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Congratulations to the Irish police force for arresting alleged IRA chief of staff Thomas "Slab" Murphy at his home. He complained of chest pains and was taken to hospital, but was discharged and will appear in court later. (Poor dear) Murphy is due to face nine charges of failing to file tax returns under the Taxes Consolidation Act. He lives on a farm close to the border at Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, in County Louth. The bureau has been investigating his financial affairs for three years and has twice searched his home.

Of course it is not just the financial trail of the IRA "chief of staff" that should concern us but rather all the terrorism he commanded. However any means of getting such an individual behind bars has to be welcomed.

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  1. David –

    Sky News has announced that Murphy was checked by a doctor and then at a hospital for these chest pains. On both occasions nothing was found wrong. "That’s a shame" I thought, but then he needs to be alive to one day face true justice for his crimes.

  2. I am glad you put this post up because I have a point to make that I didn’t want to make on the Enniskillen thread which should be reserved for the memory of those that lost their lives in that incident.

    Civilized people can read ATW and see a tribute to the innocents who lost their lives at Enniskillen 20 years ago. Then they can go to Balrog (site of Dresden expert Chris Gaskin) and see the celebration of IRA members who blew themselves up 50 years ago and no mention of the dead of Enniskillen.

    Are more words needed?

  3. I just read it Mahons.
    I agree with what Jo said. ( That might be a first!). The 20th anniversary of Enniskillen is something that should be remembered by all, no matter what their political beliefs are.
    It was a sad sad day for us all, more so for those who do not recognise that fact.

  4. "Slab".
    What a moniker!
    Probably shortened from ‘paving-slab’.
    As in, ‘as thick as a…..’

  5. What would be the point of me posting on Enniskillen?

    It would be described as crocodile tears, despite the fact that I have never been a member of Oglaiagh Na hÉireann and was only 3 at the time of Enniskillen.

    Edentubber happenned in 1957, 30 years before Enniskillen. It’s located just 2 miles over the road from me. This year marks the 50th Anniversary and family members of one of those who died live 2 houses down from me.

    Why wouldn’t I post on it????

    Mahons you can stick your "civilised" bullshit up your arse! You are sounding more and more like a UUP type every day.

    Bernard

    He is called "slab" because it’s a family nickname, designed to distinguish between the other Murphy families in South Armagh. Be they the Corney Murphy’s of Dromintee, the Nelly Murphy’s of Mullaghbawn or the Slab Murphy’s of Ballinghbiney.

  6. Bernard,

    I read he was called slab, because he used to be a big guy, a ‘big slab of a man’. Can’t remember where I read it – it was ages ago, but I’m glad they got him-even if its only for dodging the tax man. Better that than nothing.

  7. ”Mahons you can stick your "civilised" bullshit up your arse! You are sounding more and more like a UUP type every day.”

    lovely!! Mahons happens to be a nice guy and if he is sounding like the UUP better that than a nutter like you.

  8. Chris: You may have been three years old at the time of Enniskillen. While you may have aged physically, I’d suggest that your comment above would indicate that you have not aged with any maturity beyond that of a three year old since that time.

    I wouldn’t suggest that you publish anything on Enniskillen on your site. Your site is not worthy.

    As for the Edentubber incident, it is clearly suitable for your website, and I think it would be inconsistent of you not to glorify IRA bombers who blew themselves up. We have the consolation that unlike their wretched comrades thirty years later, at least the Edentubber bombers didn’t have the opportunity to kill innocent civilians.

  9. Mahons, you have been accused of being mealy-mouthed in the past. No such problem today!

  10. You’re kidding Charles?! Mahons mealy-mouthed? No, not our Lawyerman, he’s quite pointed when serious.

  11. Daphne,An accusiation made on "another site. I know our Yankee boy better than that though!

  12. Charles: What greater tribute could one man have than to be considered Plastic Paddy scum by the departed Andrew McCann AND a UUP type by Mr. Gaskin?

    My cup runneth over.

