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13.12.07
CROSS-COMMUNITY WORK ... SOUTH ARMAGH STYLE

After carrying out some very basic research, we have re-discovered a few interesting facts that we believe should be highlighted again. We ask a very simple abstract question, which we will develop further in the next few paragraphs: Why would the family of murdered men, shot by Loyalist paramilitaries do business with the very organisations that murdered their family members?

For example, let us look at a Republican builder from South Armagh, who succeeded in securing major contracts in well known Loyalist areas in Belfast. This Republican builder approached a well known extortioist from the area concerned in the mid 1980s (widely suspected of being Jimmy Cregg) and struck a financial agreement between them. This agreement allowed the contractor and his workmen entry into these Loyalist areas to carry out their work. The quality of that work was sub-standard when compared to the work detailed in the work tendering process. Many Loyalist families who had to endure this shoddy workmanship complained and were then told to keep their mouths shut or face being knee-capped!

This builder made substantial amounts of money from his sub-standard work and yet continued to have freedom of the area concerned. Of course he was not the only one who made plenty of money out of the contracts. It is claimed by many others that Cregg too benfited greatly from the profits. Eventually it became clear to everyone what was happening and the South Armagh builder was forced to leave the area. A police investigation ensued into how a Republican contractor from South Armagh and a well known extortionist operating under the banner of Loayalism, came to have this financial arrangement. Soon after this charges were brought against the well known builder from South Armagh and it is believed the firm declared bankruptcy to cover up the tracks of what had been taking place. It seems that the builder had a career change to selling machinery, tractors, trailers and other items. The only difficulty was that the items were not his to sell in the first place, as they were stolen. He was heard to boast that "the profit margin was very good" in the business he was in.

It is ironic that this same Republican ex-builder is now trying to proclaim himself as a persecuted victim of the troubles, because of his accusations against the RUC and UDR!

HOWEVER PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DETAILS OF THE COURT FINDINGS FROM THAT PERIOD, WHICH DESCRIBE HOW A MAN WHO HAD FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED WAS PREPARED TO WORK WITH SO-CALLED LOYALISTS WHO HE BLAMED FOR KILLING HIS FAMILY MEMBERS! IT WOULD SEEM THE POUND WAS VERY STRONG AT THE TIME...

Not only will we highlighting this, but also we will bring to light the accusations that this same man was responsible for bringing TB to this area through one of his many criminal activities. We will also highlight his Republican activities. If you look at the papers back far enough, you may even find a picture of this man's brother in military unifrom at an IRA man's funeral. However, if you cannot seem to locate the picture keep watching this space.

Then we will ask people to judge for themselves whether this man is a true victim or a two-faced liar. Maybe then some investigative journalist could start asking questions as to what went on in his building contracts in Belfast and other areas.

When you start telling lies to cover your tracks, the truth has a habit of coming out. This truth coming out will not be to justify the killing of anyones family, but given the level of hypocrisy this man is displaying it is time that he was exposed for what he is.

KEEP WATCHING THIS SPACE

 



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