The Five Demands

At the centre of the hunger strikers iron-work on the site of the (former) Andersonstown RUC barracks is a lark in barbed wire; the barbed wire, however, contains the five demands: no prison uniform, no prison work, free association, visits and parcels, and full remission.

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Stop The Sell-Off

The Andersonstown RUC barracks at the junction of the Glen and Falls roads was demolished in early 2005. Plans to develop the site with residential housing involving private company Carvill were opposed by locals, who launched the ‘Stop The Sell-Off’ campaign, aimed in particular at then-minister for Social Development (DSD) Margaret Ritchie of the SDLP. By October, Carvill had withdrawn their plans.

Brendan McNamee was shot by the PIRA after he defected to the INLA. Miriam Daly was shot by the UDA (or SAS). There is a plaque to the pair on the Andersonstown Road.

“Belfast IRSP. Brendan McNamee and Miriam Daly – murdered by British agents”; “DSD – Stop the spin”; “Public land for public use”; “Dear Santa, please get Minister [Margeret] Ritchie to give us back our land. Signed, West Belfast Residents”; “Justice for Harry [Holland] – No bail for his killers”; “Stop the sell-off campaign”; “Cuir deireadh leis an díoladh”.

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No Bail For Murderers

Greengrocer Harry Holland was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver by teens in Norfolk Drive (just above the Milltown roundabout where this board is positioned) on September 12th, 2007. Stephen McKee, Patrick Crossan, and Niamh McKee (who was granted bail) would later be sentenced for murder, affray, and assault charges relating the crime. The Glen Road shop would remain open until 2018.

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Labhair Cibé Gaeilge Atá Agat!!!

“Labhair cibé Gaeilge atá agat” (“speak whatever Irish you have”; “Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste” (“Broken Irish is better than clever English”; “Rally for Irish Language Act this Saturday June 9th @ Cultúrlann 1 pm”. Whiterock Road, Belfast. The mural in the background is No Plastic Bullets – see 1995 and 2004.

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Volunteers From The New Barnsley Area

The New Barnsley memorial garden is greatly expanded over the single plaque from 2005, to include a larger main plaque, a smaller one commemorating early resistance “Sheas siad le chéile” [They stood together], and wrought-iron gates with a phoenix and “Óglaigh na hÉireann”.

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No More Pain

Stone squares carved with images and words such as “racism” and “respect” on the side wall of the Credit Union at the junction of Springfield and Whiterock Roads. “Upper Springfield Development Company, Ltd. Launched by Gerry Adams, 28th Sept 2006.” “Envirnoment Achievement Award. Sponsored by West Belfast Partnership 2006.”

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