  13. Mahons

    "I wouldn’t suggest that you publish anything on Enniskillen on your site. Your site is not worthy."

    Then why did you post the following

    "no mention of the dead of Enniskillen"

    I referred to you as UUP type because of your ridiculous suggestion that "Civilized people can read ATW". It’s quite similar to the UUP’s "Decent people Vote Ulster Unionist"

    I care not for your opinion of my site, no one forces you to read it.

  14. Daphne

    You come out with some wonderful phrases. I’m sure the Piss and vinegar one is a compliment, althought it doesn’t sound like it.

  15. Chris, I thought you enjoyed arguing with Andrew, you did it with such verbal gusto. Those were fights to behold!

  16. Chris: I’ll make it easier for you – I was not suggesting what you should have done, I was offering a comparison between what you posted and what ATW posted. The contrast says the rest.

  17. Chris, that was a sad day for this spectator. I guess Andrew got tired of making the same arguments repeatedly. But the writing was superb, I loved it.

    I liked your post on Lawyers at your site. It was a very good read.

  18. ”Balrog is a Republican site.”

    No blarag is a crap site where people go to rip the back out of DV and ATW, where you post up memorials to dead volunteers on the 20th anniversary of the enniskillen bomb,for which the IRA apologised for and which shows you pretty much have no decorum or decency. Edentubber could have waited until tomorrow considering the day that was in it.

    Then you have the front to come here and complain about trolls comment on martin meehan.

    If you want respect for your site, show some respect toward the other community and then you’ll get some back. Thats what this process is supposed to be about, a shared future.

  19. typhoo – in fairness chris stopped the atw baiting among some of his regulars – and got a lot of stick for it.

    I agree though that a post on enniskillen would have been better than one commemorating some guys from 50 odd years ago. He would have got stick in terms of "crocodile tears" but that is not a robust excuse.

  20. ”typhoo – in fairness chris stopped the atw baiting among some of his regulars – and got a lot of stick for it.”

    He allowed it to run for long enough.

  21. Typhoo, you apparently haven’t visited Chris’s site recently. He has a post up banning any negative comments about David and ATW. He is trying to correct that issue.

    As far as memorial posts on tragedies, it’s his blog he can do as he likes. Don’t visit it if you don’t agree with him. Or visit it and agrue with him.

    Since ATW has endured many of your verbal rampages on David, ATW, and commenters at this site, (two posts completely deleted because of you) you ought to consider the hypocrisy of some of the comments you just made.

  22. You madam are not someone I wish to respond to. Considering the comment you made about strapping on a tool, you ought to go and wash your mouth out with soap. You are a foul coarse individual, you tried to organise a withch hunt and failed. I’d much rather be a hypocrite than have a mouth like a foul sewer and turn threads into chatrooms.

    Now if you like comment on what I say, other than that – DO NOT respond to me. You are – for a woman- trying too much to be one of the boys and embarrassing yourself in the process.

  23. "where you post up memorials to dead volunteers on the 20th anniversary of the enniskillen bomb"

    Edentubber happenned on the 11th November 1957, 30 years before Enniskillen. I have attended the Edentubber commemoration for as long as I can remember. Thousands attend it every year. This year marks the 50th Anniversary and promises to be the the biggest crowd yet.

    That is why I blogged on the subject

    "Then you have the front to come here and complain about trolls comment on martin meehan."

    When did I ever call for dogs to piss on the grave of the victims??? A little perspective please.

    Anyone who reads Slugger will know that I have condemed the IRA action in Enniskillen before. Its a shame on Republicanism in the same way as the massacre in Kingsmill.

    "I agree though that a post on enniskillen would have been better than one commemorating some guys from 50 odd years ago"

    Enniskillen was 20 years ago, does that fact that it was that long mean it shouldn’t be remembered??

    FFS Unionists still remember 1690

    "He allowed it to run for long enough."

    Because I believe in Free Speech, is that a bad thing??

