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Gerry 'Whitey' Bradley-RIP


JoseyWhales

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It is with regret that I heard about the tragic death of Gerry (Whitey) Bradley, he was always highly thought of within the Republican family in North Belfast and beyond and I would like to express my condolences to his family.

The reasons why a growing number of men have taken their own lives is a terrible indictment of our society and the entire health care system in both Irish States. It is terrifying to read the statistics surrounding the number of people dying this way and those groups who tackle this sad issue deserve full credit for the help and counselling they provide to the community.

There has been much speculation of why Whitey took his own life this week. Many local Republicans are genuinely hurt and saddened at his untimely death. I'm not an expert in the field but I believe that anyone suffering from intense depression is capable of going down that particular road. There's no doubt that for anyone in that frame of mind, the reasons are extremely complex. In Whitey's case however, there are some glaring facts.

We know nowadays that long-term Prisoners can be deeply affected by the amount of years behind bars. When released most become socially withdrawn and find ordinary life hard to cope with. Luckily enough, the vast majority of former Political Prisoners are welcomed back into the communities they hailed from. In the New Lodge area, there is a fully-functioning Ex-Prisoners support group, Tar Isteach who provide a first-class service and a professional counsellor for Ex-POWs'. I don't know if Gerry Bradley availed of this because like many former prisoners, he possibly felt that to visit such a Counsellor would be an admittance of his own problem. Although, given the tragic outcome I wish he had availed of the service.

During the past forty years and beyond, former Political Prisoners have greatly benefited working-class communities across this country. From enhancing the Irish language to the creation of positive community groups which have provided disadvantaged areas with a much needed boost. Sadly though, some are
forced into a life of severe depression and a few rely on drink to get by. These ex-POWs’ should be given lots of support to ensure they again benefit the wider community.


During the various stages of the Peace Process many former Volunteers and Sinn Fein Activists have felt they had no option but to resign from the Provisional Movement. Whitey was one such Veteran. He was among the few who publically articulated the view that Sinn Fein's strategy had failed to deliver the objectives which he and so many had fought so hard to deliver.

After airing these views, Whitey like Brendan Hughes, Tommy Gorman, Anthony McIntyre to name a few began to suffer villification, smears and lies against their integrity. In Whitey's case, these whispers soon appeared on walls in his native area and he fled Belfast. He again went public and strongly denied he was an Informer but it was plain to see he was gutted. As someone who has also paid the 'price' for speaking his mind, I know how smears can not only shake one's reputation but also damage his family, particularly my children's!

What is needed is a little accountability and honesty from former comrades, who should know better! The Peace Process has not created the All-Ireland Socialist Republic we all struggled for. Hence, the formation of the 32CSM, Eirigi, RNU etc. Which I support as there is a need to carry on the political struggle to achieve that goal. It has also led to a resumption of armed Campaigns by number of armed groups who I won't criticise because to do so would be hypocritical for a former Combatant.

The number of Republicans who are now openly critical of the Good Friday and subsequent Agreements are indeed growing. It never ceases to amaze me that the same people who for years complained about censorship by the Irish and British Establishments. Are themselves guilty of censorship of fomer friends and comrades. Genuine Republicans like Gerry (Whitey) Bradley should not be hounded by former comrades as an excuse to cover their own failure to achieve the Republic.

Veteran Republican: Gerry (Whitey) Bradley
 

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I think that a lot of these people take their own lives because their consciences get to them for the horrible things they have done and they can't live with it any more. They are now slowly realising that their actions put back any hope of Irish unity decades, if not longer. The revulsion of most Irish people has effectively copperfastened partition. Except for their immediate families I think most people could care less about them.
 

JoseyWhales

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I think that a lot of these people take their own lives because their consciences get to them for the horrible things they have done and they can't live with it any more. They are now slowly realising that their actions put back any hope of Irish unity decades, if not longer. The revulsion of most Irish people has effectively copperfastened partition. Except for their immediate families I think most people could care less about them.
Quite the opposite is the case to be fair, these men when released are treated as heroes by their communities for their actions against the occupation forces and for the time served as Prisoners of War, they live proud of their past, Im sure there some regrets such as time lost with their families etc, but never for their actions, as these mens sacriface goes to prove that British rule will not go unchallenged and their will be men and women prepared to resist and do time if needs be.

The case of Gerry Bradley and many others as outlined in the article is that the Provisional movement in its pursuit of constitutional power within the British state are trying to silence ex-POWs and veterans who refuse to accept sell out of republican value and are a voice against them, and they are quite brutal in their blackening of them, which leads to these men being exiled despite the time and effort they gave the Provos
 

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I think that a lot of these people take their own lives because their consciences get to them for the horrible things they have done and they can't live with it any more. They are now slowly realising that their actions put back any hope of Irish unity decades, if not longer. The revulsion of most Irish people has effectively copperfastened partition. Except for their immediate families I think most people could care less about them.
Odd you make that point - I was watching a program on TV the other night when the Russian officer responsible for carrying out the Katyn atrocity was interviewed - he wanted to concentrate on how hard it was for his men to "do their duty" and listed the numbers of his juniors who committed suicide or went mad.
 

JoseyWhales

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Odd you make that point - I was watching a program on TV the other night when the Russian officer responsible for carrying out the Katyn atrocity was interviewed - he wanted to concentrate on how hard it was for his men to "do their duty" and listed the numbers of his juniors who committed suicide or went mad.
Sure what about the 'heroes' of the Loyalist people, the likes of Johnny Adair, John Gregg, Sam McCrory, Micheal Stone, Billy Wright?
Must of whom 'acts of war' consisted of running into pubs were people were having a quiet pint and riddling them with machine gun fire. or simply picking someone out because they were Catholic and mercilessly murdering them, these guys hardly lost any sleep over their activities, sure some still revel in it and have established drug empires off the back of the respective 'armies'
 

JoseyWhales

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What about them, to be sure, to be sure ?

