Mec Vannin acknowledge McGuiness role in peace process

février 5th, 2017

News from Mannin Branch of Celtic League:

Following the retirement of the Deputy First Minister of the Stormont government the Manx Nationalist Party has written to him to acknowledge his role in bringing stability to the North of Ireland after the troubles.

Martin McGuinness was pivotal in ensuring the process was successful and also built an unlikely working relationship and friendship with the DUP’s Ian Paisley who was First Minister for many years.

The text of the Mec Vannin letter is set out below:

“Mr Martin McGuinness
c/o Sinn Fein
52 Falls Road
Belfast
Ireland BT124PO

Dear Mr McGuinness,

Mec Vannin, the Manx republican nationalist party, wishes to convey its support of your contribution to politics, the advancement of democracy, republican politics and peace in the north of Ireland.

Whereas your departure from Stormont leaves a difficult gap to fill, your demonstration that nationalism offers a genuine political future for all has built bridges that will be hard to break. It is, nevertheless, obvious that there lies a long road ahead for the people of the North and backsliders must not be tolerated.

We further congratulate you on your recent nomination for the Tipperary International Peace Award and wish you well for the future with a saying from our own language which you may recognise:

Slaynt as shee,eash dy vea as maynrys son dy bragh. Health and peace, length of life and enduring happiness.

Best regards
Mec Vannin The Manx Nationalist Party”

Image: Martin McGuinness with the late Ian Paisley

Related link:

https://www.facebook.com/MecVanninOfficial

BERNARD MOFFATT
Public Relations Officer Mannin Branch

Issued by: The Mannin branch of the Celtic League.

05/02/17

 

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Articles Sought for Publication in Carn

janvier 30th, 2017
Articles Sought for Publication in Carn 
 
Contributions are currently being sought for the next issue of Carn (#167). 
 
Carn is the Celtic League’s longest running publication and was originally launched in 1973. The 24 page long publication is currently only available in hard copy format and is produced three times a year. It is regarded as an educational magazine and provides news articles and in-depth analysis of issues from an alternative perspective relevant to people in the Celtic countries 
 
Rhisiart Tal-e-bot is the current editor and took over from Patricia Bridson, who edited the publication for 29 years, in 2013. Previous editors of Carn were:
 
Frang MacThòmais 1973 – 74
Pádraig Ó Snodaigh 1974 – 77
Cathal Ó Luain 1977 – 81
Pedyr Pryor 1981 – 84
 
Each issue of Carn features articles in all of the six Celtic languages and English, on a range of varied subjects from the environment to culture to history. Writers from throughout the Celtic countries and internationally contribute articles voluntarily and the magazine has always been financed through the contributions of its subscribers and members of the Celtic League. For more information please contact the editor or submit an article (long or short) for consideration by the editorial board.
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UK recruits child soldiers to train and send to war

janvier 23rd, 2017

The Celtic League is OPPOSED to recruitment from the Celtic countries into the British Armed Forces and it goes without saying we are opposed to the recruitment of children as is the current policy of the United Kingdom government.

(Note the United Nations defines a child as anyone under the age of eighteen – the Celtic League is a fully accredited UN NGO).

We cooperate with Forcewatch who have been running a very informative and lively campaign over the issue for several years.

In there latest circular they quote Liz Savill Robeerts MP saying:

“To Westminster’s great shame, even countries such as Zimbabwe, Iran and North Korea do not enlist children. The UK Government must put a stop to enlisting children and bring the UK into the modern world.”

They also cite a report by the Royal United Services Institute (no less) which argues for raising the age of recruitment (link):

https://www.child-soldiers.org/s…/is-it-counterproductive-to

However most moving is the video accounts of Wayne Sharrocks a young veteran recruited at 17 and badly injured in Afghanistan he tells of comrades killed and his struggle to adjust to civilian life. Here’s a link to ten short videos and also an article in the Huffington Post (link):

https://www.child-soldiers.org/dontenlistat16

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/…/army-life-the-other-side-…&

Image: Wayne Sharrocks bady injured recruited as a child and sent to fight in Afghanistan

Related link: Forceswatch http://www.forceswatch.net/

BERNARD MOFFATT
Public Relations Officer Mannin Branch

Issued by: The Mannin branch of the Celtic League.

