Sunday, January 3, 2016

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What's Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander

Daniel Bradley, a justice campaigner in Derry In 1972, with a letter calling on victims of republican punishment beatings to write to Sinn Fein leaders, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

In 1972, roughly around November I was to receive my first beating from the Provisional IRA, as the informer was well aware that I was on to him.

At that time when you challenged the IRA their bullying tactics were to stop you doing anything. The following year 1973 I joined the Irish army where I learned to protect myself and stand up to those who bullied.

I know for a fact that these orders came from the leadership because it had to be sanctioned from the top for those who were going to be beaten up.

Now that Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams are calling on everyone to go the police and give evidence about crimes committed by the Real IRA and others, it would be only right that people should make statements of the abuse they received from the movement of which there two are leaders.

I myself am concentrating on this and I may also ask the Irish government to speak in their chambers to challenge Gerry Adams. I may also ask to speak in Stormont to challenge Martin McGuinness: was the leadership of which they were a part right or wrong to sanction all the beatings and kneecappings?

You see they talk about justice and peace, and letting go of the past. But let me share this not many people were like me they didn't join the Irish army and get strong. No, instead they turned to alcohol and drugs and I would say a good number committed suicide.

Therefore I take this time now to call those who were taken to a kangaroo court, hooded and taken out and beaten or shot, before making statements to the police, write a letter to Mc Guinness or Adams and give them the option to compensate you, more than they gave you.

If they don't compensate you, then what's good for the goose is good for the gander. As I will be doing the same.

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