrogation and torture leading to his murder on the border.

McGuinness was so incensed against Frankie that I would not be surprised if he had made arrangements to personally shoot Frankie in the back of the head.

Corpse of Frankie Hegarty, and his executioner Martin McGuinness

Bishop Edward Daly said Martin McGuinness had lied through his teeth about this matter and he would never believe otherwise.

After his many years of beloved service, Bishop Edward Daly’s creed – that murder for political reasons was not only entirely unnecessary but also mortally sinful – was dumped by the Derry people he too had served so well.

[A subsequent toadying Bishop of Derry, Antrim-born Donal McKeown, disgracefully reversed Bishop Edward Daly’s prohibition on paramilitary displays in Derry churches when he granted State Funeral Honours to the very unrepentant leader of the IRA, Martin McGuinness – whose headstone proudly proclaimed that he lived and died as an IRA Volunteer,  contrary to his years of lies.]

Catholic Bishop Donal McKeown grinning with IRA leader Martin McGuinness

It would appear that Bishop McKeown never challenged Martin McGuinness to offer the restitution of Truth to the relatives of his many, many victims before he passed from this life.

[Donal, you can’t practice the glorification of the most senior IRA leader in Derry one day and then wring your hands when young IRA volunteers emulate his murders the next day. You’ve done your bit to make murder respectable.]

Years ago in Los Angeles when he wasn’t watching his words very carefully, Derry’s own Undertones lead singer Feargal Sharkey infamously commented that he had been brought up in a “slum” – in other words, in Derry.

For someone who had been raised in Rosemount in Derry, he earned a lot of local antagonism for his comment.

Feargal Sharkey – “Grew up in a slum”

Derry was not a “slum”, but it has become a political slum since the populace has embraced the unrepentant murderers, bombers and torturers of yesteryear as their political representatives in preference to the unbloody and pacifist politicians of the SDLP and other groupings.

So, don’t be surprised that Derry is the incubator of the IRA that murdered a female journalist recently.

Derry City loves the IRA movement, including its Sinn Fein front and all of its many lies, to death.

It loves the unrepentant and boastful IRA murderers and bombers and their political front way more than it ever loved a single innocent IRA murder victim.

May 12 2019

IRA War Crimes – Deliberate Murders of Civilians

IRA War Crimes – Deliberate Murders of Civilians

Since its foundation in 1970, the Provisional IRA’s ‘Army Council’ has authorised five types of War Crimes (in the case of an armed conflict not of an international character, serious violations of Article 3 common to the Four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949).

Previously, in Part 1, I examined the IRA’s use of child soldiers.

Here I examine the IRA’s policy of deliberately murdering non-combatant civilians.

IRA Shoot to Kill Murders

There were a number of different reasons why the IRA decided to deliberately murder civilians, but a primary purpose was to achieve terror, shock and publicity. While the optics of these murders clearly showed a bias toward murdering Protestant Unionist civilians, murders of Catholic Nationalist civilians also occurred in order to similarly terrorise and to stem opposition in areas the IRA wished to control.

On 02.02.77, in Martin McGuinness’ home town, the IRA decided to carry out the spectacular murder of a totally innocent civilian and businessperson, Jeffrey Agate, prominent MD of the American Du Pont chemical plant, which was one of the biggest and best employers of both Protestants and Catholics in the North West. To murder him, the IRA had to change its rules of engagement temporarily to suddenly make business persons targets in order to inflict more damage on the economy of Northern Ireland. Two IRA gunmen shot unarmed Agate when he arrived home from work in the evening, after which the brave patriots ran away.

Respected MD of Du Pont in Derry, Jeffrey Agate

The people of Derry were horrified and a mass protest against the murder occurred in Guildhall Square . Dr Raymond McClean, former Mayor of Derry and civil rights’ activist, noted in his book ‘The Road to Bloody Sunday’ that “Jeff Agate was an honest and just human being of the highest calibre. His assassination by the IRA left me in total disbelief and disgust.” Once more, Martin McGuinness pretended ignorance of a War Crime he and his Army Council colleagues had authorised.

Joanne Mathers with son Shane (2)

On 07.04.81, the IRA decided on another shocking civilian murder, this time of 29 year old unarmed Protestant mother, Joanne Mathers, who was supplementing her family’s income by collecting census forms.

As she was chatting to a householder in Anderson Crescent, Gobnascale, in the Waterside area, a masked IRA gunman ran up to her, grabbed at her census forms and shot her through the neck. Wounded, she ran into the hallway of the house and the householder slammed the door shut to try to defend her.

The IRA gunman smashed through the glass door, grabbed at more census forms and ran off brandishing his weapon to deter people from approaching him.

Joanne died from her wound. Initially, the IRA and INLA denied her murder, but the IRA was forced to admit it shortly afterwards.

McGuinness pretended in a most cowardly fashion that he had left the IRA before this war crime and knew nothing about it, although he had in fact authorised it.

He was once more telling huge lies ‘for the cause’.