19/01/17

 

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Broadcaster gets ‘kick in the pants’ for mis-reporting

janvier 23rd, 2017

It’s not only me that has a problem with the BBC; in Scotland nationalists have taken their anger to a new but constructive level. Billboards and Van boards attacking BBC bias in news reporting have appeared.

As well as a slogan the boards carry a link so that folk can assess themselves the slant the BBC put on news and current affairs.

Speaking in the Scottish newspaper ‘The Courier’ a representative of the group driving the campaign ‘Inform Scotland’ said;

“This is not some thoughtless, blind kickback against a vaguely perceived sense of injustice. It is a well-researched, organised and determined attempt to make a difference, to stand up for balance in what is meant to be an open democracy, to express our justified concern that a publicly-funded institution with a charter proclaiming impartiality and balance, can be shown to be failing in this regard.

“We accept there is an element of disruption in this – direct action is meant to be disruptive. We accept that there may be greater minds than ours bent upon our common goal of independence.

“Ours may be the blunt instrument approach to creative persuasion, but at least it’s an approach.”

Link: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/…/vans-visit-tayside-fife-spr…/

This could catch on!

BERNARD MOFFATT
Public Relations Officer Mannin Branch

Issued by: The Mannin branch of the Celtic League.

21/01/17

 

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Mannin: Sophia Morrison Centenary – ‘Went The Day Well’

janvier 16th, 2017

The Centenary celebration for Sophia Morrison today got of to a very good start with a wreath laying at Peel Cemetery at the grave of the great Manx figure. Even the weather smiled on the day with the midday rain abating just ahead of the event.

I spoke briefly about the need for us to not simply record our appreciation of Ms Morrison’s work but also the work of those she subsequently inspired and continues to inspire.

Cristl Jerry gave a brief oration in Manx for the Celtic League and she was followed by Stewart Bennett speaking on behalf of Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh.

The wreath was laid by Crellin Frost (the Great nephew of Sophia Morrison) who said movingly that he felt she would have been heartened that her work was still recognised and appreciated.

The event was very much a collaborative event with events today organised jointly by Mec Vannin, the Celtic League, Celtic Congress, Culture Vannin however at the graveside ceremony Bob Teare from the Department of Education was present and Malcolm Kelly of MNH – himself a Peel man.

I took the opportunity in winding up events at the Cemetery to thank Roy Kennaugh Cultural Officer of Mec Vannin for bringing all the various groups together both for the wreath laying and events later in the day I remarked that it was more important than ever that as far as is practical all bodies working to retain Manx culture and identity work together and deliver a unified message

I concluded by recoding our thanks to Churchyard Services who at their own expense have restored and maintained the Morrison plot for many years now and who had undertaken maintenance ahead of the commemoration – before they were asked.

Later a talk on the life of Sophia Morrison was given at Peel Methodist Church by Breesha Maddrell of Culture Vannin. The Church was packed and again Roy Kennaugh’s forward thinking saved the day Roy booked the Guild Room but also arranged the church in case numbers were larger than expected. In the event this was a prudent step as the Church was filled to capacity.

Breesha’s talk was wide ranging focusing on all aspects of Sophia’s life, her background, her interests, her collection techniques, her inherent shyness but firm commitment to achieve. She also highlighted the political dimension to her work which given the strictures of the time is often overshadowed.

The day time events concluded with light refreshments served in the Guild Room and for those of an artistic bent a concert will be held in the Centenary Centre at 7:30 this evening

Related link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_Morrison

BERNARD MOFFATT
Public Relations Officer Mannin Branch

Issued by: The Mannin branch of the Celtic League.

14/01/17

 

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Luzel had the Chamber of ‘to a tee’ even though he dies 120 years ago in Brttany!

janvier 16th, 2017

News from Mannin Branch Celtic League:

With the collection of Manx folklore and culture very much to the fore over the weekend a colleague and I (as we are wont to do) were contemplating yesterday evening the broader Celtic context and especially the oft neglected Breton aspect.

