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By David Vance On May 19th, 2012 at 9:13 am

If you want to make money, go to prison. Read this..

Almost £10,000 a week in compensation has been handed out to prison officers and inmates for injuries sustained in Northern Ireland’s jails.

Protesting in the sun: prisoners on the roof of Maghaberry Prison in 2003

The majority of the cash was paid following accidents, such as a fall, or for smoke inhalation during cell fires, according to Prison Service information.

The Belfast Telegraph reveals how one inmate lodged a compensation claim for sunburn after he climbed on to a roof in Maghaberry Prison on a hot day to stage a protest. The protest occurred more than two years ago and the prisoner subsequently submitted the claim for compensation for his injuries. It is not clear, however, from the information if the claim was successful as the Prison Service said that to release details of specific claims would breach human rights under the Data Protection Act.

It is incredible that such a compensation claim could even have been considered! The prisoner should have received an even greater sentence for his lawlessness, yet here in the sunny uplands of peace process land, £10,000 a WEEK is handed out to his fellow convicts INSIDE our prisons. I suppose it sets them up nicely for when they leave prison and join the lucrative “community groups” that allow for further channelling of cash to cons. It’s what we do. You were warned.


By David Vance On May 17th, 2012 at 9:15 am

So, what sort of mother takes her son along to the local terrorists to be shot?  This one does –– here in the sunny uplands of peace process land!

Majella O’Donnell described how she brought her son to be shot by the terror group. She said: “I had to let him go. If I had not, the consequences would have been worse. It was hard, but it had to be done.”

Strange logic. And where are the Police?

Amid growing concerns over the actions of the group, Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin said he was “disappointed” with the police success rate against RAAD and that community help would “enhance our chances of getting RAAD before the courts”. His comments come as a number of mothers told this paper how their lives have been devastated by the actions of RAAD.

The truth is that “the community” favours using paramilitary justice, always has and it seems it always will. The PSNI are an irrelevance in certain areas.


By David Vance On May 12th, 2012 at 9:42 am

Can’t say I am surprised to read this;

“The only person jailed in connection with the IRA Northern Bank robbery in 2004 has had his conviction for laundering £2.4m quashed. Ted Cunningham, 63, from Farran, Co Cork, appealed against 10 convictions in connection with the £26.5m robbery in Belfast. The court, in Dublin, has ordered a retrial on the other nine counts on which Mr Cunningham was convicted. He will be released on bail on a number of conditions pending the retrial. There will be no retrial on the most serious count, which referred to £2.4m found during a search of Mr Cunningham’s house in February 2005.

£2,4m, in his house. But entirely innocent, of course.

The IRA pension fund heiest was always going to be above the law. That’s how it all works in peace process land. And that’s why some may conclude that the law has become as corrupted as every other branch of this truly rotted society.


By David Vance On May 11th, 2012 at 9:29 am

Northern Ireland remains in economic decline with unemployment at a high, and economic activity at a low. So, what issue should concern our wonderful MLA’s? That’s right – signing rugby balls to show their deep lasting commitment to “fighting climate change”!

MLAs have been urged to set targets to tackle climate change. Around 50 campaigners from across Northern Ireland gathered at Stormont last night calling for laws to reduce significantly Northern Ireland’s carbon footprint. By 6pm, 20 MLAs had put their signatures to rugby balls, pledging to support the campaign. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that does not have binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions — yet our household emissions are 39% above the UK average. The event was organised by the the group, Stop Climate Chaos Northern Ireland with the sponsorship of MLAs Anna Lo, John Dallat, and Peter Weir. Stop Climate Chaos has been campaigning for the Assembly to pass legislation that would reduce Northern Ireland’s carbon footprint over the next 40 years. Environment Minister Alex Attwood has said tougher targets need to be set. MLAs were asked to record their commitment to passing a climate change law by signing the rugby balls.

Time for more taxes perhaps? Impose a little more cost on business, in order to save the Planet? It’s so farcical it is beyond belief!


By David Vance On May 9th, 2012 at 8:14 am

Controversial: the role of Mary McArdle as advisor led to fury

Good to see such an enlightened approach by the SDLP;

The SDLP is preparing to support new laws being proposed by TUV leader Jim Allister which would ban an adviser to Martin McGuinness from Stormont. The TUV leader’s Private Member’s Bill would bar anyone who has served more than five years in jail from holding office as a Special Adviser (Spad) to a minister. The proposed legislation would remove Paul Kavanagh, Spad of Deputy First Minister Mr McGuinness, from office and bar most other Troubles-era offenders.  SDLP support means that Mr Allister’s Bill would be guaranteed passage through the Assembly and become law.

Further evidence of how effective even ONE man can be in the House of Fools.


By David Vance On May 9th, 2012 at 8:10 am

Philip Tweedie, Maurice Bradley, Graeme McDowell, Arlene Foster and Darren Clarke

When the Northern Ireland Executive crowed that the Irish Open was coming to Portrush, there was universal joy in the media. However one small voice warned that this could lead to financial trouble. Mine. You see the history of this event has proven to be a financial disaster in recent years and those who had hosted it in the Irish Republic were very glad to see it move North. One of their big problems lay in getting sponsorship. Today we discover…

It has emerged that golf’s Irish Open at Royal Portrush still has not managed to attract a principal sponsor from the private sector for the tournament. It gets under way in just six weeks time. The European Tour, which organises the event, said while it does not yet have a lead sponsor, it has had considerable financial support from the executive.

In other words, the taxpayer. I warned that this would be a financial trap and so it is proving. Still, let’s hope Rory does well.