On 07.12.83, 29 year old human rights’ lawyer, law lecturer and Ulster Unionist member of Stormont for South Belfast, Edgar Graham, was chatting in Queen’s University to colleague Dermot Nesbitt when, without any warning, an IRA gunman approached and shot him a number of times in the back of the head, killing him instantly.

Graham’s War Crime murder was intended to terrorise and intimidate Unionism and Protestants in general. The IRA’s Army Council ordered his murder because his opinions were deemed to be mortal to its armed struggle, a murder since defended by Sinn Fein.

Edgar Graham’s body in Queen’s University after his murder

The IRA also murdered a total of six members of the judiciary and almost murdered a seventh – but neither the IRA nor Sinn Fein sees any hypocrisy in the creation of a wholly biased Pat Finucane Human Rights centre.

IRA Murders of Family Members

The IRA had decided long before on a terrorist tactic which involved exceeding the murder of the main target – who was usually a male – by deliberately murdering his wife or other family members.

On 21.09.72, a six-man IRA team arrived at the isolated home of Thomas Bullock, a member of the UDR, in Aghalane, Derrylin, County Fermanagh.

When his wife Emily answered the front door, she was blasted to death and the gang climbed over her body and entered the living room where they shot Thomas in the head and killed him.

Niece Dianne Woods visits the grave of Thomas and Emily Bullock, murdered together by the IRA

Neighbours reported that as the gang left the area they sounded their car horns and cheered at the job well done.

On 04.02.79, the IRA murdered Catholic civilian and retired prison officer, Patrick Mackin, as he sat in his chair at home in Ardoyne; to increase the shock and terror factor to prison officers, they also murdered his Protestant wife, Violet, as she sat in her chair.

On 27.08.79, the IRA exploded a remote control bomb on a boat at Mullaghmore in County Sligo to murder Lord Louis Mountbatten who was in his 79th year. The IRA was aware that a party of civilians was aboard the boat, including women and children, but the bomber – Thomas MacMahon – had been authorised by the IRA Army Council to proceed with the bombing without regard for civilian casualties.

As a result, 83 year old Doreen Lady Brabourne was murdered, as were Mountbatten’s grandson, 14 year old Nicholas Knatchbull and 15 year old crew member Paul Maxwell from Fermanagh.

Remains of a child are brought ashore at Mullaghmore following the IRA bombing

In response to this War Crime, Gerry Adams stated, “The IRA gave clear reasons for the execution… What the IRA did to him is what Mountbatten had been doing all his life to other people and with his war record I don’t think he could have objected to dying in what was clearly a war situation. In my opinion, the IRA achieved its objective.” Adams entirely disregarded the civilian casualties.

Lord Louis Mountbatten’s body is brought ashore after the IRA bombing

On 21.01.81, an eight-man IRA gang murdered former leading Ulster Unionist MP and member of the RUC Reserve, James Stronge of Tynan Abbey allegedly in response to various loyalist attacks on nationalists. For good measure, they also murdered his 86 year old father, Sir Norman, former Speaker of the Stormont parliament who had fought at the Somme and had been awarded the Military Cross and the Belgian Croix de Guerre for bravery.

Unlike his cowardly murderers, Sir Norman Stronge had worn a uniform, had fought according to the laws and customs of war and had abided by Geneva conventions. By any stretch of the imagination, the deliberate murder of an 86 year old pensioner constituted a War Crime. For full effect, the IRA also burned down Tynan Abbey.

The burnt remains of Tynan Abbey, following the IRA’s murders of the Stronge family

The Republic of Ireland Supreme Court later rejected an appeal by Seamus Shannon against his extradition to Northern Ireland to face charges of involvement in the Stronge double murder. The Court rejected the defence that these were political offences, saying that they were “so brutal, cowardly and callous that it would be a distortion of language if they were to be accorded the status of a political offence”. Shannon was extradited but later acquitted.

Gerry Adams with Alfredo Scappaticci, aka ‘Steaknife’, head of the IRA’s ‘nutting squad’

Regarding Sir Norman Stronge’s murder, Gerry Adams said: “The only complaint I have heard from nationalists or anti-unionists is that he was not shot 40 years ago.” Adams evidently had no problem with the War Crime murders of civilians.

On 08.04.84, two IRA gunmen attacked Catholic magistrate Tom Travers and his family as they were coming out of Mass. One gunman shot his daughter, Mary, in the spine and she and her mother fell to the ground.

Mary Travers (22), shot in the back and murdered by the IRA in front of her mother and father

The second gunman shot Tom Travers first in the shoulder, which caused him to fall, and then shot him five more times as he lay on the ground. The gunman who had shot Mary Travers then put his gun to her mother’s head and pulled the trigger twice – the gun misfired both times.

Mary Travers, twenty-two years old, died in her mother’s arms. Tom Travers miraculously survived. The IRA claimed afterwards that Mary Travers had been accidentally hit by a bullet that passed through Tom Travers.

Scene of the IRA’s attack on the Travers family coming home from Mass

Forensics and witness accounts disproved the IRA lies. A woman member of the IRA, Mary McArdle, was arrested nearby after the shooting and was found to be carrying two guns, a wig and a black sock attached to her thighs. She was sentenced to life in prison and served fourteen years.

