Monday, October 27, 2014

Gerry Adams Letter, Sex Abuse, Sinn Fein, PIRA, Sinn Fein President

Gerry Adams Letter

Mairia Cahill Rape

The rape of Maíria Cahill took place in 1997, after the IRA had declared its second and sustained ceasefire. The alleged “kangaroo court” was in 1999, a year after Sinn Féin signed up to the Belfast Agreement and at a time when moves were under way to create the Police Service of Northern Ireland and many 'republicans had went to the trouble of writing An Garda Siochana on the dry concrete walls of the old RUC stations.
That was also the same year Adams was telling his party ardfheis in Dublin, “Scandals of child abuse have infected some of the main institutions, and the extent of the cover-ups have shocked many citizens.”

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Budget 2015, Business, Economy, Martin Shanahan, Michael Noonan, Richard Bruton, Departments Of Finance, IDA Ireland, Europe

Ministers in talks to reassure key foreign firms on closure of ‘Double Irish’

State agencies and Government Ministers and officials have launched a co-ordinated campaign of letters and phone calls to senior executives of foreign multinationals, to reassure them that Ireland remains a top destination for investment following the budget.

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton hosted a conference call with officials and executives from up to 60 US multinationals yesterday afternoon, to discuss some of the measures that might affect them.

On Tuesday, Martin Shanahan, the chief executive of the inward investment agency IDA Ireland, also wrote to about 1,000 companies to explain the State’s budget proposals relating to foreign direct investment.

The IDA is also preparing briefing materials on the budget measures for Irish embassies, which are used by the Government to help sell the country to foreign investors.

Sources suggested to The Irish Times yesterday that Michael Noonan, the Minister for Finance, also spoke over the phone directly with certain multinational chief executives to discuss the budget. It was not possible to confirm this with the Minister’s advisers last night, however.

Several measures within Tuesday’s budget will impact directly upon Ireland’s attractiveness as a foreign investment destination, including the closure of the controversial “Double Irish” tax avoidance scheme.

Other measures included fresh incentives to stimulate investment in research and development, tax incentives for intellectual property and the extension of the Special Assignee Relief Programme tax breaks for foreign executives who relocate to Ireland.

Mr Bruton’s teleconference yesterday formed the cornerstone of what one official insisted is a campaign of “positive engagement” to press home Ireland’s perceived advantages over its rivals and the new incentives in the budget. It is understood the teleconference was conducted on an off-the-record basis, and officials would not be drawn on which companies took part or what was discussed.

It is understood, however, the companies were all based on the west coast of the US, where most of the biggest technology giants are located. It would therefore seem likely that as well as the new incentives in budget, the Double Irish closure would have cropped up on the call.
Mr Bruton was joined on the call by Mr Shanahan of the IDA, as well as officials from the departments of Finance, Justice and the Revenue.

“We had a very positive engagement,” Mr Bruton told The Irish Times following the call. “I’m even more confident now than I was 24 hours ago that, with the [budget] measures, we will increase the attractiveness of our regime.”

More discussions

The Minister is also scheduled to fly to the US in two weeks for discussions with executives from east coast firms.

Meanwhile, Mr Shanahan’s letter to 1,000 IDA clients on Tuesday evening highlighted that the 12.5 per cent rate of corporation tax is “settled policy and will not change”.

The letter referred to the closure of the Double Irish: “As the global landscape is evolving, Ireland has decided to change its corporate residency rules . . . IDA strongly believes that this will provide a reputations benefit for Ireland and our clients.”

IDA also said its staff in Europe and the US will contact all of their clients this week to discuss the budget measures. “We’re now in a position where current investors and potential investors know what Ireland’s corporation tax regime will look like post-Beps (base erosion and profit shifting).

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Paul Gallagher murder, Navan Gardai, Meath murder, Meath News

Paul Gallagher Murder

Gardai investigating the murder of 26 year old Paul Gallagher, whose body was found in Ballymacan outside Collon, are appealing for information on the journey he may have taken in a red Volkswagon Golf from Donaghmeade in Dublin to Collon on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

The car he was travelling in had a registration number beginning 01 LH.

