Vile Orange Order used by British establishment to split and stir hatred in Ireland VIDEO

  • Britain being ripped apart by bigoted religious hatred fomented by a vile British establishment (The Royals use these neanderthals ,like the EDL, as support when they are under fire)
  • Northern Ireland bigots now dictating UK politics VIDEO

  • Delusional Theresa May's unholy alliance with the grasping Orangemen from Northern Ireland
    and the speech that proves she's finally lost it
  • Several hundred protesters march in London to voice anger at Theresa May's government
    aligning with the Orange Order DUP wing
  • Religious bigot season erupts once again in Northern Ireland VIDEO

    The government would have a court order out immediately if this was an anti-homosexual march
    Homosexual mass hysteria over Irish vote for same-sex marriage VIDEO
    Ireland votes for homosexual agenda VIDEO
    Attempted eviction of Grangegorman occupied complex in Dublin VIDEO
    Grangegoman Eviction - report from after baliffs chased off VIDEO
    Irish court refuses jurisdiction
    Stephene Clarke detained wrongfully 107 days
    Legal detention started yesterday

    out·ra·geous adjective \(?)au?t-'ra-j?s\ : very bad or wrong in a way that causes anger : too bad to be accepted or allowed: very strange or unusual : surprising or shocking

    The above definition relates to the information relayed to Mr. Stephen Clarke by his Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Ann McDonnell, at the Mater Hospital, Belfast, on Tuesday. Clarke says that Dr. Mc Donnell informed him he had been “wrongfully detained” initially and again a second time when he was refused permission to return to court on the judge’s instruction after 28 days. On the second occasion, Dr. McDonnell claimed he was “too ill” to appear. During his wrongful detention Mr. Clarke was force medicated. Mr. Clarke was arrested in June for mounting a sculpture in Belfast in protest at being denied access to his children following a marital breakdown and their exposure to microwaves / wi-fi in the classroom. His arrest was recorded in the Belfast Daily Mirror newspaper where he was identified three times as a “peace protester”. Clarke is unaware why he was identified by reporter Jilly Beattie. “I don’t know why I was identified as a protester because she never spoke to me,” said Clarke.

    Rather that being taken before a judge to answer misdemeanor charges relating to climbing the sculpture, Clarke was committed to the Mater psychiatric facility on the Crumlin Road, Belfast. On Tuesday Dr. McDonnell told Clarke that he had been wrongfully detained (and Medicated) and that he legal detention “starts today” with the possibility of a Tribunal in the next six or seven weeks. Clarke reported that McDonnell told him she had been consistent with him all along to which Clarke replied, “Yes, you’ve been consistently wrong.” McDonnell explained that she would try to have the tribunal moved forward so that she could attend.

    Clarke had originally been scheduled for a psychiatric tribunal last week but it was deferred until Friday 26 Sept. on the grounds that proper paperwork had not been forwarded for Mr. Clarke to have time to prepare a defense. The tribunal members were only identified their surnames as Dr. Brennan, Mrs. Chamberlain and Mr. Johnston. The recognition that Clarke had been wrongfully detained and medicated may have been prompted by enquiries to the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQAI), the group responsible for legal tribunals in Northern Ireland. The RQAI had been asked for, and refused to release, details relating to which section of the Mental Health Act had been applied to the two times in sequence Clarke had been detained. Melinda Hornyak, project administrator, speaking on behalf of Rosaline Kelly, head of programme for the RQAI, responded, “the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act do not permit RQIA to share any personal information with anyone other than the data subject, unless there is written proof of consent to access personal data from the data subject themselves, alongside appropriate proof of identification.” Hornyak referred enquiries to the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. The date, times, arresting officers and the terms of Mental Health Act provisions for confinement are not personal or medical information but matters of record.

    The wall of silence was made higher by Conán McManus of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service. His e-mail stipulates that communication is for the intended recipient only. No identities of tribunal members, their qualifications and information regarding Clarke’s detention were provided. Clarke’s hope for an early release wa quashed Tuesday when Dr. McDonnell informed him that a new tribunal would be scheduled within the next six to seven weeks. McDonnell explained that she would try to have the tribunal moved forward so that she could attend. According to Sue Todd of the U.K. branch of the Citizen’s Commission for Human Rights, “Mr Clarke informed me yesterday that his doctor Dr McDonnell informed him that the RQIA was involved with his case and stated his detention was illegal. In summary Stephen Clarke was illegally detained at Mater Hospital for 107 days. Putting this in perspective, if a member of the general public or indeed a member of any other profession detained someone against their will for 107 days they would more than likely be charged with kidnapping with the result of a custodial sentence.”