Tom Travers identified a well-known Belfast republican, Joseph Haughey from Unity Flats, as the gunman who stood over him and shot him, but Haughey was acquitted. [Haughey was later accused of being a Special Branch informer.]

Travers believed that Gerry Adams personally ordered the attack on his family.

The details of the Travers’ attack proved that the IRA had deliberately intended to kill all of the Travers’ family as a ‘shock and awe’ message to other judges.

On 25.04.87, the IRA murdered Chief Justice Maurice Gibson, 74 years of age, and for good measure murdered his Protestant wife, Cecily, who was 67 years old.

By authorising the deliberate murder of these innocent family members, the IRA Army Council had made itself liable to prosecution – even now – for crimes against humanity.


IRA Volunteer and Civilian Bomb Casualties

Within months of its creation, the Provisional IRA discovered that it was unable to plant bombs in a manner safe for either the bomb makers or the civilian population.

On 26.02.70, a powerful incendiary bomb exploded prematurely at Dunree Gardens in the Creggan estate in Derry killing three senior IRA men, Tommy McCool, Tommy Carlin and Joseph Coyle, but also two innocent children, Carol Ann McCool (4) and Bernadette McCool (9).

Remains of an IRA civilian bomb victim

The following is a list of the dead caused by IRA bombs in just eighteen months from February 71 until August 72 with some surprising conclusions.

On 02.11.71, the IRA exploded two bombs on the Ormeau Road in Belfast, one at a drapery shop and the other at the Red Lion bar, and murdered three Protestant civilians, John Cochrane (67), Mary Gemmell (55) and William Jordan (31).

On 22.11.71, IRA man Michael Crossey, was killed in a premature bomb explosion in Lurgan, County Armagh.

On 11.12.71, The IRA bombed a furniture shop on the Shankill Road in Belfast, murdering four Protestant civilians, two of whom were children: Hugh Bruce (70), Harold King (29), Tracey Munn (2) and Colin Nicholl (1).

1 year old Colin Nicholl’s body is carried away after the IRA bomb on the Shankill Road

On 18.12.71, three IRA men, James Sheridan, John Bateson and Martin Lee were killed by a premature explosion on King Street, Magherafelt, County Derry.

On 30.12.71, IRA GHQ Quartermaster Jack McCabe was killed in Dublin while mixing black powder explosives for use in Belfast.

On 26.01.72, IRA man Peter McNulty was killed in a premature bomb explosion at Castlewellan RUC base, County Down.

On 05.02.72, two IRA men, Phelim Grant and Charles McCann, were killed in a premature bomb explosion on a barge in Lough Neagh.

On 21.02.72, four IRA men, Joseph Magee, Robert Dorrian, Gerard Steele and Gerard Bell were killed in a premature bomb explosion while driving on the Knockbreda Road in Belfast.

On 09.03.72, four IRA men, Anthony Lewis, Gerard Crossen, Sean Johnson and Thomas McCann, were killed in a premature bomb explosion in Clonard Street, Belfast.

On 20.03.72, the IRA exploded a car bomb in Lr Donegall Street, Belfast, killing seven people, two RUC officers, a UDR soldier and four Protestant civilians, James Macklin (30), Ernest Dougan (39), Sydney Bell (65) and Henry Miller (79). Hundreds of people were injured.

Soldiers comfort a dying bomb victim after the IRA’s Donegall Street attack

On 07.04.72, three 17 year old IRA volunteers, Charles McCrystal, Samuel Hughes and John McErlain, were killed in a premature explosion in Bawnmore Park, Greencastle, Belfast.

On 28.05.72, four IRA volunteers and four civilians were killed in a premature bomb explosion in a house in Anderson Street, Short Strand, Belfast. The IRA members included two seventeen year olds, Joseph Fitzsimmons and John McIlhone, a nineteen year old, Martin Engelen, and Edward McDonnell. The four civilians included a seventeen year old, Geraldine McMahon, and Mary Clarke, Henry Crawford and John Nugent.

On 21.07.72, which became known as ‘Bloody Friday’, the IRA exploded twenty bombs in Belfast and, entirely predictably, murdered nine persons, injured seventy-seven women and girls and fifty-five men and boys.

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Human remains of Bloody Friday IRA bomb victim

The dead were Protestants Stephen Parker (14), William Crothers (15), William Irvine (18), Thomas Killops (39) and Jackie Gibson (45) and Catholics Margaret O’Hare (34) and Brigid Murray (65) and two British soldiers, Stephen Cooper (19) and Philip Price (27).

On 31.07.72, the IRA exploded three car bombs in Claudy, nine miles from Derry, to coincide with Operation Motorman when the British Army ended republican ‘no go’ areas by smashing barricades and occupying them with high troop concentrations.

Aftermath of the IRA’s Claudy bombings

The IRA’s bombs in Claudy murdered nine civilians – four Protestants, Kathryn Eakin (8), William Temple (16), David Miller (60) and James McClelland (65), and five Catholics, Joseph Connolly (15), Joseph McCloskey (38), Arthur Hone (38), Rose McLaughlin (52) and Elizabeth McElhinney (59).

