BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | Anti-social problem is ‘ongoing’

January 5, 2009

As has been highlighted in this blog before , see the entry on Underage Drinking, things aren’t particularly good for certain sections of our community when young people get deeply involved in drink and drugs.

According to this BBC report the people of Rosemount are currently in the front line in Derry but the scene is repeated in many areas across Northern Ireland every weekend.The main question has to be… where do the parents of these children believe them to be? And why aren’t they checking out their offsprings’ whereabouts?

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Come on parents.. ask the hard questions:-
“Where were you to-night?”
“Who were you with?”
“What were you doing?”

It can’t do any harm to ask and it might do a lot of good for the children of Northern Ireland.

If you are experiencing these problems …what do you think are the solutions?


Doh!…. I thought you had the keys!

June 18, 2007

Unbelievable story on the BBC today…. Handcuffed thief steals PSNI car. Go have a wee read and then maybe someone can explain how this happened!

cuffs.jpgA police statement said: “One of those who had been detained made off from the scene in a liveried police vehicle. He had been handcuffed and placed in the vehicle during the incident.”

Police chased the stolen car through the Poleglass estate for about an hour, but the suspect made his getaway after abandoning the car on the Bellsteel Road. Apparently he was later arrested.

The question now is Read the rest of this entry »

Thank You… a step forward.

June 15, 2007

Great news that the UDA (Ulster Volunteer Force) has removed it’s flags from the West Winds estate in Newtownards. In this BBC story – UVF removes its flags from estate – Gary McCready, a community representative is quoted as saying:-

flag.jpg“We decided within the estate to try and move forward, get the estate improved, and move away from the name that it had received. They’ve flown there for years and the police have always wanted them down. People have complained about them, but they’ve never been taken down. They’ve always been left to fly, but this year after talking to the loyalists and speaking to the community we’ve got them down.”

I don’t know the West Winds Estate personally but I applaud their brave first step. Congratulations are Read the rest of this entry »

Underage Drinking

June 8, 2007

We’ve all seen what’s happening, we’ve all nodded our heads in agreement when others complain and we’ve all shaken our heads in disbelief when we’ve witnessed the antics… but it isn’t getting any better…… is it?

This Andersontown News article by Evan Short, FRIDAY Night on the Tear pretty much illustrates the position. Evan recounts a trip around Belfast with a photographer but, I’m sure, similar pieces could have been written about towns all across Northern Ireland. Evan writes of the young drinkers with their carry out bags:-

” Each encounter with the camera lens on Friday night prompted the same typical response. First they showed defiance – shouting abuse and waving hand gestures. Then followed the realisation that they perhaps didn’t want to be photographed swilling alcohol in full view of everyone and they tried to cover their faces. Any sense of consequence soon left them, however, and thoughts turned to confronting us, prevented only by a number of hasty departures on our part.” Read the rest of this entry »

Sinn Fein & the Policing Board

June 6, 2007

Every new day has a new dawn and to-day is one of those. To-day, Sinn Fein is going to take part in its first full meeting of the Northern Ireland Policing Board. Whewwwwww this is going to be interesting! As Sinn Fein’s Alex Maskey, Martina Anderson and Daithi McKay sit across from 4 DUP members, 2 Unionists, 1 SDLP rep and Chief Constable Hugh Orde will they all smile happily at each other and witter on or will they do some work?

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One law for the rich?

May 30, 2007

… and one law for the poor?

The sad tale of Muriel Stewart, the church organist who swindled her church and bank to the tune of £145,000 , has got me thinking. You can read the full details here in the Belfast Telegraph but, briefly, she worked for the bank and the church, stole the money over a period of time, was caught and wound up in court. “So far, so good,” I hear you say, “The forces of law and order are doing a grand job… locking up criminals … just what they should be doing.”

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