The Mid Ulster Mail has contacted Sinn Fein Cookstown Councillor Michael McIvor regarding the derisory comments he made on The Pensive Quill about suicide and earlier online comments about the brutal murder of Paul Quinn using the name Michael Henry. He denied any knowledge of the comments, and said he had not contributed to the blog. He further denied being connected to the name Michael Henry.
That would be like, for example, myself denying any connection to the name Thomas George; my 1st and 2nd Christian names given that the Councillor is listed on the Cookstown District Council website as Michael Henry McIvor.
The Mid Ulster Mail asked him if he would be seeking legal advice over the online allegations linking him to the suicide comments, Mr McIvor said ‘there’s little point, as I don’t know who to go after’.
I don't believe it's so much about not knowing who to go after as I posted the piece on his comments using my own name. I think he knows that he once admitted to me in private messaging that he was Councillor McIvor when I put his comments in an Irish News article to him and pointed out he had made the same comments as Michael Henry. I further wondered how he could spend so much time online while having constituents to look after and he invited me to Cookstown DC to see him in action.
Anyway it's my word against his so that'll take us nowhere. However I do wonder when Michael McIvor says he didn't contribute to the blog did he forget this very recent contribution to The Pensive Quill:
Guest writer Michael Henry McIvor with a review of Argo - MONDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2013 http://thepensivequill.am/2013/12/argo.html
In the comments below McIvor's review we have michaelhenry thanking the other bloggers 'for the kind words' - and continuing to connect himself with the reviewer.
The astonishing thing about all this is that despite the uproar over the comments and McIvor's denials of having made them Michael Henry (michaelhenry) decided to comment on the piece I wrote attacking him, further adding fuel to the fire he had lit...
I was going to say more on suicide during that other debate but some got a wee bit emotional and I am not that Insensitive so I decided to say no more on the subject in case half of youse topped yourselves
Then after I posted a tweet from Martina Anderson:
MEP-MartinaAnderson @MEPStandingUp4U 8 Jan Met a man today in North Belfast who lost his twin daughters through suicide - heartbreaking yet inspirational how he is helping others #hope
adding, 'it seems that Martina doesn't share Michael McIvor's chilling attitude to suicide...'
" yet inspirational how he is helping others "-
I will second that-he never took his own life yet he is still going out of his way to help others who are still alive.
The mind boggles.
Meanwhile word was coming back to me about some comments on a certain Sinn Fein run forum. I knew what to expect anyway having heard about similar remarks which included 'tout' being flung from that quarter at rape and abuse victims because they dared point the accusing finger in the direction of their party.
A forum administrator calling himself 'Chucky' said...
what I'd like to know is who touted to the press in a vain attempt to blacken a persons name that paper sure as hell didn't chance upon it.
Chucky of course ignores the fact that a senior member of his party, Mark McLernon, was recently exposed by the Sunday World for trying to blacken the name of Paul Quinn by using that paper.
To hell with this, I thought, if they wanted to attack me rather than even remain quietly shocked at the vile remarks of their Councillor then I'll prove that the person who made the remarks is in fact that Councillor, Michael McIvor...
Firstly there is an interview Cookstown Councillor Michael McIvor did with the Irish News in 2006 in which he gloats Dissident Republican Groups about not killing members of the Brit forces and refers to them as 'Brit loving'.
Now if we take comments made on the forum Slugger O'Toole by Michaelhenry before that person was banned from that forum we'll find that they not only repeat the Irish News remarks of Councillor McIvor practically phrase for phrase but they are again later repeated in the same manner by a michael-mcivor who undoubtedly was the reincarnation of the aforementioned Michaelhenry.
Finally there are two comments made very recently on both the republican.ie and Pensive Quill forums concerning the recent Newsletter interviews from six well known Republicans in the widening debate about the futility of armed struggle. Both were strikingly similar and while The Pensive Quill comment was made by michaelhenry the comment on the republican.ie forum was made by michael-mcivor....
Is there someone out there going to extreme lengths to discredit SF Councillor Michael McIvor? If so then his party should be leaving no stone unturned until the culprit is exposed and brought before the courts. We know that this is easily enough done in the hands of experts.
Or is there any need? I'll let you decide...
Dissidents 'not serious' — SF man
(William Scholes, Irish News)
A Sinn Féin councillor has said that dissident republican groups can not be taken seriously because they have "never killed a member of the Brit forces".
Cookstown councillor Michael McIvor said the strength of the Continuity IRA and the Real IRA had been "blown out of proportion" by the media and police.
Despite being responsible for a litany of killings and attacks, including the 1998 Real IRA bombing of Omagh which killed 29 people, Mr McIvor said the dissidents had been unsuccessful because they had "never caused British army deaths".
"Those were civilian targets. I don't think the Continuity have killed anyone in 20 years," he said.
"The IRA did, naturally enough. That's just stating fact. There's no point telling lies about it."
Describing the Continuity IRA and Real IRA as "Brit loving", Mr McIvor said there was "no comparison" between them and the Provisional IRA.
"They have no support on the ground. If they are so strong, how come there is no dead enemies?" he said.
"Commentators love to come on the news and run down Sinn Féin and the movement.
"The IRA always wanted peace. That's why I supported the movement."
Mr McIvor said the dissident republican groups were not "hardline".
"The PSNI and those sections of the media who call the dissidents hardline refuse to tell the Irish people why the Continuity or Real have never killed a member of the Brit forces," he said.
"It is far more important to get some angle against Sinn Féin than to let the truth be known."
June 29, 2006
outside of the Guardian and pete that is-
Posted 09 January 2014 - 06:41 PM
You could be right but one thing that I have noticed about the six who have already given their arguments to the newsletter and there-fore a wider field is that the six so far are from the six counties-where is the 32 county arguments-have they got no one from the 26 who would support these views in a public newspaper-
michaelhenry says: 11:41 AM, January 10, 2014 Reply
Six Republicans from the six have now been interview by the newsletter and the message has got out -but I think that some Republican from the 26 should also back up the other six in another interview so it's a 32 county message going out-
Just my opinion by the way-
Postscript added at 20.56 on 14 January 2014
What sort of sick mind can joke about the horrific death of a stowaway?