He didn’t deny his Past… WILLIAM ‘PLUM’ SMITH 1954-2016

William Plum Smith

His life story spans the ‘war’ and the ‘peace’ of this place – a place of conflict that has now been given the chance of something better.

Yes, it is also a place still terrorised and traumatised by what we call The Past – the hell it has been through and in which many still live – a past understated and perhaps even trivialised in the oft-used term ‘the Troubles’.
We have all fallen into the way of that understatement, that easy and convenient use of a phrase that says nothing and means nothing.

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Sinn Fein Leader Credits ’08 Crash For Re-Think On Unity

The article below is taken from the latest online edition of The Detail, the web-based current affairs magazine and stablemate of Trevor Birney’s growing film production empire which recently released, via Fine Point Films, a docudrama about Bobby Sands called 66 Days.

I have read this piece several times. It is based on a speech given by SF MEP Matt Carthy and no matter how I hold it – up to the light, sideways, upside down or at various angles – it seems to be saying the same thing: the Good Friday Agreement is as good as it gets, folks!

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Will Stakeknife bring the house down?

By this time next week we should know the shape of the Stakeknife investigation.

Already, there has been one delay in the announcement. It had been expected today (Thursday June 2).
The waiting is for the new political members of the Policing Board to be in place.
Those nominations have now been made:

  • DUP 4 – Nelson McCausland, Brenda Hale, Joanne Bunting and Keith Buchanan.
  • Sinn Fein 3 – Gerry Kelly, Raymond McCartney and Jennifer McCann.
  • UUP – Ross Hussey.
  • SDLP – Nichola Mallon.
  • Alliance – Stephen Farry.
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The time is overdue for the two governments to tell what they know about the Dublin-Monaghan and the Birmingham bombings

 

on 1 June 2016 , 10:40 am 0 | 1,055 views
Consider the latest developments about two atrocities, the Dublin and Monaghan UVF bombs in May 1974 and the Birmingham IRA pub bombs of November the same year. What they have in common is knowledge of the identities of what we must call the alleged perpetrators. The deep frustration caused to individuals and states has not gone away. Kieran Conway now a Dublin solicitor, then the IRA’s “director of intelligence.” has again confirmed what is so well known, that the identities of the IRA killers of Birmingham are in the public domain.

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Ireland Eye – John Coulter

Written By: John Coulter
Published: May 27, 2016 Last modified: May 24, 2016

Words of wisdom, or the way out to the wilderness – that’s how Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt’s announcement that his party will go into official opposition in the Stormont Assembly will be judged.

Unlike the Dail in Dublin, which after weeks of wrangling has finally agreed a minority Fine Gael government, the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein will dominate the Stormont power-sharing Executive with 66 seats between them out of 108 in the Assembly.

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Peter Weir: PUP ignored effect of paramilitarism on school failings

Dr John Kyle published the PUP's report on educational underachievement

Dr John Kyle published the PUP’s report on educational underachievement

 

The new Education Minister has criticised a PUP report on educational underachievement for failing to discuss the impact of paramilitarism in loyalist areas.

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Somme celebrations and flags

Trevor Ringland: Loyalists and the Somme memory

A new flag is unveiled for the centenary of the Somme

A new flag is unveiled for the centenary of the Somme

There should be wariness about loyalist paramilitaries attempting to take a leading role in commemorating the Somme, either through erecting flags or other initiatives. Many of those who died during the battle came from working class areas of Ulster, but that’s where any similarity with modern paramilitary groups ends. While loyalists may be well-meaning, they are demeaning the memories of soldiers in the 36th Ulster Division, by trying to link it to their organisations.
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‘Gerrypicking’ the victims of the Troubles

Gerry Adams is selective in his calls for justice for victims of sectarian violence, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards


 

Selective amnesia: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams1
Selective amnesia: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

Three recent events and a film left me thinking about what members of Sinn Fein frequently complain is being done to their party: demonization.

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‘A terrible ignorance’ – By Brian John Spencer

Pearse and Carson by the late Joe McWilliams

Easter, 1916 – a terrible beauty was born. It had a dark and little seen twin; a terrible ignorance of the people of the North. 

South of the border, the Easter Rising is almost universally acclaimed. A singular understanding of history imposed, and a singular way of being Irish understood. Professor Michael Laffan wrote:

“When I was a schoolboy… reading Carter’s history of Ireland, more space was devoted to Pearse than to all the other leaders put together or to the Easter Rising. There was almost a state-imposed distortion whereby not only are the Irishmen who fought in the British army in the First World War airbrushed out, the constitutionalist tradition was seen as a dead end.”

Not only did Ireland of the twentieth century airbrush the constitutionalist tradition, they erased the avatar of a loyal Irish-British person and burnt the hard-drive.

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Personal Legacy

 

 

 

Personal Legacy

I had a friend big and strong, during the days we got along,

Out of school and on the street, play was simple, we done no wrong.

Cowboys and Indians, fish and chips, lolly pops and onion rings.

Collecting the boney, watching TV, we would talk for hours of many things.

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