Dart Guardiola to Barcelona: “Don’t talk too loudly …”

first_img“After the game we can talk about what you want, now I want to focus on the game“Guardiola started.”At the beginning (the sanction) was an impact, after hours you realize that it is not something we can control. We support the club one hundred percent, what we have to do is focus on our matches, “he said. Asked if the sanction is going to affect his players, Guardiola was clear.” They are exceptional professionals, “he said.This Wednesday also pronounced on the sanction Ferrán Soriano, CEO of the City, saying that the allegations are “false” and that is based on “stolen mails”. The manager hopes that by the beginning of summer this situation will be resolved.After the game he responded to BartomeuAfter the victory against West Ham Pep Guardiola also valued the sanction and sent a message to the Barcelona board in statements to Sky sport: “If Barcelona is happy because we are suspended, I would tell the president that we will appeal. We believe that we are right, we will appeal, but my advice to Barcelona is not to speak too loudly because sometimes everyone is involved in these situations. “ Direct reference to the support of Barça to UEFA in the City sanction. Pep Guardiola, coach of Manchester City, spoke for the first time about the penalty they have received from UEFA and said that support the club “one hundred percent”. The City has been sanctioned by UEFA without being able to participate in European competitions in the next two years, in addition to a fine of 30 million euros. A few minutes after starting his Premier League game postponed against West Ham United, the Spanish coach spoke on the Sky Sports microphones. “Why should I go? I said a month ago, I love this club, I like being here. Why should I go?“Guardiola told Sky Sports about the possibility of the FA descending to the team. citizen Then add in a press conference: “If you don’t fire me, I’ll be here. I love this club. I like to be here. This is my club and I will be here. We call. When someone thinks he is right, he has to fight. The club has to fight and I trust the club 100% of what they have done and explained to me. This situation (for the sanction) is not over and until it is resolved you have to play and play and that is what will happen. “De Bruyne, on the sanction: “For us nothing has changed”Kevin de Bruyne, chosen best player in the 2-0 victory against West Ham United on Wednesday, went to step of the penalty received by UEFA and clarified that for the players “nothing has changed”.The City has been sanctioned for breaking the rules of ‘fair play’ financial and may not participate in the next two years in competitions European, in addition to having to pay a fine of 30 million euros. “We were on vacation when the news came up. We came back And we play soccer. The situation is what it is. We went back and trained normal. For us, nothing has changed“said the Belgian to the microphones from Sky sports.“We have a lot to go, with the two cups and the Champions League, so we hope to catch up as quickly as possible and win some Titles“De Bruyne added. Kevin de Bruyne, elected best player in the 2-0 victory against West Ham United on Wednesday, stepped out of the penalty received by UEFA and clarified that for players “nothing has changed.”last_img read more

Khris Middleton helps Bucks pull out sluggish win over Hawks

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton, left, is fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks looked sluggish at times coming back from a four-game trip, and the worst team in the Eastern Conference was threatening to knock them off at home.All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo led one last charge to help the Bucks hold on for a 97-92 win on Tuesday night over the Atlanta Hawks.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Olympic figure skating unveils new, modern soundtrack Antetokounmpo overcame a slow start from the field to hit two key buckets in the final three-plus minutes, and Khris Middleton led a balanced attack with 21 points as Milwaukee improved to 9-2 under interim coach Joe Prunty.They’re a threat again for a top-four playoff seed in the East.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“When everything is judged on those last three minutes, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to win,” said Antetokounmpo, who had 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting and 15 rebounds.Dennis Schroder scored 18 points for the Hawks, and Ersan Ilyasova had nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Ilyasova spearheaded a late rally in which Atlanta erased a 12-point deficit and tied it at 84 on Kent Bazemore’s 3-pointer with 3:30 left. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Antetokounmpo answered with a mid-range jumper and layup to open an 8-0 run following a timeout. Schroder and Bazemore then whiffed on open layups following a steal with less than a minute left that could have helped the Hawks mount one last comeback.“It’s guys making plays, that’s what it came down to. Making the extra effort, trying to get to the right spot defensively to close out,” Prunty said.Better defense has lifted the Bucks since Prunty replaced the fired Jason Kidd on Jan. 22. They’ve held opponents to less than 100 points eight times during Prunty’s 11-game tenure.While the Bucks are thinking about the playoffs, the Hawks are building for their long-term future. They’ll pull out a few positives from challenging a playoff contender on the road.“We’ve kind of stopped looking at records and the standings,” Bazemore said. “Our coach and our front office likes the nucleus we have here, we’re all growing … it’s getting the pieces in place, getting the experience and we continue to push.”TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Hawks: Second in the league at forcing turnovers (15.8 per game), Atlanta got the Bucks to cough up the ball just 10 times. … Bazemore had 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting.Bucks: Forward Jabari Parker played 18 minutes and scored seven points after missing the previous game for rest. He has shown flashes of the explosiveness that made him a dangerous player before missing a year after suffering the second major left knee injury of his career on Feb. 8, 2017. At one point in the first half, Parker ripped down a rebound before dribbling nearly the length of the court and dishing near the bucket after drawing a double team.ZELLER’S NEW HOMETyler Zeller had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and eight rebounds in his first game in Milwaukee since joining the team on the road before the trade deadline last week.“It was actually kind of nice being on the road for the first five or six days, I could not worry about getting an apartment … or anything like that. I could just focus on basketball,” Zeller said.ON THE RUNA 14-2 run in the third quarter for the Bucks briefly broke open what had been a ho-hum game marked by questionable shot selection and bad misses on both sides. Middleton’s jumper with 2:58 left completed the spurt and lifted Milwaukee to a 65-53 lead.“Besides the third quarter and a couple of situations late, I thought our defense was really improving and getting to the point where we want it to be,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.UP NEXTHawks: Finish up the second half of a back-to-back by visiting the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday in their last game before the All-Star break.Bucks: Host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday in their last game before the break.center_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Mother’s Day smash-up claims 4th life

