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27-06-2011, 06:26 PM
Cllr Richard Humphreys, the Labour Party Councillor for the Stillorgan Ward has criticised United Left Alliance councillor Hugh Lewis and MEP Paul Murphy for their decision to take part in the latest flotilla to Gaza and urged people thinking of taking part to heed the warning from the UN and American President and stay at home instead.

“Ultra left politicians such as Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Councillor Cllr Hugh Lewis, and Paul Murphy MEP, would be fulfilling their duties better if they stayed at home and attended to their constituents, rather than heading off for this ill-advised Mediterranean cruise.” Humphreys said.

“This is not just my opinion” Humphreys said. “This flotilla is in defiance of the call by the Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, that such flotillas should be discouraged, and blocked by member states, as they may only provide a focus for violence. President Obama’s administration, and Hilary Clinton in particular, has made the same appeal to call off this flotilla.”

He justified his view by saying that the people on the Mavi Marmara last year were "Turkish Terrorists". He said “I fully support the call by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore that all sides must avoid the completely unjustified violence associated with the last flotilla. In my personal opinion, the responsibility for that violence rests with the Turkish terrorists who attempted to kill and injure members of the Israeli Defence Forces in front of their colleagues. No defence forces anywhere in the world that are worthy of the name would have responded to that murder attempt with anything less than immediate and potentially lethal force.”

He noted the humanitarian sentiments of some of those taking part in the flotilla but condemned repeated Palestinian attacks and the launching of hundreds of rockets launched on the state of Israel.“While I appreciate the humanitarian sentiments motivating some of the flotilla participants, it has been openly admitted by some of the organisers that the aim of the exercise is not to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza. Such aid can be readily brought through on land in any event – as the UN Secretary-General and the Obama administration have pointed out. The ultimate object of the flotilla is to break Israel’s Naval Blockade on Gaza. The purpose of naval blockade, according to the Israeli Government, is to prevent the importation of weapons and explosives being used to launch illegal attacks on Israel’s civilian population by jihadist organisations committed to Israel’s destruction. Hundreds of such rocket attacks, using munitions smuggled into Gaza, have been launched this year already. Despite the good intentions of some of its participants, the ultimate beneficiary of the flotilla could therefore, unfortunately, be terrorist organisations.”

The councillor said that the people of Gaza should also be protected, especially from their "terrorist rulers" Hamas. Humphreys said "“Gaza’s civilian population must also be protected – not least from their terrorist rulers Hamas who have unleashed a repressive, homophobic and misogynist regime on their unfortunate population. I hope the Unity government will herald an improvement in this regard but this cannot be taken for granted.”

The Labour Councillor finished his speech by attacking the ULA for going on a "Mediterranean Jaunt" and criticising Hamas for attacking Israel. Humphreys said “Instead of Ultra Left Alliance politicians waving goodbye to their constituents for an ill-advised Mediterranean jaunt designed to cause a provocation, we need real political progress towards ending Hamas attacks on Israel, protecting the civilian population of Gaza, easing the blockade by political agreement and ultimately towards a balanced two-state solution based on mutual recognition and respect.”

ULTRA-LEFT FLOTILLA POLITICIANS SHOULD HEED U.N. AND STAY ASHORE » Local News » Cllr Richard Humphreys (http://www.labour.ie/richardhumphreys/news/1309094172572251.html)

United Left Alliance MEP Paul Murphy has responded to the Labour councillors attacks saying "Cllr Humphrey appears to have taken a bitter disliking to the United Left Alliance, releasing a somewhat hysterical attack on the ULA prior to February’s General Election and his latest diatribe against myself and fellow United Left Alliance activist, Cllr. Hugh Lewis, does not bother me in the slightest. However, his attack on the nine activists who were killed by the Israel Defence Forces last year is outrageous. In contradiction to the facts, but in line with Israeli propaganda, he has stated that responsibility for the killing of these people lies with the “nine Turkish terrorists” and that they “attempted to kill and injure members of the Israeli Defence Forces.” This is a fabrication not backed up with any evidence. In fact, a UN report in September 2010 confirmed that at least six of them were “summarily executed” by the IDF. Out of respect to the family of those activists and concern for the message it sends to the IDF about how it should respond to this flotilla, I call on him to retract that statement immediately."

Labour Councillor’s disgraceful accusations are an invitation to IDF to repeat assault on flotilla | Paul Murphy MEP (http://www.paulmurphymep.eu/labour-councillors-disgraceful-accusations-are-an-invitation-to-idf-to-repeat-assault-on-flotilla/)

27-06-2011, 06:43 PM
This Humphreys guy bears watching - not your typical socialist.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
27-06-2011, 06:45 PM
Humphreys blew his stance there when referring to the people killed by the IDF as 'Turkish terrorists' alright.

Pure propaganda piece that one. I don't believe Councillors should be wandering around doing the work of Israeli embassies either. He wouldn't happen to be Jewish by any chance?