  24. Anyone who puts the effort in to run their own blog is entitled to allow it to develop however they wish it too. While I completely disagree with Chris’s views on the legitimacy and necessity of the IRAs violent campaign I fully accept his right to express the views he has , and to argue with his detractors both on his site and here.

  25. Yes Daphne, how dare you move from Typhoo’s outdated pedestal myth of womanhood. How dare you speak your mind in language you are comfortable with.

    Now back to the kitchen with you, men are talking.

    Typhoo, grow up!

  26. ”Edentubber happenned on the 11th November 1957”

    Then why did you not wait until the 11th instead of today the 20th anniversary of the bomb?

    ”"Then you have the front to come here and complain about trolls comment on martin meehan."

    When did I ever call for dogs to piss on the grave of the victims??? A little perspective please.”

    The point being if you want respect for the dead, show respect for the dead of others.

    ”He allowed it to run for long enough."

    Because I believe in Free Speech, is that a bad thing??”

    How long has it been going on? In truth you know its been running not just recently has it? Does free speech equal repetitive speech?

  27. Chris, someone let’s her escape from the attic way too often. She’s our resident madwoman.

  28. ”Yes Daphne, how dare you move from Typhoo’s outdated pedestal myth of womanhood. How dare you speak your mind in language you are comfortable with.

    Now back to the kitchen with you, men are talking.

    Typhoo, grow up!”

    LOL from someone who ran down women because they were ‘knackers’.

    How’s that for a grown up boy? You really are a comedian aren’t you?

  29. A couple of weeks ago Patty and Mahons squared up for a good old catfight but it fizzled out. Now Daphne and Typhoo have an opportunity to give us a really good spectactle. Do not dissapoint me girls…

    DING DING SECONDS OUT , ROUND 3

  30. ”Chris, someone let’s her escape from the attic way too often. She’s our resident madwoman.”

    I’d much rather be mad than sad. Any woman who roams cyber space with a mouth like that needs pity, shes has to be pretty bloody desperate for something.

  31. Tsk tsk tsk Typhoo, forget to take your meds? Maybe you ought to go curl up with your Care Bear and calm down, your eyes are rolling and the spits flying from the corner of your mouth.

    Unattractive at best.

  32. ”Tsk tsk tsk Typhoo, forget to take your meds? Maybe you ought to go curl up with your Care Bear and calm down, your eyes are rolling and the spits flying from the corner of your mouth.

    Unattractive at best.”

    I’m not that unattractive that I have to make a verbal whore out of myself like you.

    Did your mother teach you the tool comment or did you learn it at the docks?

  33. Oh well. I still like old Chris even when his anatomical suggestions for my ideas would be uncomfortable, to say the least.

    Colm -you haven’t had a good Ali-Frazier fight yourself for a while. Get in there man!

  34. Back to the topic Typhoo – haven’t you attacked David, ATW, Posters, and commenters. Here’s a hint: yesterday.

    You’re right, unattractive isn’t the best adjective – completely unhinged is much more appropriate

  35. Mahons

    No No, I am refereeing this one, and I think both girls are doing well so far, but they need to sharpen their nails a bit more, they’re still just jabbing each other, we need a few more hard WALLOPS ..

    Over to the girls….

  36. "Chris: ATW honored the innocent dead and Balrog honored the guilty.

    Simple."

    Not really, Balrog honoured Irelands patriot dead and will continue to do so, even in the face of yankie opposition.

    "Then why did you not wait until the 11th instead of today the 20th anniversary of the bomb"

    Because I am going to the march on the 11th and the function after it.

    "The point being if you want respect for the dead, show respect for the dead of others"

    When have I ever not shown respect for the dead of others?

    "How long has it been going on? In truth you know its been running not just recently has it? Does free speech equal repetitive speech?"

    I asked them to desisit before that, ask Phantom he can verify. I waited untill they were destroying every Balrog thread. That’s when I curtailed the Free Speech on Balrog. It was not a decision I took lightly.

