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By David Vance On November 8th, 2012 at 10:30 am


25 years ago, I was a few weeks away from getting married.  I have very happy memories of late 1987, but tragically, for others, this time brings pain.

A memorial service is to take place to mark the 25th anniversary of the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bomb. Eleven people were killed and more than 60 injured when an IRA bomb exploded in a hall close to the town’s cenotaph on 8 November 1987. Those who died were all Protestant and they included three married couples, a reserve police officer and several pensioners. Ex-headmaster Ronnie Hill died 13 years after being injured in the attack. The youngest victim was 20-year-old nurse Marie Wilson whose father, Gordon Wilson, subsequently gave a moving interview in which he said he had prayed for those behind the attack. A minute’s silence will be held at 10:43 GMT to mark the moment when the bomb went off without warning 25 years ago. Relatives of those who died will lay wreaths at the cenotaph.

I am acutely conscious that a regular reader of ATW is Aileen Quinton, who lost her mother that day. There are no words I can say that adequately express my sympathy for Aileen, and all the others who lost loved ones to the SAVAGERY of the IRA scum that planted the bomb at a Cenotaph of all places. Time is a great healer, they say, and I hope the decades between then and now have eased the loss.

Meanwhile, a new file on the Enniskillen bombing is to be handed over to police. The report from the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) will be examined by serious crime branch detectives who will determine whether any fresh criminal proceedings can be taken against the perpetrators of the IRA atrocity 25 years ago.

Not one of those who IRA “volunteers” who planned this, who carried it out and who had knowledge of it has ever been brought to justice. It seems that the Republican “community” prefers to keep silent about those murderers living amongst it and rather than give them up they kept them free. I would like to know why the PSNI has not asked some rather obvious questions such as WHO were the IRA leaders at that time and what did they know about this atrocity? If one heads up a terrorist cabal that carries out such sheer unbelievable BARBARISM, surely you are as culpable as the utter vermin that carried it out? It seems not.

The Cenotaph in Enniskillen is a poignant place, a place of quiet dignity. I was past it last year. To my mind, it cries out for JUSTICE but that is the one thing this utterly corrupt “peace process” denies the innocent that suffered so grieviously on that day in 1987.

My sincere best wishes, Aileen, from ALL at ATW. I hope this day brings what comfort it can. 25 years – time flies past ….but loss never disappears.


By David Vance On November 5th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

The Lurgan Mail reports a sad story here;

THE widow of murdered police officer Stephen Carroll says a campaign started by one of the “Guildford Four” to free the republican dissidents jailed for her husband’s killing has plunged her into fresh “hell”. Kate Carroll said she has be unable to sleep since she learned that Gerry Conlon, whose wrongful conviction following the Provisional IRA bombing in Guildford, England was quashed in 1989, had founded the Craigavon Two campaign to free Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton – the men who were found guilty of Constable Carroll’s murder.

Constable Carroll was responding to a 999 call when he was shot by republican dissidents in Craigavon in March, 2009. “After all (that has happened) am I now going to be put through more hell? I couldn’t take it in when I heard. I was taken aback and I’m still trying to take it in. It’s hit me like a ton of bricks,” Mrs Carroll told the ‘Mail’. “How can he (Mr Conlon) make a judgement when he wasn’t in court to hear the trial.” Mr Conlon told a daily regional newspaper that he was fighting to free McConville and Wootton – who were convicted in May and sentenced to imprisonment for a minimum of 25 years and 14 years respectively – as he believed the convictions were ‘unsafe”

Amazing that some fools are so deluded that they consider every conviction for Irish republican savagery “unsafe”. I feel for Kate Carroll who has enough to worry about WITHOUT the additional concern that the republican killer of her husband could be released from jail thanks to the campaigning efforts of Gerry Conlon?


By David Vance On November 3rd, 2012 at 10:53 am

It’s pathetic really. Following the murder of Prison Officer David Black by Irish Republican terrorists, the appeasement culture establishment here has been rushing to pretend that violence does not pay.  Have a read of this garbage…

“Loyalists” are not talking about a knee-jerk response, but one senior figure speaking anonymously challenged MI5 to do more. “The peace process has to be managed, and people are managing it,” he said. “This shooting makes things more difficult. “I’m saying they (MI5) need to sit up and show results.”