On 26.08.72, two IRA volunteers, James Carlin and Martin Curran, were killed in a premature bomb explosion at Downpatrick racecourse grandstand.


In just eighteen months, the Provisional IRA – using ordinary time bombs intended to attack commercial targets – killed at least at least 33 civilians, at least 28 of its own volunteers and 2 RUC officers, 1 UDR soldier and 2 British soldiers.

These statistics alone proved beyond any doubt that the IRA’s bomb technology and protocols could never safeguard either civilians or its own volunteers.

The IRA Army Council’s decision to cynically continue this type of bombing campaign was taken in the full knowledge that it would continue to attack and murder innocent civilians – and kill a large number of its own cannon fodder ‘volunteers’ – which is exactly what happened for many years.

Child killed by the IRA’s Warrington bombing

The IRA later graduated to such War Crimes as:

  • the Birmingham Pub bombings (21.11.74) which murdered 21 civilians and injured 182
  • the La Mon bombing (17.02.78) which murdered 12 civilians and injured 30
  • the Harrods bombing (17.12.83) which murdered 3 civilians, journalist Philip Geddes (24), a U.S. citizen, Kenneth Salvesen (28) and Jasmine Cochrane-Patrick (25) and 3 police officers, and injured over 100 others.
  • the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing (08.11.87), which murdered 12 civilians and injured 63
  • the Teebane bombing (17.01.92) which murdered 8 civilians and injured 6
  • the Warrington bombing, (20.03.93) which murdered two children, Johnathan Ball (3) and Tim Parry (12) and injured 56 other civilians.
  • the Shankill Road bombing (23.10.93) at Frizzells fish and chip shop which killed the IRA bomber and 9 Protestant civilians

The IRA’s Army Council had evidently decided in the early 1970s that it needed the regular civilian death toll produced by its bombing campaign to pressurize democratically elected British governments to surrender to its terrorist demands.

It does not appear to have ever considered the likelihood that it would face trial for crimes against humanity, unlike its cousin, ETA, whose leaders are now arraigned on these very charges.

No, Gerry, just Decommissioned, Disbanded and Despised for its Crimes Against Humanity

In a later post, I will examine the IRA Army Council’s policy of ordering the specifically sectarian murders of innocent Protestant civilians.

May 12 2019

Stakeknife The Truth

Seán Kelly.

474 Galtymore Road,


Dublin 12.

Monday 15.10.07

(Dear Mrs. O’Loan)

Further to my letter dated 11.07.07 and your return (NOL/RC/SK170707), enclosed is a document from a large private collection, subscribed in the belief that if it is not forwarded it may not be picked up by researchers investigating the Stakeknife-Scappaticci allegations.

The compilation refers to the core accusation in the Stakeknife saga that Belfast pensioner, Francisco Notorantonio, was set up by British military intelligence to be murdered as a substitute for alleged FRU agent Freddie Scappaticci.

I have never believed the claims that Mr. Scappaticci was a FRU agent to be true. The content of the enclosure will give cause for most fair minded people to accept a contrary view.

Items 4a, 4b & 4c of that enclosure provide evidence of lying by former FRU handler Martin Ingram. The certitude of what is offered is not down to my say-so but comes from the mouth of Martin Ingram himself, and was made possible by an inattention to homework.

A reading will explain.

All the quoted source material mentioned in the document should be available or accessible to your office. If any item is not at hand, a copy page of same can be sent on by me on receipt of request.

The presentation was intended for personal use, and carries some non politically correct observations. I put the inclination for these occasional cynical sojourns down to my lack of formal education.

The choice was to exclude or include them. I chose the latter.

(Yours sincerely)

Mrs Nuala O’Loan.

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland,

New Cathedral Buildings,

St. Anne’s Square,

11 Church Street,

Belfast BT1 1PG.


Seán Kelly.

474 Galtymore Road,


Dublin 12.

Tuesday 30.10.07

(Dear Mrs. O’Loan)

Thank you for your letter of 22 October, received today.

A re-reading of my 15 October presentation, has brought to my attention that one paragraph had quotation marks omitted, and, more important, a mistype caused year 2003 to read 2005 – last paragraph in page 4b.

I have taken the opportunity to correct these errors. In doing so I have also moderated some personal observations in the compilation.

As my correspondence is now with your Senior Director of Investigations, to make ease of validation and establish the provenance of the material, enclosed are two corrected copies of the Scappaticci-Notorantonio document earlier forwarded, as well as copies of all source documents from which the quoted references within are borrowed. These to authenticate claims made.

For every past kindness, I thank you.

(Yours sincerely)

Mrs. Nuala O’Loan.

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland,

New Cathedral Buildings,

St. Anne’s Square,

11 Church Street,

Belfast BTI 1PG.