    Importantly, Ms. Todd commented on Clarke’s mental state, explaining that with a background in nursing she is qualified to make the observation that “After having spoken with Mr Clarke several times it is obvious he is completely compus mentus.” “I am from a nursing background and have worked for many years for this organisation and deal with mental health patients daily,” she said. “Many are poorly and their communication is hard to understand because of their illness. Mr Clarke on the other hand had a life upset. He had been denied the right to see his children and took matters into his own hands to bring it to the attention of the public and to whomever else would listen. I speak to him daily and this is still his major concern. I find this an understandable reaction by a father who obviously dearly loves his children.” Todd also noted that Clarke is being victimized by the Northern Ireland government through the actions of the Trust which runs the Mater psychiatric unit. “Cancelling a tribunal is no light matter. Detaining someone for 107 days illegally is tantamount to kidnapping.”

    (In an unusual move, Clarke was allowed to visit a pub Monday evening. There he was confronted by individuals allegedly members of the legal profession who warned his that “he didn’t know who he was playing with”.)

    John Weigel Ireland
    Watch: Irish senator condemns Gaza massacre, “Nazi talk” by Israelis VIDEO

    Senator David Norris" Israel bombs first and weeps later".

    Irish senator and former presidential candidate David Norris made a powerful speech on 31 July condemning Israel’s massacre in Gaza and the complcity of American, Irish and other European governments. Norris called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador. The eight-minute speech can be seen in the video above. Meanwhile, UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has given public backing to an arms embargo on Israel.

    Excerpts from the official transcript of Norris’ speech:

    In the 40 years that I have known the State of Israel and sometimes had a home there, I have seen it completely change. It changed from a left-wing, socially directed country to an extreme right-wing regime that is behaving in the most criminal fashion, defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they are doing. It is time that rag was torn away from them.

    On Israel’s violence:

    Entire families have been obliterated and in one case, 20 members of the same family were slaughtered. Also, a disproportionate amount of women and children have been killed in this situation, which is a violation of all the spiritual beauty that Judaism stands for – the respect for life and the fact that if one saves one life then one has saved the universe. All of that is blown out of the window and done so, as I saw, by the arrival of 1,200,000 extreme right-wing former citizens of the Soviet Union. It is time people told the truth about what is being said in Israel. For example, the interior Minister, Eli Yishai, stated in 2012 that Israel would send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Defence deputy Minister Matan Vilnai stated that it would visit the Holocaust on the Palestinians. That is Nazi talk. I am not saying that he is a Nazi but what he is saying makes him sound like a Nazi.

    On the US role:

    America has a shameful role to play in this. Israel could not get away with these disgraceful acts of international piracy and brigandage if it was not for the protecting shadow of the United States of America. I condemn President Obama for his utter inaction.

    On Irish complicity:

    We do not even mark a protest note with our vote at the United Nations Human Rights Commission. That is shameful – absolutely shameful. I would have interjected that it had been better to be one country in the right than be with all the rest of them in the wrong.

    Norris’ reference to “Nazi talk” is bound to attract Israeli lobby criticism, but defenders are likely to point to other genocidal statements by Israeli politicians. These include rising-star lawmaker Ayelet Shaked’s call for killing Palestinian mothers because they give birth to “little snakes,” and the deputy speaker of the Israeli parliament Moshe Feiglin’s call for Palestinians to be put in concentration camps and expelled and for Israel to populate Gaza with Jews.

    UK deputy prime minister backs arms embargo

    Norris, a long-time supporter of Palestinian rights, was forced to pull his candidacy for the Irish presidency in 2011 after a concerted smear campaign by anti-Palestinian activists. But now other mainstream politicians in Europe are starting to break their silence.

    In his response to Warsi, Cameron reaffirmed his support for the Israeli attack: “Of course, we believe that Israel has the right to defend itself. But we have consistently made clear our grave concerns about the heavy toll of civilian casualties and have called on Israel to exercise restraint, and to find ways to bring this fighting to an end.” This has been a key demand of campaigners, highlighted when protestors shut down a factory yesterday, one of two UK subsidiaries of Israeli arms firm Elbit.

