John Weir

Royal Ulster Constabulary officer John Weir

John Oliver Weir, is an Ulster loyalist born in the Republic of Ireland. He served as an officer in Northern Ireland's Royal Ulster Constabulary's (RUC) Special Patrol Group (SPG) (an anti-terrorist unit), and was a volunteer in the illegal Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).
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1950
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Business takeovers: Mad merger men
The Economist - about 4 years
A Giant Cow-Tipping by Savages: The Boom, Bust and Boom Culture of M&A. By John Weir Close. Palgrave Macmillan; 320 pages; $28 and £17.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukCORPORATE takeovers are often the morality plays of finance. Giant egos clash in epic displays of greed and fear. Houses in the Hamptons and chateaux in Provence are acquired with the fees generated for all the investment bankers, lawyers and public-relations folk involved. The press loves the drama. And the poor workers watch helplessly as their fate hangs in the balance.Sometimes it seems as if no one knows what they are doing. Bob Campeau, a Canadian property developer, acquired a series of stores (including Bloomingdale’s and Brooks Brothers) from the Allied and Federated groups in the late 1980s, with the help of a lot of debt. But few believed that Mr Campeau had a master plan for reviving these retailers; he was simply able to get the money. “Selling the company for a price that will bankrupt the buyer an...
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Expelled Partner Ordered to Pay Holland $182,000
Law - over 5 years
Coupled with a 9 percent interest, the total award against John Weir is expected to be above $300,000, said Renee Phillips, the firm's attorney and an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
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The Emigration Group Win 2011 Down Under Award for "Best Customer Service" - Emigration Group
Google News - over 6 years
Director of the Down Under Awards, John Weir, is delighted that the awards have proved so popular among readers with such a large turnout throughout the voting process. “They voted in their droves; demonstrating the enduring appeal of Australia and New
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Apple Daze salutes Donnellson Post Office and Pilot Grove Savings Bank - Keokuk Gate City Daily
Google News - over 6 years
Postmasters through the years have been William Donnell, (1871-1876); Herman Eymann, (1876); John Weir, (1876-1881); William Davis, (1881-1883); George Mattern, (1883); Herman Eymann, (1883-1886); Adam Wiegner, (1886-1889); Lewis Walter, (1889-1893);
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NREM set to participate at Oklahoma Wildlife Expo - Bixby Bulletin
Google News - over 6 years
“We believe that NREM (department of natural resource ecology and management) and OSU involvement is very important at the Expo,” said John Weir, NREM research associate. “We're able to interact with a lot of people that we normally would not get to
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After Injury, a Job Can Be Vital Medicine - TheTyee.ca
Google News - over 6 years
John Weir of IAM Cares fears the new program means the end for many of the smaller service providers -- but the threat to his organization and others like it isn't his only issue. "Part of the concern that everybody has is the gag order that they put
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Cameraman assault charge downgraded - Daily Advertiser
Google News - over 6 years
Cochrane's barrister, John Weir, described Cochrane's actions as a deflection and a push away. Mr Weir asked for the common assault charge to be proven but dismissed under Section 10(1)(a) of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act, arguing his client
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Museum's rail history project receives grant funding - EMC Smiths Falls
Google News - over 6 years
Nominations must be received at the museum in person or by mail no later than 12 pm (noon) on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. For more information call John Weir, President or Anne Shropshire, Curator. 613-283-5696 or info@rmeo.org. Applicants must be 18 years
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Tributes pour in for Jack Layton - CanadaEast.com
Google News - over 6 years
He visited Saint John in 2000 to explore some of the initiatives that the city of Toronto had taken to address substandard and dilapidated housing, a perennial problem in Saint John, Weir's home base. Once a Toronto city councillor, Layton held a
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Second annual Rail Fest makes a stop here Aug. 27-28 - EMC Smiths Falls
Google News - over 6 years
A second demonstration will be led by volunteers John Weir and Dave McCurdy who will go back in time to their years of working side-by-side in the caboose. They will be demonstrating the work that goes into preparing a caboose for use,
