Peter Bunting

Yesterday evening Dalaradia along with the Carson Project, hosted Peter Bunting, the Assistant General Secretary for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions at the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim.

A very enjoyable discussion with many topics covered including the NHS, benifit cuts, social housing and the working classes role in Northern Ireland.

He would have responsibility for co-ordinating and de

veloping the Trade Union Movement in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Committee (NIC) of ICTU is the representative body for 34 trade unions with approximately 215,000 members across Northern Ireland.

Peter has been involved in the following organisations: The Board of Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company; The Management Committee of Counteract and it successor, Trademark; The Management Committee of Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre; Belfast City Council Good Relations Committee; Economic Development Forum; and NI Water.

A native of Belfast, Peter has been an active trade unionist since 1972. Prior to his appointment to Congress Peter served as General Secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union in the Republic of Ireland. He holds a BA (Hons) from the Faculty of Business, Economic and Social Science, Trinity College, Dublin.

Many thanks to Peter and all in attendance.

Voter registration night

On Tuesday evening and yesterday evening members of Dalaradia in conjunction with our sub group the RATH. Community Group held a voter registration night to help members of the community get registered.

In total close to 40 people are now registered over the two nights. We want more! We need more! We will be organising another night this Tuesday 12th November 18:30 to 20:30. MLA Paula Bradley will be in attendance to help. Many thanks to the local elected representatives for their assistance this week.

Speaking with members of the community their concerns would surprise you. Be it the process registering, debt worries or even safety worries. Did you know you can request to register anonymously? If you think your name and address being on the electoral register could affect your safety, or the safety or someone in your household, you can register to vote anonymously.

You can do it here – https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/…/register-vote-anon…

We can provide transportation for elderly members of the community if required, please contact the page.

Please share – you are most welcome to attend. Defend the Union

Public meeting i

This evening members of Dalaradia are hosting a public meeting in Antrim. There is also a public meeting in Sandy Row Orange Hall at the same time for anyone in that area. All are most welcome to attend.

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

We cannot be the generation that fails Ulster.

Protect the Union

Unionist Unity rally

Yesterday evening members of Dalaradia attended a Unionist Unity rally meeting in a packed North Belfast Orange Memorial Hall.

There were many topics of discussion including the betrayal act, the Union and the upcoming elections being paramount. It was extremely positive and reminiscent of the Ulster Says No mass protest campaign against the provisions of the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement.

Something notable was the many men and women from all backgrounds standing side by side, United, pushing an uncompromising message of a people backed into a corner with little or no choice but resistance.

There has been various gatherings of frustrated PUL communities including East Belfast, West Belfast, Newtownards and Conlig. Other upcoming meetings include Antrim on Wednesday 6th November and South Belfast on the same date.

We have also seen various Resist the Betrayal act banners erected across the country.

The upcoming General Election is no doubt one of the most important our beautiful country has seen in some time. Will you stand and be counted?

We cannot be the generation that fails Ulster.

Protect the Union 🇬

Voting registration evening

Need help with your electoral registration forms? We as a group recognise not everyone uses the internet and can’t fill them in online.

Dalaradia in conjunction with our sub group the RATH. Community Group are opening our Rathcoole office at Room 21, Dunanney Centre, Rathmullan Drive, BT379DQ to help.

It will be open on Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th of November 9am to 1pm and 6pm to 8pm.

Many people worry about the process and because of this do not register which is a shame considering the importance of not only the upcoming elections but voting in general. Not sure how to? Maybe you struggle a little to read or write? Do you know someone who needs help and can refer them to us? We are here to help you.

Are you confident enough yourself but don’t know where to print the form? Use the following link – http://www.eoni.org.uk/…/5…/Registration-Form-CURRENT-FORM_2

And return it to:
Electoral Office for Northern Ireland
St Anne’s House
15 Church Street
Belfast BT1 1ER

Please bring proof of address with you IE – phone bill, electric bill, rates bill or anything with your current address on it. It will speed up your registration.

Please share – you are most welcome to attend. Defend the Union 🇬

Kill your speed signs

On Sunday evening members of Dalaradia in conjunction with our sub group the RATH. Community Group erected “kill your speed” signs after concerned residents contacted the group about speeding within the Rathcoole estate.

Statistics show a community’s approach to speed can be a proactive solution that local areas can put in place to tackle excessive speed or unsafe driving and help to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in the community.

More signs will be erected in the future as it is a large area to cover. Many thanks to ACT for providing them. The group will also be discussing other safety measures with local elected representatives to combat this issue, the safety of our people is paramount in our work.

Stevie McCrea mural

A new mural recently opened in the Village area of South Belfast dedicated to our friend and comrade Stevie McCrea, fondly known as “X-ray”.

30 years ago 16th February 1989 Stephen had just finished his last day of work at the Belfast enterprise zone on the “work out” ACE scheme.

Stevie, a highly thought of Red Hand Commando operator, was sent to Long Kesh on Halloween Night in 1972 and went on to spend the next fifteen years of his young life in those bleak, soul-destroying cages and was not re-involved in any paramilitary activities upon realease. It is well known that there was a strict policy that ‘Lifers’ are not to be involved in current activities. Stevie, while in prison was involved in a marathon escape bid from Long Kesh Camp. At the time, he was being held in Loyalist Compound 19 as a Special Category prisoner. An ‘x-ray’ van was driven into the Camp for the purpose of taking chest x-rays of all prisoners. Stevie realised that the attending Prison Officers were not monitoring the van and making a spontaneous decision, seized the moment and dived underneath the van and climbed onto the axle stand. During the head count that evening one of his comrades done the ‘Colditz Shuffle’ and was counted twice covering for him. Stevie endured two long and freezing days and nights lying under the ‘x-ray’ van wearing only a thin denim jacket and jeans. On the third evening he managed to climb inside the van itself and conceal himself in a cupboard. When leaving the camp the following day it successfully got through the security checkpoint at the Prison Officer’s gate but Stevie was discovered by a young Squaddie at the main gate. He was hastily taken to the punishment cells and held for three days in solitary confinement.