As an aside whilst considering François-Marie Luzel my colleague remarked that one of Luzel works ‘The Crystal Maze’ might be a pointer to the thinking that drives the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce – I know! The Chamber pop up everywhere these days they are sort of the bête-noire of the nationalist movement and the population generally. Unloved by all it seems – except the Manx government and Manx Radio.

He’s an excerpt from Luzels ‘The Crystal Maze’:

{And they left the Crystal Palace and went along a path so narrow that Yvon had to walk behind Yvonne’s husband. Then came to a great arid, sandy plain where Yvon was surprised see fat, shiny cattle sitting on the sand, chewing their cud peacefully; yet he did not say a word.

Further on they came to another plain where the grass was thick and tall, yet the cattle there were emaciated, fighting each other and bellowing. Yvon found this strange, and asked:

I’ve never seen anything like this; cattle thriving on sand, others almost starving on good pasture. What does it mean?’

‘The fat shiny cattle on the sand are poor people, who, content ¬with their lot, do not covet others’ goods; the thin, starving cattle always fighting, are the rich who’re never satisfied and always fighting and seeking more at others’ expense.’}

The emaciated cattle fighting in the field where the grass is ‘thick and tall’ sums the Chamber of Commerce up to a tee because there is never enough for them there’s always one more demand.

Its not that the Chamber don’t want to do ‘good works’ they do – but just for their own members. The rest of us can go hang. get taxed and extorted by our government to fund the grandiose strategy for growth of the Chamber which seems centred on expanding the workforce so that a ready supply of minimum wage ‘fodder’ pertains always.

Link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois-Marie_Luzel

Image: François-Marie Luzel (6 June 1821 – 26 February 1895),

BERNARD MOFFATT
Public Relations Officer Mannin Branch

Issued by: The Mannin branch of the Celtic League.

15/01/17

 

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Welsh Language Commissioner’s Report

janvier 16th, 2017

Tranceltic has this article on the Welsh Languages Commissioner Meri Huws most recent report a link to which can be found at the foot of the article.

As usual the Commissioner does not pull her punches:

“State Services Provided in Welsh Fall Short – Welsh Language Commissioner Condemns: “Unfortunate and Unacceptable”

Submitted by Emmett McIntyre on January 14, 2017

News From the Welsh Langauge Commissioner Meri Huws:

Today, the Welsh Language Commissioner published a report which provides a snapshot of people’s experiences when using the Welsh language with public organisations.

Between December 2015 and March 2016 the Commissioner conducted a series of surveys to ascertain the reality of experience when using Welsh with public organisations. The services included those provided in reception areas, on the telephone, online, by e-mail and in correspondence. The results of these surveys are the basis of the ‘Time to set the standards’ report.

Here are some of the main findings:

Welsh language services were actively offered in 58% of calls made to a sample of public organisations; however, 42% of callers continued to have to request a Welsh language service.

Only 19% of the websites surveyed enabled using the Welsh language by providing a language selector on every page.

No response at all was received to 26% of the correspondence sent in Welsh to public organisations; an unfortunate and unacceptable situation.

The Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, said:

“I placed myself in the shoes of service users to understand what it was like to access services in Welsh in Wales today.

“The report finds that individuals who prefer to use Welsh often have to persist with a request for services. I do not believe that it is reasonable or fair to expect people seeking a Welsh language service to persevere more than someone who wishes to receive a service in English.

“The findings show that public organisations need to step up and deliver good quality public services that will enable the people of Wales to increase their use of the Welsh language in their everyday lives.

“One significant change that has taken place since I conducted these surveys, is that public organisations have started to operate Welsh language standards. Standards are statutory duties setting out what organisations must do and deliver in Welsh. Standards are more robust than the previous system of language schemes, and early indications suggest that organisations operating standards are proactively increasing the bilingual skills of the workforce to be able to offer quality services in Welsh.

“I hope that the report will motivate organisations to channel their efforts effectively to improve the experience of the public and to build on what they are already doing in Welsh. To this end, I have organised a series of workshops with public organisations across Wales, to facilitate discussion and enable organisations to share good practice.”

