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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Colin Duffy Aquitted.   
    Duffy – My sorrow over shot soldiers
     
    (Suzanne Breen, Sunday World)
     
    Republican dissident Colin Duffy says he pities the young British soldiers murdered at Massereene.
     
    But he added: "They shouldn't have been here in this country. And I wasn't there when they died."
     
    In an exclusive Sunday World interview before a planned press conference yesterday, he denied all involvement in the double murder of Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar.
     
    He agreed that despite his acquittal many people still believed he was guilty: "There's nothing I can do to change that except continue saying I'm innocent and pointing out that there was no evidence to convict me."
     
    He insisted: "I played no part in the attack at Massereene. It's very sad British soldiers are still being killed on the streets of the North but they shouldn't be here."
     
    Duffy refused outright to condemn the attack. But the leading republican added that he fully understood the grief of the murdered soldiers' families.
     
    "I was in court, I saw the families and I understand how much they've suffered. It would take a very cold and inhuman person not to be moved by their loss.
     
    "Two young soldiers from working-class areas of England – with zero knowledge of the North who probably didn't even know their lives were at risk here – were killed.
     
    "They were cannon fodder as far as the British Army is concerned. I've lost friends in the conflict. My friend Sam Marshall was shot dead in front of me so I know what it's like to lose someone."
     
    But asked to condemn the attack, Duffy replied: "No I won't do that. I'm a republican. I make no bones about that.
     
    "I am an unrepentant republican. I wasn't involved in Massereene and it's up to those who were to justify their actions but I won't condemn them."
     
    When asked if he'd condemn dissident republicans' continuing campaign of violence, Duffy also refused: "I understand why people are doing it. That doesn't mean I'm doing it.
     
    "But while Britain remains in the North, there will always be people who resist British rule."
     
    The Lurgan republican claimed he'd been "framed" by the state for the Massereene attack. "When I was arrested and all through my bail hearings in court, they alleged I was one of the gunmen.
     
    "Then analysis of CCTV footage showed the gunmen were 6 ft 3 and 6 ft 6. I'm 5"11. Two witnesses didn't pick me out in an ID parade and a surviving soldier also said the gunman was at least 6ft and in his 20s or 30s when I'm in my 40s.
     
    "So the state just withdrew its allegation I was a gunman and said I must have played some other role but they never specified what that was.
     
    "They couldn't because I wasn't involved in the attack. I was found not guilty because the whole case didn't make sense from the beginning."
     
    Duffy's DNA was found on a glove finger-tip in the gunmen's getaway car. But that didn't stand up in court as evidence to convict him. He says he was "framed" and evidence was "planted".
     
    He claimed the forensic evidence against him was "low copy DNA which was totally discredited in the Omagh bomb".
     
    He alleged the state had wanted "a head on the plate" for the Massereene murders and "as a high-profile republican, I fitted the bill".
     
    He claimed the authorities also targeted him because he was an outspoken critic of the police and a witness in the 1990 loyalist murder of republican Sam Marshall in which there was security force collusion.
     
    It's the third time Duffy has been charged with murder for the charges to be dropped or him acquitted.
     
    He denied he was the "luckiest man in the North" for beating three murder charges. "I've spent eight years of my life in jail – that's the equivalent of a 16 year sentence with remission – but I've never been convicted of anything. How is that lucky?" he said.
     
    "I've just spent almost three years in Maghaberry jail where prisoners are being forcibly strip-searched and beaten. There's a dirty protest taking place and the prison is a hell-hole. I don't know how anybody could call that lucky."
     
    Duffy accused the police, the intelligence services and certain politicians of "demonising" him and "felon-setting". He added: "I know a certain picture of me is planted in some people's minds. It's wrong, I'll challenge it, but if I can't change it I'll have to live with it."
     
    Once a strong supporter of Sinn Féin, Duffy opposed the party in recent years over its support for the current political process. Its "silence" on his case and the campaign by supporters to free him had been conspicuous, he said.
     
    The 43-year-old republican said he would spending the next few months rebuilding his family life but would remain politically involved.
     
    "I've six children, the youngest of whom is eight so I'll be busy with them. But I am, always have been and intend to remain, a committed republican political activist."
     
    January 22, 2012
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Connolly16 in A Dublin Worker's co-op café/restaurant   
    I'm going to email them now, see if they could enlighten us further.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to nico in Cogús Prisoners to Begin 24 Hour Fast in Maghaberry Gaol   
    REPUBLICAN NETWORK FOR UNITY (RNU) Chairperson/Cathaoirleach, CARL REILLY has announced that Cogús Prisoners in Roe House, Maghaberry Gaol will begin a 24 Hour Fast at 8am January 23rd, 2012 in protest at the refusal by the North's Prison Service to allow fellow POW, Damien McKenna to attend his Father's funeral last week.




     
    Mr. Reilly continued; 'It was a disgrace that Damien was refused to attend his Father's funeral and the Cogús Prisoners will embark on 24 Hour Fast to demonstrate their opposition to this crass decison and show solidarity with their comrade, Damien'.
     
    The RNU Chairperson concluded; 'Yet again, Political Prisoners in Maghaberry have to resort to extreme measures to protest against unjust practises and conditions. We ask everyone concerned with human rights to support the Prisoners demands and restore their dignity. The fast by Cogús POWs' will end on January 24rd, 2012'.
     
    Related Link: http://www.republicannetwork.ie/
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted in Occupy Movement, promise or pointless?   
    That and the media love watery "non-ideological" political movements. Viewed as "non-ideological" in that they share the ideology of the system. Its when you start going against the grain that you start getting a media black out.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to HolgerMeins in Occupy Movement, promise or pointless?   
    Here is the IRSP analysis of the movement so far, specific to the events in Belfast during the week. Nico's posting was the incorrect version of the statement which was not meant to be released, apologies.
     
