NI border has never been clearer- UK security is paramount following Leave vote 

The final ballots were hardly finished being counted when two big losers in the EU referendum, the SNP and Sinn Fein, began a rather transparent attempt to gain some political capital out of the result. 

The SNP argued that there should be a second Independence referendum in Scotland, whilst Sinn Fein demanded a border poll in Northern Ireland. 

The superficial arguments for these positions was that Northern Ireland and Scotland voted in greater numbers for Remain. 

This of course ignores the fact that this was a UK wide vote, and therefore every vote counts equally towards the final result. 

Sinn Fein’s most cherished possession is the Belfast Agreement. Hardly a political week goes by without Sinn Fein making some reference to ‘protecting the agreement’. 

On one hand Sinn Fein extol the virtues of the agreement, but on the other they wish to completely ignore the fact that the Belfast Agreement locks Sinn Fein and Irish Nationalism in a constitutional settlement underpinned by the principle of consent. 

Sinn Fein have accepted Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, yet they then point to the geographical break up of voter trends in a UK wide vote in order to claim justification for a border poll. 

The fact is that the border has never been more clearly defined than today. The Irish Republican project of ‘harmonisation’, which effectively slowly removed the border in people’s minds as a result of increased North/South co-operation, is in tatters. 

The border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic in the eventual conclusion of Brexit is a border between the United Kingdom and the European Union. 

Given the constitutional responsibilities on the British Government to treat the citizens of Northern Ireland as equal citizens of the United Kingdom, it would be unacceptable to impose a border simply between the UK and the Island of Ireland. Instead the border must reflect the internationally recognised constitutional position and separate the United Kingdom jurisdiction of Northern Ireland from the foreign Irish Republic. 

The border creates a number of serious security issues for the British Government. There will undoubtedly be an increased terror threat from Irish Republican terrorists as well as an rapidly increasing threat of international terrorism emanating from within the open borders of the European Union. 

Given these increased threats, especially during the period of the UK’s negotiation as we move towards an eventual exit, there is a clear need for increased border security. 

The British Army are clearly best equipped to provide the required security for the UK’s border areas under an increased terrorist threat. 

Whilst Irish Nationalism may be up in arms at the prospect, they must recognise their commitment under the Belfast Agreement to recognise the principle of consent and therefore accept the British Army as the legitimate state force of the United Kingdom, of which Northern Ireland is an integral part. 

Increasingly aggressive LGBT agenda reaches the absurd by trying to neutralise the sexes 

This mornings debate on the Stephen Nolan show, in relation to ‘guidance’ asking some girls schools not to refer to their pupils as girls, has sparked much debate. 

The Rainbow project’s John O’Doherty was on the program, aggressively supporting the idea and shouting down other contributors on the show that disagreed with his view. 

I tweeted that the idea was ‘perverse’ and was met by a barrage of angry tweets from pro- LGBT supporters. Naturally, as an emotional blackmail tactic they regularly deploy to aid their cause, they happily conflated ideals with the individual holding them. Suddenly rather than an idea being perverse, the individual holding such an idea was perverse. This irrational response isn’t some hap-hazard emotional reaction but rather a well developed tool used to emotionally railroad people into bending to their every whim and desire. 

This, ironically, demonstrated that those who preach tolerance are quite often themselves the most intolerant of different views. Much of the anger directed towards me appeared to be hate-filled rants which criticised me for daring to articulate a non-neutral viewpoint. 

Such relentless abuse has no effect on me, however I could see how it would bully some people into silence, especially in the left leaning world of social media where it is fashionable to be pro LGBT reform of legislation and natural societal norms. 

I should point out that I openly expressed my disgust that an undemocratic petition of concern was used to block a same sex marriage motion in the Assembly. I didn’t agree with the motion, but it was a democratic vote and should have been allowed to be carried as such. 

LGBT individuals are just as important as I, or anyone else. And for the avoidance of doubt, they are just as deserving of equality and fair treatment. But that does not mean that their ideals should, as of right, trump that of the majority or that society should bend to their every desire. 

The logical outcome of ‘neutralising’ the natural differences between boys and girls is that eventually children would come to know no difference between their sexes and would effectively be given the choice of whether they want to be a boy or girl. This doesn’t help confused children, but rather it confuses children that otherwise would be entirely comfortable with their natural sex. 

For the most part a man is born as a man and a woman is born as a woman. Nature makes that decision, therefore how you are born is ‘natural’, it cannot be influenced. 