Gardai have launched a murder investigation headed by Supt Michael Devine of Navan. An incident room has been set up in Navan Garda Station and Chief Supt Aidan Glacken has appointed a chief investigating officer.

Mr Gallagher’s body was found in open farmland at Ballymacon at 5pm yesterday.

Gardai believe he may have travelled north from Donaghmeade along the M1 and took the Slane exit.

He was last seen in Donaghmeade at 10.30pm on Monday night and was wearing a navy tracksuit top, grey tracksuit bottoms and white runners with a navy stripe.

They are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen him or the vehicle on Monday night or the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Gardaí are appealing to any persons with information or who can assist with the investigation to contact Navan Garda Station on 046 - 9079930, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

GAA Leinster Final, Meath GAA News, Dublin GAA News

GAA Leinster Final, Meath GAA News, Dublin GAA News

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final Sunday, July 22

Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, 4pm

One of the most enduring rivalries in Gaelic Games, Dublin and Meath meet for the 60th time in the Championship on Sunday in Croke Park, where the Leinster title is once again on the line.

It’s a rivalry that dates all the way back to 1894, with Dublin leading in the head-to-head stakes by 32-19 (there have been eight draws) in their 59 meetings to date.

The sides haven’t contested a provincial final since 2001, when the Dubs won by 2-11 to 0-14. Meath’s last Leinster title came in 2010, when they beat Louth in controversial circumstances, while Dublin are seeking a seventh title in eight seasons.

The 2010 Leinster semi-final, which Meath won by 5-9 to 0-13, was a significant milestone in the development of this Dublin team and is considered to be a key building block in the success that followed in the 2011 Championship.

Having conceded five goals and suffered genuine embarrassment against the Royals, manager Pat Gilroy looked at his game-plan anew and came back with a recalibrated, more defensively minded side for a run through the Qualifiers which led all the way to the All-Ireland semi-final.

Having only barely scraped past Louth in the subsequent Leinster final, Meath were blown away by Kildare in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Other than Qualifier wins over Louth and Galway, 2011 was a year to forget for the Royals.

So, following that 2010 meeting, Dublin and Meath seem to have gone in completely different directions.

However, there are real signs of a recovery in Meath after things went from bad to worse with relegation to Division III of the Allianz League in the spring.

That was the low point and things have improved significantly since with an impressive run in Leinster.

Manager Seamus McEnaney has used this impressive run to build and strengthen his side, the win over Wicklow and the two games against Carlow allowing him to give plenty of young players championship game time before unleashing them on Kildare.

With Graham Reilly and Conor Gillespie dominant in midfield, youngsters like Alan Forde and Damien Carroll tore Kildare apart and they produced the biggest shock of the championship so far to win by 1-17 to 1-11.

Speaking this week, Footballer of the Year Alan Brogan admitted the Royals are a completely different proposition in championship football.

"Kildare were the favourites [against Meath] and on paper it looked like Kildare should win, but Meath are a different beast in the championship - and always have been - no matter what their league form was like. They showed that against Kildare."

Dublin’s passage to the final has been far from smooth. Louth were dismissed without a second thought before Wexford once again put it up to the champions, and were it not for some poor shooting from the Models in the final quarter, Pat Gilroy’s side might have been forced through the ‘back door’ once again.

Ultimately, it was the excellent form of Kevin McManamon that guided them off the line, his 1-3 helping to offset the fact that Bernard Brogan had an off day.

With Diarmuid Connolly suspended after his red card the last day, Gilroy might have been tempted to put Eoghan O’Gara back into the attack, but he has instead opted for Michael Darragh Macauley, who is likely to feature much further out the field.

Cian O’Sullivan has also been brought back into the side at wing-back, with Kevin Nolan moving to No. 6 and Ger Brennan losing out in the reshuffle.

Meath have been boosted by the return of Kevin Reilly at full-back and All Star Stephen Bray in the inside forward line, two additions that should strengthen them significantly for what should be a searching test of a relatively young side.

