McCartney intimidation growing


McCartney intimidation 'growing'

Mr Commander was attacked in the Short Strand
Relatives of murdered man Robert McCartney say the IRA intimidation campaign against them is intensifying.
They said republicans were responsible for beating up a close friend of their murdered brother in Belfast on Monday.

About 150 people gathered outside his partner's house in east Belfast's Short Strand in support of the family.

They were also supporting their friend Jeff Commander. Sinn Fein denied republicans were responsible for attacking him and splitting his head.

His wife, Sinead, said: "They tried to murder him. They came like the Ku Klux Klan.

"They came through Clandeboye Drive when my husband and myself were walking through to go home and they attacked him.

"They tried to get him to the ground. He held onto the rails and I was with him.

"There was eight of them. One of them had a knife and if they had got him to the ground he would have come into me in a box."

Sinead Commander compared the attackers to the Ku Klux Klan
Robert's sister Paula also said republicans were using the distraction of recent loyalist violence to step up their attempts to drive them out.

Mr McCartney, 33, was stabbed outside a Belfast pub in January.

His sister Paula McCartney said Jeff Commander was set upon by a group of men armed with iron bars and sewer rods.

"One of them had a knife. We firmly believe that only for the intervention of local people that knife would have been used and we would have a carbon copy of Robert's murder," she said.

'Needs to stop'

On Tuesday night, a crowd picketed the home where Robert McCartney's partner Bridgeen Hagans and her children live. The family are blaming republicans.

Sinn Fein called for an end to all intimidation of the family and the party insisted no members of the IRA were involved.

A vigil was held outside the house of Bridgeen Hagans

The party's Martin McGuinness said he would be shocked if IRA members were involved.

However, the McCartneys insisted there were republicans trying to drive members of the family out of the area - and they say it needed to be stopped.

Mr McCartney's sisters and partner have held a number of meetings with high profile politicians in their campaign for justice over the killing.

In March, they met US President George Bush at the White House in Washington.
Lets just say if i was them i would be welding my letterbox shut about now! 8O

How low can these republican (and lets not beat around the bush, thats what they are) scum go?
These men may have 'dis-armed'but there is no way they are going to relinquish the hold they have on'republican'areas and untill more people follow the McCartney's example it will not stop.Shame on the Police for not doing more to bring such PIRA trash to book.
The problem with a united Ireland that the Republicans don't like to talk about is whether the sensible Irishmen will want to unite with the nutters. Frankly, who in the Republic would want the ****ing place?
Hear, hear. I for one have no wish to be 'united' with the assorted Loyalist and Republican chavscum which seem to infest Northern Ireland. Apart from the minor consideration that unification would probably cause the economy and infrastructure of the Republic to collapse, civil war would be a considerable possibility, as I don't imagine that a million unionists would appreciate being 'bounced' into such an arrangement; and Sinn Féin/PIRA would then truly have the run of the country to do as they wished. To those who will doubtless ridicule my reference to civil war, I would point to the apparent calm of the Balkans before the balloon went up in the early nineties. Either way, I would rather not take the risk. Doubtless the Peace Process fetishists would relish the opportunity to 'test out' a united Ireland, but I believe that the island is a long way from being ready for such a step.

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