It is in that context that I believe, and it may be offensive to some for me to dare to say it- but, in my view, changing your sex is ‘unnatural’ as it goes against the most basic principles of nature. 

Those children who are boys but want to be girls, or vice versa, should be treated as fairly and with as much dignity as every other human being. That does not mean that we should adapt society in order to force neutrality onto the majority of persons about their sex. We should not normalise an unnatural neutralising of the sexes. Such a perverse ‘normalisation’ would actually create an environment where such seeds of confusion would be planted in the minds of children who would ordinarily be comfortable with their boy or girl status, and their natural sex. 

There are many people in the LGBT community that are tolerant of opposing views and that simply seek equality of treatment. These are people such as Julie Anne Corr and Sophie Long, who I regard as friends. I disagree with them on issues such as how LGBT rights should be legislated, but they are tolerant of the right to express a different viewpoint and I would fight for their right, and the right of every human being, to be treated as an equal citizen. 

However, we increasingly see a far more aggressive agenda being pursued by the Rainbow group and their spokespersons, who aren’t fighting to be an equal part of society but rather to force society to a neutral position whereby we all must tolerate everything that anyone says makes them feel happy. And we dare not challenge lest we be called some ambiguous name with ‘phobic’ tagged on at the end of it. That’s not how democracy works and such a moral free-for-all would corrode and destroy every fibre of a cohesive society. 

Some of the ideas being put forward that are either creations of, or supported by, campaigners such as the Rainbow project are becoming increasingly more absurd and quite frankly offensive. 

The notion that when a child goes to school that they would be encouraged not to think of themselves as a boy or a girl, but rather as a neutral species that happened to be born with a penis or vagina, is- in my view- beyond the pale. 

The outrageous demands of the more aggressive LGBT campaigners and the attempted persecution of anyone who disagrees, such as the case of Asher’s bakery, is actually doing more harm than good to their cause. 

Many people will be afraid to speak out in the social media sphere due to a fear of being set upon by a mob of LGBT fanatics who would be aghast that anyone would dare challenge them. 

Given it is a daily feature of my life, such gang trolling directed at me is about as effective as firing a pea shooter at a brick wall. The left wing tilted world of social media in Northern Ireland is not reflective of the real world. If it was then NI21 would be in a Government coalition with the Alliance party. 
I, and others, have a right to challenge ideas that we find perverse. We are entitled to oppose such ideals and to say so, whether some people find it offensive or not. 

A society where we all must hug in a neutral environment and suppress our views so as not to offend would make us all clones and demolish free speech and thought. 

Exclusive: Cushnahan worked out of McGinn’s BJM office… And the £40k cash ‘retainer’ 

Frank Cushnahan worked from Brendan McGinn’s office prior to moving to his office at Sean Graham’s bookmakers. 

This astonishing detail has, quite amazingly, been overlooked since the beginning of the Nama scandal. It clearly links Cushnahan to Brendan McGinn and, by extension, the ‘stalking horse’ Fortress bid under the reserve price. 

Cushnahan worked from McGinn’s BJM office alongside former Ulster Bank manager Fonsie Corr. 

Until now, Brendan McGinn has managed to lurk in the shadows of the Nama scandal. To the surprise of many the new Finance Minister, whilst a member of the DFP committee, has went to great lengths to divert any suspicion away from the Fortress ‘stalking horse’ bid. 

Links have now emerged between Brendan McGinn and Sinn Fein, particularly Mairtin O’Muilleroir. 

Mr McGinn has previously funded North Belfast Sinn Fein council and Assembly election campaigns. 
The Fortress man is also in business with the brother of prominent Sinn Fein member, Mitchel McGlaughlin, in Londonderry’s Northside shopping complex.

McGinn has worked closely with Mr O’Muilleroir on private business ventures such as the Emerald Fund. 

Brendan McGinn has been lionised by the Finance Minister’s Irish Echo publication and Aisling events, another Mairtin O’Muilleroir company. 

Brendan McGinn is a close friend of Gareth Robinson, although the pair are reported to have fell out over circa £30k that was owed by McGinn to Robinson- who is a former DUP Cllr and the son of Peter Robinson. 

Frank Cushnahan’s links to Brendan McGinn raise further serious questions around the Fortress bid under the reserve price. 

Cushnahan is currently on bail alongside Ronnie Hanna in relation to alleged fraud offences arising from the Nama scandal. 