first_imgAlmost two weeks after a horrific accident along the Kuru Kururu Soesdyke/Linden Highway, 46-year-old Rookmin Persaud of Kaneville Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara died while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC).The housewife reportedly took her last breath on Wednesday evening. Persaud was an occupant of the minibus which was involved in the accident. So far, four persons have now perished from the two-vehicle smash-up which occurred on Mother’s Day.One day after the accident, six-year-old Arianna Hughes of Rohan Housing Scheme and Back Half, Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), died. Her mother, Shennelle Hughes, 31, also died a few days later.Shennelle Hughes was reportedly the driver of the motorcar on the day of the fatal accident. Quinton Odle, 42, of Blankenburg, West Coast Demerara, also diedThe now dead woman moments after the accident on Mother’s Dayfollowing the smash-up.However, Prem and Lakeram Persaud of Kaneville, EBD; Jada Enmore, nine; and four-year-old Tyrese Authur who were admitted patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital following the accident were discharged.Three of the four people who have died were occupants of motorcar PMM 548 which collided head-on with the minibus bearing registration number BHH 8451.The minibus was reportedly heading to Grove, EBD, while the motorcar was heading towards Linden. Initial investigation revealed that the driver of the motorcar, Shennelle Hughes, drove into a pool of water, causing her to lose control of the vehicle. She swerved into the path of the minibus resulting in a collision.Several persons from both vehicles sustained injured and were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where they were treated but those with the more serious injuries were transferred to the GPHC.Of the eight, four persons are now dead while the others are said to be in stable conditions and are resting at home.last_img read more

Northern Metalic Flyers on the road for two games in Fort McMurray

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, A.B. – The Fort St. John Northern Metalic Flyers will be hitting the road for a pair of games this weekend.The team will be playing a pair of games on Saturday and Sunday in Fort McMurray, taking on the Bantam AA Barons. The team has so far had a phenomenal start to the season, winning games against Grande Prairie and Peace River last weekend. Head coach Craig Brownlee says that the team played excellent in five of the six periods in those two games.Brownlee says that in their season opener last Saturday at the North Peace Arena, the team utilized the three S’s of speed, skill and smarts in three solid periods against the Grande Prairie Athletic Club. The Flyers took the win 5-4 after going winless against Grande Prairie in three exhibition games.- Advertisement -On Sunday, the Flyers were in Peace River to square off against the Bantam Sabres. After trailing 2-1 after the first period, the Bantam Flyers came out guns blazing, scoring seven unanswered goals on the way to an 8-2 rout.Heading into Fort MacMurray for two tough games, the team is also looking forward to the post-game celebrations on Saturday. The Barons will be hosting the Flyers for a  Thanksgiving Dinner with both teams.last_img read more

