“The judgement by the court last week weighs no heavier on my mind than the choice of conditioner I should be pairing with shampoo. My only regret is in failing to prevent supremacist marching in the town of Ballycastle.” Cllr. Padraig McShane.
Independent Glens Councillor Padraig McShane struck a defiant note as he was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for three years following an incident on the 12th of July 2016 in Ballycastle.
In his only media response since sentencing was passed Councillor McShane confirmed he would be appealing and refused to talk retrospectively about the incidents themselves until the conclusion of that appeal. The Councillor did however spell out who he blamed for numerous shortcomings on the day.
“To facilitate supremacists a number of organisations must work in unison. History illustrates that the Police play an important role. When Mosley’s British Union of Fascists attempted to march through the Jewish East End of London, it was the Police who arrived in their thousands to facilitate the Fascists. Likewise historically the Ku Klux Klan enjoyed the help and support of police in America. While the judiciary are simply an extension of law enforcement they are an integral part in the facilitation of supremacist marches. The Orange enjoy similar levels of support historically enjoyed by the Fascists and the Klan.
“Drawing inspiration from the Blacks, Jews and Irish who combined to thwart the hate march from Mosley’s BUF in London, we must all unite as a community to reject supremacist ideologies in Ballycastle . We should allow the Antifa movement that faced down supremacy in Charlottesville be our inspiration and ‘No Pasaran’ our motto”.
“Ballycastle enjoys some of the most precious community relations anywhere in the six counties. They must be protected and everyone must be allowed to feel a full and equal part of what makes our community great.
” I’d like to tip my hat in a glowing tribute to those who opposed the attempt at dominance last year”.
The Councillor finished by inviting the Orange Order locally to dialogue directly with representatives of the people of Ballycastle.