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Raymond Elliott – Shankill bomb hero

Raymond Elliott, hero of the Shankill bomb has died. Raymond was a member of FAIR and a dear friend who I had the pleasure of spending much time with.

Raymond_Elliott Shankill bomb hero,

Raymond_Elliott Shankill bomb hero,

Raymond, who tried to rescue people immediately after the Shankill bomb, said his mind would have been eased “if I had even saved one of them”, he sadly suffered greatly from what he saw that day and is one of the many unseen and unheard victims of the IRA some in NI pretend don”t exist.

Raymond will be greatly missed by many people, as well as being a hero he was a great well liked Loyal Ulster man who always put friends and family first.



I will leave you with a few short words by Raymond himself.
“I ran back down again and everybody was running about crazy, crying and injured. I helped get them onto the other side of the road and I got as much as I could to bandage them up from the chemists. Some of them got nappies and bandages out of the wee chemist. But some of them were beyond repair. I knew most of the people. It was just a mess inside, a real, real mess. I don’t want to talk about what I found. No-one will ever know the extent of what I saw, not even my wife Doreen.  It’ll die along with me.”

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Shankill bomber Sean Kelly, Sinn Fein''''s Gerry Kelly

Shankill bomber Sean Kelly, Sinn Fein””s Gerry Kelly

Shankill bomber Sean Kelly alongside Sinn Fein”s Gerry Kelly at a Sinn Fein IRA ceremony celebrating the IRAs murderous actions that terrible day.

ISIS -IRA, the radicalization of children

The IRA and ISIS both draw their members from young men, easy to influence, and both organisations were good at marketing, motivating those young men to recruit and instilling fervour when they did.

ISIS-IRA Radicalization of Children

ISIS-IRA Radicalization of Children

In both cases also, the young men came from a diverse cross section of the community. There were the intellectual types who had analysed it all and strongly bought in to the cause, and there were the less intellectual types who understood a more simplified message but really just wanted to be somebody, coming from areas offering little or no chance of life success or and chance of status, for whom picking up an AK47 would make them someone, create at least the illusion of having respect and status.

Paddy Ashdown tweeted: Young UK Muslims joining ISIS; no more typical of Islam than young Catholic men joining the IRA, was typical of Catholicism.

Young UK Muslims joining ISIS; no more typical of Islam than young Catholic men joining the IRA

Young UK Muslims joining ISIS; no more typical of Islam than young Catholic men joining the IRA

In a move reminiscent of Nazi Germany, ISIS, HAMAS and the IRA want to receive, train, and educate hundreds and thousands of children. These children  are the victims of a disturbing form of religious mass-indoctrination. They say there a gap between what we think we know and what we can prove but we see it day and daily in photos like these. What has been less widely understood is that some young people in Northern Ireland are being radicalised at home, by their parents or or other relatives. Ironically the government funds venues where young people are being subjected to the glorification of IRA terrorism.



If ISIS do manage to achieve some UK terrorism, we’re likely to see opposing paramilitary groups develop and grow. We’re already seeing a few contenders eager to size that role. If it gets badly out of control, it is possible that a Northern Ireland style conflict could result with extremist groups fighting
against each other.

The civilian population would be in the line of fire from both sides. Deaths would encourage young people to join up to have the chance to be heroes, and views can harden quickly, increasing the support base and the size of the community from which recruits can be drawn.

In Northern Ireland, only a small number of men joined up to fight in the IRA, INLA, UDA or UVF, but there was a large community support behind them.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said Islamic State militants terrorizing the Middle East are a distortion of “genuine” Islam much as the Irish  Republican Army was a “perversion” of Catholicism

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said Islamic State militants terrorizing the Middle East are a distortion of “genuine” Islam much as the Irish
Republican Army was a “perversion” of Catholicism

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said Islamic State militants terrorizing the Middle East are a distortion of “genuine” Islam much as the Irish Republican Army was a “perversion” of Catholicism.

“The IRA claimed to be Catholic,” Dolan told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. “They were baptised. They had a Catholic identity.” But, he continued, “what they were doing was a perversion of everything the Church stood for.”

The spiritual leader of New York’s 2.8 million Catholics, Dolan said that likewise, the Islamic State extremists “do not represent genuine Islamic thought,” but are “a particularly perverted form of Islam.”