Upon his release from ‘solitary’ Stevie returned to the Compound and from that day on became known as ‘x-ray’ McCrea.

Stevie, in his short period of freedom posed no threat to anyone and sought to re build his life settling down and enjoying the remainder of his life in peace.

On that day after cashing his last pay cheque, he and several of his work colleagues went for a lunch-time drink in the local Orange Cross Club. The drink, was to bid their friend farewell after working together for the past year.

At 1.15 p.m the security buzzer sounded. As the door opened, three IPLO gunmen brushed inside and ordered the men in the room to stand at the bar. In an effort to get people to let their guard down during those murderous days, they pretended it was a robbery. When everyone lined up as instructed the gunmen opened fire indiscriminately. Stevie, in this moment of chaos, thought only of his friends safety. One friend described the scene:

‘I stood in line whenever the first shot was fired and all of a sudden Stevie McCrea dived in front of me. The shots rang out and we all hit the floor. By this time the gunmen had run out of the room and we all stood up again. That is, except for two other men and Stevie McCrea. He had saved my life alright but lost his own in doing so’.

Two days later Stevie passed away at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. Upon realising they had murdered a former Loyalist prisoner the IPLO issued a gloating statement in which they claimed to have singled Stevie out for attack, a blatant lie. The truth is that Stevie had been in the wrong place at the wrong time and it was nothing but blatant sectarianism.

We are free to express ourselves.
We are free of oppression.
We are free of fear.
We all owe our freedom to them.

Honour – Service – Sacrifice

Lamh Derg Abu

Lest we forget

Reformation Sunday

Today is reformation Sunday which marks Martin Luther’s actions at Wittenberg prompting the beginning of the Protestant Faith which remade Christianity in the West. The reason for our very existence.

On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 Theses to the wooden doors of the local church in Wittenberg, Germany. In his theses, Luther attacked the Catholic church’s corruption and the indulgence-for-sale system that had grown popular.

The impact of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation has been enormous on global Christianity. In contrast to the extra-biblical traditions and works-based practices of Roman Catholicism, Luther called the Church back to the good news of salvation by grace alone through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Luther believed the Word of God was the supreme authority for the Christian faith, rather than tradition or papal decrees. In the process of bringing the Scriptures to the common person, Luther translated the Bible into German, published numerous books and sermons of biblical teachings, and composed numerous hymns based on biblical themes. Many of his hymns are still sung today.

Luther was brought to trial before the church, and the court attempted to force him to recant. Luther’s response is often quoted: “I cannot choose but adhere to the Word of God, which has possession of my conscience; nor can I possibly, nor will I even make any recantation, since it is neither safe nor honest to act contrary to conscience! Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God! Amen.”

From Germany, the Protestant Reformation expanded through Europe, influencing the work of John Calvin in Geneva, Ulrich Zwingli in Zurich, and John Knox in Scotland. The Reformation Luther led also sparked the Anabaptist (free church) movement and the English Reformation. These movements, in turn, influenced the spread of Christianity to the Americas and throughout the world where European exploration took place. South Africa, India, Australia, and New Zealand all felt the impact of Luther’s hammer in Wittenberg.

Robert Rothwell has noted, “Today, Luther’s legacy lives on in the creeds and confessions of Protestant bodies worldwide. As we consider his importance this Reformation Day, let us equip ourselves to be knowledgeable proclaimers and defenders of biblical truth. May we be eager to preach the Gospel of God to the world and thereby spark a new reformation of church and culture.”

Reformation Day remains a central rallying point for all of those who choose to follow Christ by faith according to His Word. The holiday commemorates the actions of a man who was willing to stand against the ideas of his day and to present God’s Word as our guide for salvation (John 3:16) and Christian living.

The reformation was and still is about the Lord.

“In short, I will preach it, teach it, write it, but I will constrain no one by force, for faith must come freely without compulsion. Take myself as an example. I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philipp and Amsdorf, the Word … did everything.”

Loyalists stop riots, create jobs, challenge racism and promote inclusion, so why do we only ever hear about regressive elements who want to turn the clock back?

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/peter-shirlow-loyalists-stop-riots-create-jobs-challenge-racism-and-promote-inclusion-so-why-do-we-only-ever-hear-about-regressive-elements-who-want-to-turn-the-clock-back-38624488.html?fbclid=IwAR1lma9_G8ud-G83csc1Vh18cf5yWZ9Ku6uYd_LoHxiktp5sBiN0YzxqJuw

Loyalists feel that if they use the same threats that they might achieve their ends

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-loyalists-say-dublin-has-destroyed-trust-built-with-them-over-decades-1-9116161?fbclid=IwAR3MA3-akljinu3mXfeiPV47NYIZkLXZsQdVb11efYc5Z_MJaqISkRrEDb4

East Belfast loyalist Mr Wilson of REACH, who describes himself as ‘a former combatant’ linked to the RHC, said there was “a lot of anger” at the meeting.

“Loyalists feel that if they use the same threats that they might achieve their ends. And that has to be answered by people in the Alliance Party, the SDLP and Sinn Fein who said that there could be violence if the border was reinstituted.”