    Spain this week announced that it was freezing arms exports to Israel. These are signs that even career politicians can no longer risk ignoring the overwhelming public horror in Europe against Israel’s massacre.

  • Irish president kisses the royal arse (is he a freemason?) VIDEO
    Irish home owners??? face massive attack by property thieves VIDEO

    Northern Ireland always a GREAT distraction from the tory scum's evil agenda
    Irish MP pulls female MP onto his lap in Parliament debate VIDEO
    Irish people issue warning to banks by shutting down repossession auction VIDEO

    House theft is the biggest terrorist racket across the planet

  • Battle of the 'boing' as bigots in Northern Ireland celebrate HATEMONGERING with tyre mountains that look like the tower of babel
    Seamus Sherlock A FATHER of five has barricaded himself into his home after receiving an eviction notice.

    Seamus Sherlock says he will not let sheriffs evict him and his children from their home in Feohanagh, Co Limerick. The 'Life After Debt' campaigner made national headlines in 2010 when he chained himself to the railings outside ESB headquarters in Dublin after his power was cut off.

    Yesterday, he blocked the main driveway to his home after he was served with an eviction notice on behalf of Bank of Scotland because of outstanding mortgage repayments. The Co Limerick farmer had 40 bales of hay wrapped in black plastic and piled up behind the main gate into his property.

    A sign on the gate read 'No Trespass'.

    Mr Sherlock claims he was surprised to receive the eviction notice on Thursday, as he has been trying to reach a settlement with his lender, Bank of Scotland. He would not reveal exactly how much was outstanding but said it was a "couple of hundred thousand euro". The separated father says he has lodged a significant amount of his money with his solicitor as part of a rescue package he has been trying to work out with the bank.

    Bank of Scotland said it does not comment on its banking relationship with customers. "My message is I'm not for moving. I want to pay my loan back but I just need some extra time," he said. Mr Sherlock, who ran as an independent candidate in Co Limerick in the last general election, has been unemployed for the last two years. He previously worked in the fuel business and as a farmer.

    "I've never been unemployed in my life. I've never missed a day's work. The last two years have been hell. I'm trying to build up a business again," he said. "I haven't left my house since I received the eviction notice but I am receiving huge support from people who I've helped over the last 18 months as part of the Life after Debt campaign. People have been bringing me food and provisions."


    A message from Dr Finbar Markey Organiser of Anti-Eviction Taskforce

    Seamus Sherlock Eviction Update: We arrived at Seamus's farm after midnight from Dundalk and received a great Limerick welcome from him and his family. We are commencing work this morning with further barricading of the farm. We are calling for people to come down to show your support. you may only get down for the day , or maybe can stay a few days but your help is needed. If you can't get down to the farm, help to collect supplies such as tents, sleeping bags and food supplies. We will be arranging pick up points throughout the country to get supplies down here.

    The address of the farm is: Appletown, Feohanagh, New Castle West. Call 08977050903, or 0861763048, 0871847439 for more information. United we stand!! Solidarity!!Please share.

  • The siege of Appletown farm Limerick images
  • Ireland Anti-Eviction Taskforce Dundalk
    Anywhere the evil establishment scum (zionist / masonic lackeys) that control the UK interfere in any other countries affairs you can be sure there will be trouble. None more so than in the way the British bastard fraternity have disrupted the lives of millions and embedded some of the most vile moronic mindset into Ireland prior to its separation and theft of its land.

    The British monarchy and their freemason henchmen are behind some of the most vile bigotry on the planet using religion to impose their control and one look at how the EDL, BNP and the Orange Order operate with bullies who parade and dominate a country using religion and race to divide and create chaos and a well worn path the Irish have had to tolerate for far to long. Most of those who help impose religious or race hatred all parade the Queen as their head as if she is some sort of mark of moral righteousness and gives them carte blanche to impose their evil bigotry on the landscape of Ireland and to ensure all others are oppressed while they live, like the monarchy, off of the sweat and toil of those they help enslave for that vile regime.

    The marching season has started once again in Northern Ireland and Scotland and where large swathes of bigoted morons are allowed to parade their HATRED upon the long suffering public who have to tolerate this evil mindset for and on behalf of the richest despot on the planet. No attempt by the police to stop them invading the streets with their hatred. However if they had been marching against the homosexual agenda or the QUEEN herself those same cops would not hesitate to stifle any dissent and shows a very warped agenda imposed by the freemasons behind the cop agenda, the selective blocking of any form of dissent except for those that suits the Royal mafia's agenda. It is long overdue a regime changed, as they have done across the Middle East to end the evil reign these parasites and their droogies have over the lives of the decent impoverished peasants of the UN-United Kingdom.

