JN/Visa Jackie Bell KO semis in spotlight

first_imgThe Jamaica National Visa-Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell semi-finals are on today at the Constant Spring Complex.In the first game of the double-header, Cavalier will face Waterhouse, starting at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by Tivoli Gardens against Barbican at 8:30 p.m.Super League outfit Cavalier enter their semi-final on a high after a big 5-1 quarter-final victory against Central Kingston on Thursday night. However, they will not find Red Stripe Premier League team, Waterhouse, that easy.Cavalier are, however, playing some good football with players such as St George’s College schoolboy star Alex Marshall, captain Ryan Miller, Oshane Jenkins, Nicholas Hamilton and Kieron Brock leading the way.TOUGH GAMECoach Rudolph Speid is expecting a tough game.”This Waterhouse team has improved in the Premier League season. I know that they have quality players, but we remain confident in our passing game. It could go either way,” Speid told the Sunday Gleaner.On the other hand, the Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey-coached Waterhouse will rely on Kemar ‘Bushy’ Beckford, veteran Irvino English, Andre McFarland, goalkeeper Romaine Bowers and Nicholy Finlayson to take them to the final.Tivoli Gardens are expected to get the better of Barbican in the second game. However, Barbican are being guided by the wily former national assistant coach Miguel Coley, and they could surprise the Red Stripe Premier League outfit.Barbican’s key players include Locksley Thompson, Keno Simpson, Akino Bailey and Greg Taylor.Tivoli will be hoping that top striker and talisman, Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson recovers from an injury sustained in the quarter-final against Harbour View last Wednesday night.Johnson apart, Tivoli will look to Jermaine Parris, captain Romaine Breakenridge, Elton Thompson, Tevin Shaw and Junior McGregor for success.last_img read more

From Peddler to Degree Holder: How Pauline Wlati Nagbe Demonstrates Possibilities