    "from someone who ran down women because they were ‘knackers’"

    I simply informed Mahons that I have never and would never date a knacker, I would also never date a stoop. That doesn’t mean that I am running down women.

  37. Typhoo: Language please. The Yellow Rose of Texas is just giving you a breather. I haven’t had this much fun since the Hannah-Thurman fight in Kill Bill 2.

  38. "I still like old Chris even when his anatomical suggestions for my ideas would be uncomfortable, to say the least."

    LOL

    Lads, 50 quid on Daphne. Northern Bank notes though

  39. Alison goes to too many sites to see too many big swinging dicks, hence she thinks she is macho. Perhaps a real big swinging dick would allieviate the aggro she suffers.
    Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 10:23AM | Typhoo

    Alison dear, try out a real one luv – it may help solve the problem.
    Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 10:30AM | Typhoo

  40. ”You’re right, unattractive isn’t the best adjective – completely unhinged is much more appropriate”

    I’m not that unhinged I post comments about women strapping on tools to be men am I?

    Back to the topic, Alison, mishandled a sensitive issue of enniskillen and we had a heated discussion on it. We came away amiable enough.

    As to David Vance, I have no problem with David and I don’t think he has with me. We have disagreed strongly in past not surprising considering our backgrounds.

    As to anyone else, its got what to do with you?

    Don’t you turn threads into chat rooms and talk dirty to the boys. Aren’t you the only woman on ATW who does it, I wonder why you do it?

    Unhinged? Unhappy? Unsatisfied?

  41. And in comes a third fighter… to deliver a knockout blow against Typhoo. The ring has never seen anything like it, the crowd are going wild …

  42. Alison goes to too many sites to see too many big swinging dicks, hence she thinks she is macho. Perhaps a real big swinging dick would allieviate the aggro she suffers.
    Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 10:23AM | Typhoo

    Alison dear, try out a real one luv – it may help solve the problem.
    Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 10:30AM | Typhoo

    Ah come on daphne? Two handles.. tut tut…

    Alison and I had it out, and became amiable enough afterwards. We were talking yesterday.

    Behave…

  43. Chris: As Bogart said we’ll always have Paris, allow me to say we’ll always have the Six Counties trick I invented to bypass old Andrew’s prohibition.

    Colm: Surely you can instigate more trouble. Go get Patty and tell her someone wrote that Bill Clinton wasn’t a communist on this thread.

  44. Typhoo

    You gotta admit, whether that was Daphne or not, you were caught out bang to rights. You can get as ‘potty mouthed’ as anyone else , and so what, we’re all adults.

    I DECLARE DAPHNE THE WINNER. referee’s decision , no appeal allowed.

  45. Short Memory – Bravo! You got any more?

    Come on Typhoo, is that the best you can do? Has Nurse Ratchet got your tongue tied? Is memory loss a side effect of your mental condition? Think hard now, what was it you wrote yesterday?

  46. Typhoo

    You gotta admit, whether that was Daphne or not, you were caught out bang to rights. You can get as ‘potty mouthed’ as anyone else , and so what, we’re all adults.

    I DECLARE DAPHNE THE WINNER. referee’s decision , no appeal allowed.

    Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 10:21PM

    LOL that comment re alisons site was a quote used by her re big swing dicks. I repeated what she said. Theres getting potty mouthed, and then theres verbal whoring, like daffy duck does. She does it matter of course, I’d much prefer not to.

    Shes down and out.

  47. "allow me to say we’ll always have the Six Counties trick I invented to bypass old Andrew’s prohibition"

    Indeed lol

    "however I am always happy to swing and ring my bell again for anyone"

    That’s the problem πŸ˜‰

  48. ”Short Memory – Bravo! You got any more?

    Come on Typhoo, is that the best you can do? Has Nurse Ratchet got your tongue tied? Is memory loss a side effect of your mental condition? Think hard now, what was it you wrote yesterday?”

    Do you post on blarag? repetitive again. this was answered, is that it???lol

    Amnesia or memory loss via STD of the mouth?

