Christy Burke: this is my seat - not PSF's

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A defiant Christy Burke has challenged Sinn Fein to a fresh vote to prove that his voters chose him over the party.

The popular councillor, who stunned the political landscape by resigning the party whip, has come under sustained criticism from his former Sinn Fein colleagues.

In an abrupt statement through party chair Aengus O Snodaigh, Sinn Fein said: "He should now humour the commitment that he made only weeks ago and return what is a Sinn Fein seat to the party."

However, Mr Burke said today that he won "a Christy Burke seat".

"My attitude is that I'm 25 years elected as a councillor and I imagine it is definitely a Christy Burke seat at this stage."

He said he was hurt by the party's reaction after he had given 40 years of his life to the Republic movement.

"It's like my family said, 'if that's what people think of you in Sinn Fein after 40 years, they didn't think much of you'," Mr Burke said.

"If it was wholeheartedly a Sinn Fein seat I would say no problem, but I believe it was a personal vote."

He has challenged his former party to a new vote if they believe he doesn't deserve to take his council seat.

"I'm quite prepared to go back to the people. If someone in Sinn Fein wants to put forward a candidate in a local vote I'll take them on. That's how confident I am," he said.

"If somebody wants to carry out a vox-pop in a scientific method and the swing is in favour of Sinn Fein, then I'll walk."

The north inner city representative said he and his family were disappointed by Sinn Fein's drastic reaction.

"When Joe Beehan left Fianna Fail last year the Taoiseach didn't come out screaming for him to give the seat back to the party," he said. "I'm still sad this morning, I'm pretty emotional but I want to get on with representing the people."

Rumours circulated in Sinn Fein yesterday that the party wanted the seat for rejected MEP candidate Mary Lou McDonald, although sources have denied this.

Burke: This is my seat - not Sinn Fein's - Politics, News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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It is Christy Burke's seat, won through decades of community work and activism. I remember voters in '93 creditting him for getting results such as traffic lights in areas otherwise ignored by the main parties.

Let the provos run against Christy next time around and we will see how far they get.....better still, run the Louser against him!

As for the the last paragraph.....we had Pat 'the gub' McL suggesting much the same thing until he was likely told to retract.
 


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There is already a Christy Burke thread, but there is no doubt that Aengus has been spinning this all wrong.
 

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In an abrupt statement through party chair Aengus O Snodaigh, Sinn Fein said: "He should now humour the commitment

Humour the commitment ? That's a laugh ! ;)
 

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This is a sad day for SF, the party is on life support in the south at the moment.
 
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There is no such thing as a party seat. Goes to show what these criminals know about democracy.
 

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There is already a Christy Burke thread, but there is no doubt that Aengus has been spinning this all wrong.
I'm aware of that Eorna, I've been active on the other thread. However, it has descended into a shinner led slagging match and as such Christy words above would be lost amidst the misdirection if posted there.

I would ask the mods to allow this thread to remain open as it provides a fresh insight into this issue.
 
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There is no such thing as a party seat. Goes to show what these criminals know about democracy.
Will you be supporting a re-run of the Lisbon treaty? I'm gonna assumee you answer yes, at which point I can say 'goes to show what these elites know about democracy':cool:
 
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Think you just have to look at the paltry number of first prefs that went to RMA to see how many people in DNIC voted for CB in spite , and not because, of the fact he was a SF candidate, if CB decides to run as an independent in any future elections in DNIC SF may as well just call it a no contest, it is very much a CB seat, in the same way as O'Sullivan won the TG seat . . .
 

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That is fair enough Mr C. I can't get over the hugh own goal that they are turning this in to.
 

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As for the the last paragraph.....we had Pat 'the gub' McL suggesting much the same thing until he was likely told to retract.

Ha Ha Ha, I threw it in as a spoof and you jumped all over it like the dumbass clown I knew you to be. You were in 'poor persecuted Christy' mode from the off. I'm still laughing at your predictability.

I've only to ring that little bell and Pavlov's dog starts to salivate.
 
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Would you include Christy Burke as a 'criminal'?
He is an ex-con, but I'm not holding that against him. I was talking about SF/IRA generally. And no, I'm not going to justify it or get in to a pi$$ing match about SF and criminality. I just don't like the organisation and this carry on is another good reason for me or anyone to continue doing so. It was the democratic will of the people to elect Christy Burke regardless of party label and it is Christy's democratic right to disassociate himself from that party. More power to him. The whingebags in the SF leadership should do a basic political theory course.

And I'll be voting no to lisbon thank you because I don't believe in a political union, although I fully support an economic union. Intergovernmentalism all the way! I believe the government and the EU elites should respect our vote, but thats a discussion for another thread.
 

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Ha Ha Ha, I threw it in as a spoof and you jumped all over it like the dumbass clown I knew you to be. You were in 'poor persecuted Christy' mode from the off. I'm still laughing at your predictability.

I've only to ring that little bell and Pavlov's dog starts to salivate.
Sure you did Pat.

This situation owes more to Schrodinger's cat than Pavlov's dog. You heard a wee snippet, slabbered it over the internet and were then told to wind your neck in. Unless Pat 'the gub' is also the source of the internal PSF rumours that the tele makes mention of.
 

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Sure you did Pat.

This situation owes more to Schrodinger's cat than Pavlov's dog. You heard a wee snippet, slabbered it over the internet and were then told to wind your neck in. Unless Pat 'the gub' is also the source of the internal PSF rumours that the tele makes mention of.

Ding ding, and mind the carpet.
 

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That is fair enough Mr C. I can't get over the hugh own goal that they are turning this in to.
Speaking of "hugh own goal"s by the shinners:



Sorry Eorna, couldn't resist.​
 

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It is true though, that speech pissed off people left right and center.
 

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There is no such thing as a party seat. Goes to show what these criminals know about democracy.
With a comment like that, I don't think that you will ever you the judiciary but don't let me stop you. If you have proof they are criminals I suggest you report them to the Gardai, otherwise think before post.
 
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Speaking of "hugh own goal"s by the shinners:



Sorry Eorna, couldn't resist.​
wasn't that chap on the right the one who spoke at Larry Marley's funeral and said Irish freedom would not be obtained by SF but by 'the cutting edge of the IRA", or is he the fella who sang Scarborough Fair?
 

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wasn't that chap on the right the one who spoke at Larry Marley's funeral and said Irish freedom would not be obtained by SF but by 'the cutting edge of the IRA", or is he the fella who sang Scarborough Fair?
I would not wish to speculate about what or whom he may have sang about although I believe his latest song is 'let the people sing'.
 


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