It is understood that a ‘golden circle’ of property developers paid a monthly ‘retainer’ in order to stay out of administration. 

Frank Cushnahan is believed to have regularly collected these payments, including receiving circa £40k from John Miskelly in a hospital car park. 

As was exclusively revealed on this blog last week, Ian Coulter has given over 60 hours of voluntary interviews to the NCA and Brendan McGinn, Alan Mains, Gareth Robinson and David Watters are earmarked for imminent arrest. 

It is believed that Gareth Robinson has instructed legal representatives to contact the NCA and offer himself for a voluntary interview, in order to avoid the political embarrassment of being arrested. 

Questions for O’Muilleroir over links to Brendan McGinn #Nama 

  
The newly appointed Finance Minister, Mairtin O’Muilleroir has had a working relationship with one of the major players in the Nama scandal- Brendan McGinn- for a number of years. 

During his time on the DFP committee, Mr O’Muilleroir often appeared to defend Fortress and was keen to dismiss the ‘stalking horse’ theory in relation to their bid under the reserve price. 

The South Belfast MLA worked closely with Brendan McGinn on ventures such as the Emerald fund and New Ireland Capital Partners and as today’s documents- which are publicly accessible- show, the new Finance Minister toured the United States of America fundraising alongside Mr McGinn.  

O’Muilleroir’s Irish American publication- the Irish Echo- devoted many column inches to praising the work of the Emerald Fund, and Brendan McGinn in particular. 

During one of his frequent tours of New York, Mr O’Muilleroir hosted an event in 2010- fronted by his publication the Irish Echo- trying to drum up financial investment from Irish America. 

One of the key speakers at the event, representing ‘New Ireland Capital Partners’ was none other than Brendan McGinn- the man who was intricately involved in what many to believe to have been the Fortress ‘stalking horse’ bid for the Nama Northern Ireland loan portfolio. 

  

Brendan McGinn is a close friend of Gareth Robinson- who it is understood is set to voluntarily present himself for questioning to the NCA- and also a business partner of Paul Tweed. 

When six of those involved in the Nama scandal sought to silence my evidence before the DFP committee and restrict the circulation of my book- their Solictor of choice was Paul Tweed. 

Also present at the 2010 New York event was OFMDFM favourite Terence Brannigan. Mr Brannigan has been a long time associate of Peter Robinson and had involvement with Frank Cushnahan in relation to the mystery donation to Glentoran Football Club. 

With Mairtin O’Muilleroir now in post as the Finance Minister it is incumbent upon him to declare exactly what his relationship is with Brendan McGinn- regardless of how innocent it may, or may not, be. 

There is no suggestion, at this point, that the newly appointed Finance Minister has engaged in any wrong doing whatsoever. There is, however, understandable questions around why the South Belfast MLA was less than forthcoming about these links during his time on the Finance Committee. 

Huge revelations will surface in the coming days, with explosive documents set to expose the secret DUP- Cerberus agreement prior to the sale of Nama Northern Ireland loan portfolio. 

#Nama- NCA’s co-operating witness revealed as four more arrests expected 

It can be revealed, on this blog for the first time, that Ian Coulter has been interviewed for more than 60 hours by the NCA and has agreed to co-operate with their Nama probe. 

The National Crime Agency are expected to execute at least four more arrests in the coming weeks, in relation to the scandal. 

The secretive agency, labelled Britain’s FBI, have taken the lead in investigating the scandal and it is understood their investigation is probing not only the sale of the Northern Ireland loan portfolio but fraud by a cabal of property developers, accountants, politicians and retired police officers in relation to the handling of the Nama loans following the sale to Cerberus. 

One of the first people named in relation to the scandal was Tughans solicitor, Ian Coulter. It can now be revealed that Ian Coulter has co-operated with the National Crime Agency and given over 60 hours of interviews. 

It is believed that Coulter has given detailed information in relation to the sale of the Nama Northern Ireland loan portfolio and implicated many others. 

It is understood that the National Crime Agency are set to arrest four more individuals in the coming weeks. 

The four are former DUP Cllr Gareth Robinson (son of the former First Minister), accountant David Watters, Brendan McGinn of Fortress and retired RUC officer and British Intelligence asset Alan Mains. 

