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By David Vance On January 3rd, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I’m touched.

“Once an IRA member, then Sinn Fein’s deputy first minister in Northern Ireland has been given the title Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead”


Really? When did he leave, exactly and what did he DO when in the IRA? Ah, the good old Belfast Telegraph never asks awkward question, far too busy brown-nosing for that!

As a further insult to common decency, Marty is going to get a £50,000 pay off for stepping down as an MP even though he has never ONCE showed up for any debate or has ever taken his seat. As  a proud Irish Republican, I am sure Bailiff MccGuinness will refuse this British money.


By David Vance On May 12th, 2012 at 9:48 am

Miriam O'Callaghan decided to reveal the abuse she received on Twitter after hearing of the threats sent to footballer James McClean

Here’s what happens when a journalist asks tough questions of former IRA godfather Martin McGuinness;

RTE star Miriam O’Callaghan has revealed how she was terrorised by people who sent her messages saying they hoped that she and her children would die after a row with Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness. She received the “intimidating, unsettling and frightening” messages on Twitter after her controversial Presidential election debate with the leading republican.

Now, obviously we do not know who these people really were, where they live and what they do BUT one can surely reasonably assume that they supported McGuinness.

I suppose the very talented O’Callaghan should be thankful that they were just threats. After all, over the years those who were seen to be a threat to the Provos got more than deranged tweets. It’s how the mafia IRA work.


By David Vance On April 29th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Cover photo

Here’s a nice image of renowned international peace ambassador McGuinness, accidentally getting caught up in an IRA funeral. What rotten luck for him.


By David Vance On April 26th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Do you think that this will help – or hinder-  the chances of McGuinness getting a….cough… Nobel Peace Prize?

Martin McGuinness authorised human bomb attacks against the Army in Northern Ireland, the Smithwick Tribunal has heard. The Dublin tribunal is investigating potential Garda collusion with the IRA in the murders of RUC Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan in 1989. The witness, Martin Ingram repeated his accusation that Mr McGuinness was still in the IRA and authorised operations long after he said he had left. He told the tribunal that “human bombs (were) also authorised by Martin McGuinness”. “McGuinness controlled Northern Command… for the vast majority of the time,” said the former Force Research Unit agent. “Contrary to what he would have you believe that he left the IRA in the 1970s, that is not true. “He was a member of the Northern Command of the Provisional IRA council responsible for controlling people like Scappaticci.”

The IRA carried out three proxy or human bomb attacks in 1990. In one, Londonderry man Patsy Gillespie, a Catholic who worked as a cook in the Army’s Fort George base, was ordered to drive a bomb to a border checkpoint while his family was held hostage. Gillespie and five soldiers were killed in the explosion, and the IRA tactic caused massive public revulsion.


Well, to be precise, Gillespie was blown to smithereens. By the IRA. In Londonderry.

Naturally, those principled lions in the DUP have responded to this by insisting that the alleged terrorist mastermind McGuinness step down to clear his good name.

Hang on a sec…oh, that’s right, they have NOTHING to say about it. How odd.



By David Vance On March 9th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Let us remember that Martin McGuinness has nothing to do with the IRA. Perish the thought.


By David Vance On October 28th, 2011 at 11:41 am


Brilliant! Says it all, and hat-tip to this gentleman.


By David Vance On October 28th, 2011 at 8:09 am

I am surprised.

Sinn Fein Presidential candidate Martin McGuinness is the main suspect in the brutal murder of two policemen.

Sergeant Peter Gilgunn (26) and Constable David Montgomery (20), were gunned down in an IRA ambush as they travelled in an RUC patrol car in Derry. They were the first police officers to lose their lives in a terrorist incident in the city for 50 years.

The ambush 40 years ago came just three days before Bloody Sunday sent shockwaves right across the Province. But now a former RUC officer, who was in the car when the officers were killed, has revealed Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness is under the spotlight for his alleged involvement. The retired officer, who did not want to be named, said he was told by a member of the Historic Enquiries Team investigating the case that McGuinness is the main suspect.

