Now tell us something we didnt know

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/4573901.stm

The IRA is still recruiting, training and gathering intelligence, the Independent Monitoring Commission's latest report has said.
It is the fifth report by the body, which monitors the ceasefires of Northern Ireland's paramilitary groups.

The report said new members were being recruited and "trained in the use of firearms and explosives".

It also said the group was heavily involved in activity such as fuel and tobacco smuggling and money laundering.
....and drugs. Or did they think IRATT just go to South America to give the local 'irregulars' WHT's?
 
#2
What is the saying......a leopard never changes its spots :roll: ...there's too much money to be made for the Boyo's to give up arms and their variety of "business's" being run in the name of the Republicanism

Still good to read old Peter Hain stating that the Loyalists are up to much more evil deeds than the lovely IRA :evil:
 
#3
Pre-note: I'm well aware about problems of NI.

Many Britons live outside the UK. Pensioners love Spain. France is very popular too.

Imagine this situation: Ulster is declared as a part of Irish republic. Taking into account that Ireland is member of EU then would Britons be seriously affected?
 
#4
KGB_resident said:
Pre-note: I'm well aware about problems of NI.

Many Britons live outside the UK. Pensioners love Spain. France is very popular too.

Imagine this situation: Ulster is declared as a part of Irish republic. Taking into account that Ireland is member of EU then would Britons be seriously affected?
Yes, because the Britons living in Britain wouldn't be any more.
 
#5
They'd probably be a lot happier if N.I became a part of Germany or even (spit) France. There's a level of, shall we say, antipathy, towards all things Irish within a not insignificant portion of the population.

Anyone who believes that the conflict between the cultures is likely to end, or given the current situation not escalate in the wake of re-unification is apt to recieve a shock.
 
#6
KGB_resident said:
Pre-note: I'm well aware about problems of NI.

Many Britons live outside the UK. Pensioners love Spain. France is very popular too.

Imagine this situation: Ulster is declared as a part of Irish republic. Taking into account that Ireland is member of EU then would Britons be seriously affected?
In the same context would russia be affected by letting go of chechnya :roll:
 
#7
CrapSpy said:
KGB_resident said:
Pre-note: I'm well aware about problems of NI.

Many Britons live outside the UK. Pensioners love Spain. France is very popular too.

Imagine this situation: Ulster is declared as a part of Irish republic. Taking into account that Ireland is member of EU then would Britons be seriously affected?
Yes, because the Britons living in Britain wouldn't be any more.
NI's not Britain CrapSpy, but it is part of the UK. :wink:
 
#8
Biscuits_Brown said:
They'd probably be a lot happier if N.I became a part of Germany or even (spit) France. There's a level of, shall we say, antipathy, towards all things Irish within a not insignificant portion of the population.

Anyone who believes that the conflict between the cultures is likely to end, or given the current situation not escalate in the wake of re-unification is apt to recieve a shock.
Not to be confused with those of us who have made our home in the Province who have absolutely no objections to a purely democratic decision being made about our future boundaries; our objection is most definitely to having a gang of unreconstructed gangster-terrorists in any sort of authority over us. Ever.
 
#9
Not to be confused indeed.

For my own part I'd like to believe that I could live as an ex-pat Brit in any future Unified Ireland. Given my actual area of residence though and the fact that my other half is a Dub. I would imagine that things could get a wee bit hairy with the locals who aren't quite so chuffed about the change.

Remains to be seen and with the recent directions taken by Brit Gov PLC, I might be tempted to brazen it out a bit.

I doubt that any "unreconstituted" types would find any solace within a 32 county Republic, they may in fact find their activities, whatever they may be under considerably closer scrutiny than they are at present.
 
#10
Awol said:
CrapSpy said:
KGB_resident said:
Pre-note: I'm well aware about problems of NI.

Many Britons live outside the UK. Pensioners love Spain. France is very popular too.

Imagine this situation: Ulster is declared as a part of Irish republic. Taking into account that Ireland is member of EU then would Britons be seriously affected?
Yes, because the Britons living in Britain wouldn't be any more.
NI's not Britain CrapSpy, but it is part of the UK. :wink:
Hurrah for Awols political geography exactitude!!

In all seriousness elder generations of my family say that there was a widely held view that joining the EU would result in a United Ireland (whether by de facto osmosis or a general outbreak of "unitedness"). Said elder generations and the people they held these views in common with ranged from pale to deep orange.

THEN, someone had a go at revolution and everyone picked sides.....

The middle class wouldnt bat an eyelid if they thought no one was watching.
If they were convinced it was a better deal the loyalists would go along.
The provos would begin a campaign to unite ardoyne, south armagh and the bogside with the areas occupied by the treaty signing wimps.
 