Meath selector Graham Geraghty, a veteran of many battles with the Dubs down through the years, predicted a close contest this week.

"If we're to win this one, on Sunday, we'd have to be in the game with 10 minutes to go," he said.

"After that, with a bit of luck, you wouldn't know what would happen, but I don't think it's going to be a game like 1995, say, 10 points in it (in Dublin's favour). Well, I hope not, anyway. But I think our lads are really up for it. It should be a close enough game."

Meath: D Gallagher; D Keogan, K Reilly, M Burke; D Tobin, S McAnarney, B Menton; C Gillespie, B Meade; A Forde, D Carroll, G Reilly; B Farrell, J Sheridan, S Bray.

Dublin: S Cluxton; M Fitzsimons, R O’Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, K Nolan, C O’Sullivan; E Fennell, D Bastick; P Flynn, A Brogan, B Cullen; B Brogan, MD Macauley, K McManamon.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Gardai, Drugs, Drogheda

Gardai, Drugs, Drogheda

Gardai have seized over €4million worth of heroin in a search of a truck on the M1, just outside Drogheda.

As part of on-going intelligence-led operation targeting the sale, supply and distribution of controlled substances, Gardai from the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU) based at Dublin Castle, assisted by local detective unit in Drogheda stopped and searched an articulated truck on the M1 last night.

During the course of the search Gardai discovered 27 kilos of heroin with an estimated street value of €4.05 million. A male (40 years) and female (43 years) were arrested at scene and a second male (40 years) was arrested in a follow up search and all three are currently detained at Coolock and Drogheda Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dublin Shooting, Drimnagh shooting, Alan Ryan, Real IRA

Man shot dead Drimnagh

Gardai have launched a murder investigation after a known gangland figure was shot dead in Dublin this afternoon.

The victim was wounded outside a house on Cooley Rd, Drimnagh, and pronounced dead.
The 38-year-old former youth sports star was a suspected murderer who was charged with a fatal shooting but was recently cleared.

He walked free from court after spending several years in prison on remand when bail was denied because he was a flight risk and over fears he would intimidate witnesses.

A convicted robber, he had been warned his life was in danger and The Irish Oberver understands had taken precaution in an effort to evade any attempts on his life.

Today’s fatal attack occurred at around 3pm. The Irish Oberver will not name the dead man until relatives have been informed.

Regarded as a senior drug dealer, he had extensive contacts throughout the underworld in Dublin and was closely associated with the gang suspected of being behind the murder almost two years ago of Real IRA key figure in Dublin Alan Ryan.

A Garda spokesman said gardaí at Sundrive Road were investigating.

The scene is preserved pending a technical and forensic examination. The local Coroner and the office of the State pathologist have also been notified.

Dublin Shooting, Drimnagh shooting, Alan Ryan, Real IRA

Gerry Adams Charged, Gerry Adams TD Sinn Fein, The IRA, Sinn Fein, Politics, PSNI

Gerry Adams TD Charged

Gerry Adams TD and President of Sinn Fein will be charged this evening 4th May 2014 with Directing Terrorism in between January 1st 1972 and December 31st 1972 and being a member of an illegal organisation namely the Provisional IRA or a file will be sent to the Public Prosecution Service.

The charges will be made following 4 days questioning of the Sinn Fein leader in relation to The IRA kidnapping, torture, murder and secret burial of innocent Catholic Mother of 10 children Jean McConville in Belfast when Gerry Adams was IRA Commander in Belfast.

Gerry Adams Sinn Fein Questioning

Gerry Adams will undergo a fourth day of questioning by detectives over the 1972 murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville.

Extra time granted to police to question the Sinn Féin president will expire later today.

Amid a growing row over the arrest, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister said he believes it is part of an attempt by some police officers to settle old scores.

Martin McGuinness blamed an “embittered rump” left over from before the reform of policing whom he claimed wanted to destroy the peace process.

Addressing a rally in the staunchly republican Falls Road, he said: “These people want to settle old scores whatever the political cost.”