The reason I am surprised is that McGuinness is suspected of direct involvement in TWO murders. I heard it was much more. During the final Presidential debate, McGuinness REFUSED to say that he believed that west Belfast woman Jean McConville was murdered. Instead he used the predictable Sinn Fein evasions. He is unfit to hold ANY elected position, in my view, and it is my view that the people of the Irish Republic will make that abundantly clear today.


By David Vance On October 24th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Flooding in Brittas (Pic: Mick O'Keeffe)

Symbolic? Dublin earlier….


By David Vance On October 21st, 2011 at 8:53 am

The Irish Presidential campaign lumbers on and more discomfort for IRA Godfather Mandela McGuinness;

The family of an Irish police officer shot dead by the IRA has said Martin McGuinness is not a suitable candidate to be the country’s president. Detective Jerry McCabe was killed during an armed raid on a post office van in Adare, County Limerick, in 1996. In a statement, his family said Mr McGuinness should reveal what he knows about the killing and those of other Irish security force members.

Naturally, McGuinness tries to sidestep it;

“A great wrong was done to the McCabe family and the IRA has acknowledged and apologised for it,” he said. “I have never and would never stand over attacks on members of the defence forces and the gardai.”

Says the man whose IRA slaughtered members of the RUC, UDR and British Army.

The IRA sought to distance itself from the killing of Garda McCabe until it had no choice left but admit that yes, IT carried out the murder of the Officer.

Back to the McCabe’s…..

“This election is as much about the moral duties of those who seek high office as it is about their vision for the presidency and Ireland’s future. “We want to move on and resume what passes for a normal life without a father and husband and brother. “We can’t move on if Mr McGuinness assumes he can aspire to the symbolic status of first citizen without first discharging the most basic responsibility of any citizen. “If Martin McGuinness cannot or will not assist the authorities with its investigations into the murders of police officers, soldiers and prison officer how can we expect the rule of law to prevail under his presidency?”

It can’t and he won’t. McGuinness cannot win this Presidency, his strategic reason for running is to advance Sinn Fein into Fianna Fail territory, if possible. However he has inadvertently put himself into the position where at last some light has been shone into his dark and wicked past. Small mercies and all that.


By David Vance On October 14th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

This is what happens when SOMEONE in the Media finally asks some tough questions of IRA Godfather Martin McGuinness;

“TV Presenter Miriam O’Callaghan was said to have been left “badly shaken” by an angry confrontation between herself and Martin McGuinness following Wednesday’s presidential debate. Eye-witnesses described to the Irish Independent how, following the debate, an entourage from Sinn Fein hung around the room allocated for guests in RTE.

The group were said to be irate about the questions put to Mr McGuinness during the debate, which had included the mother of eight asking the Derryman how could he claim to be a man of religion and yet be “involved in the murder of so many people”.

When Mr McGuinness arrived out of the studio, he asked to speak directly to O’Callaghan.  Sources said he took her aside into an adjoining dressing room off the Green Room. O’Callaghan was asked if she wanted a colleague to accompany her but she declined.Inside, he expressed his displeasure about questions posed to him during the debate. Witnesses said voices were raised during the course of the five-minute discussion. Mr McGuinness then departed with the Sinn Fein spindoctors. Last night it was confirmed to the Irish Independent that O’Callaghan had been “badly shaken” by the encounter with the Sinn Fein leader who had accused her of asking “disgraceful questions” during the debate.

I like Miriam, an excellent broadcaster. Whilst she may have been left shaken, she was at least ALIVE. Not all those who encounter the IRA got that result. The bully boy tactic is all too obvious and yet amazingly, this is the man who is co First Minister of the Northern Ireland assembly and aspirational Irish President. Both countries deserve so much better.