  • Orangemen assault man recording provocative march in Belfast
  • Northern Ireland Marching Season and contentious parades
  • Riots follow Orange Order parade in Belfast
    A peculiar aspect of Northern Ireland's troubles is seen every summer with the arrival of marching season. While most parts of the world enjoy and look forward to a parade, here they are a source of fear, conflict and violence. Parades are part of the cultural tradition in Ireland, as well as Great Britain, but have developed into a form of political expression. The vast majority of Northern Ireland's , nearly 4,000, parades are "Unionist", and hence anti-Catholic. Many Unionists see this issue as a means to destroy the fragile peace.

    In this segregated statelet, Catholic parades are invariably routed through Catholic neighborhoods and many recognize aspects of the Irish struggle for freedom from Great Britain. Unionists, however, insist on the right to march wherever they want, whenever they want. It is a demonstration of their dominance in this society. The Unionist marches are organized by such groups as the Loyal Orange Order, the Black Perceptory and Apprentice Boys, fraternal/religious lodges, whose membership is closed to Catholics. These loyal defenders of the union with Great Britain argue that their parades are part and parcel of their cultural tradition. Opponents agree, but stress that it is a tradition of discrimination, oppression and violence against Catholics and that their purpose is both "triumphalist" and intimidating, similar to the Ku Klux Klan parading through a black community.

    The marching season runs from April through November, but hits its peak during the July 12th fortnight, celebrating the victory of Protestant King Billy, over Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1609. Hundreds of thousands on Orangemen and their followers set out to march through every Catholic town, ghetto and enclave in the six counties. Tens of thousands of Catholics try to block them, either in the courts, or on the streets. The 93% Protestant RUC police force and British troops, traditionally, force the marches through, as they too, are intimidated by the force of numbers.

    In July 1996, the Drumcree march was banned, but the authorities caved-in after Protestants rioted and forced the march through, against the resident's will. In 1998, just a month after the Good Friday Peace Agreement that march was again banned and rioting resulted. Over 150 Catholic, or mixed family (Catholic-Protestant) homes were firebombed and three children burned to death, trapped in their bedroom. Despite this tragedy the Orangemen marched down the Lower Ormeau Road the next day, while thousands of loyalists protested and attacked security forces at Drumcree.

    Since July 1998, Orangemen has maintained a protest vigil at Drumcree Church, vowing never to be stopped again, while sectarian attacks have claimed dozens more Catholic lives. In the past year, implementation of the peace agreement has stalled-out by the refusal of Unionists to form a government that includes Sinn Fein members, unless the IRA disarms, first. Suspicious of Unionist duplicity, the IRA refuses to hand in its weapons. Those opposed to power-sharing with Catholics would like nothing better than to provoke a breach of the fragile ceasefire and there is no better issue than that of the bitterly-disputed Orange Order marches. As July 12th approaches, thousands of "normal" people book their holidays to get away from the madness, while others, less fortunate, are forced to stay and endure. It is a safe bet that, again this year, more people will be killed in the grand tradition of the Loyalist parades through Northern Ireland's enduring flashpoints.

    The most contentious parades are those along Garvaghy Road to Drumcree Church, near Portadown and along the Lower Ormeau Road in Suth Belfast - both are internationally recognized flashpoints, attended by human rights monitors, and both are capable of sparking province-wide rioting. In an attempt to keep the roads clear of protestors, the RUC typically blocked the barrow residential streets with armored Land Rovers as seem here near the Lower Ormeau Road, Local residents were not allowed to leave their enclaves during the lock-down period that often ran from before sunrise until mid-afternoon on marching days.

    Since the Good Friday Peace Accord, the Northern Ireland Parades Commission has shown far greater resolve in banning or re-routing contentious parades. The main area of contention has shifted to the depressed, working class areas of North Belfast. The lingering vestiges of sectarianism may take decades to dissipate, but without the attraction of violence parades by the Loyal Orange Orders will begin to lose much of their appeal.


    Ten thousand people took part in todays anti austerity march in Dublin, Ireland. They represent over 3 million people that are taking part in a boycott of government imposed taxes on homes. More than 1 million homes have not registered for this tax, and that more 60 percent of the total number of homes, which in reality means more than 3 million people are taking part in the boycott, as the official government figures per household is 3 people per home on average.