  49. ”"however I am always happy to swing and ring my bell again for anyone"”

    Why do you think daphne is defending you, shes desperate?

    lol

  50. Colm has spoken (or is it written?).

    In any event, the combination of religion, politics, nationality, race, creed, history, gender and tea preference has once again demonstrated that once everyone accepts my voice as the word of God we can all get along peacefully. Until that happy day, I bid you goodnight.

  51. Mahons,

    "I haven’t had this much fun since the Hannah-Thurman fight in Kill Bill 2."

    Mental note: update DVD rental list.

    Lisa, if the Bible has taught us nothing else — and it hasn’t — it’s that girls should stick to girl’s sports, such as hot oil wrestling and foxy boxing and such and such.
    — Homer Simpson

  52. Goodnight mahons… I suppose you better get home to the missus before Daphne and Typhoo start the naked mud wrestling…

  53. errr that was chris’ quote. lol

    good night colm, don’t let the bugs bite. I’m off too. since shes down and out.

  54. Thought your keepers locked you back up typhoo.

    But, since you’re back, why are you so defensive (and non-apologetic) about your attack on Alison. You really think she’s okay with what you said to her? Are you completely dilusional?

  55. ”Thought your keepers locked you back up typhoo.

    But, since you’re back, why are you so defensive (and non-apologetic) about your attack on Alison. You really think she’s okay with what you said to her? Are you completely dilusional?”

    I’ve been here posting madam strap the tool on, thought you’d gone off searching the archives again….what happened between alison and I is between alison and I and you had only arrived and hadn’t seen the post in question had u cyber dirty mouth?

  56. Just observing Typhoos dislike for a "potty mouth", am I the only one who gets a mental image of Typhoo tied up with a small turnip in his/her mouth in pink pvc wishing to be called a bitch??

  57. Typhoo.

    Comments on blogs can never be just between 2 people.It’s like having sex in the middle of Piccadilly Circus and expecting no-one to watch..

  58. Ah chris and of course his objection to alisons piture and thread on women politicians talking their clothes off

    You sounded pretty nasty about women there too chris for someone so young…problem?

  59. "You might not need to imagine.. there might be photographs :)"

    LOL, oh dear god! won’t somebody think of the children, please think of the children!!

    "No, My one was in Leicester Square :)"

    Ah, beside the fountain? πŸ˜‰

  60. Colm, a pox on you for egging on girl on girl just to satiate your own sexual appetites! Doing it for mine however is OK!

  61. Ah, beside the fountain? πŸ˜‰

    no you in a rattly caravan with a knacker….stuff of your dreams

  62. "Ah chris and of course his objection to alisons piture and thread on women politicians talking their clothes off"

    I vote for politicans based on how capable they are not on how big their chests are. What they did was to demean themselves.

    "You sounded pretty nasty about women there too chris for someone so young…"

    How could I be nasty about women, I love women? No problem here. Thanks for the concern though

  63. ‘what happened between alison and I is between alison and I ‘

    The comments on the soldier thread show otherwise. it isnt between you and her. its obvious shes not OK with what you said. pity she deleted that post. you were vile to the girl.

  64. Typhoo: It is like a car accident, I can’t turn away. A suggestion – detente.

    Charles – Colm stirred your sexual appetites without mentioning livestock? Are you really from Texas?

  65. no you in a rattly caravan with a knacker….stuff of your dreams"

    Such langauge, and me an innocent catholic chap, tut-tut.

    I’ll have a word with the holy father….You ought not to be up this late.

    Off with you!

  66. what happened between alison and I is between alison and I ‘

    The comments on the soldier thread show otherwise. it isnt between you and her. its obvious shes not OK with what you said. pity she deleted that post. you were vile to the girl.

    lol come out come out who ever you are…..lol

  67. "I’ll have a word with the holy father….You ought not to be up this late"

    Is your father a ghost or do you converse with the almighty? either way you are clearly unhinged

  68. ”Is your father a ghost or do you converse with the almighty? either way you are clearly unhinged”

    lol unhinged only a little, if I were fully unhinged I’d be posting on your blog……to do that one would need to be desperately unhinged.