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John Martin boosted by £1.3m sale of showrooms - Scotsman
Google News - over 6 years
Last week, Grangemouth-based John Weir - which specialises in Mercedes-Benz - reported profits had accelerated to £424000 from £134000 in the year to 31 October on the back of a 9.8 per cent rise in sales to £91.5m
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Spill at Merrimack Valley Oil - Patch.com
Google News - over 6 years
"They had a pump issue, a malfunction," Fire Lt. John Weir said. "It leaked about 300 gallons of number 2 fuel oil." A system was in place consisting of valves and channels that allowed the company to contain and clean up some of the spill
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John R Weir profits in the fast lane - Scotsman
Google News - over 6 years
Staff numbers dipped to 341 from 346, with the payroll bill dropping to £8.15m from £8.16m after "non-productive personnel costs" were removed. The family-owned company, founded by John Weir in 1992, has bases in Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Perth
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MAHARAJA'S COLLEGE REMEMBERS PROF. JOHN WEIR - Star of Mysore
Google News - over 6 years
John Weir on his 100th death anniversary at a programme organised at the College premises here yesterday. Prof. John Weir had served as Principal of the College for 20 years from 1890 to 1910 and passed away on July 31, 1911
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FASHION REVIEW; Milan, Why So Gloomy?
NYTimes - about 9 years
DARK times call for dark coats. That was the impression the Milan designers gave after four days of runway shows in which the particularities of individual labels got lost in a continuous loop of gloom. What with all the economic Cassandras making prophecies that the retail sector will be a disaster well into the third quarter, designers reacted by
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THREATS AND RESPONSES: THE OVERVIEW; Terror Plot Foiled; Airports Quickly Clamp Down
NYTimes - over 11 years
The British authorities said Thursday that they had thwarted an advanced terrorist plot to blow up airplanes flying from Britain to the United States using liquid explosives that would have escaped airport security. The officials said they had arrested 24 men, all British-born Muslims, who planned to carry the liquids in drink bottles and combine
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NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: READING NEW YORK; The Restaurant Curse of 63rd Street and the City Through a Lens
NYTimes - almost 12 years
MARLA MAPLES applied the fundamentals of feng shui to Peaches, the Manhattan restaurant she opened in 1998. But as Eric Asimov wrote in The New York Times, the place had a ''lifespan of a piece of ripe fruit.'' In his new book, ''A Writer's Life'' (Knopf, $26), Gay Talese reveals that not even feng shui could overcome the curse on restaurants at
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2006 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES -- FIGURE SKATING: MEN; A Little Nervousness Shows Through Weir's Brash Exterior
NYTimes - about 12 years
At these Olympic Games, Johnny Weir, the uncensored figure skater, has called himself ''princessy'' and has compared his room in the athletes' village to camping in the woods. In the past, he has described his costume as a ''Care Bear on acid'' and has called a competitor's program a ''shot-of-vodka-and-a-snort-of-coke kind of thing,'' eliciting
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    FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 56
    The following statements by Weir appeared in the Irish current affairs magazine Politico in 2006: "I'm lucky to be above the ground.
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    The panel published in their 2006 report that RUC ballistics evidence concerning the firearms used in the attacks corroborated Weir's allegations.
  • 2003
    Age 53
    Weir's affidavit which implicated Jackson, other members of the Glenanne gang, soldiers of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), and his colleagues in the RUC and SPG, in a series of sectarian attacks, including the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, was published in the 2003 Barron Report, the findings of an official investigation into the 1974 car bombings commissioned by Irish Supreme Court Justice Henry Barron.
  • 2000
    Age 50
    In an interview with the RUC on 9 August 2000, James Mitchell staunchly denied Weir's allegations about him, and referred to Weir as a "damned liar and convicted murderer".
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  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 49
    Weir has spoken to and communicated with several journalists including Sean McPhilemy, Liam Clarke, and Joe Tiernan. He was also interviewed by RTÉ in June 1999.