first_imgIt was a picturesque scene on Tuesday, April 21st when one of Liberia’s prime and prestigious institutions of topnotch education, United Methodist University, graduated five hundred and fifty one Liberians in various disciplines.  Facial smiles, joyful tears, and blissful contentment characterized the commencement convocation as relatives, friends, well wishers and a host of dignitaries rose to the occasion.  In spite of intermittent rainfall, the weather was sunny.  Cool breeze blew across from the Atlantic Ocean while the fresh air from the mangroves floated.  The beautiful landscape and portrait within the statuesque and historic Unity Conference Center ideally located in Virginia City was a perfect match for such ceremony.   For many of the graduates, the road to achieving this milestone did not come on a silver platter, rather through diligence, dedication and deportment.  The struggle for tuition and other fees, tussle for transportation and bank payment, as well as jostle for registration and competing priorities still remain memorable.  Thus, each graduate has a unique story that marked the beginning of their amazing journey towards earning the rights and privileges as a degree holder. It is here and now that I would like to share a humble story about one of the graduates, Pauline Wlati Nagbe, who walked away with a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. As Founder and Executive Director of a leading grassroots, voluntary driven, and accredited youth-led development organization, Youth Exploring Solutions, I have a great pleasure working with young people all over Liberia towards making people problem solvers as well as tolerant and critical thinkers in the areas of sustainable development, environmental conservation, human rights, education, health and agriculture. However, I have rarely been as impressed or inspired as I am with Pauline Wlati Nagbe.  I believe she is a super star. There are few people that I have met who possess the ability to motivate positive change, inspire young people, motivate women, and who have also overcome exceptional odds by living and growing up in a country torn apart by fourteen years of intermittent Civil War.  I have known Pauline, personally and professionally, for about three years and I must confess that she is among the most capable and talented volunteers of our organization.  She represents a group of young professionals unrivaled in resourcefulness, tenacity, and creativity. Pauline stands among her peers for many reasons. She began her tertiary education through a simple call on the famous JKB Night Show hosted by J. Kolva Beyan of Truth FM.  On the show, Pauline highlighted her eagerness to wash and iron clothes for anyone who was willing to assist her acquired higher education.  Fortunately, that very night, she received calls from some listeners pledging support.  Among the many that made generous contribution was Dr. Julius S. Nelson of the University of Liberia who encouraged and provided opportunity to wash and iron clothes in return for scholarship to attend United Methodist University. For only one semester, Pauline benefited from Dr. Nelson’s benevolent succor.  Howbeit, Pauline refused to be left behind.   She mustered the courage and used challenges as the stepping stones towards achieving her ultimate desirous outcome.  Pauline began to mobilize, organize, and plan innovative approaches to expand her network.  Luckily, she built a wonderful rapport with some staff members of the National Port Authority and eventually obtained a part-time job as a Tally Clerk assigned on a ship.  Pauline utilized remuneration from the job to settle tuition and other arrears in addition to take care of basis needs and sustain her family.   Her ability to continue her academic sojourn did not cease despite being affected by downsizing exercise and subsequent termination of contract. Through the depths of disappointment and discontentment, Pauline nurtured her character, and embraced a life of service to others. She spent one year serving as a Community Based Enterprise Marketing Assistant at Monrovia City Corporation, where she encouraged many people to create community based enterprises in an endeavor to collect solid waste from the community.  In essence, Pauline put her boots on the ground and led a team of diverse multicultural backgrounds to engage, educate and empower young Liberians to become entrepreneurs in the area of solid waste management.  Again, she used compensation from the contract to pay her fees and look after her family.Pauline’s involvement in Youth Exploring Solutions came as a result of a mentorship program organized to train emerging leaders. From there, she expressed interest and continued to work for the organization.  Her contribution in our organization has been beyond our expectations, and she has played crucial role in helping us develop, implement, and design educational and outreach programs in the areas of women’s leadership, gender issues, girls’ mentorship, early childhood education and social justice.  She is the brain behind our Girls’ Mentorship Club, Reading Enrichment Program, and Women’s Leadership and Governance Project.  Moreover, Pauline has developed additional programs in accordance with Youth Exploring Solutions strategic action plan for 2015 which include, but not limited to:  Speak Out Girls Panel, Young Women’s Speech Competition, as well as Giving Women Voices project.  Her experience, wisdom, and professionalism have been a delight for our board, staff, and volunteers to be around. Because Pauline is a 100% volunteer who have not received any stipend from Youth Exploring Solutions that is primarily self-supported, she decided to do something uncanny as a graduating senior in order to liquidate her arrears and care for her family.  She refused to just complain, but decided on an appropriate course of action.  Late one night, she called me and said “Stephen, I have made up my mind to start selling doughnut in Red-light Market.”  It was a complete disbelief for a senior student at United Methodist University to peddle doughnuts in the bustling and teeming Red-light Market.  To my greatest surprise, I saw Pauline selling doughnuts the next morning.  Pauline managed to put aside shame and refused to worry about perception emanating from other people.  She was gradually able to scale up the quantity of doughnut sales and began to save some of her profits.  Eventually, Pauline settled her tuition as well as paid some graduation requirement fees.  Due to the success of the doughnut business, she has begun providing doughnut catering service for small workshops.  Pauline also uses personal scarce resources to support Youth Exploring Solutions and lend her voice to making people achieve their full potential and measure of happiness in aspirating for a better future.Having seen Pauline’s work first hand for the last three years, I am certain that she is capable of doing anything she puts her mind to.  She is a quick learner and most importantly a moral human with a heart full of compassion for people, and the challenges that face them in the 21st Century.  Indeed, Liberia is lucky to have such an inspiring young woman possessing such brilliance and determination to make the World a better place.From the Xenophobia attack in South Africa, to the rising death toll of African migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, to the capture of school girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria, to post Ebola recovery in the hardest-hit countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, Pauline story resonates that good things can come from Africa’s oldest republic despite enormous challenges.  It teaches us to look inward and believe in ourselves, and as well demonstrates that possibilities are endless in post-conflict Liberia in spite of overwhelming difficulties.   It edifies us not to give up in life, but look for opportunities in the midst of crises.Now is the time to hold the ladder for Pauline to climb up to success.  The time has come to give Pauline the opportunity and platform to excel in every aspect.  From this moment onward, let us show to Pauline that she deserves a decent job, a country that cares, and a citizenry that appreciates her quest to acquire education, thirst for quality life, and passion to serve humanity.  About the author:  Mr.  Stephen B. Lavalah is an advocate and the Founder & Executive Director of Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), a passionate, non-profit and voluntary grassroots accredited youth-led development organization. For more information about YES’ work in Liberia, please visit http://www.liberiayes.org.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“I have nothing to say as yet” – Mayor