    Todays march to the National convention centre where FineGael were having their 2012 Ard Fheis (annual conference). The marchers are protesting against the Irish governments austerity policies. 10,000 people took part. There are more videos to follow. These videos are unedited and what you see is what you get. I hope to edit them all into one short video of the highlights.

    THE HOUSE THIEVES BLOCKED FROM STEALING HOMES IN IRELAND VIDEO - The Morning Show - 24th (today's show - Ben Gilroy is on)
    On the 20 February 2012 the deputy Sheriff arrived at another Irish family's home to repossess it and give the keys to the bank in Co Laois. Thus putting another Irish family onto the streets.
    People from
    and everyone else that was there.

    Ben Gilroy from "Freedom From All" questions the sheriff outside the gates to the house and does an interview at the end of the video.
    Who is Ben Gilroy? (
    We would like to applaud both the Sheriff and the An Garda Síochána for there civil manner and understanding of the Constitutional challenges being put forward.

    An entrepreneur who was once the richest man in Ireland has declared himself bankrupt over debts of two billion euro (£1.7bn) to the former Anglo-Irish Bank.

    Sean Quinn ran a multi-billion empire until it collapsed over the last two years due to massive, secret stock market gambles on the share price of the now nationalised rogue lender. Mr Quinn said he had done everything to avoid bankruptcy, which was declared at the High Court in Belfast. "I was born, reared and worked all my life in Co Fermanagh. It is for this reason that my bankruptcy application was made today in Northern Ireland," he said.

    "I have done absolutely everything in my power to avoid taking this drastic decision. The vast majority of debt that Anglo maintains is owed is strenuously disputed. "However, I cannot now pay those loans which are due, following Anglo taking control of the Quinn Group of companies, which I and a loyal team spent a lifetime building. I find myself left with no other alternative." The businessman, dubbed the "Mighty Quinn", was said to be worth 4.72bn euros (£3.7bn) at the height of his success.

    He left school at 14 to work on the family farm and used a £100 loan to dig a hole on the land and open a quarry, selling to local builders. He later took on Cement Roadstone Holdings before moving into glass and plastics and then what was to become the cash cow of his international empire - Quinn Insurance. Mr Quinn accused the Irish government of holding him at fault for the devastation wreaked on the country's economy after Anglo - the developers' bank - went bust.

    "I worked tirelessly to find a solution to the problems, which arose from ill-fated investments in Anglo," he said. "Anglo, and more recently the Irish Government, are intent on making scapegoats of my family and I." Mr Quinn's downfall started after he invested in Anglo using complex stock market deals known as contracts for difference, which allow the buyer to remain hidden but run huge risks if the share price shifts dramatically. He gambled in the final years of the Celtic Tiger property and development boom on the share price continuing to rise but trouble hit when it nosedived in late 2008.

    Mr Quinn was forced to resign when the firm was hit with a record 3.25m euro fine in 2008 for breaching financial regulations. A corporate watchdog found the company broke the rules when it arranged loans to other companies within the Quinn Group. In a lengthy statement, Mr Quinn accepted some of the blame for his downfall but also accused Anglo of self-interest, lack of responsibility and bad lending.

    He said: "Recent history has shown that I, like thousands of others in Ireland, incorrectly relied upon the persons who guided Anglo and who wrongfully sought to portray a 'blue chip' Irish banking sector." Mr Quinn's bankruptcy declaration in Belfast means he could be free of his debts in a year. If he had been forced into the same move in the Republic he would be out of business for 12 years. Anglo, which is under investigation by the fraud squad and a corporate watchdog in Ireland, has been rebranded as the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IRBC) and is to be wound down.

    The IRBC questioned Mr Quinn's claim that he is a resident of Northern Ireland, arguing that his family live in Co Cavan along the border with the Republic. It also said that he actually owes the state 2.9bn euro (£2.5bn).

    "The bank is examining the validity of this application for bankruptcy in light of Mr Quinn's residency and extensive business interests and liabilities within the state," a spokesman said. "The mandate of the IBRC is to recover as much of the debts as possible on behalf of the Irish taxpayer and IBRC will continue to pursue maximum recovery of his debt."


    Bloody Sunday report published

    The Bloody Sunday killings were unjustified and unjustifiable, the Prime Minster has said. Thirteen marchers were shot dead on 30 January 1972 in Londonderry when British paratroopers opened fire on crowds at a civil rights demonstration.