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    The Garda Síochána, who had interviewed him in April 1999, found him to have been "an impressive witness" and they "believed his allegations should be taken seriously".
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    In January 1999, to assist journalist Sean McPhilemy who was being sued for libel, Weir made a affidavit containing 62 paragraphs in which he outlined in detail the instances of collusion between his RUC and SPG colleagues, members of the UDR, and loyalist paramilitaries such as Robin Jackson.
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  • 1993
    Age 43
    Although he was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of William Strathern, he was released on license on 1 February 1993.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 30
    Weir pleaded not guilty but was convicted in June 1980 on the basis of admissions he had made during police interrogation.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    Weir had been arrested at work in Magherafelt shortly before Christmas 1979 for his part in the murder and subsequently confessed his involvement at Castlereagh Holding Centre following interrogation.
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  • 1977
    Age 27
    Catholic chemist William Strathern was killed at his home at 2:00 on 19 April 1977.
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    Weir identified Jackson as the gunman in many shootings, including the John Francis Green, O'Dowd, and William Strathern killings. Shortly before the killing of Catholic RUC sergeant Jim Campbell in February 1977, Weir was at Jackson's home when he had been invited to accompany Jackson on a mission to kill a Catholic RUC officer which Jackson claimed had been arranged by Billy McCaughey and a Special Branch officer.
    Along with his RUC colleague Billy McCaughey, Weir was convicted of the 1977 sectarian killing of Catholic chemist William Strathern and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 1976
    Age 26
    On 11 October 1976 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and was again transferred, this time to Newry RUC station.
    On 1 September 1976 he was transferred to Omagh where he spent six weeks at Lisanelly British Army base.
    Sometime shortly after his promotion to the rank of sergeant and his subsequent transfer to Newry RUC station in October 1976, Weir, Jackson and another RUC officer, Gary Armstrong went on a reconnaissance in South Armagh seeking out the homes of known IRA men, with the intention of assassinating them.
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    Weir took his first active role as a UVF paramilitary in the attempted bombing attack against Renaghan's Bar in Clontibret in the Republic of Ireland on 15 August 1976.
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    Although Weir's later affidavit confirmed he had already indirectly participated in UVF and Glenanne gang operations, and had visited Mitchell's farm, according to journalist Liam Clarke, Weir officially became part of the Glenanne gang on 23 June 1976.
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    Weir later admitted to have been indirectly involved in the bombing and shooting attack at the nationalist Tully's Bar in Belleeks on 8 March 1976.
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  • 1975
    Age 25
    He also linked Jackson to the 1975 Kay's Tavern bombing in Dundalk.
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    Jackson would assume command of the organisation's Mid-Ulster Brigade in July 1975 upon the assassination of the Brigade's founder and first commander, Billy Hanna, who also served as a sergeant in the UDR.
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    He was therefore sent for his own safety to the SPG unit in Castlereagh, Belfast on 25 January 1975, fifteen days after Green's shooting.
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  • 1973
    Age 23
    By the end of 1973, members of the SPG decided that they would have to "break the rules to curb the terrorists", by which they meant republican paramilitaries. Following the killing of an Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) officer in 1974 by the IRA, rumours spread that Weir had been involved in the UVF's retaliatory killing of prominent IRA man John Francis Green in County Monaghan.
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  • 1972
    Age 22
    He was transferred to Armagh RUC station in 1972, and it was there on 1 August 1973 he was recruited into the Special Patrol Group (SPG), which was the RUC's "anti-terrorist" unit.
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  • 1970
    Age 20
    Initially he had considered joining the Garda Síochána, the police force of the Republic of Ireland; however, in keeping with his family's unionist political traditions, he opted to join Northern Ireland's police force, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in March 1970 when he was 20 years of age.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 0
    Weir was born in 1950 in County Monaghan, Ireland and brought up in the Church of Ireland religion on an estate near Castleblaney, where his father was employed as a gamekeeper for an Anglo-Irish family.
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