By David Vance On May 8th, 2012 at 8:31 am

Cardinal Sean Brady has apologised to a victim of a paedophile priest

He is out of touch and out of time;

Cardinal Sean Brady last night admitted he was wrong when he failed to tell parents that their children were being abused by Fr Brendan Smyth. The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland also apologised to a victim of the notorious paedophile priest.Brendan Boland was among those targeted by the predatory sex attacker in 1975. Dr Brady also insisted he would not resign despite growing calls for him to do so, many from within the church.

He should show a modicum of humility and go now. The pain caused by Paedo Priests has been horrendous and whilst I fully understand and even accept that Cardinal Brady did what he thought was right AT THE TIME, surely he can see that the right thing to do at this time is to step down? In God’s name, go.


By David Vance On May 3rd, 2012 at 8:31 am

Cardinal Sean Brady

Have to admit but when I watched the popular US Sitcom The Brady Bunch, I don’t remember a Cardinal Brady! However most people here in Northern Ireland are VERY aware of Cardinal Brady and in a live poll on TV last night, 96% called on him to RESIGN as details of more sordid details of sex abuse involving Roman Catholic priests emerged. This follows a  victim of Ireland’s most notorious paedophile priest saying the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, should resign.

Brendan Boland was responding to a BBC This World programme which found Cardinal Brady failed to pass details of sex abuse to police or parents. It found that in 1975, Cardinal Brady had the names and address of children being abused by Fr Brendan Smyth. Smyth, a paedophile, continued to attack children for a further 13 years. Cardinal Brady claimed the BBC exaggerated his authority at that time. He said he had “absolutely no authority over Smyth” and had felt betrayed that those in the Church who had the power to stop Smyth did not do so. Mr Boland told the BBC he thought Cardinal Brady’s refusal to resign was wrong.

Brady can argue all about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin but the fact remains that he clearly failed at a moral level, if not at a practical level, never minding the legal level. The hurt caused by paedophile priests is visceral and I feel so sorry for Mr Boland and those other young kids in the mid-1970’s serially abused by those clerical wolves wearing crosses. Brady could have done more, he should have done more, and he should go and go now. No Church should hesitate to set the moral record clear – that is their duty.


By David Vance On May 1st, 2012 at 9:29 am

Day and night, the British people of Northern Ireland are undermined in so many little ways. Consider this;

Some sixth form school pupils from Northern Ireland who want to go to university in Scotland are being told they can qualify for free tuition, if they have an Irish passport. Scottish students have been granted free tuition and European Union citizens will benefit from the same measure, but not students from other UK countries. English, Welsh and Northern Ireland students would have to pay fees of up to £9,000 a year. However, the dual nationality open to students in Northern Ireland has revealed a loophole.

Three points;

1. Scotland is FORCED to offer free tuition to students from outside the UK, it is not a choice as the BBC report indicates. A little more reporting accuracy would help, BBC.

2. This is a nice little piece of propaganda aimed at subverting the identity of all those Northern Ireland Unionist students who prefer to go to University in Scotland as opposed to the republicanised Universities in Northern Ireland.

3. Maybe ALL local NI students should take advantage of this deal, get this little Irish passports, and ALL go to University in Scotland? This would have the dual benefit of bankrupting Queen’s/NUU/Jordanstown  AND causing Alex Salmond an enormous financial problem.

We’re all Irish now, mon.


By David Vance On April 30th, 2012 at 9:27 am

I enjoyed this article by my friend Jeff Dudgeon;

“Eamon Gilmore’s mischievous remarks at the Alliance Party conference last week can’t have been particularly welcome to his audience who take a different position from nationalists on a local Bill of Rights. Indeed in 2008, the party voted with Unionist MLAs to express “grave concern at the lack of cross-community support” for the Bill of Rights Forum report. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) duly followed up with proposals failing further to achieve cross-community support.

The Tanaiste called for “rights which reflect the principles of mutual respect for the identity and ethos of both communities and parity of esteem” – a phrase from the remit of NIHRC and the Forum. However he seemed unaware that both bodies refused to research such concepts, proposing instead dozens of radical, left wing demands.

The industry simply cannot stop itself doing politics through human rights, not least because it is floating in money from Chuck Feeney’s ‘Atlantic Philanthropies’. The American billionaire funds the Human Rights Consortium as well as NIHRC – until the Secretary of State called a halt. Owen Paterson said he wanted to preserve its independence “which could be compromised were it to start regularly receiving large amounts of money from external sources.”

One wonders if Eamon Gilmore’s officials remembered to advise, as Professor Colin Harvey did in a recent article on ‘The Detail’ website (also funded by Atlantic Philanthropies), that “the Irish Government – in recognition of the concept of equivalence – undertook to mirror the guarantees” on  rights in the Belfast Agreement. Not music to the ears of our cash-strapped neighbour.

Fiona McCausland of the Consortium says (Platform, 24 April) that the Belfast Agreement was an international treaty “which provided for a Bill of Rights that would ‘reflect the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland’.” The Agreement of course did not provide for a Bill. It agreed only to seek advice on the possibility, while the industry ironically fought furiously against restricting that advice to our “particular circumstances.” With so much money could they not originate possible supplementary rights on parading and education, as Mike Nesbitt suggests?

And there the matter will lie pending the slim possibility of a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities coming out of Westminster. The Strasbourg court will instead remain supreme, assuming it weathers the serious storms over Abu Qatada and prisoners votes. No provincial Bill – with provisions that would make Ed Balls blanch – will ever see the light of day.  “