Copper wire thefts in Fort St. John

first_imgBy Energeticcity.ca StaffThe Fort St. John RCMP are looking for your help after a report of industrialized copper wire going missing.On June 4th, the RCMP received a report of a theft of industrialized copper wire from the 8300 block of 89A street.   The wire was of different lengths and thicknesses and was cut and stolen from various locations.  This could have happened over the past few months.- Advertisement -If you witnessed, or have any information regarding these thefts, call the RCMP at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 or online at www.thecrimestoppersfsj.calast_img read more

Henry makes Ligue 1 return with freefalling Monaco

first_img0Shares0000Thierry Henry returns to Ligue 1 for the first time this weekend © AFP / Valery HACHEPARIS, France, Oct 18 – Thierry Henry returns to Ligue 1 for the first time in 19 years this weekend, tasked with dragging a crisis-hit Monaco away from the relegation zone after a miserable start to the season.The Arsenal great came through the youth system at the principality club in the 1990s, and is now mirroring the start of his playing career with his first job as a head coach, after a two-year spell as assistant to Roberto Martinez with the Belgian national side. The 41-year-old has a difficult job ahead of him, with Monaco occupying the relegation play-off spot and only above the bottom two on goal difference, and he knows that his immediate job is just to arrest the slide.“How do you define success? It’s difficult. At a big European club success is winning the Champions League,” said Henry ahead of his first game in charge at Strasbourg on Saturday.“At other clubs, it’s winning the league or helping players get better.“Long term, it’s really far away when I know the situation we’re in here and what we need to do.”Leonardo Jardim was sacked as Monaco boss last week after a hugely successful spell in charge which saw the club win the French title in 2017 and finish as runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain last season, but the constant changes of playing personnel eventually got the better of him.Monaco have gone 10 matches without a win since beating Nantes on the opening weekend of the Ligue 1 season, including home defeats by Angers and Rennes in recent weeks.Their fans will be desperately hoping that Henry, who scored over 400 goals in a glittering playing career, can coax the best out of under-performing youngsters like Youri Tielemans and Aleksandr Golovin.“For me, a coach is supposed to make people better first and foremost,” 1998 World Cup winner Henry said.“Improving players for me is already a success, but then you have different types of success.”– PSG eye perfect 10 –Mbappe scored four goals in 13 minutes in PSG’s last outing against Lyon © AFP/File / Anne-Christine POUJOULATPSG host Amiens on Saturday eyeing a record-extending 10th straight win to start the season after Kylian Mbappe’s four-goal heroics inspired a 5-0 thrashing of Lyon before the international break.The teenager ran riot at the Parc des Princes that day, saying that he “should have scored more”, and Amiens will be hoping Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani are distracted by Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli.The French striker has already scored 10 goals in just seven matches for PSG this term, and even featured on the front cover of Time magazine earlier this month.The capital-city giants broke the 82-year-old record held by Olympique Lillois for most consecutive victories at the start of a French top-flight campaign, and coach Thomas Tuchel gave the players who were not on international duty the week off as reward.With the title already all but in the bag, it could be tempting for PSG to take their foot off the pedal and focus on European matters, but the runaway leaders have shown no signs of that so far, netting 32 times.With Lyon and Monaco both out of sorts, Lille have taken the early advantage in the race to qualify for the Champions League — Christophe Galtier’s men sit second, eight points adrift of PSG and three clear of Marseille.Player to watch: Florian ThauvinThauvin was replaced by Thomas Lemar after less than an hour of the friendly draw against Iceland © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEThe 25-year-old winger has been in red-hot form since the start of last season, and his Marseille side make the short trip to take on Patrick Vieira’s Nice on Sunday. Thauvin, who has scored 44 league goals since returning to France in 2016 after an ill-fated spell at Newcastle, will be looking to make a point after an underwhelming display in France’s friendly draw with Iceland.Ligue 1 fixturesFridayLyon v Nimes (9:45pm)SaturdayParis Saint-Germain v Amiens (6pm), Caen v Guingamp, Dijon v Lille, Nantes v Toulouse, Reims v Angers, Strasbourg v Monaco (9pm)SundayMontpellier v Bordeaux (4pm), Saint-Etienne v Rennes (6pm0), Nice v Marseille (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Take a chant on me, a British footballing art