Whataboutery shows you have conceded ..... bye bye .....
But you and others are talking about former combatants alleged guilt getting the better of them?

Sure the Loyalist 'solidiers' were nothing but a pack of animals who killed for fun mostly, alot of them still live it up!
 

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But you and others are talking about former combatants alleged guilt getting the better of them?

Sure the Loyalist 'solidiers' were nothing but a pack of animals who killed for fun mostly, alot of them still live it up!
No - terrorist scum are not combatants :)

We are discussing evil men - be they terrorists or executioners - committing suicide.

Have a nice day .....
 

PatsyDuffy LiamLynch

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RIP Gerry 'Whitey' Bradley
 

Northern Voice

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To be honest the suicide rates of young people who have yet to have a proper crack at life concern me a lot more than those who used their existence to terrorise society.
 

mickdotcom

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But you and others are talking about former combatants alleged guilt getting the better of them?

Sure the Loyalist 'solidiers' were nothing but a pack of animals who killed for fun mostly, alot of them still live it up!
He wasnt a combatant- he was a criminal thug who

in his own words did up to 4 ops per day at the height of the criminal

campaign- He also wasnt a POW- he was a prisoner just like John Gilligan,

the paedophiles, the child molesters and other criminals.

And the sad thing is he wasnt alone- Adair and all the uvf scum are also

criminals and before you have a go at me, answer me this

Were they convicted of a criminal offence-


Saying all that- I have to stress that the death of anyone from suicide

is tragic and its a waste of a life-

If you were mates with this man Josey- I am sorry for your loss.
 

mickdotcom

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To be honest the suicide rates of young people who have yet to have a proper crack at life concern me a lot more than those who used their existence to terrorise society.
Suicide is a pain that never goes away- there is never an end.

Do you know if the up North figures per head of population compare with

the figures for down South.

Do you know if the suicide rate has increased over the years or decreased
 

Northern Voice

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Suicide is a pain that never goes away- there is never an end.

Do you know if the up North figures per head of population compare with

the figures for down South.

Do you know if the suicide rate has increased over the years or decreased
I'm not sure of exact figures but it is an issue that seems to be increasingly in the public spotlight.
 

Ó Donnchadha

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"Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again: but we shall not all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall rise again incorruptible. And we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption: and this mortal must put on immortality. And when this mortal hath put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? Now the sting of death is sin: and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who hath given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast and unmoveable: always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
 

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Sure what about the 'heroes' of the Loyalist people, the likes of Johnny Adair, John Gregg, Sam McCrory, Micheal Stone, Billy Wright?
Must of whom 'acts of war' consisted of running into pubs were people were having a quiet pint and riddling them with machine gun fire. or simply picking someone out because they were Catholic and mercilessly murdering them, these guys hardly lost any sleep over their activities, sure some still revel in it and have established drug empires off the back of the respective 'armies'
Johnny Adair - Driven out.
John Gregg - Shoot dead.
Sam McCrory - A gay activist now living in Scotland.
Micheal Stone - Got pistel wiped by a female security guard on TV and is now back in jail.
Billy Wright - Shoot dead.

None of them have a drug empire at lest not in Northern Ireland and I would not be surprised if the 3 living on your list took their own lifes at some point.
 

centauro

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He wasnt a combatant- he was a criminal thug who

in his own words did up to 4 ops per day at the height of the criminal

campaign- He also wasnt a POW- he was a prisoner just like John Gilligan,

the paedophiles, the child molesters and other criminals.

And the sad thing is he wasnt alone- Adair and all the uvf scum are also

criminals and before you have a go at me, answer me this

Were they convicted of a criminal offence-


Saying all that- I have to stress that the death of anyone from suicide

is tragic and its a waste of a life-

If you were mates with this man Josey- I am sorry for your loss.
Good post.
 

JoseyWhales

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He wasnt a combatant- he was a criminal thug who

in his own words did up to 4 ops per day at the height of the criminal

campaign- He also wasnt a POW- he was a prisoner just like John Gilligan,

the paedophiles, the child molesters and other criminals.

And the sad thing is he wasnt alone- Adair and all the uvf scum are also

criminals and before you have a go at me, answer me this

Were they convicted of a criminal offence-


Saying all that- I have to stress that the death of anyone from suicide

is tragic and its a waste of a life-

If you were mates with this man Josey- I am sorry for your loss.
Your over simplifaction of the Northern conflict is astonishing.

One mans terrorist is another mans revolutionary, one mans criminal is another's freedom freedom, that kind of thinking is more then apt when it comes to the North and who you ask.

In regards equating Irish republican volunteers to child molestors and pasdophiles, I find that grossly offensive, republicans were part of an underground army, older then both states, with army proceedures, code of conduct etc, they engaged in selfless operations that while sometimes were horrific were part of a wider campaign to show resistance to British rule, loyalists on the other hand were reactionary pogram groups that spaordically killed Catholics as an expression of their hatred of them.

When captured republican volunteers refuse to adknowlege the authority of the respective state, as the whole point is republicans dont recognise these states as they are partitionist and therefore irrelevant, as such serve time as political prisoners
This the case to this day, even in Portlaoise republican prisoners are granted their own blocks and wings and are given concessions as political prisoners, and are kept well away from the criminal types you speak of.
 
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