27-06-2011, 06:51 PM
Did he stop short of quoting David Trimble?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
27-06-2011, 06:52 PM
Interesting CV for a councillor; this is from his own website by the way and obviously intended for dissemination;

'Cllr Dr Richard Humphreys

Richard Humphreys is the Labour Party Councillor for the Stillorgan Ward, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, having been elected in the 2009 local elections.

He has been elected as Chairperson of the Dundrum Area Committee (2010-11) and as Vice-Chairperson of the Joint Policing Committee. He has also been elected as a member of the Lord Edward Fitzgerald Memorial Fund, the Audit Committee, the Organisation, Procedure & Protocol Committee, the Transportation Strategic Policy Committee and the Waste and Water Services Strategic Policy Committee

Richard Humphreys is a Senior Counsel. He holds a BCL and LLM from the NUI (UCD) and a PhD from the University of Dublin. He was called to the Irish Bar in 1991 and the Inner Bar in 2009. He is also a member of the Northern Irish Bar and the English Bar by Middle Temple and is a Fellow of the RSA, RAS, ZSL and RGS.

He is the Legal Adviser to the Parliamentary Labour Party. He is Chairperson of the Architects Admissions Board of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland, and is a member of the Criminal Law Codification Advisory Committee. He is also an adjunct part-time lecturer in law in NUI Galway. He is also the Statute Law Revision Project Manager for the Office of the Attorney General.

He is the author of two books, Index to Irish Statutory Instruments (Dublin, 1988) and Countdown to Unity: Debating Irish Reunification (Irish Academic Press, 2008) and various articles in legal journals.

Previously he was a member of the Independent Appeals Tribunal under the Prisons Act 2007 (2008-10) and was Leas Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for 2009-10. He was a member of the Balance in the Criminal Law Review Group (2006-07) and lectured in law at TCD (part-time, 2006-07) UCD (1991-93) and UCC (1990-91).

From 1993-97 he worked in Government as Special Adviser to the Minister for Equality and Law Reform.

He grew up in Mount Merrion and has lived in South Dublin all his life. He studied in St Michael's College, UCD (within the Stillorgan Ward), King's Inns and Trinity College. His mother Deirdre and late father Dick Humphreys were active in the Mount Merrion community for many decades.

Many previous generations of Richard's family were involved in public life, going back to at least 1877, before the inauguration of formal local government in Ireland. These included -
Great Grandfather, James O'Mara, MP and subsequently TD for Dublin South. Home Rule MP for Kilkenny South 1900-1907, Sinn Fein TD for Kilkenny South 1918-1921, first Irish Ambassador to the US 1922, TD for Dublin South 1924-1927
Great Grandfather Alderman Michael Flanagan, Dublin Poor Law Guardian from 1885 onwards, Irish Parliamentary Party councillor and subsequently Alderman on Dublin Corporation 1884-1919
Great Great Grandfather James Humphrys, Limerick Poor Law Guardian from 1882
Great Great Grandfather Richard Rahilly (Richard was a family name going back to c. 1700), JP and member of the Board of Guardians of Listowel. He died in 1896 of pneumonia caught when returning from a meeting of the Board.
Great Great Grandfather Alderman Stephen O'Mara MP, Town Councillor from at least 1884, Mayor of Limerick 1885 and 1886, Home Rule MP for Queen's County Ossory 1886, High Sheriff of Limerick City 1888, Alderman of Limerick from at least 1889, Limerick Poor Law Guardian, Sheriff of Limerick 1913 and 1914, Senator 1925-1926
Great Great Great Grandfather Cllr James O'Mara, JP, member of Limerick Board of Guardians from at least 1887, High Sheriff of Limerick 1887, Town Councillor from at least 1892'.

A Kings Inn barrister, a doctorate and heb is 'Legal Advisor to the Parliamentary Labour party'.

Doesn't stop him from being remarkably imprecise for someone who should know better than to describe six people shot dead on the Mavi Marmara as 'Turkish terrorists'.

He looks more like a lost rightwinger inside the Labour Party than Brendan Halligan does and thats saying something.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
27-06-2011, 07:12 PM
Take a look at the YouTube video he is sporting on his official website;

'Stunning smackdown of pro-jihad Irish politician Richard Boyd Barrett' http://richardhumphreys.ie/ it says on the YouTube title but on his webpage he's got ''You tube video against extremism'. http://richardhumphreys.ie/

This guy is some kind of zionist nutcase. Isn't that comment about Richard Boyd-Barrett actionable?

27-06-2011, 07:24 PM
Humphreys is a complete headbanger. I'm not sure where I heard this but I fairly sure that I hread that he is an ex-Fine Gael member but was kicked out for some reason.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
27-06-2011, 07:27 PM
Comes across as a complete tosser and arrogant with it. Turns up at conferences in England as a QC attached to No 5 Chambers and no mention of his being a Councillor in Dublin.

Seán Ryan
27-06-2011, 07:44 PM
Interesting CV. Has he actually achieved anything?