first_imgThe life of the Parking Meter Re-negotiation Committee came to an end with it submitting its final report and finding to the Mayor of Georgetown on August 2, 2017, but almost one week later, the report is yet to be circulated to Councillors. Georgetown Mayor, Patricia Chase Green acknowledged receiving the report, stating, “I am still looking at it as I said before there will be a special meeting held by Council, a copy would be given to every Councillor so they will have enough time to look at it and then we will look at the options that were recommended by the parking meter team,” she said.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green“I am reading the report in detail and so presently I have no information to give to the public,” Chase Green responded when asked about the content of the report.M&CC had entered into a contract with Smart City Solutions Inc on May 13, 2016, for parking meters to be implemented in Georgetown.However, the project came under intense scrutiny and rejections from various public and private stakeholders, the Opposition and even some central government officials over the clandestine way it was being foisted unto the populace, its prohibitive pricing and the contracting company’s general disregard with the way the new mechanism was introduced to the public, among many other concerns.After becoming effective in late January 2017, several large protests were staged in front of City Hall calling for the contract to be revoked, while multiple stakeholders took the M&CC and the SCSI to court over the matter.Under pressure, on March 21, 2017, the Minister of Communities who had initially passed the By-laws bringing parking meters into effect, ordered that it be suspended for a period of three months to facilitate the re-negotiations of the terms of the contract.The Parking Meter Committee was established on April 26, 2017, one month after Bulkan suspended the paid parking initiative. Its members consist of Malcolm Ferreira (Chairman), Roopnarine Persaud, Noelle Chow-Chee (Vice Chairman), Ivelaw Henry, Trichria Richards, Carlyle Goring, and Heston Bostwick.Since its establishment, the Committee has consulted with various stakeholders inclusive of the Movement Against Parking Meters and civil society. Consultations are ongoing and stakeholders are encouraged to visit the Councillors’ office to meet with the committee members and submit their proposals. When asked about the possibility of refunding citizens who would have bought parking meter credit in bulk quantities, the Mayor said it is too early to make a pronouncement, adding she will have to await the report from the Committee and would act accordingly. The Committee’s Terms of Reference (ToR) was drafted and voted upon by the majority of members of the M&CC. The ToR provides the Committee with the authority to “engage with all stakeholders within the parameters of the framework agreed upon by the Council, Cabinet and Smart City Solutions (SCSI) to seek to determine what terms of the agreement can and should be negotiated to bring the contract in harmony with the desires of the Council, Central Government, SCSI and the citizenry.The Mayor has since excused herself from all matters related to the renegotiation of the contract since it was herself, Town Clerk Royston King and Councillor Oscar Clarke who signed and implemented the controversial project. The PPP Councillors also have recused themselves since they noted they were against paid parking from the inception.last_img read more

Horse club poker ride Sunday

first_imgThe Git-Along Horse Club is hosting a poker ride on Sunday Sept 20th at Hubley’s (mile 58 1/2 Alaska Highway – watch for signs). There will be a pancake breakfast at 9:00 a.m., at a cost of $5 per plate. Registration for the poker ride begins at 10:00 a.m., at a cost of $10 per hand. – Advertisement -The 2 1/2 hour ride begins at 11:00 a.m. For more info contact Laurie, at 250-785-2129.last_img