On Friday a judge allowed the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) a further 48 hours to hold Mr Adams at Antrim police station. The republican party has warned it will review its support for the police if the veteran leader is charged.

The 65-year-old detainee vehemently denies allegations levelled by former republican colleagues that he ordered Mrs McConville’s murder and secret burial more than 40 years ago after she was wrongly accused of passing information to the security forces.

Sinn Féin’s decision to sign up to support the police in 2007 was viewed as a major milestone in the peace process and prompted the return to devolved rule at Stormont, with the republican party and the Democratic Unionists entering government together.

Mr McGuinness said: “We worked very hard to reform policing.

“Sinn Féin’s negotiations strategy succeeded in achieving new policing arrangements but we always knew that there remained with the PSNI an embittered rump of the old RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary).

He added: “The arrest of Gerry Adams is evidence that there is an element within the PSNI who are against the peace process and who hate Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin.

“They are what the reformers within the PSNI have described to us as the dark side.

“They are small in number but very influential. This group is working to a negative and anti-peace process agenda and are actively involved in political policing.”

Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson, Justice Minister David Ford and Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers have defended the police’s handling of the arrest and denied the action was politically motivated and designed to undermine Sinn Féin ahead of the forthcoming European elections.

Mrs McConville was dragged, screaming, away from her children in the Divis flats in west Belfast by a gang of up to 12 men and women after being wrongly accused of informing to the security forces.

She was interrogated, shot in the back of the head and then secretly buried — becoming one of the “Disappeared” victims of the Troubles. Her body was not found until 2003 on a beach in Co Louth, 50 miles from her home.

Mr Adams, a former MP for West Belfast and now an elected representative for Co Louth in the Irish Dail, voluntarily presented himself for interview by prior arrangement with detectives.

Gerry Adams Prosecution

MI6 have moved to protect Gerry Adams TD from prosecution for with-holding information into the activities of two serial child rapists, His Father Gerry Adams Snr and his Brother Liam Adams.

Prosecutors have directed no prosecution of Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams over claims he withheld information about his brother's sex abuse from the police.

Gerry Adams has been accused of waiting almost a decade to tell detectives what he knew about his brother Liam.

Liam Adams was convicted this week of abusing his daughter Áine from when was she aged four until she was nine.

The PSNI confirmed a decision was taken in 2010 by the Public Prosecution Service not to launch a case.

Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris said: "This matter has been examined to see if we should open an investigation into the case and the advice that we received was not to open an investigation.

"We will re-examine the transcripts (of the recent court case) but all the facts in our knowledge in 2010 have not been moved on materially since the recent trial."

Adams, 58, from Bernagh Drive, Belfast, was found guilty of ten offences, including rape and gross indecency, against his daughter Áine.

The abuse was committed over a six-year period between 1977 and 1983.

Liam Adams Guilty child rape

When Gerry Adams TD was first confronted about the fact that he had concealed the rape of his 4 year old niece Aine Adams, Adams said that he had believed Aine when she said she had been raped by her Father, Liam Adams, and Gerry Adams TD went on to say that after he discovered his brother Liam was a serial child rapist he had no further contact with him. However, Gerry Adams TD was and is a liar of unprecedented magnitude, not only had Gerry Adams TD concealed the rape of 4 yearr old Aine, but Gerry Adams TD had also concealed the knowledge that his own Father, Gerry Adams Snr was a serial child rapist who had used the ‘republican’ movement to access and rape children, Gerry Adams Snr was also an active RUC informer and this was known to the PIRA leadership before Gerry Adams Snr died.

Gerry Adams TD attending his brother Liam's wedding 10 years after he accepts that Liam has raped a 4 year old child.