  69. Much as I’m loathe to leave this hilarious thread, I’m afraid I too am off to bed..

    Sweet dreams everyone, WHATEVER you all dream about !

    Good night.

  70. All,

    This post is not on topie and to be honest all the arguing depresses me. The best of ATW is found on the Enniskillen thread and can I ask you all to calm down and reflect on things that really matter, and not the silliness that permeates this post. No more posts off topic.

  71. ‘Alison, mishandled a sensitive issue of enniskillen and we had a heated discussion on it. We came away amiable enough’

    Bullshit. I put up a post that *wasnt about* Enniskillen, you read way too much into a NON opinion piece – lost the plot and we are no way ‘amiable’. Thanks to Short Memory for the reminder of just the kind of bullshitting bitch you really are.

  72. You are welcome Alison. I was short memory. Normally I do not read Typhoo’s posts ( since her Oct.9th comments to you), but in this case I went back to see what was going on- from reading Daphne’s and others.
    I find it best to put people like her on ignore, as she is likely to say anything at all. No boundaries.

  73. Now theres a surprise, Pinky the impersonator who hadn’t even read the post in question. Goes to show how much integerity that reptile has. NO back bone to face an opponent LOL. Skunking in the shadows pretending to be someone else. No boundaries!

    As to you Alison, Overtures from both Ernest and I were made and you went off in a huff. Talk abhout an OTT reaction. As you can see DV did do a more appropriate post – are you sore about that? lol

    Your departure was even smaller than Andrews.

  74. No not sore at all about that Typhoo – you were told that David would post about it but continued to have a go at me. If it had been an opinion piece then thats different. However it was a simple post, clearly a fact piece and nothing more – on a series of dates – the posts ran on ATW every week, well before you showed up to create nasty issues at every turn. It in no way merited the kind of abuse meted out by you precisely BECAUSE of the issue you were accusing me of denigrating. It NO WAY reflected how i feel about that tragedy. In spite of your attempts to paint me as someone i am not. If for some reason this whole rotten business of yours sits well with you and you feel it is justified then that is a reflection on you, not me. Im deeply hurt that someone could try and make an issue out of something so tragic and make me out to be someone i am not over such an issue. Even when explained to you you refused to take that on board and even now continue to insist something that isnt. Its me as a person that is being smeared by you openly. Ive every right to put that straight.

  75. As I said a OTT reaction. We’ve been thru all this on another thread.

    This is my last post in this thread on this issue Alison.

    Now hence forth I’m doing as I’m told and staying on topic.

  76. Yours was the OTT reaction on my post. Beyond OTT it was vile. It wasnt an opinion piece that i put up.
    It was not warranted, was deeply personal and was designed by you to be as hurtful as possible in accusing me of all sorts over Enniskillen. It is precisely that which has prompted this. To imply something about someone over such a horrific issue and continue to maintain that is the case even now is insane. We havent been through all this – because you havent withdrawn your accusations.

  77. I’m not playing ball with you Alison. We’ve been thru this a few times already. DV did a good post on it. Why don’t you comment in it,

    Last comment Alison, in this thread, its boring, and DV has asked now twice for people to stay on topic. That is what I intend to do.

    Thats it.

  78. You really are a piece of work Typhoo. I expressed no opinion and it was not a tribute post. It was factual and that was it. You were told David would do a good post on it. You were too busy telling everyone, over and over, how shit ATW and I was, remember? Its not about ‘playing ball’ – its about accepting your projected opinion of my view of that awful event was completely and utterly wrong and misdirected. It was deeply hurtful to me. You know it was. That you find that ‘boring’ says it all really.

    Thanks Pinky & Daphne. Apologies David. No more to be said.

  79. Just drop it, guys. This arguments so hashed out that it’s soup. Live to fight another day.

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