MURDERS OF BUNCRANA BOYS IN OMAGH MASSACRE WAS ‘SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS’

first_imgMurdered by the Real IRA: James BarkerA LAWYER representing the families of the Omagh bomb massacre victims has described the outrage as the slaughter of innocents.He was speaking as two men were found culpable in a civil case brought by relatives. Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly were successfully sued for a second time in the civil retrial after a judge said the evidence against them was overwhelming.Three schoolboys from Co Donegal were among those killed when Real IRA terrorists planted a bomb in the centre of the Tyrone town in August 1998.Buncrana children Oran Doherty, who was just 8 and Sean McLaughlin (12) and James Barker (12) died in the terrorist outrage.Spanish student Fernando Blasco Baselga (12) and Rocio Abad Ramos, a group leader who were staying with local families in Buncrana at the time, also died.Solicitor for the families Matthew Jury said the Omagh bombers had not furthered any cause.“It was a massacre of the innocent that left a scar on families, their community and their country that has not healed,” he said.“By bringing this civil action, their victims showed that they will not be intimidated and that justice will be done.”In his judgement, Mr Justice Gillen said the case against them, which was primarily based on mobile phone evidence, was “overwhelming”.He added: “The barrier of time has not served to disguise the enormity of this crime, the wickedness of its perpetrators and the grief of those who must bear its consequences,” he said.“Even 15 years on, nothing can dilute the pulsing horror of what happened.”Lord Brennan QC, representing the families, said the bereaved relatives were determined that the damages would be paid.“Enforcement will be pursued with vigour here and in other relevant jurisdiction,” he said.Michael Gallagher, whose son Aidan was killed in the bombing, called on Gardai and the PSNI to once again pursue criminal proceedings against the men.He said: “We have held people to account for Omagh but we will now write to the chief constable and the Garda Commissioner to see if there is any way people could be brought before the criminal courts.“That’s really what we wanted in the first place and sadly it was left up to the families to get a result and to hold people to account for this crime.”He said it was “scandalous” that so much money, estimated to be “tens of millions” had been spent to bring justice in the case.MURDERS OF BUNCRANA BOYS IN OMAGH MASSACRE WAS ‘SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS’ was last modified: March 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaJames BarkerMURDERS OF BUNCRANA BOYS IN OMAGH MASSACRE WAS ‘SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS’Omagh bombOran DohertySean McLaughlinlast_img read more

DONEGAL GAELSCOILEANNA, PROTESTANT SCHOOLS STILL FACING CUTS, SAYS TD

first_imgSmall schools, Gaelscoileanna and minority faith schools in Co Donegal are still facing significant cuts to staffing levels and the possibility of closure, despite a “PR announcement” from the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn this week, it has been claimed.Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue has said the Minister is trying to give the impression that he has rowed back on cuts small schools when he has not.“Minister Quinn announced that small schools facing cuts can appeal these cuts if they can prove their pupil number will rise significantly over the coming years. This is nothing more an attempt to take the heat out of the controversy over this unpopular budget measure. In reality, it will make very little difference to small schools in Co Donegal that are set to lose their teachers,” said the Donegal North East Deputy. “While it is welcome that staffing levels will be based on pupil numbers as of September 2012 instead of September 2011, it will be extremely difficult for many schools to prove they will have significant increases in pupil numbers of the next number of years. Without this proof, at best they will loss staff and class sizes will increase, while at worst they face forced amalgamation and closure.”He said more than half of all primary schools in Co Donegal are still facing increases to the pupil-teacher ratio, which for many will mean losing teachers this year or in the coming years.“Donegal is particularly badly hit, as we have a higher number of small schools in rural communities, gaelscoileanna and Church of Ireland schools facing a disproportionate level of cuts.  The reality is that any school with less than 5 teachers is still in the firing line.  Schools will now need 53 pupils on their roll in September 2012 to retain three teachers – an increase on the current figure of 49.“This is not over. There is no doubt that this will still lead to forced amalgamations and some communities in Donegal losing their local school, and I know that parents and teachers in Co Donegal will not take it lying down,” said Deputy McConalogue.  DONEGAL GAELSCOILEANNA, PROTESTANT SCHOOLS STILL FACING CUTS, SAYS TD was last modified: February 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL GAELSCOILEANNAPROTESTANT SCHOOLS STILL FACING CUTSSAYS TDlast_img read more