#11
sweatysock said:
KGB_resident said:
Pre-note: I'm well aware about problems of NI.

Many Britons live outside the UK. Pensioners love Spain. France is very popular too.

Imagine this situation: Ulster is declared as a part of Irish republic. Taking into account that Ireland is member of EU then would Britons be seriously affected?
In the same context would russia be affected by letting go of chechnya :roll:
It is a big separate question (about Chehcnya). I'm interesting namely in situation with NI.

But it would be unpolite to ignore your question. Chechnya was de facto indpendent few years. Chechen president (late mr.Maskhadov) was elected. But Chechnya had not become democratic state, it was an enclave of terrorists and criminals (drugs, kidnapping and so on). At last, Chechen militants crossed border and began offensive outside Chechnya. It was led to so called second Chechen war and present situation.

By contrast, Irish republic is democratic state where no doubt all interests of Britons would be defended. Moreover in special agrement right of British minority could be outlined. I believe that PACE, OSCE, European court for human rights are powerfull enough instruments and there would be no problem for Britons to live in Irish Republic.

Btw, several year ago (in Soviet times) I met one Irishman (Dennis) from Limeric. I showed to him most beautiful stations of Moscow's Metro and he answered that our Merto in London is good too. I had an impression that he regarded the UK as his country too.

PS.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/503801.stm

Four engineers were starved of food and water, repeatedly beaten, and decapitated after being kidnapped by an armed gang while working in Chechnya, an inquest was told.

Verdicts of unlawful killing were recorded on the victims Darren Hickey, 26, Rudolf Petschi, 42, Peter Kennedy, 46, and Stanley Shaw, 58, who were abducted from a house near Grozny where they had been working to install a telecommunication system.

Relatives of the dead men wept as details of their horrific injuries were revealed at Westminster Coroner's Court.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1663278.stm

Osama Bin Laden had links to the Chechen guerrillas thought to be behind the murder of three British telecoms workers, the BBC has learned.
 
#12
KGB_resident said:
sweatysock said:
KGB_resident said:
Pre-note: I'm well aware about problems of NI.

Many Britons live outside the UK. Pensioners love Spain. France is very popular too.

Imagine this situation: Ulster is declared as a part of Irish republic. Taking into account that Ireland is member of EU then would Britons be seriously affected?
In the same context would russia be affected by letting go of chechnya :roll:
It is a big separate question (about Chehcnya). I'm interesting namely in situation with NI.

But it would be unpolite to ignore your question. Chechnya was de facto indpendent few years. Chechen president (late mr.Maskhadov) was elected. But Chechnya had not become democratic state, it was an enclave of terrorists and criminals (drugs, kidnapping and so on). At last, Chechen militants crossed border and began offensive outside Chechnya. It was led to so called second Chechen war and present situation.

By contrast, Irish republic is democratic state where no doubt all interests of Britons would be defended. Moreover in special agrement right of British minority could be outlined. I believe that PACE, OSCE, European court for human rights are powerfull enough instruments and there would be no problem for Britons to live in Irish Republic.

Btw, several year ago (in Soviet times) I met one Irishman (Dennis) from Limeric. I showed to him most beautiful stations of Moscow's Metro and he answered that our Merto in London is good too. I had an impression that he regarded the UK as his country too.

PS.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/503801.stm

Four engineers were starved of food and water, repeatedly beaten, and decapitated after being kidnapped by an armed gang while working in Chechnya, an inquest was told.

Verdicts of unlawful killing were recorded on the victims Darren Hickey, 26, Rudolf Petschi, 42, Peter Kennedy, 46, and Stanley Shaw, 58, who were abducted from a house near Grozny where they had been working to install a telecommunication system.

Relatives of the dead men wept as details of their horrific injuries were revealed at Westminster Coroner's Court.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1663278.stm

Osama Bin Laden had links to the Chechen guerrillas thought to be behind the murder of three British telecoms workers, the BBC has learned.
There's also the point that (IMO) a majority of Brits at least distrust, if not completely loathe the EU (as a government structure). It's trying to be a super-state, but without a public mandate to do so. It's un-democratic, corrupt, in-efficient and unwanted. It's pretty much only loved by politicians because it forms a future career path after they finish in national politics. certinly in UK politics the Commissioners are washed politicans (Kinnock or Patten) or those who have been kicked out for corruption (Mandelsson). I certainly won't trust that shower of poo with NI.
 
#14
Back to the original posting.