The first two arrests in relation to the Nama investigation came last week. Frank Cushnahan and Ronnie Hanna were first named on this blog on the day of their arrests. Cushnahan was subsequently named 24 hours later by the Irish News, who then also named Ronnie Hanna the following day. 

Following the arrests the BBC Spotlight team revealed that a second program in relation to the Nama scandal had been almost ready to air. Given the two suspects were released on bail, legal constraints will now prevent Spotlight from airing the program at this time. 

It is understood that there was a plethora of murky moves undertaken in order to stymie the program.  

Frank Cushnahan, Peter Robinson, Brendan McGinn, Paddy Kearney, Alan Mains and Kevin Lagan all enlisted the services of Lawyer Paul Tweed- a business partner of Brendan McGinn- firstly in an attempt to stop my evidence at the Northern Ireland Assembly Finance committee, and then to stop the circulation of my Nama book- ‘The Three Headed Dog’. 

Sources close to the ‘dirty half dozen’ claim they were advised not to seek a formal injunction against my book as to do so would open up the Smithwick tribunal allegations- contained in the Alan Mains chapter- to further public scrutiny. 

The ongoing NCA investigation is running parallel to the continuation of the Northern Ireland Assembly Finance Committee inquiry. The new chair of the inquiry is Peter Robinson’s former Special Advisor Emma Pengelly. Mrs Pengelly’s husband, Richard Pengelly, was one of the chosen individuals put forward by the DUP for a seat on the Nama Northern Ireland Advisory Committee. 

Despite this extraordinary conflict of interest, the South Belfast MLA, who was recently demoted from her Junior Minister post by DUP Leader Arlene Foster, continues to chair the inquiry. 

With Ian Coulter co-operating with the NCA probe it looks likely that the collaborators will continue to turn on each other. 

Nama update: NCA planning up to 8 further arrests in coming weeks 

The arrest of two of the prominent players in the Nama scandal marks the beginning of a wave of arrests- believed to be up to 8 people in the coming weeks and months- in relation to corruption around the sale of Nama NI loan portfolio and the conduct thereafter. 

Ronnie Hanna and Frank Cushnahan were the first two to be arrested. The National Crime Agency interviewed Ian Coulter by voluntary arrangement a number of months ago. 

Ronnie Hanna was the inside man within Nama, acting as the eyes and ears of the ‘golden circle’ of property developers that were to benefit from sweetheart deals. The developers received preferable treatment in return for huge kick backs to Frank Cushnahan and Gareth Robinson. 

The original £7.5m was only the beginning, with much more money set to change hands for the ‘fixers’. 

As previously revealed, Paddy Kearney was one of the main beneficiaries of the sweetheart deals, with the former First Minister Peter Robinson even intervening on his behalf. More is to be revealed in the coming days in relation to serious frauds committed by Cerberus and Paddy Kearney. This includes forging Mr Kearney’s power of attorney signature on hugely significant documents, with the full knowledge of the property developer. 

Mr Kearney is assisted by Alan Mains, a retired RUC and British Intelligence officer. Mr Mains is currently under the microscope following the revelation that one of the Docklands bombers and gunmen in murders investigated by the Smithwick tribunal was a protected MI5 informant. 

Another key player in the Nama scandal is Mr David Watters. Mr Watters was one of those I named during my appearance at the DFP committee- he strenuously denied any involvement. A letter later surfaced proving his complicity in the scandal. 

Mr Watters set up the company that was initially supposed to draw down the fixers payments. The company was named Cadogan Ltd. The significance of the name is that Cadogan is the area Mr Watters lives in. 

One of those arrested, Ronnie Hanna, regularly stayed at the home of David Watters when he was based in Southern Ireland and had to travel to Belfast for business. Mr Hanna moved back to Co Down in recent times. 

Today the DFP Committee met for the first time in the new mandate. In a startling development last week, Emma Pengelly- Peter Robinson’s former SpAd- was appointed to chair the inquiry. Mrs Pengelly’s husband was also one of those nominated to Nama by the DUP and extraordinarily evasive under questioning by the committee. This absurd situation, and astonishing conflict of interest, would surely be unthinkable in any genuine democracy. 

At today’s meeting Mr Jim Allister QC outmanoeuvred the clever attempts of the new chair to further stymie the inquiry. The purpose, of course, is to insulate the DUP and their former leader from further exposure. 

With further arrests due, including that of ‘fixer’ and former DUP Cllr Gareth Robinson, it most certainly promises to be an interesting couple of weeks ahead.