Unionist paramilitaries are using nautical distress flares as
booby-trap devices, the PSNI police has revealed.
A delegation of international observers are visiting Colombia
to express their concern at the delay in the decision in
relation to Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley and James
Monaghan. The men have now been in jail for two and a half
years. The trial finished in July of last year and there is
still no verdict.
Democratic Unionist leader Ian Paisley has held what he has
described as a ``very constructive'' meeting with Irish Prime
Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
Today marks the 32nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday. We publish
a history of the area and community which was attacked that day,
prepared by the Bloody Sunday Trust.
The 26-County Dublin government has said it is prepared to
work with the unionist paramilitary UDA to advance the peace
process despite the group's ongoing campaign of violence.
The following online petition to the President of Iran,
launched by Danny Morrison, calls for the Iranian government
to ignore British pressure to rename Bobby Sands street in the
Iranian capital, Tehran. Bobby Sands was the first of ten men
to die in the 1981 hunger strike in defiance of Margaret
Thatcher's criminalisation of the armed struggle.
A date has been set for the end of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.
Hundreds of people took to the streets of Belfast yesterday
demanding an end to racism.
Thankfully, apart from continuing political chaos there is
still a postpeace-process good feeling factor in the North.
Children escaped serious injury yesterday when an apparent
booby-trap device, which had the potential to kill, failed to
ignite at a west Belfast sports club.
Members of the British Army's murderous `Dirty War' unit, the
FRU (Force Research Unit), also known as JSG (Joint Services
Group) have been named on a U.S. based website.
The following is a Sinn Féin discussion document published
today, entitled `Rights for All'.
Thw family of a Gaelic sports official murdered by unionist
paramilitaries has accused PSNI police chief Hugh Orde of
ignoring a scathing report on the investigation by the Police
Sinn Féin's Mid-Ulster MP Martin McGuinness said today that in
the five years since the Good Friday Agreement was signed,
there had been ``delay, foot dragging and inaction'' in many
areas where the British government has direct responsibility.
The first report on the implementation of proposed reforms to
the north's judicial system has raised questions over whether
the process will ever be completed.
The British government has been accused of reneging on a
commitment to shut down a military barracks in west Belfast.
Dublin's Minister for Justice, Mr McDowell, has maintained his
verbal offensive on Sinn Féin by repeating that IRA criminal
activity is being used to help fund the party.
The unionist paramilitary Ulster Defence Association cannot
seriously be considered to be on ceasefire, the British
government has admitted.
It has emerged that there were two separate riots last weekend
involving nationalist youths and the PSNI police.
Irish foreign minister Brian Cowen tomorrow meets with British
Direct Ruler Paul Murphy on next month's review of the 1998
Good Friday Agreement as part of a discussion by the
British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference.
The High Court in Belfast has allowed the Finucane family to
proceed with their case to force the British government to
publish the Cory Report.
The line-up of events in the Bloody Sunday commemorations.
Sinn Féin Dail leader Caoimhghin O Caolain said that many in
the political establishment are ``more concerned with creating
a United States of Europe than about achieving a United
Relatives of Sean Brown are to mount a legal challenge to
block a new PSNI investigation into his murder following the
publication of findings by the North's Police Ombudsman that
the original police investigation was inadequate.
One person in six was prevented from voting in November's
crucial Assembly elections in the North, it has emerged.
A councillor in east County Derry has today switched
allegiance from the SDLP to Sinn Féin in a dramatic political
development in the area.
Ian Paisley is to hold direct face-to-face talks with the
Irish Prime Minister in what will be the first-ever such
The police investigation into the murder of Catholic man Sean
Brown in 1997 has been taken apart in a damning report by the
Police Ombudsman today.
Another in our occasional series looking at the policies of the various
political parties in the North.
We present a recent document
published by Republican Sinn Fein, the party led by Ruairi O
Bradaigh which split from Sinn Fein in 1986.
Four Irish politicians are to travel to Colombia next week to
visit three Irishmen held on charges of training rebels.