Let's get it straight, non of the groups will ever disband. Orange or Green they will merely turn into somekind of underground criminal system, where they may work together even.

They still want their perks, ie holidays in spain, and they still want cash for not working. So they sign on the British dole, sell crack, pimp protitutes and demand protection money from now until whenever.

That's providing they don't return to their terrorist ways.

And tony will grin, and hand jive and welcome them in to parliment.
 
#15
I don't think the IRA will ever give up their 'lifestyle'. As terrorists, they're 'somebody'; to be feared, in power, power over life and death, etc. Even if they succeed, they're left out of the transformation because of the very tactics used to get their cause into power. If they stop, they're a 'nobody'; if they win, they're a 'nobody'. If they just continue the struggle, they remain a 'somebody' to fear. I wonder how many even remember or know why they're fighting...

That's why I fully support no statute of limitations for terrorists or their acts. Find the b*stards and pile on; pound on them until the survivors quit.

I just wish there was some way to strangle off the support coming out of the USA for the IRA.
 
#16
Tracy-Paul , a damn fine post.

Now if you could just lobby your congressman and spread the word?

Has State listed the IRA as a terrorist organisation yet?
 
#17
Tracy-Paul said:
I don't think the IRA will ever give up their 'lifestyle'. As terrorists, they're 'somebody'; to be feared, in power, power over life and death, etc. Even if they succeed, they're left out of the transformation because of the very tactics used to get their cause into power. If they stop, they're a 'nobody'; if they win, they're a 'nobody'. If they just continue the struggle, they remain a 'somebody' to fear. I wonder how many even remember or know why they're fighting...

That's why I fully support no statute of limitations for terrorists or their acts. Find the b*stards and pile on; pound on them until the survivors quit.

I just wish there was some way to strangle off the support coming out of the USA for the IRA.
Sounds just like Arafat, and nicely explains why he turned down being given 90% of what he asked for on a plate at Camp David.
 
#18
Perhaps we should suggest that militant groups simply opt for a programme of 'Force Re-Structuring', with emphasis on a technically-ambitious, network-centric, rapidly-deployable terrorism?

Then have them sent to some fly-blown sh#thole as part of a 'sustainable' overseas deployment...
 
#19
KGB_resident said:
Pre-note: I'm well aware about problems of NI.

Many Britons live outside the UK. Pensioners love Spain. France is very popular too.

Imagine this situation: Ulster is declared as a part of Irish republic. Taking into account that Ireland is member of EU then would Britons be seriously affected?
Pedantic of me I'm sure, but I would point out that it is incorrect to refer to Northern Ireland as 'Ulster', on account of the fact that the province of Ulster is comprised of nine counties, three of which are in the Republic of Ireland. Taken in these terms, their are more Catholics (i.e. 'Irish') in the province of Ulster than Protestants (i.e. 'British').....I am being somewhat simplistic here.

"From a chap whose ancestors were Ulstermen long before the present crop of carpet baggers' ancestors decided to come over on the coat tails of James I's land-grabbers and Cromwell's Roundheads" :D

With regard to a 'United Ireland' - God preserve us! Haven't we enough problems!
 
#20
gallowglass said:
Pedantic of me I'm sure, but I would point out that it is incorrect to refer to Northern Ireland as 'Ulster', on account of the fact that the province of Ulster is comprised of nine counties, three of which are in the Republic of Ireland.
Thanks. It's not a pedantic but very valuable remark.

gallowglass said:
Taken in these terms, their are more Catholics (i.e. 'Irish') in the province of Ulster than Protestants (i.e. 'British').....I am being somewhat simplistic here.
I understand what you mean to say, though Catholics in NI are citizens of the UK i.e. British. And now too few really believe in God, so it would be more right to say about Catholic atheists and Protestant atheists.

gallowglass said:
"From a chap whose ancestors were Ulstermen long before the present crop of carpet baggers' ancestors decided to come over on the coat tails of James I's land-grabbers and Cromwell's Roundheads" :D

With regard to a 'United Ireland' - God preserve us! Haven't we enough problems!
This conflict in NI is very strange. Ireland and the UK are two democratic countries. There are no political or economical tensions between them. As I know among foreingers from EU who prefer to live in the UK the Irish is the biggest group. All in Ireland speak English and half even don't understand Irish. Why it is impossible to form a confederation of the UK and Ireland? In context of this confederation Irealand would be united (and divided if Ireland would quit).

Agree that ethnically Irish who live in NI feel themself abused because nobody asked them where they prefer to live. It is a real problem.

PS. Btw, have inhabitants of NI right for dual (Irish-British) citizenship? Is issue of Great Irish parliamnet discussed?
 

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