[Marxism] back to the barf bag
jmcanulty at tiscali.co.uk
Sat Sep 10 16:13:01 MDT 2011
David may find this clarifies the issue
Fury after republican women
martyrs dumped for landlord ad
(Suzanne Breen, Sunday World)
prisoners are up in arms that a mural honouring republican women killed
in the conflict was replaced by an ad promoting landlords.
in struggle' mural on the Falls Road commemorated famous IRA women
including Mairead Farrell, killed by the SAS in Gibraltar and Maire
Drumm, the Sinn Féin vice-president assassinated by loyalists in
Belfast's Mater hospital.
But the detachable mural was recently
removed by Sinn Féin. A mural depicting Uncle Sam saying 'Landlords We
Need You' was then erected in its place by a local business.
advertised the services of Northern Property, a wealthy Falls Road-
based estate agency. Bizarrely, the new mural sat above one of
republican socialist icon James Connolly, the 1916 leader renowned for
his hatred of landlords.
Ex-IRA prisoner, Nuala Perry, who knew both
Farrell and Drumm said: "I'm horrified that Mairead and Maire have been
discarded for landlords. This shows what West Belfast has become – it's
all about money and nothing about republicanism or socialism now. The
last thing we need is more landlords."
So enraged were locals that
Northern Property's ad was paint-bombed last weekend and has now been
removed. "I'm not surprised that happened. People were very angry,"
said Perry who served five years in Armagh prison.
Padraic McCotter, a
former blanketman who served 15 years in Long Kesh, said he was stunned
that the women's mural had been cast aside for the landlords' ad. "When
I first heard of it, I thought it was a joke.
"The irony must be lost
on (those) who put this ad up given that it's placed above a painting
of James Connolly." McCotter called for the republican women to be put
back on the Rockmount Street wall.
Tony Donnelly, director of Northern
Property, said his office had been inundated with calls about the
mural's removal. He said it had been taken down by Sinn Féin and his
company had then erected its ad separately.
"We now realise that
wasn't a brilliant idea and the old mural will be reinstated in due
course," he said. Ex-prisoners have complained about Sinn Féin's
support for some property firms.
Donnelly confirmed that Northern
Property advertised in the local Sinn Féin news-sheet and the company
had attended a Sinn Féin fund-raising dinner in the Europa hotel.
article appeared in the August 28, 2011 edition of the Sunday World.
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