SOS SENT OUT TO REFORM LETTERKENNY’S FAMOUS TOWN BAND

first_imgWere you a member or follower of ‘The Emerald’ or ‘Town Band’ from 1969 to 2000.? If so, a group of former band members are hoping to hear from you?Forget about selling tickets. This is a chance for former band members to meet up and reminisce about times gone by. The local group are also hoping to reform the ‘band’ again. This will take a bit of help but with the good will and support shown earlier this year from former band members, they’re hopeful this will come together.An ad hoc committee has been busy trying to get the pieces in place to reform the ‘band’ again .“We’re hoping that former band members will come on board and help us out,” Tony Duffy, who was a member of the first band in 1969 said.“I’ve been there ever since. The band is a great social network and there is a real buzz again. We had a reunion on August 25 in The Station House Hotel and we had over 300 people there. We all played again and it was a great success,” he added. Anybody in interested in helping with the plans to reform ‘the band’ contact Hughie McCauley (086-8432488), Tony Duffy (086-0566061) or Patrick Doherty (086-1066073).There is a meeting on Friday October 12, in The Constance Centre, Loreto Convent (back gate) at 8 pm for anyone who would like to come along. SOS SENT OUT TO REFORM LETTERKENNY’S FAMOUS TOWN BAND was last modified: September 25th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Emerald BandLetterkenny Town Bandlast_img read more

County checks bridge safety Is the span quake-ready?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Officials of Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Works are double-checking that design plans for the new Beverly Boulevard bridge incorporate the recently discovered Puente Hills faultline.Under the persistent urging of local resident Jim Flournoy, county officials recently took the design to an outside engineering consulting firm to ensure that the 6-year-old bridge design can accommodate the new seismic information first detected in 1999.“The bridge was designed in 1999 and does not take into account this \ fault,” said Pat BeChellias, deputy director of the county’s Department of Public Works.“However, due to the gentleman’s insistence, we went to the outside geotech firm to compare the updated information to ours in order to answer conclusively.”BeChellias said county engineers believe the bridge design is conservative enough to survive an earthquake involving the Puente Hills fault, therefore he did not anticipate any added costs or delays to the project.“Results from the analysis should be available next week,” BeChellias said. “However, if results are what we believe they will be, there won’t be any delays. If not, the impact would depend on how close (the design) is to being right.”In 1997, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina told officials from Montebello and Pico Rivera, co-owners of the bridge, to set aside money for the bridge’s replacement. Using the 1996 Caltrans guidelines, a new bridge design was completed by 1999.On the day federal funding was approved for the project a month ago, the bridge was destroyed when a homeless man accidentally set fire to the structure while trying to keep warm. Flournoy, a Rosemead resident and former contractor, has been agitating for Caltrans to update its seismic standards to include the new fault, saying scientists have predicted damage from a 7.5 Puente Hills-induced quake to be much higher than the same size quake by the Whittier fault.“They \ have a good opportunity before they build this bridge to check and make sure the design is updated,” Flournoy said. “There is no policy to prompt Caltrans to update their standards, even when the information is out there.”Chief Seismologist for Caltrans Lalliana Mualchin said the new seismic information is currently being integrated into a new set of standards and should be completed “soon,” although he did not give a specific time.“It’s a big state with a lot of bureaucracy,” Mualchin said. “We live at the good will of our colleagues at universities. Of course we must evaluate whether it \ is worthy of consideration, but if we are being informed by someone who’s aware, then we can and should include the information in our standards.”Long thought to have been caused by the Whittier fault, the 1987 earthquake, which registered 5.9 in magnitude, caused eight deaths and $358 million in property damage.However, seismic studies over the past several years uncovered the Puente Hills “blind-thrust” fault that came close to the surface under some of the area’s hills. Scientists now believe the “blind-thrust” fault helped create the topography of the Puente Hills and caused the Whittier quake, said Eldon Gath, president of Earth Consultants International, a geotech firm in Tustin.Flournoy pointed to damage estimates from a Puente Hills quake by Caltech professor Edward Field of the U.S. Geological Survey. In a May 2005 paper, Field warned of possible economic losses between $82 billion and $252 billion with 3,000 to 18,000 fatalities and 142,000 to 735,000 displaced households if the Puente Hills fault slipped. pam.wight@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Set To Play Two Matches This Week

