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Civilian Administration?

George Young • March 1, 2004

How many of the Blanket's readers have heard of the Civilian Administration Department?

Not too many I wouldn't imagine and with a name like that you could be forgiven for thinking that it was a division of Belfast City Council, but I'm afraid it isn't. It is the name given by the PIRA to the gentlemen who last week decided to rearrange Bobby Tohill's hairstyle and take him for a wee hurl in their van afterwards. Just to blow some of the affects of the drink out of his obviously fuzzy head, you understand. You can kill people with kindness you know.

Would you believe that some of the units of the aforementioned department actually operate from local Sinn Fein offices and are publicly funded?

Hard to believe, right, but because Sinn Fein and the PIRA are against the policing of republican/nationalist areas by the RUC/PSNI, this is seen by their leadership as a form of Provo Police and for some inexplicable reason the recognised police force do not seem to have a problem with it, as was demonstrated as far back as 2002 in the Ardoyne.

How do they work? Well, much like the RUC or PSNI, if you have a problem with any of the local youth or dissident republican elements, you go and report it to these people and they perform in basically the same manner in which the RUC/PSNI have always done with regard to dissident republicans, as Bobby Tohill, much to his chagrin, found out.

I am reliably informed that on certain occasions, there is even a form of judicial hearing which takes place before sentence is passed and the poor unfortunate is taken away to have his hairstyle rearranged or the way that he or she walks is altered in some way.

Ah, at last some community judgement, you might think, but I'm afraid that isn't the way it works, although that is the way that these people would like it to be seen.

What about the drug dealers, the extortionists, the housebreakers and the muggers, surely anything that removes or deters these people from operating in our community, can only be for our own good? You may well ask.

Well, you can report them but only if they do not kick back, or are related in some way, to the members of this group, in which case, you may find that you are the one receiving the privilege of a wee hurl in their van.

I can remember the time when Sinn Fein was a republican socialist movement but I'm afraid that is not the case now, it has become everything that was fought against and is closer aligned to the Britain of Thatcher than the Ireland of Connolly.
















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1 March 2004


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The Enforcers

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Reference Guide to Provisional IRA Attacks on Republicans, 1998-2004


Stand Down, Mr Hyde
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Civilian Administration?
George Young


Adams Nearly Quit Sinn Fein - Peace Process Hero Angered by IRA's Violence
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Double Standards - Questions Need Answering
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Brilliant, Bloody Brilliant
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POWs and the Challenge of Partnership
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Naming Bobby Sands Street

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Suspended Belief
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Kelly's Cellars
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Stop Press!
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PSNI/RUC Occupies POW's Family Homes
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Did the Black and Tans Run From the Rifles of the IRA?
Liam O Ruairc


Stevens, Inquiries, Resistance to Change
David Michael


Provisionals Attempt to Censor and Exclude RSF in Scotland
Seamus Reader


Provisional Police?
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