Scappaticci-Notorantonio Re. Claims by Martin Ingram

*) Item 1 – UDA: Sunday Life, 25.05.03

*) Item 2 – UDA/UFF: The Irish News, Monday 12.05.03

*) Item 3 – Brian Nelson: The Guardian, Monday 12.05.03

*) Item 4a – Martin Ingram in the Stakeknife book (pages 222-223)

*) Item 4b – Ministry of Defence Letter to Bloody Sunday Inquiry: Re. Martin Ingram

*) Item 4c – Bloody Sunday Inquiry (26.07.02 Statement by Martin Ingram)

*) Item 5a – Sunday Life, 01.06.03

*) Item 5b – The Sunday People, 15.06.03

*) Item 6 – Greg Harkin in the Stakeknife book (page 221)

*) Item 7 – The Sunday Times, 10.09.00

Note: Highlighting used in coming items is mine.




1) UDA:

Sunday Life, 25.05.03 –(P9) – By Alan Murray. “The UDA has dismissed claims that it ever planned to kill Freddie Scappaticci…a senior UDA man has categorically denied repeated reports that Army agent Brian Nelson steered the terror group away from killing Scappaticci in 1987 by directing them to murder west Belfast pensioner, Francisco Notorantonio…but Stevens Inquiry detectives have found no evidence to support this, during their probe into security force collusion with paramilitaries.

“…A senior member of the UDA’s west Belfast brigade has confirmed they did have a security force photo-montage, featuring Scappaticci, in 1987. But the UDA veteran rubbished the idea that Nelson substituted Scappaticci’s name as a target with Notorantonio. ‘It didn’t happen – it’s as plain as that. Scappaticci was never a prime target in the 1980’s, nor at any time’.

“’He wasn’t considered important, and we were concentrating on more active IRA figures, like Danny McCann, Brian Gillen, Anto Murray. Eddie Copeland, and some others in the Ardoyne. They were the key players in the IRA we were after, and we nearly killed McCann in one attempt – he ran out the back door and climbed over a wall.’

“He added: ‘I’ll say now – 110% – Scappaticci was not a top target. It’s nonsense to say we took Notorantonio out to save him. It didn’t happen.’

“He also confirmed that Brian Nelson supplied two detailed files on Notorantonio, and another man, in August or September of 1987.”



1) Francisco Notorantonio was shot dead in his Ballymurphy home on Friday 9 October, 1987.

2) The Sunday Life report is emphatic.

Sunday Life, 25 May 2003. Page 8.

Sunday Life, 25 May 2003. Page 9.




The Irish News, Monday 12.05.03 – (P7 – No Byline): “Ironically some of the few people who knew the identity of Stakeknife were the UFF gunmen who were persuaded not to kill him. On October 9, 1987 west Belfast pensioner Francisco Notorantonio was shot dead by the UDA, which is aligned to the UFF, in a high profile murder said to have been carried out to protect ‘Stakeknife’.

“It was alleged that Britain’s most senior intelligence chiefs had sanctioned the killing to protect their agent, who was being targeted by the UFF. The decision to encourage the UFF to target Francisco Notorantonio is alleged to have been taken at a meeting with MI5 chiefs and FRU handlers at British Army headquarters in Lisburn.

“It was the revelation that security forces had colluded in the murder of Francisco Notorantonio, which led to the allegation that a mole codenamed Stakeknife existed within the IRA.”



1) And the UDA/UFF kept quiet about knowing who the supposed Stakeknife person was, when exploiting it would have allowed them to make mischief at the expense of the IRA.

Surely one of the silliest claims of all? The surprise is that any journalist would conclude thus.

2) Also in the same newspaper is this: “The one thing that does appear to be certain is that a FRU agent codenamed Stakeknife does exist.”

Any bets?

The Irish News, Monday 12 May 2003. Page 7.



3) Brian Nelson:

The Guardian, Monday 12.05.03 – (P18) By John Ware. “Some reports suggest that Stakeknife was once targeted by loyalist death squads, and that FRU used Nelson to steer them away from Stakeknife by picking another target: an elderly ex-IRA man, Francis [sic] Notorantonio, who was shot dead in October 1987. Again, no evidence has been discovered by Stevens to support this. Nelson’s private diaries, in which he sometimes wrote candidly about his own involvement and that of FRU in assassinations, do not support the theory either.”

The Guardian, Monday 12 May 2003. Page 18.



4a) Martin Ingram in the Stakeknife Book

Stakeknife – The Book (2004) – (PP222-223) Ingram saw the files on the Notorantonio killing when working for the FRU. They were in the Stakeknife files. Ingram says: “I read the files which showed the loyalists were targeting Stakeknife and I discussed it with Stakeknife’s handler. He confirmed loyalists had picked Scappaticci, among others. I also discussed it with Nelson’s handler, who said basically that it had been taken care of. [Nelson’s handler] told me: ‘A substitute has been put in place. It caused an almighty flap, but everything is back on track.’ This conversation was before the Notorantonio murder, and I had no idea how things were put ‘back on track’. I learned after the killing that Notorantonio had been the substitute. My superiors and the handlers involved knew I was appalled by what had happened, a pensioner had been killed. I was told to ‘shut up’ and things got heated. I remember one of my senior officers said something like, ‘Didn’t Gerry Adams carry the coffin? It couldn’t have gone better for us’. Another said, ‘we want to take the war to the enemy. The end justifies the means.’ I thought it was wrong then and I still believe it is wrong. It was State-sponsored murder and the family of Mr. Notorantonio deserves to know the truth.”