    WORDS: 20-30 MILLION
    TOTAL COST: £195M

    Fourteen others were wounded, one later died. The Saville Report is heavily critical of the Army and found that soldiers fired the first shot. Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "deeply sorry". He said that the findings of the Saville Report were "shocking". A huge cheer erupted in Guildhall Square in Derry as Mr Cameron delivered the findings which unequivocally blamed the Army for one of the most controversial days in Northern Ireland's history.

    Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Cameron said what happened on Bloody Sunday was wrong.

    Army fired first shot

    The Prime Minister said:

    * No warning had been given to any civilians before the soldiers opened fire
    * None of the soldiers fired in response to attacks by petrol bombers or stone throwers
    * Some of those killed or injured were clearly fleeing or going to help those injured or dying
    * None of the casualties was posing a threat or doing anything that would justify their shooting
    * Many of the soldiers lied about their actions
    * The events of Bloody Sunday were not premeditated
    * Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein, was present at the time of the violence and "probably armed with a sub-machine gun" but did not engage in "any activity that provided any of the soldiers with any justification for opening fire"

    Mr McGuinness denied having a sub-machine gun. When asked about the Saville finding that it was probable that he had the weapon, he replied: "No". He said the report had cleared everybody in the city. The head of the Army, General Sir David Richards, said he fully supported Mr Cameron's apology. "The report leaves me in no doubt that serious mistakes and failings by officers and soldiers on that terrible day led to the deaths of 13 civilians who did nothing that could have justified their shooting," he said.

    General Sir Mike Jackson, who served in the Parachute Regiment on Bloody Sunday said: "The Prime Minister made a fulsome apology and I join him in so doing." But he said the Army's service in the 20 years after Bloody Sunday should be recognised. "Northern Ireland is a very different place from what it was 40 years ago, not least because of this sacrifice and I ask that Lord Saville's report is seen in that context."

    Stephen Pollard, a solicitor representing the soldiers said Lord Saville did not have the justification for his findings and accused him of "cherry-picking the evidence". "There is just as much evidence for the opposite conclusion," he said.

    Following the report, the decision to prosecute any individual soldier rests with Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service (PPS). In a statement, the PPS said their director and Chief Constable Matt Baggott would consider the report to determine the nature and extent of any police investigations. Referring to the agreement that witnesses to the inquiry could not incriminate themselves, the statement continued: "The undertaking given by the Attorney General in 1999 to witnesses who provided evidence to the inquiry will also require to be considered. "It is not practical, at this stage, to say when such decisions will be taken other than to indicate that the matter will be considered as expeditiously as possible."

    The report was commissioned in 1998 by the then Prime Minister Tony Blair under the auspices of former High Court judge, Lord Saville of Newdigate. The Saville Inquiry took witness statements from hundreds of people and has become the longest-running and most expensive in British history. It closed in 2004 with the report initially due for publication the following year. It cost £195m and took 12 years to complete.

    Thousands of people gathered outside the Guildhall to watch Prime Minister David Cameron deliver the report to Parliament on a huge screen in what was an emotional day for the city. Earlier, crowds retraced the steps of the original marchers from the Bloody Sunday memorial in the city's Bogside close to the spot where many of the victims died. According to BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport, while it may not have been the bloodiest day in the history of the Troubles, "the significance of that day in shaping the course of the conflict cannot be overstated". "The actions of the Parachute Regiment in shooting dead 13 unarmed civil rights protesters immeasurably strengthened Irish republicans' arguments within their own community and provided the Provisional IRA with a flood of fresh recruits for its long war," he said.

    Our correspondent also said Bloody Sunday set in train the suspension of the Northern Ireland government in March 1972, which led to the decades of direct rule from London. The full process of restoring devolution was only completed in 2010. An inquiry chaired by Lord Widgery was held in the immediate aftermath of the killings but it failed to satisfy families of the victim


    No one present in Londonderry's Guildhall Square could deny that for all its time and expense the Saville Tribunal provided a moment of jubilation and vindication for the families of those killed and wounded on Bloody Sunday. It was nothing short of extraordinary to witness thousands of nationalists roaring on David Cameron as he expressed his sorrow for what he described as the unjustifiable killings. But whilst the report may be cathartic for Derry, the possibility of future prosecutions could further polarise relations between nationalists and unionists, who claim the concentration on Bloody Sunday represents a selective approach to the past.