The truth has now been fully exposed in a Belfast Courtroom, where Liam Adams has been found guilty of being a serial child rapist, Liam Adams was a senior member of both the Provisional IRA and Sinn Fein, he was promoted in both organisations even after he was outed as a serial child rapist. Gerry Adams TD helped his serial rapist brother set up home in Dundalk where he had access to countless children and in particular to young children in the families off Sinn Fein members, Sinn Fein members who trusted Liam Adams as Gerry Adams had given him the stamp of approval, knowing well that his brother was a child rapist. Gerry Adams TD was parachuted into Dundalk and claimed time and again to locals that the child rape charges against Liam were part of a Brit conspiracy to undermine Gerry Adams TD. With all his bluster and lies, Gerry Adams has finally been exposed as a man prepared to do anything, including conceal the rape of children, to protect his lucrative political career.

Liams Adams convicted, child abuse

Liam Adams has been convicted of all charges relating to the sexual abuse of his daughter Áine.

Adams was found guilty by an 11 - 1 majority verdict by the jury at Belfast Crown Court this afternoon.

Adams (58), from Bernagh Drive in west Belfast, denied 10 charges of sexual assault against his daughter Áine, now aged 40 – three of rape, three of gross indecency and four of indecent assault.

The assaults took place over a six-year period beginning in 1977 when Áine Adams was aged four.

Gerry Adams TD canvasing with his Brother Liam Adams for Sinn Fein (This is after Gerry Adams TD is aware and accepts that Liam Adams has raped his 4 year old daughter)

Liam Adams has been convicted of raping his then 4 year old daughter Aine, his crimes were concealed by his brother Gerry Adams TD. Gerry Adams TD knowing that his brother Liam had raped a 4 year old child, helped his brother Liam set up home in the Irish Republic, in Dundalk, where Liam Adams had open access to hundreds of children. Sinn Fein leaders including Gerry Adams TD protected the serial child rapist Liam Adams from apprehension or prosecution, and Gerry Adams TD only admitted his role in this crime when it was clear that Sinn Fein and the PIRA could no longer keep her silent.

In the picture below serial child rapist Gerry Adams Snr, Gerry Adams TD who concealed his Father's crimes, Liam Adams convicted for raping his 4 year old daughter, Gerry Adams TD who concealed his crimes, Martin McGuinness who helped Liam Adams establish himself in Dundalk, County Louth, after it was known that Liam Adams had been identified as someone who had raped a 4 year old child. Martin McGuinness wanted to be President of Ireland.

Gerry Adams TD

Gerry Adams Snr was also a serial child rapist, who along with other members of Sinn Fein/Provisional IRA in Belfast picked working class children up from the streets to rape them in derelict houses and sheds in west Belfast. Gerry Adams TD has admitted that he knew his Father was a serial child rapist, however, in order to protect his lucrative political career Gerry Adams TD afforded his Father a full-style PIRA funeral in west Belfast, the final insult to the many dozens of children raped by the evil Adams Family.

However, Gerry Adams TD was not the only senior member of Sinn Fein to offer succour to serial child rapist Liam Adams, want to be President of Ireland and MI6 Agent Martin McGuinness also helped Liam Adams to settle into his new Sinn Fein role in Dundalk, County Louth, as this picture clearly shows, McGuinness and Adams were as thick as thieves and therefore there is no doubt that McGuinness knew that Liam Adams was a serial child rapist.

Liam Adams Prosecuted by David McDowell

The claim came from prosecuting lawyer David McDowell as he closed the case against 58-year-old Liam Adams.

Mr McDowell told the Belfast Crown Court jury of nine men and three women that "the truth is king in this case".

"We suggest members of the jury that when you look at the truth, quite literally, you could not make it up," said the lawyer, adding that such was the evidence of Áine Adams, "no ordinary member of the public who has not been abused could not have come up with it."

Defence QC Eilis McDermott

Adams' defence QC Eilis McDermott counter claimed, however, that both Áine and her mother Sarah were proven liars whose evidence "doesn't hold water".

"The fact that the witnesses are prepared to swear by Almighty God to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and then lie to you [over dealings with the police], must mean in a case like this, that you cannot accept the truthfulness of any part of their evidence because it's all you have got," declared the lawyer.

Liam Adams, from Bearnagh Drive in west Belfast, is charged with ten offences including rape, indecent assault and gross indecency against his daughter more than 30 years ago on dates between March 1977 and March 1983.

