March 31, 2004
Tension has risen in north Belfast after a series of loyalist attacks.
Fianna Fáil has denied a report that it has dropped `the Republican Party' as part of its name.
So far this has proved barren ground but it's worth turning it over every few months because eventually it's going to bear fruit. It's one of the many aspects of the Good Friday Agreement which the two governments have not implemented. The difference with this one is that while Dublin and London either lie or puff out a smokescreen to cover their failures in, for example, equality and human rights here, on the issue of former prisoners they remain silent.
March 29, 2004
Ulster Unionist party leader David Trimble won 60 per cent of the vote in the latest leadership contest for the still-divided party on Saturday.
The head of the scandal-plagued Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has confirmed he is to leave the post.
The following, taken from an IAIS report, contains the points made in the NY Times advertisement in quotes, followed by Sinn Féin's defense of their claim.
March 26, 2004
The IRA will cease to exist if there is an ``irreversible'' political process in the North, a Sinn Féin source has said.
Five tonnes of weapons-grade plutonium and thousands of gallons of contaminated sludge have been discovered at the bottom of a pond at Sellafield, Britain's nuclear waste treatment facility.
Amidst the current focus on the continued activities of paramilitaries in Northern Ireland, I recently had a very personal experience of the extent to which the British police remain unaffected by the peace process when dealing with Irish people travelling to the UK.
A car bomb abandoned by unionist paramilitaries near Belfast city centre last week was destined for the city's St Patrick's Day carnival, it is believed.
Could it be racism which has discouraged northern outrage at the plans of the Dublin Government to change the Belfast Agreement without consultation with parties in Northern Ireland?
March 24, 2004
Two men have been convicted for the brutal sectarian murder in 2001 of Glengormley man Trevor Lowry, who was killed because he was mistaken for a Catholic.
The PSNI police chief, Hugh Orde, has infuriated nationalists by insisting that the mainstream IRA must permanently disband before any moves are made to reduce the British military garrison in Ireland.
Postcolonial theory has recently emerged as one of the most influential modes of socio-cultural analysis currently shaping Irish studies. It is a school of thought inspired largely by the work of Edward Said, Frantz Fanon, and Indian Subaltern Studies. The ``post'' means ``since colonialism began'' rather than ``after colonialism ended''.
Speculation that four reports on collusion by the British forces in murders in the North of Ireland will be published on April 1st has been described as a premature April Fool's Day joke.
One of the men known as the `Casement Three', jailed for alleged involvement in the 1998 killing of two British soldiers, faces deportation to Belfast despite being freed under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
By now you'll have read the studiously bland communique from Hillsborough that Irish and British officials agreed before Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair met yesterday.
March 22, 2004
An apparent `stalking-horse' has emerged in the bid to oust David Trimble from the leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party.
United States presidential candidate John Kerry and six other leading U.S. senators have demanded Tony Blair immediately disclose the long-awaited Cory reports on allegations of collusion by the British government in four notorious murders in the North of Ireland.
The family of murdered Portadown Catholic Robert Hamill have expressed shock and anger after charges relating to an alleged attempted cover-up were suddenly withdrawn on Friday.
March 19, 2004
Sinn Fein's chief negotiator Martin McGuinness has denied allegations by Alfredo Scappaticci, the west Belfast man who has denied that he is the IRA informer known as ``Stakeknife''.
A man accused of the murder of a British soldier killed in Derby in 1992 is today being held without bail in England.
The web site for the Christian Science Monitor (www.csmonitor.com) provides a very instructive tutorial on terrorism. Strangely enough, it begins with a photo of Irish revolutionary leader, Michael Collins, and this voiceover:
Irish peace campaigners have condemned the Irish Prime Minister over his traditional Saint Patrick's Day meeting with the U.S. President amid increasing opposition in Ireland to the war in Iraq.
March 10, 2004
Two thirds of Chinese families have been forced out of a south Belfast neighbourhood where unionist racists have mounted a hate campaign, it has emerged.
The breakaway `Real IRA' has been blamed for a letter bomb attack on the home of a member of a local policing board in Strabane, County Tyrone.
Lawyers representing those injured and bereaved by the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings made their final submission yesterday to a Dublin parliamentary committee, which is considering the findings of the Barron Report on the attacks.
British Direct Ruler Paul Murphy was today challenged to a public debate with Sinn Féin about paramilitary activity as talks on the non-implementation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement were cancelled.
If John Kerry does succeed in becoming the 44th President of the United States, there will be a Kennedy standing close by him on the inauguration stand next January.
March 8, 2004
Bobby Sands could have stepped aside.
The Blair's government's decision to make citizens of Britain carry ID cards is unnecessary and outrageous. It should induce democrats and everyone concerned about civil liberties to contact their MPs and tell them on no account to support it.
March 5, 2004
Home repair workers in north Belfast have walked out after unionist paramilitary threats to staff. The threats were made in an attempt to force the housing authority to allocate properties to certain individuals.
Shortly after revolution of 1979, Iranians were busy changing names. Names of thousands of streets, buildings and even cities that had been named after the Shah, his family or others close to the former regime needed to be changed and replaced by new idols and symbols of the revolution. Perhaps the most prominent was Tehran's major thoroughfare going from Pahlavi St. to be named after regime's renowned adversary, Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh.
Academics in Canada are questioning why that country denied entry to five Irish activists jailed as political prisoners after they were invited to talk about the peace process at the University of Ottawa and Concordia University this month.
When Tony Blair was expressing outrage that he was being spied on by republicans (remember, IRA Spy-Ring at the heart of government?) there he was, according to Clare Short, cheerily spying away at the heart of international government.
March 3, 2004
A High Court action by the man who denies he was the British spy `Stakeknife' was adjourned in unusual circumstances yesterday.
The Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern came under strong presure from the opposition parties over his government's electronic voting plans in the Dail today.
The final hearings before the Dublin parliamentary committee on the Barron report into the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings took place today at Leinster House.
The sudden death of one of Gaelic football's brightest stars, Tyrone's Cormac McAnallen, has shocked his native county and the country as a whole.
The default position of the British administration here is the status quo. Put another way, that means when faced with any opposition or even controversy about a policy issue, their proconsul chooses the way of least resistance. In short, he does nothing. The default position should be the opposite.
March 1, 2004
Moves to permanently segregate loyalist and Republican prisoners in Maghaberry jail are starting today.
Amid ongoing turbulence in the peace process, Sinn Féin held a confident annual conference at the weekend, defiantly attacking the two governments and the unionist parties for their failure to secure the peace in the North.
The British government today succeeded in delaying court action which aims to force it to publish reports on murders in which it is accused of playing a role.
One night last week gangs of men went into Cliftonpark Avenue, Cliftondene Gardens and Ciftondene Crescent in North Belfast and attacked seven homes: four with bricks and paint bombs and three with petrol bombs. In Clifton Park Avenue, among the petrol-bombers' targets were a four-month-old baby and her 18-month-old sister, Caitlin Morgan.
Bertie Ahern has directly disputed Gerry Adams's claim never to have been in the IRA.