    So far as Westminster is concerned, Tony Blair's decision to appoint Lord Saville has been vindicated in as much as the inquiry served to bind republicans into what remained, 12 years ago, a fragile peace process. That said, David Cameron did not just provide an unequivocal apology today - he also sounded equally unequivocal in his pledge that there will never be such an open-ended and costly inquiry again.

  • Bloody Sunday Report in Full
    irish protest

    Up to 120,000 people marched through Dublin today in an emotional and angry national demonstration over the Irish Government's handling of the economic crisis.

    The sheer size of the turnout meant it had to set off earlier than was organised, with the parade stretching the entire length of its two kilometre route at one stage. Hundreds more lined the streets of the city centre, many clapping and cheering, as both public and private sector workers came together under the banners of several trade unions for one the largest demonstrations ever seen in the capital. The demonstrators marched past the Dail (Irish Parliament) for a rally at Merrion Square, where the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) general secretary David Begg accused a wealthy elite of "economic treason" by destroying the country's international reputation.

    Mr Begg told cheering crowds which thronged the wide Georgian avenue running down towards Leinster House that there was fear and anger throughout Ireland among school leavers, mortgage-holders and people finishing work without decent pensions. "There is fear about how to keep body and soul together," he said. "There is anger then, because everybody knows that it is not our fault, that a business elite has destroyed our economy and has as yet to be made accountable for it."

    As the rally got under way at Merrion Square in the city's southside, the last of the protesters were still setting off from Parnell Square, two kilometres away on the northside of the river Liffey. The city centre was brought to a virtual standstill with several streets and roads closed down, in an outpouring of anger at the Government and banking chiefs. "There's anger because our generations yet unborn have been mortgaged in order to keep this banking system together," said Mr Beggs.

    "Your children and my children and our grandchildren will all have to try to deal with what has been laid upon their shoulders. "The best educated generation that we have ever had is effectively being put on the waste heap." Demonstrators, many who had brought their children, came from all around the island, on both sides of the border, and included most of Ireland's trade unions.

    Originally planned as a protest at public sector cutbacks and pension levies, organisers later called on all workers, from the public and private sector, to turn out in a "national demonstration" against the Government's handling of the downturn. Placards that read "Down with cosy cartels", "Ireland Inc is bankrupt and corrupt", "Why no pay cuts for corporate swindlers" and "Charge the fat cats", left no doubt about who protesters blamed for cutbacks directed against people on lower incomes, soaring unemployment and almost daily scandals in the banking industry. Sean Whelan, 45, a public sector worker with Dublin City Council for 27 years, said taxes and levies on his already low pay were making it impossible for him to get by.

    "I'm on a gross wage of 650 euro a week, and by the time all my reductions are taken out I take home 106 euro a week. Now with the Government levy and the Visa card that I have to pay off I will be left with 6.50 euro to live on - chicken feed," he said Like most marchers, Mr Whelan said his anger was directed at the Government and the banks. "You could practically say it's illegal what they are doing," he said.

    Bobby Kennedy, a private sector worker for 39 years at the troubled Waterford Crystal plant, was sacked four weeks ago without a pension or redundancy package. "I'm going on 61 and I'll never work again," said the clearly emotional father-of-four young children, as others around him sang along to Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A Changin' and John Lennon's Power To The People. "We got a raw deal at Waterford Crystal, and like the rest of the country we are being stamped all over. I blame the Government and the bankers, it's time for them to go."

    In an unusual move, the Government issued a statement in advance of the demonstration to insist its cost-cutting measures were essential. "The Government recognise that the measures which it is taking are difficult and, in some cases, painful," it stated. "The Government is also convinced, however, that they are both necessary and fair."

    Patricia McKeown, Ictu president, told the demonstrators that "casino capitalism" had brought the country to its knees. "It is a system I am told by some analysts which needs every so often to shake itself out," she said. "Our message to this Government is that Irish workers will not be shaken out in this system."

    The leading trade unionist said an economy cannot be built on shady financial deals, property speculation, on privatisation of public services and the "ever insatiable greed of the very, very wealthy". "We face a Government which wants the workers who built the economy to now be the sacrifices while it protects and bankrolls those who wrecked it. We are not prepared to live in that type of society," she said. The Garda said between 100,000 and 120,000 protesters took part in the march, in one of the largest ever demonstrations seen in Dublin. There were no public order incidents.