Victims will take civil actions against IRA killers

Civil action against senior republicans if the government does not compensate IRA terror victims using assets belonging to Colonel Gaddafi which are frozen in the UK. The ultimatum was issued last night by Willie Frazer, who has been campaigning for over a decade for compensation from the Libyan regime on account of the many tonnes of weaponry it supplied to the IRA during the Troubles.

Colonel Gaddafi Gerry Adams IRA Libya

Colonel Gaddafi gave Gerry Adams IRA weapons and money.

He was speaking only hours after Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds that compensation from Libya for IRA victims was out of the question at present as there is effectively no government to deal with in the strife-torn north African country. Libya has had a political and security vacuum since the 2011 uprising which led to the overthrow of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. Numerous different armed groups now battle for control.

Responding to Mr Dodds, Mr Hammond said: “I very much regret to have to tell you the reality on the ground in Libya is that there is no authority to engage with. For the moment I can report no progress on those measures.

“The urgent need now is to get a government of national unity created for the Libyan people to deal collectively with the threat to their society that is posed by the establishment of Isil cells in Libya.
“Once we have such an authority in place we will then of course re-engage with that agenda.” Mr Hammond said the next few weeks and months would be crucial for the country, but said it was not as simple as getting behind the democratic forces.

He added: “It isn’t clear there is a democratic authority behind which we can get. We need a coming together.” DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson said the Libyan government is on the run due to Islamic extremists and as a result the UK has closed their embassy in the country. Nobody can predict what will happen next, whether the extremists or the government will gain control, he added. “Sadly all of this means it is not possible to progress the compensation claims.”

Weapons supplied by Libya are unearthed at Five Fingers Beach, Donegal

Weapons supplied by Libya are unearthed at Five Fingers Beach, Donegal

He added: “Many of those in opposition who gave us commitments about compensation are not in the new administration – which does not regard this as a high priority anyway.”

Former UUP leader Lord Empey said Mr Hammond’s statement will come as “a blow to victims but not a surprise”.

He added: “We can all see the chaos in Libya where rival militias are fighting each other and the Islamic State is trying to muscle in and take advantage of the ungoverned space that is opening up for them. Victims will be forced to wait, I believe, for a very long time before there is a coherent and democratic government with which we can do business.”

But Mr Frazer, who originally spearheaded the compensation claim, was last night not content to wait.

“We intend to travel to Libya at the end of May or June,” he said. “The Foreign Office has advised us that it was too dangerous to go out but now we have heard that ex-prisoners from Northern Ireland have been going out there in recent weeks, so we intend to go as soon as possible.

“We have contacts out there that are more than willing to help. The UK government is sitting on billions of assets located in the UK which belong to Gaddafi and his family circle.

“So the government has a choice. Either it compensates IRA victims from those assets or we have people in Libya who are willing to tell us everything about the senior IRA personnel Gaddafi was dealing with and the Irish government figures who knew what was going on.

“Then we will take a civil action against the IRA men involved, using some of the same legal people that won the civil case against those behind the Omagh bomb.”

The News Letter previously reported that a financial settlement as large as £2bn was likely to see three tranches of money paid over by the North African state.

The Foreign Office was not available for comment last night.

A deal struck between Libya and the US government in 2008 saw 273 victims’ families receive £2.7bn compensation – but Tony Blair was reported to have intervened to ensure British IRA victims were not eligible.

The Foreign Office has been involved in the negotiations since then Prime Minister Gordon Brown was forced into an embarrassing U-turn on support for the victims’ campaign in 2009.

Michelle Williamson and William Frazer campaign in Washington

Michelle Williamson and William Frazer campaign in Washington

Libya was the only country which officially donated arms for the IRA campaign. In 2009 a cross-party delegation of MPs and peers travelled to Tripoli, pressing senior figures in the Libyan regime to compensate the victims of its weaponry.

In 2010 a Foreign Office spokeswoman told the News Letter that the Libyan government considered the matter closed.

She added: “We now judge that the most likely way for the victims and families of victims to succeed is for them to address the Libyan government directly in their own campaign. This is why we have created a dedicated unit in the FCO to support the families campaigning for compensation, which is now working closely with the families’ representatives.”