Senior officers would routinely write end-of-year reports for each FRU handler. At end of 1990, Ingram’s superior wrote in his confidential report: ‘XXXXXX [Martin Ingram] must temper his comments when briefing senior army officers.’ The report was a recommendation for promotion, but the comment was clearly a reference to Ingram’s numerous conversations with senior officers when he had questioned the FRU’s role in a number of incidents. Ingram later recounted these heated exchanges to a senior investigating officer with the Stevens Inquiry, recalling in particular the murder of Notorantonio. That conversation was taped.

Front cover. Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

Contents page (1). Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

Contents page (2). Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

Page 222. Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).
Page 223. Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).


4b) Ministry of Defence Letter to the Saville Inquiry: Re. Martin Ingram

Note A

A letter to the Saville Inquiry, dated 8 May 2003, from W. G. Byatt, Head of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry Unit, Ministry of Defence (PP K12.43 & K12.44): “From 1984 until 1987 Mr. Ingram was employed in Great Britain; this tour included a six month deployment abroad. Mr. Ingram was promoted to Sergeant in 1986. Late in the following year he was posted once again to the FRU in Northern Ireland.”

Letter to Bloody Sunday Inquiry. Page K12.43, 8 May 2003.

Letter to Bloody Sunday Inquiry. Page K12.44, 8 May 2003.


4c) Bloody Sunday Inquiry: Re. Statement of 26.07.02 by Martin Ingram

Note B

Ingram’s Saville inquiry Statement, Page 12.6, Para 12: “I stayed in Derry until late 1984 when I was given a compassionate posting due to the ill health of my father. I did Security Section administrative duties relating to counter terrorism in the UK until mid 1987when I was posted to Belize. On my return I requested to attend a FRU course at Repton Manor, Ashford, Kent. I was posted to St. Angelo (near Enniskillen) a couple of weeks after the memorial bombing; this posting was to augment the small detachment in response of the bombing.”


Notes A and B (in sections 4b and 4c) give cause not only to question the veracity of the Stakeknife book but the whole Stakeknife industry. When Francisco Notorantonio was murdered on Friday 9 October 1987, Martin Ingram was either in Belize or England. He was posted to FRU West in Northern Ireland “a couple of weeks after the memorial bombing…to augment the small detachment in response to the bombing.”

The Remembrance Day bombing was on Sunday 08.11.87 – a full month after the slaying of Francisco Notorantonio.

For the quoted Stakeknife book representation by Martin Ingram to have taken place, he would have needed months of sustained bi-location from wherever to Northern Ireland in the latter months of 1987, prior to his return there.

While MI5/MoD deem it within their remit to indulge in acts of public deception, miracles are not their forte.

The Stakeknife book and its antecedents is a credulous straining of historic events sold on to us by a manipulated media through agents and agencies of state. All the world is a stage, it is said. And the Stakeknife story proves it. The big lie of Stakeknife is a microcosm of the global fraternity of the supposed Free West. In that supranational design called the “democratic process”, we are as often fed falsehoods as we are shielded from the truth. Occasional crumbs of comfort are to be had when our servant-masters entangle in their web of lies.

The irony of it is, it is the sweat off our backs that sustains those who dissemble to us and preclude us from knowing otherwise. If any of our elected representatives were aware of this “whistleblower” scam, none seemed aroused enough to make challenge. A greater shame that.

In short, Mr. Ingram lied and lied grievously. And he did it at the behest and with the facilitation of national security interests. The answer to the question as to why this was done, is, I am confident, one Mr. Ingram is not fully privy to.

Martin Ingram Bloody Sunday Inquiry Statement. Page K12.1.

Martin Ingram Bloody Sunday Inquiry Statement. Page K12.6.


5a) “From theatre on Ingram…”

Sunday Life, 01.06.03 – (P6 – No Byline) “MoD ‘leaked whistleblower details’. MoD spooks were last night accused of leaking the whereabouts of whistleblowing former squaddie, Martin Ingram, in a bid to shut him up.

“The former Force Research Unit (FRU) handler has become a thorn in the government’s side, for helping the Bloody Sunday probe boss, Lord Saville, uncover security force collusion.

“Said a source: ‘Ingram has been told to shut up – or else. These leaks are very worrying. He reckons this is part of a wider conspiracy to stop former soldiers from becoming whistleblowers.’

“A Saville Inquiry source told us: ‘Lord Saville is furious. He has ordered an inquiry.’”


Note: Most fairytales are written by adults for children. Journalists write fairytales for adults only.

Sunday Life, 1 June 2003. Page 6.


5b) “…to theatre by Ingram (at a remove).”

The Sunday People, 15.06.03 – (P33 Exclusive By Greg Harkin) “British Army officers have enraged collusion probe chief Sir John Stevens by DESTROYING thousands of documents relating to Stakeknife Freddie Scappaticci, we can reveal.