Related links:

http://www.comisiynyddygymraeg.cymru/…/The-experiences-of-p…

http://www.transceltic.com/blog

Language Commissioners web pages:

http://www.comisiynyddygymraeg.cymru/english/Pages/Home.aspx

Image: Meri Huws

BERNARD MOFFATT
pp Celtic League.

15/01/17

 

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An Unlikely Sniper!

janvier 16th, 2017

Although the centenary commemorations of the Easter Rising in Dublin are now over the role of the Scots involved in the struggle to end British rule in Ireland at the time is to be highlighted in a new book (link):

http://www.thenational.scot/…/15025055.Book_pays_tribute_t…/

The book is scheduled to be published in time for Easter this year.

Although the most prominent Scot involved was Edinburgh born James Connolly who was executed in the days immediately after the rising many other Scottish people were prominent including women such Margaret Skinnider who was a republican combatant and due to shooting skills acquired at home was a noted sniper during the battle with the British (links):

https://www.celticleague.net/ne…/a-truly-remarkable-woman-2/
http://www.glasnevintrust.ie/…/interact…/margaret-skinnider/

Image: Margaret Skinnider

BERNARD MOFFATT
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16/01/17

 

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Scotland: Nuclear Waste Concerns

janvier 16th, 2017

The issue of the transport of nuclear waste by air from Dounreay in Scotland to the United States is to be highlighted at the Scottish parliament this week it is an issue the Celtic League highlighted last year (link):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/…/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-386365…

The concerns about the suitability of Wick Airport are well founded it seems that the large C-17 Transport aircraft which carry the waste cannot take of with enough fuel for Atlantic transit. The aircraft make a short hop from Wick to the military airfield at Lossiemouth (Moray) where they are refuelled. Fully laden they then go on to the United States (link):

http://www.insidemoray.com/concerns-over-nuclear-waste-fli…/

The carriage of civil nuclear materials by air is not new and indeed at least one Irish Sea airport – Carlisle – has handled the flights.

In 2014 the airport authorities were quick to dismiss anti-nuclear claims over Carlisle airport expansion as being a precursor for such flight (link):

http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk/…/Cumbrian-nuclear-flights-…

However almost twenty years earlier the airport had been used for air transports of highly toxic plutonium with the attendant risks to Irish Sea communities being played down by the Sellafield (then) operator British Nuclear Fuels (link):

http://www.independent.co.uk/…/bnfl-strives-to-allay-flight…

Image: C-17 Transport Aircraft – USAF

BERNARD MOFFATT
Public Relations Officer Mannin Branch

Issued by: The Mannin branch of the Celtic League.

16/01/17

 

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Neighbourhood Policing – Scottish Style

janvier 9th, 2017

News in this report that the Ministry of Defence Police are to undertake a higher profile in policing the Rosneath Peninsula on the Clyde in the Scottish Sunday Herald (link):

http://www.heraldscotland.com/…/15009201.Armed_MoD_police…/…

The MOD Police like the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) is paramilitary i.e. organised and equipped like a military force. Over 90% of its officers are armed with a variety of weapons including sub machine guns and assault rifles. It’s unclear if it has the heavier weapons the CNC deploy but like the CNC it uses armoured vehicle.

Alannah Maurer, a resident of the Rosneath peninsula and a spokesperson for the local campaign group, Navy not Nuclear is quoted in the Herald article saying:

“There seems to have been no public consultation nor any statement from Police Scotland to inform the local population of these plans”.

She pointed out that the responsibilities of the MoD police to protect Faslane and Coulport and the movement of nuclear weapons were very different from the law and order responsibilities of Police Scotland. She questioned whether MoD officers were trained to the same standards, and whether they had the experience to deal with the general public.

Arthur West, chair of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament also expressed reservations saying;

“This would be a step towards increasing militarisation of the locality.”

The Scottish government do not seem to have been consulted and again like the CNC which also operates in Scotland these quasi-military armed police forces are answerable to Westminster not Holyrood.

Related link:

http://www.eliteukforces.info/police/mod-police/

Image: Neighbourhood Policing by the MOD Police!

BERNARD MOFFATT
Public Relations Officer Mannin Branch

Issued by: The Mannin branch of the Celtic League.

08/01/17

 

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