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 By October, Carvill had withdrawn their plans.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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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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Gibraltar/Milltown Martyrs

2008 was the twentieth anniversary of the killing of IRA members Seán Savage, Danny McCann, and Mairéad Farrell in Gibraltar on March 6th, and the subsequent deaths related to their funerals: IRA volunteer Kevin McCracken was shot on the 14th near the Savage family home on the night the coffins arrived in Belfast and, at the funeral, Thomas McErlean, John Murray, and IRA volunteer Caoimhín Mac Bradaigh were killed by the UDA’s Michael Stone. The Ballyseedy Memorial was used in the mural painted at the time.

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