Our cry is still that of No Surrender.
Orange Chaplain Hugh Ross on calls to end the Drumcree protest.
Friday 17 July.
If the people of this province stand together and they see to it
that this assembly falls apart then maybe proper democracy would
be restored to the people who haven't had it for 30 years.
Harold Gracey of the Orange Order attacking the Good Friday
Agreement at the same rally.
The Prime Minister gave us assurances that the RUC will remain
Six-County `Police Federation' Chairman Les Rogers after his
meeting with Tony Blair last week.
drew Faulds (letter 8 July) suggests a NATO bombardment of
Serbia because of the Kosovo problems. I suggest that NATO first
bombs England for the English actions in Ulster.
Letter to the English Independent last week.
But it was too late. History had passed him by too, leaving him
there on top of the hill at Drumcree, full of wrath and fury,
fulminating at the wind... Earlier that day his DUP colleague and
fellow Presbyterian, Joel Patton, had gone to fight for Ulster at
Pomeroy. With an umbrella and his index finger, which he pointed
at the enemy, the Rev William Bingham, a young clergyman then at
prayer. Hardly the stuff of myth.
Patsy McGarry on the beginning and end of the Orangmen's `last
stand at Drumcree'. Irish Times, Saturday 18 July.
Instead the muddy fields were disturbed only by a few police and
soldiers, who, without any apparent urgency, were carrying out a
sixth day of searches in an operation which has all but ended the
Report in the Examiner on the collapse of the mass Orange protest
at Drumcree. Monday 20 July.
On the Garvaghy Road a mural painted in just fives hours last
Saturday is frighteningly prophetic. It shows an Orangeman,
looming over three young, dancing figures. In his hand is a
petrol bomb coloured red, white and blue.
ne Cadwallader. Ireland On Sunday, 19 July.
The satellites and burger vans are gone, along with the tents and
huckster stalls. The TV crews have disappeared, even the soldiers
are yawning in the afternoon sun. This is the protest that died
ne Cadwallader on Drumcree.
Of course the IRA have been quite definitive about this, you need
only refer to their statement of April last. They said then on
the issue of IRA arms: ``Let us make it clear, there will be no
decommissioning.'' That's it, flat, bald, like it or lump it, no
two ways about it, clear as a die, any cliché you like.
Niall O'Dowd writing in Ireland On Sunday on decommissioning. 19
Given the fact also, that there are some 130,000 legally held
weapons on the other side, not to mention the scarifying scenes
in the past few weeks - Catholic children burned alive, entire
families uprooted from their homes, attempted pogroms in several
housing estates where Catholic minorities lived - it is hardly
surprising they [the IRA] would reiterate their April message.
It is crucial that the new inquiry into the Bloody Sunday deaths
retains the confidence of relatives of the dead. Without that,
the capacity of the investigation to heal the wounds left by that
awful day will be severely limited.
Editorial in the Irish News on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in
Derry. Tuesday 21 July.