first_img“You’ll Never Walk Alone” is most closely associated with Liverpool — though Celtic fans sing it as well — and has made a comeback among their fans.“You’ll Never Walk Alone is definitely back at Liverpool, especially post-Hillsborough,” Marshall told AFP, referring to the 1989 FA Cup semi-final when 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death.“The lyrics refer to higher noble aspirations and, if you have lost people, it essentially says ‘hope springs eternal in the human heart’.“You’ll Never Walk Alone is the one of the two anthems that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck as it’s just that massive identification with the club, that long history.“The fact scarves and flags go up with it at the same time makes it also a visual thing.”Tottenham Hotspur fans will belt out ‘When The Spurs Go Marching In’ though some may be blissfully unaware it is about The Apocalypse © AFP / Glyn KIRKSpurs’ chant is also sung by Southampton supporters, re-worded to “When the Saints Go Marching In” — “Leave them to argue over that one,” says Marshall — and is another to cross the Atlantic.“‘The Saints Go Marching In’ dates back to the 1800s with the lyrics about the Apocalypse,” said Marshall.“It is about saints marching through the gates of heaven and fire and brimstone as the world is destroyed, and claps of thunder.“The version as we know it dates back to New Orleans jazz. 1920s jazz became very popular here in the 1950s and took hold in football — it is another English football chant that comes from the New Orleans jazz explosion.”– ‘Feeling of community’ –Come what may, though, no matter what the score spectators inside the Metropolitano stadium and TV viewers will be treated to a singing contest.“Liverpool fans always begin to sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ a minute before the end of the game,” said Marshall.“They will sing it in a different vibe depending on whether they are winning or losing. If it is the latter it won’t be mournful, it will be resigned.“If Liverpool have won it will be ‘hey world, this is our song’.”Marshall, formerly foreign editor at Sky News, says while supporters of clubs abroad also sing, it is Britain that sets the standard.“I think they (British football fans) were the first to sing and then to chant which goes all the way back to the 1920s,” said the 60-year-old Englishman.“It came into its prime, though, in the popular culture of the 60s — everyone knew the songs.“The British not only pioneered it but also are the best at it for the range of songs, chants, imagination and humour, you name it.”They are a discerning crowd too. Fans of Wolverhampton Wanderers rejected the great English composer Edward Elgar’s tribute to the team, “We’ll Bang the Leather for Goal” — rather ungrateful given that he used to bicycle 48 miles (77 kilometres) from Malvern to watch them play.– ‘Nothing like it’ –West Ham anthem ‘Forever Blowing Bubbles’ like Liverpool’s ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ stems from a Broadway musical © AFP / Oli SCARFFMarshall, who cites West Ham’s “Forever Blowing Bubbles” and “Goodnight Irene”, Bristol Rovers’ mournful tune by three-time jailbird Lead Belly about love and suicide as other American songs to have been adopted by supporters, says fans do not think twice about singing along with thousands of others as he does week in week out with Leeds fans.“That feeling of community and togetherness and identity and tribalism is very strong,” he says.“It feels ethereal. On really big nights it is tangible, it’s as if you can feel it.“Ethereal doesn’t create another degree of existence, that would be going too far, but it creates another dimension inside that bowl or stadium which the outside world has nothing to do with.“This encased mix of sounds, vision, noises, smell and another thing created by belief, passion, is what hangs in the air and everybody feels it almost telepathically.“It is special, there is nothing like it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ has regained its place as Liverpool’s fans favoured anthem especially since the Hillsborough tragedy according to Tim Marshall, author of a book on football chants © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 29 – Whether Liverpool are winning or losing a minute from time in Saturday’s Champions League final with Tottenham Hotspur a rendition of their emotive song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” will reverberate round the stadium in Madrid.It will be competing with their opponents’ anthem “When the Spurs go Marching In”, but according to Tim Marshall, author of “Dirty Northern Bastards, Soft Southern Bastards — The Story of Britain’s Football Chants”, it is the song that originates from the 1945 musical Carousel, not as many believe the 1963 Gerry and the Pacemakers hit, which will have the hairs standing up on the back of many fans’ necks.last_img read more

