Intimidation Continues in Rathenraw

The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness … this and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs: when he first appears he is a protector.
– Plato, as quoted in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

Anthony McIntyre • 15 October 2004

The nationalist estate of Rathenraw frequently captures media attention. But unlike a nationalist enclave in, say, Larne, where reports of attacks invariably identify loyalists as the perpetrators, those behind the campaign of intimidation being waged against the residents of Rathenraw are other nationalists. Foremost amongst the ‘legitimate targets’ is the former republican prisoner Paddy Murray. Those doing the targeting are members of Sinn Fein. Murray previously chaired the party cumann in Antrim town but like many of his colleagues living on the Rathenraw estate he resigned from its ranks earlier this year, for the most part in response to a combination of gross inefficiency and authoritarianism that had come to characterise the party’s structures.


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