Two north Belfast Catholic schools were at the centre of bomb
alerts today which were blamed on the unionist paramilitary
Republican prisoners at Maghaberry jail in County Derry
describe proposals for segregation of prisoners as
`criminalisation by the back door'.
The Dublin government intends to restart talks with Sinn Féin
next week despite continuing fallout over allegations that the
Provisional IRA was behind the Northern Bank robbery in Belfast.
A brief statement was released by the Provisional
IRA last night.
The head of MI5 has admitted that British intelligence agents
placed a sophisticated listening device at the head offices of
Sinn Féin in Belfast.
Seven republican prisoners at Portlaoise Prison, in the Irish
midlands, were hospitalised yesterday after an early morning
fight at the prison during which rival dissident republican
One hundred years ago this year, the Sinn Féin Organisation was
formally established at a Convention of the National Council,
held in the Rotunda, Dublin, on November 28, 1905, under the
chairmanship of Edward Martyn. The impact of the British regime
for so long aided and abetted by the so-called ‘National’
education system, based on British Imperialistic ideas, had
practically obliterated the idea of separate nationhood.
Images of British torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners have
emerged as three British soldiers went on military trial Tuesday
for their actions.
The Andersonstown PSNI police barracks in west Belfast is
currently being dismantled in a move that has been hailed as
As we in Republican Sinn Féin embark on this the centenary year
of the foundation of Sinn Féin in 1905 it is necessary to point
out that whilst other political organisations such as Fine Gael,
Fianna Fail, The Worker’s Party and the Provisionals may attempt
to claim lay claim to the right of celebrating this centenary,
Republican Sinn Féin are the sole inheritors of the Sinn Féin
Freddie Scappaticci, the man who denies media reports that he
is the British Army spy `Stakeknife', who is said to have
infiltrated the IRA, has launched a libel action against the
Sunday People newspaper.
The mainstream IRA today denied threatening the father of an
Armagh man who went missing last May.
Sinn Fein has accused British Prime Minister Tony Blair of
pandering to rejectionist unionists after he said that he does
not expect Ian Paisley's DUP to share power with Sinn Fein
without the IRA verifying it is ceasing activity.
A U.S. court has ruled that an Irish family can remain in the
United States until their case against threatened deportation
The following is the full text of a keynote speech made
yesterday by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams in St Malachy's
College in North Belfast.
Sinn Féin has confirmed Caitriona Ruane will attempt to seize
the South Down Westminster seat from the SDLP’s Eddie McGrady in
this year’s British general election.
A unionist paramilitary has walked free from court despite
admitting gathering ‘targeting’ information on republicans. The
offence carries a 10-year maximum jail sentence.
The British Crown forces have been accused of sustaining a
campaign of harassment of nationalists and their polticial
representatives in Counties Tyrone and Antrim.
A battle over political credibility has continued in the wake of
the bank robbery in Belfast last month, an incident which Sinn
Féin President Gerry Adams warned is being “used to kill the
Dissident republicans in west Tyrone have targeted a member of
the local District Policing Partnership (DPP) for the second
time in three days.
The ‘Real IRA’ has called on Irish Republicans “to unite to
defend the republic and to remain true to the core objectives of
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams this evening gave the following
address at the national launch of the ‘An Cead’ events to mark
the 100 year anniversary of Sinn Féin at the Mansion House,
Dublin. The following is an edited vesion of Mr Adams’s address.
Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble last night questioned the
point of holding talks on voting rules in the Belfast Assembly
in an apparent hardening of his position ahead of the
all-party review of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, to get
under way at the end of the month.
A presidential election is likely in the 26 Counties after a
Labour Party spokesman said yesterday that the party
leadership believed it should run a candidate.
Mrs Geraldine Finucane is seeking a judicial review to force
the British government to publish the Cory reports.
Firinne, the victims group campaigning for the truth about
collusion between British state agents and agencies and
Unionist death squads in the killing of citizens in Ireland is
to hold a mass picket at the headquarters of British
Intelligence in London on February 4.
Loyalists have been blamed for the desecration of the grave of
Gerry Adams's father and for leaving a suspect pipe-bomb at a
memorial plot to Bobby Sands and other republicans.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has written to the Taoiseach
urging him to secure official status for the Irish language
during the Irish presidency of the European Union.