So, terrorists now give advice to MI5. I see. Let’s read on a little more…

The Security Service can point to numerous successes, but there is no such thing as a perfect intelligence picture. “It’s obviously about trying to get a reaction,” another “loyalist leader” Jackie McDonald said. “These boys (dissidents) are being strangled and choked, and any retaliation would give them the oxygen they need. “There should not be a reaction,” he continued. “The reaction has to be revulsion.” And PUP leader Billy Hutchinson said: “Loyalists should recognise that the PSNI are the people who should deal with this through the rule of law,” he said.

So, calming words from loyalist leaders.

Note the last editorial line from the peace processors in the Belfast Telegraph. Also note how these people are portrayed as “leaders”..with rather less focus being directed to WHO they lead.

Let’s just spell out a few facts.

McDonald is the leader of the disgusting UDA, a terrorist group. It shouldn’t matter what he thinks because the UDA has disarmed, hasn’t it? McDonald is a creature of the process and a golfing partner of former Irish President McAleese’s husband. Friends in low places, I think.

As for Mr Hutchinson,the PUP leader and former UVF terrorist,  I put no credence on the words of a man convicted for murdering innocent Catholic men. Do you?

The elephant in the room here is that we have a new “peace process” society modeled on rewarding the men and women of violence.


By David Vance On November 1st, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Well, I suppose this is as inevitable as night following day…

“A prison officer has been murdered after shots were fired at his car, which then crashed on the M1 in Northern Ireland. The shooting happened on the Belfast bound carriageway between the M12 Portadown exit and the Lurgan interchange at 07:30 GMT on Thursday.

The man who died was very experienced and had worked through the Troubles. Police are investigating a link between the attack and a burnt-out car found in Lurgan, County Armagh. NI’s first and deputy first ministers condemned this “brutal attack”. In a joint statement, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness said there could be no justification for this murder. “People who work for the Prison Service play a crucial role in our community and any attack on them is an attack on all of us,” they said.

How touching of former Provo godfather and now pillar of the appeasement community Martin McGuinness to point out the vital role played by our Prison Officers. His IRA killed 30 of them over the years and injured hundreds more. Who is responsible for that, Marty? If it is wrong NOW, was it wrong THEN? The hypocrisy of the politicians here is limitless. They are the people who institutionalised terrorism and we see the likes of Gerry Kelly as a senior much loved Sinn Fein figure and putative future Justice Minister. You WILL recall Kelly shot a prison officer IN THE HEAD. 


By David Vance On October 16th, 2012 at 10:24 am

Lovely little bit of empty headed and morally bankrupt posturing here…

Alliance Party MLA Anna Lo says that she is disgusted by the distribution of National Front leaflets in her constituency in south Belfast. Two men have been arrested by police for the distribution of written material with the intent to incite hatred in the Tates Avenue area. Ms Lo said: “I am sickened that National Front leaflets were being distributed in Northern Ireland. Nobody wants the hatred of the National Front here. We have done so much work on moving Northern Ireland forward and away from hate crimes.”

Spare me your pieties, Ms Lo. How many people have the NF murdered in Northern Ireland? How many lives ruined, families plunged into grief by bombings and assassinations care of the NF? Then, how MANY did the IRA kill and maim – in south Belfast alone? How many people in south Belfast vote for THAT organisation? Are you not disgusted with THAT?  I have no time for fascists of any hue, be they NF or IRA/Sinn Fein!

This NF hysteria is rather pathetic and shows the massive moral malaise brought to us by the toxic “peace process” It also shows how POLICING here is now a politically controlled weapon of the peace processors as they go after the thick National Front but ignore the IRA.



By David Vance On October 15th, 2012 at 9:53 am

More shadow boxing...

The DUP has accused Enda Kenny of either committing a gaffe or lacking judgment after the Taoiseach predicted a united Ireland was inevitable. Speaking at a business investment forum in the US city of Cleveland, Mr Kenny said a unification would happen one day — but not in the near future. “The priority is keeping peace in the streets,” he said. East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell accused Mr Kenny of inadvertently feeding the views of republican extremists who believe a united Ireland is a serious prospect.

Firsty, all Enda Kenny was doing was spouting the usual Irish blarney about “Irish re-unification”. He knows his financially bankrupt country has no possibility of gobbling up British Northern Ireland but he was just throwing a little red meat to the Investment animals. As for Campbell, he is also talking nonsense. He is pretending that only “republican extremists” believe a united Ireland is a serious prospect. Has he SPOKEN to his partners in power, Sinn Fein/IRA? Further, if ever there was a way to “feed the views of republican extremists” placing the proxies of the IRA in government seems right up the wish list!