Sunderland boost as key man signs SIX year deal

first_img1 Lee Cattermole has committed his long-term future to Sunderland by signing a new six-year contract.The midfielder had 12 months to run on his previous deal and there had been speculation he could be on his way out of the Stadium of Light.But Cattermole has now agreed to extend his stay, much to the delight of head coach Dick Advocaat.“Lee is the controller of the side. He is a motivator, a leader and central to the success of our team,” said Advocaat. “To know that he will be with us for many years to come is very important to the club.” Sporting director Lee Congerton added: “Lee is a hugely important part of our team, both on and off the field.“He has ten years of experience playing in the Barclays Premier League, which is incredible when you consider he is still only 27 years old, and we are delighted that he has committed his long-term future to Sunderland.” Lee Cattermole with Dick Advocaat last_img read more


first_imgFORMER Ireland soccer star Owen Coyle says he understands why Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy chose to play for Ireland over Scotland – and hopes there isn’t an anti-Irish element in the crowd when the Republic take on the Scots at Celtic Park this Friday night.Coyle’s mum Frances was from Gortahork and dad Owen Snr was from Gaoth Dobhair.He was brought up in an area of Glasgow known as ‘Little Donegal’. McGeady and McCarthy’s grandparents are also from Donegal; they chose Ireland over Scotland.“James and Aiden will probably get some stick, but it should be because the supporters are simply upset that they chose to play for Ireland above Scotland and nothing else,” said Owen.“The great thing about Scotland and Ireland is that both sets of supporters are known for being some of the very best in the world. People will be told to keep it decent if they do go over the score a little.“I would like to think that anti-Irish sentiment is not a part of our modern society. I hope we have moved on, but it would probably be naive to think that there won’t be some people who come along to give them a bit of stick with something of an agenda. The main thing is that it doesn’t get vitriolic. “With all due respect, I feel it would be slightly hypocritical [for Scotland fans] to get too serious about it all because there are players in the Scotland team who were not born in Scotland. It certainly won’t affect James or Aiden. To be involved in football, you have to have a thick skin and these guys are two terrifically talented players who would play in the Scotland team all day long.“Supporters maybe aren’t aware of all the circumstances that lead someone to make such a decision either. It was a different era when I chose to play for Ireland and I think supporters who knew the game could understand it. I was fine. I didn’t get abuse. With the type of personality I had, I would like to think I would have been able to deal with it anyway,” he told The Herald. OWEN COYLE: ‘I HOPE McGEADY AND McCARTHY DON’T GET ANTI-IRISH HASSLE AGAINST SCOTLAND’ was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:aiden mcgeadyceltic parkIrelandJames McCarthyOwen CoyleScotlandlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has accused the Taoiseach of cynicism and political opportunism during a Dáil debate on claims the IRA exiled abusers from the North to the Republic.During the debate Gerry Adams rejected previous claims by Mr Kenny that people had been sent from the North to Donegal.In his speech during the Dáil debate this evening Deputy Mac Lochlainn highlighted what he alleged was the Taoiseach’s failure to meet families who allege cover up of murder or profound failure of the criminal justice system in this state saying this has hurt victims and their families. Here’s what Deputy Mac Lochlainn had to say in full:“There was a profound policing vacuum in the north for many decades. This was not created by Republicans. During the conflict, large sections of the community in the North did not access or trust the criminal justice system.“And in some cases citizens were victims of state abuse or the police turned a blind eye to abuse.“We cannot be selective in dealing with the failures to handle allegations of sexual abuse. “There is no hierarchy of victims. All should have been ensured the protection and support of this state.“Women prisoners were subjected as a matter of policy to the sexual assault of strip searching.“The women subjected to this abuse, deserve access to justice and to hold those responsible, those who conducted the assaults and those who sanctioned the policy, to account.“Throughout the conflict in the north the police and court service were subservient to the objective of combatting republicanism.“This cannot be discounted as republican propaganda. The state pursued as policy the primacy of gathering intelligence on republicans over that of tackling criminality. “It has been the experience of many victims that went forward to the RUC that they were more interested in intelligence gathering than dealing with complaints.“We also are unaware of the number of abusers who were safeguarded from arrest or had charges dropped if they became an asset to the Special Branch or British Army intelligence.“This was the practice that was in place until the implementation of the Patten Commission. This was the force within a force that operated throughout the conflict.“Successive Irish governments were aware of this and that was why a new beginning to policing formed a key part of the Good Friday Agreement. “We cannot be prescriptive or selective as to who is entitled to due process and support. To ignore that reality is to ignore the abuse that went unreported or investigated by the state with the potential that abusers where safeguarded from arrest.“All victims of abuse at a time of conflict deserve support and access to justice.“This must include those who could not access the supports of the state, those whose allegations were failed by the RUC, and those who were let down or who were failed by the actions of republicans.