“And the move is intended to effectively kill off the Stevens Inquiry probe into Britain’s role into murders carried out by their top agent inside the IRA’s so-called Nutting Squad.

“Stevens detectives have spent the past six months poring over documents relating to murders set up by Scappaticci and loyalist agent Brian Nelson.

“The files were finally handed over by the Ministry of Defence late last year as Stevens began to widen his inquiry.

“Senior MoD officials are claiming the destruction of the documents was normal procedure. But Sir john and his team are said to be “spitting mad” over what they see as underhand tactics by the Army.

“Sources say the bulk of the documents were destroyed after The People ran a story last year linking Stakeknife to the operation which led to the imprisonment in 1990 of Sinn Fein publicity director Danny Morrison.

“Scappaticci had provided details of the operation to the secret army outfit the Force Research Unit who in turn had passed the information to Special Branch.

“Now Sir John’s team has found that most of the MoD forms used to collate information from army informers has been destroyed. He knows they did exist because he has obtained a documents registry. This file logs the creation of other classified documents.

“But sir John’s search for these files has proved fruitless.

“[A source in the Stevens team said]: ‘…In essence the smoking gun is gone. The only thing left is the testimony of whistleblowerslike Martin Ingram who should be encouraged to go on the record and not pilloried and intimidated as has been the case in the past.’”



1) Master MoD form 102, which records the destruction of all documents requires the sanction of an officer of at least captain rank and a senior non commissioned officer/warrant officer.

2) There is more to this report than is given in the above extract. The greatest kindness I can bestow on it is to make no further comment.

3) The MoD are something else. One should award them a green environmental sticker for the smokeless incineration of “thousands of documents relating to Stakeknife Freddie Scappaticci.”

Encouraged by this, they will surely work hard on reinventing the “smoking gun”.

The Sunday People, 15 June 2003. Page 33.


6) Greg Harkin:

Stakeknife – The Book (P 221): “Charlotte Notorantonio, like many families, is demanding an inquiry into her father’s murder. It has been suggested to me, however, that the FRU destroyed all references to the murder after The People story of August 2000. That should come as no surprise.”


The claim for the most egregious abuse heaped on anybody by the Stakeknife saga, must go to the Notorantonio family. Not only was their father murdered by the UDA, the Stakeknife agenda resurrected the story of the murder and murdered the truth on the murder, doing so on behalf of state interests. That is surely an act of scarcely imaginable cruelty.

The standard intelligence cop-out from being caught out lying, is to lie again and again…

How do they do that? Through the media, of course. Without the media intelligence agencies would be speechless.


The People, Sunday 15.06.03 – By Greg Harkin. “But the lies and deceit from British Army officers has continued to the point where Freddie Scappaticci’s role as Stakeknife has been erased from the files…”

The People, Sunday 15.06.03 – By Greg Harkin. “British Army officers have enraged collusion probe chief Sir John Stevens by DESTROYING thousands of documents relating to Stakeknife Freddie Scappaticci, we can reveal. And the move is intended to kill off the Stevens Inquiry probe into Britain’s role into murders carried out by their top agent inside the IRA’s so-called Nutting Squad…

“[A source in the Stevens team said]: ‘…In essence the smoking gun has gone. The only thing left is the testimony of whistleblowers like Martin Ingram’…”

And, to repeat:

Stakeknife – The Book (P 221) – “It has been suggested to me, however, that the FRU destroyed all references to the [Notorantonio] murder after The People story of August 2000. That should come as no surprise.”


The lie today is killed off by the lie tomorrow.

Front cover. Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

Contents page (1). Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

Contents page (2). Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).

Page 221. Stakeknife – Britain’s Secret Agents in Ireland (2004).


7) Liam Clarke:

The Sunday Times, 10.09.00 – (P8 – By Liam Clarke): “These papers, witheld until the Ingram suspect revealed their existence to Stevens, include the most sensitive military documents in Northern Ireland: the so-called ‘secrets books’, which record the movements of all intelligence in the province. These records will form the basis for the interrogation of FRU members. They show what intelligence was passed to the RUC and MI5 and what was withheld by the army.

“As the [Stevens] inquiry progresses it comes ever closer to the most sensitive of all the secrets of the Troubles, the long term moles placed by British military intelligence in the IRA. The key figure is a man known to his handlers as Steak Knife, an agent since the early 1970’s who is so highly placed that an entire office and a fleet of vehicles is devoted to him.

Steak Knife, whose identity has never been disclosed by Ingram, is paid £60,000 tax-free a year plus bonus; compared with £10,000 which Nelson received for infiltrating the UDA and taking control of its intelligence gathering.”

Every time I read the above report, I chuckle.
The Sunday Times, 10 September 2000. Page 8.
May 12 2019

Stakeknife: Fred Scappaticci.

The Ira Murderer. Of Arthur Rafferty Sr Aledged.

Stakeknife: Fred Scappaticci ‘facing more than 30 lawsuits’Courts May Hear Evidence In Private.