The pomp and circumstance of the Irish Presidency of the
European Union will be there for all to see in the next six
months as politicians and venues are prepared to give Irish
culture and tourism a shot in the arm. But it would be a pity
if the commitment to Irish culture was seen to be only skin
If the Good Friday Agreement is not defended the British and
Irish governments must move on over the heads of
anti-agreement parties, Sinn Féin said at the weekend.
The INLA has been criticised for a punishment attack on a
14-year-old boy in north Belfast on Friday night.
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has rebuffed a party colleague for
suggesting the party could enter a coalition government
alongside Sinn Féin.
The McAllister family, currently fighting a deportation battle
to stay in the U.S., have received a threat allegedly from the
Red Hand Commandos, the loyalist organization which in October
1988 carried out a gun attack on their home on the Lower
Ormeau Road in South Belfast. The attack forced them to flee
the country and come to North America.
Two Ulster Unionist Party members of parliament who resigned
the party whip last summer in protest at the party's stance on
the 1998 Good Friday Agreement have resumed the whip, it has
A Derry man described today how a bullet ripped through his
coat as he ran in panic from British Army fire on Bloody
A special police team to review unsolved paramilitary murders
has yet to be set up despite an announcement on the move
almost a year ago, it has emerged.
The Dublin government and opposition parties clashed
today over renewed allegations about a former minister's tax
A former British soldier with the UDR regiment jailed for
murder lost an appeal against his conviction in a Belfast
Judge Peter Cory has suggested he may defy the British
government by making public his reports into cases of
collusion in murder by the British Crown forces.
The following comments were made by Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator
Martin McGuinness at a party meeting in Belfast.
The first working sessions of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement
review are being chaired by British Direct Ruler Paul Murphy
There have been calls on PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde to
comment on the disappearance of Armagh man Gareth O'Connor
after it was alleged that O'Connor was a police informer who
had set up four other men for arrest.
A retired Circuit Court judge has alleged that members of
Garda Siochana had lied in his court, provoking a new furore
over policing in the 26 Counties.
The PSNI police have been accused of racism amid a loyalist
pogrom against ethnic minorities in south Belfast.
Smaller parties and independents have expressed dismay at the
report of the independent Constituency Commission, which has
made proposals for changes to constituencies across the 26
The following is a summary of the report `Colombia 3 - Judge
for Yourself' written by international human rights observers
following the trial of the Colombia 3.
As government officials and the parties prepare for the review
of the Good Friday Agreement, Sinn Féin has warned that the
DUP must be shown it is not going to get its way in trying to
destroy the accord.
The DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson was given an ``absolute
discharge'' yesterday despite being convicted of blocking a
main road to facilitate a loyalist event on the flashpoint
Albertbridge Road in east Belfast.
A new commission to monitor paramilitary activity in the North
of Ireland for the purpose of punishing associated political
parties began work today.
Some of the highlights from the annual release of government
papers from 1973 under the 30-year-rule.
The British Ministry of Defence has agreed to hand over
documents and video footage relating to ten controversial
killings in the North to a coroner investigating the cases.
However, a `public immunity' order could still be used to
suppress embarrassing details emerging into the public domain.
The Constituency Commission has recommended an increase in the
number of constituencies for the Dublin parliament but says
that the number of TDs should remain at 166.
In a few weeks time in Bogota Judge Acosta will rule on the
fate of the `Colombia Three', the Irishmen arrested at an
airport in August 2001 and charged with training left-wing
Ousted loyalist leader Johnny Adair has been warned against
trying to regain power in the North of Ireland by his former
The three Irish men held in Colombia - Niall Connolly, Martin
McCauley and Jim Monaghan - have spent their third Christmas
in jail after a further delay in their trial verdict.
Plans for a drastic escalation of the war in 1973, including
the shooting of unarmed civilians, have been revealed in
secret papers released in London.
A month-by-month review of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry by the Troops Out Movement
Former Ulster Unionist MP Jeffrey Donaldson today confirmed
his defection to Ian Paisley's ultra-hardline DUP.