Cool family tree too. Nice to see that genes have a sense of humour.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
27-06-2011, 07:49 PM
Israeli sockpuppet;

'Meeting with Tanaiste on the case of Sgt Gilad Shalit
The Irish Times today reports the meeting I attended yesterday with the Tanaiste concerning the plight of Sgt Gilad Shalit, an issue I have raised on the Council and with the Department: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2011/0618/1224299152466.html


27-06-2011, 07:52 PM
Interesting use of the terrorist reference, clearly he does not know much about the background of many of his party leaders.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
27-06-2011, 07:54 PM
There's a personal statement on his website as well which outlines his deep belief in the rule of law.

Except, apparently, when it comes to Israel.

27-06-2011, 07:56 PM
There's a personal statement on his website as well which outlines his deep belief in the rule of law.

Except, apparently, when it comes to Israel.

Somebody should send him a copy of this.


He can learn about how many of the leaders of his party used to ignore the law.

28-06-2011, 12:34 AM
.... I'm not sure where I heard this but I fairly sure that I hread that he is an ex-Fine Gael member but was kicked out for some reason.

Shatter would put-in a good word for him if he wanted to reapply for the Fine Gael whip.

28-06-2011, 02:04 AM
From 1993-97 he worked in Government as Special Adviser to the Minister for Equality and Law Reform.
The Minister referred to is former Labour TD Mervyn Taylor.

28-06-2011, 09:58 AM
He's the only Labour politician I've heard of to use immigrant bashing as a way to win votes. He released a bizarre statement in the press last November following the announcement of the ULA attacking them and immigrants together, for some reason best known to himself.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
28-06-2011, 10:46 AM
Here he is with Alan Shatter at a UCD conference 'Cybercon 2011' on the subject of cyber security.

Looks a bit like Alan B'stard. There's a smell of tory off this guy a mile wide and I don't know quite how or why he turned up in the Labour Party.


Also I had a look at the Councillors CV (http://www.lawlibrary.ie/members/barrister.asp?barID=1165) in which he says he is a member of the Bar of England and Wales- I always check people with Kings Inn as I trust that lot as much as I'd trust Willie O'Dea.

There is a barrister called Richard Humphreys a member of the Bar of England and Wales but it is not the Richard Humphreys in Dublin.

This is the Richard Humphreys of No 5 Chambers and same fellow is shown as being at FTB in England and the Bar Council Directory doesn't show any other Richard Humphreys.


This is a close up of our pal Richard in Dublin.


Either the Bar Council Directory of England and Wales has forgotten Dublin Richard/made a mistake and left him off the list or he isn't a barrister in England and Wales.


Binn Beal
28-06-2011, 11:18 AM
It's interesting the way he thows out unsustainable descriptions of his opponents - 'pro-jihad', 'terrorist' etc.

The Israelis paid for his election and he is a mole in the Labour Party for a shadowy right-wing caucus.

28-06-2011, 12:26 PM
The logic is simple: Humphreys is a Zionist, an unconditional supporter of the Israeli state who is indifferent to its crimes and its impunity (the fact that he's a "legal" advisor to the Labour Party is particularly chilling in view of this selective approach to the law). As a Zionist, he dreads any form of activism that might damage the status of the Israeli state and inhibit its criminality: therefore it follows that he would dread the Flotilla. The very fact that the likes of Humphreys opposes the Flotilla proves that it's a correct and effective tactic.

C. Flower
28-06-2011, 11:19 PM
Talking to George Hook about his book on the reunification of Ireland.


01-07-2011, 12:58 AM
Head to head with Mick Wallace in yesterday's times


Captain Con O'Sullivan
01-07-2011, 06:53 AM
What irritates me here is this chap is supposed to be a bread and butter councillor and he's basically spending his time on his take on foreign policy. It would be better if he got off the international stage to which he seems to be promoting himself and got on with matters Stillorgan.

Reminds me of a cartoon in the Times around the period when the Liberal Democrats were moribund in opposition and busy passing all sorts of grandiose resolutions at their annual conference in deepest darkest Blackpool or somewhere.

The cartoon showed Bin Laden in a cave on Tora Bora and some messenger standing next to him. The text said something like 'Never mind Washington- what news from the LibDem conference?'

Councillors should stick to what they are paid to do which is local administration and never mind the ego trips into global politics.

Binn Beal
01-07-2011, 09:30 AM
Councillors regard local government as a tedious but necessary stepping stone on their way up. How long before Humphreys will be appointed as a special advisor to the Dept of Foreign Affairs?

Captain Con O'Sullivan
01-07-2011, 10:06 AM
Possibly explains his dogwhistle to the undercover Israeli charge d'affaires in the Irish Ministry for Foreign Affairs Alan Shatter.

Thats all we need- a couple of zionist loons trying to explain away the filthy attitudes and actions of a foreign government which steals our passports, sends up sexpests as official representatives and sticks two fingers up at the Oireachtas.

That Humphreys fellow needs watching as does Shatter. I may query Humphrey's claim of being a member of the Bar of England and Wales and also a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland with the legal bods this side as I don't believe he is a member of those Bars.

There is no sign of him being mentioned on either Bar Directory and while there is an outside possibility of some kind of error or a procedure where a barrister is outside chambers not being listed my nose is twitching on this little chappie and if he is making claims on his CV he shouldn't I'd be happy to get that publicly corrected and pass the event to the Irish newspapers.