How, and why, did Scappaticci survive the IRA’s wrath?

After being outed as informer ‘Stakeknife’, he escaped the punishment many before him suffered.

Freddie Scappaticci sent a young boy “on a message”, as they say in Belfast, up to the home of 44-year-old Anthony McKiernan in January 1988, asking McKiernan to call by to see him. Not only were they neighbours, the Scappaticcis and McKiernans were also friends – the children of both families had sleepovers. That was the last McKiernan’s wife and children saw of him. Twenty four hours later, McKiernan was found shot dead on Mica Drive in Beechmount, not far from the Falls Road. He had been condemned as an IRA informer, something his family has always denied. McKiernan’s death was not the only occasion when Scappaticci shut down the normal inhibitions that prevent people visiting harm on others, let alone friends and neighbours, and scheming to do so in such a viscerally treacherous way.

Gerry Adams backs Freddie Scappaticci.


Who is Stakeknife, when was Freddie Scappaticci named as the IRA double agent and why has he been arrested?

Scappaticci later said: “According to the Press I am guilty of 40 murders. But I am telling you this now, after this has settled I want to meet the families of the people that they said I murdered.


He did the IRA’s dirty work for 25 years – and was paid £80,000 a year by the government

Man revealed as army agent may be connected to 40 murders Even to his fellow IRA men, shocked at the revelations of the traitor in their midst, Alfredo ‘Scap’ Scappaticci has a fearsome reputation as a ruthless psychopath. In his book, Killing Rage, Eamon Collins, the Provo who became one of the organisation’s most vociferous critics before his former comrades murdered him in 1999, tells a revealing story.

Danny Morrison: IRA ‘stood down’ Scappaticci in 1990

FORMER Sinn Féin director of publicity Danny Morrison has said the IRA informer known as Stakeknife was ‘stood down’ from the organisation under a cloud of suspicion in 1990, despite the fact he continued to live in west Belfast until he was publicly outed in 2003.

Stakeknife, thought to be Freddie Scappaticci, denied allegations that he had been a high level agent working for military intelligence when his cover was blown by the media in May 2003.

Freddie Scappaticci pleads guilty to animal pornography possession

West Belfast man widely named as British army’s IRA informer ‘Stakeknife’ gets suspended jail term.

Army whistleblower to testify on IRA double agent Stakeknife

May 12 2019

The Murder Of Arthur Rafferty.

Arthur Rafferty Sr was shot at Newington Street in north Belfast, close to its junction with the Limestone Road, on August 15th 1974 and died in hospital several weeks later. The IRA claimed responsibility.

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A north Belfast man whose father was murdered 37 years ago by the IRA is asking the Chief Constable and the Police Ombudsman to reopen the case. Arthur Rafferty was shot on September 8, 1974 in Newington Street. The 56 year old Catholic civilian died three weeks later.

His son, also called Arthur Rafferty, believes he knows exactly who his father’s murderer is and is calling for him to stand trial, even though he believes the man was working for the British Government and is being protected by them.
He told the Community Telegraph: “My father was murdered 37 years ago — I know who the people who murdered him are, for 37 years I have been fighting for justice for him.
“I have contacted Nigel Dodds, and Robin Newton about this, and phoned the Historical Enquiries Team and phoned the Policing Board.
“I want to speak to the PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott but he says he can’t find the time.”
Arthur says the Police Ombudsman’s office had been investigating the incident but ran out of funding.
“But I’ve told them all they have to do is go to England and arrest him and bring him back to stand trial.
“I was at the Policing Board meeting in the Grove [Leisure Centre] and I told the PSNI Area Commander Andy Freeburn that I want this man brought back for the murder of my father — and 20 to 30 other people.
“He put that to Mr Baggott but there has still been no answer.
“Mr Dodds wrote to him twice too, and he is still refusing to meet with me.
“I want my father’s case heard, it has been 37 years and there is still no justice,” added Arthur Rafferty.
North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds said he has contacted chief constable Matt Baggott on Mr Rafferty’s behalf. “Arthur’s concern is why this man is not being investigated.
“Other people have been brought back and arrested and tried, why is this
man not being investigated?” he adked.
“I have asked the Chief Constable to meet Arthur but so far he has said no. The Superintendent wrote back on his behalf recently and said no, he couldn’t add anything and there is nothing to be gained by a meeting. I’ll be continuing to press for a meeting,” he added.
Robin Newton, a Policing Board Member said he was motivated to support Mr Rafferty because of his work on behalf of people from all sides of the community who are suffering from the killer disease Asbestosis.
“I have been lobbying through the official channels of the Policing Board to bring this person or persons back to Northern Ireland. All official avenues of inquiry must be used and I am currently seeking advice on this matter,” he continued.
A PSNI spokesperson said: “The Chief Constable’s office has responded directly in relation to this matter on three separate occasions within the last year and addressed the questions raised in these responses.”

The Psni & The Ombudsman has issued statements ref Arthur Raftery’s Murder.


However, Dr Michael Maguire did find there were failures in the RUC investigation into the shooting of Arthur Rafferty.

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