first_imgIndiana State defeated IFPW, 3-0, in its last game to snap a three-game losing streak. The Sycamores are coached by former Kansas player and Iowa assistant coach Julie Hanley, who is in her first season at the helm. Kansas State (3-5-3) is in its first season of varsity soccer competition after adding it in Oct., 2014. The Wildcats will play 16 matches this season before competing as full members of the Big 12 Conference starting in 2017. Following Friday night’s game, Drake (8-2-1) will host Kansas State Sunday, Oct. 2 with first kick scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Sunday, the Bulldogs will host their annual “Kick Cancer” game with giveaways for Drake students and a special banner for fans to sign with the names of people close to them impacted by cancer. Kansas State Live Stats Drake, who remains ranked 10th in the NSCAA Great Lakes poll despite the loss, has allowed a league-low six goals this season. The Bulldogs have a balanced scoring attack with nine different players scoring at least one goal so far. Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) leads the team with four goals, including three game winners. TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Drake University women’s soccer team travels to Indiana State Friday, Sept. 30 for the first of its two matches this weekend. The Missouri Valley Conference road match will start at 6 p.m. and be available online via The Valley on ESPN3. Indiana State Watch Live On Valley On ESPN3 This week as part of Drake Athletics’ Year of the Fan, the women’s soccer team will host an open practice for fans to attend. The team will welcome fans Wednesday night at Drake Stadium at 6 p.m. Fans can park in lot 4 and enter the stadium through the northeast entrance.center_img Against Indiana State (5-7), the Bulldogs are vying for their first MVC win on the season after falling to Evansville, 1-0, in their league opener on Sept. 25. Drake had several near goals before the Purple Aces capitalized on a defensive miscue by the Bulldogs in the 65th minute to score the game’s only goal. Story Links Indiana State Live Stats Following Sunday’s game against K-State, Drake will have a break before returning to the field at UNI on Oct. 11.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

SINN FEIN IS NOT A CULT, SAYS DONEGAL TD

first_imgPadraig Mac LochlainnDONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has hit back at a newspaper which described Sinn Fein as a cult.“Who knew? The Sunday Independent today reveals that a political party supported by 400,000 people across Ireland is actually a cult,” said the Inishowen politician on his Facebook Page.“Wait till Dan Brown gets a hold of this. “Tom Hanks will soon be seen on your movie screens racing against the clock from Belfast to Dublin to Cork and up to Donegal to save us all from this dastardly Sinn Féin conspiracy.”Meanwhile Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has challenged other political leaders to a debate about the past which rises above contrived outrage of the Irish establishment parties in recent days.Mr Adams said: “The issue of legitimacy is at the core of establishment outrage.“Other political leaders refuse to accept the legitimacy of the recent phase of armed struggle which ended with the cessation of 1997. “Although I disagree with it I accept that this view is entirely valid.“The problem for its main apologists is their inconsistency.“If the right to armed actions is illegitimate for one generation then it is illegitimate for other generations.“The a la carte approach of establishment parties which praises the Volunteers of 1916, or of the Tan war; applauding Michael Collins or De Valera or Terrence MacSwiney while condemning Bobby Sands, Kieran Doherty or other Volunteers, is an entirely inconsistent position.“All war is horrific. All deaths are regrettable. War is the result of the failure of politics, in the case of the Irish conflict this includes the failure of partition. A debate on all these issues is overdue.” SINN FEIN IS NOT A CULT, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: December 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more