He denies all charges.

Aine Adams

His daughter 40-year-old Áine Adams has testified that between the ages of four and nine, her father raped and abused her at various addresses the family lived in - including when her mother was in hospital giving birth to her brother and when she was in bed beside her brother.

The jury have heard that although the allegations were brought to police attention in 1987, six months after a family confrontation in Buncrana, the complaint was withdrawn.

Sarah Campbell

Adams' ex-wife Sarah Campbell said that was because she felt the police were more interested in her husband's activities and associates, recounting how one social worker told her the police had asked for Mrs Campbell to meet them in the city centre.

Those claims have been refuted by social workers.

The allegations were raised again in 2007 and it was then that Liam Adams was arrested and interviewed.

The jury have also heard that when initially asked about being confronted by his wife, daughter and his brother Gerry Adams, Liam Adams denied it happened.

Giving evidence on his own behalf when he repeatedly and consistently denied the allegations, Adams claimed he lied about the alleged meeting because it had been "drummed into us that we don't talk about Gerry Adams".

"It had been drummed into us since I was a young person, since the Troubles started that you don't talk about Gerry Adams - you don't talk about him in the barracks, to the British Army, in the media or even as you get older and socialise, you don't talk about Gerry Adams," claimed Liam Adams.

He labelled the allegations against him as "rubbish, absolute rubbish".

On Monday, Mr McDowell said while doubts would likely be cast on the claims for why the allegations were not pursued in the mid-1980s, he suggested to the jury that they use their "common sense".

He suggested that it would be "perfectly credible" that the police would have been interested in not just the allegations of abuse - but also had an "unhealthy big Gerry" and added that while there were no records of any social worker passing on a police message, "that's the things about off the record conversations, they're not recorded."

Aine Adams credibility

The truthfulness of Áine's account, said Mr McDowell, lay in the details of her evidence because if it had not happened, "how could she come up with this?"

If Áine had not been subjected to it, suggested the lawyer, "she could not have told you of the turmoil in the mind of the child."

He further declared to the jury that looking at the evidence and in applying common sense and their life experience, they would be "firmly convinced" of Adams' guilt.

During her closing remarks, Ms McDermott conceded that Adams, contrary to his solicitor's advice, had lied to police about the meeting in Buncrana, Co Donegal but that he had given his reasons for that.

"It may seem to you a good reason or a bad reason but it's his reason," said the lawyer, adding that the jury should apply their common sense when looking at that aspect of Adams' evidence.

Liam Adams the evidence

She urged the jury to look at the evidence of the social workers who testified that no such message was ever passed onto Áine and her mother from the police, claiming their account "is just patently not right".

Describing the jury as the "supreme judges of fact," Ms McDermott told them that only two people "in the whole world" really knew what had happened - Adams and his daughter Áine.

"Look at the evidence and ask: 'Is that enough, is that enough to satisfy me beyond reasonable doubt so that I'm firmly convinced of the guilt of a person?'," said the lawyer, adding that Áine and her mother could not be relied on.

Áine's sister Sinead had given evidence, telling the jury that her father allegedly confessed to her that he had abused Áine during a reconciliation meeting in December 2002, a meeting which was followed up by regular visits before things broke down again around ten months later.

On Monday, however, Ms McDermott said that not only had Adams denied any such confession, she put to the jury that if a father had just confessed to you that he abused your sister "you would not be able to wait to get out the would not go anywhere near him".

She also highlighted the fact that although the Crown say he is a "monster" - who first raped his daughter when she was around five - none of his other three daughters or any child he worked with in various youth clubs and projects had ever made a similar complaint.

"We say to you that the only proper verdicts that you can return on these counts are verdicts of not guilty," declared Ms McDermott.

Once trial judge Deputy Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott QC has directed the jury in how to apply the law to each of the charges, the jury will retire to consider their verdicts.

The jury have been told their deliberations will begin on Tuesday.

Gerry Adams Charged, Gerry Adams TD Sinn Fein, The IRA, Sinn Fein, Politics, PSNI