|Gerry McGeough, the traditional Irish nationalist and radical Catholic activist, has been jailed for the shooting of an off-duty UDR soldier in 1981 and membership of the IRA between 1975 and 1981. He was convicted by a Diplock court - a judge sitting without a jury - and is likely to serve two years in jail in Ulster under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.
The 52-year-old had led Sinn Fein's opposition to the EU Nice Treaty in the Republic of Ireland in 2001. He was also a Sinn Fein national executive member before leaving the party in 2003 after becoming disgusted with what he regarded as the socially "liberal" views of the "noveau Sinn Fein".
In 2006, he launched a monthly magazine called 'The Hibernian', dedicated to "Faith, Family and Country". In 2007, he stood against Sinn Fein in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections. He was arrested on the 8th of March, 2007, after leaving the election count in Omagh.
Twenty nine issues of 'The Hibernian' were published between May 2006 and September 2008, when it ceased publication due to the bail conditions imposed on the editor, Gerry McGeough, following his arrest. It covered issues and themes long abandoned by Sinn Fein and other leftist Irish Republican organisations such as opposition to abortion and homosexuality, scepticism about multiculturalism and mass immigration into Ireland and criticism of the international banking system and globalism. It also supported distributism and published articles about English Catholic writers, GK Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc, who helped develop and make popular distributist ideas in the first half of the twentieth century across the British Isles.
He was also, for a time, the editor of a mass circulation Irish Catholic newspaper, the 'Irish Family', in the Irish Republic.
Gerry McGeough shouted "Long live the Irish nation" as he was led to the cells following his conviction and his case has been followed by radical nationalists across the British Isles with varying degrees of sympathy.
Although Civil Liberty unequivocally condemns terrorism, we also support the self-determination and ethnic identity of the respective nations of the British Isles submerged for far too long under the dead hand of the British state and its puppet masters in the City of London.
Gerry McGeough summed up his views in a recent interview: "Sinn Fein has been heavily infiltrated by homosexual activists and British double agents in recent years. A lot of republicans can't fathom the liberal values of the leadership. They do not understand why they are pursuing a liberal British agenda. Immigration is a massive concern and there are a lot of people who are not happy with the level of immigration."
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