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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 When released most become socially withdrawn and find ordinary life hard to cope with.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
    It is not those who can inflict the most but those who can endure the most who will conquer.

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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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aristodemus View Post
    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
    It is not those who can inflict the most but those who can endure the most who will conquer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aristodemus View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoseyWhales View Post
    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.

    Veteran Republican: Gerry (Whitey) Bradley
    Don't mind the ghouls (Halloween has come early).

    Very sad to hear of his suicide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    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'
    It is not those who can inflict the most but those who can endure the most who will conquer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoseyWhales View Post
    Sure what about the 'heroes' of the Loyalist people, the likes of Johnny Adair, John Gregg, Sam McCrory, Micheal Stone, Billy Wright?
    What about them, to be sure, to be sure ?

    Whataboutery shows you have conceded ..... bye bye .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    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!
    It is not those who can inflict the most but those who can endure the most who will conquer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoseyWhales View Post
    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 .....

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    RIP Gerry 'Whitey' Bradley

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