“Any proposals to support and provide justice for abuse victims must address the legacy of state forces or be seen to be selective and party politically motivated.“I understand that there are around 300 serious cases on the desks of An Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice. Most if not all of these cases have been referred to the independent panel of counsel for their review and recommendations.“Some of these cases are persons or families alleging the cover up of murder and a profound failure of the criminal justice system in this state.“Despite requests from some of these families for meetings with the Taoiseach, no meetings have been facilitated.“The Taoiseach has not commented on their cases.“The Taoiseach has not labelled the accused as guilty.“The Taoiseach has not set aside any time in this chamber for statements on these matters.“The Taoiseach protests that he cannot comment on these cases as an independent review process is under way.“Many of these families have contacted me in recent weeks with the observation that the Taoiseach left aside all of this previous practice to avail of the opportunity to score political points. They are hurt and they are outraged.“An Taoiseach stands accused of cynicism and political opportunism. I believe him to be guilty on both charges.“I now wish to outline just a few of these cases.“Shane Tuohey was from Tullamore, Co. Offaly. He was 23 years old.“On the 2nd February, 2002, Shane attended a night club. He would never return home. His body was taken from the river Brosna in Clara on the 9th of February, by his brother Edwin after a week long search.“Shane’s family believe that their son was the victim of a brutal assault that night that led to his death and that his body was subsequently dumped into the river.“They have attained the services of two forensic pathologists based in the United States. Both of them put Shane’s brain injury down to head trauma. One of the forensic pathologists, Dr Kim Collins states ‘It is my opinion that the manner of death of Shane Tuohey is indeed homicide’.“Yet a Garda source was quoted after Shane’s body was recovered as stating that ‘foul play was not suspected’.“Worse still, a member of An Garda Síochána went on the local airwaves to state that Shane Tuohey had gone missing on a number of previous occasions. His family have rejected this statement as entirely untrue.“The Tuohey family believe that their son and brother was murdered and that some members of An Garda Síochána were involved in a cover up.“They are devastated by their experience and they have a harrowing story to tell.“Jim Goonan was found dead in his home in Birr, County Offaly in March 2002. Jim’s brother, Cyril believes that he was murdered despite the advice given by An Garda Síochána to the DPP that his death was not suspicious. They have a serious story to tell.“On August 2nd, 2011, 23 year old Shane O’ Farrell was killed by a hit and run driver at Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. A law graduate, Shane had handed in his dissertation for his Master’s Degree in Law at Trinity College, earlier that day. Like Shane Tuohey, he had a full life ahead of him.“Words cannot describe the devastation Shane’s death has caused to his parents and siblings. His mother told me when I met her that their family are destroyed.“The driver of the car that killed Shane was a drug addict with 40 previous convictions and was at large because of two suspended sentences imposed on both sides of the border.“Shane’s family believe that their son and brother was killed by this state because of the incredible litany of failings in our criminal justice system that culminated in the killing of Shane.“Theirs is also a harrowing story.“Tomorrow, a delegation of families seeking justice for their deceased relatives will visit Stormont Castle to meet senior politicians from each of the political parties in the North including the DUP, Sinn Fein, the UUP, the SDLP and the Alliance Party.“The families, who live in this state, including some of the families I have just discussed, have lost loved ones in violent circumstances – in two cases, their own children.“They have also been unable to get a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.“The families will be accompanied by Garda whistleblower John Wilson and journalist Gemma O’Doherty.“This is the first phase in a new international awareness-raising campaign about cases of alleged Garda wrongdoing which will be taken to the European Parliament and the United Nations, among other institutions, in 2015.“Will the Taoiseach finally meet these campaigners and these families? Or is there not political opportunity in this for him?”Earlier in a strongly worded address, Mr Kenny said Sinn Féin and the IRA were guilty of “unholy collusion” in covering up sex abuse.The Taoiseach said Mairia Cahill’s testimony has been chilling and compelling, consistent and sincere.He said it was the polar opposite of Sinn Féin’s handling of it.Mr Kenny said Ms Cahill as a victim felt horrified and traumatised.He said that instead of manning up and doing what real men would have done, she was humiliated and degraded all over again with a Kangaroo court, inflicting on her an extravagant cruelty.He told the Dáil that Ms Cahill came up against people “who had the delusion and the gall to refer to themselves as Óglaigh na hÉireann”.Mr Kenny told the Dáil that it is clear that in the case of Ms Cahill, Sinn Féin and the IRA put the institution first.Mr Adams called again on former IRA volunteers who have any information about abusers being expelled from Northern Ireland to bring that information forward.TD Mac LOCHLAINN’S SCATHING DÁIL ATTACK ON TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY was last modified: November 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dail EireannDebateEnda KennyPadraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more