     
     
    http://rsmforum.prob...ead=5693&page=1
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted in Courts to decide access rights to certain websites?   
    https://www.facebook...StopSOPAIreland
     
    Here's a link to a campaign to try and prevent Mr. Sean Sherlock from bringing in legislation on the 26th January which could ultimately allow court judges decide what you view and what access you can have to a variety of internet sites.
     
    Whilst the majority of the commentary on this is based in the mega Google Youtube, this will cause job losses mode. I think it is something we should all be aware of, and try to prevent.
     
    As it is, Eircom monitors sharing of files and 3 breeches of file sharing which involves copyrighted material and they shut down your service. How many other service providers operate the same or more intrusive policies?
     
    In my opinion its a tiny step from "using" these laws to prevent piracy to abusing these laws to shutdown sites, or shut people up!
     
    This is being brought in without any debate, not to mention inclusion of, or heaven forbid, a decision by the people,
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Charity - Good or Bad?   
    I would say that some of the individuals involved do deserve criticism. For example, the Catholic church, who are not really doing a good job, but resist the idea that any of their "charitable institutions" - like schools - be taken over by the state.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Charity - Good or Bad?   
    I have a sister who is mentally handicapped, and she attends a workshop run by a religious order. This workshop gets a large percentage of its income from private donation, i.e. charity. Now, they are doing great work, in many respects, but they are generally not up to the standards that one would expect in this day and age. The state is more than happy to allow this state of affairs to continue, as they are getting a vital service at a fraction of the cost to the state. Clearly this is still the same economic dynamic that saw thousands of children abused in religious institutions. Nothing has really changed.
     
    In that sense, I feel that the charity mentality is anything but healthy. Vital services need to be provided for by the state, and fully publicly funded. Charity is always the preferred option of backward, reactionary groups, like the Catholic hierarchy and the Muslim Brotherhood, since charity does not encroach on the "sanctity" of private property.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted in Foreign Language Music   
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEGBOPImKDU
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Connolly16 in Foreign Language Music   
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted in Foreign Language Music   
    "Hang the Aristocrats"
     

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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Connolly16 in Foreign Language Music   
    The Anthem of Anarcho-Communists/Syndicalists during the Spanish Civil War

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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Connolly16 in Foreign Language Music   
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Charity - Good or Bad?   
    I don't think we should ban them (as if we could!!!). We need to offer a better service, one based on solidarity rather than charity. When we do this, then people can see the deficiencies of charity. Its like anything, until we do this ourselves, we're in no real position to criticise those who are doing it!
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from HolgerMeins in 2 Bombs in Derry.   
    Of course attacks such as this cannot be allowed to become the entire struggle, or even the main forus of the struggle. Mass education, organisation and mobilisation are what is needed, but we should never fall into the enemy's trap of condemning these attacks. The real inconvenience to the people of Derry is their enslavement under capital, and their occupation by a foreign country.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Connolly16 in Land & Freedom- Ken Loach Film   
    One of my favourite films, from a political point of view anyway! Thanks for posting the link!
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Connolly16 in Land & Freedom- Ken Loach Film   
    One of my favourite films, from a political point of view anyway! Thanks for posting the link!
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Connolly16 in A Dublin Worker's co-op café/restaurant   
    That's funny, i just had a conversation about the very idea with another forum member five minutes ago. It wouldn't be hard to bake some bread and other easily baked goods to have available at the project. And in conjunction with a community garden, it would work perfectly.
     
    Of course you would need some space, but as the incidence of occupations/sqauts increases, I'm sure some space would materialise. Without any kind of space currently available it is perhaps something that isn't immediately achievable, but I'd say it wouldn't be long until this is very possible.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Connolly16 in A Dublin Worker's co-op café/restaurant   
    That's funny, i just had a conversation about the very idea with another forum member five minutes ago. It wouldn't be hard to bake some bread and other easily baked goods to have available at the project. And in conjunction with a community garden, it would work perfectly.
     
    Of course you would need some space, but as the incidence of occupations/sqauts increases, I'm sure some space would materialise. Without any kind of space currently available it is perhaps something that isn't immediately achievable, but I'd say it wouldn't be long until this is very possible.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in A Dublin Worker's co-op café/restaurant   
    That would be a great idea. Seomra Spraoi could have served that function, but they seem too sectarian in their outlook, and have alienated a lot of people. Any such café would have to abstain from meddling in the politics of those who use it.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Connolly16 in A Dublin Worker's co-op café/restaurant   
    That's funny, i just had a conversation about the very idea with another forum member five minutes ago. It wouldn't be hard to bake some bread and other easily baked goods to have available at the project. And in conjunction with a community garden, it would work perfectly.
     
    Of course you would need some space, but as the incidence of occupations/sqauts increases, I'm sure some space would materialise. Without any kind of space currently available it is perhaps something that isn't immediately achievable, but I'd say it wouldn't be long until this is very possible.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Laoch na nGael in A Dublin Worker's co-op café/restaurant   
    The one in Belfast is brilliant! It has a reasonable amount of space as it used to be a photo gallery so they hold all sorts of events in it. Cheap food and drinks, with loads of socialist literature from all over the world, and most local groups.
    I think it would be a great idea if yous got one going. What about getting in touch with various socialist groups to get it going? Like, CPI, WSM and so on?
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to nico in A Dublin Worker's co-op café/restaurant   
    Fantastic idea!
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in A Dublin Worker's co-op café/restaurant   
    I'd say its a bit beyond our ability at the moment to do alone, but perhaps its something we could do in conjunction with other groups.
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