Kenny and Campbell are both clowns – both play acting for the faithful.


By David Vance On October 13th, 2012 at 10:34 am

How intriguing…

A judge has lifted a ban on naming five people facing charges of membership of the IRA and other offences from more than a decade ago. They include Seamus Finucane, a Sinn Fein member and brother of the murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

The BBC had challenged the ban.

The BBC cannot reveal full details of the charges in the case – but can reveal the names of those involved after reporting restrictions were lifted. Mr Finucane, 55, is a member of Sinn Fein and a community worker in west Belfast.

My goodness! What a scurrilous and surely unfounded allegation. A member of the Finucane family allegedly in the IRA, a terrorist organisation?? I certainly do not believe a word of it and am relieved to see Seamusb is a  “community worker”- the salt of the earth  – as we all know here in Northern Ireland.

However  if these wicked allegations were to be proven true, Seamus would  NOT be the first Finucane to have served the Provos. Would he?

“Pat Finucane’s brother, John, an IRA man, was killed on active service in a car crash in the Falls Road, Belfast, in 1972. Another terrorist brother Dermot successfully contested attempts to extradite him to Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic, while a third brother was the fiancée of Mairead Farrell, one of the IRA trio shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar in 1988.”

It’s a bit of luck that with so many members of this family having served the IRA that Pat himself was an intrepid human rights lawyer, fighting for justice. Here’s hoping Seamus is proven innocent.


By David Vance On October 9th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

It must REALLY sicken the Irish authorities when NI golfer Rory McIlroy wraps himself in the flag of Northern Ireland. So they try this pathetic stunt…

Golfer Rory McIlroy will be offered the chance to carry the Irish flag at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics in return for pledging his sporting allegiance to Team Ireland. Pat Hickey, the president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, has attempted to sway the world number one after years of speculation about who McIlroy will declare for. “I will say to Rory that if he declares for Ireland, then he will automatically put himself in pole position to carry the Tricolour into the stadium in Rio,” said Mr Hickey, who is also a board member on the International Olympic Committee. “What he has done on the world stage for Irish golf is absolutely astonishing. Personally, I would dearly love for him to represent Ireland.”

WHY would British born McIlroy want to carry the Irish tricolor? It’s the flag of a foreign country. Can’t the Irish find someone born in the 26 counties worth carrying their flag? Isn’t this just overt politicising on the par of the Irish Olympic Authority, likely to embarrass young Rory? Can’t they just accept that he is…and will remain…British?


By David Vance On October 4th, 2012 at 9:41 am

This is plainly wrong!

A system used by the PSNI to hire temporary staff — at a cost to the public purse of more than £100m — was “out of control”, a scathing watchdog report has revealed. To help fill the void left by police officers who retired under Patten, 2,740 temporary workers were employed by the PSNI over the past decade — almost 40% of whom were former officers who had left through the severance scheme.

Who gets the blame? How about THOSE who supported Patten as well as the reliably incompetent PSNI?


By David Vance On October 3rd, 2012 at 10:53 am

It’s really quite pathetic and it will never happen but they like to push out these press releases;

Negotiations between the Executive and the Treasury over the devolution of corporation tax powers to Northern Ireland are at a critical stage, Stormont’s Finance Minister has said. But Sammy Wilson said he believed the Exchequer’s assessment of how much would have to be sliced off Northern Ireland’s block grant if the rate was cut here was still too high.

If the tax was decreased from the UK-wide 24% maximum to the 12.5% that currently applies in the Republic of Ireland, the region could face losing an annual £700m chunk from the Treasury by 2027. Mr Wilson told the Assembly there were also outstanding issues to be resolved on what proportion of any additional revenue raised thanks to the economic and job stimulation move could be retained in Northern Ireland. It could mean increased national insurance, income tax and VAT receipts. He insisted he and fellow Executive ministers were still committed to taking control of corporation tax powers — but warned it would ultimately come down to a political decision by the UK Government.

The 12.5% CT in the Republic is painted as some sort of fiscal panacea but did it stop the Republic going bankrupt? Did it protect jobs? The Lilliputians at Stormont have not got a clue. Devolving tax varying powers to these clowns will only end in even more tears.